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Top Ten New Years Resolutions People Make

Updated on February 23, 2020

New Years Resolutions for Self-Improvement

While the New Year is the traditional time to make resolutions, people resolve to "live better" on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. In fact, some of those resolutions may have greater staying power when they are made on your own schedule - when the time is right and you are ready to change - rather than just because the calendar is turning to January once again.

Among the various New Years resolutions that are made, many do not have any method to measure success. That's why experts suggest a more specific self-improvement goal to encourage you along the way. Compare: "I resolve to lose weight," with "I resolve to lose 1 pound per month."

If you are ready to make your own resolutions, consider this list of the top ten resolutions people make. Then, write down how you can tailor the goal to your lifestyle, including time constraints, raising children, work obligations, or caring for pets, or other family members. The list below is broadly stated; it is up to you to specify what you want to achieve by making the resolution. I've included suggestions to help narrow them down, and how to achieve resolutions, too!

For those with stories of success or other suggestions, please share in the comment section at the end.

How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Keep a food diary of everything you eat and drink - you may be surprised you are ingesting more than you realize
  • Stock the refrigerator/pantry with healthier food, including lots of fruits and vegetables and high fiber, whole grain bread or pasta, and remove tempting, high calorie foods
  • Prepare meals at home
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Reserve eating out for special occasions; consider a reasonable treat at the end of a week, where warranted!
  • Weigh yourself 2-3 times per week, but not every day. Do so at the same time each day
  • Consider joining a weight loss program, or online support group
  • Carry a healthy snack with you to avoid heading to the vending machine mid-afternoon
  • Consider consulting with a nutritionist to build a meal plan that will keep you satisfied throughout the day

1. Lose Weight

Just about everyone I know would like to lose a bit of weight. Sometimes its for vanity, but usually they are looking for weight loss to promote better overall health.

This is the first question you should be asking yourself - why do I want to lose weight? Your answer will help you break down the resolution into more manageable goals.

If your resolution is to lose weight and you are significantly overweight, you should consult your doctor before embarking on a weight loss program. He or she can determine which foods are best for you and will let you know whether any medications you are on could interfere with your efforts. They can also help you prepare a realistic goal for specific weight loss achievements (for example, 4 pounds per week for the first 2 months).

Those people who have 20-40 pounds or less to lose, should specifically define their goals, as well. If it is a certain number on the scale you are trying to achieve, you may find that it could be a more elusive goal as weight fluctuates from day to day. If, however, you are looking to be able to play outside with your children without getting winded, or to drop two clothing sizes by summer, life-based goals may help you stay motivated longer without getting discouraged.

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How to Achieve This Resolution?

  • Find time to exercise by getting up 1/2 hour earlier each day, walking during lunch, or bicycling to work
  • Find a fun exercise class that offers activities you enjoy. These days, you can do ballet classes, power yoga, dance classes, ski/snowboard conditioning, or weight classes, among other things
  • Enlist the help of friends or family members. It is a lot harder to blow off exercise when others are counting on you to join them.
  • Sign up for a race or event at least 4-6 months in the future. This may give you the incentive to keep working hard.
  • Do it for the dog! Does your pooch get enough exercise? If not, why not use your exercise resolution to benefit both of you? Get out for a daily walk!

2. Exercise More Often

Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand toward improving overall health. You get physical as well as mental benefits from working out - even as little as 20 minutes per day.

Again, if you are not already active, you should consult your doctor to ensure that you are physically capable of adding exercise to your routine. He or she may suggest that you limit time, at first, or avoid certain activities. This is true whether or not your are overweight or have a specific medical condition.

Now, we come to the sub-goals again. Why do you want to exercise more often? To lose weight (if so, refer to resolution #1 above)? to feel more alert? to sleep better at night? Or maybe to work up to a goal like running a marathon?

Consider your current lifestyle and demands on your time, then write down what "exercise more often" means to you: 20 minutes per day, or perhaps 4 hours total per week. If your goal turns out to be too ambitious, scale it back by 10-20% and keep working at it!

Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables to eat a healthier diet
Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables to eat a healthier diet | Source

How to Achieve This Resolution?

