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Looking ahead to 2010 

Learn the top 5 secrets that give your New Year Resolutions staying power all year long!
Issue #4
Tortoise and Hare


You're all set to dive into the new year with a set of "resolutions" that will probably fail.  How do I know this?  Because the excitement and enthusiasm that you feel is almost guaranteed to result in over-estimating your abilities and commitment level.  Consider the sage advice of the storybook hero from The Tortoise and the Hare.  Slow down, take a few breaths, and commit to creating SMART goals that will make you a winner in 2010.

In This Issue: 

The 5 SMART guidelines to give your New Year resolutions staying power.

The Confidence Litmus Test, a simple technique that can accurately predict whether or not a goal is right for you

"Where's my ME Time?", the first in a series of FREE  teleclasses focusing on creating balance between giving to others and caring for yourself.

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Be Well and Happy 2010,

Jeanne Kuntz

Wellcoaches Certified Wellness Coach

SMART Goals for Successful Results

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At the start of the New Year, your belief in a better future is ignited by the image of clean slate.  With a fresh start, you feel certain that things can be different.  You will exercise daily, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink less coffee and alchohol, and start meditating.  With this burst of enthusiasm, you often set ambitious goals.  Your endorphin-enhanced brain is convinced that, this time, you will succeed.  Invariably, enthusiasm wanes with the passage of time and your new habits wither on the vine.  You feel undisciplined, weak-willed, and lazy.  If you want to skip this painful, all too familiar scenario, read and post these 5 guidelines for SMART goals.

S - Specific
Be precise in describing what you will do.  Enhance your decision by picturing the goal.  "Exercise more" is too general.  "Ride my bike" is specific.

M - Measurable.
You need metrics to let you know when you have completed an action step.  Use minutes, days per week, and intensity to create measurable elements.  If you have been sedentary for several years, you might want to start with a 20-minute ride twice a week at a leisurely pace in flat terrain. 

A - Action-based
Always choose an action step that can be performed so you get the feeling of accomplishment that comes from completion.  "Avoiding unhealthy foods" is not action-based.  Doubling your intake of green leafy vegetables is action-based.

R- Realistic
Unrealistic goals set you up for failure.  After you decide on a goal, write it down and ask yourself if it feels doable.  (See Litmus Test below)

T - Time-bound
Having a deadline will move you ahead more rapidly, so set some up for each goal.  Include both short and long-term goals.  And when you complete a specific, action step within the realistic time frame you have allotted, celebrate!!!

Next month we will discuss the ABC's of goal-setting:  Awareness, Back-up, and Commitment. If a little voice inside you has been nodding and saying, yeah, this is what I need, then heed your instincts and take your first action step now.   Click here to set up a wellness coaching consultation for 2010 and beyond.

The Confidence Litmus Test
Want an extra level of certaintly before you proceed with your SMART Goals ?  Use the "Confidence Litmus Test" to see if your goals are right for your current level of readiness.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, we have a tendency to over-estimate our abilities and commitment level when we are enthusiastic or energized.  You can refine your assesment by providing some specific confidence measurements.  Ask yourself, "How confident am I that I will follow through with my plan as it stands now?   
Trust your intuition.  The number that pops up is a surprisingly accurate indicator of possible success.  If your confidence level is above 85%,  you chances of success are very good.  Below 75%, you should change the goal to make it a bit easier.  As a Certified Wellness Coach, I am ready to help make this process familiar and accurate for you.  Contact me for a free consultation to see if Wellness Coaching is right for you.

Where's my "Me" time?

Join me for a FREE teleclass on Wednesday, January 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST to discover what happened to your "me" time and how you can get it back.  RSVP now and receive to receive your "Daily Renewal" poster and to insure that you will receive class updates.

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  Make 2010 the year you create a balanced life that includes time for ALL the things you care about most - family, health, and personal fulfillment. 

During the call we will explore:
Why setting aside quality time for yourself has eluded you.
How you can create a guilt-free "Me" time recovery plan.
The 5 Goal-Setting Guidelines that lead to successful outcomes.
SAVE :  Where's my "ME" time? One-hour teleclass, January 13, 4:30-5:30.   Dial the conference line, 712.338.8720, wait for the prompt and enter 782 and the # sign.

Put this date in your planner, invite your friends, and get ready to have 2010 be the year you reclaimed your life.

The teleclass will be part coaching, part instruction and part question and answer. 

Dreams are goals with deadlines. ~Diana Scharf Hunt

Be Well,
Jeanne Kuntz
Wellcoaches Certified Wellness Coach

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