Top 10 Resolutions for Your Most Successful New Year

Win at work and in business with the right New Year's resolutions

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New Year's resolutions top many to-do lists during the holiday season. A new year is a beginning, so and resolutions, new plans, dreams, and new directions naturally fuel your thoughts. Many people find New Year's resolutions intimidating and daunting but you can take action to achieve your new goals with these ten suggestions for work goals to guide you.

Write out your New Year's resolutions, to make them real, and you will restore, revitalize and renew your spirit to take advantage of all the possibilities of the new year.

May your New Year's resolutions help you make this year your best year ever.

Do Something You Love Every Day

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman of the Gallup organization discovered this critical factor in interviews with 80,000 . They narrowed down the questions asked to those that most clearly appeared to define workplaces.

One of the top questions was, "Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?" People who could affirmatively answer that question were at work. So resolve to be . Do the thing you do best every day.

Do Something Just for You

You can get caught up in doing for others when you're a manager or a business professional. This problem is compounded when you have family members who occupy your off-work hours.

Resolve to set time aside for yourself every day. Use it to exercise, relax, reflect, meditate, cook a gourmet dinner, write in a journal, walk your pet, or do any other activity that takes your fancy. Just make sure that the activity is different from what you're already doing all day long.

Give Yourself Credit When You Deserve It

The Gallup study also found that people who had received in the last seven days were more happy and productive.

You're less likely to have frequent interaction with your boss in this era of and broad spans of , so it's important that you recognize yourself for your excellent efforts. One way to do this is to keep a file of positive notes, thank you letters, and reminders of your successful ventures.

Strive to Learn Something New Every Day

It's easy to get bogged down in the same old, same old routine. Read an article, discuss a new approach with a colleague, or research what other organizations are doing. Use the internet for exploration. The every day in this information age.

Read voraciously to continue to learn and grow. Aim to read a couple of business books a month, plus periodicals, online journals, and the "Wall Street Journal" daily. You might not always reach that goal, but it’s there to challenge you to learn and continue to grow.

You can even around a book that you and your department want to read. Sharing the concepts with colleagues and cements the learning.

Make Professional Contacts and Network

Look up colleagues with whom you've lost touch. Make sure that you attend at least one professional meeting each month. You'll benefit from the friendships and relationships you'll build from . It's not enough to sign up—you have to show up and join in as well.

Practice Professional Courage

Step out of your comfort zone. What do you usually do when an issue occurs? Do you mentally as to why you really don’t have to speak up, or why  will get you in trouble?

State what you're actually thinking when you find yourself in this situation...if only just once. Coworkers will after the shock wears off. You don't have to be rude or argumentative. Just quietly, concisely, and .

You'll probably find that  gets easier after you've broken through your self-imposed barriers the first time or two. You'll realize that you survived the experience, and your career might thrive as a result of leaving your comfort zone.

Listen More Than You Talk

That old adage about one mouth and two ears is true. Plan to this year. They might just , not necessarily advice or problem-solving.

Lending them an ear can . They're more likely to move from "stuck" to "action" when they feel completely heard out.

Track Your To-Do List

Using a planner allows you to empty much of the daily detail from your mind, whether it's Microsoft Office Outlook, Google Calendar, or an app on your smartphone.

The Fitbit or another personal exercise tracker can help you keep track of steps, calories consumed, weight, sleep, and exercise. This is handy for tracking your . And dumping the information into a tracker gives your mind room for more critical thinking.

Take Up a New Hobby or Activity

Maybe this is the year when you finally begin the collection you've always dreamed of. Resolve to take the first steps in participating in an activity or interest that has always intrigued you and piqued your interest.

Redecorate and modernize your home. Pledge to entertain friends, family, and coworkers more frequently. Express your creativity in home design and entertainment.

You’ll add a new dimension to your world, and this can positively interact with your business success.

Take Yourself a Little Less Seriously

You can get bogged down in serious as you strive for business success, but take time to laugh.

Smile when you hear after hours—or even, during work hours. You don't have to be the mom or dad figure all the time. Enjoy the employees for their little quirks and differences. Appreciate the they bring to work.

Now You Have Them, Here's How to Keep Your Resolutions

This is the part where you don't stuff your list into a drawer and forget about it. Your resolutions will be more manageable—and by extension, —if you keep the concepts simple.

Nothing says that you have to tackle all of these resolutions. Choose the resolutions that most resonate with you, the resolutions you're most likely to stick with—the resolutions with the .

You will demoralize your year and deter yourself from keeping up with the more doable resolutions , unrealistic, or unattainable resolution right off the bat. But don't cross it off your list if you falter. Restructure it so it's more doable and dedicate yourself to it tomorrow.

You can achieve your hopes, dreams and New Year's resolutions. Just follow these ten recommendations to achieve your best year—ever.