  • Shop the outside perimeter of grocery stores where the fresh produce and minimally (if at all) processed foods are located
  • Visit farmer's markets to find the best-tasting, often organic, fruits and vegetables
  • Learn how to read and interpret food labels so you can find foods that meet your "healthy" requirements: high in protein, low in fat, organic, hormone-free, etc.
  • Consider growing your own crops and/or raising your own animals if permitted in your city or town. A vegetable garden can provide a bounty of "free" food. Chickens often lay fresh, hormone-free eggs daily.

3. Eat a Healthier Diet

If you are resolving to eat a healthier diet, there are probably a number of changes you can make right away. But, let's get more specific once again. Do you want to eat less junk food? Eat fewer processed foods? Switch to organic foods? Eliminate soda? Become vegetarian? Eat more fruits and vegetables? Perhaps you want to reduce fat in your diet?

Any one of these changes can result in a healthier diet. Choose one or two on which to focus, and you'll likely stick to your resolution more easily than if you simply challenge yourself to "eat healthy."

Before you start making changes in your shopping basket, you probably know what I am going to say: Talk to your doctor, especially if you are on certain medications or suffer from chronic illness. Certain foods, such as grapefruit, may interfere with the effectiveness of prescriptions. If you are diabetic, making a drastic change in the number or types of carbohydrates you are eating could cause significant blood sugar swings.

Time to get organized!
Time to get organized! | Source

How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Adhere to the one-in, one-out rule. For every new purchase you make, donate a similar item you already own to charity. This is very easy to do with shoes and coats
  • Invest in tools for organizing such as additional hangers, shoe racks, paper stacker for a desk
  • Post a large, centrally-located calendar so that everyone can see the items on the agenda for the day, and looking ahead
  • Clean out junk drawers and toss items that are broken, unnecessary, or which belong to other things you no longer own (buttons, chess pieces, beads, etc.)
  • Donate, donate, donate!

4. Get Organized

Who hasn't at least once in their life wished they could get organized? From clutter in the closet, to the garage, and even the computer in-box, too much "stuff" is distracting and takes our attention away from more important things.

Perhaps you want to tackle one area of your home or work life each month. For example, in January, find a new way to organize clipped coupons and mail. In February, organize your hall or bedroom closet. March means its time to clean out the refrigerator. Trying to organize your entire life overnight will be frustrating and may lead to failure.

You might have to face the fact that your pantry will never look like Martha Stewart's. But if you vacuum out crumbs and wipe down shelves once a year, the feeling from getting organized may lead to other success in your life - or at least peace of mind. Personally, after re-organizing a closet or room, I love standing back and just basking in the glow of a neat arrangement. Then, I sit back and wait for the kids to come home from school so they can un-do most of my hard work.... *sigh*

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How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • If possible, set aside a certain sum into a savings account, whether a traditional account, retirement account or college savings plan (or all three!) right after you get paid.
  • Pay your bills as they come in so you don't forget and suffer late fees, penalties and increased interest rates. If you write checks, stuff the envelope and put a reminder to mail the bill 5 days before it is due. Online bill pay is convenient, and you can often set up recurring payments of the same amount on the same date each month
  • If you can't pay cash, don't purchase it. This is a tough rule to follow, but it can force you to live within your means
  • Resist the temptation to engage in impulse shopping. Ask yourself if you really need it and consider coming back 48 hours later if you still can't live without it.

5. Become More Financially Responsible

Save more and spend less. When it comes right down to it, we all want to do this (perhaps with exceptions in the top 1%). It is a common resolution to become more financially responsible.

Making a more specific goal is the key to your success. Have a lot of credit card debt? Perhaps you want to avoid late fees, or make payments at least $5 over the required minimum payment? Another resolution may be to see a financial planner or consumer debt specialist to help you examiner your finances to determine what can be done within your means. If you could resolve to pay off one credit card this year, how would that make you feel?

Want to save for something in the future? If you have kids, you may be thinking about 529 college savings plans, or individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Those that have full time employment may wish to maximize their contributions to a 401k plan. Maybe you want to buy a car, or even a house in the future. Work out a monthly budget and "pay yourself first," setting aside the savings before paying any other bills or otherwise spending your paycheck. Then watch as your goal becomes closer and closer to reality with each passing month.

