Dr. Greg Poland's Blog

Purpose – Passion – Plan

Much ado is made of New Year’s resolutions – much discussed, but little accomplished.  It is a timeless story of good intentions, but inadequate tools and resolve to carry through.  I’ve discovered several things that increase the probability of success and I’d like to share some of them with you.

First, step back and understand what it is you are trying to really accomplish.  What is the meta-narrative?

Second, see improvement as a long-term, and not a short-term process.  The corollary is that progress will come incrementally.  Many people never discover this and give up as soon as it is apparent that quick, short-term success isn’t likely.

Third, Write each goal down and carry it with you.  If it isn’t something you regularly contemplate and work on, it simply isn’t going to happen.  Read it multiple times a day and get positive messages into you mind and state of thinking.

Fourth, break down each goal into steps that together would garner you success in that goal.  Make each step feasible and something you can realistically accomplish and measure progress on.

Fifth, LIVE IT and enlist the help of trusted family, friends, and associates in making progress.  Keep track of progress, and analyze the factors that prevent success.  And don’t forget – for each goal you accomplish list the reward (tangible and intangible) you will give yourself for success!

Now go DO IT!

January 23, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. You should discuss how to write appropriate goals, since that’s one of the major reasons why goals don’t become reality. Also, before changing a behavior, one should monitor it for a week or two to see how it plays out in life. What are the benefits, barriers, thoughts that accompany behavior, etc. To change in the future one needs to understand the present…

    Comment by Caroline | February 2, 2010 | Reply

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