5 tips for keeping your New Year’s Resolution

As we are now 4 days into 2016, have you been able to keep up any of this year’s resolutions? No matter if your resolution is big or small, keeping them can be difficult. Here are 5 tips for keeping your New Year’s Resolution.

1. Be Realistic
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.

2. Talk About It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.

3. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

4. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire pizza, drink a crate a beer or avoid the gym for a week, but you can give yourself positive rewards for a job well done.

5. Stick to It
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!

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