New year, new you. Right? The question is: how can you mentally prepare yourself to do that?
Let go of all of the bad things that happened in 2013, but don't brush them under the rug. Face anything you don't like about this year and come to terms with it before you move on to anything else.
Once you've gotten over that hurdle, you can look to 2014. That's when you can figure out what you'd like to accomplish in the next year.
Long term goals are great, but experts say you shouldn't only set a big goal for yourself. Instead, set up small milestones within the big goal, so that it becomes easier to obtain.
If you don't, you may become overwhelmed and give up easily. By breaking it down, it'll seem like you're reaching your expectations faster.
"Make sure you can live in the now. When I say that, I mean you want to make sure you're not holding on to too much from the past or looking too forward to the future and too far ahead. Just make sure you're focused on the present moment, and what's going on around you. Just be appreciative of what's going on around you, right in that moment," said Ja'me Brandish, a psychologist at the United Summit Center.
Another thing experts suggest to keep yourself positive through the new year is to look back at all of your accomplishments periodically.
It helps to remind yourself of the good, instead of always focusing on the bad.