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#ThursdayThought: Don't give up on your 2018 Resolutions!

New Years is often a time when people reflect on the previous year and determine to make positive lifestyle changes.

Now that January is ending, many people have already given up on their resolutions. Use these tips and take the time to renew your dedication to making positive changes!

  1. Be realistic in your goals and create a plan! Give yourself small, achievable goals throughout the year to meet your larger, main goal. Seeing progress with these smaller goals is a great way of encouragement.

  2. Don’t keep it to yourself! Rededicate yourself to your resolution by sharing with your close family and friends. By allowing more people to know about your goals, you can ask for help in achieving them and ask for an accountability buddy.

  3. Don’t give up! Failure is a part of life, but don’t let it discourage you. Take a moment to re-center yourself and begin again. Reconsider what happened in your previous attempt and do what you can to remove the temptations.

  4. Create a Reward System! Planning a reward system for achieving your goals increases your chance of reaching your goal. For example, you can buy yourself a new shirt for your first 10lbs lost.

Don’t be part of the 92% of people who fail to keep your New Year’s resolution. “January 1 signifies a new beginning. However, each day allows for a new beginning, and hence it is a reset,” (Dr. Robert Anding, Baylor College of Medicine). Take it slow and don’t beat yourself up if you fail at achieving your goals. By making realistic resolutions you have a higher chance of achieving them.