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Top 10 ResolutionsIt’s that time of year again and leading up to the new year, countless people have made resolutions for 2014. Not everyone makes them, but close to half of those who do break their resolutions by the end of January. So, what happens? Simply put, resolutions just don’t have what it takes to last very long, so they give out before you get going good. Resolutions are declarations or decisions based upon your desires, hopes, or intentions. Usually what happens once you declare them, nothing follows or perhaps there’s some action, but then you get off track and find it hard to stick to them.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that resolutions are a bad thing. They aren’t. They serve the purpose of acting as a catalyst for what you want to bring to fruition, but by themselves they just don’t cut it. They don’t work for a number of reasons, but primarily they don’t work because they lack clarity and  specifics and without strategy and execution they just don’t work.

So what’s the secret?  How do you make your resolutions come to life?  First of all, allow them to be what they be. Resolutions serve as a spring board into a goal, so allow them to serve as the agent that spurs you forward into creating a goal around that declaration.  A goal is more concrete.  It’s a specific want and is very detailed. When a goal is solid it specifically states the focus, defines measurement, it’s attainable, realistic and time bound. When structured like this, goals have what it takes to go the distance. Furthermore, once the solid goals have been established, there is a strategy put in place for reaching each of them as well as an execution plan. The secret is taking the things that you’ve resolved to do and morphing them into goals that are S.M.A.R.T. and then creating your strategy and steps to making them come to fruition. Those two things are primary if you really want to see what you’ve declared actually materialize any time soon. Add to the mix the right mindset, motivation, accountability, and commitment and you’ve got the secret recipe for success.

If you find this area challenging and you find that the year has started without you, keep an eye out for my next few posts along with some gifts and free events that will help you get on track for 2014. You’ll find them listed on the website calendar.

 


Did you start your new year with a plan?   Now, when I say “plan” I mean a written one–one that has all of the details from start to finish, not something that you’ve got swimming around in your head with all of the other stuff that you’ve got floating around up there.  It’s not real unless it’s in writing!  If your plan is still in your head, or is half way or even completely mapped out on paper, I have a question for you…what’s your problem?!!  Why haven’t you taken action?

If this is the norm for you and life is moving along like it usually does, let me tell you something, if you don’t make a change, nothing in your life will change and you won’t have the outcomes that you’re looking for.  You can’t expect different results when you’re playing the same game with the same mindset and the same behaviors.  It’s just not possible to get where you want to doing things the way you’ve always done them.  If you want this year to be a repeat of the last one, then keep doing what you’re doing now and you’ll get exactly that.  But if you’re ready for the shift, ready to move forward, then it’s time to do something different.

Now, it might be that you haven’t gotten started because things are in the way. If you’re like most, what’s really in the way are things like not being organized, poor management of your time and a lack of systems and habits to support you.  Those aren’t the only things that will impede your progress.  Not taking action will kill your dreams every time, guaranteed.  As Og Mandino said in The Greatest Salesman in The World, “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible.  All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” So what’s it going to be? Are you going to continue to do things the way that you’ve always done them, making your progress and growth impossible, or are you going to get your rear in gear?

If you choose to get your rear in gear so that you can accomplish what you want, there are specific things that you’ve got to do and you’ve got to be in action every day. First of all, if you’re giving yourself a beat down, stop it!  Acknowledge where you are and then that you’re moving forward.  If your plan is in your head, get it on paper with all of the fine details–what steps are you going to have to take to get where you want to be, what resources are necessary, and the timing of things. Once you’ve determined the timing, you can start performing the tasks that it’s going to take to accomplish what you want.  Get them in your calendar!  Every day you should be doing specific things to move you toward your goals.  They don’t necessarily have to be big things, but you’ve got to be in action. Keep in mind that you’ve got to be realistic about what you can do every day too.  Some days it might only be possible to look at your plan to see where you are and if you’re on track because of what needs to be done during the course of the day.  Even if all you do is to remind yourself of where you’re going and what the master plan is, that keeps you focused on the prize. Additionally, make sure you have someone to hold you accountable.  This can be a trusted friend or colleague or you can go the professional route and get a coach to hold you accountable. It doesn’t matter which way you do it, but you have to have the accountability piece in place.

Finally, look to see what it is that has you stopped.  Why is it that you haven’t taken action? Are you afraid, making excuses or blaming your lack of movement on other people or things? If so, delve into that to find out why.  Start by taking responsibility for your actions, or lack thereof as it were, and make the mindset shift that it’s going to take to move you forward without the excuses or blame and with the ability to feel the F.E.A.R. (false evidence appearing real)  and do it anyway. Make the commitment to yourself to take action now and get your rear in gear!

Want support with this process? If you’ve started and now you’re stalled, half-way mapped out your plan and can’t get it going, consider coaching to get you through the process.  Coaching will help you make the mindset shift and drop the habits that don’t support you, like procrastination;  get clear on your vision and set clear and concise goals; get your priorities in order; focus on the important things; and have your stress level go down and productivity level go up.  You can sign up here.

