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How to Make and Keep Your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s almost time to kiss 2013 goodbye and say hello to a new year!  With each new year, people make New Year’s resolutions, promises with themselves to start doing something good or stop doing something bad in the year to come.  As the months go on, people often forget their New Year’s resolutions or give up on them.  When you make your New Year’s resolutions this year, try some of the following techniques to make New Year’s resolutions that you can keep.

Here are 5 ways to make and keep your New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Be Realistic and Specific

Don’t make a vague resolution like “This year I’ll be healthier.”  Instead say, “I want to be able to run a 5k by the end of the year.” If you want to save money, determine exactly what you are saving money for and how much you are hoping to save.  Lastly, take baby steps in order to build up to your ultimate goal.

2.  Write Them Down

The best way to make sure something gets done is to write it down.  Make a list you can hang up on a wall to check off after each goal is accomplished.  This will help you stay on track, while also helping you feel accomplished as you check off each item.

3.  Avoid the January Rush

Don’t try to tackle every item on your list in January.  Instead, spread your goals out throughout the year.  The more your goals are worth attaining, the more time they will take to accomplish.

4.  Partner Up

Get a little help from your friends.  Find friends with similar goals who you can reach out to.  With teamwork and support, your goal will be easier to reach.

5.  Time is Important

Everyone is busy, but you will make time for what is important to you.  As you are writing your resolutions, make goals that will fit into your schedule or goals that you would be willing to fit into your schedule.

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