Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Positive Resolutions Lead To Positive Changes

Have you made resolutions to accelerate your career in 2012? Experts say that making resolutions improves by a factor of 10 your odds of achieving positive changes.

If you haven’t resolved to make specific changes in your life in the world of work and in your personal life during the new year you can expect to get the same results you experiencedin 2011. Ask yourself: Will that be good enough to get me where I want to go?

Some people rely on such factors as hopes, wishes, or desires, but they are more apt to fail to achieve success than those who set out in writing specific plans and have a strategy of action to advance their careers.
Despite this reality, fewer than half of those who make resolutions keep them for at least six months. Only about 19% stay true to their vows for two years.

“People who think about making specific changes, but don’t get around to actually codifying resolutions fail at a higher rate than others who make specific action plans to change their daily behavior,” according to John Norcross, a psychology professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Six Tips To Carry Out Your Resolutions
Here are six tips that will help you to carry out your resolutions for 2012:

1. Think of your resolutions as a contract with yourself. Put the deal in writing.

2. Break down your resolutions into small, bite-size steps. Have a plan for specific actions to advance toward each goal. Rome was not conquered in a day.

3. Tell your friends about your resolutions. This will result in self-imposed pressure to not stop short of reaching your goals. After all, you don’t want to be seen as failing. And, by the way, ask them for help.

4. Think back to what you did with your resolutions in past years. If you fell short, make sure you break the habits that were at fault.

5. Expect setbacks; they are inevitable. Take a deep breath. Get back on that horse that threw you off as quickly as possible.

6. Hold yourself accountable. Review your resolution on a regular basis against established measurements. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Be ready to change or add to you resolutions if you see an opportunity to improve them.
“Getting ‘psyched up’ is helpful for creating motivation before January 1; but after the New Year comes, it’s perspiration time,” declares Dr. Norcross.

Remember this admonition: “Good resolutions are a pleasant crop to sow. The seeds spring up readily, and the blossoms open so soon with such a brave show. But when the time for flowers has passed, what as to the fruit?”

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

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