- I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT *
Jenesis Mind & Body Life Coaching life coach and personal trainer Jennifer Atkins, who mentors people wanting to lose weight, said she always advised people to write down their reasons for wanting their New Year's Eve goal and then to write three to five positive statements to help them stay on track.
"Make them juicy enough to excite you and keep you motivated," she said. "Use the present tense, eg: I am so happy that I look and feel amazing in my size 10 jeans. Visualise what it is like having achieved your goal."
·To learn more about Jenesis Mind & Body Coaching and for weight-loss advice, see jenesismindandbody.com.au.
- I WANT TO GET FIT *
If it's your goal to get up and run every morning, you can aim to lead a more active lifestyle in 2013 by forming new, good habits. Ms Atkins said habits were formed by consistent behaviour or actions which trained your unconscious mind to automatically do things, such as learning to drive a car for the first time.
"Consistency is key - the point of a habit is that it doesn't require thought. Keep it simple."
Psychologist Delphin Swalm said try to make your new habit fun and interesting while building it into your daily or weekly routine.
"This takes planning but, for example, vary your exercise routine, use music, use all of your senses when running through the neighbourhood," she said.
"I set my running clothes out the night before so everything is ready when I arise in the morning. Social psychology informs us that we more readily commit to something well in advance than at the last minute."
- I WANT TO IMPROVE MY CAREER *
Feel stuck in a rut in your job? Career Wisdom director and career coach Lois Keay-Smith said professional advice or change could be the key.
"People can feel stuck in a career rut for a variety of reasons," she said. "Career coaching can help to discover the source of the dissatisfaction. Sometimes it may spell time for a change, taking up study or professional development. Some people benefit from adding some hobbies, new interests or volunteering."
·For more career coaching advice, visit Career Wisdom at careerwisdom.net.au.
- MAKE IT PUBLIC *
Tell people your goal - it will make you accountable.
Dr Swalm said by putting your goal "out there" such as posting it on Facebook or by writing it out and sticking it somewhere you'll see it will help reinforce it to you and prompt you to take steps to achieve it.
"Perhaps you could tell your friends to ask you about your progress on a regular basis," she said.