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New year, new you — that’s the way it works right? You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again; “I’m losing 30 pounds, I’m quitting smoking, I‘m gonna get organized this year,” everyone, including yourself, will make new year’s resolution with hopes of kicking a habit, trying something new or just becoming a better you. Saying what your new year’s resolution will be is easy, sticking to it is hard. But with the right mindset, the right goals and few tricks, you can stick to your New Year’s resolution and achieve so much more. Here are are a few New Year’s Resolution Hacks to keep you on track this year!

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Set small goals

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It can be overwhelming to pile on running a marathon, learning a new language and get straight A’s all together, and chances are you’ll run a higher risk of failing. Set small, attainable goals that are easy to stick with and you’ll find it easier to follow through and improve. If you want to start exercising more, make it a goal to workout at least three times a week, instead of everyday. Or if you want to go vegetarian, slowly wean yourself off by only allowing yourself to eat meat on the weekends.

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Create deadlines & track your progress

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This can get a bit tedious, but it will help you out in the long run. Get organized about your new year's resolution and create deadlines for yourself. Having those deadlines will force you to keep tabs on how you’re doing and ensure that you stack on track to meet your goals. If you’re quitting smoking, maybe you’d like to be down to 2 cigarettes a day by February, 1 day by March and smoke free by April, keeping those markers in mind will help keep you in check. The same goes for weight loss, if you know you only have a week left to lose that last pound for the month, you might be inclined to run an extra mile on the treadmill or skip dessert.

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Find a buddy or group

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Sticking to something is a lot easier when you have the support of a friend or group. Find someone who has a similar goals to keep each other grounded and motivated throughout the year. Having someone to talk to when you’re struggling is crucial and not to mention, you’ll feel obligated to stick to it if your friend does — no one wants to be the first one to bail. If there’s no one who can help you stay on track, don’t underestimate the power of a support group, where you can openly share your feelings and learn tips and tricks from other people.

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Reward small achievements

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Believe it or not, this can be one of the hardest things to do. It is SO important to reward yourself and keep a positive outlook throughout this process. Just the fact that you have acknowledged a need for change and are taking the necessary steps to try and improve, is a milestone in itself. You have to hype up the small stuff, that’s what’s going to keep you motivated and positive. Maybe you kept your room clean for a whole week or didn’t spend all of your allotted play money for the week, pat yourself on the back chica! That’s progress.

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Make it public if you think it will help

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While I am personally not of a fan of sharing every waking detail of my life or getting sappy on social media, it can be the exception for a New Year’s Resolution. If you tell everyone that you’re going to run a marathon in 2016 — you kind of have to stick to it. Which is a good use of peer pressure in a way, but at the same time, if you don’t follow through or achieve your goal, it can be a little embarrassing because you put it up there for everyone to see. If you think having the pressure of everyone expecting you to succeed will help motivate you — do it. Instagram, Tweet, Facebook, even Snapchat it. But if you prefer to work toward your goal privately, that’s cool too.

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Make room for human error

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At the end of the day, we are all human and are not perfect. You will make mistakes, you will fall off the wagon, and girl you will find yourself shoving empanadas in your face at 2 a.m. when you said you’d be up by 5 a.m. to go to the gym. IT’S OKAY! Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy, so don’t give up or quit just because you made one mistake. Just take it one day at a time, keep a positive attitude, and remind yourself that what you’re doing is difficult, but you’re amazing for trying.