If your goal is to achieve your dreams, to become a better version of yourself, or to simply just be happy, I encourage you to let go of shame, regret, resentment, anxiety, and anger. Leave those unhealthy emotions behind in 2014. By doing this, you'll truly start 2015 with a clean slate ready for prosperity.
A new year is the time when a lot of people stumble at the realization, "Oh! Another year has gone by!" We wonder for a few moments at the current of time that flows by and then again get busy. If we go deeper into these moments of wonder, we realize that there is an aspect of us that is a witness to all the events of time. This witness inside us is unchanging, and it is from here that we observe all the change that time brings.
We all have different things that motivate a New Year's resolution. These women were motivated by abuse, addiction, grief, heartbreak, failure, fear and pain -- and their personal process influenced my own resolutions. They taught me that the new year isn't about starting over, or a new beginning... it's about revisiting, revamping, and/or reinforcing some of the goals and intentions we have already set over time.
When it comes to taking full responsibility for your own experiences or taking none, there's a continuum. Some of us blame our circumstances and our feelings on the external world and other people. Some of us actually take too much responsibility for our "stuff." Despite my anecdotes above, I have realized I'm on the too much responsibility side of the continuum.