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Mar 21, 2011 @ 08:47 PM

New Year’s Progress Report - 3.5 Steps to Getting Back On Track!

Can you believe we’re in the third week of March?  April 15th is quickly approaching, dandelions and crabgrass are taking root and planning a healthy launch, and the first 1/4 of the year is soon to be history!  So how are you doing on your New Year’s intentions, goals, and resolutions?

Every quarter my 5th grade son, Gary, brings home his report card which lets me see how he’s progressing with his grade appropriate learning objectives.  I can see where he’s really on top of his game (math, science, and social studies), and where he may need to exert a little extra effort (reading and language arts).  Rather than wait until just days before the end of the school year to ‘check in’ with his progress, I can work with him in a very timely manner to help strengthen and reenforce his study habits (behaviors) as well as look at what distractions we need to manage differently (TV, Wii gaming, etc.).  If I waited until the end (of the school year) there would not be enough time to affect the outcome.  (On a side note: I’m very proud to say Gary is a strong student in all of his subjects!)

Let’s bring this a little closer to home.  With the first quarter of 2011 quickly coming to a close, is it time for each of us to reflect and self-assess how we’re doing?  How would you grade yourself so far this year on the progress of your New Year’s goals, resolutions, and ‘commitments’?

Have you been successful in taking deliberate, focused, and intentional action towards accomplishment of your 2011 goals?  Do you feel like you’re on track?  Yes?  Terrific!  Keep up the great work!  If, on the other hand, you’ve made little if any progress, what’s up with that?   Now is a great time to really check-in witht where you are, what you aim to achieve, and what you want to do to deliver on your goals.  We’re 25% into the year, there is still time to take (corrective) action and make things happen.  Here are 3 steps to get you back on track!

1.) Validate. 

Validate the goals, resolutions, and  commitments you made at the first of the year still fit, make sense, they’re relevant, and you own them 110%.  If you’re not fully completely, absolutely 110%  enrolled into the possibility these goals hold for you, then you need to really assess: 1) How did they end up on your list?  If they’re NOT rocking your world, whose world/agenda are they designed to rock? (In other words, are they there to please or satisfy someone else?)  2)  What goals do you REALLY want to continue to pursue?  Which are truly most important, to you?  Which do you absolutely, positively, without a doubt own 110%?


2.) Critique. 

Critique how well you apply yourself towards the progress and accomplishment of your goals.  Score yourself on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high).  What would it take, who would you have to be, to score at an 8, 9, or 10?  Ask yourself (and answer!) these questions:

  1. What and Who am I allowing to get in the way?
  2. What am I making more important (than my own progress towards these goals)?
  3. What/Who do I need to say NO to more often?
  4. What/Who do I need to say YES to more often?
  5. What difference will it make, to me and to those I care about, when I do (or if don’t) accomplish these goals?


3.) Design, Build, Commit.
Design specific action steps to achieve your goals.
Build a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule and allocation of resources to support your progress and accomplishment.
Commit to living in integrity - where your thoughts, choices, and behavior align with and support positive, empowering, and inspired action (toward your goals).


3.5)  Hire a Life and Personal Transition Coach
Working with someone who is as committed and passionate about you achieving your goals as you are is a powerful advantage.
Hiring an accountability partner, as well as someone who will help you navigate the speed bumps, road blocks, and inevitable crossroads you are likely to encounter can make all the difference.

Wishing you the very best in the rest of 2011!  Make this a year of inspired action!

Live your best life,

-- Todd

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Home run! Great slugging with that ansewr!

By Lilly on Apr 13, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

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