Along with the New Year comes the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions.

A common tradition among Westerners, people resolve to make important life changes, habits or goals. With the setting of resolutions comes the pressure of keeping steam to maintain these resolutions. All too often, many fall prey to procrastination, lose interest in their goals, and fall off the bandwagon altogether. Some even forget they made such resolutions in the first place — that is, until months down the road they happen upon some scrap of paper denoting their plans.

According to, the top three new year’s resolutions gathered from 2017 and 2018 surveys included eating healthier, getting more exercise and saving more money. In two consecutive years, the resolutions remained the same. Is it possible that the vast majority are failing at keeping their resolutions?

How do you manage to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year? 

There are five secrets to keeping New Year’s resolutions. 

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