Saturday, December 31, 2016

#1 Motivational Book: Project You Words of Wisdom

Also #1 Self-Help Book in Kindle Store 

We are amazed and thrilled that we have the #1 Motivational book and the #1 Self-Help book in the Amazon Kindle store as the year comes to an end.

Thank you to all our readers who have read either the Kindle version or the paperback version and then recommended the book to colleagues, friends, and family.

Project You: Words of Wisdom is full of motivational quotes, tips and ideas on how to Live A Determined Life.

Top ranked motivational and self-help book in Amazon Kindle store
Top-Ranked Motivational Book in Kindle Store 

To celebrate, Project You: Words of Wisdom will be FREE in the Kindle store through January 3, 2017. After that the price reverts to $3.88. The paperback version is also available at $6.45.

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The Reasons Personal Change Initiatives Fail

Overcoming the Hurdles to Personal Change 

The New Year is a time for a fresh start, a new set of challenges, a new list of personal objectives and goals. 

Typical New Year’s Resolutions lists include actions such as losing weight, paying off debt, exercising more, changing jobs, getting better organized, traveling to a particular place, and reading more books.

All of which, of course, require personal change.

Unfortunately we all fail, at times, to successfully make a personal change in our respective lives. Sometimes we learn from these failures; other times we do not.

Perhaps the most obvious example of failed personal change initiatives takes place during the annual New Year's Resolution ritual. Despite an abundance of motivation and sense of purpose assigned to these, the fact is that the large majority of New Year's Resolutions are abandoned within the first 90 days of each year. 

Why is this so?

There are many reasons for this, but the main ones we believe that contribute the most to any personal change effort failing to achieve the desired outcome are: 
  • People do not make them top of mind -- every day. 
  • Too many initiatives are attempted simultaneously. The typical New Year's Resolution list often reaches double-digit figures. 
  • No prioritization. 
  • People are not willing to say "no" to distractions and other initiatives. 
  • No action plans. Often New Year's Resolutions lists are merely just wishing thinking that change will somehow magically happen. 
  • We do not make the change into a daily habit. 
  • We do not allow others to hold ourselves accountable, preferring to keep our change initiatives private to ourselves. 
  • Goals are not quantifiable, and there are no interim milestones set. 
  • We do not track our progress or keep journals, so we don't know what is working and what is hindering our progress. 
According to some scientific research, it takes on average 66 days for a new behavior to become a new habit. That's a little over two months! 

Now wonder so many people give up and abandon their personal change initiatives before reaching success. They typically quit too early in the process, often because they underestimate the time required to fully inculcate and instill a new behavior or a new change into their daily routines. 

Do not let this happen to you. Use the above list as a guideline to help ensure that you do not let these typical hurdles become hardened obstacles that prevent you fro successfully achieving your personal change initiatives. 

For more tips on how to overcome these hurdles, see our 7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Change.

And read yesterday's blog post on the 8 Steps for Making Successful New Year's Resolutions

These tips and techniques will help put you on a more successful path for achieving all you want to accomplish in 2017.

Lastly, to help you get and stay motivated throughout the year, our book Project You: Words of Wisdom, the current #1 motivational and self help book in the Amazon Kindle store, is free in Kindle format from now through January 3rd. It's also available in paperback for just $6.45. Get your copy now by clicking this link:  Project You Words of Wisdom

We wish you continued success in 2017. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

8 Steps for Making Successful New Year's Resolutions

How To Make and Keep New Year's Resolutions 

It’s that time of year again. Time to wash away the past 12 months and start the New Year afresh with new (or revised) goals, desires, and plans. 

And that means it is time for the annual ritual of New Year’s Resolutions. 

This ritual reportedly began with the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to the gods in order to receive their favor and start the New Year off right. Of course, back then a new year began in March with the first full moon following the vernal equinox. 

While New Year’s Resolutions may be an annual ritual, it is not a very successful practice. Research shows that the large majority of New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned within the first 90 days of the year. 

To help you keep your own personal New Year’s Resolutions going past the end of March, here are 8 steps for making (and keeping) successful resolutions: 

1.  Understand the WHY behind each of your goals and desires. This takes a bit of time and reflection, but it is crucial that you internalize why a goal is significant and important to you. If you don't, it is too easy to toss the resolution aside when you hit obstacles and hurdles. 

2.   Visualize the outcome and your results. What will success look like? How will you feel when your goal is accomplished? Who will you tell? How will they react? Focus on your feelings, for positive feelings are powerful motivators and you can call upon these if you lose momentum or hit some temporary setback.

3.   Create specific details for each goal on your list:
      a) write out the purpose of the goal (i.e. feeling better about yourself may be the purpose for losing weight).
      b) write down how you will make this goal a priority throughout the coming year, or until it is accomplished.
      c) list the Key Action Steps you need to take (with specific deadlines if appropriate).
      d) list all the available resources to help you achieve the goal
      e) create a list of additional resources you may need (this may include people, knowledge, tools, funds, or even time).
      f) make a list of reference links to information, tools, data, and motivational quotes you may need to call upon.
4.  Use our Personal Change Action Plan template to create a 30-60-90 day action plan for each goal. It’s free. It’s easy to use. You can modify it to suit your needs if you want. No more excuses. Go to our Personal Change Action Plan, copy it, and use it.
5.   Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the journey to success. Most likely the road will not be smooth and even. There will be bumps, hurdles, and obstacles along the way. How will you overcome these? What are your personal sources of motivation? Need some help in this area? Our book Project You: Words of Wisdom is free in the Amazon Kindle store (Dec 30, 2016 – Jan 3, 2017). In it you will find a wide range of motivational quotations on all aspects of life. Download Project You: Words of Wisdom now. 
6.  Make a commitment to yourself — a PROMISE to yourself —that you will maintain resilience and perseverance until your goal is accomplished.
7.  As you progress toward your goal, focus on accomplishments, not gaps. Hence, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds, and by the end of February you are down five pounds, focus on this accomplishment, not the 10 more pounds left to go.
8.  Celebrate achievements and milestones along the way. Lost that first five pounds? Good, now go celebrate. Reward yourself. Even with a slice or two of pizza if you want (but not the whole pizza!).

Here are two other articles to help you achieve your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:

We wish you continued success in 2017.