The Ultimate Resolution Guide

02/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Step One: Don't make your resolutions on January 1st!

It sounds counter to everything you've ever done, but maybe there's a reason we don't succeed at New Year's Resolutions. I hear from so many people who are frustrated because every year is the same. Why can't I lose the weight/quit smoking/get over the relationship/find my dream job? Well, if you only spend time on it in the first week of the year, get discouraged when it doesn't happen right away, then yes... resolutions are going to be "failures."

This year, it might help to look at your goals a bit differently. To that end, The First 30 Days is offering a free guide to help you get your goals solidified for 2009. I'll tell you now that it's not a step-by-step how-to guide. You probably already know how to lose the weight or save money. This is about changing your mindset when it comes to change and avoiding the classic mistakes we all make this time of year (and all through the year, for that matter!)

You can download the free PDF here. Encourage friends and loved ones to do it, too! That's one of the steps to getting through change...having people alongside you who will keep you motivated and who are committed to changing, too.

I wish you all the luck and success in making the changes you want this year.