It is that time of year again when we make our New Year’s resolutions. The most common resolutions are to do with diet and exercise, with seven out of 10 people resolving to get fit. Six out of 10 resolve to eat more healthily or lose weight, one in three plan to drink less alcohol and one in four to stop smoking.

However, the vast majority of us don’t even make it through to the end of our first month. In fact, despite our good intentions, a dismal three-quarters of those of us who make New Year’s resolutions give up by January 9th. Six out of 10 people also admit to making the same resolution year after year and failing each time after a week or so.

What are your New Year resolutions likely to be and, more importantly, will you keep them? The trick is to choose New Year’s resolutions that you really want to keep rather than feel you should. You may think you should lose weight but if you really enjoy food 036009_07and honestly don’t want to eat less it’s going to be a hard resolution to keep.

The same goes for getting fit. If you want to spend time regularly in a gym, go for it but if you really suspect that for you the effort of getting there, changing, wearing yourself out in public, showering and getting home again is going to be too much, save your money.

Instead, choose resolutions which will be easier to keep, fun and make you feel better about yourself at the same time. Perhaps one of these:

• Trust your instincts. We often have a gut feeling about something which is often right. However, it is easy not to trust those initial feelings and to over analyse. Resolving to trust your instincts more will do your self-esteem a lot of good and may well lead to some excellent decisions.

• Wear a different colour to the ones you usually wear. This resolution is easy to keep. Pick a colour that is outside your comfort zone and wear it. Listen to the reactions you get from others. They are very likely to be positive.

• Give some money to a charity. Not only will you be helping others, you will feel better about yourself too.

• Pay someone a compliment at least once a week. You’ll feel good, so will they and you are bound to get some complements in return.

Keep your resolutions enjoyable and you are much more likely to become that New You!

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