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New year, new you! Don't settle for average this year.

Jan 1, 2017 6:43:00 AM

You don’t need to wait until January to make changes in your life, but since we're here on the eve of 2017, we’re going to talk about resolutions.

Those who make resolutions spend January and February jazzed about how much better life will be when the next new year arrives. In reality, though, research shows that 88% of people abandon their resolutions.

Depressing, right? But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Start by accepting this undeniable truth about resolutions: change is hard.

Then, consider this: Einstein (supposedly) said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

So you CAN make the same resolutions as last year and achieve them this year – as long as you take a different approach.

The real secret to creating lasting change is less about willpower and more about smarter goals and smarter thinking.

Try, for example, spreading out your goals. Is it really feasible to give up caffeine and smoking at the same time? While you have good intentions, your body probably can’t beat two addictions at once.

Then, change how you think about your goals – if, for example, all you do is punish yourself for failures, you'll start seeing yourself as a failure, and, if you're a failure, why bother? (Your brain says that, not us.) Positive reinforcement is the only way to make positive behavioral changes.

So make your resolutions and, while you're at it, resolve to approach them differently so you can be successful this year!

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Courtney Stallings
Written by Courtney Stallings

Courtney writes and edits content for Leading Results and their clients. She has been described as a Grammar Nazi and enjoys crafting writing with excellent spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

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