Happy almost-New Year! Today is the day of reckoning where we look back at the past year and set goals for the next. Resolutions are so full of expectations that they can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you get your year started on the right foot.

If you are embarking on your own resolutions:

Start small. Taking on a big resolution can be intimidating, so instead of setting a huge goal for the whole year, start by making a smaller goal just for the first month and add on from there. Don’t say you’ll learn to speak Spanish fluently. Instead, start by taking a weekly class. You’ll be far more likely to make it all the way to December if you take it slow.

Get support. Lean on those close to you by letting them know your goal – and how you’d like to be supported. Say you are trying to get to the gym three times a week. If you do want to skip, decide if you want to your exercise-obsessed best friend to text you “get out there girl” or “join me tomorrow night?”

Envision your progress. No, we aren’t saying you should follow The Secret. Resolutions do require work! But keep track of your success, whether it’s through a daily journal or setting milestones along the way.

What if you aren’t worried about your own resolutions, but worried about how to handle someone else’s?

Don’t push. It’s easy to walk into the first day back at work and ask for everyone to share their resolutions. However, you should remember that you are putting people on the spot. If someone wants to share, they will.

Be supportive. When others do share, congratulate and encourage! If you are close, offer to play a role, but only if it’s helpful. Otherwise, just give your best wishes.

No matter what, remember that the New Year’s Resolution mania lasts about seven days while the actual work is done for 52 weeks. We’re looking forward to spending 2015 with you. Best of luck, from Rue!

Image originally from our June 2012 issue feature “Textbook Charm.”