January 1 - a day of new beginnings, and it's coming soon. The new year is a natural time for you to take stock of your life and make a change for the better. Here are some suggestions to help you actually keep those resolutions.

Think Small
(Or at least doable.) If resolving to lose 50 pounds is a bit overwhelming, commit to a "no snacking after dinner" policy. Smaller goals give you a greater chance for success.

Begin in December
Why no get started now? A new year is an attractive time to change, but convincing yourself you don't need excuses to change can be even more helpful.

Have a Strategy
What will it take for you to achieve your goal? Set up a plan for how you will get to the gym every morning or how you intend to set money aside to build up your savings account.

List the pros and cons
Make a list of the pros and cons of your resolution and refer to it when you need help or motivation to stick to your goals.

Don't be shy
Tell all your friends and family about your resolution. That way, when you reach for yet another chocolate glazes donut, you'll have support from others who will hold you accountable.

Take Tiny Steps
Track your progress. Small, bite-sized goals are easier to digest. And don't forget to celebrate each milestone.

Be Nice to Yourself
If you go off your diet on a particular day, that's okay. Simply re-evaluate your goals and get on track the next day.

What's your resolution?
  • Work Harder
  • Play More
  • Lose Weight
  • Eat Right
  • Learn Something New
  • Walk for 30 minutes every day
  • Be On Time
  • Watch More Sunsets
  • Consider a New Career
  • Say "thank you" often
  • Quit Drinking Soda
  • Call a long-lost friend
  • Organize the Garage
  • Stop Smoking
  • Get rid of clutter
  • Spend More Time with Family
  • Improve Time Management
  • Volunteer
The top four resolutions
  • Increase Exercise
  • Work Harder at School or at Work
  • Adopt better eating habits
  • Stop drinking / smoking
  • 63% of people are faithful to their resolutions
  • It's easier to start a new habit than break an old one
  • 67% of people make three or four resolutions

Resolution: Stop Procrastinating
To rid yourself of this pesky problem and get you on your way, consider the following:

What's the Reason?
Are you afraid of failing? Are you distracted? Are you bored? Is it really that important to you?

If a large project overwhelms you, break it up into smaller steps.

Short Attention Span?
It's easier to commit to working hard for an hour than all day. Take breaks.

Turn off the TV.
Eliminate any possible distractions by turning off the radio or computer and shutting down your Internet browser - whatever it takes to allow you to focus on the task at hand.