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How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Seek professional help
  • Join a support group
  • Remove all tempting items from the home/workplace/computer
  • Avoid situations that may result in a "trigger"
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends and family

6. Quit Smoking/Drinking/Gambling

Quitting an addiction may be one of the most common resolutions, yet with the lowest success rate. There is really no way to make a sub-goal, here. The bottom line is that a substance or behavior has progressed to a point that it is unhealthy and may be threatening your life, your relationships, and/or your financial livelihood.

Many addicts cannot recover on their own. Therefore, it is highly suggested that you find a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous to help. Keep in mind that a slip is not a personal failure or shortcoming. That is why it is called an addiction. If a person could quit by sheer willpower (I know there are a few individuals who can, but it is quite rare) then it would be more fair to judge them for failing to continue "white-knuckling" it to a full recovery.

Please consult your doctor or other professional who specializes in addiction.

Work on relationships in the New Year
Work on relationships in the New Year | Source

How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Practice active listening - instead of interrupting or trying to be "right," work on hearing the situation from the other's perspective
  • Reduce stressful situations by preparing (as much as possible) in advance, for example, making lunches the night before
  • Call a family meeting, or organize a quiet sit down with your partner to discuss goals and find solutions in the family's best interests, rather than trying to hash it out in the heat of a conflict
  • Remember that you are "on the same team" - most of the time what each side wants is the same thing! Consider coming alongside your partner or child to look for a way to achieve family-specific goals
  • Seek professional counseling, if necessary

7. Be a Better Spouse/Parent/Significant Other

This is another vague, catch-all resolution that people often make. The word "better" defines a judgment, so its important to determine from whose perspective you are not "good enough." Is it a parent's standard? A friend's apparently idyllic marriage? Perhaps a friend who appears to have a wonderful relationship with her kids?

Now, put all that aside and ask yourself, what do YOU want in the relationship? Less tension? More bonding? Better communication? More time together?

Once you pinpoint an area to improve, you can make goals specific to the resolution. For example, to spend 15 minutes each day with your child devoting your undivided attention (no cell phones, computer, phone, cooking dinner, etc.). You may also resolve to try to not "have the last word" in an argument, but instead to agree to disagree. Perhaps you wish to ask your partner each morning what one thing would make his or her day, and then try to do it.

There are many ways that we could potentially improve our relationships with loved ones. Determining what would make both sides feel best is the key to this New Year resolution.

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How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Be prepared to sit down with your team and/or superior to listen and discuss goals for your workplace and offer input
  • Outline the skills you bring to your work environment and keep them updated so you are reminded of the strengths you possess in order to best tap into them
  • Work to improve communication within and outside of the workplace; responsiveness is usually viewed favorably
  • Ensure that you are following company guidelines - but, if you believe a standard should be changed, prepare a memorandum suggesting the changes and explaining why it would be beneficial to the organization and its customers/clients
  • Consult a professional counselor to assist you with your resume and/or to help you build on your strengths within a work environment

8. Achieve Success at Work

What are you aiming for in the New Year? A better position within the company? A raise or bonus? More challenging projects?

Maybe a new job altogether!

Within a work environment, one of the biggest keys to success is how you relate to other people. Communication - once again - is key. In fact, psychologists and other experts have determined that brain power alone usually cannot predict success. Emotional sensitivity, to a certain degree, has an impact on overall success at work, and within any social organization.

Once you pinpoint a specific goal for your resolution, you can outline steps to achieve it. For example, to improve communications with clients and other people outside of your work setting, you might want to make a goal to return emails or phone calls within 6 hours. To receive more challenging work assignments, it might help to meet with your superior to talk about what they need to see from you beforehand. Turning in reports on time and being prompt to meetings may also boost perceptions of your ability to do the job.

