Archive for Change – Page 2

Expectations

We all have them and we function a certain way because of them, but we don’t always appreciate the value we receive when they are met.  As I was driving to work this am I saw a simple act of courtesy, something that happens somewhere every day of every week.  The problem that I saw was that the act appeared to be expected but not appreciated.  So many people go through life with the misunderstanding that people will meet our expectations and if they don’t it is the other person’s fault.  Too often these same people do not provide positive reinforcement for the acts that they expect, and this is where I believe the problem lies.

Before I go on, let me explain.  As I was driving to work I saw a women intending to turn across traffic to a side street.  A few things that noticed were that she turned in to the turning lane at an angle not direct – her tail end was still partly blocking the traffic lane, she did not use a signal light and had her cell phone in one hand and her other hand on the steering wheel.  The car in front of me stopped and then after a few cars went by someone in the adjacent lane stopped to let her cross.  Once all the cars stopped, she continued across without so much of a nod, wave or smile – just kept talking and driving.

What I noticed in that time was the expectations.  The woman expected everyone to stop because she was turning, she expected people would just go around her because she did not pull fully in to the turn lane, she expected to not have to inconvenience herself by using a signal, or acknowledging the people who accommodated her.  This lack of consideration, acknowledgement/appreciation happens to be one of my pet peeves.  Anytime someone does something for others that goes un-acknowledged or appreciated, I believe it reinforces their expectations of what is normal.  Yes, this woman probably had other things on her mind, but how hard is it to smile or a mouth “Thank You” to the ones that let her cross, use her signal or not block the traffic lanes?  You need to be conscious of the people and world around you.

Now not everyone would agree with this and many will tell you that you cannot change other people and what you need to do is change your own perception of the situation.  They will continue that if you do not, you will accomplish nothing but to drive yourself crazy and those around you – because the other person has no idea that they just affected you the way they did.  Well, I disagree.  There was a time that I believed in this and struggled to follow that example – and in some situations I still do.  After all, we must give some credit to others, for it is hard for us to know or even guess at the motivations behind another’s actions.  It is the persistent expectations that become the problem.

In theory the forgive and forget concept sounds good, but in practice it is much more complicated.  When people’s expectations are continually met, they get it ingrained that is how it “should” be and act out in defense when they are not.  So if I expected something (consideration for others) why should it matter that the woman had her own expectations?  This is where the type of expectations and the responses are important.

It is very easy to expect that people will act a certain way, sometimes these expectations are cultural, sometimes they are gender based and sometimes they are based on our geographical location.  A handshake as a greeting in one culture may be considered rude in another, in New York City changing lanes without a signal maybe considered normal – if not practical to keep from getting blocked and having a woman slapping a guy out for being crude maybe considered un-lady like, yet in some places it would be considered perfectly natural.  This to say that we need to be careful of getting too comfortable with our expectations.  New Yorkers that come to Florida may want to think twice about cutting off a couple good old boys in a jacked up 4×4 because they plan to change lanes – the outcome may not be what they expected.

When so many people go through life with the misunderstanding that people will continue to meet their expectations yet do not provide positive reinforcement for these acts they minimize the chance that they will continue to happen.  So if we cannot change other people and we should not always let it slide, what can we do to make things better?  Start with thinking about your own expectations.  When your expectations are met, acknowledge that it is appreciated and when they are not (assuming they are realistic), you may need to let the other party know this.  This is especially important in personal and work relationships.  If you are not doing this, it’s time to consider changing your ways.

It seems that our society has gotten really bad about setting high expectations for what we want, but setting a low priority on acknowledging the acts that meet them.  Rudeness and inconsideration for someone else’s time and money have become increasingly common at all ages, but especially in today’s younger “ME” generations.  For children and teens these days it is considered normal to be loud and disrespectful and many parents and authority figures expect and accept this as normal behavior.  As long as this continues, these children’s and youth’s expectations will not change.  In a personal or business relationship if you continue to meet other’s expectations to try to keep them happy but do not receive some form of recognition, appreciation or equal treatment your creating a norm that may eventually be hard to reverse.

