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Resolution Relief: Take a Breath & Do One Thing Instead

Posted on by Marie Elena

The word inspiration comes from the Latin, inspire, meaning “to breathe in.” This time of year can be a little intimidating because people are making resolutions, setting lofty goals and committing to big changes in the year ahead. My suggestion: take a breath and do one thing, instead.

According to Opinion Corporation of Princeton, NJ, while 45% of Americans usually set New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% of people are successful in achieving them.

To me, success is a formula:

CLARITY + ACTION + PERSISTENCE x TIME = RESULTS. Each part is important, so let’s drill down a bit.

CLARITY: Be clear about what you want. The clearer you are, the easier it is for you, others and the universe to support you. If you feel unclear, tap into your intuition, commit to asking yourself and others questions, and even try thinking about what you don’t want. The answers are there inside of you, it’s a process allowing them to surface.

ACTION: Take it! Do a minimum of ONE thing that will move you forward in the direction you want to go every day. Whether it’s getting healthy, exploring new career options, creating more balance in your life, or finding a partner, focusing on one action step will create momentum and give you energy to do the next thing.

PERSISTENCE: Keeping at it, staying the course, not giving up – especially when it gets hard – is a requirement. Invoke loving discipline, get support, use your Tools and just continue to breathe and take one more step.

TIME: Be patient. Remember that delayed gratification can help in the pursuit of longer-term goals. A Stanford University psychology researcher, Michael Mischel, conducted a study in the 1960’s looking at the connection between children’s impulse control and ability to delay gratification. The study was simple. He offered one marshmallow immediately or two if they waited until he returned. What he found was that children who waited were more positive, persistent when faced with life difficulties, more self-motivated and better at achieving longer-term goals.

The word resolution comes from the Latin resolvere meaning “to loosen, dissolve, release.” This year, I encourage you to loosen, dissolve and release any traditional concepts of resolutions and instead take a deep breath, and do ONE thing, instead.

Remember, clarity + action + persistence x time = results. All parts are necessary. Be clear, take action, stay the course and over time you will get there! I’m with you all the way.

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