Thursday, January 3, 2013


It's a new year.  Now is your opportunity to resolve to have a happy, hearlthy, successful year.  The key is good planning.  What better time to begin than today?

You took a giant step toward change if you wrote a personal summary of last year - recognizing strengths and weaknesses.  You discovered successes you want to repeat and discomforts you want to eliminate.  Perhaps you identified something you particularly want to do, learn, accomplish or become.

Here is the key to succeed in your new year's resolution:  You need a goal, a plan, a timetable and, most of all, expectation of success.  Here's how I see it:

Life consists of a few general categories: Health, Ambition, Self Esteem; Relationships and Finances (in no particular order).  Each requires your attention to keep balance in everyday living.  To succeed, you need to identify your goal specifically, realistically, in time increments, measurable and attainable.  Example: Lose 10 pounds during 2013 at a rate of 1 pound per  month.  Action for January: eliminate ice cream (or chocolate or soda pop or white bread); locate alternate food plans, exercise or event to implement subsequent months; and keep a daily weight/food/activity chart.  Reward your January success: one dark chocolate Eskimo bar (savor it).

For best results, keep a chart with your successes of weight, food intake and activity (scale 1-10 daily) throughout the year. People who see their improvement on a chart feel more successful. They also see the benefit of daily graphs for each general category listed above.  Individuals are surprised how improvement in one life area has a positive effect in other areas of their life.

While keeping your goal and timetable firmly in place, you may want/need to adjust your success plan. After all, you cannot drive from the east coast to the west coast without making adjustments for flat tire, snow storm, detour, etc., along the way.  The destination remains the same.  Run into a glitch? Don't beat yourself up. Rather, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again... That's from a song - isn't it?

Begin your plan for success today.

Nancy yTe \

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