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Make a Declaration of Your Passion Going into the New Year

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Make a Declaration of Your Passion This New Year Andres Rodriguez/PhotoSpin

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet this year? If not, are you going to?

If you answered yes, you are among the 45 percent of Americans who usually make resolutions for the New Year. Another 17 percent infrequently join in with a resolution while 38 percent of Americans refuse (make a resolution?) not to participate.

Top resolution picks in 2014 included losing weight, getting organized, having better control of finances, staying fit, and learning something new or exciting.

So what should you do? If you’re asking that question, it may mean you shouldn’t do anything at all. Statistically, only 8 percent of resolvers succeed with their plans each year, while 24 percent fail to follow through on their resolutions.

If not succeeding is going to frustrate you or give you a sense of failure, you might want to pass this year. But if you do choose to make a resolution, statistics suggest that your chances of achieving your goals are 10 times higher than if you don’t make a resolution at all.

I personally prefer EmpowHER founder Michelle King Robson’s idea of making declarations rather than resolutions. Michelle uses a three-step process to create a declaration:

1) Evaluate what you’ve already accomplished.

For me, this may mean celebrating an accomplishment, acknowledging progress I’m making toward a goal or recognizing that I really don’t like the direction I set for myself. It’s okay for me to decide to choose another path, as long as I do it thoughtfully.

2) Think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year or longer.

This part may seem like making a resolution, whether it’s to lose weight or get out of debt. But I think this is a more thoughtful process. I don’t want to make a snap decision or jot down a list on the back of an envelope and call it done.

I want to take the time to examine what is really important to me. What ideas or aspirations do I keep suppressing that just won’t go away? This is my chance to take them out, dust them off and give them the serious consideration they deserve.

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