Once you determine what goals will be a priority for you in the new year and why you want to meet them, determine the steps you'll need to take, and develop an action plan. Don't forget the one thing most people forget to include in their action plan: who can help you achieve your goals.

After you write down your goals and begin plotting action steps to meet them, take a moment to consider who in your network either has the expertise or connections to help make them a reality. For example, you might have a list of prospective clients with whom you want to work. Rather than cold call or email them, ask colleagues or contacts if they know anyone at those organizations or have any insight about getting an introduction. One professional who tried this method found that his friends and colleagues knew about six of the 10 on his list.