Do you make resolutions at the beginning of every year? Resolutions can be powerful tools. In fact, they can help you take your life goals to the next level. The catch is, once you make a resolution, you have to work to make it come true. If you want action, you need an action plan.

Goal setting is the best way I know to transform lofty resolutions into bottom-line results. Research shows that individuals who set measurable goals for themselves, they're more like to achieve them. When you engage in true goal setting, you define your objectives in pragmatic, measurable terms. Identifying personal resources, time and funds needed to invest to attain your goals helps you develop action plans. Once you know where you want to go, the next step is to figure out how you'll get there.