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Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Motivator: Plan It, Earth

This is the time of year when a lot of people start making their resolutions for the new year.
. . . and about a month from now is when people start kicking themselves for not keeping the resolutions they'd made. Believe me, I know. It can be frustrating. One way to avoid that frustration is to go a step beyond just making the resolution and actually come up with a plan.
Here's a great video from on ways to stick to your exercise goals.
While the video is focused on exercise, all of the principles are easily applicable to just about any resolution you could make for the new year.
Okay, but after this, we're going scuba-diving, right?
Want to quit smoking? Visualization can play a big role in making that happen. So can finding a buddy to quit smoking with you. In fact, I think the buddy system can be one of the most powerful ways to go about accomplishing your goals. Anthony Robbins talks about the importance of "getting leverage on yourself."
Speaking from experience, you are a lot more likely to get out of bed and get to the gym if you know your workout partner is going to be there waiting for you.
If you want to read more this next year, join a book club, and join with a friend - particularly one who will get on your case about finishing the book. Better yet, start a book club. It's pretty easy. It requires people, a place to meet, and a book.
The important thing is to have a plan and a really good reason to stick with it. If that reason needs to be so that your BFF won't give you a hard time for being a slacker, well then, so be it. Leverage.
Like Yogi Berra said: "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else."
Stuck for ideas? Check out this video:

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