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Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Keep a New Year's Resolution

We are a few weeks into 2016. Maybe you made a New Year's Resolutions and are still on track. Maybe you are having trouble staying motivated. If you are serious about maintaining your resolution, why not try the following?

1. Don't Break the Chain
This motivational technique used by Jerry Seinfeld requires only a calendar and pen (or an app). Every day you work toward your resolution, you place a mark (preferably big and noticeable) on the calendar. After a few days, you will create a chain. Keeping the chain intact means continuing your goal every single day. Watch a YouTube video explaining the concept here.

2. Do It With a Friend
If you have a friend with a similar resolution, try doing it together. Having someone to talk to while you do it will surely make it easier. It is also a great way to keep each other in check and increase accountability. 

3. Be Specific and Realistic:
Break up a broad resolution into smaller goals. For example, instead of just saying "eat healthier", try "No more soda and eat at least one fruit a day". Not only will this make you more likely to keep your goals, but accomplishing little things every day can help boost your confidence. Additionally, mind your limits and make changes gradually. If you haven't run since freshman PE, don't try running two miles your first day. Rather, begin small and increase the distance slowly.

I wish you the best of luck.  Feel free to share other tips in the comments below.

Written by Jenna M., Homework Assistant

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