Many people make health and beauty resolutions when the New Year rolls around. And of course, most people don’t follow through with those New Year’s Resolutions.

People get discouraged. Life gets in the way. Whatever the reason, resolutions are usually forgotten by the time January is over.

However, we want to help you be successful with your goals! So here are 3 ways to help you keep yours.

1. Focus on changing your mindset first.

Your thoughts and emotions direct your behavior. Focusing on the behavior doesn’t do much to break the patterns that grow out of those thoughts.

For example, if you think, “I don’t like water” then a New Year’s resolution to drink more water for the health of your skin just isn’t going to last very long. Sooner or later you’re going to reach for coffee, tea, juice, or soda instead.

How can you change the belief? Start asking some questions.

For example, is it the taste of water that you hate, or the taste of tap water? If it’s the latter you can get around the problem by buying a water filter, purchasing carbonated, flavored water or learning how to make fruity water infusions. Asking the right questions leads you to creative solutions instead of to road blocks.

2. Try incremental changes.

Trying to make one huge change that you’ll focus on for one whole year is overwhelming. It’s too easy for life to derail you.

Instead, focus on incremental changes. “I will drink 8 glasses of water per day in 2014” is huge. “I will drink 1 extra glass of water every day in January” is very manageable. Bonus: by the time you’ve done something for 28 days it becomes a new habit, and you won’t even have to think about the change. Then you can work on adding a second glass in February. If you keep this up, you’ll make it to 8 glasses a day by August.

3. Recruit friends to help you.

It’s always easier to keep resolutions when you have some support. Find friends with similar goals and find a way to track who is staying on track and who needs some additional support.

Often, the additional accountability is all you need to keep yourself from “cheating.” When you have only yourself to answer to it’s easy to blow off your resolutions. When your friends are relying on you to help them stay on track, too, you have a lot more incentive to stay honest. Besides, it will be a lot more embarrassing to quit.

What are your resolutions for 2014? What will your success strategies be? Let us know in the comments section below!