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New year’s resolutions that work: How to change your life

Every new year, we make resolutions. It feels like getting a new start on life. We're full of hope and anticipation. But, year after year, the same thing happens. Within a few weeks, it's all gone -- the enthusiasm, the hope... Once again, the new year’s resolutions have fizzled out. And we feel deflated, sad and guilty: we broke our promises to ourselves.

Statistics show that the percentage of people who maintain new year’s resolutions falls sharply as the weeks go by... to the point where half of the people who make good resolutions at new year have given up on them by the end of June.

The "glass is half full" perspective is that half of the people succeed. Which half do you want to be in? It's not necessarily going to be easy to succeed, but it will be easier if you are prepared. Three simple principles will help you make – and keep – new year’s resolutions. See: Resolutions That Work: How to make, and keep, new year's resolutions. Note: It may take a few moments for the PDF to appear in your browser.

This whimsical 30-second video is about making new year's resolutions and aiming high.

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The audio part of the above video is taken from a radio interview. Here is another couple of sound bites from that interview, talking about the right attitude:

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See also:

- How to develop a proactive mindset

- Self-Leadership Workbook: When Just Do It won't do it

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