Tag Archive: Resolutions

First things first, you must have a clear vision before you can do anything else.  Without it, you’re stuck.  When your vision is clear everything starts rolling in the direction of what you want to create.  Everything is born out of your vision which is why it’ so important, and whether you realize it or not, it’s a crucial part of the planning process. Without clarity, you have no vision and without vision, there is no growth.

At times, you may not know just how to get clear, and at others it’s possible that you avoid getting clear because intuitively you know that once clarity comes the doors open and at some point you’re going to have to make a change.  Sometimes it’s confusion that keeps people from being clear.  It’s quite easy to become accustomed to the way things are and doing what you normally do or what you’re expected to do and to get stuck in that holding pattern, keeping yourself from moving forward.

When you take the steps to create your vision and to bring clarity to that vision, it sets you free.  Free to create whatever it is you conjure up; free to explore and bring your vision to life.  That freedom asks you to be brave and step out onto the skinny branches and into spaces that you haven’t ventured before. Let me just say that if what you conjure up isn’t asking you to do that, you need to go back to the drawing board and cook up something else.  If your vision doesn’t stretch you or even scare you, then it’s not big enough.  It’s stepping out onto the skinny branches, into that unfamiliar territory that will have you avoid clarity, because inside you know that you’re going to have to make a shift; that change has to come.  If you find yourself unable to get clear about your vision, you might just be avoiding that clarity.  Ask yourself why you can’t seem to get clear.  Is it because you simply don’t know how, or is it because you’re avoiding it?  Once you have the answer, go through the process to get clear.  Clarity brings about the change that is necessary.  Welcome and embrace the change.  With it comes tremendous growth, the pursuit of your vision, and ultimately realization of your dream.

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We all know that January is the time when most people make resolutions. The challenge, of course, is sticking to them and seeing them through to fruition.  Usually, resolutions stay resolutions.  Typically they have a shelf life of 30 days.  People don’t get very far after making them.  In the United States, 40-45% of adults make resolutions.  Once those resolutions are made 75% of people maintain them past the first week and the rate continues to decline: 71% maintain past the second week, 64% after the first month and only 46% maintain them beyond the 6 month point and the percentage declines to about 10% after one year.

If you made resolutions, where are you right now? Statistically speaking, if you made it past the first month, you’re part of the aforementioned 64% of adult Americans.  One primary reason that resolutions aren’t kept is because there’s no plan for carrying them out.  Resolutions aren’t strong enough; they have to be made into goals with a concrete plan to carry them out.  You might be at a point where you created goals and a plan, but haven’t gotten any further, you started but haven’t finished your plan or you’re just stuck.  In addition to not turning your resolutions into goals and creating a plan, other reasons that come into play are fear of success, or change, low self esteem, and perfectionism.

If you’re stuck or have already dropped out of the running it’s time to make a change.  First of all, if you only created resolutions, make the time to change them into S.M.A.R.T. goals, so that they have some staying power.  If you created a plan and you’re stuck, ask yourself why you’re stuck.  Is it because you’re plan wasn’t solid enough, with all of the necessary components, or was it because you just haven’t been in motion and the accountability piece of the puzzle just wasn’t there?

If you’re stuck because you haven’t been in  motion, the key is to change your way of being.  Simply take a step back and look at who you’ve been being in the process, and not so much what you’ve been doing.  Determine who it is you need to be to affect the change that will have you staying on track.  If you still have resolutions, morph them into goals and create a plan to carry them out.  Once you have goals and a detailed plan, implement systems and practices to support you in working your plan.  Doing so will get you past the 30 day point.


The dust from the holidays has started to settle and it’s time to get back on track.  If you’re still looking back at 2011, tie up the loose ends and let it go.  If there are things that you didn’t accomplish before it ended, bring those things into the new year, determine where they fit, how you’re going to handle them and move forward.  2012 is here and it packs a powerful punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   If you’re not ready for that punch coming your way, you’re in big trouble.

If you weren’t on point last year it’s likely that your business probably didn’t generate the amount of money you wanted it to.  Simply put, that didn’t happen because you didn’t set things up that way.  You had ideas or maybe even goals, but no plan to carry them out.  If this is what happened to you, it’s possible that:

  • Your office isn’t organized and you wasted time all year long looking for things or reinventing others because you couldn’t find them.
  • You don’t have systems in place and your habits don’t support you.
  •  There never seems to be enough time to get everything done.

It’s time to stop the madness. Pull out all of the stops and get it in gear.  Let go of the chaos and recommit yourself and set the stage for success.  You have goals that you want to accomplish inside of your business. You need to set the stage for success, which means having an organized space, calendar and tools to support all there is to do this year.

