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New Year's Resolutions: make them last


POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 6:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 6:59pm

With the majority of Americans giving up on their New Year's resolutions by mid-January, it seems we may be aiming too high and putting too much on our plate.

But, there are ways to make it work. First, set one goal instead of a handful of goals, it is easier to focus on one.

Instead of planning to get more sleep, drink less, eat better, quit smoking, and reading more... Just pick one. You will have a better chance of success. And once you pick a goal, stick to it.

"When you're consistent with something," said Personal Trainer Candace Harmon. "Whether it's fitness or diet, when you make it a habit you're not going to want to miss."

You also want to plan ahead. Brain Brandt, CEO of Core Insights, said it is better to come up with goals months in advance instead of on December 31.

Brandt also said you want to celebrate your success and make your goals public. From accomplishing small goals to big goals, it is good to reward yourself along the way.

"Those little successes pay off over the course of a year," Brandt said. "And just knowing that that accountability is coming can, a lot of time, have some great success.

Lastly, be realistic, you are most likely not going to learn a second language in a year, be smart about your goal setting.

"Pick something that's meaningful to you and will really make a difference if you accomplish that goal," Brandt said.

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