How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Make time each day to fill your soul with something that brings you joy (taking a walk, talking on the phone, looking at photographs)
  • Transform negative thoughts into positive ones
  • Practice yoga or deep breathing
  • Don't sweat the small stuff
  • Give back to the community
  • Let past offenses go
  • Attend religious services and/or meet with a spiritual advisor
  • Seek professional counseling or medical attention if you believe your unhappiness might be something more serious

9. Be Happier

I think this resolution is one of the easiest, yet at the same time, most difficult to achieve. Any one of us can be happy -- any day, any time, any place. Some even say that we are always happy somewhere inside. Its just a matter of learning how to recognize that happiness and bring it out from behind other feelings such as grief, anger, overwhelm, etc. Unfortunately, negative thoughts and feelings tend to pervade our consciousness.

You can be happier in a number of ways: focusing on any thing positive in your life (a hot cup of coffee, an email from a friend), giving thanks for the good things in your life, forgiving yourself or others for past mistakes, and lending a helping hand.

Instead of making a resolution to be happier, a more specific goal could be to donate 5 hours each month to help in the schools, serve meals to the homeless, or walk dogs at the shelter. You could also resolve to keep a list each day of the things that made you grateful. Joining a meditation group or yoga class might be the first step to help you be happier. Again, you should decide how to create achievable goals.

Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy! (funny video)

How to Achieve this Resolution?

  • Exercise regularly (see resolutions above)
  • Follow a healthy diet (see resolutions above)
  • Get adequate rest/sleep each day
  • Engage in activities that bring you happiness
  • Cut out potentially harmful activities, such as smoking
  • Schedule regular doctor visits
  • Check blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels at least annually
  • Visit the dentist
  • Brush and floss
  • Join support groups or other organizations to help you stay on track and motivate you

10. Take Care of Personal Health

If you are resolving to take care of personal health, you may have a suspicion that your habits are not necessarily the most beneficial to your physical and mental health. Often this resolution goes hand in hand with one or more of the rest of the top ten resolutions people make, above.

First, pinpoint what aspect of your health you wish to improve. Next, see a professional to confirm whether or not you should be concerned and to recommend steps to help you take care of personal health. If you do not have insurance or access to a doctor, you can still work on improving health - whether by changing your diet, eliminating cigarettes or alcohol, walking a few days a week, or more. Start with one small change, then consider adding another each month as you feel stronger and healthier.

There may be community organizations that can help you get on the road to better health, many of which are free! Check the front of the phone book for a list of government services and other organizations that can help you achieve better personal health.

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Are You Going to Keep New Year's Resolutions?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Stephanie Marshall


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      tom hellert 

      9 years ago from home

      and to you too steph...i had to do it, i was getting too chubby and had no energy

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hey Tom - good job for joining the gym! Whatever small steps you can make to improve your health is a bonus in my opinion. Happy 2012 to you - Steph

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      tom hellert 

      9 years ago from home

      i joined a gymn but refuse to watch what i eat more closely- my heart surgury has curtailed my options somewhat

      My job is meanial-low brain power needed not glamorous but I can't really go anwhere else due to driving restrictions so i eal...

      Im rarely appy so that's a non starter

      i am cheap i mean frugal so Im good with the monGreat hubb steph chick

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      9 years ago

      "I resolve to lose weight," with "I resolve to lose 1 pound per month."

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Good luck to you Maxravi - Happy New Year!

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      Ravi Singh 

      9 years ago from India

      Well my resolution is not to repeat mistake I made in 2011.voted up and thanks.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks to you both! I think making and then breaking New Year's Resolution is a tradition that does not have to continue in 2012. Wishing you all the best, Steph

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      Vasanthan R Menon 

      9 years ago from India

      Excellent hub!! I read through it 3 times over. Might come back and again run through it...a real I opener for me, who is used to making new year resolutions and breaking them....!!!Thanks a ton

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you both, and Happy New Year!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Excelent Hub! I have to find one in this hub for my New Years resolution. I have not done one in my life, yet. Have a Happy New Year 2012!!!

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      Rael Casalme 

      9 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Can I summarize all of the ten into a single resolution? To make a BETTER ME. It's 7am here at 12/29/2011. I wonder if it's already New Year there in the US.

