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How to keep your 2018 New Year’s resolutions: experts’ tips on ways to avoid failure

I was asked to contribute to an article for the South China Morning Post on tips for keeping your New Year's resolutions.  I addressed setting realistic goals in the portion below: 

While it’s important to keep limiting beliefs in check, you should also be aware of your limits – and this is where self-awareness comes in. “The better you know yourself, the more likely you’ll be to set realistic and achievable goals,” says Michael Eason, a psychologist and US-licenced psychotherapist who practises at MindnLife in Hong Kong’s Central district.

“Motivation, perseverance and commitment are, of course, vital when it comes to dedicating oneself to the behavioural and lifestyle changes that often accompany New Year’s resolutions, but being aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and being honest with yourself about your personal limitations and circumstances, go a long way towards helping you create goals that are easy to attain. If the resolution is outside the bounds of reality, then it’s sure to fail.”

The full article can be found here

Kevin Paul