1. Lose weight. This resolution is evident in the millions spent on the weight loss industry each year. If this is a top ambition for you in the new year, keep in mind that no miracle has been discovered. The only real solution is simply to eat less and exercise more.
2. Obtain a better job. With the recession allegedly slipping away, this one should be much easier in 2011.CBS News recommended preparing for your resolution early. That means getting the job ads ready to go through on January 1.
3. Quit smoking. We are a long way from the days when most movie stars lit up cigarettes as the look of "cool." Smoking causes cancer not only in the smoker, but also on those who breathe secondhand smoke. Do what it takes to cut out the nicotine.
4. Spend more time with loved ones. About.com reported that fifty percent of Americans vow to spend more time with friends and family members in 2011. Don’t just stand by and hope that it happens. Before January 1, call up a friend to set a lunch date and schedule a family night during the first week of the year.
5. Give back to others. Let the new year inspire a kinder you. Whether you want to fight for the rights of children alongside Protect.org or the rights of animals with Friends of Animals or other charity, commit to a solid amount of volunteer time per week or a monthly pledge.
6. Get fit. No matter how much someone weighs, he can still be fit. By making a commitment to cardiovascular exercise for at least 30 minutes on three to four days each week, you will give your health a great hand up.
7. Work on spirituality and faith. It can be easy to step out of line with once highly held values. For a book that combines both faith and fitness, addressing two common resolutions in one, Candace Cameron Bure and Darlene Schacht released "Reshaping It All" just before the new year.
8. Return to school or take a class. Many people aim to learn a new language in the new year. Ask Men recommended conquering a big book, if nothing else, as you aim to better yourself.
9. Get out of debit. Start by shredding credit cards and committing to spend only what you have in the bank.
10. Make a clearly stated, succinct plan for your year. It’s easy to make resolutions become reality if you have a little road map. While Carol Roth recommended that each business have a one-page, strategic plan for the year, individuals will benefit from such a plan, too.