Gareth from the Office: And a Happy New Year

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MILLIONS of people will wake up on Sunday morning vowing to do something different in their lives. Actually the first thing many might do is vow never to drink again.

But seriously January 1 is an excellent chance to make a promise to yourself to make a positive change in your life.

At the start of 2011 73 per cent of people said they intended to make a new year’s resolution with 50 per cent of those wanting to lose weight and 43 per cent looking to get fitter.

In 2010 42 per cent of those that made a fitness resolution broke it within a month and I often wonder how it is that people break them.

I know that sounds a bit harsh but if you make a resolution that is within your means then surely it can only be a positive thing?

If you are making a resolution in the first place it means you want to make a change to your lives, surely.

In the past I have made resolutions to do something different every day, sort out my temper and lose weight and it has given me a reason to keep it, as it was helping me make a positive change to my life.

At the start of the year I had a new camera so I made a small resolution to take more pictures, something I happily kept up through the year.

This year I’ve been driven by something else to make my resolution.

I was out last Friday and due to not going for it and taking a chance I missed out on doing something that I have been thinking about for quite some time.

I won’t go into detail into what that was but my new years resolution for 2012 will be to go for it more and take some chances so I don’t miss out again.

If I had taken a chance then at least I would have had an answer either way rather than constantly wondering, what if?

I’m tired of missing out on opportunities because of a lack of confidence.

I am a happy, confident guy and in 2012 I am going to be more assertive, take more chances and make things happen for myself.

The start of a new year heralds the chance for people to make a change in their lives, whether it is something physical, like quitting smoking or losing weight or something that will change their outlook on life such as a promise to be more positive.

What better reason can anyone have to make a resolution?

If people choose to make one then I wish them all the luck in the world. Whether you are looking to quit smoking, lose weight or just keep your house tidier it will take some effort and maybe a drastic change.

Trust me, some things could be worth it.