"I learned this, at least, by my experiment:  that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
--  Henry David Thoreau
This is the time of year when it's traditional to make resolutions. Unfortunately it's also traditional that the resolutions last for a week or so and are then abandoned forever (or at least until the next New Year).  So here are a few resolutions that will really make a difference, and which hopefully won't get abandoned! 

1.     Resolve not to make any of the same resolutions this year that you made last year.  If you didn't keep them last year then you won't keep them this year.  Find something new and better! 

2.     Resolve to keep a date with yourself once a week in which you go out on your own and do something you really want to do. Make this a top priority. 

3.     Resolve to look through all the activities you are involved in and ask yourself "Why am I doing this?"  Set yourself a target of weeding out at least a quarter of them. 

4.     Resolve to do at least one thing this year that you have always wanted to do but have never had the time/money/opportunity/whatever. Take the first step to get it under way this week. 

5.     Resolve that you are never going to worry again about at least one subject.  It's up to you what it is.  A few suggestions:  your weight, your looks, your education, your children, your income, your health, you name it.  If you don't like the way it is, either do something about it or don't do something about it . . . the choice is yours . . . but stop worrying about it! 

6.     Resolve to choose one major goal for this year.  Pretend that the world is going to end at midnight at 31 December 2003 (perhaps it will!)  What is the one thing you would like to have achieved by then? 

7.     Resolve to identify one person whom you need to mend your fences with.  Then take the initiative to do so. 
by Mark Forster, The Time Freedom Coach,
Copyright Mark Forster, Coach, 2002
In case you chose to wait until now to prepare your New Year's resolutions, Mark has provided some helpful guidelines.

1.     With your current list of resolutions in hand, review the above resolutions and choose the 1 or 2 that you will add to your current list.

2.     For me this is a year of prosperity --  a balanced, fulfilled life on all levels.  If this rings true for you, too, let me know. Call or e-mail me and tell me what you see for yourself. 

3.     In 2003, I am requesting your feedback so that these tips move you to the next level of success.  Send me a note, e-mail or call and let me know what you want more or less of so that these tips are a springboard for you.  Let me know which tips are winners for you.

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