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Jan 4, 2011
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Another year, another opportunity to leave those uninvited burdens in 2010. And so comes the much-awaited New Year’s resolution – we say yay hurray, but you say boo.
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Perfectly understandable, since nobody takes New Year’s resolutions seriously anymore, and for a good reason: it’s almost always doomed to fail.

A tradition fast dying by means of loss of credibility.

Hope springs first thing in 2011, but keeping the faith in all 365 days sounds like a resolution that needs commitment on its own.

A failed resolution however is the only thing about the New Year that gets its due.

But we’ll be damned not to give this tradition another chance, because it always gives us a chance too, every year in fact. Here are five fail-proof tips to starting not only the New Year, but also your New Year’s resolutions right:

Start when you’re ready, not because it’s January
Do know that a resolution does not essentially have to start on a January. While it’s always better to kick a good habit off early, running out of steam the first time almost always happens every time. The New Year brings a brightened glimmer of hope, but that’s about all it gives you. Starting at mid-February and so forth should be a more realistic timetable for you to start.

You need an entourage to be motivated to start and continue
For fear of putting their foot in their mouths, folks tend to keep their resolutions to themselves. Telling friends and family about your goals could be instrumental in keeping a promise. Note: a broken promise to yourself is a broken promise to everyone else you know. But then again, you’ll get all the support and company you need in exchange, making everything easier.

Consult with friends about the attainability of your resolution

You might not know it at first, but your friends and family know when a resolution is doomed from the start. Ask them for an opinion before going for the kill; they’ll keep your goals in check. Pledging never to eat your favorite food again to lose weight sounds attainable to you, but not to everyone else. And chances are they are right. Be realistic, according to them.

People make resolutions to start a new habit than to break an old one
They always say it takes 21 days for a new activity such as exercising or dieting to become a habit, and 6 months for this habit to blend in with your personality. So go ahead and approach this goal on a different perspective – you’re starting a habit of becoming a non-smoker or a grade-A student. You’re technically not stopping anything, but instead starting something.

Keep your list to a minimum
In fact tone it down to a single resolution if you can help it. But if you’re one to aim high, try not to go beyond number 7. George Miller, a 1950s psychologist, proposed that we can only deal with 7 bits of information at any one time. Any more than that and we would need help remembering it. The process of achieving a single goal alone can be overwhelming.

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WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO
IMAGE FROM MEET DAVE (2008)

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