Do you feel one year closer to achieving your dreams? Was 2016 a ‘happy’ year?

If you can’t answer ‘yes’ with confidence to either of these, you need to take stock and set out some meaningful resolutions.

Join me on my latest 30-day challenge by posting a daily selfie of yourself completing the task and tag me in on Instagram.

So, what’s this month’s challenge?

Spend five minutes each day reflecting on 2016 and creating meaningful resolutions for 2017.

Take around 20 days to really think in-depth about the things that have happened in the last year, how you were affected and how you reacted. Then dedicate 10 days to writing up and fine-tuning your resolutions to perfection.

What are the benefits of making New Year’s resolutions for 2017?

Feeling like you don’t know which direction to turn? By reflecting on your achievements in 2016 and creating realistic New Year’s resolutions for 2017, you can:

  • Take stock of the things that bring you joy
  • Learn from (and, avoid repeating) your mistakes
  • Start 2017 with a clear objective for where you want to be

How can I make the most out of my New Year’s resolutions for 2017?

Think back on what’s changed you in 2016

You’ll need to find a quiet, comfortable place where you can just let the thoughts flow through you.

Don’t judge your recollections as they swirl around your head, just be mindful, observe and let them evolve freely.

This exercise isn’t about beating yourself up for mistakes you’ve made. It’s about rejoicing in all the components that make you who you are; good or bad, they have influenced what you’ve become.

When you think about something you’ve achieved in 2016, reflect on the mindset you adopted and actions you took to create something greater. You might already be using skills you didn’t know you had.

If something negative comes up, take time to be honest about your part in the situation and how you might act differently next time.

Reflect on how fulfilling your relationships with friends or your partner have been in the past year. Think about your physical wellbeing; are you achieving nutritional harmony and living an active lifestyle?

Make resolutions that you can achieve

Don’t shackle your resolutions based on what you think you’re capable of, or have the financial means to achieve.

Your goal isn’t to create easy resolutions, but ones that take you closer to happiness regardless of their complexities. You have more potential than you know, and can work towards these aims one step at a time.

Write all your resolutions down, set out the steps you will take to achieve them and draw up some provisional deadlines.

If you find that a theme’s cropping up repeatedly, come up with a short mantra to keep you focused. It might be:

  • “Approach life with more confidence.”
  • “Become a better friend/partner.”
  • “Find a job that fulfils me.”

You have the potential to make 2017 your best year yet. Join my integrative life coaching programme and I’ll give you the vision, motivation and methodology you need to make a meaningful change to your life.

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