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Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

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There’s definitely something to be said for making a New Year’s Resolution.  I’ve always viewed a new year as a clean slate, and it makes sense to set goals for what you intend to do with that time.  The possibilities are endless, so why not resolve to make the most of it?  But are you just setting yourself up for disappointment?

I go back and forth on this.  I usually don’t set New Year’s Resolutions, out of the fear of letting myself down.  I’d just as soon avoid that kind of negativity, you know?  HOWEVER…

…two years ago at around this time, I wasn’t very happy.  I was working a job I wasn’t crazy about, barely scraping by financially, and pretty down in the dumps emotionally.  So I decided to make the New Year’s Resolution that in 2011, I would get a full time radio DJ job, stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, and be happy, gosh darn it!

And you know what?  I kept my resolution!  I was hired full-time here at Townsquare Media in September 2011, and I even proposed to my girlfriend the following March!  Now, here I am at the end of 2012, celebrating over a year of working my dream job, and getting ready to marry the woman of my dreams in a few short months. Happy doesn’t even do justice to how I feel nowadays!

So I guess my point is that you can make anything happen with enough devotion.  So, my advice would be: If you’re going to make a New Year’s Resolution this year, be passionate about it.  Keep it in the front of your mind.  Never forget how important it is to you.  If you do that, you can’t fail; and you won’t have to worry about letting yourself down.  I really do believe that.

So how ’bout it?  What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2013?

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