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New Year's resolutions
Welcome to 2011! Not only are we beginning a new year, but also this marks the beginning of a new decade. And with new calendar changes comes personal changes and goals we all make -- New Year's resolutions.

Why is making resolutions so popular? Well, I've heard people that set goals at the beginning of a week or month are generally more successful. With that idea in mind, starting goals at the beginning of a year should be extra successful right? Hmm, maybe not so much. You always hear about people failing on their big attempts to follow through with their resolutions. So this year, prioritize your goals. Not all resolutions are equal -- some should be your main focus.

First identify your top three (or even a top one if it's a really life-changing, difficult resolution). Then add what I call novelty resolutions and supporting resolutions. Novelty resolutions are random, fun goals you'd like to achieve like reading 25 books throughout the year or learning how to sew. Supporting resolutions are things that support your top resolution like if your main goal is to lose 20 pounds, a supporting goal might be to run a 5k or learn how to cook healthier.  

Next the key is to break down those larger goals into smaller manageable ones so you don't let your goals fall by the wayside. Keep a running list and set a schedule for checking in on them. Even better, find a buddy to keep you in line.

When it comes to resolutions, you're most likely not alone. There are likely thousands of others with a similar resolution. Here is a list of the top New Year's resolutions. Want an app to help you reach your goals? Check out the top 20 mobile apps for some of the most popular resolutions.

My top goals for 2011 are to travel to at least one foreign country, set up a new organization system in my home so I am not constantly reorganizing, and get my fitness and endurance levels back to tip top shape. I figure by sharing, I'm more held to keeping them. What are your New Year's resolutions for 2011?

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