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Welcome 2020! The new year has started which means that everyone is getting started on their resolutions and goals for the year! From weight loss to quitting addictive habits, everyone is looking to make changes in the coming weeks. Of course, it’s no secret that very few people manage to stick to their resolutions year-round (about 8% according to research)… In planning your resolutions, it’s important to take stock of these surefire ways to make your resolutions stick!

1. Set Smaller Goals

Breaking your goals into smaller, manageable chunks can ensure that you reach your goals! This is because a shorter goal is much easier to maintain. Take, for example, a goal like exercising more – which can seem like a daunting task. Try breaking your resolution down into smaller tasks like setting up a gym membership, picking a routine, and meeting with a trainer!

2. Reward Yourself

And while you’re at it… don’t forget to reward yourself for the little victories! Remember that resolutions, especially those that are health-related, are incremental. And you’re sure to feel more motivated and encouraged if you pause to acknowledge all of the small steps along the path to your big goal.

3. Write Down Your Goals

Studies show that writing down your dreams, goals, and aspirations will increase your odds of achieving them. So break out your pen and paper and set those intentions. Writing down your goals provides you with clarity. It magnifies your strengths and weaknesses, helping you plan ahead and set benchmarks and realistic expectations.

4. Pick a Partner

One surefire way to stick to your resolution is to find a partner to hold you accountable. If you’re lacking in motivation, a partner will give you someone to report to and someone who is committed to your success. Pick someone super motivated! Someone who will provide you with that extra push. You’re sure to see results in no time with someone equally as dedicated by your side!

5. Be Realistic

The biggest reason why people don’t hold to their resolutions is that they’re too lofty. That’s why it’s important to be realistic in planning your new year’s goals and resolutions. Rather than trying to change your whole lifestyle at once, pick one thing and stick with it. Also, remember that resolutions don’t happen overnight. It’s important to be patient with yourself and to anticipate that there might be failures along the way.

Completing a resolution and making a permanent lifestyle change is a daunting task. But with these techniques, you’ll find your goals more manageable… which is likely to lead to success in the long run! What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2020?