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How to make your resolutions a reality

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A lot of people ring in the New Year with a resolution, but sticking to those goals can be difficult. But there are some tried and true ways to make your resolutions a reality.

First, be specific. Don't just say, I want to lost weight or handle money better.

Psychologist Mark Crawford says, " Those are too general. I think you have to be more specific - I want to lose 10lbs. I want to save $2,000 this year. So the more specific, the more likely you will meet that goal."

Second, be realistic about what you can accomplish. It's pretty hard to lost a 100 lbs in a year. Set out to do what is attainable.

Then it's time to make a plan. If you want to slim down and get fit, you might set a goal of working out three days a week and decreasing your portion sizes at meals.

You also need to set short-term goals. Set your goal for a week or two. Then you can see your progress.

Most importantly, stick with it. Don't let setbacks cause you to give up. Your goal is progress, not perfection.

And try not to make more than one or two resolutions per year. More than that may be setting yourself up for failure.

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