On the practical side, yelling at another driver for not using their signal or not giving an acknowledging wave for letting them in your lane may not be the smartest thing and may even prove dangerous, but your personal and business relationships are areas that you can work on.  Now, all of this is not meant to say that you need a reward or a pat on the back for everything you do or say, it’s about not promoting unhealthy expectations in yourself and others.  Some have an uncanny ability to forgive and forget or so it appears, but many times they are just stewing inside, until some day they burst.

As far as expectations on articles, I know it has been a while since I have done a post, life has just been crazy lately with other responsibilities and writing tasks.  I have a couple of articles coming up in AUGI World this summer, with the first coming in May on the hiring process and the second in July on how to keep those you hired.   I’ll let you know once they are published.  If you missed the last article I did for AUGI World that discussed the “Domino Effect” of Training, you can find it here:

http://www.augi.com/library/the-domino-effect

See you next post where I’ll dive in to what “change” is.

WES

Change Your Attitude

And Change your life!

What is attitude? Let’s start by looking at some definitions:

Dictionary.com
1. manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.
2. position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.

Merrium Webster
1. the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure : posture
2. a position assumed for a specific purpose

Although attitude can be expressed in a body position, as stated above in both definitions, I think most people look at attitude as a verbal or physical behavior, one that goes deeper than a posture.

How many times as a child have your heard or as an adult have you said: “I don’t like your attitude” or “If you plan on going anywhere, you better change your attitude!”. I’m pretty sure I have heard it and said it many times and the reality of the second statement it is that it’s so true.

One of my favorite quotes:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
– Winston Churchill

Attitude is a choice, it is not something we inherit nor is it something we are stuck with, but it can be contagious – both positive and negative. Motivators, mentors, coaches and friends all encourage us to ‘think positive’, don’t dwell on the negative. Often times these are just statements made to change our current mindset – our attitude, and sometimes it comes with reasons and suggestions on how to do it. I’m no expert on recommending methods to change your attitude, I just know its something we all deal with on a regular basis and it’s something we all can control.

We all know the eternal optimists around us, the super positive, glass is half full, sky is always blue and when it isn’t – every cloud has a silver lining. We also know the naysayers, the doom and gloomers, the life’s a $#%* and then you die and the forever Christmas Grinches. Both can be annoying at times because life just isn’t always that cut and dry and most of us tend live in the world between. But, given the choice of being stuck on an island with one or the other, we’ll choose the optimist every time.

If I’m going to be surrounded by others or share my precious time with anyone, I want it to be positive, don’t you? So, if this is what we prefer, doesn’t it make sense that we be positive ourselves? After all who is going to want to be around us if we’re always negative? In reality, ‘always’ is probably not a fair statement, but what side of the spectrum do you tend to fall on?

Being a person of positivity with your friends and family is not all there is to having a good attitude, it is in fact just one part of it. How do you approach disagreements, financial upsets, last-minute changes of schedules, rude customers, etc? Often times maintaining a good attitude has a lot to do with how flexible and open-minded you are. Seeing both sides of an argument or opinion, putting the shoe on the other foot, walking in the other person’s shoes, etc… These are all examples of looking at life from more than one point of view. If you are too rigid in your beliefs and behaviors how can you take something seemingly negative and turn it in to a positive? Note that when I say ‘beliefs’, I do not mean ‘faith’, as that is a positive thing in itself. Having strong faith is often what allows us to remain positive through all types of adversity.

If I had to give some recommendations to help one achieve a better attitude it would be to change how you deal with adversity, stress and disappointment. Our attitude has a lot to do with how we see the world and how we perceive each event that happens in our life.

  • Don’t hang on to anger – forgive when you can, move on when you can’t
  • Think before you speak (more…)
  • Be open-minded – there is always more than one way to do things (more…)
  • When feeling anxious or stressed, calm yourself – Take deep breaths: inhale while counting to three and exhale while counting to six.
  • Consider others feelings, not just your own (more…)
  • Don’t hang around negative people (if more people walked away from angry, negative people it might eventually get them to rethink their attitude)

Our attitude affects our friendships, our personal relationships and our careers, a good attitude often determines how successful we are in all these areas. Life is not black and white, there is a lot of grey and that grey just may be the silver lining we are missing.

