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First Book – Thank you!

I published my first book, Greater Than, 3 weeks ago and I’ve averaged 100 downloads a week.  Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out.

Did you know that a third of people who made New Year’s Resolutions have already dropped them?  Greater Than has a lot of tools and tricks that can help.  Please share this link.  Someone you know may need the help.

 

I’ve started working on my second book, all about breaking bad habits.  What bad habits are you trying to break?  What strategies have you used to break bad habits before?  What has worked for you?  What are your obstacles?

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Don’t be overwhelmed

Many of us have started New Year’s Resolutions again this year.  One of the most common reasons that we fail to achieve our resolution is that we try for too much at once.  The trick to build sustainable change in your life is to break down the habits you are either trying to change or add to your life into as small bits as you reasonably can.  Then work on the easiest one of those bits.  Once that becomes a habit, then add the next easiest.

For example, I know someone who is working to cut sugar dramatically out of her diet.  She doesn’t have a “sugar habit.”  She has a series of habits built around sugar.  For example, she takes one of those fiber bars with her when she picks up the kids and another fiber bar when she goes to bed.  She has a dessert nearly every night.  There are other pieces but this is enough for an example.  The fiber bar that she has right before bed is the easiest one for her to go without.  That is the one she is dropping first.

Excerpt from Greater Than

Today is New Year’s Day.  It is day made for change and recommitment.  Chapter 8 from Greater Than seemed appropriate for today.  The book is available on Amazon today for free.  I hope you enjoy it.

Have a wonderful, challenging and productive New Year!!!

Chapter 8 – Today is greater than tomorrow

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

Too frequently we get stuck in analysis paralysis.  Not only does this phrase rhyme and roll off the tongue nicely, it succinctly sums up what many of us do at some point in our lives.  Analysis paralysis is when we are too afraid to move forward, we use “not having enough information” as an excuse to not take any action.  It sounds like, “I’ll start my diet once I read the book on the caveman diet.”  Of course, after they read the caveman diet, they will put it off another week because they need to go shopping for special caveman food.  I don’t know what caveman food is.  I haven’t read the book.  And then they…… I don’t know what it will be but it will be some excuse to not take action.  Of course, people say these things while eating their eighth slice of cake from their failure party.

How do you avoid analysis paralysis?  Break your goal down into small pieces.  Some pieces will require more information.  Some won’t.  Start working on those pieces where you know enough today to take some action.  Any action.  For those pieces that you need to know more, define exactly what you need to know just to take one more step forward.  Once you learn a little, take a step forward.  Learn more, then take another step.  The important thing is to take action today.

Happy New Year

Tomorrow we’ll party.  The day after we will recover from the partying.  That makes today a perfect day to prepare for the new year.  I recently published a book Greater Than that is perfect for helping people get started on New Year’s Resolutions.  The whole concept of the book is to read it in under an hour and get right to applying various tools your life right away.

Greater Than is free through January 1st, so download it now.

Above all else, I wish you a great new year.

Free book for New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve made my book Greater Than available for free on Amazon for a limited time.  While Greater Than is a made for anyone seeking to achieve more in their life, it is very relevant for someone trying to make and keep resolutions.

This free offer is only available for a few days, so please take advantage of it.  Do you know someone who needs a little help with getting started?  Share Greater Than with them, especially now that it is free.  We could all use some help some times.

Don’t be one of the 92%

The University of Scranton teamed with the Journal of Clinical Psychology and reviewed New Year’s Resolutions (See summary here).  Only 8% of the population succeeded at their prior year’s New Year’s Resolutions.  25% of people drop their New Year’s Resolution by the end of the first week.  A third of people drop their resolution by the end of the first month.

There are a number of factors influencing resolution success.  A very typical issue is that people tend to NOT plan out how they are going to actually achieve their resolution.  The most common resolution is losing weight.  Losing weight comes down to three factors; eating fewer calories, eating healthier and moving more.  To be successful at achieving a weight loss resolution, a person needs to plan out how are they going to track and reduce calories, how are they going to ensure they eat more and how are they going to move more.  While it is ok for the goal to be a little lose, the more specific a person is on how he/she will accomplish the actions that lead to achieving the goal, the more likely he/she will lose the weight.

Be very specific on your action plans.  Ask yourself the five “W” and an “H” questions.  What are you going to do?  Why are you doing this action?  When will you do it?  Where will you do it?  Who are you going to do it with?  Finally, How are you going to do it?  Once you have these questions all laid out, put your action plans in your calendar and set reminders on your phone.  Look over your plan.  Are their any obstacles to accomplishing the plan as you laid out?  Address them now.  If you say you are going to go to the gym at 6 am every morning but your schedule has you getting to bed at 2 am, your plan probably isn’t going to work for long.  You are better off addressing these issues before you even start.

I’ve recently published a book Greater Than that is very appropriate for achieving New Year’s Resolutions.   Greater Than is the first in the series The Little Book Series for Big Success.  Each book in this series is meant to be read in under an hour and is constructed in a way where you can start applying its techniques immediately.  Greater Than give thirteen different tools, techniques and strategies that will help you reach your resolution goals.

Please like or share if you know someone who needs a little help with their resolutions.  We all could use a little help once in awhile.

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New Year’s Resolutions Begins in 22 Days

There are only 21 days left in 2015.  Then we launch into the new year.  It is a year full of promise and of change, just like every year before it.  Our lives will change over those 366 days (2016 is a leap year).  In some ways, those changes will be for the good.  In some ways, those changes will hurt or frustrate us.  Many of us can look forward to new careers, new partners, new cities and new homes.  The only thing we know for certain is that we will face change.

The questions that each of us must answer for ourselves is who is going to determine what changes will happen in our lives and who is going to determine how those changes affect us.  Will you let others decide which changes are going to happen to you?  Or, instead, are you going to take charge of your own live and make those changes you want to happen?  A powerful way to take charge of your life in 2016 is to start strong with positive and healthy New Year Resolutions.  Even better would be to start your resolutions today!

According to a University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology study, only 8% of people are successful in their resolutions.  In fact, 25% of people drop their resolution within the first week of the year. A third of people don’t make it to the end of January.  The most common resolutions involve self-improvement/education (47%), weight related (38%), money related (34%) and then relationship related (31%).

With so few people actually keeping their resolutions, why do I suggest that people start the year with good/strong resolutions?  Because you can make resolutions that work and because even if you don’t completely fulfill your resolution, you can make forward progress toward your goal.  Something powerful to keep in mind in creating resolutions is to focus on small, incremental and continuous positive changes.  Your changes should be small enough that they are accomplishable for you but built in a way that they will accumulate to significant changes over time.

Here are a few tips on how to keep resolutions:

1.) Write it down – be specific.  What is it that you want to accomplish and when?

2.) Make a plan – Determine whats actions you plan to take to get the results.  For example, while your resolution may be to lose 50 pounds, create a plan to count/cut back on calories, make healthier food choices and exercise.  The most specific you are with your action steps, the more likely you will be able to keep them.

3.) Have you actions build over time – while you may have a resolution to go to the gym for 90 minutes five days a week, it isn’t likely that you are going to do right away.  Build that into your plan.  Perhaps start with 30 minutes three times a week with a plan to build to 45 minutes four times a week in February.  For many people, this start small but building action plan will get them started and keep them going.  The risk is that you may never build up to your original resolution but even settling for 45 minutes for days a week is much better than zero minutes seven days a week!

What are your resolutions?  What change are you committed to making in your life?