Five Sure-Fire Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions This Year

New Year’s Resolutions can be exciting. They can also turn into a forgotten memory only weeks or months into the new year.

According to Psychology Today, “In a series of studies, researchers from the University of Scranton followed 200 people who made New Year’s resolutions over a two-year period. Seventy-seven percent were able to keep their resolutions for one week. At a month, 64 percent reported success. That fell to 50 percent after three months and 46 percent after six months. Only 19 percent deemed themselves successful in reaching their goal when researchers followed up two years later.”

With these stats in mind, here are six sure-fire ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions this year:

1.) Avoid tempting situations. By doing this, you are using strategies that are proven effective in behavior change research. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, you may want to skip that bake off.

2.) Research shows that rewards help. When you accomplish a step towards a goal, reward yourself with something that excites and motivates you.

3.) The most important aspect of reaching a goal—studies show— is the belief that one can accomplish it. It is said that when someone sets his/her mind to something, anything is possible. According to the research, this is quite true.

4.) According to the site, the most successful resolvers had slip-ups in January, but instead of viewing the slip-up as a complete fail, those individuals recommitted themselves to the resolution after the slip.

5.)  Don’t quit after you make one mistake; get back on the bandwagon and try, try, try again.

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