WES

The last two posts were on the topic of “The Time for Change” – Part I and Part II, this post is about the ‘need’ for change. Is change necessary? Yes – change is good for everyone whether an individual or an organization and for many reasons. Let’s start by thinking of the simple and often taken for granted process of New Years resolutions. It is pretty easy to set resolutions at New Year’s Eve, in fact it is often expected that the majority of people do. How many times have you had people ask you near the end of each year or right after the new year what your new years resolutions were. And although this process of having new years resolutions has become a habit, how many people have actually determined that they have a true need to make a resolution to make a change? I have heard many individuals comment that they plan to make their new years resolution to “quite smoking”, “drink less”, lose weight” or starting taking better care of themselves or a partner – but they say this throughout the year, long before December rolls around. So during the year, people make resolutions to make resolutions later. So why in July do people choose to wait until New Years to make a resolution to change? First off they do not feel the the urgency to change and change is hard. Resolutions are made because people know that their actions, habits, priorities, etc. are not serving them in the way they need to, but they are accustomed to doing them. Change takes work and there has to be something that drives the internal desire or need to actually go through with the work required to make the change.

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” — High-tech proverb

Resolutions, whether on New Years or any time, are all born from something that is requiring a change. This can be an outside force such as a an ultimatum from a boss or spouse, or an internal force like a desire for personal growth or a change in environment. The need for change happens with both individuals and organizations. Below are a few examples of situations or events from each that could drive the need for change:

Personal:

  • Stalled Career
  • Overweight Out of shape
  • Lonely
  • Depression
  • No Job
  • Financially Issues
  • Loss of Spiritual Faith

Organization/Business:

  • Unmotivated staff
  • High Employee Turnover
  • Over-worked
  • Project Deadline Issues
  • Product Quality Issues
  • Loss of work/customers
  • Financial Issues

The above lists of items are all negative by nature, situations and events that we would not typically want to continue. Even so, the individual or organization must truly see and desire the need to change in order to make it happen and to do this the individual (individuals in the case of an organization) must act. My fiancé and I recently attended a group coaching session held by Carrie Charles of ‘Design My Life Coaching‘ and a lot of the things that I’ve discussed in my previous posts were brought up, including SMART goals, having priorities, setting time lines, etc. but even with all that if we do not follow through and take action, it is nothing more than a well crafted plan – a dream.

Maybe the need is realized, the plan is created with goals, time lines and and action steps, but you cannot get it started. Maybe you get it started, but you stop or postpone it. You know you need it, you want it, you just get side-tracked, busy, tired, frustrated or any other form of road block that keeps you from moving forward with the required changes. You need help.

As I mentioned near the end of my last post there is a multitude of resources available in books and online that can get you going. Below are just a few resources you may need to consider, some of which I have utilized myself.

Career:
No more Mondays – (book)

What Color is your Parachute? – (book)

Manager Toolshttp://manager-tools.com/

MindTools – http://www.mindtools.com/

Organize Tasks/ToDo Lists and Goals: Toodledo – (Website/App)

Finances:

Dave Ramsey (website/App/Books)

Mint.com A site to help you track and manage your finances – and it’s FREE. http://www.mint.com/

Health and Fitness:

Daily Burn – (website/App) – http://dailyburn.com/

Business:
Good to Great – (book)

Manager Toolshttp://manager-tools.com/

Coaching:

Business coaching and Life coaching have become big business in the last few years, and there is a reason for it – it works. Many people and businesses have the resources and intelligence to be very successful but somehow can’t seem to make the next step or sustain their momentum. Business coaches, Life Coaches and Financial advisors provide the motivation, additional experience and accountability that many of us need.

Design My Lifehttp://www.designmylife.com/
Be sure to sign up for the “Free 7 Step Program

Financial Advisorhttp://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/anna.x.lowe

Spiritual:

YouVersionhttp://www.youversion.com/

An App is available for smart phones as well as an online site where you can create bible reading plans. (I am currently doing the Essential Jesus 100 day reading plan).

