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A Time for New Beginnings

A new year means a fresh start. Making New Year’s resolutions is part of starting the new year for almost half of Americans. Losing weight, getting organized, saving more and enjoying life more fully are usually at the top of our resolution lists.

The organization Statistic Brain found that 45 percent of us usually make resolutions, and another 17 percent sometimes make them. However, 38 percent of Americans say they never make new year’s resolutions.

Statistic Brain also found that only 8 percent of people are successful in keeping their resolutions, and another 49 percent have infrequent success. With such a low chance ofr making real changes in our lives, why do so many of us bother to make resolutions?

The answer lies in human nature. Hope springs eternal for most people – the prospect of a new year motivates us to be better people and live better lives.  Here are a few suggestions for achieving any resolutions you decide to make.

First, be specific about the change you want to make. Rather than just saying that you will lose weight, say that you plan to lose 1 pound per week, by walking at least 45 minutes each day and eliminating evening snacks.

Second, pick reasonable goals. Don’t just say you’re going to get more organized; instead, set a goal of cleaning out one closet or set of drawers each week.

Third, enlist a family member, co-worker or other friend to help you reach your goal. Involving another person makes you more accountable and may help you achieve success.

Finally, keep track of your progress. Celebrating small victories can keep you motivated, which increases your chance of keeping your resolutions.