Last week, I asked you, "Where are your New Year's resolutions?" From the response I received, I know many of you were asking yourselves the same thing. We all have the best intentions to make positive changes and then life happens.
Asking "why?" before "how?" is a good place to start reclaiming those goals. You can read more here.
I'd like to share two more strategies that could be just what you need to make 2014 your best year yet.
1) Do That One Thing. In his new book, "The ONE Thing," Keller Williams Realty chairman Gary Keller challenges us to ask, "What's the one thing I can do, such by doing it everything else is easier or unnecessary?" That acts as a domino effect for the sequence of other things that follow. Keller recommends time blocking to reduce distractions and increase focus. He relates that to when we go to a movie, perhaps buy some popcorn and hopefully shut off our cell phone. We set the scene to enjoy that movie and should be that pragmatic with other activities as well. It also helps to ask others who have accomplished your goal what one thing they did that made the difference.
2) Form a Keystone Habit.
In "The Power of Habit," author Charles Duhigg
explains that so-called keystone habits create a chain reaction that can significantly influence the success of other habits. These kinds of habits share three characteristics. They produce small wins that generate momentum, create new platforms for other habits to emerge and are contagious, thereby enhancing our sense of self and what's possible.
My keystone habit is playing racquetball two to three mornings a week with my husband, Rick. Besides being a lot of fun, it produces that "small win" of feeling energized and positive, which supports me to eat healthy and make other wise choices throughout the day.