Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 3, 2013

How to make your New Year's resolution stick

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Lastly, make it time-based. You need to have a specific date set for reaching your goal. This will help you to stay focused. As we all know it is very easy to put things off until tomorrow, especially when it comes to fitness. Set a date and hold yourself to it. You may want to share your smart goal with a friend, family member or trainer. Having someone else who can hold you accountable can be the difference between succeeding and trying again next year.

Expert: Art McDermott

Owner, Matrix Strength & Fitness

Answer: This is a highly individual answer, but as a rule – I start small. The vast majority of resolutions go by the wayside within the first few weeks. However, if you start with only one small change and can maintain this change for 21 days, your chances of success greatly increase.

Studies show that if you stick with a new habit past this 21-day period, it then becomes something you just do, rather than something you are forced to do.

These small changes over time have a massive impact on results. In addition, remember that success breeds success. Imagine a the changes that can take place by stringing together a series of small successes. Don’t try to change the world overnight. You are setting yourself up for failure. Start small and succeed, then build on this a little bit at a time.

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