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I am stuck looking for one word that captures the personal attribute of never avoiding issues; a concise way of saying that one deals with things "head-on" and in a timely manner.

I'd also like to phrase it a way that does not rely on a negation, such as "non-avoidant"

Update: I wasn't clear enough. The word also needs to describe a positive attribute. Thanks for suggesting "confrontational", which is an antonym, but it sounds negative to aim to be more confrontational.

The context for the word I'm looking for is: "Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to be [insert new word here]".

Any ideas?

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How about "engaged"?

Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to be engaged.

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+1 except I've used up my daily quota so I can't. In OP's sentence it would be better as I resolve to be more engaged, or perhaps ...to engage more. –  FumbleFingers Jul 4 '11 at 21:25
    
Thanks @dillon. I think engaged just pips it for me, though I still feel it doesn't exactly capture all what I want. It will probably settle in with me though. Actually I'm amazed it never came to me before! Thanks. –  TrevorJ Jul 7 '11 at 9:34

To me, the opposite of avoidance is engagement.

EDIT

A good word in your particular sentence might be diligent. It's not exactly the opposite of avoidance but I think fits better in your construction. Instead of avoiding problems, you want to be aware of them and work to solve them. Perseverance.

Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to be diligent.

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If a phrasal verb will do: seek out.

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For this, I think the nonce coinage "embracement" might work.

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That word occured to me as well, but I certainly wouldn't call it a "nonce coinage". It's just not that common. But I can't upvote you because I've used up my quota today. Anyway, it won't do because you can't resolve to be more embracement. –  FumbleFingers Jul 4 '11 at 21:21

One can say

  • to face up to a problem
  • problems confronting

Edit
Taking into account the precisions included in your edited question, a number of solutions (grouped by similarity) come to mind.

  • Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to be more combative/aggressive/pugnacious!
  • Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to adopt a can do attitude!
  • Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to be more anticipatory!
  • Last year I avoided some problems, but this year I resolve to be more go-getting/feisty/spirited/determined!
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The antonym to avoid is confront, hence a person that is non-avoidant is confronting or likes to be confronted with problems.

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For your specific example sentence, I think "engaged" was the ideal choice.

For many other contexts, I add intrepid to the fray. It has a strong positive connotation.

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