The secrets to making New Year's resolutions come true Article added by Paul Cross on December 31, 2013
Paul Cross

Paul Cross

Pekin, IL

Joined: December 21, 2006

Don’t let your New Year's resolutions come in one year and out the other. Before the New Year's Eve ball drops, make a list of your top 10 New Year's resolutions with a commitment.

For some, this event is no more than a change of the calendar. For others, the new year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow with hope, faith and a commitment. So, if you’re looking forward to a good year ahead, spread happiness with wonderful New Year's wishes.

When the clock strikes 12 on December 31st, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a happy and prosperous new year. Here’s my New Year’s wish for you: May your right hand always be extended in friendship, never in want.

While we receive so many greetings and hear countless wishes for a happy and prosperous new year, it is up to us individually to resolve and commit to making our dreams come true. Happiness and prosperity go hand-in-hand, but you can be happy without prosperity — and you can be prosperous without happiness. And when we can combine happiness and prosperity, they energize each other in a way that can make 2014 the best year ever.

Here are some important things to incorporate into your resolutions.

1. Recognize that resolutions are commitments, not wishes.

2. Make a list of your top 10 New Year's resolutions.

3. Review the list often. Reaffirm and commit.

4. Reward yourself for accomplishing each resolution.

5. Make your New Year's resolutions your mission and your passion.

6. Reward others who help you accomplish your resolution.

7. Recognize your responsibility to others; the more you enrich others, the more enriched you will become.

8. Don’t settle for happiness or prosperity; you want both.

9. Help your friends accomplish their New Year’s resolutions.

10. Recognize that your resolutions rest with you.

The year 2013 was a most unusual year, from the shock waves of the fiscal cliff to Bengasi, to a government shutdown to Obamacare, to a surging national debt with corporate and federal retirement plans underwater.

The best resolution for 2014? To become money smart, and to help clients and prospects do the same. Help them lock down 401(k)s, IRAs, TSAs andTSPs with guaranteed growth and income they cannot outlive.

New Year’s resolutions provide the opportunity to challenge ourselves to become more reliant, more independent, more family-oriented and more successful.

See also:

Resolutions can resolve redos in the year ahead

5 New Year's resolutions for financial professionals in the emerging age of social media

4 New Year’s resolutions that will improve your clients' fiscal health
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