Maybe this time you will be able to. Many people feel that they just don’t have the willpower to keep their resolutions, so they have given up on trying to make changes. This occurs even when people can see ways in which they want to improve their lives. They want to be healthier, eat, drink, or spend less, or be more involved with friends, family, or their community. Making changes is not easy, but it can be done. Psychologists have found that a few guidelines help to simplify the process of change, and make change more achievable. First, set only one clear goal at a time. Establish your motivation for that goal. Do you want to feel better? Have less financial stress? Better relationships with others? Write down your motivation, and remind yourself of this every morning. Second, make a simple plan. If you want to lose weight, for instance, what tempting food will you NOT bring into the house? What stores or websites will you avoid if you are trying to save money? These simple modifications can help you to reach your specific goal. Third, monitor your progress toward your goal. Keep track in an accessible notebook or calendar how you are doing. For example, if you are trying to be in better contact with friends, write down when you have called or texted others. Fourth, reward yourself for the progress you are making, but not in a way that interferes with your goals. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t binge on high calorie food to celebrate a weight loss. Maybe you should treat yourself to a self-care product instead. Finally, seek support for your efforts. Let your friends know that you are trying to make a change. They can assist you in the process, and provide support and encouragement as you reach your goal. Change is hard, but worthwhile. Setting and achieving a small goal may give you the feeling of success you have been hoping for, and provide you with self-pride and increased life satisfaction.