Now or Never

Every year as fall comes to a close, I start feeling guilty about my bad habits and think that I should make some resolutions. Or I think I should plan ahead for the next year and define some personal milestones I’d like to hit.

But the truth is, I don’t want to wait until January 1 to instate some plan or intention. If it’s the middle of October and I think I’d like to learn guitar next year – I should do it now.

In fact, the percent of Americans who are successful in achieving their New Year’s resolutions is a paltry 8 percent. Reasons include not understanding obstacles, being in environments not conducive to change, lack of clear steps to reach objectives, and plain old resistance to change.

Instead of making resolutions because you should or because you feel guilty, when the need or the inspiration strikes during the year, take up the challenge then and there – because you want to. And do it the SMART way: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, and Time Bound. And of course, keep them simple. Put it on paper. Find a friend or two to hold you accountable – or participate in the same goal!

If you do decide to make your yearly goals come January 1, do it the right way and become part of the minority of those successful!

Share one of your goals on my LinkedIn page by December 27 and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card to give you the jolt you need to achieve your goals!

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