Resolve to Be More Effective

Posted: January 2, 2015 in Achieving your Goals
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For this New Year, I would like to share a solution that can help you make more progress in your goals, so you won’t continue to have the same resolutions year after year. For a long time, I felt that I was like a hamster on a wheel, I was being productive and using a lot of energy but not getting anywhere. The old adage is true, you can make more progress working smarter not harder.

We can have specific goals but approach them the wrong way. One of the reasons people quit their resolution is because as they start the process, their approach doesn’t fit their strengths and it becomes too difficult to maintain an activity that magnifies their weaknesses.

For example, if I had a goal to lose weight and my approach is to run on a treadmill for 30 minutes, 4 times a week. Okay that goal is realistic for me to manage but plays on my weaknesses and not my strengths. I get bored with doing the same thing repetitively so after a while I would get tired of doing the same activity over and over again. Also, one of my top strengths is connectedness, so that means I enjoy doing things with other people.

If I want to set myself up to succeed, I would choose a physical activity that I enjoy that involves other people. For me that would be dancing which also would keep me interested because I can do a variety of moves. Self awareness is an essential key to success in many areas of life.

If you are interested in learning what your top strengths are so you can incorporate them into your goal setting and make more progress this year, I would recommend taking a strengths assessment like Strengths Finder, for $10. I normally don’t recommend products but since this one has drastically improved my productivity, I wanted to share it with you so you have the tools to be successful this year.


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