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Making a resolution for 2018? Commitment is the key
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · December 14th, 2017

Every year, many of us think about what we're going to do differently in the upcoming New Year. It's a new beginning, the chance to shed the old and slip into the new.

But for some, making a New Year's resolution is difficult. Why make a promise to do something different, if you end up breaking it two weeks later?

Some experts suggest that those making resolutions stop thinking of it in terms of a short fix. Instead of making a resolution to lose 25 pounds, learn to eat healthier and start an exercise routine.

Instead of quitting smoking cold-turkey, try going through a smoking cessation program to get the help and support needed to help you stop smoking for good.

Like anything else, if you're not ready to change, there's really no point in trying until you are. When it's time to change, you'll know. You'll become painfully aware that your habit is disrupting your life and want to do something about it.

Besides, there is nothing written that says you have to make a resolution. Take a look at your life. If you think things are great the way they are, there's no need to change. But if you envision your life to be better than what it is, you should at least look at what's not working and consider the possibility of change.

Some resolutions tend to keep their popularity year after year. The accompanying chart displays the top New Year's resolutions for 2017. Will they be yours in 2018?
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