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A New Year, A New Beginning by Rhoberta Shaler

Do you know what you like? Do you know what is right for you? Brian Tracy says that it is important to know what is right for yourself before you think of what is possible. Do you know what brings you joy? If you do know, how often do these things show up in your life? Do you plan for them?

HTrends It is interesting--and powerful--to focus your attention on what you want in life...experiences you wish to repeat, attributes you wish to develop, goals you wish to reach and, fulfilling ways to spend your time and energy. When you keep your mind, time and energy on these things, there is little time for anything else--and the "anything else" fades away!

At this time of year it is traditional to decide on next year's priorities. Do this very carefully. Make it a balanced plan with desires in each area of your life to move your physical, social, educational, financial, mental, emotional and spiritual self, forward. Once you have decided on the priorities, assign a daily, weekly, monthly or annual amount of time for each that will satisfy you. This is important. There is no right answer.

What will cause you to feel good about yourself when you do it? It can be different for different people. Some folks want to run a marathon and that is what they mean when they are planning to improve their exercise program. That will take more time than for a person who wants to increase their time doing weight-bearing exercise to prevent osteoporosis. Know what your goal is and why. That will help you assign the appropriate amount of time to each priority.

Make sure that your goals are "do-able". Build in success this way. Make them very specific, measurable and time-bounded. Your mind can capture a goal that says, "I will lose ten pounds by March 1 by eliminating ice-cream from my diet and walking three miles three times a week", whereas it has difficulty understanding "I am eating less and exercising more." Be specific.

Often, there are many things undone in our lives. Things we wish we had done, things we know are always sitting at the back of our minds draining our energy. These are ‘energy leaks’. You know the “(Expletive) I still haven’t ___________yet!” that hits you while you’re waiting for a red light to change. It’s a ‘leak ’!

Here is a process that I find amazingly effective. Complete this Personal Integrity Checklist to start your year with no energy ‘leaks’. Download it at for free from http://www.OptimizeInstitute.com/tools/pic.htm. Clearing away your energy leaks is a good preparation for being successful with your new plan.


Expert facilitator, Dr. Rhoberta Shaler, makes it easier to talk about difficult things. She trains & coaches organizations & entrepreneurs who want to master the 'people skills' that grease the wheels of business & life.
Visit her website for a half-hour free coaching consultation. www.OptimizeInstitute.com

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