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Tips to Achieving Your New Year's Goals

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TIPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR NEW YEAR'S GOALS

• Set realistic, achievable goals

• Be specific (not "work out more," but "I'm going to go to the gym three times a week")

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• Establish a deadline for reaching your goal ("I'm going to lose five pounds by Memorial Day")

• Break goal into small, action steps

• Set a start and stop time for each step ("I'm going to clean this corner of the garage from 9 to 11 on Saturday")

• Keep your goal "top of mind" by using visual reminders (notes on bathroom mirror or steering wheel)

• Choose one day a week, on a calendar, to check on your progress

• Make one resolution at a time, be selective and don't overwhelm yourself

• Make yourself "accountable" to someone else by informing that person of your goals

• Be consistent -- repeating a new behavior helps to replace old behavior

• Use positive self-talk -- "I am losing weight" or "I am becoming a saver"

• Modify your goal, if necessary, rather than abandoning it

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