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Another New Year, Another Resolution

December 26th, 2011 No comments

We’re just a few days away from New Year’s Eve.  A few friends, a few drinks, a few good stories of days gone by.  And then we’ll eventually drift off to dreamland, waking soon for our first day of 2012.

The past few years have been dramatic ones, with events seemingly more intense, more significant, than I can remember in a very long time.  Wars, earthquakes, financial crises, flu threats, tsunamis, revolutions, volcanoes, oil spills; the list of bad news, both natural and man-made, seems to go on and on.

And yet despite this, or perhaps to spite it, I know I’ll keep on moving, just as long as there is breath in my lungs to do so.  I’m still amazed, almost every day, by the wonderful world around me.  The times with family and friends become more precious, not less.  I appreciate ability to choose where I spend my time, and where I don’t, more every day.

And so my resolution this year, for 2012, is to cut back; slow down; focus on what I’m thankful for.  I plan to do this in greater detail than ever before.  And I’ll do it in single-step, just like I have every year since I created the product back in 2004.  I now have 20 major goals listed in my Completed Goals section.  Everything from a new home, to running a marathon, to creating an iPhone application, to healing my injured back.

It’s been a great seven years, and I’m hoping for more of the same.  Only slower, with more attention to the little things.

I wish you and your families all the best in 2012.

-Kenneth Lowe

 

 

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Two Week Milestone – Resolutions for 2010

January 14th, 2010 No comments

How is your resolution coming along?  You’re now two weeks into 2010.  Have you been consistent?  If so, are you starting to form habits around your new activities?

If not, have you gained any insight into what is keeping you from changing?  Remember, personal growth is a journey, not a sprint.  If things are going exactly how you like, don’t beat yourself up.  Stop, take a minute to analyze what is going on, make a plan to accomodate what you’ve learned, and get back to it.

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Choose Yourself

January 10th, 2010 No comments

We’ve seen a lot of changes since 2000.  If you’ll recall, back then the news focused on Y2K, the introduction of the Euro, Lance Armstrong’s 2nd Tour de France win (after recovering from cancer), mapping human DNA, Putin coming to power in Russia, and dot com collapse.  For most adults, each of these topics will evoke a different image, memory, or story associated with how the item touched them personally.

Pick a topic from 2000 (one of these, or a personal favorite), and take note of the first memory that comes to mind.  You’ll likely find an emotional charge associated with this memory.  This emotion is tied to how the event related to your life, and your personal perspective on the event.

Now think about the events that are unfolding around us today.  For most of us, the events of 2000 were out of our control, though they did have some effect on the course of our lives.  Events in 2010 are no different.  What we can control, however, is how we view and respond to today’s events.

Take a moment to think about how you want to experience the next decade.  How will you categorize the events of your life in 2010?  How would you like to look back on them?  What is most important to you now, and what will be important to you in ten years?

The way you interpret today’s events will drive your personal experience of the next decade.  Shouldn’t you choose this deliberately?

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The Power of One

January 8th, 2010 No comments

What is your top goal or resolution?  If you have several, and you’re struggling to meet them, then they may be conflicting with each other.  In yesterday’s post I mentioned the rate of change, and how it can be tough to change too much too fast.  Today’s entry focuses on the number of changes and is just as important.

Most of us don’t have the luxury of remaking our entire life all at once.  Unless you join the military or head out to a remote retreat, your life is probably relatively stable.  Adding additional exercise, new diets, different sleep patterns, and more time with friends is a recipe for exhaustion.

Why not change one item for January, and pick a second, different aspect for February?  It worked for Benjamin Franklin, but that will be another post.

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Too much too soon?

January 7th, 2010 No comments

Ok, how is everyone doing with New Year’s Resolutions?  One week into the year and already old habits may have begun their siren call.  Congratulations if you’re still on track!  Give yourself a pat on the back and hold tight for that powerful two week milestone.

If not, this is a great time to pause and assess how realistic those resolutions really are.   Did you expect to be able to change too much to fast?  Radical change is possible, but it can be difficult when there are competing demands for our time and energy (like work, school, sports, relationships, etc.).