      Very well organized, well presented, and useful hub. Voted this up!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks everyone for the great, helpful comments! Of course, making and sticking to resolutions is a personal endeavor. What works for one person may not necessarily be the ticket for someone else. Another point I could make is to figure out what motivates you - a reward after 1 month (shopping? spa? a special day trip?) and use that as a carrot to help you keep going during challenging days.

      Wishing you all the very best and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Steph

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      Veronica Roberts 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Although I mentioned this hub in another comment =], I wanted to comment formally. I think that this is a fantastic hub, and hope that it helps to motivate others. I agree wholeheartedly that resolutions can be made year round. Being healthy as a whole is definitely a lifestyle change, and recommending (as you did) to write down goals and create a list is great advice!

      Congratulations on having the Hub of the Day! Happy New Year!

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      9 years ago from WA

      This hub is great help for improving resolutions. I always make a resolution or two on New Year's Eve but I never really work at it. Being more specific with them is a great piece of advice I will definitely use this year.

      Congratulations for getting Hub of the Day! It was well deserved. You made such great points, gave useful advice, and included fun photos and videos. Happy New Year!

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      Liz Elias 

      9 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Well done, and well deserved!

      You've made some excellent points, with great photos and videos. Several of your points echo my own ideas. ;-)

      But, the "one-in/one-out" rule only works for some things, such as clothing or kids's toys. It obviously does not apply to collectibles you may have, and it certainly does not apply to tools. There are plenty of times when you may need two of the same size wrench at the same time, and hammers come in many specialized types. ;-)

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Come to think of it, Mary, you are probably right. Plus "resolutions" sounds like a kind of harsh word. How about goals for self-improvement instead? Happy New Year!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I never make resolutions: I know I won't keep them, and then I get angry with myself for failure. Congrats on Hub of the Day! I wrote a Hub on my wishes for the new year: not resolutions.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - I am so happy that you have all found the hub helpful! And I'm honored that it was chosen as Hub of the Day. Whether or not you make New Year's Resolutions, I do hope that readers will take away the idea of making small, achievable goals any time of the year. Wishing everyone the best in 2012! Steph

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      9 years ago

      How interesting that most of them are health related. Love that you inluded the Louis C.K. video. Interesting hub!

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      shea duane 

      9 years ago from new jersey

      My son and I are going to lose weight this year!

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      Emma Kisby 

      9 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Fantastic hub - congratulations! New Year Resolutions tend to be something I avoid making. I don't really know why - maybe I think I shouldn't really wait for January to make changes. This time though I will follow your Number 8, and be successful at work (my freelancing). Must knuckle down with it and hubs like these are very inspiring.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      9 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for the new year! I love how you've included so many suggestions and resources. I don't usually make resolutions, but I am setting goals for the new year.

      Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      Laura Brown 

      9 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I avoid making resolutions. It only hurts me when I disappoint myself and I'm tired of listening to myself about it.

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on this Hub of the Day! This is a well-done post with great tips for making sure we follow through on important resolutions.

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      9 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub,I am one of those people who makes a resolution every year for weight loss,and the dreaded giving up the smoking.

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      Matt in Jax 

      9 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Definitely a great Hub and useful information shared. Always enjoyed that Louis CK clip.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      What an excellent, comprehensive hub. Well-deserved as hub of the day. Congratulations!

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      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day - well deserved. This is a great list of ways we can make sure that we keep our resolutions this year.

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      Keeley Shea 

      9 years ago from Norwich, CT

      This is an awesome hub! Do you think I will be overwhelemed if I take on all of these as my resolutions this year? They are all great and I can not choose which one to go with this year. Perhaps I need to make a resolution to not be as indecisive this year! Thanks for writing!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on Hub of the day. Great hub with lots of good advice.

