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New Year's Resolutions: How to Slay 2018

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Goal setting is imperative to self-improvement. How can we get where we want to be if we don't set and achieve the steps we need to take to get there? New Year's resolutions are essential so that we can slay the year and move a few more steps closer to where we want to be both in life and as a human being.

New Year's Resolutions: How to Slay 2018

new year's resolutions

The majority of people give up on their goals by February. Why? Because they often bite off more than they can chew. To be effective New Year's resolutions should be broken down into achievable mini-goals.

Here are three science-based principles to help you set definitive goals in a more attainable way:

Start small.

Achieving bite-sized mini-goals as you go along is far more motivating, and will help you stay focused on the end goal. If your objective for 2018 is to lose weight, set realistic landmarks to help you accomplish your desired weight loss. For example, lose 2 pounds by week two, then continue to drop 2-3 pounds per week until you achieve your ideal weight. Put a time frame on your end weight destination.

Write your goals down.

Putting pen to paper helps you make a mental commitment to your goal, and puts your goals out there into the universe. Hang your goals somewhere where you will see them every day, like on the refrigerator door.

Vocalize your goals.

Sharing your goals with friends helps you make both a mental and verbal commitment. Good friends will encourage you to keep on the right track to attain your goals - being inspired and motivated to achieve goals is contagious. Spend time with positive people who push you to fulfill your dreams.

As you track your successful progress, you'll inspire yourself to push yourself harder. Setting tangible goals will slowly change your behavior to adapt your lifestyle to become the person you aspire to be.