6 Resolutions to Make Your Life Better Next Year

12/30/2011 08:35 am ET | Updated Feb 29, 2012

I confess -- I'm a resolution maker.

I've found that I'm significantly more successful if I stick to just one realistic resolution. Case in point, "I'm going all organic" in 2003 was a total bust. I was back to Quik Trip corn dogs by mid January.

I've found the best resolutions, those where I reap immediate and lasting benefits, are when I set goals for improving my side of an important relationship.

Here are my six favorite high-impact resolutions. They don't require any fancy equipment or organizing products. They're free. Pick one, stick with it for 30 days, and you might find the life improvements astounding.

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Lisa Earle McLeod helps organizations win the hearts and minds of customers and employees. She is the author of three books included the best-seller, The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Large and Small, A Washington Post Top 5 Book for Leaders.

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