Five secret tips you need to keep & accomplish new year’s resolutions!

I find this time of year to be so exciting; there is hope and vision of what the year may hold for us. Dreams of big achievements and more. We set goals, make new year’s resolutions and vision boards.

Then somewhere in the middle of January reality kicks in, the wheels come off, we lose our mojo and just like that January 22nd becomes the most depressing day of the year.

But what would it be like if you could keep your focus and dedication? If you could be in possibility mode all year long, what would you be able to accomplish then?

Imagine what your life and business would be like if you could accomplish all your goals.

Here are my five secret (tried and tested) tips to keep you focused and motivated to do exactly that:

1) Make sure you set goals that are SMART.
This means your goals are specific; they are measurable and achievable/attainable, your goals are realistic (and I like to add – somewhat risky), and last but not least they have a timeline (deadline).

2) Know why you want to accomplish these goals and be sure that they hold intrinsic value to you.
Intrinsic goals are goals that will personally bring you joy etc. when they are achieved. E.g. you want to lose 20lbs because it will boost your confidence (intrinsic) vs. you want to lose 20lbs, so other people will call you sexy (extrinsic). Or you want to get a higher paying job because you want to travel more (intrinsic) vs. it will please your spouse (extrinsic).

3) Install daily positive anchors and reminders of your goals and what it will be like when you achieve them.
Set reminders in your calendar, pictures on your desk or quotes as your screen saver. Make sure that where ever you turn you have positive reinforcements to help you stay motivated and focused.

4) Join a mastermind or get a coach.
Both of these will give you the accountability you need and will help you come up with effective strategies and inspiration to achieve your goals. If you need a mastermind – read more about joining my Savvy Success Masterminds here; or if you’re interested, remember you can book an intro call for private coaching sessions here.)

5) Forgive yourself and get back at it.
Be sure to be kind to yourself if you slip up or make a mistake. This one may be last on the list, but it shouldn’t be viewed as less important than the others. Practicing forgiveness and self-love will save you time and dramatically improve your chances of achieving your goals.

By using these tips I’ve personally been able to accomplish so much more and I’ve also helped my clients to do the same.

Happy New Year!

P.S. If you’re a business owner who’d like to join an exclusive and supporting group of women who can serve as your champions and expert panel, be sure to check out my savvy success mastermind groups here. Registration is now open until Feb 14th. Read more here.

 

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Going with the flow – and the momentum

Whether you’re trying to figure out your next career move or grow your business, it’s important to build some momentum to get the ball rolling and accomplish your goal.

So how do you build up that momentum?

A few months ago my coaching and Pilates businesses were extremely slow. I was getting a little frustrated and thought to myself: “Girl, what’s going on? Why are these things not picking up and growing?” And then on one of my continuing-education calls someone asked a really powerful question that changed the way I work.

After making this simple, yet very effective adjustment, I’ve doubled my coaching clients and added more Pilates clients, too. I also came up with a new program I’ll be running during the summer (click here for more information about that.).

It has triggered an absolute snowball effect, and I’ve never felt this invigorated or excited to achieve my goals.

Ask yourself this:

“What am I doing right now to grow my business?”

Even if you’re not a business owner or your goals are completely different, this question applies to you and your situation. So now I’d love to hear what your dream is and how you’ll use this question to get there. Fill in the blank and leave your response in the comments section: “What am I doing right now to achieve my goal of _____________?”

 

 

*** Also remember to join us today at Pilates with Purpose, this month we’re collaborating with the American Lunch Association.  We are raising awareness and funds for their LUNG FORCE campaign, which is a movement focused on raising awareness about lung cancer and working together to advance lung health. Get your tickets here.

Tomorrow night I’m going to party like this!

I love this time of the year. The last few days of 2014, when you get to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. To me the beginning of a new year is almost like turning a page or maybe better: starting a new book. Excitement and motivation of dreams and goals that you can accomplish. The promise to yourself that THIS year is going to be your year.

So what dreams and ideals do you have for this year? What do you want to accomplish?
I know, I know – you probably don’t even make New Year’s resolutions anymore right? They say that  around Jan 22nd most people have broken all those resolutions, so what’s the point?
What if I told you it could all be different this year? You can set meaningful goals and construct clear ways to achieve your dreams. I’ll show you how to do it at my Pilates Pamper workshop on Feb 8th, 2015. Reserve your spot here.

