By Joan Endicott

 “Time is free, but it’s priceless.  You can’t own it, but you can use it.  You can’t keep it but you can spend it.  Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”  – Harvey Mackay 

Wow – it’s hard to believe 2014 is half gone.  So, how are those resolutions and goals coming?     

   The top resolutions have had consistent themes for decades: Lose weight, overall self-improvement, get healthy / in shape, or simply be more awesome than last year.

If you’re in the top 5 % who are actually on target – congratulations! If not, what you choose to do with the rest of 2014 can be the turning point for you.

   Rather than waste more time looking back with regret and dwell on what you haven’t accomplished, you can choose to reset your mindset.  Remind yourself; “I have 100% of my life left so what am I going to do with it?” 

1)      Clarity – Get clarity on what matters to you and why it matters.  If the why isn’t incredibly important to you, the rest is a moot point because you won’t stick with it. Then get clarity on where you want to be by the end of the year. Set realistic goals for what and how you plan to accomplish it. 

2)      Connect – Make connections with those you admire who’ve been there – done that. Seek wise counsel, input and advice from your mentors and role-models.   

3)      Coach – If you’re frustrated with where you’re at and how long you’ve been there, hire a qualified coach who can help you get where you want to go.  Further – faster. 

   Sadly, instead of moving forward, many embrace simply embrace a self-sabotaging thought process; “Well, I’ve already blown it so I will wait until…the first of the week, the first of the month, the first of the year to begin again. Every day offers a fresh hope and brand new opportunities to get on track – or even get back on track.  

   Trust me I can relate to the “OMGOSH – How did I get so out of shape again”? Feeling.  Then I realize, it’s not rocket science.  It was one little exception at a time.  One bite at a time, one “oh this won’t hurt me” exception at a time, and one “maybe I won’t exercise today” at a time.

In the book The Slight Edge, author Jeff Olson writes about how simple disciplines bring massive success; “The difference between success and failure is not dramatic.  In fact, the difference between success and failure is so subtle, most people miss it.  They hold the philosophy that what they do doesn’t really matter. It’s not hard to see how people come to this understanding in life.  I don’t blame them. It’s completely understandable.  It’s just not the truth.  The truth is, what you do matters.  What you do today matters.  What you do every day matters.  Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over until the compound effect kicks in.”  Olson also reminds us; “It’s never too late to start.  It’s always too late to wait.”

Award-Winning Speaker, Author of “I Get To!”®and Certified High Performance® Coach, Joan Endicott’s mission is to inspire and instruct others on how to improve their business and lives and achieve their goals. For daily inspiration, “Like” her business face book or call (208) 453-8056. For a FREE coaching strategy session:

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