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December 28, 2016 by
Jay Medley
Each year, after the holidays have ended, we always set our pen to paper to record our resolutions at the start of a new year. A new year is a clean slate and a fresh start that allows us to set new goals and envision what we want to accomplish in the year ahead.

Many of these resolutions typically relate to health and fitness. According to Forbes, 40% of Americans make new year’s resolutions – which is more than the one-third of Americans that watch the Super Bowl each year.

However, only 8% of those individuals on average will achieve the goals that they set for themselves. So how can you improve your chances of following through and reaching your goals?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, is how the old saying goes! Plus, we have some foolproof tips for you below to help you stick to your resolutions the whole year through.

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Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Set small, attainable goals rather than one large looming one

Rather than set one large, looming goal as your resolution like, “I will lose 20 pounds this year”, set the overarching goal of “losing weight in 2017”, paired with smaller and more attainable goals to achieve in a shorter time period.

For instance, begin with a weight loss goal a month or quarter of the year even, like, “in the first three months of the year I will lose five pounds”.

These smaller and shorter-term goals allow you to remain motivated as you can reach them sooner, prompting you to set another one, adjust the scope of the goal as needed, and gain encouragement throughout the year.

Create a plan to go along with your resolutions

While the resolution to “lose weight in 2017” is a great one, as the old saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish!

Construct a tangible and reasonable plan that will put you on the path towards reaching your goal. Map out how many times a week you will visit the gym or what your diet will entail.

And, don’t forget to leave room for adjustments as you move forward and begin to find what works for you. Having a clear plan will make sticking to your resolution much easier.

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Hold yourself accountable

Making your resolutions public can help you to hold yourself accountable throughout the year to sticking to them.

Posting your goals on social media, talking to your friends, family, and co-workers about them regularly, or sharing your journey towards reaching your goals through a personal blog will make sticking to it easier.

After all, you don’t want to let down all of your friends and family or explain to them why you’ve stopped working towards reaching a resolution, right?!

Think of these tips and tricks as you are setting your resolutions for 2017. Make 2017 the year that you will be a part of that 8% and will achieve your goals, leaving you happy and excited when 2018 rolls around.

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