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We are three days from the beginning of 2012, and a lot of us are going to make resolutions that we probably won’t keep. The usual resolution involves either losing weight, quitting some legal or illegal substance. New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep; but if it’s really important to you, I have a couple of pointers that can help you stick to an ideal plan.

One sure way to get the gears turning on a New Year’s resolution is to write a yearly reflection. Writing this will help you point out the key reasons why you want to change, and why it’s such a big deal to you. It will also help you to determine what steps you need to take, in order to meet your future goals.

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Leave daily reminders around the house, to conflict with the things that trigger your bad habits. Using things like a post-it to stick on cabinets, the refrigerator or even that draw that you used to keep your cigarettes in, will help you get closer to your goal. I once knew a guy who took pictures of himself when he was overweight and put them all over his house as a constant reminder that he needed to workout. That one is a bit extreme, but you get the point.

Make a step by step list that will help you lead your own way. A lot of times people jump head first into their resolutions, instead of thinking of the essentials they need to complete these goals. Making a list is a good reference to keep around when you’re trying to maintain your New Year’s resolution.

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Sometimes it’s hard to go at it alone. So try finding a support system, to help you through this somewhat difficult task. We tend to pick things that are not easy to accomplish as a New Year’s resolution. Having people around you that may have the same goal or that are in full support of the change, you are trying to make will be a great asset to have in your back pocket.

Like the God Janus, whom which apparently started this whole New Year’s resolution tradition, we have to look backward in order to move forward. Make sure that your past is fully re-examined before making a resolution this year. It will help you in the long run.

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