7 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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1. Keep your resolutions specific

Sometimes people find themselves aiming for an overhaul of their entire lifestyle, and this is simply a recipe for disappointment and guilt. It may be understandable at this time of year when self-improvement is on your mind, but experience shows these things can’t all be achieved at once. The best approach is to focus clearly on one or two of your most important goals.

So instead of making the vague resolution to “get in shape,” frame it as something more like “go to the gym three times a week.” It’s something you can clearly understand and measure—and it’s attainable because you’re not setting an unrealistic expectation that you need to work out every single day (which isn’t even necessary to see results, btw).

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