The “How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick” Game

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This is the best time of year to change your life for the better. Period.

Sure, there are lots of naysayers out there criticizing people for trying to change again. Those people bug me.  Just because you have tried and have fallen short means little.  As a matter of fact, research indicates past failures can sometimes give you a higher probability for success.

I admit that many new year’s resolutions fall short, a very large number do come true. What does it take to increase your odds of success? How can you make the whole process of personal change easier? What pitfalls should you avoid? These are important questions to be answered. But real learning is a two-way process.  This is where you join the game.

Your challenge is to think back to when you set a goal for yourself, then answer the following question:

“On your last attempt to improve yourself, what was the one thing that helped you most?”

For example, here is mine:

  • My goal: From October 2007 to March 2008 I will average two hours every workday on the phone catching up with current clients and connecting with prospective clients.
  • The one thing that kept me on track was: I designated a specific time on my schedule to make calls, 9-11AM every workday.

Side-note: I am following one of my mentors recommendations – “two hours a day of P&P – you are either on the Phone or you Pee, that’s it.” I try to hit this no matter what, and so far so good!

Step 1: Click on the title of this post.
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Step 3: Answer the two questions below – that’s it!

My goal:
The one thing that kept me on track was:

You win two ways. First, you can check back to see what your 7,000+ fellow subscribers answered, or you can wait a week and then I will post (on this blog) a complete summary of the top answers, plus ideas I have personally used and know work very well. Plus, the entry I judge best will win a copy of my new book Master Your Body The “no equipment necessary” complete fitness program (Retail price $14.95, shipping included!)
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Sooner or later you will set and important goal. You might as well play now and get armed with info that can make the whole change process easier and more successful.



Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives.

Andy also wrote the book Change Your Day, Not Your Life, a guide to sustained motivation and more productivity.

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