"The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult." Marquise du Deffand

Now that we are in a new year, it is so cool to recognize how we all get to have two New Year’s in one year. The first obviously is when we will all celebrate 2010, and the second is of course our birthday.

This is a great time to take a moment and reflect on 2009. What went well for you? What goals did you set? Which ones did you meet? What did you learn this year? What would you do differently?

I can go on and on, but my advice is to make your own personal list of questions, so you can have a clear written tool in front of you to see what you would like to do in the coming year and what changes or additions you would like to add so that you can take meaningful steps towards creating what you want in your life.

No repetitive New Year’s resolution’s that nine out of ten times is forgotten before it is even seriously considered and put into action.

Think about it, how many times did you start the New Year making a statement of something you were going to do, and how many times did you follow through with it?

Make this year different, do not do the same thing and get the same result. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution this year if you never follow through with it; instead create a plan of action to put into motion.

Write down specific goals you would like to achieve, and give each a time frame. Of course you can tweak and change as time goes by if need be. But stay focused on achieving what you write down on paper. Try to achieve the smallest goals first, and work your way up to the larger ones.

Also it is better to NOT write down tons of goals and start none of them. Instead begin with a few goals, and when you achieve them, move on to create your next set.

Some may take much longer then other’s, so use your judgment as to how you are going to create a plan of constructive action that works for you.

You can start and finish a small goal, while you are working on a larger goal that is going to take more time. Allow a certain amount of time each week to look at your goals to see if anything needs to be changed, done differently, etc. In this way you are always on top of your goals, as well as always being creative in getting them done, changing them and achieving them.

Remember the most important thing is to first write them down, and second to stay focused on and check-in with how you are doing each week until they are all achieved one by one.

©Lori Snyder 2010

Author's Bio: 

Lori Snyder partners with people who are ready to begin moving their lives in a forward direction. I believe that each person hold within them powerful inner strength, that when tapped into, can help them to create positive results towards making their lives an extraordinary one. Lori is a Certified Executive/Empowerment Coach. She is also a successful speaker, writer, workshop facilitator and entrepreneur.

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