Stop Procrastinating - Start Achieving Your Goals

Written by Lori Radun

Copyright 2005 Lori Radun

It has been said that 60-80% of New Yearís resolutions will be broken withinrepparttar first two weeks. In other words, a lot of people have a hard time makingrepparttar 149006 changes in their life they want to make. So you are not alone. Personally, I am not a huge advocate of New Yearís resolutions because I believe in setting and achieving personal goals all year around. That being said, I wanted to share with yourepparttar 149007 top ten ways to increaserepparttar 149008 likelihood for success with achieving your goals.

1. Stick to 1 or 2 important goals. Having a laundry list of allrepparttar 149009 things you would like to change in your life can be overwhelming. Your chances for success are much higher if you stick to 1 or 2 of your most important goals. This allows you to concentrate all your energy and focus on these goals. Once you achieve those goals, you can always set 1 or 2 more.

2. Be realistic. Itís okay to think big and wantrepparttar 149010 best, but it is more important to succeed, so be realistic. Ask yourself whether or not your goals are reasonable and possible. It is probably not realistic to setrepparttar 149011 goal of never yelling at your kids again. How will you feel about your resolution when your children test you on a very bad day and you yell? Certainly one can cut back on yelling and work to find alternative ways to deal with misbehavior, but an all or nothing attitude may set you up for failure, and feeling like youíve failed can set you up for more failure. Instead, accept and honor your humanness.

3. Be specific. Be as specific as possible when determining goals. Articulate how you will measure success and exactly what you are trying to achieve. Setting a goal to lose weight is too general. A better choice would be to set a specific and manageable goal. For example say, "I will lose 25 pounds by June 30, 2005." Be specific when answeringrepparttar 149012 what, when and how.

4. Connect to your motivation for achieving your goal. Why do you want to achieve this goal? Why now? Make sure your motivation comes from your heart, and not from your head. In other words, your goal should be something you really desire, and not something you know you SHOULD do. Really connect to why this is so important to you. Pay attention to whether or not you are being driven by fear or love. Beware of setting goals based on what someone else in your life thinks you should do. Your resolutions should come from your authentic self.

5. Examine your belief in your ability to achieve this goal. What do you believe about your ability to achieve your goals? If you have tried to reachrepparttar 149013 same goal many times before without much success, your confidence could be wavering. You could be feeding yourself negative messages without even realizing it. Be conscious about positive thinking. Remind yourself that you are capable of doing anything you set your heart to. Tell yourself every day that you haverepparttar 149014 ability to takerepparttar 149015 steps it will take to reach your goal.

Five Tips to De-stress Your Life

Written by Kathy Paauw

Copyright 2005 Kathy Paauw

I recently received this e-mail message about stress management (author unknown)Ö

------------------------ A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. "In each case, it'srepparttar same weight, butrepparttar 149005 longer I hold it,repparttar 149006 heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that'srepparttar 149007 way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens allrepparttar 149008 time, sooner or later, asrepparttar 149009 burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on." "As withrepparttar 149010 glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on withrepparttar 149011 burden." -------------------------

What burden can you put down to help you reduce stress? Notice that I did not ask if you had stress. I assume you do. The question is, what are you doing to manage or reduce it?

Iíll bet that you can identify something generating stress in your life right now that you've been carrying for a while ... something that was probably stressing you a month ago, or even a year ago. So what are you prepared to do about it? Here are five tips to help you reduce stress.

1. Identify what is burdening you right now. What do you hate about your life? What are you tolerating? By stating what you hate or are putting up with in your present circumstances, you can then identify what you want. As you answer this question, consider each ofrepparttar 149012 categories mentioned below. Make a thorough list and be specific. This list is for your eyes only, so spill onto paper whatever you hate about your present circumstances, without trying to sugar-coat how you are feeling. Here are some examples:

* Relationships: I hate feeling like I always have to be right. I hate how my son never wants to spend time with me.

* Health & Wellness: I hate being 20 pounds overweight. I hate getting so out-of-breath when I takerepparttar 149013 stairs. I hate that I am so stressed that I cannot fall asleep at night.

* Financial Health: I hate how I always defer my tax returns because I am so disorganized with my financial records. I hate how many tax deductions I forfeit because of my lousy record-keeping practices.

* Environment: I hate how my office is cluttered with piles of paper. I hate that I waste so much time looking for things. I hate how much money I waste because I have to buy something I have but cannot find. I hate that I cannot park my car inrepparttar 149014 garage because of allrepparttar 149015 junk stored in there.

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