Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year's Resolutions Tips by Dr. Adele

Advice for New Year’s Resolutions for more career satisfaction.

Tips from Dr Adele:

1. Write out what you hope to get to in a few years
2. Work backwards: to get there, what do you need to do
and who do you need to connect with this year?
What: skills, degrees, certificates,licenses, preparation
Who: associates, experts, colleagues, mentors,
3. What do you need to do/know in January?
4. Find a buddy and agree to talk everyday (5 minutes each
way) to tell progress and cheer each other on

NOBODY DOES IT ALONE

3 comments:

Dr. Adele said...

It's not Rocket Science...
Dr Adele adds tips on Goals!

Put one step in front of the other and just START NOW!! editor

Goal Accomplishment, HOW NOT to get derailed.
1. Be aware that you are valuable and worth it
2. Ask others who have achieved their dreams and ask
what they did in dark times.
3. See how others got back up and who helped them
4. Don't listen to nay-sayers or family or friends who may be
against your succeeding (yes, some will be; figure out why)
5. Read/listen to biographies of achievers in your field and
outline their steps.

Dr. Adele said...

It's not Rocket Science...
Dr Adele adds tips on Goals!

Put one step in front of the other and just START NOW!! editor

Goal Accomplishment, HOW NOT to get derailed.
1. Be aware that you are valuable and worth it
2. Ask others who have achieved their dreams and ask
what they did in dark times.
3. See how others got back up and who helped them
4. Don't listen to nay-sayers or family or friends who may be
against your succeeding (yes, some will be; figure out why)
5. Read/listen to biographies of achievers in your field and
outline their steps.

Libby Gill said...

I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions - I prefer to set goals all year long - recent studies have shown that a surprising 46% of people actually keep their resolutions for at least six months. Further, if you set a resolution you're 10 times more likely to make the positive change than someone with the same goal and similar level of motivation who doesn't set a New Year's resolution.

For all you resolution-setters, here are some tips to make them stick:
• Make sure your resolution is realistic and measurable. Don't say you're going to lose 100 pounds, when 20 is within the realm of possibility (and good health).
• Chunk it down. That is, think of your resolution in tiny increments that you can tackle one step at a time. The bigger your vision, the smaller your steps need to be.
• If you slip up, don't waste time or momentum beating yourself up. Just get right back on your plan.
• Find an Accountability Buddy. Share your goals (and the obstacles that might trip you up) with a trusted partner. Check in daily, or at least weekly, to keep each other on track.
• Give yourself the gift of time. Meaningful change may not be noticeable for 3-6 months, so be patient.

If you're a diehard goal-setter like me, you may prefer to create a theme for the year rather than a resolution. In past years, I've set themes like: More Fun & Adventure, Stay Open to Love; Get Fit & Feisty; and more. (Notice, I position my themes in positive terms as opposed to quitting, stopping or breaking a habit. Btw, in those themed years, I spent 2 months in Europe, fell in love, and started lifting weights.)

My theme for this year is "Opt for Happy," meaning that I plan to maximize my energy on activities that give me the most joy, while minimizing (though not necessarily neglecting) the "shoulds" of life.

For a truly Happy New Year, find out what makes you happy by taking my Happiness Test below that was published recently in the Napoleon Hill Foundation's terrific "Yesterday and Today" ezine.