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01/15/2015 01:52 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2015

Taking Stock for the New Year: Doing the Doable!

If you lived through enough January firsts, you know that, when it comes to New Year's resolutions, we often set ourselves up for failure. Challenging ourselves to a mother lode of well-intentioned but giant tasks -- losing 40 pounds, changing jobs, moving to a new home -- we often become paralyzed by the enormity of it all and wind up doing nothing. It's great to think about improving our lives. But when the size of those transformations outweighs our capacity for change, well, then we need to rethink (because, what's the point?).

That's why every New Year, I try to think small, assigning myself a handful of moderate goals -- rather than one huge one -- that put me on a better footing in my life and are actually doable! The way I see it, if I get enough of these incremental improvements under my belt, maybe I'll be inspired to take on those bigger-ticket dreams.

But how do you decide where to begin tackling the things you want to change? Thankfully, we've had many wonderful experts join us on our weekly series, Mondays with Marlo, and throughout the years, they've provided us with invaluable advice for successfully navigating our lives -- from improving our relationships to firming up our finances to maintaining our health.

So as a New Years treat to you (and me), we put together a quick hit-list of some of those tips, with the hope of kick-starting our determination to make 2015 a banner year for all of us. Take what you want and leave the rest. And remember, breathe!

Happy New Year!

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Taking Stock For The New Year