Time magazine confirms our theory as they reference a Marist poll that found "that while 65% of people who made a resolution in 2008 kept their promise for at least part of the following year, 35% never even made it out of the gate."
Time talked to five experts ranging from a recovering heroin addict to a behavioral scientist, and here's what they came up with to ensure your resolutions stick.
- Don't Kid Yourself
Hold yourself accountable for your goals.
- Quit Cold Turkey -- Temporarily
Abstain for a finite time period, before beginning moderate behavior.
- Do What the Dalai Lama Would Do
Practice mindfulness so that you can build your will power muscles.
- Don't Try to Scare Yourself Straight
Reward yourself for good behavior and celebrate success towards a goal.
- Get Better Friends
Support from your social group is crucial to changing behaviors or lifestyles.
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