By now, you’ve all probably experienced that awkward moment of remembering to write “2020” on your checks and other paperwork as we began a new decade Wednesday.

A new year holds so many opportunities, from being able to move on from a period that maybe wasn’t so great to having an optimistic vision for the next 360-plus days.

It is also a time that many decide to set resolutions for what they want, whether it be to travel more, lose weight, quit certain vices or join a gym — and actually go.

If you’re one of those people — and let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of it at least once — that has tried and failed, don’t be discouraged.

According to an article from Forbes, the statistics on how many people actually follow through and accomplish their New Year’s resolutions are rather grim.

Studies have shown that less than 25 percent of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8 percent accomplish them.

What’s one way to combat this?

Set a reasonable goal, even if it means starting out small. Want to work out more? Add one more day at the gym to your list and build up from there, instead of trying to push yourself to be there seven days a week.

Want to be on social media less? Limit your exposure by a half hour each day.

Another way to be more successful is to set goals, as opposed to resolutions. Not only are goals more specific but they are also more actionable, therefore making them more effective.

Make a list: Take something broad, like losing weight, and break it down.

How are you going to lose weight? Dieting? Working out more? And what steps do you need to take? If you’re looking to diet, research the specifics of said diet. You’ll probably need to revamp your refrigerator and pantry. And make a detailed grocery list. And find recipes and meal-plan options to help you stick to your routine.

Get as specific as possible and outline the details you’ll need to help reach your ultimate goal.

You may stumble, and you may even fall — we are human, after all.

But just remember: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

We wish you all a happy, prosperous and goal-meeting year in 2020!

— Herald-Banner

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