How to Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions | Research Explained

The New Year is officially here, which means it’s time to start setting some New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s dive into the research and explore why we set New Year’s resolutions, why most of them fail, and what we can do to succeed.

Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions is difficult because it requires changing your behavior for a long period of time. You can't just commit to your resolution for a few days and then expect to see lasting results.

You want to start by setting S.M.A.R.T resolutions. Once you have a clear picture of what you are trying to accomplish, you can better plan out the steps you need to take to get there.

Once you have a plan, don't rely on motivation to get you to stick with it, focus on building systems instead. Make it easy to stick with your resolution and make it hard to fail. Commit fully to it and make your resolution part of your identity.

Now all that's left to do is to stick with it. Keep defining and re-adjusting your plan. Keep creating and refining your systems. Keep reminding yourself of the person that you want to become.

If you can do that, I'm positive this will be a great year!

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