1. BE SPECIFIC

Being too vague often leads to failure. Avoid goals such as simply losing weight or eating healthy. A better goal would be, “I will loss 10 pounds by March.” Follow the statement with a plan on how you will achieve the weight loss.

2. RECORD IT

Take pictures of your progress if you’re losing weight, or keep a journal with dates and times you went to the gym. Writing down your achievements keeps you on track to success.

3. BE REALISTIC

Chances are you won’t be able to quit smoking in a day, it’s a process. Set small, attainable goals that will keep you on track.

4. ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED

Making resolutions with a friend is a lot more exciting than doing it alone. Ask a friend with similar goals to help you stay motivated through your journey. You will not only have each other to lean on when the resolution gets tough, but the small, harmless competition will motivate you to work harder.

5. MAKE IT EXCITING

Working towards some type of special reward will motivate you to stay on track. Whether it be a trip somewhere or buying a special ‘you’ present, plan financially for it and achieve your goals on time or sooner.