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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Most people aren't successful.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

If it’s to exercise more, lose weight or quit smoking, congratulations. You’re in good company. Those are three of the 10 most common resolutions – and among those most quickly broken.

Less than half of all people who make a resolution actually follow through, according to one study.

But it’s better to resolve and fail than never to resolve at all. That same study found that 96 out of 100 people who only set a “goal” for the new year rather than making a formal resolution failed at achieving that goal.

“Despite the best of intentions, once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, many people struggle to make good on their plans,” per the website Go Skills. “According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46 percent of people who made New Year’s resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will fail! The study also involved non-resolvers, people who did not make a New Year’s resolution, but had a goal they wanted to achieve that year. Only 4 percent of non-resolvers were successful at achieving their goals, a far bleaker result than those who did make a New Year’s resolution.”

Here is a list of popular resolutions and apps to help you stay on track.

Below are the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions and some pointers for success on following through with yours.

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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby 
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

Source: Parade

How to Follow Through on Your Resolutions

“Changing ingrained habits is no easy task, so before diving head-first into your New Year goals, it is important to take a step back and get ready for that impending change,” writes Brad Zomick for Go Skills. “The first breakthrough in change is taking a personal inventory. Being that it’s the end of one year and the beginning of the next; it’s perfect timing to take stock in the past year’s accomplishments. Think about the following: What did I set out to do in the past year? Where did I make progress? Where didn’t I see progress?”

The point: celebrate your wins from last year, and use that momentum as a springboard into the new year.

“Use that positive association with last year’s accomplishments to remind you of those good feelings when you are feeling challenged,” says Zomick. “As you start thinking about the changes you want to implement.”

Zomick says doing the following will improve your odds of success:

  • Stay positive
  • Don’t try to make big/quick changes
  • Focus on gradual change
  • Build on each positive step
  • Allow room for error
  • Set goals that motivate you

Source: Go Skills

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