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1. Think Action, Not Results

“Our actions are controllable, whereas resolutions are often too big and vague to be readily controlled or measured,” says psychotherapist Coral Arvon, director of behavioral health and wellness at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spain Miami. For example, when you set a resolution to lose weight – even though you can weigh yourself and take measurements throughout the process – what you are tracking isn’t the true achievement, but rather a result of those achievements.

Ditching soda, exercising four days per week, getting more sleep and managing stress levels are the true achievements and, since they are under your complete control and are easily tracked, make great resolutions. Each time you perform one, you can “check it off,” and receive the immediate gratification you need to stick with that goal, Norcross explains. The weight loss still comes, but as a natural result of your actions

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