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How to keep a New Year’s resolution

February 3, 2017

It has been four weeks since the ball dropped and we rang in the New Year. Since then, many people have failed to continue their New Year’s Resolution, but by the end of the year only 8% will have actually achieved their year’s goals. How can you be a part of the select few?

1. Be Specific.
Dream big, but think small. Instead of a broad resolution that can be defined in many ways, make a specific goal that is measurable.

2. Measure.
By measuring the progress of changing, feedback becomes a vital role in achieving the next step.

3. Be Patient.
On average, it takes 66 days to form a habit. It takes weeks to see progress. Initially, it may seem like forever until you notice any changes. However, with more time comes more changes.

4. Share Your Goals.
We all need support to get through the ups and downs of everyday life. When trying to achieve something new, it’s always nice to have friends and family that you can vent to, get motivation from, and be held accountable. It’s more difficult to let another person down than it is yourself.

5. Find Time.
We become busy and can never “find the time” to get certain things done, especially the things we do not like. By scheduling a specific time and place in a calendar, planner, or notebook, you’re more likely to set aside a time that works best in your schedule.

6. Little by Little.
Don’t cut things cold turkey or go to the gym for two hours the first time you ever workout, you’ll end up hating it and quit early. Start small and work your way up, progressing.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail BUT RECOVER.
Things happen, life gets in the way, and goals get thrown out the window. Do not panic, instead, regroup and continue on the path to progression. We learn by mistakes and failing is inevitable. But you choose to overcome it.

If all else fails, don’t make any New Year’s Resolutions. You should always strive to be the person you hope to become or do the things you wish to achieve, regardless if it’s January 1st or September 24th.

Tessa Jones
Contributing Writer

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