2016 is going to be the best year of your life. Here’s how to get started.

Every New Year brings a fresh start, a chance to set about making new plans, getting a new job, a new look or maybe to open up to new romance. It’s the one time of year when you’re not allowed to make excuses and procrastinate, but instead be positive and pro-active.

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But before chopping off your hair and telling your boss off, you need to think carefully about what you want to change in your life and how to go about it. Ask yourself, which areas of your life are you happy with and which areas need to change. These four questions should help you figure that out:

1. The last good dream you had didn’t include
a) Your job
b) Your boyfriend
c) Diets
d) Budget limits

2. Your friends are always telling you to
a) Relax
b) Ditch your guy
c) Try a new look
d) Spend less

3. This holiday you’ll be
a) Taking leave
b) Working
c) Avoiding bikinis
d) Spending loads of cash

4. You biggest disappointment in 2014 was
a) Not getting promoted
b) Being dateless on Valentine’s Day
c) Putting on a few extra kilo’s
d) Not being able to afford that road trip

Results

Mostly A’s: Do work you love

If you dread going to work each morning and can’t get by without smokes and coffee, you probably need to slow down and reconsider your career choice. You may be in a situation where you feel inadequate to take the steps to land your dream job. Or you may have wanted this since you were seven and just realised that back then you had only had a fairytale idea of what it would be like. Either way, you hate your job. But you can only take steps when you’ve decided what you want from your career. Speak to a career counselor if you need help figuring out what your strengths and needs are. Your goal may extend over four or five years as you may need to get the necessary qualifications or experience, but doing work you can be passionate about is worth it.

Mostly B’s: Find true love

Your dread walking down the street because wherever you look, there are happy couples walking hand-in-hand. Ugh! Whether you’re single or hooked up, you’re unhappy with your situation and you’re looking for true love. Not the “we’re dating” kind, but the all-encompassing happily-ever-after kind. You’re looking for The One, the guy who’s waiting in the wings to rock your world and you’re not willing to settle on Mr Right Now. Sounds like you’re a woman with a plan. There are a variety of ways to meet guys these days. Try dating. Kiss a few frogs. Who knows? Once you open yourself up to the idea, you might find that your own happily-ever-after is not too far away. Just steer clear of Tinder.

Mostly C’s: Be healthier

You want nothing more than to lose weight his year. Last year saw you trying every diet but you lost the motivation way before your massive stock of lettuce wilted. This year, however, will be different. Before you make your resolutions, make sure your goals are realistic. Not all of us can have Jessica Alba’s body because we’re all built differently. If you want to lose weight, set realistic goals that you can monitor on a monthly basis. Ditch the fad-diet books and eat healthy instead, and spoil yourself with a little treat when you crave it. It’s important to team a healthy diet with an exercise regime, so ask a personal trainer to help you get started. For a quick self-esteem fix, a make-over can make you feel instantly glam, so why not start off with a new hair style or make-up look?

Mostly D’s: Be money-wise

You dream of travelling or buying your own car, but your spending habits aren’t helping you get any closer to your goal. Firstly, it may sound painful, but you need to cut up your credit cards. Keep one for emergencies, but be very strict as to how and when you use it. If you have difficulty doing it, just picture what you will be gaining in the long-term when you’re living debt-free. Pay off all your debt as soon as possible and open a savings account where you can start saving towards you goal. If you find yourself wondering where your money went at the end of each month, trying budgeting, keep all your till slips and make a note of all your minor expenses. Sandwiches and coffee from the café cost five times as much as a packed lunch. This will give you a clear idea of which habits you need to curb and where you can start saving.

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

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