As we go further and further into 2015, keeping our New Year's resolutions becomes more and more difficult. Our enthusiasm and drive to change our ways can plummet as we lose our focus. The key to battling this downward spiral? Getting some much-needed dose of motivation and inspiration!
One source, aside from our favorite celebrities, is inspiring book characters that kicked ass and succeeded in their pursuits, be it fighting for their lives, battling menacing villains, or snagging their dream jobs.
Take your cue from these book characters and get all the help you need (and more) in changing for the better!
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy
Best for: going against the tide when you know you're in the right
What's inspiring: Katniss is one of the strongest female book characters in young adult fiction. What's not to love? She’s strong, loving to her family, a leader of a revolution, and is still very human and relatable. Katniss dared to go against the most powerful forces to bring justice to the people of Panem. Just like her, you must challenge all the bad influences that hinder you from keeping your resolutions.
Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series
Best for: always being calm, collected, and on top of things
What's inspiring: Hermione is always quick to think of solutions to sticky situations. She’s brainy and can stay focused even on the most stressful times. Surely, Harry and Ron would be lost without her. Tempted to spend too much, gorge on unhealthy food, or skip your workout? Channel your inner Hermione and think things through before you break your resolutions.
Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
Best for: never losing hope even when you're feeling down in the dumps
What's inspiring: Chris Gardner is not just a book character; he's a real-life inspiration. He didn't let his shortcomings stop him from pursuing his dreams. He used his limited resources, persevered, kept the faith, and eventually, all his hard work paid off. If you’re ever feeling it's hopeless to commit to your resolutions, think of the much harder things others have to go through.
Josephine "Jo" March, Little Women
Best for: breaking stereotypes to achieve your dreams
What's inspiring: Jo March is one of the most important and influential female characters in literature. Considered one of the early feminist book characters, Jo broke gender stereotypes to become her own person. Did you make a resolution to be more true to yourself? Then make Jo your inspiration. You don't have to act like this or that just because the norm says so.
Bridget Jones, Bridget Jones's Diary
Best for: being realistic and just trying your best
What's inspiring: Okay, so Bridget's story isn't the most successful one in terms of keeping resolutions. But we think she's a good reminder of making conscious effort to be better. Her resolutions about her weight, vices, career, and love life are also something we'll all go through at one point or another, so it should be easy to relate to her.