NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – Planning Consultant/Author offers new and unique remedy with DRAGONmedallions to make Resolutions stick

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DRAGONmedallions are the new motivational and self-evaluation tools that use the image of the Chinese Dragon as part of a daily practice, to keep people on a successful track toward the attainment of New Year’s Resolutions. The “FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS” process that goes with the DRAGONmedallions has been developed by strategic planning consultant, author and designer Barbara Bacigalupi to give the necessary vision and structure to increase the success rate for making life change.

DRAONmedallion for Power and Energy

"It's time to demystify the process for making change so that the dismal rate of New Year's Resolution failure can be reversed." Barbara Bacigalupi, Creator of DRAGONmedallions.

No matter what the New Year’s Resolution – weight loss, getting exercise, searching for a better career, or even finding new love -- the premiere of DRAGONmedallions offers a tangible tool for associating the Chinese Dragon’s action-oriented power and energy with a desired New Year’s Resolution. Using simple how-to instructions called FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS which have been developed by Barbara Bacigalupi, who in addition to being a designer, also happens to be a strategic vision consultant and personal growth author, DRAGONmedallions are intended to make New Year’s Resolutions stick and lead to success.

Despite the popularity and media focus placed on the annual ritual of making New Year’s Resolutions, ensuing reports that tell of typical failure rates of 70% to 99% are what captured Bacigalupi’s attention. “We are literally training ourselves each new year to believe that we are incapable of change,” observes Bacigalupi. “My consulting experience tells me that the dismal outcome of many New Year’s Resolutions is due, in great part, to the absence of an easily applied process for making life change.” continues Bacigalupi. “ That’s why so many businesses hire consultants in the first place, and why I decided to do something about demystifying the process for individuals," concludes Bacigalupi.

So, Bacigalupi simplified the change-making process into a two-pronged approach that includes the formation of an irresistible vision of how much better the future can be, as well as a step-by-step structure for getting from point A to point B. This approach is unique and different in that it combines both the usual left brain linear thinking method with right brain visualization for a holistic brain approach. She then sought an image to facilitate visualization that would provide a constant presence for the goal in the person’s life. This image would be a constant motivational reminder of just how important it is to give the all-important priority attention to being continually focused on the goal, taking daily action and analysis until the goal is achieved. What was needed was a compelling, but fun and engaging symbol which embodies the positive traits needed to accomplish a goal.

"The Chinese Dragon I have seen throughout my life dancing in San Francisco Chinese New Year’s Parades has so much personality and plain old sex appeal, that he became my immediate choice for the much needed visual symbol,” comments Bacigalupi. “He’s a veritable bundle of energy and tenacity, and the Dragon, as the symbol for daytime, light, and the all-powerful Emperor, makes for a perfect representation of the qualities needed in any person who wants to affect life change.,” concludes Bacigalupi. “With DRAGONmedallions, the life goal can easily be associated with the Dragon’s image and come to life in the person’s mind, which in turn can focus continuing decision-making on a daily basis,” concludes Bacigalupi.

The image of the Chinese Dragon which has always been considered by the ancient Chinese to be the most auspicious mythological creature, is the centerpiece of Bacigalupi’s new DRAGONmedallions for Power and Energy in the form of a replica of an ancient Chinese Coin that was most popular during the Chang Dynasty (beginning in 1644) and which also happens to form the basis of Feng Shui. The coin depicts the traditional presentation of the Dragon, which is always paired with the Phoenix bird symbolizing his Empress and love.

“The ability to create symbols through a metaphoric process is a uniquely human right brain activity,” continues Bacigalupi. “We don’t often think about the powerful role that symbolism has fulfilled for rallying change throughout human history, across all cultures, religions and countries. So adopting a symbol like the Dragon to make a goal real and tangible, is both logical as well as emotionally compelling and visually stimulating,” concludes Bacigalupi.

Bacigalupi’s design for DRAGONmedallions is deliberately intended to appeal to the senses, with varying colors and a mix of textural qualities that beg to be touched. The medallion coin centerpiece in DRAGONmedallions is surrounded by natural, semi-precious minerals including a rock quartz crystal bead carved with the ancient Chinese Shou symbol for long life and prosperity, which just happens to be the ultimate and most fundamental reason for pursuing any type of New Year’s Resolution. A loop of natural mineral beads makes for easy display on door handles, drawer pulls, candles, vases and so much more. A Turkish knot tassel completes and refines the textural quality of the design.

As part of the FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS, a person is asked to visit the Dragon in their DRAGONmedallion as part of a Daily Practice that focuses on breaking the resolution into daily, bite-sized goals that are assessed and improved upon at each nightly reflection. Intended as a universal approach for change, the FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS instructional guide used with DRAGONmedallions can be combined with any other available system, whether a diet, exercise or other plan.

DRAGONmedallions are available at Special value pricing is offered, along with a complimentary copy of Bacigalupi’s classic personal growth book Truly Human - An Invitation to think in new and powerful ways. Continued releases in the DRAGONmedallion series focusing on such important topics as financial prosperity and health care issues including breast cancer and pain management, are planned for release in the coming months.

The new website and store at is a part of UMANO, named for the Italian word meaning human, humane and compassionate, which was founded by Barbara Bacigalupi in San Francisco in 1997. As a concept-based company, it’s purpose is to serve as a vehicle for the publication of Bacigalupi’s writings and the production/marketing of her design lines. The hallmark product, TRULYHUMANmedallions, has been sold for the past ten years in a limited number of selected boutiques, design studios, and spas, and is respected by consumers for the bead’s inherent beauty, quality of human handwork and the human values they foster through learning messages. All design products are made by hand in Northern California using components collected from around the world and are available at

UMANO is inspired and guided by a vision of our world in which we become ever more human, humane and compassionate. We are dedicated to participate in this vision by combining works of nature with the work of the human hand to create products accompanied by learning messages which bring consumers closer to their personal humanity and individual giftedness within a framework that affirms positive and worthy human values.

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