How to Make a New Year's Resolution That Works

Specific 

Big, sweeping statements sound nice and motivational but are not actually practical. For example, I will not drink alone before 8 p.m. is a specific goal that solves a specific problem.

Actionable 

Choosing to do something is easier than choosing NOT to do something. I will make myself a coffee at home because I will NOT buy coffee at Starbucks.

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Measurable 

You need to measure what you do so that you can celebrate when you do it. You need to be able to build on the positive momentum of your achievement.

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Realistic 

If the goal is unrealistic or too difficult, then you will quit before you start. We don’t like a failure, so if the goal is never going to be reached, we probably won’t try at all.

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