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In less than 72 hours, we will be closing the chapter of 2017, and starting a new one. Are New Year 2018you ready to make it the best year ever? Today, we’re talking about New Year Resolutions – and although they might not be anyone’s favorite topic, they do get a lot of attention.

Believe it or not, nearly half of all Americans (approximately 40 percent) of American adults make one or more resolutions, but very few stick with them all year round. In fact, the odds are against us! According to U.S. News, approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try at all. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you work to improve yourself in 2018:

  • Get your resolutions down on paper (or on a computer screen)

Go grab your notebook and write down your resolutions. Studies show that those who write down their goals are more likely to succeed when compared to those did not. The act of writing forces you to brainstorm a plan and motivate you to take action. Find out all of the reasons why you should commit your goals to writing.

  • Talk to family or friends

When we keep our resolutions to ourselves, we don’t have anyone to hold us accountable. Sit down and talk to your inner circle about your self-improvement goals, and ask them to be your accountability partners. There may even be someone who shares the same goal, allowing both to work as motivators. Change always seems easier when there’s available support.

  • Make only one change at a time

The New Year is a blank slate that allows us to become the people we’d like to be. Although it may sound counterintuitive, more resolutions will not make us more productive; it actually hinders performance. Rather than deciding to change too many bad habits all at once – like lose weight, save more money and stop smoking, start with just one, and work up to the others.

  • Take small steps

Resolutions are always challenging, and for a good reason – if it were easy, we probably wouldn’t have to make them in the first place. One of the most significant obstacles to a new goal is getting over the initial overwhelming feeling of a broad and seemingly impossible goal. After writing down your goal, put small steps into place that help you turn your goal into action.

Remember that all resolutions begin with a decision to make a change. If you want to make 2018 the year that you change your life for the better, start the New Year with a strategic plan. We know you can do it!

It’s always bittersweet moving on from one year to the next. There’s no question in our minds we’re have had an incredible 362 days, but we’re ready to see what the future has in store for us. The Lions Pride office will be closed for the remainder in observance of the New Year. We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2018!

P.S. Are you resolving to support Lions Pride or your favorite charity more in 2018? Find out how you can simplify your giving with automatic monthly donations.

Happy New Year!