Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Is This the Year To Kick Guilt Ridden New Years Resolutions to the Curb?

ResolutionImage by sneeu via FlickrBy Maria Marsala

Even with the best of intentions, New Year's resolutions come and go.

For many, they end up causing more stress and guilt than they're worth. Instead, read on to learn about a simple and easy way to keep yourself focused throughout the entire year.

In general, themes are uplifting.

Have you ever gone to a birthday party and asked people to bring gifts with a "garden" or "fishing" theme? I know someone who asked people to bring something they made themselves! What a wonderful idea!

Well a personal theme can help you get what you want out of life, too. Anyone who is evolving can be helped considerably by having a terrific support network. Well, themes are part of a person's support structure, the part that comes from the inside.

When you create a theme for the year (or month, or quarter), you will be automatically pushed forward toward your goals. Why? Your theme helps keep you focused by providing you with a starting point during your decision making process. So important are themes, that creating one is the first of 24 steps towards creating a strong "Personal Foundation," a personal development program that many coaches offer their clients.

Themes can be a few words or even one word to describe what you want to accomplish for the year. What's important is, once created, it inspires you into action and is easy to remember. I recommend that you write your theme on index cards and place them strategically around your home and office. A theme located near your mirror or designed on a poster for your office is a quick reminder of what you want to manifest.

Some examples of personal themes are...

  • Forgive.
  • I'm worth it!
  • Financial freedom here I come!
  • Move'n on.
  • Have fun, fun, fun in all I do!
  • Put down roots.
  • Be present, present be.
  • Be a successful me.
  • Big leaps of faith
  • Action, action, action
  • Enjoying all I have
Examples of business themes are...

  • Do it or dump it.
  • Time is valuable.
  • Prosperity first.
  • Move'n on.
  • No more Lone Ranger.
  • Ask for help, even when you don't need it.
  • Free is not me.
Some options for theme creating are:

  • Your personal yearly theme.
  • A family theme.
  • A theme for a project.
  • A theme for a party or event.
  • An Office theme.
  • Your theme ideas here.
Today, right this moment, is a great time to create your yearly themes for the next 12 months.

C. 2010 Elevating Your Business. Maria Marsala is a former Wall Street trader, business coach, profit advisor, speaker, and author of eight workbooks geared toward helping CEOs, presidents, and executives from the financial sectors build bigger businesses without sacrificing their personal lives.

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