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Write New Year Resolutions That Stick!

Katia Arias No Comments

According to experts, New Year resolutions have an average life spam of three weeks. In the euphoria of the moment we set ourselves to achieve the impossible and more often than not we end up abandoning the dream before it even starts.

So, how can we set resolutions that actually “stick”? These 8 tips will get you started in the right direction…

  1. Readjust the purpose

Often, we fail to achieve our resolutions because we set them for the wrong reasons.

First we see them as “musts”, which, in turn, makes the thought daunting. To make it work, psychologists and coaches suggest you see resolutions as something you “want” or “desire” to accomplish. That way you don’t become a victim of the process but the pilot of your growth.

And second, we often see resolutions as “absolutes” and believe that unless we achieve them we won’t be beautiful or successful or good. Truth is, you are already worthy and achieving your goals will only help you grow but not become “more of a person”. When we grasp this truth, we accept the challenge in a more relaxed and optimistic attitude.

  1. Narrow down the list

Instead of creating a long and intimidating list of “must-achieves”, try to be efficient and focus on the 3-5 things that will make all the difference.

For example, instead of telling yourself to diet, run, and prepare healthy lunches for work…focus only on the running part until you master it… and then move on to the next step.

Trying to tackle too many things at once can burn you out and discourage you to a point you abandon it all together.

  1. Set a realistic pace

It is better to go slow but steady. Don’t push yourself to become “more organized” in one week. Or reach an impossible target in one month.

Change (if is going to be sustainable) takes time and it is different for everyone.

This year, for example, I told myself I was going to focus on three goals and I was planning to achieve them in 12 months. By giving myself one year to improve, I was allowing my mind, body and schedule to align and create a lasting strategy.

If you know two weeks is an unrealistic timeframe to reach that $1M deal, then give yourself more time. In the end getting there is what matters.

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  1. Don’t be afraid to readjust mid-way

Your resolutions will be as dynamic as you are. If you find in two months that you can’t commit to three calls a week with your long-distance clients, try to make that 1 call you can commit to the best quality call ever.

In the end resolutions are more about the objective than the tactic. As schedules get crazier and work gets harder, you can’t expect to run five times a week, yet you can still continue to improve your health using “in-office” exercise plans or by walking to work, etc.

  1. Create a friendly yet effective “accountability” system

Don’t be too harsh on yourself but don’t let yourself down either.

While some accountability systems are very precise (keeping track of your sales, weight or new client accounts), others can be more abstract. The key is to find one that keeps you motivated and pushes you without wearing you out.

Exercising with friends is a great one. Adopting a reward system could work as well. Imagine how great it would be to buy yourself a new laptop if you hit that sales target by the end of the trimester!

Be as creative as you want but make sure the system keeps you on the right track!

  1. “Dissect” your resolutions

Sometimes goals seem unachievable because we don’t really know what they actually mean or how to approach them.

Instead of telling yourself “I want to have better work-life balance”…ask yourself: what would be the best work-life balance look like? What characteristics does it have?

Based on your answers you can start thinking of the steps you must follow to achieve it and then plan an accountable strategy!

Knowing exactly what you want and how to get there will make the process clearer and easier to follow.

  1. Keep it hidden, keep it safe 

Have you every heard people say “if you say it, you may jinx it?”. Well, truth is, there are studies that prove this right. Experts suggest that people are less likely to complete a plan when they constantly share it.

And why is that? Well, according to Peter Shallard, the unconscious brain cannot distinguish between imagined success and real success…so when you share your plans with others your brain rewards you for that success and you feel amazing! This phenomena, however, makes you want to share it again and again before you actually do something about it. Simply, because sharing takes less energy than executing and pretty much has the same euphoric effect.

So bottom line…share less, do more!

      8. Enjoy yourself

And finally…have fun!

 Yes growth is supposed to hurt but it is also supposed to be exciting. And you can always make it as joyful as your creativity allows.

So dig deep, think outside-the-box and push your limits (in a healthy way). And remember to never be afraid to fall and try again! Learning is part of the game!

 

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Starting 2017 Successfully

Margie Davis No Comments

The new year is upon us and with that it means that it’s time to set the goals we’ll accomplish in the next 365 days. Most New Year’s Resolutions are set at the beginning of the year, but are quickly forgotten in the next few weeks.

Since there are many facets to our lives, the best way to establish goals for the year is for each dimension. One for our business or work, one for personal achievement, one for the social landscape, one for our relationship dimension, etc. In order to ensure that we accomplish all our objectives, maybe what we need is a new perspective on New Year’s Resolutions:

1. 100 –Day Plan

First coined in Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930’s to measure the effectiveness of his presidency, it is now a commonly used milestone across presidencies in various countries. In the same manner, while setting your 2017’s goals consider what the milestone or short term goal will be on the first hundred days. By the time mid-April rolls by you will be able to feel a sense of accomplishment or make the necessary adjustments to put your objective back on track.

2. Declutter

Although a busy desk is a sign of a busy mind, it is always helpful to improve your workspace by decluttering. If there are papers and documents that are no longer needed, shred it. If you are doing this on a company wide scale, dedicate a big portion of a slow workday to throw out all irrelevant documents and files that are just taking up space.

3. Remove toxic people

If you wanted to fire somebody, stop delaying and do it while following legal procedure. This is also applicable for your personal life; if there is somebody that always strays you away from your goals negatively, it’s time to move away from therm.

Whichever your goal, this will be the year that you accomplish them all.

 

Sources: Entrepreneur, US News

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