Are You Already Living Your 2013 New Year’s Resolution? (#2)

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Are You Already Living Your 2013 New Year’s Resolution?

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 Why is it so difficult to start living your 2013 New Year’s resolution and to make it stick for more than just a few days or weeks?

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 As outlined in my recently released book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve Your Mission in Life, there are three steps you can follow to live a more meaningful life:

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Step1: Become 100 percent accountable for the decisions you make (and not make) in your life.

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Step 2: Develop and record in writing your personal mission statement.

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Step 3: Live your mission 24/7.

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 In this newsletter, I am going to cover the third step, aimed at helping those who have already decided to make a set of specific improvements in their life (step 1) and have written them down in the form of a New Year ‘s resolution (step 2). In future newsletters, I will come back to the first and second steps.

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 Think of your recently drafted New Year’s resolution as the script for a three-act play to live your mission 24/7.

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 Act 1 is about setting a specific day and time of the week to plan the following week’s tasks and review the previous week’s activities. I prefer to do this on Sunday evenings, after the weekend activities are over and I am thinking about what I want to accomplish the following week. Schedule in your electronic calendar or physical agenda a 30-minute appointment with yourself, for the next 52 weeks. If Sundays are not good for you, then try Monday mornings. The important thing is to schedule this 30-minute session for the next 52 weeks.

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 In Act 2, you actually hold these 30-minute planning and review sessions. I recommend you start simple and gradually become more sophisticated with the type and amount of activities you plan. Three things to cover in these sessions:

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  • Review your recently drafted New Year’s resolution and determine which one area you will execute during the following week.
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  • Pick the one new activity you will do differently next week. For example, if you committed to lose weight in 2013, you can commit to exercise or watch your food intake. Whatever you pick, I suggest you start small and simple versus trying to aim for a full-fledged exercise program and a hard-core diet. What about walking 15 minutes before breakfast, at your lunch break, or when you return home in the evening? How about adding a new and nutritious food to one of your meals during the week? Remember, it’s more important to create a routine that you can maintain for the rest of the year rather than attempting to achieve fast results.
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  • Starting with the second session, review if what you scheduled to do the previous week actually happened. Say you committed to eat one new food in the week that is ending. Review if you delivered on your commitment or not. If you did, congratulations! You are on your way to living your mission 24/7. If you didn’t, then analyze what happened and give it a second try the next week. Remember to take baby steps first.
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 In Act 3, you allocate the first five minutes of each day to glance at both your New Year’s resolution and your weekly plan to determine what specific activity you will execute that day. If you committed to walk 15 minutes every day, then this is the time to decide if this walk will happen before breakfast, at lunchtime or in the evening.

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This combination of weekly-daily sessions should increase the odds of living your New Year’s resolution 24/7, and as a result, allow you to live a more meaningful life.

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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from the American businessman and inventor Thomas Edison:  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Persevere in trying to execute your 2013 resolution. As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\nwww.thebusinessapostolate.com

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