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I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for New Year's resolutions. I get swept away with the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. But honestly, if you think about it, what makes Jan. 1 different from May 1? Making resolutions at the end of December won't magically make them easier to keep.
You see the thing is, I know all that, but I still can't help falling for the New Year hype. It appears that I'm not alone: 40 to 50% of people make New Year's resolutions, according to a study by clinical psychologist John Norcross. The downside? Only 40 to 46% of those resolutions make it through the first six months.
However, I'm an eternal optimist; if the hope of a new year is what it takes to make self-improvement goals, it's better to start making positive changes in your life than not trying at all. Here are some tips on how to make your savvy New Year's resolutions stick:
- Ready For Change: Norcross found that being in the right frame of mind for your New Year's resolution is the best predictor of the permanence of one's goals. This means that you have to be prepared for your self-improvement plans. It helps to have a goal that's realistic, and something that you've been thinking about for a while.
- Treat Yourself: You have to set up some kind of system to reward yourself for good behavior. For example, if you're trying to cap your spending limit, figure out what kind of fun budget-friendly alternatives you can do in lieu of getting your satisfaction from expensive activities. Maybe it's reading a book at the library or a trip to an art museum with friends.
Get the rest of the tips at SavvySugar.