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New year! New goals! New love? If you've resolved to rev up the romance in 2016, consider the suggestions below. You'll increase your chances of meeting someone special—maybe even The One!

  1. Take More Risks: You've heard the adage, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results." People say it all the time because—well, it's true! Although we can't 100% control when or how we'll find love, one thing's for sure, we won't ever meet The One if we refuse to get out of our comfort zone and take a few risks.
    Resolution: Resolve to push yourself at least a little bit in 2016—no risk, no reward! 

  2. Make a Plan and Execute It: Your best intention to take more risks won't do any good unless you actually follow through. The trick is to figure out what you need to make that happen. Take an honest look at yourself and determine how to ensure you'll stick to your guns. Will it help to enlist a friend to keep you accountable? Or do you work best with visual reminders? Try writing out your dating resolutions and posting them in a prominent spot to keep yourself focused.
    Resolution: Resolve to construct concrete steps to find love in the same way you'd strategize to reach any other goal. Make it a priority and put in the effort! Another quote to consider: "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." –Abraham Lincoln

  3. Play to Your Strengths: Let's be honest—dating can feel pretty awkward at times. Make the whole process a little more comfortable and a little less stressful by playing to your strengths. If you're more reserved but you're a great writer, hop online and email your way to a first date. If face-to-face interactions allow you to shine, hire a dating service and let them do the work—all you'll have to do is show up and be your charming self! If you're most comfortable in active settings, join a singles' group that keeps busy with cooking classes, ski trips, or art lessons.
    Resolution: Resolve to be more introspective this year. You have to know your strengths to be able to play to them!

Follow the suggestions above to take charge of your love life in 2016!   Who knows—by this time next year, you and your significant other may be working on resolutions for 2017 together!