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It all starts with accountability…

Recently I noted that I was going to start blogging more often in 2013.  Well, here is the first one of the new year… ON the first day of the new year!  As the Old Milwaukee commercials say, “it doesn’t get any better than this!”

Sure, I can say I blogged today.  But who is to say that I will live up to my statement and post at least one blog every week?  Me.  Not you… or you… or that guy reading over your shoulder.  ME.  There is no I in this team, but there is a ME…

I’m human.  Ergo, I need reminders for a few weeks in order for this to be established as a habit.  So, my assistant Siri and I set up reminders every Sunday for the next 30 weeks.  Yes, 30 WEEKS!  I’m not saying I need that long for the habit to be cemented in my routine, but I am not giving myself ANY leeway as I start out on this challenge.

You set resolutions, I set accountability reminders.  This is my year.  It will happen.

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Just Me, Motivation, Writing

 

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Celebrate… all the time!

If you have not read Larry Winget’s books, stand back… WAY back! He is the Pitbull of Personal Development for a reason – he doesn’t hold back. He tells it like it is and steps on all 10 of your toes, your neighbor’s toes and the ones of those residing down the street! I have read several of his books and find them pointing information directly in my face with a straight-as-an-arrow index finger.

Recently he posted his 10 ANTI-resolutions on his blog. You can find them here. Again, be ready for what he offers… because he does not offer apologies. He tells it like it is and speaks volumes of information the normal person would not even broach.

#10 on his list is one of my favorites. It reads, “Celebrate. Not just at the end, but all along the way.”

This is key for ANYTHING you do – it eliminates boredom, it eliminates the same ole, same ole feeling you get when working to achieve your goals and it gives you REWARDS! Now, you have to think about the rewards you are giving yourself – don’t let a whole chocolate cake ruin the diet you have been on for months. Don’t let a vacation take you off your exercise schedule. Don’t spend $250 on a meal and put it on the credit card you have been working to pay off!

Rewarding yourself can be a pat on the back, a thank you prayer to God or even a quick shopping spree. However, rewards MUST be in moderation! You don’t want a reward to set you back from your goal.

Celebration doesn’t just fit with goals – you can celebrate not going ballistic on the boss because he is a moron. You can celebrate getting out of the bed after a hard workout or just getting up in the morning.

Whatever you do… find something to celebrate and smile! If nothing else, people wonder what you are up to!

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in Motivation, Writing

 

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