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It's that time of the year again when people make a New Year’s resolution to guide them through another 365 days. Such has been the tradition for many decades, but does it really work? If you feel social pressure to make a resolution for the coming year, take heed: you don’t need to do what everyone else does. And there are other things you can do instead.

Why You Don’t Need a New Year’s Resolution

According to a , only 46% of people who make resolutions report success halfway through the year. So, spare yourself the frustration and failure because you may not even need a New Year’s resolution.

It won’t work if you were pressured into it.

If your reason is to join the bandwagon instead of , then it defeats the purpose of having a resolution. You won't feel motivated to fulfill your goal if you don't feel strongly about them. Don’t pressure yourself; otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure from the get-go. 

You’re probably already doing your best.

While you can always improve yourself, never forget to acknowledge how far you’ve come. Remember everything you’ve been through and pat yourself on the back. Loosen up a bit and give yourself room to make mistakes. Making a New Year’s resolution may sound like something an achiever would do, but the new year is also a time to rest and restore – you can’t pour from an empty cup.

A great new year requires habits and lifestyle changes.

It may take more than just one New Year’s resolution to have a better year– you need habits and lifestyle changes. Want to lose weight? Eat healthily and exercise regularly. But take it slowly because you can’t overhaul decades-old habits overnight. See how you progress and let the small changes motivate you to push further until you start seeing the big changes.

Ditch Making a New Year’s Resolution – Do These Instead

This year, drop resolution-making and opt for these realistic alternatives for more lasting change.

Set a goal for each month.

While it’s easier to have one resolution for the entire year, sticking to it can be challenging. Why not of the year and work on it? It breaks down a lofty goal into easily achievable steps. Thinking in the short-term might also be less daunting.

You can start by exercising three times a week in January, eating a home-cooked meal every night in February, or saving half of your monthly salary in March. Have a clear goal – one that’s measurable and realistic.

Create a bucket list.

If you haven’t done this before, now is the time. Start by listing all the things you want to do without filtering. Then, go over it and retain those that are more important to you and can . Don’t worry if the entries don’t have a purpose other than you want to do them.

Develop a mantra.

A mantra is a short phrase you repeat over and over, like a chant to keep you going or remind you of what you need to do. For example, if you tend to overspend, develop a mantra to counter your urge. The next time you run to the grocery store, remember your mantra, and say it out loud, be it “buy only what you need” or “I want .”

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