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The workshop will provide you with a safe and intimate environment where you and your priorities are the sole focus. We’ll enjoy Pilates, High Tea and Mimosas in one of Boston’s most luxurious building’s sky lounge. While taking in the magnificent views, you’ll dig deep into your goals and create clear steps to achieve them. You’ll also enjoy a mani-pedi and leave feeling refreshed and pampered.  You’ll have a concrete action plan to achieving you goals. When real world distractions slow you down, you’ll have a direct path to guide you back to progress.

 

This year will be different: You hold the power to make it spectacular!Take back control now.

I hope you have a great time ringing in the new year and I am excited for what 2015 will bring us! Thank you for your continued support and readership.

And then Tony Robbins said…

Morning,

First off I am super excited to announce that registration for my 2015 Pilates Pamper workshop is now open. You can register today. And even better news: when you invite friends to join you, you’ll save money! So be sure to grab a girlfriend for this wonderful experience.

I recently watched Marie Forleo’s, a best-selling American author, web TV host, and trainer in personal development, interview with Tony Robbins, American life coach and self-help author.

In the interview Marie’s asks Tony Robbins: “What do you do every day? How do you keep yourself at this high level of service?”  Tony mentions a few things, including something he calls “Priming”. This grabbed my attention. He does this for at least 10 minutes EVERY morning. This habit really resonated with me and so I have decided to implement it into my own life.

Follow these action steps to implement a similar routine to help you start your day off right:

  1. Let’s take Tony’s advice and start with just 10min. And before you go – “I don’t have 10minutes.” – here’s more wise words from Tony: “If you don’t have 10minutes, you don’t have a life.”  So just set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and let’s go!

 

  1. Ok so now you’re up 10 minutes early, what now? You can mimic Tony’s ritual: take a couple of minutes to just bring awareness to your breath, then 3ish more minutes to be grateful for 3 things in your life and the rest of the 10 to send love and healing to people in your life. (I am combining the grateful and healing portion and taking the last 3ish minutes to reconnect with my purpose/goals.)

 

  1. If Tony’s ritual is a little too much for you, just start with 10 minutes of meditation. Here’s a quick 10 minutes guided meditation. Why? It is a simple way to get your mind to focus, reconnect and help you to have a meaningful day.

Still a little skeptical? I can appreciate than, I mean heck, here I am: “the expert” – telling you that I am only now implementing this morning ritual? How do I even know this will work? Here’s how, what Tony is essentially practicing is “awareness”. And the one thing I can tell you for a fact is that awareness is the most important ingredient in creating change. I have personally experienced this and have seen it time and time again with my clients.

Come up with a practice that works best for you. Remember this is not a set in stone ritual, you can tailor it to fit your needs. Think about a few things that help you relax and focus? How can you use that to formulate a morning routine for yourself?

Try it and let me know how it goes! Do you already have a morning ritual? Do share yours below.

 

Just do it already, OK?

And here we are with only one month left till 2014. Have you started reflecting and planning for 2015? Perhaps you have so many things you hope to accomplish in the new year that you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. You don’t even know where to begin to accomplish them.

 

Taking action can be one of the most daunting tasks. Coming up with plans and goals is so easy. Implementing them – well, that’s a whole different game.

At my Pilates Pamper workshops we get down and dirty with setting goals and how to accomplish them. It’s great to sit in a safe environment, surrounded by like-minded and supportive individuals with the same fears. You really get to focus on yourself and take some time to formulate a bulletproof plan. You should come to the next one in February (leave a comment below if you’re interested).

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One thing that comes up a lot is the fear of not being ready to take action or not being good enough to reach for that dream. Here are my four tips to show your fear who’s boss.

Actionsteps1. Just say “F*&% it!” and jump right in. Say, for instance, you are thinking of applying for a new job, but all the postings make you panic and worry that you’re not experienced enough? Apply anyway, and see what happens. There’s no loss in trying, right?

2. Examine what’s really stopping you. Are you just procrastinating and making excuses, or are there legitimate reasons why you are not reaching your goals?

3. Set a deadline. Pick a date and write it down. It’s like when you want to go for a drink with a friend. Ever notice how when you don’t choose a date, it never happens? Well, guess what: That’s how it works with your goals, too. Having a firm deadline keeps you dedicated to putting everything in motion.

4. Taste the sweetness. Imagine what it will feel like to finally accomplish that goal, how awesome it will be to scratch it off your list. Let that be your motivation to keep you going.

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” — Ivan Turgenev

Hope to see you at our Pilates with Purpose event on Sunday. Register here now!