Our Defining Moments

Written by Glen Gould

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As human beings, we were designed to take action. "Do something, even if it's wrong" became a popular saying some time back and it is no wonder. We value action and loathe inactivity. Knowing this, we can determinerepparttar most powerful defining moments in our lives.

The most powerful defining moment in our life occurs immediately followingrepparttar 136288 decision not to do something. The action or lack of action at this moment leavesrepparttar 136289 greatest impression on our lives, and we aren't even aware it happens!

I decided not to lie. Five simple words that carry with itrepparttar 136290 powerful message: "I am honest. I can be trusted. I will not compromise my integrity". If we stick with this, we reaprepparttar 136291 benefits. This is a positive example. Unfortunately we have become a society of people who focus onrepparttar 136292 negative, so here's a negative example as well.

We decide to loose some weight. This is a good decision. We takerepparttar 136293 action step of planning an exercise program. Again, this is good. The defining moments to this point are those of a person who will not only loose weight, but who will also follow through, take positive action and achieve success. The next morning when we wake up and decide NOT to exercise, all this is lost and we have defined ourselves as a person who will not loose weight, will not take action and will not be a success. In addition we define ourselves as failures. Each day, a new opportunity will come to define ourselves. The more days in a row we take either action will determine which person we are:repparttar 136294 exerciser (the success) orrepparttar 136295 couch potato (the failure).

We must realizerepparttar 136296 power ofrepparttar 136297 seemingly little decisions we make all day, each day. Decisions that happen in a blink of an eye carry with themrepparttar 136298 consequences that will shape our personality, determine our integrity and control our destiny. These snippets of time are our defining moments.

Glen Gould is a Director of the Inspiration Agents, a company of individuals dedicated to having a positive impact on the lives they encounter. The Inspiration Agents develop content rich workshops, seminars and coaching sessions for individuals, companies, clubs, chambers and associations. For further information visit www.inspirationagents.com.

Make it Easier to Change those Habits

Written by Lynn Cutts

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5. No plan. Without a plan, people don’t know what actions they need to take in order to change a habit. And without defined actions, it’s too easy to slip intorepparttar default mode –repparttar 136272 old behavior. Knowing that you are going to lose those twenty-five pounds by cutting out all snacking inrepparttar 136273 evening (your personal downfall) tells you exactly what you are going to do.

6. No support. People often try to “go it alone” when they’re trying to change a habit. That only makes it nineteen times harder. Having someone who will cajole, cheer, nag and sympathize alongrepparttar 136274 way helps you stick to your guns. A support buddy reminds you why you’re doing this, celebrates your successes, and keeps you pointed inrepparttar 136275 right direction. A support buddy will be there to talk you out of eatingrepparttar 136276 entire bag of potato chips at 8:30 inrepparttar 136277 evening, no matter how loud those potato chips are calling.

So there you are, ready to change a habit without struggling. It will still take hard work and self-discipline, but it will be a lot easier to do that hard work and discipline if you avoid those six mistakes.

NOTE: You are welcome to use this article online in electronic newsletters and e-zines as long as it remains complete and unaltered (includingrepparttar 136278 "aboutrepparttar 136279 author" info). If use of this article is desired in print, you must first contact Lynn Cutts at Lynn@ManageYourMuse.com.

Copyright 2005 Lynn Cutts

Chocolate-loving Life Coach Lynn Cutts’ mission is to change the world for the better, one person at a time. At www.ManageYourMuse.com, she shares free tips, articles, games and newsletters to help you realize your dreams. Lynn offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching and self-guided programs to help you create your own boundless life. Lynn is certified by the Coaches Training Institute, and is a member of the International Coaches Federation.

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