“So your Strength Shall Be”

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There’s a verse in the Bible and it goes like this…”…as your days are, so shall your strength be.”

When I read that verse, I see that each day, I’ll be given what I need, in terms of strength and ability, to get the job done.

As we go through this New Year, there may be times when are goal seem momentous…like we are never going to climb that mountain.

When that day comes, I always try to remember….one day at a time.

I just need to get through this day.

And if you have broken your yearly goals down into

  1. Quarterly goals
  2. Monthly goals
  3. Weekly goals
  4. and daily goals,

then you can do your tasks for that day, knowing that they are getting you somewhere.

“One day at a time” only works if you are getting somewhere. If you just take one day at a time, and you have no goal, then that will defeat you. Because

“Discipline with out direction is drudgery”

So reader…let me ask you…have you made a year long plan? Have you broken it up into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily plans?

Because if you haven’t, it’s going to be a cold year.

Why not take a moment right now and commit those goals to paper?

(Resistance…………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

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How to Start a New Habit

Establishing a new habit

A lot of people have a new year’s resolution of “always” and “never”

“I’ll never smoke” “I’ll always exercise each morning”. These are called habits, but no one, absolutely no one, gets there over night (unless they have a miracle deliverance, or they suffer through, or they have a heavenly download of yearlong motivation  and strength that never wanes).

But habits aren’t made or broken that way.  If you are stuck in the rut of “always” and “never”, then your verbage needs to change to:

“Begin”  and “taper off”

How to start a new habit

       Decide what you can do.

If you know, for example, that you aren’t going to, without fail, do your goal consistently, then don’t set it. That’s where everyone misses it. They set these impossible goals, miss one day at it, and quit all together. No, that’s setting yourself up for failure. Instead, start with a goal that  you know FOR SURE you will do daily, or weekly, or whatever time slot is reasonable. So if you know that you want to  run every day, then run every day. And make it your goal to run every day. That’s it. That’s your goal. If you just start with the goal of running every day, you can’t lose. And trust yourself. Tell yourself, “You only have to do some running every day”. As in, out  the door and to your car. And then Back in. Or, just to the kitchen and back to bed. That’s it. You just ran. Now. Can  you commit to just running, any amount, every single day? Sure you can. And I bet you know what I’m going to suggest next. Yup[, that’s right. Each day you’ll go a bit further.  One guy named Zig Zigler made it his goal to lose a hundred pounds and he did by running to the mailbox each day. That was his only goal. I’m sure you know where  that achievable goal got him. That’s right. It got him running every day. And he didn’t get there by saying “this is lame, any loser could do this”. No, he got there by encouraging himself. “Hurray, it’s January 15th and I’m still running every day”.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Zig Ziglar ended up running a mile a day, and becoming  a self-improvement coach.

So start with what you know for sure you can do

Build on it. Each day, try to do a bit more, but don’t make the “bit more” your new goal. Remember, you goal is just to do some of this each day.

Train yourself to encourage yourself. When you miss a day, (and don’t think it can’t happen) DON”T QUIT. Remember what a new year’s resolution is. It’s something you resolve to accomplish in the new year, not something you have to do each day. Your New Year’s resolution should be to establish a consistent (not perfect)  life habit of running. Your goal to reach that is to most days, run some.

Remember, you have all  of  this year to establish the habit

So go easy on yourself.

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My one and only New Year’s resolution

tieEarlier, I told you that a lot of people make the mistake of stopping their New Year’s resolution, when they don’t do each and every day one specific thing.

The one thing I didn’t emphasize to you, though, was how.

How to do that resolution every single day. I probably gave you the impression that it wasn’t possible to do something each day, hence, look at the year as a whole.

But this morning, at the breakfast table, I had an epiphanal moment. I realized that I can reach each and every goal I want to, and do the accompanying steps each day, if I just

Write down every day what needs to be done

Schedule a time

Adjust as needed.

Yes, reader, that is my one and only daily goal, and it is all I ever need to do in order to reach my New Year’s resolution.

I already do it, just not each morning. I think it is the most important daily goal one can have, and it is my only goal. That is, to

Wake up every morning and write down what needs to be done that day.

That’s it.

Okay, well, almost. See, I also work off of several Categories.

Category One: Businesss;

Daily:

  • Post an article and schedule
  • Add tags.
  • Work on (current) ebook
  • Check feedback
  • and notifications
  • Add tags and categories to missing articles

See what followers are up to

Category Two: Health and Hygiene.

I’m a marketer. And I know I’m not the only one who has ever neglected their health, drooling on a keyboard at 2 a.m. cranked out on coffee and no sleep. So this year, I’m not resolving to fix anything. I’m just getting  up in the morning to write down what I can do today in this area

  • Make salads (so I’m not skipping this, I make a loaded salad with grapes, croutons, onions, every single green in the fridge and I load it in a ziplock bag so when I’m craving something, it’s ready.
  • Write down what exercises I’m up to.