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      Dawn Conklin 

      9 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I know many people who make these resolutions and some have been successful but yes unfortunately some are too vague and get forgotten about by January 2nd! I don't usually make resolutions but this year I did. Mine is to finish all projects I started in 2011. I got busy and started too many things at the same time. One of those years where all these great ideas hit you but you don't finish any of them! I would say mine can fit into the Achieve Success at Work. Great hub and congrats on Hub of the day :)

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      9 years ago from South England

      Congratulations on hub of the day. I normaly find myself making the same resolutions year after year, but this year i am adamant that 'I Will Quit Smoking' and save a lot of money by doing it :)

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      bell du jour 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      Wonderful hub ! Congratulations for winning Hub of the day, well deserved:-)


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      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Probably the best Hub I have seen for a long long time well done congratulations on your accolade

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      9 years ago

      Extremely rich hub! Useful and at the same time funny! What more?! Thank you, stephhick68!!!

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      vasantha tk 

      9 years ago

      Inspiring and motivating hub.

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thanks for sharing this information. Truthfully many of these I have resolved to do at some time or another. Some of them I have been successful with and some I readdress in subsequent years. The easy part is saying I will do it; it gets a little tricky later. The funny video was spot was so true but so humorous.

      My life is filled with so much joy and happiness that I think the 'be happier' one should be a bumper sticker. Congratulations on hub of the day.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      9 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, stephhicks....thanks to you, sincerely, for your following and GENUINE friendship. I admire your talent so very much. And this plan WAS should just agree MORE and talk LESS. Right? Happy New Year to you, steph, and your family and friends. And pets too. Hope everything good comes to YOU!//////Kenneth

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Awesome Kenneth! Sounds like a good life plan... Wishing you all the best and a very Happy New Year! Cheers, Steph

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      Kenneth Avery 

      9 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      steph, hello, again, on December 28...I reread this hub and came away with the same reaction: SUPER! Wonderful writing. Enjoyed, LOVED every word. And to share a personal resolution that DID WORK for me...some years ago my SOLE resolution was to AGREE WITH ALL THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE. RIGHT OR WRONG. I WAS NOT GOING TO BE THE CAUSE OF ANY CONFUSION. So I did it. And guess what? Worked like a charm. (Not a Lucky Charm), A well-oiled machine in Pittsburgh. A hand-made German clock. This is for your readers: You never know what will work until YOU try it. Thanks, steph. And Happy New Year to you. Oh, unless you think it's too early to wish people Happy New that case, I agree.////your friend, Kenneth

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      All the best in the New Year to you and yours, SanneL and mondkill! Cheers! Steph

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub, very useful...

      I wish you a blessed 2012...

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      9 years ago from Sweden

      Steph -- Great inspirational hub and great resolutions!

      Rated up and awesome.

      I wish you and yours a wonderful and healthy 2012!

      Thank you.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Judydianne and Moon Daisy! 'Tis the season for making New Year's Resolutions. I hope everyone achieves their goals. Best, Steph

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      Moon Daisy 

      9 years ago from London

      Really great hub! Very detailed and helpful. My resolution is to get to bed earlier. I'm not very good at it. I hope I can do it!

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      9 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I liked your hub so much, I'm sharing it with my friends on Facebook and Twitter. The resolutions are common, but I especially like your ways to achieve them. Happy New Year! May all your wishes come true!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Stephanie - yep, me too! That's why this hub was so easy to write. Wishing you and everyone else the best in New Year's resolutions for 2012! Best, Steph

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      I think all of the New Year's Resolutions you mentioned have been on my list at one time or another. Your suggestions for making specific goals rather than generalized resolutions is a good idea that would make it easier to keep those resolutions. Good hub!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks RedElf and pmccray, resolutions are a very individual thing. I think the longest lasting changes I've ever made were certainly not due to a resolution on New Year's Eve and usually more gradual over time. Best to you! Steph

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      9 years ago from Utah

      I stopped making resolutions procrastination runs through my body. I don't think I've lasted even a week. Excellent hub, interesting subject matter.

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Sensible approach to resolutions - most excellent!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      9 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, are welcome. And listen. YOU are the one who brightens up my day. Send some of the positive energy you emit from your smile to my is cloudy, overcast and drizzing rain. And I seriously thank you, steph, for following me. This blesses me so much. YOU have a blessed Merry Christmas and Sane New Year and IF you ever need my help, I am as close as Hubs. Okay?

