Can You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions?

With January 1st just around the corner, we’re all set to make and break our New Year’s Resolutions. You could try to make this year different by taking steps to ensure that you keep your promises to yourself. Here are a few ideas for how to do just that:

  • Only make 2 resolutions.  That way, you don’t feel overwhelmed. At the same time, if you stop keeping one, you can still say “At least I’m still keeping my other resolution”. Then, you can pat yourself on the back about succeeding rather than focusing on your failure.
  • Make a New Week resolution. Don’t commit to doing something for a year. Instead, commit to keeping your resolution for 1 week and then revisit it. That way, you can adjust your resolution to be more or less ambitious depending on how it actually felt from day to day. For example, you could increase or decrease the amount of exercise you do based on how sore you get.
  • Don’t boldly go where no man has gone before. If you don’t actually know someone in real life (not on the internet) who has successfully stopped drinking, smoking, overeating, using caffeine, as part of a New Year’s resolution, don’t even attempt it. If you do know someone who’s done it, ask them how.
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