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Aaah, a new year! I wish you the very best of health, happiness and fulfilment in 2014.

And how can you achieve this state of bliss?

Throw out your New Year’s resolutions! Yes, you read correctly.

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to take time to evaluate our goals and priorities. But to make real progress achieving those goals, you need to approach your goal setting at the beginning of the year in a different way.

Otherwise, you might end up like most people who make New Year’s resolutions but never come close to accomplishing them. In fact, 98% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of January! Ouch!

Here’s the problem: most people simply make a list on a sheet of paper of the resolutions or goals they would like to achieve and leave it at that. That is the equivalent of building a house with a deck of cards: it may stand up for a while, it may even look nice, but very soon, it WILL collapse.

Why? Because there is no foundation, structure or framework for these resolutions. Please check out this newspaper interview for more insight.

But there is an easy alternative. It requires a little more work up front but in return, your chances of achieving your goals AND sustaining your progress are likely to soar.

As a first step, I’ve put together 12 questions to ask yourself that should help you to achieve any goal. Answer these questions as they relate to your goals or any time you begin a new major endeavor: you’ll be astonished at the results.

Once you complete these steps for one goal, you can repeat them for other goals.

BTW: if you’re curious as to what resolutions people make, here’s a list of resolutions from a recent worldwide survey.

My warmest wishes to you for a wonderful 2014.