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A new year, a new you

January 01, 2008|By DACRUZ NORBERTO / Pulse Correspondent

It's 2008 and that means that it's time for a new you for the New Year.

People are always making new resolutions for New Year's Day to correct bad habits, but how often are they completed? New Year's resolutions are almost never accomplished because of wishful thinking and lack of follow through.

However, goals can be met with a few simple steps.

1. Begin by anticipating negative influences that might sway you away from completing your goal. Tell yourself, "I can do it. This is for me to complete, so I can break my bad habits."

2. Motivate yourself. Write down the benefits of accomplishing the resolution and decide whether or not to commit to it.

3. Plan to succeed. If you decide to make a resolution, write down a detailed plan that outlines steps toward your goal so it can be achieved.

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4. Persevere. Lifestyles changes take a long time to get used to, so don't give up your resolution just because it seems difficult. Keep a record of your accomplishments and reward yourself when notable steps toward your goal are completed.

5. Remake your promise. If your resolution is broken, don't worry. Start over from the beginning. The worst thing to do when trying to accomplish a New Year's resolution is giving up.

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