1 January 2014

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S. Lewis

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? Have you decided to ditch the cigarettes and hit the treadmill, or are you resisting the trend altogether?

Personally, I am a great believer in the power of goal-setting. Somehow, once you have sat down and listed out the things you want to achieve, they seem to naturally fall into place. However, many people struggle when it comes to keeping their resolutions. Are you one of them? What do you think keeps going wrong?

There are a few things that I find helpful when trying to start or stop something, especially if it has been a habit. The first is scheduling things into your diary and getting into a rhythm. Think about it – if you want a haircut, you have to plan and book it. The same goes for your resolutions. Make yourself a plan of action and turn your New Year’s resolution into a pattern. If it’s going to the gym, get your kit packed the night before or arrange a session with someone fitter than you. That way, you hold yourself accountable if you don’t turn up!

In the same vein, you are more likely to succeed if you tell everyone about your goals. The more people you tell, the more responsible you’ll feel for meeting your objectives. Get your family or work colleagues to rally around you. One of the reasons Gail and I manage to hit most of our targets is because we share the same goals and are on the same journey, therefore we reinforce each other’s belief.

And if you’re missing the chocolate you’ve resisted or anything else you’ve stopped for 2014, remember that it’s healthy to go without certain things from time to time. Whether you’re giving something up for lent or taking part in Ramadan, removing something from your life can really heighten your sense of appreciation. And if people aren’t supporting you, distance yourself from them because they’re not true friends. Friends should encourage and motivate you not shake the wagon until you eventually fall off!

So from one goal setter to another, Happy New Year! Let me know what your resolutions are (remember, once it’s written down, we’ll all be rooting for you). If you find yourself struggling, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help.

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