When January 1 comes around, we usually sit down and make a list of all the things we want to accomplish in the new year鈥 lose 10 pounds, eat only kale and acai berries, drink less wine, you get it. But come February (or let鈥檚 be real, mid-January) most of those new goals have gone straight out the window. So, how can we make this year different? We scored some tips from talk show host, certified life coach and beauty expert Nitika Chopra on how to create goals you can actually stick to.

1. Figure out what you really want. If you want to set goals for this year but you鈥檙e not sure where to start, Nitika suggests writing down three things you would do every day regardless of pay or resources. 鈥淪etting goals should really be about connecting back to what鈥檚 going to make you truly happy,鈥 she says. 鈥淪ometimes we stop ourselves from doing that because we鈥檙e afraid or we鈥檙e concerned about finances or time or whatever. If you really figure out the three things you love to do and you would do them every day, you can start incorporating those things into your life whether it鈥檚 in small steps or actually taking on a bigger project.鈥

2. Set an intention rather than a resolution. Nitika explains, 鈥淥ften times people fall off track with resolutions because they鈥檙e kind of like these big goals that we end up beating ourselves up with if we don鈥檛 achieve them. But an intention [as opposed to a resolution] is just a slight mind shift. Take finances for example. Instead of saying 鈥業鈥檓 going to get myself out of debt this year,鈥 try something like 鈥業n 2016 I鈥檓 going to become more financially responsible than I鈥檝e ever been.鈥欌

3. Stay away from numbered goals. We鈥檝e all fallen victim to the classic numbered goal. Maybe it鈥檚 鈥渓ose 20 pounds鈥 or maybe 鈥減ut $5,000 away into a savings account.鈥 Then once you fall ever-so-slightly off track, the whole plan seems to go awry. So keeping with the intention rather than resolutions idea, Nitika says, 鈥淏e mindful of energy circumstances and intentions versus giving yourself those hard stop goals.鈥

4. Take baby steps. The best way to form a new habit is to not try to bite off an entire meal at once. Nitika says, 鈥淭iny right actions is usually what will get you there. So let鈥檚 say the goal is to be more mindful about your health. Instead of saying 鈥業鈥檓 going to stop eating cheeseburgers and french fries and I鈥檓 only going to eat grilled chicken and lettuce,鈥 why not take small steps toward that direction? Maybe be more mindful of the amount of water you鈥檙e consuming or add a salad to one of your meals and start there.

What are some of your New Year鈥檚 resolutions this year? Share with us on Twitter @britandco.

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