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How to tackle your New Year's resolutions

Published on Dec 29, 2012 5:18 PM

Many have been down this path before: Start the year filled with determination to right the wrongs of the past year and become a better person. But come Dec 31, you get the horrifying realisation that it has all come to nought.

Such dismal success rates are not surprising, says life coach Lim Han Ee, 35. But New Year's resolutions remain popular, as the start of a new year holds promise of a clean slate.

"New Year's resolutions are opportunities of hope. They provide a platform for us to make good with our life goals and aspirations," says sociologist Paulin Straughan, 49, a National University of Singapore associate professor. "These resolutions also give the perception and assurance that all failed attempts are forgiven. It's like wiping off a bad debt."

But for resolutions to come to fruition, there needs to be a mindset change, says Mr Lim. "It's not all about goal-setting, but also the goal-getting process."

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