How to Set and Keep Realistic New Year's Resolutions in 2018

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Every year, so many of us make resolutions to improve our lives but nearly 80 percent of us fail to achieve them (sadly by mid-February we fall off). Why?  Because most of us set unattainable goals.  

Here are some top tips to help you stick to your resolutions for 2018.    

1). Accept responsibility for your own actions. Don’t blame others for the way your life turned out.

2). Always put yourself first. How can you take care of anyone else if you're own self-care routine suffers? 

3). Be realistic – make one small change at a time.  Making a million dollars doesn’t happen overnight.

4). Forget the past and keep your sight on the future.

5). Become more self-aware.

6). Learn from others’ mistakes and experiences.

7). Think through decisions, especially big ones. Stop being impulsive.

8). Keep your emotions out of handling problems.

9). Don’t be afraid to reward yourself when you achieve a goal.

10). Be flexible. Things will not always go your way.

11). Avoid people that hold you back or put you down.

12). Try to read as much as possible. A worldview gives you an entirely new perspective on life.

13). During the hard times, try to look at the positive. There's a silver lining to every situation. 

14). Put together a plan for what you want to achieve, then go after it.

15). Surround yourself with people who will bring out the better in you.

16). Strive for work-life balance. 

17). Even when you’re afraid you’ll fail, keep a positive frame of mind. Sometimes failure is the best way to achieve success.

18). Make new friends. 

19). Get a new hobby.

20). Exercise more often. 

21). Setbacks suck. Don’t give up though.

22). Humility is the key to winning at work and in life.

23). Forget the ego.

24). Always ask for what you want.

25). Eat more vegetables and fruits.

26). Help others when they need it.

27). Get more sleep. Drink less alcohol. 

28). Enhance your skills.

29). Be kind even to those who are mean.

30). Be patient.

31). Be mindful of the way you deal with your emotions.

32). Eliminate stress.

33). Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you will need someone.

34). Establish boundaries.

35). Be honest and transparent.

36). Remember, it’s not always about you.

37). Stay true to yourself. Never compromise your integrity.

38). Trust your instincts.

39). Don’t let your job or material possessions define who you are.

40). Make time for family.

41). Don’t take yourself so seriously.

42). Stop being hard on yourself.

43). Learn to relax.

44). Learn to accept the things you can’t control.

45). Stop caring so much what others think of you.

46). Look at the long-term.

47). Avoid toxic friends.

48). Keep your dreams to yourself because someone will always shatter them.

49). Smile more.

50). Appreciate your family.

51). Measure your success.

52). You are in control of your own happiness.

53). Meditate more.

54). Get rid of the clutter.

55). Remember, if you’re alive, it’s not the end of the world.

What are some of your New Year's resolutions? How do you plan to keep them this year?