By Keith Rosen, MCC
The Executive Sales Coach TM
The New Year brings the opportunity for change. For many of us, it’s a time to come up with resolutions. These resolutions are usually the same every year, or we stick to them for only a few weeks.
If you have ever struggled to create what you want in the New Year or to keep your resolutions, consider that your current goals and the strategies to achieve them may not serve you best.
Resolution is defined as ”the process of reducing to simpler form.” Which brings us to the paradox of resolutions: Instead of simplifying our lives, they dump more tasks, goals, or projects onto our agendas; we think that by achieving more, our lives will be more fulfilling and successful in the New Year.
In order to make and keep your resolutions with the least amount of effort, start by upgrading your attitude and your approaches. To begin, here are 10 resolutions that will enable you to maximize your potential and manage your life:
1. Quit Tolerating.
To attract new and better opportunities and results, first clear out what’s clogging up your life and create space for improvements. List the things that you tolerate and which limit productivity, cause stress, and waste time and energy. Then determine what needs to happen to eliminate these problem areas. If you no longer accept being dragged down by unwelcome events, problems, or the behaviors of others, you will stop wasting time managing these unnecessary and unwanted situations.
2. Play Your Game.
The best game to play is one where you make up your own rules. If you encounter resistance in reaching some goals, chances are it’s either something you really don’t want to be doing, an old goal that may no longer serve you, or a part of someone else’s agenda. Take the time to discover what you truly want by aligning your goals with the priorities in your life rather than with the ”shoulds.”
3. Create a Winning Routine.
Are you busy with tasks that consume you and your schedule? Do you feel that you’re fighting the clock? Design a weekly routine that complements your goals, and focus on those activities that support your objectives and enhance your lifestyle. This includes planning for the unplanned as well. Make time your ally instead of your adversary by under-promising on your personal and professional deadlines. Develop a highly effective routine, get organized, eliminate distractions, reduce stress, and manage your tasks in order to reach and exceed your goals. Check out Keith’s e-book, Time Management for Sales Professionals at www.ProfitBuilders.com.
4. Have Fun.
Let’s face it: This isn’t our practice life! Are you doing the things that bring you the most joy? Find time every day that’s yours. Shift your binoculars around to magnify your achievements rather than what you have yet to accomplish. Otherwise, when’s the big payoff?
5. Deepen Your Learning.
While we attract what we need to learn, we often resist the lessons. If similar problems keep reappearing, we have obviously missed the lesson. To accelerate success, take a lesson from every experience and person — and write it down — in order to grow and progress onto a new and improved path.
6. Expand Your Vision.
What does your ideal life look like? The fact is, we never grow past what we feel is possible. Let go of your current perceptions that inhibit your ability to explore greater possibilities and achieve more. Clarify what success looks like in every area of your life — career, relationships, health, environment, etc. It’s a lot easier to create something great when you know exactly what you’re looking for. Besides, it’s your canvass. What masterpiece do you want to create?
7. Transcend Your Beliefs.
The Korean memorial says, ”Freedom is not free.” This holds true for our thoughts as well. Old limiting beliefs often keep us prisoner and prevent us from creating greater successes. Your outlook determines your outcome. So if you believe that ”the past is responsible for one’s quality of life today,” or that ”success requires sacrifice,” or that ”this is as good as it gets,” consider challenging these assumptions and replacing them with healthier ones to better serve you. Upgrade and direct your beliefs, and do not allow them to control you.
8. Do Complete Work.
You don’t have to achieve every resolution at once. Instead of stopping and starting a task, pick one thing you want to change, create, or finish and commit to seeing it through to completion. Then move on to the next project. To tackle too many tasks at one time may mean that you are an adrenaline junkie and love the rush of working in overdrive. To prevent sporadic results and a pile of unfinished projects, get off of the adrenaline train and create the impetus that produces consistent and long-lasting results.
9. Focus on the Present.
During our quest to achieve more we often lose sight of what is occurring today. A strong focus on the future can prevent us from enjoying the hidden gifts or treasures that are already present in our lives. Keep focused on what is occurring now as opposed to what happened yesterday or what will occur in the future. Live for today while planning for tomorrow.
10. Be Fearless.
Every year we want more but fear prevents us from taking risks, so we continually produce similar results. Since fear is the negative assumption of a potential (if unlikely) outcome, shift your focus towards the positive outcome or to what you want to manifest. Ignore that which you do not want.
About Keith Rosen, MCC — The Executive Sales Coach
Keith Rosen is the executive sales coach that top corporations, executives, and sales professionals call first. As an engaging speaker, Master Coach, and well-known author of many books and articles, Keith is one of the foremost authorities on coaching people to achieve positive change in their attitude, behavior, and results. For his work as a pioneer and leader in the coaching profession, Inc. magazine and Fast Company named Keith one of the five most respected and influential executive coaches in the country.
If you’re ready for better results quickly, contact Keith about personal or team coaching and training at 1-888-262-2450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Keith Rosen online at Profit Builders and be sure to sign up for his free newsletter The Winners Path.