How To Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolution — According To My Co-Workers

These should do the trick.

We've all had New Year's resolutions that fell a little (or a lot) short of that all-important 365-day mark. According to New York Magazine, only 8 percent of Americans who make New Year's resolutions succeed, which makes sense. Self-improvement is hard. It takes a lot of work — and a lot of strategy.

To try and suss out why our previous resolutions had failed and how we could better succeed in 2017, my co-workers and I went on Facebook Live to discuss the ins and outs of resolutions: how to make them, and how to avoid breaking them. Our conversation was led, in part, by Chicken Soup for the Soul's New Year, New Me guided journal.

At the end of our convo, Isaac, Ari, Lindsay, and I decided we had four main recommendations for anyone joining us in our 52-week self-improvement journey. These, to us, represented the secret to New Year's success:

— Set up reminders like phone alerts to keep you on track

— Ask a friend or co-worker (or a journal) to keep you accountable

— Don't give up too soon. Some say it takes at least 21 days to make a habit.

— And, most importantly: don't procrastinate.

So join us this year as we work to be the best versions of ourselves. And remember: your best life coach is always gonna be you.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is A Plus' parent company.

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