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Resolutions, Resolutions…

December 29, 2009

Like many, you may be taking inventory of what has happened in your life over the past year… and beginning to think about what you could change in the next.   Maybe you would like to make more money?  How about more vacations in the coming year?   Possibly, you want to change the world!

Now, how many years have you had lofty thoughts of what the next year would bring, just to be disappointed with the outcome?  …You are not alone!  So, how could you make this year the best ever???

Here are 3 simple tips to achieving your goals for this year.

1. Setting your goals.

This step is the beginning of failure for many people… so I’ll give you a basic recipe for success.

a) Choose what you want to change or accomplish.

*** Make sure this is something you want!  If you have no desire to accomplish a task, it will become much more difficult to achieve.

b) Clearly define that goal

This is the second mistake I commonly see.  Be as clear and descriptive as you can, including the extent of the goal and when it is to be reached.  For instance, let’s say you want to lose weight.  Just saying, “I’d like to lose weight won’t make it happen.”  A clearly defined goal would sound like, “I am going to lose 15 pounds by the end of March.”

2. Stop only setting goals and start following action steps.

The next task is to create “action steps” that can be easily followed.  Action steps will break a goal into bite-size portions and help make it attainable!

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals,

adjust the action steps.”  –Confucius

So, create your steps (with possible revisions along the way) and, most importantly, TAKE ACTION!

3. Stick to the plan.

You know that you should stick to a plan to make it work.  But, what happens if you miss a day or make a couple of poor decisions?

It is rare that a plan is executed without any mistakes or bumps along the road.  But, I don’t want you to use this information as an excuse.  On the other hand, you should use this to “pick up where you left off” if you have a short circuit in your plan.

Make this year your best year ever!!

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