Go ahead and make those New Year resolutions!

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You hear a lot of bad press about New Year’s resolutions this time of year. That people never keep them. That people shouldn’t make them. That they can even CAUSE you to fail.

Well, don’t listen to any of that.

Marriages end, and the statistics about divorce aren’t pretty, but people still get married, don’t they? Cars need to get repaired sometimes, and we still buy and drive them. Life isn’t perfect and resolutions aren’t either.

But resolutions are still good. Examining your life and deciding what’s missing or how it can be better, or how you could be healthier or happier, or make other people happier — that’s a good thing. You can’t go somewhere great without making a plan.

What works for me: setting pleasurable goals, as well self-improvement goals, such as planning travel plans for the year. I also stash a copy of my resolutions in my pocket photo album so I can refer to them often.

There are some great articles about making resolutions and setting personal goals online — check out Forbes and MindTools.

There’s no one “right” way to do this. Tackle it the way that works for you!

Happy New Year!

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