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How to stick to your goals – seriously

We’ve all seen the memes, shunning the idea that the “New Year, new you” can actually last. There are NSFW versions featuring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and Robert Downey Jr. mid-eye roll. Perhaps for doubts about how durable your dedication is, you only need to look in the mirror and not to Internet memes.

But for those who long to stick to their resolutions, the task is not impossible – even if Maury Povich‘s lie detector deems “new year, new me” aspirations “a lie.” 

Experts Amy Morin, psychotherapist and USA TODAY best-selling author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” and Hal Hershfield, associate professor of marketing and behavioral decision making at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, agree success begins with a specific goal. Staying motivated can also be a challenge. 

Here’s how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions: 

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Craft an appropriate, measurable goal

Instead of setting an objective of losing weight, prepare to be more specific. Set weekly goals to lose a set number of pounds or go to the gym a certain number of times, suggests Morin.