LEESBURG, VA (PRWEB) December 31, 2003
Each year, millions of us make New Year's resolutions, but the majority of us don't keep them. In fact, half of all New Year's resolutions are abandoned within a month, according to a recent survey.
This survey result begs the question: Why do so many people "give up" on their goals? "It isn't a lack of motivation," says Ramon Williamson, a Virginia-based author, life coach, and motivational speaker. "The real issue is a lack of focus and time. Most people are just so busy doing what's urgent; they have no time to work on their most important goals."
To help his clients focus on and accomplish their most meaningful life, career, and business goals, Williamson has created a unique approach, which he calls "8 Minutes to Success." Here are eight key principles from the program:
1. Let go of the past. Don't dwell on what you haven't accomplished. Forgive yourself, and focus on the present and your goals for the future.
2. Begin with a vision. When coaching his clients, Williamson suggests that they NOT make "resolutions." Instead, he has them begin with a clear vision or theme for the year based on their true values and desires.
3. Throw out your "should" goals. These are goals based on feelings of guilt or shame. Yes, you probably SHOULD lose some weightÂbut until it becomes a "must" that you are truly committed to, leave it off your list.
4. Create a 90-day plan. Make a list of the life areas you want to work on such as: spiritual, physical, financial, career, relationships, etc. Next, write out your goals for each area. Then, put your goals into a 90-day plan. Planning in 90-day cycles will help you accomplish twice as much in half the time.
5. Track your results. Whatever you measure, you can improve. Use a personal planner or journal to track your progress and document your success.
6. Take time for you. Take time to renew yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Schedule a day at the spa. Enroll in a weekend seminar. You can't give to others if you haven't replenished yourself.
7. Find a mentor/coach. Ask a friend, associate, or family member to hold you accountable. Schedule a weekly time to meet together and check-in on your goals. Make sure you are completely honest about your progress and obstacles.
8. Reward yourself. On a weekly basis, review the progress that you are making on your goals. When you accomplish or complete a certain goal or task, celebrate.
Ramon Williamson, author of "Six Simple Things That Can Change Your Life", is a life coach and motivational speaker. Busy people use his "8 Minutes to Success" program to quickly improve their careers, finances, relationships, and health. Named one of the 50 best in personal and business coaching, he is a popular keynote speaker at meetings and conferences worldwide. He offers a FREE 5-part introduction to coaching at http://www.ramonwilliamson.com
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