Thursday, 1 January 2009

The 5 Stages of Success, Really

New Years Resolutions

Now's the time.

To be sure, today is like any other. But we are a funny bunch. We like to make things special. Which I am game for. So let's do just that then, shall we...

Here is something thinkable. The 5 stages of change. Since Resolutions are all about change. For the better.

1. Pre contemplation (Hunh)
2. Contemplation (I am thinking of something...)
3. Plan (Ok, this is the plan!)
4. Take action (people often skip #3 and go right to this... not a good idea)
5. Maintenance (critical because this also takes planning!)

Seems simple enough. But how do we goof it? Let's not count the ways. There are too many.

But here are a couple ideas on making them work better.

- Don't make to many "plans". Being overwhelmed is not a good way to succeed.

- Start with the basics and work your way up. Wanting to make a million dollars a year is admirable. But start with something manageable, say $50,000 this year. $100,000 the next. $200,000 the next. Because you will have the experience each year that will make the next more achievable. (results may vary of course!)

- Partner up. We sometimes like to put ourselves on the back burner. However, if we find ourselves when someone else is relying on us it's amazing to see the effort that magically appears so as to not disappoint another. And what do you know, you succeed at the same time! Good for you!

Goodness, this could go on forever.

The primary goal is to keep it simple and specific. Each step clearly defined.

And if you get sidetracked, and you had created a clear plan, it is that much easier to get the ball rolling again.

Important to all this is making the goal you want to achieve something you REALLY want to do. Self explanatory I think. I'll never become Prime Minister because it doesn't interest me in the least. But to be the best coach I can possibly be... Now that is something I can invest a lot of time into.

Get your goals in line with your life and start planning everyone.

All the best.

In health,

Todd