How To Set Goals – And Stick To Them (PHOTOS)

New beginnings, tough targets and ambitious resolutions are great, but if you're thinking of turning over a leaf it's all too easy to fall off the wagon and revert to type within a few days.

Whether you're ditching the fags, getting reacquainted with the gym or reinventing yourself as a professional bungee jumper, goal-setting requires careful mental preparation. "To stay motivated, you must be relentless about making progress, while letting go of the demand for perfection, advises self-help expert Rory Vaden, "focus on stellar efforts – not results."

Stick to these 11 fuss-free tips and you'll end up precisely where you need to be.