For years, like everyone else, I made New Years’ Resolutions that I couldn’t stick to. Then, as I ended my most miserable year in 2016, culminating with the worst NYE ever, I made the only resolution I have ever stuck to. I was determined to be happy and do whatever it took to find that feeling. I was going to spend the time finding the things that brought me joy and do more of it. For me, the uncertainty was what drove me. It allowed for freedom, for exploration, and most importantly for change. This approach allowed me to make this a true lifestyle change as opposed to a fleeting attempt at personal improvement. Two full years later, this “resolution” has brought me to a most fulfilling place in my career, in my health, in my relationships, and in my overall life. So how can you make a similar impact on your life in the long term? 1. Make goals or “resolutions” that work for your personality. If you are a person who requires measurable benchmarks…do that. If you are someone who responds more to experiences and feelings…focus on those. For example, if fitness is something you want to focus on more, and you are a numbers person…maybe your goal would be to work out a minimum of 4 times a week. If you are more of the emotion person, perhaps your goal should be to try as many different types of workouts as you can until you find the one you can’t live without. 2. Give yourself a break and allow for lapses. We are all human. No one is perfect. Holding yourself to unrealistic standards is a great way to encourage disappointment. Strive for perfection, allow for modification, and be proud of your accomplishments. 3. Find an accountability partner. Again, depending on your personality, this may be someone who calls you at 5am to make sure you are up and on your way to the gym, or maybe this is someone who just wants to know what new thing you tried this week and whether or not you will be doing it again. Perhaps, it is a lot of people on your social media…wherever you find comfort and motivation…share your goals and let them encourage you, and celebrate your wins right by your side. 4. DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!!! If your “resolution” isn’t bringing you the desired results or feelings…change them! We change regularly, why shouldn’t our goals change as well?! The turn of the year is a great reason to take time to evaluate and set goals. But always remember, there are 365 fresh starts in that year. Every morning is a new chance to decide to be happy.