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How to be part of the 8% of people who stick to their New Year's Resolutions

Change is never easy, but these tips will help you succeed.

According to research, only 8% of people are able to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. If this statistic seems low to you, it’s actually not surprising when you stop to think about it. We all strive to be better versions of ourselves, so we set lofty goals that are hard – almost impossible – to meet, then give up out of frustration. This year, make things easier on yourself by doing these five things.

Make a SMART resolution

If you’re a regular #LIVEMORE reader, you know all about SMART goals. They are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. The more refined and simple the goal is, the easier it is to meet. This year, redefine your resolution by following the SMART process. For example, if your overall goal is to eat better, you could modify it by saying you will eat less sugar and fried foods, and then map out how you’ll reduce your intake. Once you achieve your new goal, you’ll end up with a healthier diet – exactly what you wanted from the start!

Enlist help

No matter how much self-control you think you may have, it’s always a good idea to ask someone to help monitor your progress while you’re trying to meet your goal. This will make you feel more accountable – and motivated – to stick to your resolution. Download an application that will let you share your exercise and diet results with friends, or enlist a relative to join you for weekend runs.

Accept setbacks

It’s important to note that everyone (we mean everyone) makes mistakes and hits road bumps while they’re trying to change something about themselves. The faster you accept this, the faster you can get back on track and achieve your New Year’s resolution. Be patient with yourself, and never feel guilty if you slip-up once in a while!

Take the time to reflect

Each week take a few minutes to “check in” with yourself and evaluate what’s working and what’s not. This will help prevent you from giving up on your New Year’s resolution, since you’ll be able to change things early on.

Reward yourself

According to researchers, 75% of personal motivation is linked to rewards. They help confirm that your hard work is worth it, and give you something to look forward to. Treating yourself every so often will keep you on the path towards achieving your New Year’s resolution and come out as a winner.

Follow our advice, and you’ll be able to meet any goals you set for yourself this year!

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