Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 1, 2004
A survey conducted by the Gail Kasper consulting group, a leading speaking and coaching company, found that AmericanÂs arenÂt taking their futures very seriously. Specifically, 51% of those surveyed do not have New YearÂs resolutions. To the contrary, 99% of respondents felt they were capable of accomplishing more in their lives. So the question remains: why arenÂt we doing something about it?
The survey which was complete by a random group of 104 adults over 18 years of age, also asked respondents to identify the biggest issue that prevents them from achieving their New Years Resolutions or goals. The top 3 reasons identified were as follows:
Lack of discipline 24%
No game plan 19%
Interestingly enough, 10% of individuals felt the biggest issue that prevents them from achieving their New YearÂs Resolutions or goals was Âdoing it alone.Â
Supporting these results, participants were also asked if they felt they needed to improve their lives in specific areas such as personal confidence, family relationships, involvement in clubs/organizations, developing supportive friendships, their physical appearance (excluding weight), weight, financial stability, health/working out, career, and education. 99% of respondents felt they needed to improve in more than one area of life while over 90% of respondents felt they needed to improve in 5 or more areas. The area that required the greatest improvement was developing financial stability, followed by health/working out, and losing weight.
To summarize, the survey indicates that 99% of respondents feel they need to improve their lives, but only 9% are actively doing something about it.
ÂWe do want more and we all know we can do more with our lives, but 91% of us arenÂt doing anything about it. We are an instant gratification society and advertisers count on consumerÂs need for instant gratification to keep them purchasing. Whether itÂs the latest technology, a new home or new car, we thrive on adding that next big thing to our own personal inventories. The average American spends $1.22 for every dollar they earn and the average credit card debt per household is over $8500,Â said Gail Kasper, time management and motivational strategist.
Want To Do Something About It?
ÂPlanning for the future would bring long term positive results and achievement,Â continues Kasper. ÂInitially, you may feel that you are sacrificing because you are not out on a Saturday spending your paycheck and you are now at home learning a new software program, but only Âyour choicesÂ have changed. You are taking steps to achieve excellence in specific areas of life and this process becomes a personal growth experience Â whether itÂs learning a new software package, taking an aerobics class, developing your creative mind through reading, joining a club, or taking a college class. You will be healthier and your life will be more fulfilled. You will find immediate gratification because you are developing you.Â
Gail Kasper, the author of the recently released time management and life strategy audio program, Make a Decision to Win, suggests these 6 simple steps to getting on track and living your New YearÂs Resolutions and goals.
1. A support system is essential. When growing up, you have your parents to keep you on track. At work, you have your boss. Eventually you must come to the conclusion that you are accountable for your life.
With 10% of individuals indicating that their #1 reason for not achieving a New YearÂs Resolution is that they donÂt want to Âdo it aloneÂ and over 30% indicating that they Âprocrastinate,Â itÂs time to develop a support system to keep you on track and hold you accountable. It may be a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, or family member, or perhaps itÂs time to have a Âgoal planningÂ party. There are Tupperware parties, make-up parties, botox parties, so how about a Âgoal planningÂ party. 19% of individuals donÂt Âhave a game planÂ and many times goals donÂt get achieved because of our inability to know how to proceed. One brainstorming session where others share their ideas and experiences can propel you to the next level of achievement.
2. Schedule a meeting with yourself. ThatÂs right, schedule a 30 minute meetingÂ .with you! When you decide that you ÂwantÂ something whether itÂs a purchase or a vacation, you are tenacious about it. IsnÂt it time to be tenacious about your life? When you meet with yourself, ask yourself this question: where do I want to be 5 years from now? And write down the response. This will give you a clear direction for where you want to go.
3. Have a Daily Planning System. Gene Donohue once said that the difference between a goal and a dream is the written word. So get your electronic organizer, daily planner or other method of choice and write down your goals. Writing them down will make it ÂimportantÂ and give seriousness to the task. It will bring your goals to life.
4. Identify the specific date and time to start tasks. Next to those goals, write down the specific tasks you must do to complete those goals. These specific tasks are placed in your daily planning system. So if next week, you plan to go to the gym, identify the specific date and time you will go. For each task, identify the date and time you will do that task.
5. Design your value system. A value system is who you are and how you chose to live your life. ItÂs your standard operating procedure. If you are a caring, hard working, honest with yourself, loyal individual - these values will define the process for how you will move forward with your goals. And these values will define the choices you make with your life. An individual who is Âhonest with themselvesÂ will not pretend they are working toward a goal when theyÂre not. They will admit that they have fallen off track and will get back on. A value system is key. It defines you and the steps you take.
6. Celebrate every accomplishment. We are a negative society. We see what we havenÂt accomplished, rather than the steps that we have taken. Any effort or energy you give to what you havenÂt accomplished will only slow you down. Celebrate every accomplishment, keep the momentum, and look toward tomorrow.
Action creates results!
Gail Kasper is an internationally renowned motivational strategist. Multi-billion dollar companies, top CEOs, associations, Ivy League universities and professional sports teams have adopted GailÂs ideas, leadership techniques and sales programs to increase performance and achievement. She is the author of the life strategy audio CD program Make a Decision to Win.
Gail is the former Mrs. New Jersey America 2002 and has co-hosted the Emmy award-winning AmericaÂs TV JobNetwork (airing on CBS and Fox). She currently hosts The VisitorÂs Channel. Coupling a business degree with psychology studies Gail is a nationally recognized certified trainer. For more information please visit http://www.gailkasper.com.
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