 

 


The new year is here and if you haven’t already gotten into the groove, it’s time to get your new year off to a running start with things that will support your efforts.  Usually, we don’t think about this one key piece of the puzzle, but no matter who you are–business owner or not, stay at home Mom, or if you work a regular 9-5, you need tools and systems to get your year off to a rolling start and help keep it rolling throughout the year.  Imagine having your goals and a written plan to carry them out, but nothing to support you in your daily steps toward them.

This is the time of year for resolutions, fresh starts and the like, but we don’t think about getting things in order and people are typically scrambling this time of year to get off to a good start after a hectic holiday season, but there are ways of avoiding that scramble–at any time of the year.  Your business or work setting as well as your home should run like a well-oiled machine. The best thing you can possibly do to support yourself is to set up systems to streamline your tasks.  Your business or work environment should have systems in place for every area: filing, sales, accounting, payroll, etc.  The same applies to your home environment.  Each system carries out processes that contribute to the environment as a whole, ultimately leading to increased productivity.

To begin to get your systems in place, start by looking at what’s working.  This question might not be so easy to answer, because usually if there isn’t anything wrong, we can’t see what’s there.  If there is a system in place that’s working, leave it in place but look to see what improvements might be made to that system.

Next, look at what’s not working.  This question will be easier for you to answer than the first.  If something isn’t working, get rid of it and create a system that does work; one that will support you.  For example, your filing system should include three types of files, reference, action and archive.  Not having a solid filing system in place and using it is one of the top things that will waste your time.  Once you have a solid filing system, have processes in place that keep your system in top condition and continues to support you.  To give another example, set up a schedule for purging your files and for archiving.  Know when you want to remove things from your reference files and archive them and how long you need to keep them in your archives.  Statistically speaking, people waste 1.5-2.0 hours each day looking for things.  That translates into 7-10 hours every week of wasted time just for one person.  Think about the money that’s wasted just on looking for things.  Not having systems in place can break you and negatively impact your bottom line.

 

 


This is the time of year where people are making resolutions and it’s almost too easy to do.  Some times people make resolutions just because they think they should make them, not because it’s something that they really take the time to think about or something that they really want to do.  Then they’re left to wonder why they don’t make good on their resolutions.

The key to making good on your New Year’s resolutions is to turn them into values-based goals.  If you take the time to think about what’s important to you-the things that you value most and make your goals inside of those things, you are more likely to accomplish them.  Even statistics have shown us that this is so.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t create resolutions.  What I’m saying is that if you want to see anything that you resolve to do come to fruition, then morph your resolutions into goals.  Doing so gives them the muscle and longevity that they need to survive long enough for you to carry them out.  Once you’ve morphed them into goals, it means that you’ve made them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).  It also means that behind that you create a plan, or road map if you will to get you from Point A to Point B and pull accountability, motivation and discipline into the mix.  As we close out this year and make way for the next, I encourage you to take the time to think about what you want to resolve to do and think about your values then turn your resolutions into goals and make your plans to carry them out. Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially when you get to the point of creating your map, but the process and the time that you would invest are well worth it.

 


Everyone wants to be better for the New Year which is why everyone makes the resolutions for getting back to the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, and the list goes on. But the truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts when it comes to carrying out their resolutions. They have lots of plans and plenty of things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum. Did you make resolutions for this year? Did you take action? Why not? What was it that held you back?

If you’re expecting new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake. If your starting point is not correct, you will not get what you want. Once the holidays are over, some people will start to implement their resolutions. Unfortunately, some of those starts will be false, running out of steam before February comes around. Resolutions die because they aren’t strong enough to survive. If they aren’t turned into goals and have a plan to support them, they wither away. To start off on the right foot you need to first understand that there’s a distinct difference between the anatomy of a resolution and that of a goal. Goals are things that you are committed to pursuing, related to time, values-based and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, tangible). They have plans created to support them coming to fruition.

Turing your resolutions into goals is the first step in aiming before your fire. You can’t hit the mark if you don’t know where you’re going. You have to know how to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals and how to develop a plan to carry them out. Additionally, ask yourself what things you want to leave behind with the old year, and choose those things that you want to take into the New Year with you. It might take some time to get clear, so take your time and make your lists. Be conscious about what you are letting go of and what you are holding onto or creating to take along for the ride into the New Year.

Finally, ask yourself who it is that you have to be in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set. Most of the time people look at or tell themselves that when they get something, then they’re be able to do a particular thing in order to be where they want to be. This is a backwards concept. Really, we have to think about who we’re going to be (the characteristics and behaviors we have to exhibit), then think about what we have to do in order to have what we want. So it’s be; do; have instead of have; do be.

As you begin to think about the things that you resolve to do in the coming year, remember to aim before you fire. Add the steps of turning those resolutions into goals, list what you’re leaving behind and what you’re taking with you and then determine who you have to be in order to carry out your plan.

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