ATLANTA (CNN) -- Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you find you make and then never keep the resolutions you made?
Nearly half of Americans ring in the New Year with resolutions to make the next year better than the last, but only 59-percent follow through. So, how do you keep the will to make the year better?
One psychologist says:
- The first step is believing you can actually keep your resolutions.
- Second, be realistic. Set specific goals and write them down.
- Third, put in the work to make it happen. If you want to get in better shape for example, be realistic about how many miles you can run or how many times you can get to the gym. You want to challenge but not overwhelm yourself.
- Fourth, surround yourself with good role models. We tend to imitate the people around us.
- Lastly, persevere. Don't let obstacles and slip-ups keep you from achieving your goal. A slip-up doesn't have to mean you give up completely.
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