Growth or Small Groups:

Within many progressive churches, the traditional Bible Studies have been supplemented with small organized groups of 8 to 25 people that meet once a week for short periods of time (usually 6 – 10 weeks) to cover topics of relevant personal, social and cultural significance. The groups provide healthy social interaction and spiritual growth. Our church is currently getting started on their Spring Term groups, see here for additional information. I have personally participated in multiple groups over the last couple years, including leading and co-hosting. If your church offers such groups, I highly recommend you get involved, if you are not currently attending a church or your church does not off them, check out the groups offered at RelevantChurch.com.

Free Motivation / Inspiration:

YouTube – Do a search for motivation speakers like:

Tony Robbins
Jim Rohn
Zig Zeigler

Education / Tutoring:

Khan University: http://www.khanacademy.org/
A highly rated video education site that has a wealth of online easy to watch videos on everything from Astronomy and Biology to trigonometry and Venture Capitol.

The Need for change is obvious, the Time for change is now, the Tools for change are available – It’s time to Act!

WES

In my last post I  talked about change as it related to New Years resolutions, in this post, I am going to discuss some tips that you can use to make sure you are successful.    You may be saying that we are already part way through January, why are you telling me this now? – I already did my resolutions.   This provides a chance to look at how you’re doing so far, make some course corrections if necessary and keep you motivated to follow your resolutions.   The fact of the matter is any time we ‘resolve’ to make a change we are making a resolution, so resolutions can happen any time of year not just at New Year’s.  If you want  or need to make changes in your life – don’t wait until next December 31st – make them now.  No matter when you make them, January, February, June or July, do it in such a way that you will succeed by thinking, planning and then executing your plan wisely and consistently.  Whether you have started off on New Year’s resolutions or just change in general any time of the year consider the following tips to help you resolve to change.

Ways to be successful:

  • Know yourself
  • Limit resolutions
  • Prioritize
  • Use SMART Goals
  • Get Help

Know yourself:

You know yourself better than anyone, you know whether you are a morning or a night person, what you enjoy doing, what you hate doing, what motivates you, and what things distract you – many of these things others may not even know about you.  When setting your resolutions, think about these various personal traits as they may be keys to your future success and to reasons for past failings.  For instance, if you know your not a morning person, are you going to set a resolution to be at the gym at 5:30am three days a week?  You may be able to change some old habits, but some are just not so easy to change.  By resolving to go to the gym at 5:30am you are now trying to change two things at once that are not normal habits; getting up early and going to workout – your setting this one up for failure.  If you believe that getting up early and hitting the gym is necessary because it is the only time you have free in your schedule, then start out by breaking the early morning issue first.   Get up 15 minutes earlier each day for a couple of weeks then, 30 minutes, then 45 minutes, etc. until you have reached your required time to get to and work out at the gym.  Maybe for the first couple of months while you’re getting up earlier each day, use this time to do  a brief walk in your neighborhood.  Eventually you will be up early enough to hit the gym and you will have already started conditioning your body for exercise.  Keep in mind – you do not get fit and lose weight in a couple of weeks, if your goal is to lose weight, get fit, and stay fit it will take some time to establish these new habits.  Do not rush and do not give up – use slow and steady.

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Limit Resolutions:

If you’re like me, you have a long list of things you want to accomplish, but most of these are “To Do” type items and are not actually “Resolution” list worthy.  If you add too many things to your resolutions list or add things that are not resolution worthy, you minimize the importance of the things that really need to be your focus and create what feels like an huge burden.  When you set too many goals, it is very easy to get overwhelmed and crack under the pressure.  It’s pretty easy to say “I’m in over my head, I’ll never accomplish this resolution – because I have too many other things to do!”  So the first step is to limit what resolutions you really can accomplish and then determine the order of importance.  This is where realistic time planning and prioritization come in.  Start by making a list of things you want to accomplish and split them in to what you believe are realistic time frames.  It may be that not all the things we want to accomplish can be done in one year, but don’t let that stop you from setting up a long-term plan.  More of this is covered in the SMART goals section below.  Sort your list of desired accomplishments into immediate (short-term goals), annual or bi-annual (mid-term), and future (long-term) use increments that best fit your goal’s realistic time lines.

