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4 Creative Ways to Reach Your New Year’s Resolution

No one likes hearing them, and they are usually cringe-inducing. But I’m here to tell you to embrace them. Well, actually, I’m just here to tell you to embrace one of them. The New Year’s Resolution

What a brilliant cliché. The idea that the flip of a calendar from one year to the next will kick us out of the funk; the idea that we’ll be so filled with ambition and willpower that we can take on the world (or just drop those pesky last 10 pounds—actually 20 pounds, but don’t tell anyone). What a fantastic concept, and one that I latched onto two years ago.

It’s been, hands down, the best two years of my life, so I can say firsthand how much a good New Year’s resolution can change life for the better.

But what makes a good resolution? Here are four ways to break away from the clichés and achieve your New Year’s goals:

Stay away from the clichés. Yes, I’m aware I just told you to embrace them, but, come on. You can’t use a cliché cliché. That’s just bad form. Make it fun. Spice it up a little. Don’t just resolve to “lose weight;” promise yourself you’ll go to Halloween party in 10 months dressed as Mario Lopez. Don’t say you’re going to start running; vow to do a half-marathon by September. Make it a pipedream–a realistic pipedream–and surround yourself with people who will be there to support. In two weeks, you’ll forget that you promised to count calories, but the dream of that marathon you’ve been putting off for a few years will stick with you.

Make it a game. Reward yourself when you do well, kick your own butt when you don’t, and keep statistics. The best part of games is seeing how much you can improve yourself. And be meticulous. Take pictures, track workouts, break your cigarettes in creepy voodoo ceremonies. Whatever you need to do to make it fun, do it.

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