When I think of a brand new year, I envision a beautiful, tranquil lake, so still that it mirrors everything surrounding it. Nothing has happened yet to disturb or disrupt that peaceful surface. Our actions are like pebbles thrown into the lake that ripple out, changing the reflection in the mirror and rearranging the landscape in expected and surprising ways.

The new year is a natural time to reflect. And many people make resolutions. Each January, membership at my gym swells beyond normal limits as new members seek to shrink and tone. The influx of new members, however, is generally a temporary state as many membership cards stagnate in unused gym bags. Why? Because habit change is difficult, and turning a page in the calendar does not magically transform us into different people. If you made resolutions this year, there are strategies to support you in sticking with them. If you have already broken a resolution, read on to discover how you can get back on track while it’s still January.

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