How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year approaching, so too are people steeling their willpower for another round of resolutions. Everyone sees the New Year as a chance to begin anew, to make their lives better than they were the year before, to make more money, get in better shape, and just generally be happier than they have been so far. Statistics state that about 45% of Americans make resolutions each year, and another 17% occasionally set resolutions – the fact is, only about 8% manage to keep those resolutions. 24% fail every single time.

Does that sound like you? Don’t worry if it does. Many people, nearly 75% in total, struggle to meet their goals, but it’s not always their fault. The world today is so full of distractions that it is easy to get off track and forget that you swore to lose those extra pounds. However, here are some easy ways to keep your resolutions:

1. Write them down and place them EVERYWHERE.
Out of sight, out of mind, as they say. Keep your resolutions posted on sticky notes and place them all over your house. If you want to lose weight, put a sticky note on the fridge to help defend against those late night snack cravings. Put one in your wallet or purse if you’re a compulsive buyer and you want to save money. Keeping small reminders around will help you stay on track.
2. Get an accountability buddy.
It’s easier to keep resolutions if you don’t go it alone. Tell a friend, and then each day, talk with each other and check how well the two of you are keeping your resolutions. Knowing you have to admit to failure is a good way to ensure that you don’t fail.

Willpower can only go so far. If you fail each year, consider enlisting the help of outside sources to make sure you achieve your goals. Keep at it, and before you know it, you’ll have more money in the bank and a driving need to buy new clothes – the old ones won’t fit anymore!

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