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Hows your New Years resolution going?
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Here we are four days into 2018, and many of us are struggling with keeping our New Years resolutions. At the start of each new year, you may think to yourself, "I'm going to keep my New Year's resolution this year." Except it rarely happens; however, it's not too late to move forward on them. A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults made New Year's resolutions, which increased to about40% at the start of the 21st century. The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that approximately 40% to 50% of Americans made New Year's resolutions from the 1995 Epcot and 1985 Gallop Polls. It is estimated that the 46% of those who made resolutions (e.g., weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking, etc.) were over ten times as likely to succeed, compared to only 4% who chose not to make resolutions. The most common reason for participants failing their New Years' Resolutions was setting unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn't keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions. A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10%. Maybe people want to lose weight or be better at time management, or, perhaps reach out to that family member you haven't talked to in a while. Some may want to get a better job or start working toward that degree they've promised themselves. Here are some tips on how not to fail after the first week of January. So, if you get started now, you can still move forward and see results very soon. The first tip is to pick a realistic goal. Take baby steps by aiming to lose 15 pounds instead of 30. If you set a huge goal without breaking it up into realistic steps, you will get discouraged and throw in the towel before you see victory. Celebrate your victory at each step of the way. Set rewards that are appropriate for each level of achievement. You could also achieve the original goal by focusing on something else rather than the goal itself. For example, I lost 40 pounds last year by setting the goal to change my eating habits for one month. On April 1, I started cooking with less fat and eating more fruits and vegetables which I love to do. I planned to do this for 30 days, or until April 30. By April 30 I had lost nine pounds and decided to go for another 30 days. I stopped cooking completely low-fat after 60 days and over the next few months or so I continued losing weight because I changed my eating habits. In the end, I wasn't under pressure to lose weight, I just planned to eat better, and by doing so, the weight came off. It works across the board. If you are trying to budget better in the new year, set lenient limits first and then challenge yourself to live off less slowly. This leads to the next tip: Use an app to keep track of your progress. Mint is one app for money management. If you are trying to lose weight, check out Noom or Fooducate. If you are aiming for better time management, try Remember the Milk. The important thing is to monitor your progress. If possible, do it with a friend. Nothing says motivation like your best friend struggling alongside you. Humans are relational beings, and we all want to do things with someone who can understand our struggles and our victories. Celebrate your progress. Whether it's a cheat day, a glass of wine or a bubble bath, find a way to treat yourself for each solid week of progress you make.


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