What does it take to make that new habit stick past January 1? What are the key principles in transforming our lives to make conscious new habits become unconscious routines?

Kentin Waits over at Wisebread has put together five key steps that can give you a running chance at achieving those New Year’s resolutions and making them work all year long:

1. Make Them Realistic and Measurable

2. Do One at a Time

3. Use the 30-Day Method

4. Go Public

5. Write Them Down and Chart Your Success

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