Another new year is upon us and with it the time old tradition of making resolutions. More often than not, however, these good intentions lose their momentum by spring. How many times have you said “This year I will get into shape” or “This year I will get better organized”?

Psychologist Frank Farely suggests that the key to successful life changes may lie in first taking an inventory of the past year. Radio stations review the year in music. Businesses do a year end inventory. Too often we tend to focus on the failures of the past year and resolve to “make it right” in the New Year. But what about your successes? Have you taken stock of these, as well?

By taking the time to fully assess the past year, you will begin to see where your strengths lie and thereby gain a greater sense of self confidence. This can be a highly effective tool for making positive changes in the future. Knowledge is, after all, power, and a year end review is a great way to gain the self knowledge that will empower you to make positive changes in the New Year.

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