Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why Do We Achieve Some Goals But Not Others?

If you read one thing this week, read this article at PsyBlog called “How to Commit to a Goal:” http://tinyurl.com/4qsy489 It talks about the process you must go through to successfully commit to a goal mentally and emotionally — you … Continue reading

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Take a Deep Breath

How’s everybody doing? Are you noticing any changes as a result of your small steps? Did you get stuck anywhere? Do you need some motivation to jump in and get started? I’d love to hear how you’re doing, and to … Continue reading

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Tips for Forming New Habits

How was your Week 2? Where did you soar? Where did you stumble? Mine was a little bit harder than I’d expected it to be, due to a minor altercation between a virus and my immune system. 🙂 I managed … Continue reading

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Get Started with Stretching

Since some of you are also choosing to add stretching to your daily routine as this week’s small step, I thought this might be a good time to talk a bit more about the benefits of getting more flexible. Stretching… … Continue reading

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Progress, Not Perfection

First, let’s talk a little about Week 1. My first week was a success. I’ve started going to bed more than an hour earlier than usual, and am feeling less tired during the day. I saw a minor increase in … Continue reading

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Small Steps Lists

I just created a page of suggestions for small steps in the areas of Health, Organized Home, and Projects (the suggestions that were listed in one of last week’s posts), so that they’ll be easy to find in the future. … Continue reading

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Here we go!

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. –Mark Twain There are my Week 1 baby steps: Psychological: Every morning when I look at my to do list, ask myself out loud, “What happens if I don’t do each of … Continue reading

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Creating Your Personalized Kaizen Plan

Now that I’ve identified my biggest excuses and figured out the underlying issues those excuses represent, I have a list of the obstacles that keep me from achieving my goals. Psychological obstacles: Perfectionism Physical obstacles: Less-than-optimal health, the root cause … Continue reading

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What Can We Learn From Our Excuses?

All of my excuses, have a theme–perfectionism. That’s the psychological issue that I need to address as I start adjusting my life. Continue reading

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No More Resolutions: Kaizen as a Force for Personal Change

What’s the problem with these goals?

Nothing. Except for the fact that they assume I’m going to somehow be transformed into an organized, disciplined person with excellent habits on January 1st.

Where are you, fairy godmother? Continue reading

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