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By Anna Condon, Junior Copywriter
Get fit. Save more. Quit smoking. With the dawn of the new year, like clockwork, we compile lists of bad habits to break, hopes for the future, and all the things we’d like to do differently in the coming year. It’s a time for resolve, renewal, and resolutions. But, we often end up falling short.
According to a survey by Statistics Brain, less than 10 percent of people felt they were successful in achieving their resolution last year. In theory, resolutions offer a benchmark and motivation to achieve more — but most of us make too many at once, make them too vague, or just aren’t motivated.
Specificity is key.
New Year’s resolutions tend to be aspirational goals that are difficult to attain. We make these grand overarching goals as motivation, but with larger goals it’s crucial to plan specific, quantifiable steps to achieve them.