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Make It, Don’t Break It!

It is said that 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians began the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Back then, resolutions were along the lines of returning borrowed items. Today, some of the most popular resolutions are losing weight and quitting smoking/drinking.
Making resolutions is easy. The hardest part is keeping them. Here are some tips to help you stick to your goals in 2011.
Make your resolutions more specific. For example, instead of saying “I will cut back on smoking,” make your resolution “I will smoke three less sticks per day.”

Remind yourself often of your resolutions. Constant reminders can help give you the push you need to start working towards your goal. You can also ask for help from friends and relatives so they can act as a support group, particularly if your New Year’s resolution is challenging.

Find a way to resist temptation. Having trouble sticking to your new lifestyle? Try to distract yourself whenever you feel the urge to indulge too much.

Keep track of your progress. Knowing how far you’ve come and how much (or how little) still needs to be done can be a great motivational tool.

Don’t be discouraged if you slip up. As with any big change, it’s only natural to occasionally have setbacks. The important thing is you take steps to reach your goals and/or improve the quality of your life.

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