As we say goodbye to 2009, it is that time of year to say hello to our New Year’s Resolutions. While many of us make big promises for the upcoming year, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep these promises to ourselves in the midst of our busy lives. Recent studies by John C. Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton shows that only about 46 percent of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will keep them. Since the statistics were self reported, the real number is probably even lower. Here are some tips on how to keep your resolution this year:

Be Realistic! You know what you are and are not capable of. While you should also push yourself, be aware of what is realistically possible with your other responsibilities.

Make your goals manageable. You may have big dreams in mind for 2010, but make sure to break this huge goal into realistic and manageable steps or benchmarks. If you are trying to lose 30 pounds, break it down to working out 5 times a week or losing 8 pounds in the first 2 months.

Find Support. It is much easier to complete a goal if you have the support of a friend or loved one. They can offer encouragement or give you motivation to keep going. Team up with a buddy and track your progress together, and you will more likely see success.

Know it is okay to make some mistakes. People who experience a setback in their initial goal have a tendency to just give up and throw the entire goal out of the window. Just because you go on one vacation and spend more money than you should, doesn’t mean you should throw out your resolution to spend less money this year.

Make your resolution explicit! If you announce your resolution to people other than yourself, you will feel more accountable in fulfilling it. Tell your friends, post it on your blog or Facebook, or join a support group. If you keep your resolution a secret, no one will know if you don’t succeed – giving you less motivation.

Don’t get discouraged. If New Year’s 2011 comes around and you haven’t exactly lived up to your own expectations, use that as a learning experience and try again. You may need a more realistic goal or just some more motivation.

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