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How to Keep Your Resolutions

How to Keep Your Resolutions

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A new year is a time of reflection and perspective. 40 to 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions. The top resolutions for many include eating healthy, exercising more, quitting smoking and getting organized. Yet only 64 percent of resolutions are maintained longer than one month.

Try these tips to help you maintain your resolutions through 2011 and beyond:

1. Set realistic goals.
Trying to lose weight? It is unhealthy to drop 20 pounds in a week, but 20 pounds over a period of several weeks is healthy and achievable.

2. Take baby steps.
If quitting cold turkey doesn't work for you, reduce your smoking each day until you quit. (You can also try Florida Hospital's Break the Chain program.) Want to be organized? Spend a few minutes in each room until the clutter is gone.

3. Tell others about your resolutions.
Being accountable to those around you can help you stay focused on the goal. You could even go as far as using social media such as Facebook or Twitter to announce your progress each week. 

4. Don't be hard on yourself.
The path to success is not always straight and clear. If you have a setback, don't give up. Think about what caused it and try again. 

5. Celebrate success.
Yes, achieving your goal is a reward in itself, especially if you are doing something that also improves your health, but a true reward can keep you motivated. Buy a new pair of shoes or tickets to see your favorite sports team play - whatever would make you feel good about the hard work you put into your resolution.

 

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