New Year's resolutions are a time honored tradition that allows folks a chance to break bad habits and start good ones. It's a tradition that dates all the way back to the time when the Romans created the modern calendar.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking, or work harder at something specific, most of us at least think about New Year's resolutions. The problem is most of us don't keep them for very long. In fact, studies show that before the first six months of the year is over, half of us have fallen off the resolution wagon.
We all have personal goals. We all have habits we'd like to break. If you've made a resolution, write it down. Share it with your friends. Have someone you trust hold you accountable.
If you're resolution requires you to stop doing something, make sure you replace it with something else. If you are going to start working out, set a schedule, get a partner, have them drag you to the gym when you don't want to go.
Or better yet, don't wait until January 1 to become a better version of yourself. The only way to do that is to stick to the resolutions you make in January.
I like the point that Benjamin Franklin once made about resolutions. He basically said if we honor our New Year's resolutions every year, we eventually become better and better versions of ourselves.
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