Happy New Year

Well as this is my first blog of 2019, it would be wrong of me not to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Like every 1st of January, the internet was awash with posts about new years resolutions. The gravy from my Christmas lunch was barely cold before I was being bombarded with offers online to "Make this year the best ever" or get e that beach body I have always wanted for Summer 2019.

Well if 2019 is going to be YOUR year, and you have set out with some new years resolutions, let me share with you my 3 tips on what not to do when embarking on changes.

1. Don't have too many.

People tend to take on too many things as far as goals and challenges are concerned. Just pick one, for now, you can do the others when you have nailed this one. And if you're unsure which one it should be, pick the one that will have the greatest positive impact on your life.

2. Don't make them too big.

Be realistic. If you have a resolution ot get into shape and you have never exercised, don't be aiming to run a marathon in June or have a bodybuilding physique for you two weeks in Tenerife in July, they are just not realistic.

Choose something that pushes you and takes you just out of your comfort zone.

3. Make sure it's your goal.

If what you want to change has been taken on to keep someone else happy, it is doomed to fail. So if you're going to become super organised and start doing DIY to keep her indoors happy, this will not happen.

All challenges take effort and always get tough. When it gets tough you need a big WHY for doing it or you will quit. And doing something to try and keep others happy is not a big enough why.

I personally think you can decide to change and make a resolution any time of the year. The 1st of January is popular but it doesn't matter if its the 1st of January, the 25th March or the 4th of July, you can change whenever you feel ready.

And once you are ready, you can decide then and there things are going to change. But please be patient, Rome was not built in a day and challenges and goals usually take longer than you think, are harder than you imagined and always cost more than you budgeted. But that said don't let it put you off, change is always worth it in the end.