How to keep your New Year resolutions: Top tips

Here's how to make sure you succeed with all those good intentions


It's 2017, and it's time to start those New Year's resolutions. So here are a few tips to help you do it.

1: Keep your goals realistic. Rome wasn't built in a day. All that pasta you ate in 2016 isn't going to be burned off in a day, either. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, choose a goal (or a series of mini-goals) that feels attainable .

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2: Keep your goals to yourself. Studies show that telling others about your goals can actually give you a false sense of accomplishment, leading you to slack off before you even begin.

3: Make an action plan. Decide how you're going to do what you want to do. Mapping out a game plan can give you direction and help you spot any early pitfalls before they happen.

4: Track your progress. Keeping a record of your progress can help motivate you — and keep you accountable.

5: Keep your goals positive. The happier they make you, the more likely you are to stay with them. Science says so.