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Kenneth,

      thank you so much! You brightened my day. Love your resolutions, especially number 2. Take care, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      9 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, steph, on Dec. 6, 2011. 3,066 followers, wow! I can see why for the talent and mastery you have of the written word. LOVED THIS HUB. Voted up and away. I have but two New Year's resolutions: 1. Lose "some" weight and 2. Keep focus away from "me" as much as possible and do what I can for the homeless. I appreciate your writing and for following me. YOU are a blessing, steph. Have a Merry Christmas and keep up the great work.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Good idea - resolve not to make resolutions! True that they are often made at an emotional time. Gradual changes over time probably have better staying power. Best, Steph

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      9 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I have to agree that I have made my fare share of resolutions that I never kept, so now I am not making any! It is just too tiring to try to keep them as you normally make them at an emotional time

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      You're doing great! As you said in your last hub, I work to find evergreen topics with "staying" power. So I don't publish every day, or even every week most times. Best with your resolutions! ;-)

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      Kristin Trapp 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      I had a general hub-writing goal for the end of 2011, but it simply is not going to be achieved. I decided to put it on the back burner to really learn what I was doing, so that the hubs I do produce are good for the long haul. It is nice to learn from other successful hubbers such as yourself. I do think I am going to break that goal/resolution into smaller bite-sized, achievable pieces for 2012 now that the learning curve has tapered off. Of course, I am going to have to add the usual eating better and weight-loss resolutions!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks ktrapp, I pretty much fall in the same boat as you! A hub-writing resolution would be a good idea, as well. Right now, I have a general goal of the number of hubs I'd like to have published by the end of 2012, but I need a better plan to break it down so that its achievable! Best, Steph

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      Kristin Trapp 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      Steph - I have made almost all of these resolutions (except #6) at one time or another. You have inspired me to put some more thought into changes and to make an achievable plan. I may have to have a hub-writing resolution, as well this year, but I guess that falls partially under #8. Thanks for getting me thinking.

      ~voted up and useful~

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Prasetio - I hope for the very best for everyone making resolutions and am very thankful for your comment and votes! Thank you again, best to you, Steph

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I love all the resolutions above to make us living happy. I learn many things from this hub and your great thought to share this with us. You have done a great job here. I give full my vote to you (useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting). Take care!


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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Kulsum, it sounds like you follow the same routine as I do with my resolutions. But, I do see an overall "improvement," each year, so maybe by the time I'm 80, I won't need to make New Year's resolutions any longer. :) Best, Steph

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      9 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Great Resolutions for new year ahead. I want to follow most of them. Problem with me is that I don't stick to my resolutions beyond a couple of months. T hanks for your great suggestions.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Cool about to help with health across the board! Thanks and good luck on your resolutions, Triplet Mom. Best to you, Steph

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      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Great Hub! Voted up! I always seem to make and start my resolutions before the new year. I would also like to mention that mentioned above to help stop drinking also works for eating better and working out. Its actually a very cool site. Thanks again.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks twoseven! I hope that this hub helps people with their resolutions... whether for the New Year, or any other time. Cheers, Steph

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      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great detailed hub! I like all the specific suggestions about how to actually achieve each of the resolutions. And I love the Louis C.K. clip!!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OK, you are right somethngblue and Jason - I will add "none of the above" to the resolution poll!

      RE: the colored capsules, they are text capsules that I create, then push the right-pointing arrow to make them smaller. Once you do that, you can add pink or blue color to the capsule. :)

      Best, Steph

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      9 years ago from Cheyenne, WY

      I made a resolution a few years ago to not make resolutions. So far I have stuck to it! LOL

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      9 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      You forgot one on your poll . . . none of the above, the only resolutions if you want to call it that is I gave myself permission to do mistake free work from now until the end of time or I die which ever comes first and to be nice, as being nice isn't a weakness as some people think it is.

      I like the the suggestions to the side in a half tone box is that something Hub Pages offers or to you have to create that first and drop it in as a photo?

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Haha! Remember that Robinson Crusoe was the only one that had.everything done by Friday... :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Great resolutions, steph. I am adding most of them to my list after my Number One resolution which is to stop procrastinating. And I am going to do just that . . . . . . . tomorrow!


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