For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year鈥檚 resolutions.

Have you popped your bubbly and kissed 2017 goodbye? When it comes to the next step in crushing your New Year鈥檚 resolutions, coach Keren Eldad let us know that fear is usually the culprit that stops people in their tracks. 鈥淚t鈥檚 mostly feeling afraid that you can鈥檛 really have what you want 鈥 it鈥檚 too much, or it鈥檚 too big 鈥 so why start anyway?鈥 She tells us that this fear can even manifest in a more sneaky way, like when you actually believe that you鈥檙e simply cutting yourself some slack. 鈥淗ave you ever thought to yourself, 鈥榊ou know what, I鈥檓 doing just fine and don鈥檛 need to do this anyway鈥?鈥 she asks. Find yourself nodding sheepishly? It might be time to employ seven of Eldad鈥檚 best fear-banishing tricks.

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1. Get focused. 鈥淢ake no more than three resolutions,鈥 Eldad advises. 鈥淵ou only have so much time and focus, so home in on what truly matters to you.鈥 She says that when you remove the fluff, it鈥檚 easier to dedicate yourself to really getting the right things done. 鈥淒eep down, you know you only get one shot at this awesome life. No matter where you鈥檙e at, you can still be, do, and have what you want. The new year is a fresh opportunity to go for it with focus. You can feel good about having another chance to start again.鈥

2. Shift your perspective. This simple exercise is all about swapping negative thoughts and former habits for more positive ones. 鈥淭his means instead of thinking, 鈥楾his is so hard,鈥 鈥業 miss overspending,鈥 and, 鈥業 will never get this done,鈥 you can find appreciation in your journey,鈥 Eldad explains. She says that books and videos can be a huge help, along with journaling 鈥 a practice she lovingly refers to as the 鈥渟piritual gym.鈥

3. Recognize success at different stages. 鈥淩emember why you鈥檙e doing this and how much your life will improve,鈥 reminds Eldad. 鈥淪uccess comes in different forms, and they all totally rock.鈥 Beating yourself up because your fiction novel surely won鈥檛 be the next Sex and the City or because your new healthy eating habits haven鈥檛 left you looking like your favorite figure? Stop looking at what you haven鈥檛 achieved and focus on what you already have.

4. Shutdown buzzkills ASAP. According to Eldad, 鈥渂uzzkills鈥 are people who fail to support you and your goals. 鈥淭hese are the types who will tell you, 鈥業t鈥檚 hard to start a business,鈥 or, 鈥楲earning to cook at your age is a dumb idea.鈥 These opinions are nowhere near as important as your own, so step aside to keep moving forward.鈥 Hell yes!

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5. Set and keep high standards for yourself. When you keep pushing forward on tough days and come closer to achieving your goals, you鈥檒l find your fears melt away. The key, Eldad says, is keeping your standards high: 鈥淩efuse to settle for mediocre results and you鈥檒l get to your goal. Make sure your musts are always met.鈥

6. Enlist an experienced mentor. You can find a mentor in some unlikely places, and syncing up with the right person can help propel you forward. 鈥淪uccess leaves clues,鈥 notes Eldad. 鈥淐onnect with people who have been there and done that; their experience and expertise can help erase any fears you have, especially about the unknown.鈥

7. Treat yourself to some top-notch coaching. While a mentor might have limited availability to meet with you or communicate regularly, hiring a coach can change the game. 鈥淲hen it comes to being fearless, a coach will support you, provide you with tools, and hold you accountable,鈥 Eldad expands. 鈥淐oaching really works!鈥 To make your sessions the most effective, look for a coach who鈥檚 in line with your goals 鈥 whether they鈥檙e personal or career-related. From there, explore in-person or online sessions, as well as different approaches that might be the perfect fit. Once you find the right person and program, you鈥檒l be ready to rock and roll.

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