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Resolutions without plans are like ladders without rungs

According to Forbes magazine, only 8 percent of us keep our New Year’s resolutions. About half of us (46 percent) bother making them. In this group, 25 percent of us drop the resolution in a week’s time, another 20 percent of us drop in two week’s time. And most of the rest of us trail off over the next few months.

Dan Diamond in his Forbes piece is simple and straightforward. He says, “keep it simple, make it tangible, make it obvious.” By that we are sure he means don’t make a laundry list of things you want to do (unless doing more housework is one of your resolutions). Don’t say you are going to lose weight—it’s too broad. Make it specific. It’s better to say “I’m going to lift weights on Tuesday and Thursday,” than it is to say, “I’m going to start going to the gym…tomorrow.” It’s better to say, “I’m going to cut back on the 3’s—sugar, salt and starch,” than it is to say, “I’m going to start losing weight.

Over at realsimple.com (“life made easy”) they add: make your resolutions public, share them with family and friends who can help keep you on track.

Give it a try.

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Josh is an author, former blogger, media critic, x-Capitol Hill legislative aide and White House assistant, business consultant, idea marketing specialist, a squatter at the global village virtual bar and an alpine rock gardener where he lives in Woodstock, NY.

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