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Reboot your resolution


Happy New Year! It's a brand new year which means a brand new chance for you to finally reach those resolutions or goals you've been longing for. But how many times have you set resolutions over the years that ultimately went unmet?

I know; I've done it too. That's why I'm sharing these tips with you—tips I know work because I've not only shared them with clients but I use them too after years of trying different things. I know now what was missing then, and I've proven to myself this is a winning combination.


It's not like we can't set resolutions any old time we want, but there's something magical about the new year that opens up a fresh space for us. It just feels good to mark the past, put it behind us and get a new start, especially if this isn't our first go-round with a particular resolution.

Most everyone I know who sets a new year's resolution is all fired up and motivated in January. Not so much in February, and by March or April whatever it was they were doing has drifted away. The diet is dropped, the gym membership forgotten, the art project unfinished, the garage still a mess, the closet not organized, etc.. I'm guilty of this too. So how do we makes this year's resolution different?


You've likely heard many tips for success before and I'm not suggesting you throw them out. They are useful but if you're anything like me, you've tried them and still you've fallen short on your resolutions. So I'm here to tell you why.

But first let's run through some of the old tips, just to be sure you know them:

  • Make sure your goal is SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

  • Pair up with someone you can talk to about the ups and downs of it and who can hold you accountable.

  • Start simple or slow to ensure early success; then raise the ante as you make progress.

  • Build in a reward for short-term goals that are met, which means break down larger goals into smaller steps that are SMART.

  • Track your progress and celebrate each step to success.

Most of us are familiar with some version of these tips because they've been around for decades. And as I said earlier, they are useful! But they are often not enough because there's something important missing and it has to do with you, not your goal. So how do you reboot this year's resolution to bring success?


Before we go there, let's take a quick look at how we define success because this is important. Everyone has their own idea of what success means and for me, true success goes beyond the individual and into the greater good. So what I'm talking about when I use the word success is doing something that empowers you to share your unique and amazing gifts with the world in a way that inspires more goodness for us all.

This doesn't have to be anything earth-shattering or mind-blowing. For instance, changing your eating from unhealthy to healthy achieves the kind of success I'm talking about. So don't panic!