Remember the optimism and enthusiasm you felt Jan. 1? The incredible motivation you had to make this the year to finally lose the extra weight, exercise more, get healthier, or . . . (fill in the blank with whatever goal you set that day)?

Well, according to the calendar, today is Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day—the day you say to heck with all that.

Our take? If you want, go ahead and toss out your resolutions. In many cases, New Year’s resolutions aren’t helpful because they don’t promote success.

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So instead of focusing on New Year’s resolution fails, consider other ways to make changes in your life.

“The day should be rechristened ‘Recalibrate and Refocus Your Resolutions Day,’” says John C. Norcross, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and author of “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions” (Simon & Schuster, 2013). “By Jan. 17, most resolvers will have lapsed or slipped, but a slip need not be a fail.”

In fact, Norcross’ research shows that 71 percent of successful resolvers say their first slip actually strengthened their efforts, renewing their inspiration to achieve their goals.

So don’t simply give up till next year. Here’s how to scrap the New Year’s resolutions that aren’t working and still successfully reach your health goals. 

6 Tips for Success

1. Rephrase your resolution. If your objective is too broad, you can flounder. For example, “have a salad with dinner every night” is more tangible than “eat more vegetables.”

But even a specific target needs to be narrowed. Your big-picture vow can be “lose 20 pounds,” but break it down into 5-pound chunks. Then when you hit each mini target, celebrate. Being positive about small successes helps to keep you moving forward.

2. Uncover the root of your motivation. “Few people ask themselves why they set the goal they chose,” says Christine Whelan, Ph.D., a clinical professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin. “Accomplishing your goal can feel empty without understanding the motivation behind it.”

So if the real reason you want to lose weight is because you want to have more energy to play with your kids, remind yourself of that often. When you’re clear about what you’re aiming for, you have a greater incentive to make the necessary changes to achieve your objective.

3. Get your priorities straight. One of the many reasons resolutions fizzle is that we may not think first about how we’re going to fit them into an already packed schedule.

“Sit down with your calendar and be brutally honest about what you’ll have to say no to in order to make time to achieve your goal,” Whelan says.

For example, if your resolution is get to the gym five days per week, that’s an hour of workout time, plus showering, changing, and driving back and forth—meaning those five gym sessions could take up to 10 hours per week.

Can you find that much time? If not, maybe you should start off by committing to three days per week. Or invest in a piece of home exercise equipment or decide to walk for an hour per day instead so you can cut back on the travel time. 

4. Stop trying to go it alone. Making a public commitment to a change in behavior increases your likelihood of success. Join a diet support group, find an exercise partner, or even post your intentions on social media to help keep yourself accountable.

5. Start tracking your progress. Keep a food diary, an exercise log, or simply a list of the steps you took that day toward your goal. “Such self-monitoring increases the probability of keeping your resolution,” Norcross says.  

6. Feel free to recalibrate again. “There’s a lot of self-blame around ditching a New Year’s resolution,” Whelan says. “Give yourself permission to reprioritize and re-evaluate as needed.”