How was the New Year for you? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? How are they all going? We are already way past 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 and this year of course we also had all those attempts at Veganuary too. 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 all our positively made plans.

So, February is here and 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. If there are things you don’t like about yourself or your life now then any number of resolutions will not be enough to create lasting change. 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 which I find useful. They’re not for everybody, but 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,  set uncertainty and procrastination aside and lets start to make a difference in our own lives. We’re already a whole month into the New Year so there’s no time to waste. Starting on Monday I will post another blog in this series where we can look at the most important aspect of planning. We jump forward to the end of the year and try to visualise who you want to be, where you want to be and what you want to be doing.