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How to Make (and Keep) a New Year's Resolution
Are you making a resolution for 2018? Warning: More than half of all resolutions fail, but this year, they don't have to be yours. Here's how to identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it, and become part of the small group of people that successfully achieve their goal.

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SMART Resolutions

SMART Resolutions

Pick a goal that is meaningful and doable, making sure it's coming from inside you, not imposed by others.

Make specific, realistic plans for your New Year Goal using the time-tested SMART Te...

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Creating a Plan

Chances are you won't just wake up one day and suddenly change your life. To go where you want to go, you have to chart out a plan.

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Quitting Bad Habits

If you want to quit a bad habit, start by identifying its 3 main parts: the cue, the routine, and the reward. After you check the cue and your routine that follows it, you can swap the routine with so...

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Your Inner Critic

While you're trying to follow your resolution, there will be inevitable obstacles and slip-ups that will discourage you. Do not punish yourself, just stop your inner critic from whisperi...

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Being Discouraged

When you try to push yourself in the right direction by trying to build a good habit, there are forces inside you that will resist and have to be fought.

There will be negative thoughts relat...

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Wish. Outcome. Obstacle. Plan.

The W.O.O.P. Technique can work to make you focus on what is to be done:

  • Wish: What is your goal?
  • Outcome: What will result from attaining that goal?
  • Obs...

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Adding Flexibility

Set slightly bendable and flexible plans so that you can meet them on a daily basis.

For example: If you set a rigid goal to exercise in the gym for 1 hour daily, it can fail, but if your ...

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The Help of a Community

A group supporting you with your goals can be an effective technique for motivation. It is a form of public commitment and peer pressure to keep you from postponing or giving up upon you...

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The Money Game

Betting money or taking a financial pledge can help you motivate yourself on days you feel you cannot commit to your new routine.

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Partnering Up

Online support groups and forums can help you find a person or a group of people with the same goal, who can foster a sense of community and help you stay on course.

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Bad Influences

There will be people that may discourage you, try to make you a slacker again, or just thrust their negativity and inner jealousy on your positive goal-setting, trying to sabotage it.

Identif...

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Your own Experiment

In case you miss your resolution, don't lose hope and start afresh. Keep moving in a positive direction, even with setbacks.

Be kind to yourself in case of a hurdle. You are your ...

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One Step Daily

Most people do not stick to their New Year's resolutions because they focus on the entire task.

By just focusing on the daily small steps, one is able to create a successful daily routine.

Keep It Practical

Dial back your goal for the New Year to be a more practical, pragmatic one, and your chances of success will rise dramatically.

Don't be too hard on yourself.

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There are no such things as secrets when it comes to personal success

Every piece of new advice you hear has been said before. The real secret lies in how well you execute the advice.  🤔

Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something.

Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something. No one can argue with that.  🏅

Practical Tips To Make Your Resolutions Stick Even Better ⚓️

  1. Keep It Small — It’s about thinking big and acting small. You’ll achieve those big goals in time.

  2. Measure Your Progress — If you don’t measure your progress, it’s safe to say that you are not making any. 

  3. Be Accountable To Yourself — One of the most important skills you can learn in life is to be self-reliant. 

Habit-formation apps are aspirational tools

They're less about distilling your life into a series of data points and more about becoming your ideal self: If you use their app, you too can become a person who practices good habits. You can be...

The 4 tendencies when it comes to habit formation:

  • upholders: disciplined and respond to both internal and external expectations;
  • obligers :can’t keep commitments to themselves but respond to expectations from others; 
  • questioners: ask why and can keep a habit if they understand the logic reasoning; 
  • rebels: hate being told what to do by others, so it has to be something they want to do.
Depending on your habit-formation tendency, habit-tracking apps may or may not work for you. 

Habit apps use the psychology of habit formation

  • Many rely on a “streak” feature: they track how many consecutive days you’ve completed the habit;
  • Other apps offer accountability features to pressure you into completing your goal; 
  • Some apps turn habit formation into a game: The app rewards users who complete their habits with badges and other virtual incentives.

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