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Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

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While making resolutions is fairly easy, actually keeping them is a totally different story. Even the best of intentions can turn quickly into failure. In an effort to prevent epic New Years resolution fails, take a look at 5 of our best tips for keeping resolutions all year long. 

1. Be Realistic.

It may seem tempting, even appealing, to make a resolution that will totally change your lifestyle, appearance, spending habits, etc., but making lofty and often unrealistic resolutions only hurts your chances of being successful. Keep your resolutions realistic. Make sure they fit your lifestyle (at least a little bit). If you do plan to make a BIG change, make sure you are 100% committed.

2. Have a Buddy.

Resolutions often involve giving up things we like to do, or starting to do things we don't like to do. While you may learn to live without the former and love the latter, keeping resolutions can be much easier if you are held accountable by a close friend or relative. Your buddy will help keep you on track.

3. Start Now, Don't Wait.

Why wait until January 1 to start your resolution? It is an arbirtrary date, after all. Start your resolution early and get a head start on 2015. No matter what your resolution is, it can't hurt to get a few extra days under your belt before the clock strikes midnight. Plus if you can keep a resolution through the holidays, you've essentially proved yourself worthy of keeping it throughout the entire year. 

4. Get Visual.

It might be helpful to have a visual representation of your resolution you can refer to. This could be post-it notes, a planner, a candy jar, anything! It can be a good reminder not only of how much longer you have to keep your resolution, but how far you have come with it. These little visual reminders can be the boost you need on those especially challenging days. 

5. Have Fun!

Many people think resolutions have to be serious, tedious, even painful ordeals in order to prove they can "do it." While this all sounds good in theory, picking a resolution you are going to hate really doesn't help anyone. Make your resolution fun and you'll have a higher chance of keeping it. Go to a concert once a month, plan a dream vacation every 3 months, tell a joke everyday, whatever it is, have fun with it!

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