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Whether you want to lose weight, travel more, or spend less time on social media, New Year’s resolutions are much harder to keep than they seem. 

In a new study conducted by gambling website Time2play, findings revealed the majority of  Canadians are likely to fail to stick with their New Year’s resolutions

The study surveyed 1,000 Canadians from across the country, and despite most of them finding New Year’s resolutions beneficial, 68.6% were unable to keep them.

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Almost half (48.1%) of those polled lack the motivation to keep their resolutions throughout the year. 14.9% end up forgetting about their resolutions, while 12.2% lost track of their progress. 

A few (7.4%) claim they don’t have the time to continue their resolutions, and 4.1% said they set unrealistic goals for themselves.

In a time when people are exploring different ways to achieve their goals, wellness professionals are advising people to look beyond the traditional marketing of self-help books.

“It isn’t about advice giving,” Linda Bradley, certified life and empowerment coach, told Victoria Buzz. 

“So many people are reaching out and saying, tell me what to do, give me the four steps and give me the solution.”

For those looking to take their self improvement efforts to the next level, Bradley says the first step is to set aside time to reflect. 

“Have they done any self reflection? Have they sat down with themselves to think about a couple of questions? What’s important to me in life and what are my values?

For those who struggle to stay committed to themselves, Bradley says the difference in traditional advice compared to her work as a life coach is that she holds her clients accountable.

“Coaching works because you are hiring an accountability partner. You’re saying this is the objective I want to achieve but I need to check in with somebody, I need somebody to keep on track, I need someone to remind me of why I started this and why it is important to me.”

For Victoria residents interested in learning more about life coaching Bradley currently offers 30-minute sessions for free.

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