Why do we wait till the New Year to make resolutions? Many of us need a catalyst for change and the annual ritual is for self-improvement. What are your motivators for change? In my practice, I find that people are often motivated by fear or guilt. These emotional motivators don’t stick and need to be replaced with self-respect and self-love. Our goals and expectations for change are often unrealistic which sets us up for failure. Start small, don’t beat up on yourself, make a plan and write it down, and keep things in perspective. Recognize that the changes are for you and can be achieved when you choose your own resolutions and reward yourself for gains. It needs to be a lifestyle change that you can embrace forever. Be patient with yourself and persevere in spite of temporary setbacks. Give the gift of positive change.