I'm of the opinion that before you can make a resolution, you first need to find your mantra. If you break down the Sanskrit roots of the word mantra, it means mind instrument. In other words, a mantra can be a tool to set the stage for change.
So what exactly is a mantra? Some claim it's om, the sound of universal consciousness that pulls you into meditation and quiet. That may be true, but I like to think it's more than that. A mantra is an intention. It sets the stage for successful change and helps achieve those nagging resolutions that bedevil us.
When I was a child, my mother had a bagful of sayings or mantras which she drilled into me. Her favorite was "Don't be like the rest of the sheep." In other words, do your own thinking and make your own decisions. While I didn't appreciate it at the time, that mantra became embedded in my mind and became the road map of my life. She could just as easily have said "You're stupid and will never amount to anything." That brings me to the most important feature of a mantra: it must be positive and self-affirming. My mother should have constructed her mantra in a more positive manner, but her intent was positive. She meant for me to be free-thinking and independent.
Before you draw up that list of resolutions, construct your mantra for the new year. Write it down on a piece of paper. It should be a positive, concise statement that fits your heart. As you repeat it each day, you will find it shapes your experience until it becomes your truth. No one can tell you what your mantra should be. It has to come from your soul. It has to form your intention. It has to direct your life. And then those resolutions will naturally take root and progress.
Here's a YouTube video that's a favorite of mine. I think this healing mandala will put you in the right frame of mind for a little meditation. It's absolutely beautiful and relaxing.