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A few tips that can help make resolutions more likely to work:
#1. Make it a habit
Most of us are creatures of habit, and tend to do things on autopilot. For instance, every morning I want a cup of coffee before I want to do anything else. However, when I was pregnant, I stopped drinking coffee. The first few days were brutal. I was grumpy, and irritable. I had headaches. Yet after about a month I stopped even thinking about the coffee, and went immediately for a glass of water.
Conventional wisdom is that it takes about 21 days to make a habit. So for the first few weeks you'll have to try really hard to make your resolution work. But after that, your resolution should become habit. It will become automatic and you won't think too much about it.
#2. Just start
Break your resolution into small parts. And start with the smallest and easiest step. Once you start doing something, it is so much easier to keep going.
Capitalize on the law of Inertia. If you want to start going to the gym in the mornings, make a resolution to put on your gym clothes and sneakers. Before doing anything else. Including getting that cup of coffee. Once you are in those gym clothes, it becomes easier to go, and you'll be less likely to flake.
#3. Make doing it easier
Whatever you resolve to do, make it easier. If you resolve to stop watching TV, hide your remote. If you resolve to stop drinking, don't meet your friends at the bar. Plan ahead. Make breaking the resolution difficult.
Most of the time we do what is easiest and slip back into old habits (see #1). So, raise the difficulty needed to do anything that will break your resolution.
In 2015, I'm resolving to read more books. My first order of business, putting my phone out of reach at night, and a book at my bedside table.