Now that we’re officially into the New Year and the celebrating has died down, I thought that it would be a great time to share a few words about New Year’s resolutions- that silly little thing we do each year when we promise ourselves awesome change and then forget about it a few weeks later.

For example, I’ve committed to losing weight for a solid 4-5 years straight now, plus I keep meaning to write a book on copywriting, hire additional employees, and seriously ramp up my marketing efforts locally.  And while all of that sounds awesome, I never do any of those things.  There’s just not enough time left in a day to make them all feasible.

However, last year I made just one resolution- to spend more quality time with my kids and to learn to forgive them for being true terrors.

Because let’s face it, running a boutique marketing firm out of my home is tough enough…doing it with teenage girls in the house is pure madness.  And I’d find myself yelling at them constantly- turn down the music.  Stop kicking that.  Don’t hit your sister.  Leave the dog alone.  They were like professional noise-makers.

And you know what?  I did pretty darn well with that one resolution.  It took an enormous effort at times; especially when Alyssa wrecked two cars within the first few months of having a driver’s license.  But I somehow prevailed, and I’ve yet to completely lose my cool for a good number of months now.

This year, I’m making almost the exact opposite resolution though- I’m going to focus more on me.  That means more time in the gym losing pounds and getting healthy.  That means eating better and taking a little bit of time off every now and then.  And it also means to focus on the stuff I’ve been meaning to get to for quite a long time now.

The social media site, for example, has been on hold for several months now.  I don’t have the money to finish it myself and I don’t have enough time to raise the money.  That’s a fact, a constant that can’t be avoided, and the only way to change that is to start bringing in some passive income.  So every chance I get will be devoted to finishing out the writing book and just generally working smarter, not harder.

That takes setting goals and really sticking to them…which is exactly what a New Year’s resolution is supposed to be in the first place.

So for my first post of the New Year, I’m going to offer you a great piece of advice- really focus on yourself.  What matters to you long term?  What will make you truly happy?  Use this holiday weekend to figure out those answers and then go all-in on your own success.  Because at the end of the day, there’s only one New Year’s resolution that really matters at all- your health and happiness.

Happy New Year, my friends!