10/01/2012 13:35 GMT | Updated 20/01/2012 03:47 GMT

How To Improve Your Willpower (And Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions)

If you’ve made any New Year’s resolutions for 2012, the chances are you’ve broken them already. New research shows that the average person lasts a measly nine days before their good intentions go out of the window.

What’s more, most of us recycle the same resolutions year after year, suggesting that our goals remain ever elusive.

Whether it’s to go to the gym three times a week, lose half a stone, clear your debts or find a new job, it's the same emotional roadblocks that hold us back.

Joy Crowther, corporate and personal strategy coach at Stars Gym, suggests the following ten-step strategy to reach your goals by overcoming the obstacles standing in the way of your success.