Making Resolutions Stick

By Tania Walter Gardiner

What will make your resolutions stick?

Here are a few things I have learned that support commitment and follow through on intentions for the new-year.

  • Begin by celebrating:  As you close 2012, what are you celebrating?
  • Transitioning into the new-year, what worked well that you want to continue within 2013?
  • What would you like to change or be different to be a better ‘you’ than what you have done in the past?
  • Looking forward into the new-year, what do you want to create?

Be clear

To be successful in following through on your intentions, be clear on what it is you truly want to create for yourself and determine why that resolution is important to you. Then ask yourself, ‘what steps am I going to take to achieve that resolution?’ followed by ‘how will I know I achieved my resolution?’ then ‘how am I going to purposefully and intentionally commit to my resolution?’

Prevent the fizzle

New years’ resolutions fizzle because change is challenging. A resolution that is aligned with your deepest values and setting values-based goals greatly increases your motivation to follow through. Achieving goals feels satisfying, even during difficult times. Building in accountability that is the right fit for you is an important piece – hire a coach, get a mentor, have a success buddy.

 

Contributing member: Tania Walter Gardiner,  MA, BA, ACC 
Tania is a certified professional solutions and values focused coach and consultant who works with individuals and teams helping them to gain clarity, focus and direction, enabling them to live their definition of success in business and life. To explore coaching with Tania, visit her website:  Integral Connections.

**Please credit the author with any use of or excerpt from this article in any form.

 


 

Insightful Focus

By Tania Walter Gardiner

Where are you choosing to focus? Where you put your attention is where you will create results. When we shift our attention, putting focus on what we want and the way we want to produce results, we become more inspired.

What needs to shift?

If you were to scale your level of focus for today, with 1 just beginning to be focused and 10 being fully and completely focused, where are you on the scale? What needs to shift or change to move you up the scale?

An insightful tip to support moving up the scale is to have a values conversation. Values inform the movement we make in the world and are the core of our being. When you connect to what matters and you have a ‘solutions’ focus you amp up your commitment, momentum and inspiration. The quality of your engagement shifts.

The choice is yours.

I invite you to ask yourself each morning for the next month, “where am I choosing to focus?” Imagine, what might happen if you took action on that focus? What would you be doing? What impact would that have on your family? What results would you generate in business and life? The choice is yours on where you want to focus to leverage the results you truly want to create.

 

Contributing Member: Tania Walter Gardiner, MA, BA, ACC
Tania is a certified professional solutions and values focused coach and consultant who works with individuals and teams helping them to gain clarity, focus and direction, enabling them to live their definition of success in business and life. To explore coaching with Tania, visit her website: Integral Connections.

**Please credit the author with any use of or excerpt from this article in any form.