We’re more than half way through January.

How are you doing with your resolutions?

The New York Times offers up these suggestions to help you sustain commitment and stay the course.

  • Be specific and concrete as you set goals.
  • Make goals measureable. Establish milestones to measure your progress.
  • Aim high and make sure your goals are achievable.
  • Be relevant. Choose resolutions that matter to you – even if no one else. This improves your probability of success.
  • Establish reasonable timelines. And honor small wins along the way.

In addition, Smarter Living Editor, Tim Herrera, suggests focusing less on positive thinking and more on self-forgiveness. Anticipate inevitable slip-ups, and get right back on track when they happen. If you’re serious about making changes in your life, the date on the calendar matters less than keeping a commitment that you’ve made to yourself.