Now it may seem strange to encourage you to forget New Year Resolutions - but come on - whoever came up with that idea was a bit of a masochist, a health freak and certainly completely teetotal.
Setting new goals for yourself and deciding to establish a new routine and regime is the most positive thing you can do.
BUT, choose to do it at the beginning of any other month, the beginning of any other week or even at the start of any other day.
Just avoid 1st January like the plague because you're setting yourself up for failure!
If you're waking up to a bright sunny morning in Sydney or Cape Town then I can understand that the idea of a new challenge may seem eminently sensible.
Here in the UK, however, it's probably a grey and dreary day outside, we're all feeling slightly hung over inside and, with a couple of boxes of chocolates still under the Christmas tree, finding the energy for a fresh start is not really in the frame.
Making New Year Resolutions and the inevitable falling at the first fence is a huge knock
to your confidence.
The trials and tribulations of the past year will have affected us all to some degree.
Sometimes we struggle and sometimes we fail but, frequently, we manage to cope with what life throws at us. So let your mind wander back through the year and the ups and downs you may have had to face.
and appreciate how you've gone forward...
Whatever you've achieved or overcome this year deserves RECOGNITION so give yourself a huge pat on the back.
Wherever you are at this time of the year even if you do have difficulties, there are so many factors you should recognize as achievements. Appreciate and value yourself for the storms you've weathered.
A year in most of our lives will include both joy and sadness. We celebrate the good and most of the time, we stoically manage to cope with the bad. Sometimes you don't know even know where the strength comes from.
My problems and your problems, all inconsequential things to the world in general but important enough for us all to hope that we've done our best.
So forget unrealistic New Year Resolutions, enjoy the festivities without pressure.
Celebrate the OLD and endeavour to face every day of the NEW YEAR with optimism and positive thoughts wherever possible.
Just forget the New Year Resolutions until you have the energy, the stamina and the clear head to make them happen.