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January - February 2014 Edition

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As a new year begins, we are offered an “official” and “socially sanctioned” opportunity to begin anew. Hopes run high, resolutions are made, and allowing ourselves a blank slate seems like an exciting proposition.  So…given how quickly New Year’s resolutions fade (often lasting less than a week!), what steps can you take now so this year can and will be different? What can you do today that will lead to a path of satisfaction, accomplishment, and gratitude when you reflect back on 2014 at the end of the year?
Here are a few tweaking tips for your consideration:

1. Accomplish more by doing less.

I know it may initially sound counter-intuitive. However, when we prioritize and decide what is really important to us, we are afforded a clarity that enables focus, increases motivation, amps up our energy, and allows us to be more strategic.  Which means we get more done.
If you’re like me, you have an ongoing (and seemingly endless) To Do list. I have found when I take the time consciously each day to select a few items to complete that day, by the end of the week I have actually accomplished more. The alternative seems to be to convince ourselves we “should” or “have to” get as much done as possible all at once, which often leads to unrealistic expectations, overwhelm, and disappointment. The result? We become bogged down in the past and fill the next day with regrets about that which is now water under the bridge.

2. Pay attention to your life.  Take each moment as it
   comes.  Be grateful for what you have.

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Both tweaking tips seem straightforward, right? Well, living life from this perspective is neither simple nor easy in today’s fast-paced, often frenetic world. However, making the investment is well worth the effort. By December, I think you’ll have increased your chances of being less stressed, of increasing the number of moments of joy and happiness, and of spending more time on what is really important to you. Sounds like a great way to end the year!
I would love to hear how things go.

All the best,

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