This is the time of year when millions of people promise to change something in their life, only to give up a week or two later.

The problem with New Year’s resolutions is people dive right into them and go full force only to find out it’s hard work.

Instead you should set smaller goals for yourself in order to build up to your final goal.

Lets take exercising as an example. A lot of people will sign up for gym memberships and go every day for a week or two and then they’ll give up because it’s hard.

Instead of starting off exercising every day, pick one day a week. Lets say we exercise every Tuesday in January. That’s it. 4 times for the first month. Then in February, lets go every Tuesday and Thursday. Gradually we’ll work up to 5 days a week. Since we took smaller steps to get there, it’ll seem more obtainable and easier to stay on track.

Maybe your resolution is to save money by not buying Starbucks everyday. I’m pretty sure most coffee addicts would freak out if they stopped cold turkey. Instead, cut back gradually.

Setting smaller goals will make them easier to obtain and easier to achieve the overall goal.

Who says your New Year’s resolution needs to be achieved in January? Why don’t you take a few months to work up to it and actually meet it this year.