How to Properly Construct a New Year’s Resolution

Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their resolutions? Research at the University of Scranton showed that only about 40% of Americans even make resolutions (that’s only about 1/3 of the Super Bowl audience), and of those, 8% achieve them.

How do those people meet their year’s goals? Forbes created a list of tips on coming up with the perfect resolution.

1.    Keep it Simple: “Essentially, shooting for the moon can be so psychologically daunting, you end up failing to launch in the first place.” The goal should actually be multiple small goals throughout the year instead of one that’s overwhelming.

2.    Make it Tangible: Being specific is what keeps you on track with things like that. Instead of saying “lose weight” or “workout,” lay out exactly what you want—no potato chips, fries, or ice cream, or attend a weekly exercise class.

3.    Make it Obvious: An easy way to keep your goal at the forefront of your mind is to keep it public: tell your friends, tell your family, start a blog.

4.    Keep Believing You Can Do It: “Simply setting a goal does raise your chances of achieving that goal, significantly.” You want this year-long goal to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

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