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Keeping your new year's resolutions can be done

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Every December 31 people in America go through the trouble of thinking of what they intend to change in the new year. However, after only a week or so most people have broken their new year's resolutions. There is a way to prevent this from happening, though. One way is to write down your resolutions. I suggest writing down between three and five resolutions for yourself to work on in the new year. More than five will be unrealistic and unmanageable. Less than three may narrow your focus too much.

If the resolutions are written, they are more permanent and you are made consciously aware of what you intend to change. The next step involves placing your list in a place where you are forced to see it daily- such as the bathroom mirror or on the front of the refrigerator. If you must see it everyday, the list will hold you accountable for following through with your resolutions.

The next step is to avoid people that will deter you from your goals. This may mean having to block individuals on your Facebook or other social networking site that discourage you from being your best. This may also mean rethinking who your "real friends" are.

The next step is to clean up your environment and get it ready for success. For example, if your new year's resolution is to lose weight, you must get the environment around you ready for someone who intends to lose weight. This means getting rid of junk food. Donate the food to the food bank or give it to someone else who is not trying to lose weight. Fill your refrigerator with healthy food choices such as yogurt, fruit, vegetables, and spring water. If the environment is set for success, it is easier to follow through and make good choices to accomplish your goals.

Although these steps sound simple, most people sadly do not follow them and get deterred from their goals. Try these steps and watch little changes add up to big ones in very little time! Good luck and happy new year!

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