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    While you’re shopping, decorating and attending parties, something powerful starts to happen: you look back on the year you’re about to kiss goodbye. Naturally, while looking back, you take stock of lessons learned and plan to make the next year better than the last. Resolving to be or do better is fun and useful, but do you know how to keep these New Year resolutions?

    There are common New Year’s resolutions that get made each season. You might opt for healthier goals and to choose healthier habits. Will you exercise more? Can you plan to successfully pay off certain debt? Maybe you’ll try to get a handle on weight loss or even quit smoking. 

    Read here for tips on how to keep New Year’s resolutions. Remember to create attainable goals that will change daily habits for better chances of success in 2020.

    How To Keep New Year’s Resolutions

    What do you most want to accomplish in 2020? When you apply the power of positive thinking, you can really find the motivation to beat a bad habit and accomplish realistic goals. 

    Whether you resolve to achieve short-term goals or long-term goals, how can you stay committed to your resolution and maintain behavior changes once the excitement of a new decade wears off and you’re back to the day-to-day?

    The truth of the matter is millions of people try to swap out unhealthy behaviors for healthier behaviors. And according to a recent study, 80 – 90 percent of those people are actually able to moderate or stop their unhealthy behaviors.1 So, what’s their secret?

    Recipe For Success: Set Attainable And Realistic Goals

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    You might be looking to achieve certain financial goals or finally tackle a struggle, like weight loss. If you can focus on the changes and be able to discipline yourself, your resolution can have a lasting positive effect for the rest of your life. But, you’ll want to make sure you stick to your daily behavior — and divorce yourself from an idea of what success looks like. Success must be felt in the day-to-day actions you take to achieve your goals.

    So, instead of saying, “This year, I resolve to pay off my credit cards entirely,” focus on something more trackable. For instance, you can say, “This year, I intend to devote an extra $100 from each paycheck to my credit card debt.” That way, each time you deduct $100 from your paycheck, you can consider it a great success.

    This type of structure will fuel you to keep going. Small steps make your goals achievable and keep you from becoming discouraged by what might otherwise seem impossible or insurmountable. In this way, your New Year’s resolutions become lifestyle choices. You’re resolving to complete an achievable, repeatable action every week or two.

    Use Short-Term Goals To Ultimately Reach Your Long-Term Goals

    woman running | Gundry MDShort-term goals can be met more easily. You can check off a short-term goal each day or week. In the case of getting more exercise, how much are you exercising now? Can you simply add 10 minutes to your daily workout? If you make your goal to add 10 minutes of exercise to your current routine, every day you actually add that 10 minutes, you get to say, “I did it.” 

    And when you start to string together a bunch of smaller, “I did its,” you’ll get to your long-term goal without even noticing you’ve been working toward it. Nothing motivates growth like success. That’s why you want to help yourself succeed by setting up specific, trackable, achievable goals.

    Swap Out Your Bad Habits For Different Habits (a.k.a. Good Habits)

    Instead of simply “stopping” a behavior, try swapping it out for different behaviors. 

    For example: If you’re used to drinking soda with each meal, swap it out for some carbonated mineral water with lemon or lime instead (Dr. G recommends San Pellegrino). You’ll still get that bubbly satisfaction without all the sugar and empty calories. And better yet, you more you make this swap, the closer you’ll get to eliminating soda from your diet altogether.

    Make It Easy

    woman taking vitamins | Gundry MDTry to associate your resolutions with something you already do every day, without fail.2 For example, if you want to focus on a goal like getting more vitamin D, keep your vitamin D bottle next to your toothbrush. That way, whenever you go to brush your teeth, you’ll be reminded to take your vitamins.

    If you want to walk for 20 minutes a day, choose to take your lunch to a nearby park. You’re going to eat lunch every day, right? If you link your walk to getting to a place to eat your lunch, you’ll never miss it. See how that works?

    2020 Is The Year To Make And Stick To Life-Changing Resolutions

    Little by little, you’ll get to where you want to be. So, focus on smaller steps. Make your short-term goals achievable, and you’ll see just how much success you can achieve.

    BONUS: If you want to get ideas for what to add to your resolutions list this year, check out my 20 Things To Do For Better Health And Wellness in 2020 blog.

    One more thing to remember: you’re only human. If you make a mistake or forget to accomplish a goal, tomorrow is another day. Just pick right back up and try again. 

    May 2020 be filled with good health, happiness, and your many successes.