How to Stay on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Don't let another set of resolutions fall by the wayside!

2014 is right around the corner and you probably have a few changes you're planning on implementing during this fresh start. Unfortunately, New Year's resolutions rarely survive until the next December. Are you ready to defy the odds and meet your goals? Stay on track with these tips.

Keep your list small. If you're trying to make too many changes at once, you're not likely to keep the momentum going. Start with just one or two resolutions.

Be detailed. Specifics about what you're trying to achieve and how you plan to do it will make success easier. Vague resolutions, such as "be healthier," don't really provide a clear picture of what changes need to be made in your life. A more tangible goal would be eating at least three servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Go slow. If your goal requires a major upheaval in your usual lifestyle, start with just a baby step. You may be impatient to reach your end result, but a gradual progression will lead to a more lasting change.

Don't let a little hiccup completely derail your progress. One moment of weakness doesn't mean you should chuck all your good intentions in the trash and wait for next year to roll around before you try again. Accept that little mistakes may happen here and there, but don't let your dedication falter.

Schedule regular reviews. Not all resolutions conclude with a major failure. Sometimes they just slowly slip out from your mind. Guard against this by penciling several personal reviews on your calendar throughout the year. Use this time to evaluate what progress you've made, and allow yourself the opportunity to recommit if you've strayed from the plan.

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