It's the end of January, traditionally a time of year when our thoughts turn to self-improvement. As the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, the air was full of optimism and wonderful dreams. Now everything seems like a bit of a slog. But don't worry: Sue Hadfield, a self-help author and lecturer at the University of Sussex, is here to rescue you.
In her book, Change One Thing, she argues that many people find themselves frustrated because they cannot relish their own successes. Many managers reach their goals in terms of job titles and financial stability, but this often comes at a high personal price, and disillusionment can soon set in.
To avoid this, and to cope with often overwhelming change, Hadfield sets out how to take things in your stride. Her book is divided into eight chapters on motivation, identification, recognition, procrastination, inspiration, preparation, implementation and determination. These lead you on a journey to identify what you want to achieve and to show you that, in pursuing audacious goals, it's far better to be a tortoise than a hare. Start small - change just one thing and you'll soon be on the path to success. "Just remember: the first step is easy," she writes.
Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today