1. Resolutions have become a bit of a joke, people expect to break them.   Start to think of them as a goal you want to reach instead.  The fact that it’s the new year is irrelevant!
  2. Embrace what I call “The Power of Probably” – assume you can probably reach your goal, but it’s no big deal if you don’t.  The pressure of all or nothing can sometimes stop people from even trying.  When you entertain the chance of failure, you remove its power.  And know that if you fail your ultimate goal, you would have learnt things or made other positive steps along the way.
  3. Close your eyes and picture yourself achieving it. Imagine what it would feel/look/sound like. Visualisation is widely used by high level sports people, and helps get your brain used to that new you.  Doing this for a few minutes a day will subconsciously steer you in the right direction in real life.
  4. Keep yourself accountable – tell EVERYONE!  Knowing they’re going to ask you about it gives you that extra boost to maintain the right track.
  5. You don’t have to go from 0 to 10 on your scale of achieving it straight away, so set a mini goal first – just the tiniest, easiest thing that will move you in the right direction in the first day.  Then build from there.