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How Smaller Resolutions Can Get You Bigger Results

Published: January 1, 2012

On Jan. 1, many people pledge resolutions of titanic proportions. By the time February rolls around, though, about 75% of those people will have given up.

People fail on resolutions because big goals aren't realistic. So instead of making big goals, make smaller, more realistic goals that are not only doable but also rewarding. For example:

MidnightPlay More: Get involved in a fun recreational activity like a cooking class. Try out a new hobby or rekindle an old one. That way you'll be carving out more time for yourself and doing something relaxing. Stepping away from what you normally do most of the day also makes you a more creative thinker.

Get Social: Find out what's going on locally. Go to local events like fairs and markets. This is a great way to meet the people in your community and strike up new friendships.

Work on Your Body: Instead of making a big plunge into working out, start by making a commitment to doing something active for 20 minutes each day. Even 20 minutes of stretching a day can make a big difference toward a leaner, healthier you.

Start Saving: Saving can be hard in tough economic times, but you can start off on the right foot by tossing all your daily change into a bowl. For an extra boost, start putting all your $1 bills in a savings jar. You'll be less inclined to break a big bill and will quickly save up to go on a special trip, pay off a bill or save for a rainy day.

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