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New Year…Better Me!

So many people posting New Year…New Me! (Those are probably the same people who still make – and don’t keep – New Year’s Resolutions!) I have decided it is a new year, time for a BETTER me!

I don’t want a new me. (I kinda like the one I’ve gotten to know for the past 46 years…) But I do want to always be a better me. So this coming year, I’ve decided to work on improvements in my personal and professional life. Working harder AND smarter. Being better than yesterday.

I hope you’re sitting down when you read this, because I have big news. BIG news!  This weekend, I did something most of you will find VERY surprising… I joined a gym! Planet Fitness in fact, that just opened right here in Hendersonville a few weeks ago. I’ve already been for the first time, just to get acquainted and try a few things. (No need rushing into anything and overdo it, right??)

But my goal is to go back. Soon. It’s just one of many ways I plan to be a “better” me rather than a “new” me in 2017. I also want to join a new professional organization, write my first book, blog more, meet more of my online friends (you know who you are) in person, spend quality time with family and friends, finish my new website, and continue to serve humanity through the world’s greatest service organization, Rotary International.

But let’s be clear…these aren’t resolutions that I am going to abandon come mid-February. These are plans of action. If you still make resolutions, I hope yours can be kept. If you set goals, I hope you are realistic but willing to stretch. If you make plans, I hope you outline the steps you must take to finish them.

I’m counting on you all to hold me accountable (“How’s that book coming along, Tiffany?”) and also to help me grow and be better. Stay in touch  – let me know your plans (or goals or resolutions) if you want me to be one of your accountability partners. I’ll add you to my follow-up list.

We can’t do this alone, but together…wow we’re gonna be better than ever!

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New Month Resolutions 2013

If you’re like most people, every January it’s the same old story…you make “New Year’s Resolutions” & vow to do things like lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, drink less, etc. Maybe you even get a little creative and resolve to pay off a debt, start recycling, go back to school, get a better job, or just be nicer to your neighbors. No matter what your resolution is, chances are you probably never actually accomplish it.

That’s why I changed my approach to “New Year’s Resolutions” a few years ago, and now I focus on “New Month Resolutions” instead. After all, why do you think most people don’t achieve their resolution goals? Because we give up after a few weeks when it has become inconvenient, difficult, or maybe even impossible, to accomplish the original goal.

So now I work on twelve different goals each year: some simple…like reconnecting with old friends or organizing my receipts & getting my taxes done, and some more difficult…like updating my resume  & demo reel or getting ready for swimsuit season. But no matter what the goal is, it’s a little bit easier knowing I only have to concentrate on one thing at a time. And once I accomplish the goal, it’s easier to make the action a routine or a habit.

If you’re one of those who can set a New Year’s Resolution and make it work for twelve months, congratulations! Let me know how you do it. And if you can’t, try a New Month Resolution and let me know how that works out too!

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New “Month” Resolutions

If you’re like most people, every January it’s the same old story…you make “New Year’s Resolutions” & vow to do things like lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, drink less, etc. Maybe you even get a little creative and resolve to pay off a debt, start recycling, go back to school, get a better job, or just be nicer to your neighbors. No matter what your resolution is, chances are you probably never actually accomplish it.

That’s why I changed my approach to “New Year’s Resolutions” a few years ago, and now I focus on “New Month Resolutions” instead. After all, why do you think most people don’t achieve their resolution goals? Because we give up after a few weeks when it has become inconvenient, difficult, or maybe even impossible, to accomplish the original goal.

So now I work on twelve different goals each year: some simple…like reconnecting with old friends (January) or organizing my receipts & getting my taxes done (March), and some more difficult…like updating my resume (February) or getting ready for swimsuit season (April). But no matter what the goal is, it’s a little bit easier knowing I only have to concentrate on one thing at a time. And once I accomplish the goal, it’s easier to make the action a routine or a habit.

I haven’t quite finished getting my tax receipts to the CPA (I still have 10 days left this month!!), but I am doing better at keeping up with old friends. I took some great trips with old friends in January and have sent several cards & made a few phone calls to others recently. Now it’s highly possible that the April resolution may get moved to May (after all, the pool doesn’t open till Memorial Day anyway…what’s the rush, right?), but if so, I’m sure I’ll come up with something else to accomplish next month.  And now that it’s in writing (by the way, starting a blog was also one of my resolutions for March), I’m giving you permission to hold me accountable for the next 8 months!

If you’re one of those who can set a New Year’s Resolution and make it work for twelve months, congratulations! Let me know how you do it. And if you can’t, try a New Month Resolution in April, and let me know how that works out too!

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