My husband doesn’t make resolutions. When I asked him why, he said that he doesn’t need a special day to remind him to do something he really wants to do – he just does it. Not all of us are such great self starters. When I polled friends and family about New Year’s resolutions, they offered these six gems of wisdom:
1. Tell someone else – Making a commitment to a friend or loved one is a sure fire way to stay on track.
2. Keep it small – Losing 100 or 60, or even 20 pounds is a great goal, but can be overwhelming. Start with the first five, and then keep it going.
3. Find your motivation – what really makes it worth it to achieve the goal? What is your inner, burning need to change? Tap into that, and you’ll be more likely to reach the finish line.
4. Don’t make it a big deal – the more we build things up in our mind, the bigger roadblocks we create.
5. Start something on a Thursday – the best advice I ever got was from my sister, who starts all of her New Year’s resolutions on December 15th. January first, or the first day of the week or month may not be the best day to start. Start working towards your goal today
6. Reward yourself – positive reinforcement works. Really.
So what does this have to do with coaching? Well this is exactly what we help our clients do. We help them break down barriers; find the short term win to motivate ongoing change; and we hold them accountable.
Okay, I’m done. I’m off to ride my bike, eat a carrot, catch up on my reading, and kiss my husband.
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