Congratulations! We have officially made it through the holiday season and are already a week into the New Year. By now, you have probably made your annual New Year's resolutions, that inevitably you may or may not keep, or you could be like me and not make any. That is right, this year I've decided to ditch the resolutions because let's face it, I never keep them and that's okay.

I have come to realize that while I never keep the resolutions I make, I love to be inspired. If you ever come into my office at work, I have a corkboard filled with inspirational/motivational quotes, like ' don't forget to be awesome' and 'attitude is everything'. Even my calendar for the year includes inspirational quotes, like 'live big by appreciating all that is small'.

So over the last week, instead of picking my New Year resolutions, I've been scouring the internet to find articles to inspire me to be a better version of myself both personally and professionally in 2017. While there is no shortage of articles out there, I thought I would share some of my favorite (so far). I hope that one of these articles inspire you as it has inspired me.

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Mark Zuckerberg Sets Himself a Personal Goal Every Year (and You Should Too)  
By Minda Zetlin, Inc.com

While we can't all be Mark Zuckerberg, we can certainly set a personal goal like he does every year. Author Minda Zetlin writes "our lives get so caught up in day-to-day deadlines and obstacles, it's hard to keep track of our bigger objectives", which is completely true. She then gives some ideas on how you can create your own personal challenge as Mark Zuckerberg does every year.

5 New Year's Resolutions That Will Help You Build Mental Strength In 2017 
By Amy Morin, Forbes.com

As I've already stated, I don't ever keep my resolutions, even with the best intentions. According to Amy Morin, the reason we fall short of our goals is that we are focusing on the wrong things. She suggests that instead of focusing building on physical strength, we focus on building our mental strength because it is the key to self-discipline, delayed gratification, grit, and perseverance.


17 Bad Habits You Need to Kill in 2017 to Be More Successful
By Chris Dessi, Inc.com

Every year our resolutions revolve around improvement or adding new habits, like working out or eating healthier. Seldom do we think about removing things. Author Chris Dessi suggests removing the negative habits that have been holding you back.


5 Habits that Can Help Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
By Jay Jay French, Inc.com

Who knew Jay Jay French, Founder and lead guitarist for Twisted Sister, would inspire me but he gives some good advice. From keeping a journal to staying connected, he talks about how incorporating these habits into your everyday life can help you gain more insight into your business.


The One Habit to Develop Above All Others in the New Year
By Mike Renahan, HubSpot.com

We all know developing new habits can be difficult, so why not just focus on one. Mike Renahan writes about the benefits of being an earlier riser. Yes, being an early bird can have many benefits, and some of those include being more productive and crushing it at work. After reading this article, you will probably start to think twice about hitting that snooze button every morning.


10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet
By Rich Bellis, Fast Company

Ah yes, productivity. I am sure everyone at some point struggles with being productive. It's not so much as the lack of motivation as it is being more organized and on top of things. This article gives you 10 tips from planning the night before to writing a "stop-doing" list to help you be more productive in the year ahead.


How To Ditch The Bad Habits That Will Hold You Back This Year
By Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company

Again we are back to talking about ditching the bad habits. According to Stephanie Vozza, in order to make progress on our goals we cannot keep practicing come common bad habits. From avoiding conflict to sticking with what worked in the past, Stephanie gives some insight into why these are bad habits and how to ditch them.

I'd love to hear where you get your inspiration from. Shoot me an email or write it in the comments section.

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