Come on, people. I’m not a teenager. Do I really think I’m going to run around the block in January, lungs searing, legs aching? Get real, self. No way. I’m going to watch aerobic videos on my rump and feel exhausted just watching.

Forget that! But I do know what will work….every day, I’ll wake up and do a few

  • arm circles
  • a few leg lifts
  • a few SECONDS (reality check people) of running in place. And maybe ten minutes of brisking up my business walk ( you know what I’m talking about. Your circling the dining room table talking out your future. Own it. Or, the mirror talk)

Okay, so now I’m running around the table, speaking out my future, and it’s time to jump on the keyboard and

POST EVERYDAY. Oh reader, listen, when it comes to the blogging department, forget every other goal and make it your goal to do just one post a day.

What you want to do is to think up the major categories in your life, think of the three most important things to do in each category that day, and then schedule a time for all of these.

Well, that’s how I do it. I wake up and write it down. I schedule it. I look at it. And here’s the secret to me reaching my goals. If I get up every day and JUST WRITE IT DOWN it will get done.

If I don’t get it all done, the next morning I get up and write it all down. And listen; if may take you several weeks to fine tune your list and schedules. Make it a singular priority to get your schedule and list in order (everything flows from it)*

Try making this your ONLY New Year’s Resolution, for a month, and let me know what you think

*(Write the vision and make it plain that he may run that reads it)

 

 

How to make a New Year’s Resolution that works

britney-spears-one-more-time-pencil-tapping-gifHow to make a New Year’s Resolution that works

The biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions is bait and switch.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about New Year’s Resolutions lately and their astronomical failure rates.

I would like to share some of my insights with you.

One of the things I have noticed is the mis-defining of what a resolution is.

A new year’s resolution is not a daily resolve, but a year long resolve.

Here’s how to create a resolution that a has a hope in hades of surviving.

Think about planning a plan, rather than just a vague absolute.

So what exactly is a vague absolute? Is that just an oxymoron?

Nope. See, most goals are really vague (like “be happy”) AND absolute

As in “be happy every day”.

A better “resolution” would be “Find out what makes me happy, and then GO for it”

After you do the first part, give yourself a week to plan out HOW to do it.

For example: this year, I want to be happy. I want to find out what makes me happy. And then, I want to do, every day, what it takes to make me happy.

The biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions is bait and switch.

Let me explain. A resolution is just something that you resolve.

The only thing you need to do to have a resolution is just an inward resolve that you are going to do something.

A New Year’s resolution is just something that you resolve to do in the New Year.

And a year is a long  time to achieve that.

Resolve what you would like to accomplish this year.

Resolving that you want to do push-ups every day for a year is not a good resolution.

That’s an “everyday resolution”, not a goal for the new year as a whole.

Yes, you can do push-ups every day, but that’s not your new years resolution… your new years resolution should be your “why”. Why do you want to do push-ups? To get a flat belly. That’s your new years’ resolution: to get a flat belly.

Remember, a New Year’s resolution is just something you resolve to achieve this year.

As long as your belly gets flat, you have met your new years resolution.

Breaking that resolution down into Quarterly, monthly goals, etc., comes after the resolution.

Remember, you’re not resolving to do push ups each day. You’re resolving to get a flat belly this year.

Why do we set ourselves up for failure each year? It’s because we mistake a resolution with a daily goal.

Very few people who get a flat belly do pushups every single day without fail. That’s because life happens.

When we mistake a resolution for a goal, we quit the first time we hit a hard day. Oh. I missed pushups today. I “broke” my New Year’s resolution.

No you didn’t. You can still be “resolved”, as in determined, to achieve that goal.

Remember, a New Year’s resolution is just something you resolve to achieve this year.

Write down what you have resolved to accomplish BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

Break that down into Seasonal goals. For example, take that waistline measurement and subtract what measurement you want your waist to be, from that. If you have, for example, a forty inch waist, but you think you can make it 32 inches, do the math; you need to get from 40 inches to 32 by December 31st.

So, decide how many inches or centimeters you need to loose each month, and develop an action plan.

Now, you need to know that just because you don’t meet your goal the first month, doesn’t mean that you won’t reach your year in goal. When I first started doing push ups, I could only do three. By the third day, I could do eight. By the end of the week, I was doing 20. At months end, I could do fifty.

See, sometimes your goals will wax and wane in spurts. Daily goals shouldn’t be something you beat yourself up over, because A. they are not good indicators of your chance of success and B. they are not resolutions. You need over-all goals AND daily goals to help you get there.

Remember…you aren’t a failure if you miss a day or two (or three  or four. Or even a whole month learning this stuff). You are only a failure if you stop trying to reach your YEARLY resolution.

Keep the end in mind and the daily goals will happen.

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