This is the time of year when resolutions are wearing off and your Inner Critic may be waking up...
If you're getting negative messages from your Inner Critic about whatever goal you'd like to achieve, talk back to it. Challenge it by standing up in a strong stance (your physiology has a lot to do with your mood) and remember:
* If you don't try, you can't succeed
* You've taken on challenges before and succeeded
* Others have done what you hope to do, why shouldn't you?
Then immediately get to work.
If you nip it in the bud, your Inner Critic will slink back into its lair.
(You'll find more tips and strategies in my book, Your Writing Coach, published by Nicholas Brealey and available from your favorite bookseller.)