Don't Drop Your New Year's Resolution Just Yet

Don't Drop Your New Year's Resolution Just Yet
You can do this. Here's how.

It's 2017, and it's time to start those New Year's resolutions. 

Here are a few tips to help you do it.

No. 1: Keep your goals realistic. Rome wasn't built in a day. All that pasta you ate in 2016 isn't going to be burned off in a day, either. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, choose a goal (or a series of mini-goals) that feels attainable.

No. 2: Keep your goals to yourself. Studies show telling others about your goals can actually give you a false sense of accomplishment, leading you to slack off before you even begin. 

No. 3: Make an action plan. Decide how you're going to do what you want to do. Mapping out a game plan can give you direction and help you spot any early pitfalls before they happen. 

No. 4: Track your progress. Keeping a record of your progress can help motivate you — and keep you accountable. There are literally thousands of apps to help you do it. 

No. 5: Keep your goals positive. The happier they make you, the more likely you are to stay with them. Science says so.