Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? How are they all going? We have already passed the point at which, statistically, most people start to forget all those easily made promises. Stop smoking, lose weight, get fit, join a gym, have a dry January. We do it to ourselves every year. There is a great rush of enthusiasm to change our lives for the better. We’re filled with idealism about the future, but…..

By the end of January we will have had a few setbacks, yet the enthusiasm will linger on. By Easter we will have lost the motivation and forgotten those hastily made resolutions completely. We will find all sorts of ways in which the events in our lives have worn down our optimism and derailed our plans.

So, we return to the mediocrity of last year and the year before. Despair will grow as the year progresses and then in December we will have another burst of hope and begin the cycle all over again. Sounds a bit futile and depressing, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be so. We need not be worn down by the constant drip of indifference.

I dislike the term ‘resolution’ because it reeks of inevitable failure. I am setting serious goals for myself this year and feeling passionate about them. With this new blog series I will show you how to set achievable goals and be motivated by them, and I’ll share the tools that I find useful. They’re not for everybody, they can be used by anybody.

Join me on the journey, and regardless of all the crazy ‘stuff’ going on in the big wide world, let’s make a difference in our own lives. We’re already three weeks into the New Year and there’s no time to waste, so I’ll post a new blog every day this week as follows:

Monday – Visualisation (Who do I want to be?)

Tuesday – Diary or journal to success

Wednesday – Plan an inspirational Diary

Thursday – Setting SMART goals

Friday – Keeping a motivational Journal

Saturday – 13-week goals

Sunday – What’s next? (Motivation Mondays)