While a New Year can often bring with it the excitement of a fresh start and the possibility of new opportunities, it can also be a time of considerable pressure. This pressure comes as we start to think about what we are actually going to do in order to see the things we are hoping for in 2015 happen. We realize that no matter how honorable our intentions are and how beautifully laid out our plans are, we are actually going to be required to take action before anything can happen. Many people allow themselves to be overwhelmed by thoughts such as, ‘what if I can’t pull this off’, or ‘what if I put in all that hard work and it doesn’t happen anyway’ or ‘have I got what it takes to do this?’

I like what Goethe says about situations like this; “Whatever you do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” Rather than allow ourselves to be paralyzed by ‘what ifs’ we need to devise as good a plan as we can, taking advantage of all the resources at our disposal and then – do something. Take one step, make one change. Just do something.

The reason I love coaching so much is because it is about motion. It is about taking steps from where I am now to where I want to be. So what if I make a few mistakes along the way? As long as I choose to make them part of my learning, they can become a positive aspect of my journey rather than a negative one. I may discover a few weaknesses along the way, loose some relationships or find wanting to throw in the towel on at least one occasion. On the other hand, I could discover strengths I didn’t know I had, make new friends, and succeed beyond my wildest dreams.

So let this year be a year that you live life to the full, one in which you stretch yourselves as much as possible (after all stretching is what brings growth), and attempt things you have always dreamed of but never had the courage to do. Who knows, you might get more than you bargained for – in a very positive sense. Whatever you choose to do, I sincerely hope that decide to be more and live more. If nothing else you’ll have great stories to tell by the end of the year.

Tips for getting better results this year

  • Don’t make resolutions, instead set goals that tap into your values: that is, ask yourself what it would mean to you to achieve your goals.
  • Don’t spend too much time thinking about things. Instead take action as this will fuel your ideas and motivation as well as increase confidence.
  • Don’t be discouraged by past mistakes, learn from them and try again.
  • Do give yourself deadlines for acting on your plans and adhere to them as much as you can.
  • Do write your goals and aspirations down and tick them off as you achieve them.
  • Do find a close friend to make yourself accountable to, this has been proven to increase ones chances of achieving their goals.
  • Finally, reward yourself for any wins, even small ones!