by Sarah Arjona

If you think back, can you remember last year’s resolution? Did you fulfill it? A new year is an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and to get rid of bad habits.

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

1. Create a Plan.

First of all, make sure your resolution is realistic and that it’s something you’re passionate about. Then think of the steps it will take to reach your goal. Write them out if you must and stick to your plan. Don’t be discouraged and don’t give up halfway.

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

2. Reward Yourself

If you reach your limit and have no way to reenergize, you’ll burn out, giving up on your resolution. When you reach a set threshold, treat yourself. It will help you stay motivated.

3. Just Keep Swimming

Prepare for challenges to arise. Life may not be a smooth ride, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to enjoy where it takes us. Stay optimistic and be resilient. If you face a difficulty while working on your resolution, it should only serve as a means to cement your determination.

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins