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Each new year brings new beginnings and, for me, it brings a new life theme. I was inspired to share my approach to using themes as opposed to resolutions by two people dear to me who started out as PR colleagues, but over the years, have grown into friends that I respect, love and admire.

I stopped making resolutions several years ago because, like most of us, I didn’t keep them or stressed out so much over them (because I am results-driven – a side effect of professional life) that after the first month I felt like a failure. The problem was the resolutions were so metric-driven and so specific that they felt like a “to-do” list that I was checking off or that kept stacking up as I fell farther behind. You know, things like work out five times a week for 30 minutes in the morning or write down three things that I am grateful for each day.

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