For a new life in the new year, take action!

Written by Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

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In his book, How People Change, Allen Wheelis pointed out that changing yourself is pretty simple. If you want to stop being a thief, don't steal. If you want to be a writer, write. Sounds simple -- but it works. Sometimes, if you are lucky, external events force you to change in a positive direction. Rentrepparttar video The Closet (Le Placard). The hero begins as a stereotypically dull accountant. As people begin to believe he is gay, they treat him differently -- and he grows into a new, more powerful person. Can't get moving? If you are really, really unhappy, but you can't get yourself to take even one action step to change your situation, consider some form of psychotherapy. Sometimes you are at a point in your life when it's time to do nothing, but inability to act can signal serious problems, such as clinical depression. Do you want to think out loud about which action to take? Do you want someone to share your thoughts as you try out different actions? Moving -- but you're not sure in which direction you want to end up? These questions suggest you can get help from a career or life coach. Maybe you believe in New Year's Resolutions, or maybe you like to take life as it comes. Regardless, I can promise your 2002 will bring exciting new changes and directions...if you jump off that couch and begin taking action. This article is based on my ebook 9 Magic Keys to Career Freedom .

Cathy Goodwin, PhD, is an author, speaker and career consultant. For her free Career Freedom ezine, email This article comes form her ebook: Email: Phone: 505-534-4294.

"Three Best Things"

Written by Gary Lockwood

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I just didn't wantrepparttar negatives to be their primary focus. I wanted my sons to see pastrepparttar 131411 unpleasantness around them and experiencerepparttar 131412 positive.

How many times do you end your day stewing about? The heavy traffic The report that didn't get finished People who haven't returned your calls Deals that are dragging on The computer's not working correctly And on, and on, and on.

I am not suggesting that you ignorerepparttar 131413 challenges in your life. I AM suggesting that you just not dwell there.

Successful entrepreneurs develop their positive attitudes because they feed on progress.

Atrepparttar 131414 end of each day, instead of recounting allrepparttar 131415 difficulties and all that remains undone, write your accomplishments. Writerepparttar 131416 three most positive, interesting things that happened to you this day (the fun-est things). You can literally end each day on a positive note by jotting downrepparttar 131417 three best things that happened this day.

These may be things that happened to you, people around you, events that just felt good to you, or just a sunny day. Some ofrepparttar 131418 most rewarding things to capture are your own actions. Often, there is no one around to acknowledge your achievements, especially those little ones that happen inrepparttar 131419 course ofrepparttar 131420 day. By focusing a few minutes on your accomplishments, you give yourself a little pat onrepparttar 131421 back and recognize progress, even when small.

Having a positive attitude toward your business and toward life in general may be one ofrepparttar 131422 most important characteristics of success- ful people. In my years of experience as a Business Coach, I have observed many successful entrepreneurs. With very few exceptions, those who are successful and happy have developed and maintained a positive outlook.

A positive attitude is not accidental. Successful entrepreneurs know how to create a positive attitude for themselves. They don't just wait for it to happen.

Start today. Write down or tell someone aboutrepparttar 131423 three best things that happened today. This recognition ofrepparttar 131424 positive things in your life will restore your confidence and your sense of well-being. You will likely gain a new perspective, a higher energy level and increased creativity.

Start now. "What wasrepparttar 131425 fun-est thing *you* did today"?

Gary Lockwood, Your Business Coach, is Increasing Effectiveness and Enhancing Lives of CEOs, business owners and professionals. Get Gary's Free newsletter - or send any blank email to Email: Web:

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