If you are reading this, you probably resolved to change your behavior or improve your performance this year. Statistics are not in your favor. The entire health club industry relies on people failing to follow through on their resolutions (and yet taking a long, long time to admit failure).

Making a change is not so much a matter of self discipline as it is a matter of habit – replacing an undesirable habit with a more desirable habit. As Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson wrote on his calendar, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”

Pudd’nhead recognized that the best way to change a habit is by getting a little closer every day. So make sure your goal is clear and specific, take it a day at a time, and renew your commitment daily, even if you have failed to stick to your plan 10 days in a row.

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