How do You Define New Year Resolutions?

The holidays have just gone by, full of parties and events. Life speeds up and so do stress levels. You might not have time for the sleep you need and the exercise that keeps you vital. Studies show that we’re actually happiest when we take good care of ourselves and avoid the high cost of over indulging.

Here are a few ways to take some small steps to lasting change in 2014 and avoid the condition I see as “Ooops how did that happen?”

1. Assess
When we are rushed and too tightly-scheduled, we don’t notice what’s happening. We often finish the holidays with more stress than the little bit of comfort we enjoyed. That increases stress, not happiness.

2. Take Inventory
Have you taken a look at your goals lately? Take a moment to review your ideals (health, fitness, habits, lifestyle, family, finances, etc.) and make sure your goals are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. If your goals aren’t smart or attainable, reformulate them.

Let your choices be informed by your preferences and goals. If you haven’t been making decisions that will help you achieve your goals, just be kind to yourself and make the switch.

3. Be honest
The only way to know if you’re on track is by being aware. Notice what’s happening. Don’t go into auto-pilot, just rushing around as if you don’t have a choice. Slow down. Notice. Where are you at? What attitude would you prefer to have right now? When we’re honest, clarity increases

4. Find the gaps
Is there a gap between what you want and your results? What’s your role in that? How can you adjust your part to get the results you want?

5. Prioritize
Prevent overwhelm. Make a list and prioritize. When there is too much on your plate, it is easy to get distracted and agitated. What you do frequently is more important than what you do once in a while, so build consistent check-ins with yourself and re-ground yourself with a few deep breaths and dropping the frenzy. When we’re not aware, our options are limited.

If you want to learn more about how to get clear and make good decisions, join Susan’s Clarity Intensive on Saturday Jan 25 from 10:30 to 1:30 that teaches people how to:

  • Make the right decisions for 2014
  • Map their optimal year
  • Stay Clear on what’s important.

Susan Washington

Susan Washington. B.Ed., M.Ed., CPCC, has 25 years of experience in the field of training and development. She is a teacher, writer, speaker and Master Success Coach based in Vancouver, BC. Susan loves to train, teach and coach leaders (and organizations) to lead with clarity, strength and full expression

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