How to Crush Your Goals in 2017, According to Harvard Research
Elle Kaplan
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Easy, stop setting goals on New Year’s Day.

If you want to change something in your life, do it today. If you fall off the wagon, you don’t have to wait until January rolls around again, start again right now.

Most things don’t have to be cut cold turkey. I used to drink several sugary sodas every day . One fine day our employer gave us unlimited sodas. I ran right down to get one on the first day. I filled up a large cup, raised it to my lips . . . and . . . asked myself why was I doing this. I’m about to drink a sugary drink that I really didn’t want. It was that day that I quit. Now a’days I might have one a month, but I don’t consider it a failing, 12 or so a year isn’t the problem —12 a week are. It’s not a binary decision (yes/no), I no longer drink an unhealthy amount of soda and that is good. If I have a greasy pizza or hamburger with fries, I’ll have the soda too. I didn’t fail, I’m not due for punishment, I wasn’t bad, nor due to endure some form of penance. It’s something I allow myself once in a great while. I don’t need to wait for specific calendar day to resume better eating.

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