Prioritize:

Once you have a list of real resolutions with realistic time frames, you need to put them in order of importance or priority.  This may reduce your list down to an even more manageable load.  The important thing is to move forward – accomplishing a few things is far better than accomplishing nothing because your load is too great.  Think about what is most critical in your life over the next couple weeks, months and year and put them in that order.  Keep in mind that some things that you feel are very important might need a year to accomplish whereas less important things can be accomplished in a couple of months.  You can do the shorter time frame items now as long as you do what it takes to keep the longer term, more important items moving forward as well – work concurrently on both.

Use SMART Goals:

One way you can pull these previous ideas together is to utilize SMART goals.  Putting your resolutions in to practice requires a plan and a good way to set your plan in motion is to create solid goals.  Everyone will have slightly different goals as to what they want to achieve so everyone will have a slightly different plan.  SMART is an acronym used to define how to set up goals in order to give you a better chance of following through. When setting goals, there are some basic principles that should be used, these principles are referred to by the SMART acronym which means that your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

The following is a SMART definition that was found on the “Goal Setting Guide Website”.

S =Specific

Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do.

Specific is the What, Why, and How of the SMART model.

    • WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.
    • WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
    • HOW are you going to do it? (By…)

Ensure the goals you set is very specific, clear and easy. Instead of setting a goal to lose weight or be healthier, set a specific goal to lose 2cm off your waistline or to walk 5 miles at an aerobically challenging pace.

M = Measurable

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.  In the broadest sense, the whole goal statement is a measure for the project; if the goal is accomplished, then it is a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal.

Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. What will you see when you reach your goal? Be specific! “I want to read 3 books of 100 pages on my own before my birthday” shows the specific target to be measure. “I want to be a good reader” is not as measurable.

Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goals.

A = Attainable

When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop that attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best of intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you means your subconscious will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from even giving it your best.

A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you. For instance, if you aim to lose 20 lbs in one week, we all know that isn’t achievable. But setting a goal to lose 1 lb and when you’ve achieved that, aiming to lose a further 1 lb, will keep it achievable for you.

The feeling of success which this brings helps you to remain motivated.

R = Realistic

This is not a synonym for “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.” It means that the learning curve is not a vertical slope; that the skills needed to do the work are available; that the project fits with the overall strategy and goals of the person/organization. A realistic project may push the skills and knowledge of the people working on it but it shouldn’t break them.

Devise a plan or a way of getting there which makes the goal realistic. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, crisps and chocolate may not be realistic for someone who really enjoys these foods.

For instance, it may be more realistic to set a goal of eating a piece of fruit each day instead of one sweet item. You can then choose to work towards reducing the amount of sweet products gradually as and when this feels realistic for you.

Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

T = Timely

Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, by fifth grade. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.

If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.

Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

Everyone will benefit from goals and objectives if they are SMART. SMART, is the instrument to apply in setting your goals and objectives.

Evaluate your list of goals and do a basic fine tuning of them based on whether or not they are “SMART”.  Once you have evaluated your goals based on the SMART principles, you will be able to put together a plan that has a much better chance of success.

Get Help:

If you make resolutions every year and it seems you rarely or never actually accomplish them, it may be time to get some help.  As previously mentioned, you know yourself better than most, and if you are truly honest with yourself you may come to the conclusion that you cannot do it alone.  Sometimes we just need a little push or we work better when we know we will be held accountable for what we say we are going to do.  For health and fitness type resolutions, sometimes a work-out buddy or a personal trainer will be what it takes to push you or keep you on track.  I know that for me personally, having a personal trainer has helped me get on track when starting a new exercise program.  Keep in mind that your accountability partner or trainer, if you go that route needs to know that you need to be pushed – good ones will do that.  If your resolutions are more personal, spiritual or business orientated, maybe a Life coach, Business Coach or mentor is what you need.  There are lots of coaches out there, and there are probably many individuals in your industry that would be honored to mentor you.  Sometimes outside accountability is not needed as you may be the type that beats yourself enough to keep you on point, but what you lack is the initial motivation to get going.  There are numerous books, videos, and websites that can be used to light the fire you need.  Whether its motivation, inspiration or accountability that you need to get your resolutions from paper in to practice, stop talking about it and as the famous foot wear company says – Just Do It!

