The One Resolution You Need To Make In 2012

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As the New Year approaches, many of us are thinking about our resolutions. What will we vow to do this coming year to be better—both at what we do for a living, and as members of the human race?

There’s only one resolution you need to make and keep. Do this one thing and you’ll be good to go for the year: Do what you say you are going to do, otherwise known as accountability. This one resolution can have any number of permutations: 

  • If you say you are going to call, call.
  • Promise to send someone information? Send it.
  • Finish a job when you promised—or earlier—with quality work.
  • Let people know as soon as you can when you are running late for a meeting or won’t make it at all. 
  • And, my personal favorite, make good on the promise "Let’s get together sometime." Make a note on your calendar in the near future to set something up. Or don’t say it at all.

Every goal begins with your own accountability, whether it is business success, losing weight, developing your personal brand—whatever your goals may be this coming year. 

Start now. This very second. You’ll be ahead of most of the world, long before their hangovers have worn off on January 1, 2012. 

Happy New Year!

Dayna Steele is a marketing strategist, success speaker and the author of the forthcoming book 101 Ways to Rock Your World: Everyday Activities for Success Every Day! Follow her on Twitter @daynasteele. Her resolution in 2012 is to break 100 on the front nine.

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  • Wilene Dunn

    Thank you Dayna!  This blog is all about other people and the best way to serve others is being accountable and impeccable with your word.  Do what you say you are going to do for others.  Happy New Year!

  • maruchi Santana

    Dayna- I love it! and it's so true!  This year I have been good at following "Let's get together sometime" My goal next year is to follow up on invitations like:  "Love to have you at our home in Paris" "Argentina" "Vieques".... Happy Holidays!

  • melissa dingmon

    Although I agree that follow-through is a great resolution, I would encourage you to create a resolution that is centered outside of your self. What can you change that will bring good to more of those around you?