The New Year is not only a time of great promise; it can be a time of great promises. This year, I will lose weight and get in shape. I’ll finally get my closets organized. I am going to update my resume and find a new job. But you’re busy, and time is short! Like laundry and the bills, life has a way of encroaching.
Do you find you’re often sidetracked from your resolutions? Don’t worry-there is a way to get back on track and stay there.
Start with baby steps.
Try to make small changes that will move you toward your goal. For example, if you want to drop 10 pounds, opt for an apple over a cookie; a walk over a nap; or black coffee over a frappe. These simple swaps can, over time, really help you make headway.
Get there in 20 minutes a day.
Let’s say you want to learn a new software application, or finally read that book on leadership your boss recommended. Decide to commit just 20 minutes a day to that activity. Twenty minutes-that’s nothing, right? But it’s a routine that works, largely because the hardest part of change is just getting started.
Lead the way!
On your goal-quest, think about your role as a leader and a mentor. Ask yourself, “Would you follow you?” Does your team respect you? What do you do well, and where could you improve? Knowing yourself-your emotions, biases, strengths and weaknesses-gives you the confidence to make clear decisions and exert your influence.
Sounds pretty easy, but I know sometimes you may need a little extra guidance. If that’s the case, I’m here for you! It’s my job as a certified coach to help you check off your goals and savor your accomplishments. Let’s make this New Year exceed all its promise.
What are your goals and the promises that you’ve made to yourself and your team? Please share.
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