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New Year's resolutions on the rocks? Here's your ‘can-do’ inspiration to keep going.

by Melissa Cafiero

We’re almost a week into the new year, which means your resolutions are still going strong, right? In case you’ve had a slip-up, find your commitment beginning to flag, or need inspiration to keep going, don’t worry. You’re human, and mistakes are part of life.

The most important part of making a mistake is recovering from it. That means not giving up on your resolution, and finding the motivation to keep going (or reset). Here are three ways to reignite the spark on your best intentions:

1) Listen to TED Talks.

TED Talks can make you think, challenge your assumptions, or teach you something new. But they can also be a source of inspiration, especially when you find your motivation flagging. From talks to inspire setting your resolutions to talks that motivate you during the work week and at home, you can find a variety of TED Talks to help you keep going.

Try setting aside time each morning to watch a TED Talk before you start your workday. Alternatively, you could download the app and listen to talks during your commute; it’s a great way to spend your morning or afternoon commute time.

2) Surround yourself with inspiration.

Sometimes you need to take a minute and zone out, but rather than fill your time with yet another endless scroll through social media, seek out a selection of motivational quotes that grab you.

When you see one you love, print it out and hang it at your desk, or set it as the wallpaper on your computer’s background, that way you’ll catch glimpses of it and be inspired throughout the day.

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3) Revisit your resolutions.

If you’re not tracking toward a successful resolution, it might be time to revisit your goal and determine whether you’re following the right strategies. Is your resolution specific enough? Do you need help with it? How are you holding yourself accountable? Gretchen Rubin has 13 tips to help you stick to your resolutions.

If you set resolutions every year and regularly face challenges meeting them, perhaps your personality type isn’t suited to resolutions. Rubin’s Four Tendencies framework offers insights and helpful guidance based on specific personality types, and how best to approach setting goals and resolutions in a way that matches your individual style.

Find inspiration from Can-Doers.

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Every day, in thousands of ways, our can-do customers achieve more. If you want more inspiration from people who have been in your shoes, read and listen to stories from customers like you to see what they’ve been able to accomplish. You never know where you might find your next dose of inspiration.