MAKE 2014 YOUR BEST YEAR YET! Twelve Principles of Producing Results

by marilyn on January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!


Did you know that most New Year’s resolutions are broken by January 17th . I didn’t know that but heard it on Good Morning America, I think, this morning. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it’s safe to say, by the end of January. So, why is that?


The most common resolutions:  lose weight and get fit, quit smoking, learn something new, eat healthier, drink less, get out of debt and save money, spend more time with family, travel to new places, less stress, volunteer and do good.


Any of them sound familiar?


We all pretty much know what we need to do, but somehow don’t do it! You want to lose weight. Simple: eat less, exercise more. Done? Not so easy. Change is hard – well-known educator Robert Keegan calls it “immunity to change’ – and most people don’t have a clue about what stops them. The factors are a broad mix but start with the right balance of action and mindset. Now that we’re at the time of year for New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to share 12 ideas with you that support the right balance of both.  In fact, if you practice one principle a month until you nail it, 2014 will be truly amazing for you!


1.  The Foolproof Combination of Action and Attitude- Positive lasting improvement comes from improving both Action and Attitude at once.


It’s obvious that a good attitude goes further than a lousy one, but attitude alone is not enough. It’s necessary, but not sufficient. It’s also important to take the right actions.


2.  Practice “Gold Time” Management- Spend your time on important, not urgent activities         . . . the ones that will make the biggest difference to you but because they are not urgent, are most likely to be delayed.


3.  Manage Your Thoughts and Feelings- Your thoughts and feelings lead directly to what you produce. It’s not magic, but simply the result of focus and attention. Once you start to think about what you really want, you notice signs that lead you to it. They were there all along but you never paid attention. Managing feelings is probably the most challenging. The ones hardest to deal with anger, disappointment, fear, impatience, frustration, rejection, the need to look good in the eyes of others (or to yourself).


4.  Demonstrate Commitment- Be proactive. Focus on the actions and activities that produce the results you want (and give up those that don’t!)


Consistency is the key. Spend only as much time as you have on your but do it consistently. 10 minutes a day is better than an hour whenever the mood strikes. Be disciplined. Then enroll others to help you. Get an exercise buddy, an accountability partner for your business and other goals.


5.  Play the Game- It will keep your attention on what you want rather than on issues, obstacles and problems.


Playing the game is a great way to challenge yourself. Set a measurable goal  and play against yourself. Create “dials.” These are similar to the measures on the airplane: Fuel, Speed, Altitude. You need to watch all three at all times. Figure our what your are. For example, to lose weight, they might be: Eat Better Food and Less of it , Exercise Regularly, Track Both.


6.  Focus, focus, focus. The results you get will usually match your expectation. If you are going for something but the little voice in the back of your mind is arguing against you, you’re cooked. Most of us don’t even recognize what our subconscious mind is telling us. If you are present to those feelings, you have a choice—listen to them or override them.


7.  Keep an Eye on the Plan- Always know where you are at relative to your goals Use traffic lights (green-yellow-red) to measure how well you are doing and get clues about what you need to do more work on. For example:


  • Eat Better – green. Going well. Keep it up
  • Exercise 3 times/ week – yellow.  Calendar times in.
  • Track my results – red. Not happening. Start immediately. Get an accountability partner to check in with me. Otherwise I know I’ll fall back.

8.  Get and Use Support


    Don’t attempt to make important changes on your own. Find people to coach you, mentor you, support you. Learn to reach out, ask questions and, above all, don’t be afraid of sounding or appearing “stupid.”


9. Motivate Yourself-  True motivation comes from within


   You need to really want what you are pursuing to make it happen. It starts with    believing it’s possible to achieve but it’s motivation and follow through that makes it happen


10. Take Care of Yourself


   Maybe it sounds silly to make this a principle but the truth is most of us don’t. Taking care of yourself involves eating well, getting enough sleep and exercise, taking time off, having your relationships and  financial house in order. It also involves looking after your emotions – surrounding yourself with the right people, keeping stress at a minimum.


11.Generate Abundance. Examine how you truly feel about yourself and money.


To truly generate abundance, it’s important to understand your relationship with money. Has it always been a “struggle”? a source of conflict? or a source of wellbeing, fun pleasure and the ability to give to others? Two books worth reading: T Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind and The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment by Maria Nemeth.


12.Help Others. Help others produce the results they want and you will be helped as well.


In networking circles it’s said, “givers gain” That principle seems to be true in general. When you help others, it will come back to you. Perhaps indirectly but it will.

The 12 Principles are based on Your Best Year Yet!: Ten Questions for Making the Next Twelve Months Your Most Successful Ever by Jinny Ditzler. Best Year Yet personal and business strategic planning programs can be set up online for free at




















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