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January 2015

Start - Stop - Continue: A Simple Action Plan for the New Year

 In previous posts, I discussed Why Resolutions Don't Work and Model that Does and How to Celebrate Your Successes. 

In this post, I want to introduce a simple and effective model to take action TOWARD what you want to accomplish this year while also letting go of anything that no longer serves you. It's called START-STOP-CONTINUE.

Ask yourself and then write down the answers to these 3 questions:

  1. What would you like to START doing the year?
  2. What do you want to STOP doing?
  3. What are you going to CONTINUE doing?

Create a Start-Stop-Continue for your business and personal life.

Download Start Stop Continue worksheet

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How to Stop and Celebrate Your Successes!

CelebrateSuccessIn my experience as a coach and real estate broker, I have observed that most driven and success-minded individuals have a tendency to focus on what they haven't achieved yet.  They are always moving on to the next goal or challenge without stopping, however briefly, to acknowledge the victory or success of the present moment. 

So, as you fine-tune your goals and your business plan for a successful new year, take some time to look back on the previous year with a focus on the positives.  Conduct a review of the previous year by writing down every success, win, and positive thing that you experienced - both big and small. 

Review your calendar for highlights. Go to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter timelines to jog your memory as we tend to post positive events and milestones on social media.

Use the questions listed below as a guide to help you get started. Just write it all down - stream of consciousness - no matter how seemingly insignificant.  Just write it down.  Once you start writing, you'll be surprised at how much you really have to celebrate! 

  • List all your accomplishments, wins, victories, successes in the past year.
  • List all moment of joy and gratitude.
  • What did you do last year that you were really proud of?
  • What do other people in your life have to say about what you did, accomplished, and contributed?
  • What did you do last year that moved you toward your goals?
  • What lessons did you gain from any setbacks, challenges or obstacles?
  • How are you going to integrate any learnings in to your future goals and the coming year?

Download and use this Celebrate Your Successes form: 
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Why Resolutions Don't Work and A Model That Does

I have never been a fan of New Year's Resolutions.  Statistics show that about 50% of Americans don’t set resolutions in the first place and less than 10% of those who set resolutions keep them.  

The main reason most resolutions don’t work is that they focus on only one area of your life - the DO level. Many of us are living life with the focus on DO-HAVE-BE.  “I will DO this thing.” (Lose weight) “So I can HAVE this other thing” (Self-Esteem) and I can BE this thing. (Confident).

Most of us are action-oriented, and evaluate ourselves by how much we are doing, producing, and achieving. We have to-do lists, goals, resolutions and lots of "shoulds." We like to place priority on problem solving and accomplishing tasks (do), so that we can gain some sort of outcome (have), and then be something or someone in the world.

The average New Year’s resolution doesn’t tackle the core of the issue – the “BE” level.

The best method for creating positive changes in your life is to understand and use the BE - DO - HAVE model.  When you begin changing on the BE level of your life, then the DO level and the HAVE level follow more easily.

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Rather than focusing first on the action and the "Do," start with who am I and what’s important to me, or the BE.  While it is important to create structure, accountability, and action steps, how often do we take a step back and ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing?  

You've got to be crystal clear about WHY you want something.  When you are setting your goals make sure to ask yourself the critical question:  Why it is important to you?  Is the goal for you?  Is it your burning desire to achieve it?  Or is it someone else's wish for you? 

How clear we are about our “why” has a huge impact on our levels of commitment, engagement, and satisfaction with the experience. 

A Definite purpose backed by a burning desire (CLARITY) + Taking the appropriate (ACTION) = Your desired (OUTCOME) 

Read these posts for more information on affirmations, setting goals and achievable outcomes:

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