Are you ready for the changes that each New Year brings? Resistance to some of these changes could mean that you’ll miss out on much that could be good and meaningful in your life.

Apprehension about change is normal, but when the apprehension gets you caught in a cycle of resistance, you could suffer defeat on the success that could be yours.

Fear causes many to resist new beginnings. That is especially true if it’s change that occurs outside of your current comfort zone. If you’re making excuses about why you can’t change, you may feel the defeat before you even begin.

What you know now is familiar and comfortable – change means that you have to let go of that and face the unknown.

When you suspect that you’re resisting the new beginnings you would like to set forth in your life, self-talk is one of the most effective ways to rid yourself of the doubt. Negative self-talk only sabotages what you’d like to do with your life, so be sure all your thoughts about changes you want to make are positive ones.

Resistance to change means that you are not moving forward – and possibly you’re backtracking on the progress you’ve already made. Knowledge is also helpful to stop resisting change. Find out how the changes you want to make will be helpful to you – make you happier, wealthier, healthier or wiser – and then make a vow to act accordingly.

One way to stop resisting the changes you know you should make in your life is to set goals. If you are at the beginning of a New Year, new job, birthday year or whatever, set one big goal you want to reach by the end of the year and then set goals on how you’re going to get there.

That goal setting exercise will act as a roadmap to reaching the ultimate goal. Don’t expect everything to run smoothly. You will likely have obstacles along the way. But, with each obstacle, you will know better how to handle the next one that comes your way.

When you resist new beginnings, you are likely hold on fast to what should be endings in your life. If a relationship just isn’t working or if your job has become stagnant and boring, it’s time to let go of the past and grab on to the new beginnings and where they may take you.