New Years Resolutions : Common New Years resolutions mistakes

If you've failed at keeping your New Year's resolutions in the past, research suggests that it may have to do with the goals you've chosen and how you implement change, reports the January issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

What doesn't work? One common mistake is to have too many goals. Another formula for failure is to set your sights on behaviors that are too vague, such as being a better spouse. A third pitfall is setting goals that are too lofty, says the Harvard Health Letter.

What does work? Researchers say you're more likely to achieve goals that match your own interests and values, rather than those that reflect outside pressures or expectations. In other words, you're more likely to keep a resolution if the motivation is coming from you, not someone else.

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