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The Importance of Resolutions

one page of a calendarI’m writing this at the end of December 2015 and sitting outside determining 2016 Resolutions I’d like to share with you. I believe in resolutions as a way to give you a benchmark upon which to start things off right. Whether your resolutions are 100% kept or not, it’s important to make them.

Why Have Resolutions?

Resolutions declare a new way of being and acting. They say to the world, “this is how I’ll operate this year, this is my intention.” To strengthen your adherence to them, share them with your family/friends. Make them public, so to speak. Ask friends, family and associates for their support. It’s good for you and it inspires others.

To that end, here are my resolutions for 2016.

Listen First, Speak Second

I’ve often blogged about the importance of listening. I’m always amazed at how forthcoming people are when I forge a climate of interest in them. The more they share, the more I’m able to offer coaching that’s in-line with their desires.

Be Grateful

I start my day thinking of twenty people/aspects of my life I’m grateful for. This transforms my energy and prepares me for my day. Being grateful for what you have and for those with whom you share it is a great character trait. So, I will continue my daily practice of consciously being grateful.

Make Lemonade Out of Lemons

I’ve learned from my wife, Ellen, that life often serves you lemons. The miracle is turning these foibles/challenges into lemonade. It starts with your declaration to do this, once you’ve declared it you can then manage the challenge in a positive-solution way. I’ll focus this year even more on how to take those challenges and make them work for me and my clients. Let’s all raise a glass of lemonade. Cheers!

Over-communicate with Clients

Over communicating says I’m committed to partnering with you. The more you edify your client/stakeholder, the more receptive they’ll be to your ideas/recommendations.

If you wish to, please share you top resolutions with me so that I can support you in your goals. In the meantime, I wish you the best of success, prosperity and fulfillment in 2016!