Rather than the whole resolution thing, I believe in setting goals as they provide purpose, direction and focus and, of course, you don't need a new year for that. You don't need it to be a certain day of the week or a time of day. In theory it's as simple as the saying goes; just do it! However, I appreciate that it can be easier said than done and that sometimes, a New Year is what it takes to make a change.
It has actually been proven that the very act of setting a goal will increase your chances of achieving it in itself. I have lots of goals for different aspects of my life and I am getting better and better at both tackling and achieving what I set out to do. The thing I struggle with, though, is not setting a goal and seeing the big picture, but rather breaking it down into achievable sections. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed and hung up on challenges way down the line, rather than the steps I need to take to even get there in the first place. Silly, I know!
Luckily, I have a very clever, business savvy man who reels me in and puts me back on the right track. And whilst he might not have thought me the concept of breaking things down into smaller chunks, he has certainly made me adopt the principle. So rather than feeling defeated by big dreams, I can now celebrate small victories and enjoy the journey towards my objectives.
Pause for 5 - can I just say that I'm feeling exceedingly wise and philosophical on the first day of 2017! It must have been the fresh air from our walk earlier...
Anyways, as I was saying.. In the words of my other half "it's simple, you just have to work it backwards". Visualise your end goal, and then break it into the steps you need to take to get there.
So really, all you have to do is define your dream in order to make it into a goal. Break it down and set smaller targets in order to succeed within your given timeframe.
Sounds quite simple when you put it like that, doesn't it?
Every plan needs a starting point, so why not make this moment yours?