All vision jokes aside, it’s time to think forward and be looking with clarity into 2020.
I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about the traditional exercise of creating new year’s resolutions. On our local radio station, there was a report about a study that said 6% of New Year’s resolutions only last until the end of January. Yes, only one month.
Ever wonder why?
In my own research, especially for my Free time Bootcamp blog, it seems that resolutions are short-term, scarcity-based outcomes we think we can accomplish overnight without any background or support. After all, we’ve all lost weight or quick smoking or decided to eat healthier. And we’ve usually quit not long after we’ve started.
As coaches, we have some insider information that can lead to our success and the success of our clients. Success comes from looking at our behaviors and making changes accordingly. That goes for us and for our clients.
Think about the tools many of us use to measure where a client is at this moment. MBTI, DISC, 360’s, etc. Measuring for current impact, good or bad, and preparing for awesome impact going forward. All part of the coaching repertoire. We don’t want to see our clients fail as a result of short-term, resolutions type goals.
Consider going back to our coaching tools to make those amazing changes in your life and the life of your clients.
I came upon a Facebook post shared by many of my friends. It’s by Maya Angelou and it’s called “Continue”. I feel like it’s been written by a coach. To many Maya was very much a coach. Bottom lining the poem, my takeaway is, continue to be the amazing person that you are and share your glory with others. >>> Please take a moment to read it for yourself <<<
Okay now let’s get back to the fun and frolic of New Years and resolutions…with a coach like ending.
Below are the most common New Year’s Resolutions.
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Live life to the fullest
- Save more money / spend less money
- Quit smoking
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Travel more
- Read more
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Let’s look at these goals and consider the end result we really want. What is it you are really trying to do when you say things like: exercise more, lose weight or quit smoking?
Aren’t you really saying, I want to be healthier and live longer?
Once you’ve determined your statement, create some behavior changes instead of goals. For example, studies show that eating or drinking after a certain time in the evening leads to weight gain and overall bad health and well-being. Based on an overall lifestyle commitment of living longer, a behavioral change might be “I’ll stop eating and drinking after 8 pm”. Then as that change settles in, consider changing it to earlier until you’ve reached your set point. It won’t always work but if the commitment is there and solid, incidental oversights won’t matter in the long-term.
And don’t think that all of this doesn’t resonate with me. The wonderful part of writing these posts for you is that my integrity angel kicks in and say’s; “Walk your own talk!”
As they say here in Mexico ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!.
And above all, be kind to yourself…promise me
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