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Resolutions 'R' Us: How to Make 'Em So You Don't Break 'Em

Marilynn Preston on

As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find the "Off" button on our mobile phones.

"I want to start exercising every day!"

"I'm going to lose 20 pounds by Valentine's Day!"

"I want to play more, work less, start eating breakfast, bicycle to

work, go to yoga twice a week..."

It's your call, your choice, your personal vision of what your best self looks like.

 

But if you dream it, can you do it? I say yes! Like plants to the light, we're all capable of making smarter choices. Statistically, I must tell you, the odds are against it. Backsliding is to behavior change what slicing is to golf.

But here's the good news: You are not most people. You are uniquely you, hard-wired to change your life in profound ways if and when you are ready.

Genuine and long-lasting lifestyle change isn't easy, but it is possible. You must believe that -- really! truly! deeply! -- because the more you believe you can do something, the more likely you will do it.

That relationship between belief and action is called self-efficacy, a key concept that enables you to defy the odds and make New Year's resolutions that last a lifetime. Here are some more winning strategies:

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