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10 Tips To Keep Your New Years Resolution In 2013

Make It A Goal
Make It A Goal
Some resolutions can be too vague to be actionable. Turn your resolution into a goal. The difference between a resolution and a goal is that you know when you've met a goal. (Photo by Andrea Francolini/Getty Images)
Be Specific
Be Specific
Don't be vague! A goal to lose weight is vague. More specifically your goal might be to eat small, healthy meals, do cardio for an hour a day and lift weights every other day for 30 minutes until you lose 10 pounds, lower your blood pressure by 30 points and are able do 50 push ups. See the difference?
Write It Down
Write It Down
List your goals. Only a small percent of people actually take the time to write down their goals. Welcome to that small percent. (Photo credit MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
Break It Into Actionable Steps
Break It Into Actionable Steps
Divide your goal into small actionable steps. For example, if you want to write a novel you might... 1. Think of 20 plots. 2. Choose one. 3. Outline the chapters. 4. Write each chapter. 5. Edit. 6. Have someone else edit. 7. Search for publishers etc. etc. etc. (Photo credit TOBIAS HASE/AFP/Getty Images)
Be Realistic
Be Realistic
Losing 20 pounds in a weekend is unlikely, losing 20 pounds before swimsuit season is completely feasible. If you set your goals unrealistically you might start to feel helpless and fall off the wagon before the ride gets started! (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Share Your Resolution
Share Your Resolution
By sharing your dreams and desires with friends and family you hold yourself accountable and breath life into your goals. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Keep Visual Reminders
Keep Visual Reminders
Wear a ring, hang a note on your bathroom mirror or keep a note or photo in your wallet reminding you of your goal. (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Visualize The End Results
Visualize The End Results
Focusing on the end results can give you the motivation to get started. Close your eyes and imagine what you'll look like on the beach, how your bank account will look or how your novel will be bound! (Photo credit JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Reward Yourself
Reward Yourself
Find small ways to reward yourself when you go a certain amount of time maintaining your resolution or meet a goal. (Photo credit stephane jourdain/AFP/Getty Images)
Use Free Software
Use Free Software
Check out sites like Stickk.com, Bucketlist.net and FitDay.com which help you check in with your goals on a regular basis. (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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