Every New Year we say to ourselves, "I'm definitely going to do this in the new year." But at the end of the year, we realize that we haven't come close to achieving that goal, or worse, we remember that we left that resolution behind in February or March. While sticking with your New Year's resolution isn't always easy, it's still possible.

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Make a solid plan. 

Lots of people make plans to achieve their goals, especially for resolutions, but you need to have a strong plan in order to succeed. Let's say that your New Year's resolution is to become more healthy (which is like everyone's New Year's resolution), and your plan is to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. Yes, that's a good start, but that plan won't be enough to stick with your resolution. Your plan must be detailed and not just a rough outline.

Envision your goal.

When we get caught up in the craziness of life, it's easy to lose sight of your goal. Pick something to be a reminder of your goal, like an object or a picture. Put that in a place where you'll always see it as a constant reminder of it, so that you can find the motivation to work towards success.

Ease into the change.

I think that one of the biggest issues with New Year's resolutions is that people are filled with so much motivation at the beginning that they jump straight into something that's entirely different. While that motivation is a good thing, the key to sticking with your resolutions is to maintain that motivation. Instead of having a sudden change, ease into it by introducing one more new thing over a long period of time. For example, going off of the same "becoming more healthy" goal, you might start by going to the gym once a week for half an hour and then gradually increasing it in terms of time and frequency until you get to the desired amount.

Put it on paper.

Instead of just having a goal in mind, put it on paper. By writing it down, it solidifies the goal and keeps it from being something that you want and turns it into something that you will achieve. In addition, you can also use what you have put into writing and leave it somewhere in your house so that it can remind you of the goal.

Restart your goal.

If you feel like you're heading down the wrong path towards your resolution or you just end up getting lost and unmotivated, it's okay to start over. It doesn't have to be a new year for you to create a goal and just go for it. No matter what you do, don't let a dream be deferred (totally referenced a poem there) because if you continue putting it off, it'll eventually die. If your resolution doesn't seem to be going anywhere, there's nothing wrong with restarting it. Use your mistakes and learn from them, as tacky as it sounds.

What are your New Year's resolutions?

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