Get Ready for 2018 by Cindy Stradling CSP,CPC

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index22018 is here whether you’re ready or not. As you gear up after the holidays, take some time to prepare yourself mentally for 2018. A little preparation ahead of time can help you ensure that 2018 is your best year ever.

You probably have already thought of some goals for the new year. If not, spend a little time in reflection about what you want to accomplish next year, and be sure to write your goals down and place these in a location that makes it easy for you to refer to them regularly. Writing goals down and keeping these fresh in your mind significantly increases the likelihood you’ll achieve them. Remember to update your goals throughout the year, as well, to ensure they stay attainable.

Remember to set goals that aren’t business related, as well as those that are. Plan to do something just for yourself, like pursuing a hobby you’ve let slide, or taking up a new one. Consider spending more time with family or taking a great vacation.

As you look toward 2018, it’s also important to consider things you want to remove from your life. Think about the things that get in your way of happiness, and make efforts to either fix these things or get rid of them altogether.

Consider your health as you move into the New Year, and be sure to use holiday time off to relax and rejuvenate. If there are health issues you need to address, make plans to do so next year. Don’t put off maintaining your health any longer just because you feel too busy. When you begin to feel better, you’ll be happier and more productive.

This is a great time to address your relationships, too. Have you drifted away from your partner? If so, make plans to spend more time together, or even get professional help, if needed. If you’ve neglected your love life and found yourself alone, maybe 2018 is the year you want to find a partner. Remember that these things don’t always happen by chance. Plan on finding ways to meet new people and spark new relationships.

2018 can be your best year ever, especially if you take the time to consider what you want from the year, and you take the steps to put your plans into action. Cheers to the New Year!

New Year, New Goals, Renewed Focus by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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 The New Year is the time when we traditionally hit a little “reset” button on our lives. The symbolic tradition of making New Year’s resolutions and having an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality may be steeped in tradition, but it can be very good for us, as well. 2017-athena

Each of us needs a “mental reset” from time to time. Such a reset allows us to forgive ourselves for past failures and move forward with renewed enthusiasm.  This can happen any time we choose to make it happen, but many of us find it easier to do so in the company of others at this traditional time of year.

So, while everyone else is busy making their list of New Year’s Resolutions; make yours, as well. Focus on three things:

  • Letting go of habits or goals that are proving unproductive
  • Setting brand new goals
  • Resetting goals that fell by the wayside last year

You can benefit from evaluating all areas of your life and outlining changes you’d like to make in each area. However, at the end of the decision making process, it’s a good idea to end up with no more than three major goals for the next year.

When you have more than three important items, it can make it more difficult to actually reach any of the goals, as you are likely to get distracted. Many people choose to set one goal in each major area of life. For example, set one business goal, one goal for yourself personally, and one goal for a relationship or a hobby.

The New Year’s reset can be a great thing for your mind, allowing you to stop worrying about the things you didn’t do in 2106 and instead focus on what you will do in 2017.

Here’s to new beginnings in our personal lives and our business endeavors! Never underestimate the power of hitting the reset button at just the right time. This simple act can help you to move forward in all the areas where you’re ready to see more success.

 

 

A New Year – New Goals or New Excuses?

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A New Year – New Goals or New Excuses?

It is time to take stock on how you performed in the past 12 months.  How did you do?

Often people set goals every January with the very best intentions of achieving them. We have all learned over the years the importance of writing our goals down, having clear outcomes and setting milestones to help us step by step to success.

 So what happens?  Often a strong start then nothing!

smart goals - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-basedHaving written goals is only part of the equation.  One of the most important elements of setting powerful goals is to tie them to your values and get connected to why you want to achieve the goal in the first place.  By taking the time to ask yourself questions like: “Why is this important?” “What difference with this make?” will give you the fuel you need when the going gets tough.

And the going will get tough at times, especially if it is something that takes you out of your comfort zone.

SMART goals have been taught to leaders, managers and employees for many years and while they are somewhat effective, there are other components that go a long way to help keep you on track.  Listed below are a few questions to help to ensure success.

Ask yourself:

Do the results I will achieve once I achieve my goal energize me?

How passionate am I to achieve my goal?

How personally committed to my results?

Is my intention clear?

Will I be in integrity with my commitments? (say what I will do and do what I say)

What structure have I put in place to support me? (a way to measure milestones)

What is the opportunity for growth?  What difference will that make in my life?

Do I have an unstoppable attitude?  How do I know?

How do I intend to track my program?

Have I created a step by step action plan?

Who can support me in achieving my goal?

What are any possible obstacles?  What can I put in place to be sure they don’t stop me?

At the end of the day there is only two things you can have – Reasons or Results.  You can have the results you set out to achieve or the reasons why you didn’t achieve them.  It is really about self leadership.

You choose.

Often the smallest steps forward can make a huge difference.  If you think about a horse race, the winner wins by a nose, or in the Olympics it can be a few seconds that makes all the difference.

What little step can you talk today to move you closer to your goal?

In December 2013, what do you want to look back on?  A year of results or reasons?  I suspect you want results!!!