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Caroline Rules

Making Your New Year's Resolution

Caroline Manzo puts the real in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and her fans relate to the reality star's no-nonsense attitude, focus on family and, above all, abundant common sense. Check back at Glo every Monday as Caroline helps solve your most pressing dilemmas.

The Dilemma: Every year we make New Year's resolutions, but many of us fail to keep them. What resolutions have you made, and what will be your goal in 2011, and what advice do you have for making achievable goals for the New Year?

Caroline's Ruling: It's that time — a time for new beginnings and promises made to improve ourselves for the year ahead. I have to be honest: I never make a New Year's resolution. The simple reason is this: I never keep them. As a matter of fact, I know very few people who do.

It's too easy to make a resolution, renege on it, and say, “Oh well, I'll just have to wait until next year.” How many times have you heard that? It's a vicious cycle and a copout. However, I do think it's great to use the holiday to reflect on your life and perhaps bring awareness to some aspects that need to be tweaked.

I'm a fan of the vision board. It's a simple thing to make. Basically what you do is you get a piece of poster board and cut out pictures or phrases from magazines that inspire you and then paste them onto the board. Place it in a spot where you have to see it every day. For example, if your goal is to get a promotion at work, spell out the word “promotion” and put it on the board. If you want a new car, cut out the model of the car you want. If you want to lose weight, put a photo of a slimmer you on there too.

I know it sounds crazy, but it really does help to keep your goals and dreams in the forefront of your mind. It's a subliminal way to manifest those dreams and goals into reality. It can be as small as one word, or big enough to cover an entire wall. Whatever makes you happy; try it, you never know!

My New Year's wish is the same wish every year: a year filled with health and happiness for family, friends and myself. I'm going to extend my New Year's wish to each and every one of you. May 2011 be a year filled with health and happiness for you and yours. Everything else is gravy!"

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