Now that the new year is underway, a fresh start has been offered to all to achieve the goals we have set in our declared “New Years Resolutions”! So how’s it going? How many of you are on your way to shedding those extra 20 pounds you’ve gained, quit smoking, improved those less than passionate relationships, organized your daily lives, created more balance between work and family, or whatever it is that you desired to change? Are you finding success in your efforts to achieve your goals?

When an individual observes positive change beginning to occur as a result of their declaration to reach a goal, tremendous energy is gained much like igniting a fire within. Such energy helps fuel the effort it takes to reach a goal. Are you feeling ignited in this way? Do not be discouraged if you are among those who have declared to change and are yet, once again, confused as to why you cannot make the changes you wish to gain in order to live your life to the fullest.

Making a “resolution” to change a detrimental habit is both courageous and admirable! This is an excellent first step to achieving your goal. Unfortunately, creating a goal is only the first step. In order to truly achieve positive change, a plan of action must be developed to allow you to take the steps necessary to reach your goal. Without a plan of action including specific action steps that are measurable, achievable, realistic and timed, permanent change is unlikely to occur. Such a plan is known as a S-M-A-R-T plan. Those people who achieve extraordinary goals in life are not just lucky. Their success is due in part to the plan of action they created to help them get into immediate action. People who succeed dedicate themselves to continuous improvement on a consistent basis. In order to change you must have a strategy, some step-by-step action plans for changing how you think, feel, and what you do every single day you are alive.

In combination with creating a SMART plan, one must also examine what limiting beliefs have interfered with their success in the past. Often times we fail to achieve our goals because we have limiting beliefs that sabotage our efforts. A limited belief can also be referred to as a “gremlin”. Your gremlin is the narrator in your head that has influenced you since you came into the world and continues to accompany you as you travel through each day. Sadly, your gremlin’s goal is to squelch the natural, vibrant you that is within you. Given such insight, it is evident to see that allowing your gremlin to feed you your belief of the world or of what you are capable of is not going to be beneficial in allowing you to live your life to the fullest.

Keep in mind that you have the power to choose what you think. You may, at anytime, replace a negative thought with a more empowering one. Positive self talk ignites the energy you will need to fuel you as you move towards reaching your goals!

Elizabeth Savino is a Personal Life Coach and founder of Sole Life Coaching. She specializes in working with women in transition and promoting empowerment to promote positive change. Elizabeth graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Special Education. She has studied coaching through Mentor Coach and Coach U, coaching schools recognized by the International Coach Federation of which she a member.

Sole Life Coaching, Pennington, NJ. 609-737-9980. email: esav1@aol.com www. elizabethsavino.com

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