Too many people make new year resolutions with the intention of making a change. You can't exactly plan change, you must create it. That is why resolutions are so difficult to keep. You can't just make a life; it needs to be created. The first thing you must do in order to create something great is the place it in your mind. Once it's in your mind, plan to make a conscious effort, and stay committed.
You can't "cold turkey" life