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Written by Liz Barker

The New Year is a great time for reflection and self-assessment. Many of us set intentions and goals for the coming year as well.

Did you know…

45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but 1 in 3 people ditch their vows by the end of January! Despite good intentions, surveys show that only about 8% of us achieve our New Year’s goals.

Why do so many people fail at goal-setting? What are the secrets behind those who succeed?

Now that January has passed, let’s check-in…
Are you still “working your plan”?

If you need a booster with your resolutions, here are 2 key simple tips for success from the experts at Harris Interactive:

K.I.S.S. – We all know what this stands for. Keep It Short and Sweet. If your list is too long and too extreme, it becomes intimidating and too easy to simply give up. Instead of giant steps, take baby steps.

Make it Tangible – Goals should be defined and measured by rational, achievable metrics. Break down long term end goals into shorter, measurable check points that can offer you ongoing re-enforcements.

From my own experience, I know these tips are easier said than done.  I’d like to share with you what I personally did 3 years ago when I set a big goal to write a book.

It was 3 years ago that I decided to follow a long term dream to write my book in late Fall 2013. Being realistic about the upcoming Holidays, I set my intention to start the project in the New Year. I also told myself that winter evenings after work were the perfect time to stay home and get started.

I figured why stop there and I decided to set a double goal. I hadn’t formally exercised in several years and was beginning to feel it, mentally and physically. After a trial period, I decided that yoga was the perfect exercise for me through this project. Yoga practice nurtures the mind, body, spirit connection. Since the story is a memoir, I would need to recall my memories; some of them painful and buried and I would be able to use my yoga practice to keep me centered.

Writing a book was a huge endeavor. I followed the above tips. I broke down my end goal into manageable steps. For example, I started with a storyboard and timeline for the story from beginning to end, titled and outlined the chapters, and then wrote the first chapter to get a feel for my writing style. With that accomplished, I then sought professional guidance to help me navigate the writing and editing process. Setting check points and achieving these quarter goals, despite the time and work involved, kept me focused and on point. Writing the book actually became a project that took more time and expense than I expected, but I was steadfast with my end goal.

If you are successful with the 2 steps of K.I.S.S. and Make it Tangible I will let you in on one final step that is the icing on the cake for achieving your goal, that is:

You have to truly want it.

Think of all the real life “Cinderella Stories” out there – Pursuit of Happyness, Rudy, Invincible, Cinderella Man, to name a few famous movies.

Well, 3 years later “Changed by Chance, My Journey of Triumph over Tragedy” is now a reality. My tenacity made it happen. I don’t want to sound trite but the truth is that this was a goal that I wanted to achieve and I knew that I was capable of – with the right tools.

The book is more than just my story though. I wrote it because of a prophecy made to me over 20 years ago that foretold my sharing of my life lessons learned during my journey of triumph over tragedy.

And now, in 2016 my New Year’s resolution is to share this message so that I may inspire and empower others to fulfill their goals and dreams.

Put on your glass slippers Cinderella’s and “Choose to be your own Champion!”

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