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Pick a New Year’s resolution in 2014 that you can keep

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2014 is the year you will finally keep your New Year’s resolution. How do we know? Because this year you will pick a resolution that you can actually achieve.

Unlike Lent, where you sacrificially give up something for a period of time before Easter, New Year’s resolutions are supposed to be a permanent change for the better in your life. Common resolutions are: lose weight, quit smoking, start an exercise regimen or eat healthier. These are all great resolutions; however they never last.

So make your New Year’s resolution attainable by setting the bar a little lower. You want to succeed, so make your resolution at an achievable level.

Here are some attainable New Year’s resolutions:

  • Start a healthier lifestyle: Instead of committee to a gym membership or writing off sodas forever, make a resolution to drink two glasses of water a day. It’s a small change that you can handle and it may lead to better choices.
  • Get organized: Instead of setting up an insane plan to organize every aspect of your life, buy a dry erase board and pop it on the fridge. Make a list each night (or weekly) of things that need to happen.
  • Be a better person: Don’t commit yourself to any big lifestyle change for a resolution. Commit to saying please, thank you, I’m sorry and God bless you (after someone sneezes). If you don’t already say those things, this will indeed make you a better person.
  • Handle money better: Don’t empty your bank account on a risky venture. Track your monthly spending and look for ways to trim down. You may not even realize how much you spend on ATM fees, delivery fees and ordering lunch every day.
  • Quitting smoking: It’s not easy; however you can commit to quitting. Your resolution can be making an appointment with your doctor to talk about your options. If you are still smoking, you are going broke and risking your health with each cigarette. There is a saying: You never know which cigarette will give you cancer; therefore you better stop before you smoke that one.

New Year’s resolutions are not indeed to be life changing or impossible to keep; they are meant to make you and your life a little bit better. If you have been thinking of a resolution that is big, break it down. Look at the smaller picture and pick something that you can handle and will make a positive change in your life.

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