  • Get rid of the resolutions that you made and turn them into S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.  Resolutions don’t have staying power; goals do.
  • Organize your office and create systems and processes that work for you and support you.  This streamlines things and keeps you from wasting time and losing money.
  • Create habits that support you and get rid of the ones that don’t
  • Get the help that you need and start delegating things that you don’t have to do so that you can spend time on your money generating activities.
  • Create your plan for the year.  Get in the habit of scheduling your success, making the commitment in advance, and being decisive.  Without a plan, things begin to come apart at the seams.  It’s not going to happen if you don’t know how you’re getting there and what you need to make it happen.

If you aren’t able to do this on your own, get an accountability partner or a coach to help you get yourself organized, create your plan and carry it out.
Like I said, 2012 packs a punch. If you’re not ready, now is the time!  Invest the time in making these things happen so that you’re set up for success along the 2012 road.  Set yourself up for great things, create your plan, implement it and watch it all happen.

The start of the new year is most certainly a time to start fresh, to create new things, gain focus, shift gears and move forward.  You may or may not have started the new year thinking about what things are going to look like or what you want to do for the next 365 days.  You might even be feeling as though it came so fast and you didn’t have time to prepare for it.  Now that it’s here it’s time to get things moving, so don’t waste another moment if you haven’t already started your 2012 ball to rolling.

To help jump start the process, follow the steps below:

  • Make a list of things that you are letting go with the passing of the old year.  This means things, people and habits that don’t support you.  You can’t make room for the new or aspire to new heights while holding on to things from the past.
  • Declutter and organize your work space.  It’s hard to work in a cluttered, disorganized work space, so get rid of the clutter and organize what’s left in a way that makes sense for you and how you work.  A space that’s not organized will cost you not only time but money.
  • If you use a paper planner, purchase your new calendar/planner refills.  Get them in your binder and get busy with your plan.  Once you create your goals get the tasks to complete them into your schedule.
  • Don’t make resolutions, set goals.  Resolutions are a good place to start, but they don’t have staying power.  If you’ve created resolutions, morph them into S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) goals and create your plan to reach each of them.
  • End procrastination.  If you’ve been procrastinating, do something that you’ve been putting off today.  If you can finish the task, do so.  If not, take at least one step toward getting it done and do something every day until it’s done.
  • Create you plan for the year.  What are you doing this year with and inside of your business?  How much money do you want to make this year and how are you going to get there?
  • Get the help that you need.  When you’re wearing all of the hats, sometimes it’s hard to delegate, but there comes a point when it’s necessary.  Determine the things that can be delegated to someone else so that you can focus on doing what you do best.
  • Get an accountability partner.  If you’re going to accomplish what you set out to do, you need someone to support you and to hold you accountable.  Enlist a friend or colleague that you can share accountability with.  If that doesn’t work, get a coach.  It’s well worth the investment.


This is the time of year when people look back and see things that they haven’t accomplished and know that there’s no time left in the year to get it done.  You might be looking back and doing that very thing.  You may have unfinished things on your plate because you didn’t follow your plan, or maybe because you didn’t have a plan at all.  No matter the reason, it’s time to let it go, stop beating yourself up and move forward.  As you look back and see things you didn’t do, determine what you can do right now, if anything, and then what can be done during the month of January to get that ball rolling again and get it done.  Create your plan then work it.

If you’ve had the kind of year where things didn’t get done or you struggled to get things done and you’re serious about your business, it’s time to get things in gear.  2012 is coming in fast and it packs a punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   One mistake I see people make every year is making resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, making resolutions is not a bad thing, but what happens is that they don’t last, simply because they don’t have staying power.

Resolutions serve their purpose, but they are weak.  Resolutions are declarations, something that you might do; your desires, hopes and intentions. They are in raw form and really are catalysts for what you want to see happen.  It’s great to have them, but they need to be morphed into goals.
Goals, when created properly, are rock solid.  They have the staying power needed to make what you desire come to life.  Goals are specific things that you actually commit yourself to; they are based upon your values.  They are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), have the utmost clarity and involve accountability, mindset, motivation, self discipline as well as a detailed plan to carry them out.

As you look forward to this new year, take those resolutions and give them the shot in the arm that they need to come to life.  Make the time to turn them into goals and create your detailed plan to see them come to fruition.  Your resolutions aren’t going to be a match for 2012.  You need goals and a plan if you really want your business to do well this coming year.  Don’t take your resolutions into this next year.  Stop playing small and step up to the plate and play the game for real by turning your resolutions into goals.  2012 is here and it’s game time.  What are your goals?  Where’s your plan?  Your playing small does not serve the world.

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