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MAKE CHANGES FOR YOU..NOT ANYONE ELSE.

I have always thought the burst of motivation New Year brings to people is amazing. For that very reason, it is a great time to make a big difference because you can ride that wave of motivation - new year, new you, new resolution.

When it comes to making changes, only do it because you really want to. Don't do it because it is what you are meant to do at this time of year. It has to be something you want to do, not what someone else wants.

For example, if you want to lose weight, do it because you want to, not because your partner wants you to shift a few extra pounds - although it's always a benefit if you have help.

You've got to work out if you are a resolution type or an evolution type. In other words, are you going to go hell for leather right now or are you going to take it slowly? There is no right or wrong but you have to be honest with yourself.

If you are going to start your year afresh, you are going to have to set your goals. They have to be personal goals and you need to know what you want to have achieved at the end of the year.

There is no harm in having a massive goal. I stand up in front of adults and kids every day and say you've got to think big, you've got to think absolutely huge.

There is no harm in wanting to be a success. I don't think anybody who has been successful would tell you they didn't want to do so well.

If you have a big goal at the end, you have to bear in mind the more realistic, short-term goals that are going to get you there so that you feel like you are making genuine progress.

Once you have set your goals and you know what you want, the toughest part of all is sticking to it.
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