I\'ve Blown My Resolutions - Now What?

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A talk on failed resolutions and what to do next given on Feb 2, 2011

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I\'ve Blown My Resolutions - Now What?

  1. 1. What’s A Resolution?
  2. 2. A commitment an individual makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of habits.
  3. 3. New Year’s Resolutions <ul><li>Done for centuries </li></ul><ul><li>2000 BCE – Babylonians returned borrowed items </li></ul><ul><li>154 BCE - Roman Senate and the god Janus </li></ul><ul><li>1772 – Jonathan Edwards’ “Resolutions” </li></ul><ul><li>1738 – “Poor Richards Almanac” </li></ul><ul><li>1821 – Charles Lamb’s Essay </li></ul><ul><li>1948 – Errol Flynn/Ronald Reagan </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ I’ve Blown My Resolutions – Now What?”
  5. 5. Agenda <ul><li>You’re Not Alone – Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Top Resolutions </li></ul><ul><li>Why You “Fail” </li></ul><ul><li>Einstein’s Saying - Insanity </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm Shift </li></ul><ul><li>Mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization – December 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  6. 6. You’re Not Alone <ul><li>42 – 46% of Americans make resolutions </li></ul><ul><li>52% are confident of success with their goals </li></ul><ul><li>12% actually achieved their goals </li></ul><ul><li>78% of those who make resolutions fail </li></ul><ul><li>Men – 22% more likely when there is goal-setting (S.M.A.R.T.) </li></ul><ul><li>Women – 10% more likely when they make their goals public and have a support from their friends </li></ul>
  7. 7. Top Resolutions <ul><li>Improve Health (Lose weight, quit smoking, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve finances (lower debt, save $) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve career (get a better job) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve education (grades, learn another language) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve self (more organized, manage time) </li></ul><ul><li>Take a trip </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer to help others </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why You Fail <ul><li>Because you made a “resolution” – Why wait till New Years? </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of specificity – “Lose weight” </li></ul><ul><li>No plan on HOW to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Out of alignment with your personal goals </li></ul><ul><li>No introspection - vision </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of drive/confidence – spiral </li></ul><ul><li>Too many at once </li></ul><ul><li>Unrealistic </li></ul>
  9. 9. Albert Einstein <ul><li>Insanity – Doing things the same way and expecting different results </li></ul><ul><li>If you’ve “fallen down” this year, chances are you’ve “fallen” in previous years </li></ul><ul><li>Stop it! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Paradigm Shift <ul><li>More that 20 cents! </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing practice of eschewing resolutions </li></ul><ul><li>If it’s important, why wait? </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a “holistic” view of “you” </li></ul><ul><li>Introspection and emotional intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>What/who do I want to be? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mindset <ul><li>Think: Who/what do I want to be? </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities does this “Me 2.0” have? </li></ul><ul><li>What will it look like in December 2011? </li></ul><ul><li>Dress? Job? Income? Values? Beliefs? Goals? Successes? Handling of setbacks? Habits? </li></ul><ul><li>Write a brief description that answers these questions. (Helps visualation) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Visualization – December 2011 <ul><li>Paper and pen/pencil </li></ul><ul><li>Take a moment – visualize yourself in December 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>What will you do NOW – TODAY that will move you toward that vision? </li></ul><ul><li>Be Specific!! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tips to Help <ul><li>Take some time to reflect </li></ul><ul><li>No big, grand pronouncements…Let your actions and “You 2.0” do the talking </li></ul><ul><li>Like Nike…”Just Do It!” </li></ul><ul><li>Actions speak louder than words – ALWAYS! </li></ul><ul><li>Carry yourself like “You 2.0” NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>Behave as if you’re already “there.” </li></ul><ul><li>If you do fall off…Get back on. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Now What? Questions?
  15. 15. Find and Follow Me <ul><li>Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tonygates44 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tonygates44 </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tonygates44 </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://www.thatsthepoint44.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  16. 16. What That Means…. If you’re not tweeting, or using social media, your competition IS!!

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