When the year rolls around, you will look back and see the progress you made over the course of the previous year which will provide the motivation you need for the next year’s resolutions.

After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.  ~Author Unknown

This is the Year of change, so I will be discussing a lot about it over the course of the year.  If change is hard for you, stick around, as we have a lot more to cover.

WES

With the beginning of a new year, comes a surge of resolutions by people who want to be better physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. Year after year millions of individuals and companies make resolutions at the beginning of each year about what they plan to do to make that year better than the last, and year after year the majority of these resolutions never happen.

With individuals, often the resolutions are nothing more than a list of items on a piece of paper or a mental list of aspirations for the new year. These are basically lists of goals, but without a reason, a time line or the steps necessary to achieve them – no plan. Individuals serious about making changes can do it by setting goals, but they need to be SMART goals. SMART is an acronym used to define how to set up goals in order to give you a better chance of following through. When setting goals, there are some basic principles that should be used, these principles are referred to by the SMART acronym which means that your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. I’ll get more in to that in a future post.

With companies, the desired changes are also many times similar to that of the individual’s lists, but often they are actually thought through and discussed with at least the management team. The level of discussion and thought process varies by company size and visionary ability of the companies’ leaders. The obstacle that companies or organizations face is that the changes that are desired and many times required involve more than the individual or group deciding on the change, it involves everyone that will be affected by the changes. This could mean a department, a division, the entire company, and even its suppliers and customers.

So why do so many resolutions made by companies and individuals never actually get completed? A few reasons are mentioned above like not creating SMART goals, no having a plan, lack of a clear vision, but the biggest obstacle that people face when trying to make the transition from what they are to what they have resolved to be is that they must “change”. Change?! Yes, change….

People fear change, it is a natural reaction. Why? Change requires us to adjust our routines, our thought processes, our habits, etc. Wait a minute – aren’t all these things the reason that changes are required? Yes it’s true, but the routines, habits, and thoughts that must change we’re developed over a long period of time and are now ingrained in our minds. We have become comfortable with these things and they are all ready to be called up when our lives get crazy busy and we kick in the autopilot to stay on course, or at least a course. Every course has a destination, is the destination you’re heading for the one you desire?

Unfortunately, it’s the autopilot that keeps us on the wrong course. To make a change, we need to start flying manually while the autopilot is re-programmed. This is where the hard work comes in, where we need to think about our decisions on meals, exercise, work schedule, educational and spiritual habits – anything that our autopilot used to handle. Re-programming requires testing, tweaking and testing some more to get the new course input. Once we see that the new course corrections are working, we can eventually start using the new autopilot to take us in the new direction we need to be going. This process takes time, energy and willpower, most resolutions fail by the end of the first month, but for those that can get through 6-8 weeks of these course corrections, they have a far greater chance of success.

When making your resolutions for this year, and yes – you can make them after December 31st, consider a few helpful thoughts:

  • You did not get where you are overnight nor will you change overnight.
  • Not all changes need to be big and immediate, consistency is the key.
  • Every course has a destination – make sure it’s where you want to end up.
  • Your Autopilot is what is currently keeping you off the course you want to be on – you need to re-program it.
  • Re-programming requires a new flight plan and your new flight plan starts with a vision of your desired destination.
  • Building you flight plan starts with SMART goals.

This may seem like a lot of time and work, but the reality is that you will gain back all the time invested and then some when the new or improved you arrives at the destination you truly desire.

In future posts, I’ll get more in to the process of change, the various methods of change and more on the importance of change.

Happy New Year!!

WES