“New Year’s Resolutions” come and go – sometimes very quickly. But that’s no excuse for neglecting your ‘to do’ list for 2008. Take control today!
Debbie Ford, in her book, “The Best Year of Your Life…..Dream it, Plan it, Live it,” talks about how every New Year we think, talk, and dream about what our lives would be like “if only….” We make resolutions to lose weight, get a new job, exercise more — and then we get too busy and forget about what’s really important to us.
As a career coach, I see first-hand the daily process of renewal as my clients review and address their professional goals and move into more satisfying careers. I work with large companies as they experience and negotiate the culture shift that comes with adding a new player to their team. This work isn’t always easy but there are infinite rewards.
Will 2008 be the best year of your life? I know it will be the best year of my life, and here’s how I am making that a reality. I ask my self some simple (but not so easy!) questions:
1) What do I want to stop? (Are there behaviors or habits that are keeping me from having the life of my dreams?)
Zig Ziglar says you should share your “give up” goals with people around you so that they can support you in the process.
2) What do I want to start? (Are there behaviors or habits I can initiate that will bring me closer to my vision?)
As you have heard, intention precedes action…..so spend some time reflecting on what it would look like to begin to do the things you dream to do or act in the way of your dreams.
3) What do I want to continue? (Are there behaviors or habits that I choose to keep up with to bring my goals to fruition?)
We don’t just have bad habits! Give yourself credit for the healthy things you have done for yourself and plan to continue.
4) What support will I need? (Who or what will help me stay on the path toward meeting my objectives?)
A coach is the natural candidate for this role, but perhaps you can reach out to a friend, a mentor or a group of like-minded individuals.
I’m excited about 2008, and I hope you, too, will have the Best Year of Your Life!