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There is a ‘crest of the wave’ effect with the arrival of each New Year. It’s a kind of natural momentum that is produced without us having to do anything. The great thing is that you can ride it well into February… but then it fizzles out and your own motivation must provide the impetus for continuing what you’ve started.

What begins positively can quickly become “Here we go again…”, but it doesn’t have to. Harnessing the natural momentum of New Year will get you started, it provides impetus. To keep it going you’ll need to do something different:

  • Changing routines, shaking up old habits, meeting new people, going to new places will all signal to your unconscious mind that “Something new is happening here.”
  • The ‘momentum’ of the New Year might involve standing still. It doesn’t necessarily involve dramatic action or visible change right away. Stay with it, be patient.
  • Be loyal to yourself and quietly confident. Listening the ‘same old, same old’ of others can sap your resolve, so avoid it.
  • Be open to possibilities. Fixed ideas about where you are going or the form that your ambitions will take might mean you’ll miss something.

To continue the surfing analogy from the first paragraph, be on the lookout for a good wave to ride – you can’t grab it if you don’t notice it – but be prepared also to abandon it if it turns out not to be right for you; there’ll be another one along very soon.

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