It may be wise to keep your target (and standards) high, but try to adapt the rate of change to something more manageable.  In doing so, you’ll enlist the power of habit.

Our brains are amazingly good and helping us to perform habits once they’re established.  How often do you forget to brush your teeth, for example?  Probably not too often.  Something in our subconscious reminds us to do little things, even if we weren’t really thinking about it a moment before.  It works the same with other aspects of your life.

Digging in and sticking to it is certainly part of keeping a resolution, but being realistic about change is also.  Don’t beat yourself up over a missed day or a bit of regression.  Focus on doing a little bit better each day and you’ll be amazed how fast things change.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Two

January 1st, 2010 69 comments

No matter what your New Year’s Resolution is, it is probably more fun to do it with a friend. We want to help.

For THE ENTIRE YEAR OF 2010, we will provide a second license for single-step customers, absolutely free.

Update: Extended through 2011!

Here’s how it works:

  • Purchase a copy of single-step version 3.  If you already own it, you’re included.
  • Post a comment in response to this blog posting stating your goal and deadline.  Public commitment can be a huge motivator.
  • Send an email to contact@single-step.com to identify yourself and claim the posting.
  • Make sure to send your friend’s name in the email so we can create the personalized license!

We’ll reply to your email with a free license for your friend.

This offer is good for existing customers of single-step version 3 as well, so there’s no reason to go into 2010 without a partner to help you reach your goals.

Best wishes in 2010!

-Ken

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2010

December 31st, 2009 No comments

Moving on to 2010. As you plan your objectives for the year, you may feel compelled to pledge some common resolutions. Here are the top two resolutions that people choose:

  • Lose Weight / Get in Shape
  • Break Negative Habits (smoking, swearing, etc.)

One of the reason that these are so popular is that many people choose them year after year! Why is it so hard to stick with these goals? Two reasons come to mind.

Firstly, these goals require effort over a long period of time. It is not simply about spending an intensive weekend, but rather about establishing new patterns in life.

Secondly, new patterns have an impact on others around us. If you change your eating habits, it will likely impact your partner, family, and co-workers in some way. If you start spending time at the gym, you will have less time for other activities. If you decide to quit smoking, you’ll lose contact with your buddies in the smoking area.

How might you get around this? One method is to find an accomplice to help you reach your goal. A partner, friend, co-worker, or even an internet pal can help you to accommodate the change in your life.

Share your goal with your friend, and also share the reasons why that goal is important to you. A true friend will care about those reasons, and is very likely to ask you how you’re progressing in your change. That might just be enough to get you to stick with it this year!

Tomorrow we’ll announce a special offer to make it even easier.

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Reflections & Gratitude

December 31st, 2009 No comments

It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to the new year. Before considering 2010, however, it makes sense to take a quick look back at 2009.

Some questions to drive your thoughts:

  • What important lesson did you learn in 2009?
  • How did this lesson change you?
  • Who was important to you in the past year?
  • Could you name a personal “Person of the Year” for 2009?
  • What would happen if you told this person about your choice?
  • How might this change your relationship?

Despite all the trials and tribulations of 2009, most of us have many, many things to be thankful for. Take a minute (60 full seconds) to think about all the good things there are in your life.

We’ll wait…

If you enjoyed that, why not make an actual list of all the things you have to be thankful for. Stick it in your wallet or purse, and every time you come across it in the coming year, you’ll be rewarded with that warm feeling of gratitude. Can’t get enough of that!

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mid-year resolutions

June 3rd, 2009 No comments

Do you have any lingering New Year’s resolutions?  Or are you already done and moving on towards post-summer regrets?  If you’re like most people, you probably started the year in a fog of positive intentions, with a somewhat vague idea of how you were actually going to execute.  Given the extra time following the Christmas holidays, it is always easy to idealize how much time you’ll have during the year for personal goals.  Then reality hits, the unfinished work from December, and the resolutions go to the back burner.

And now it’s June, and things haven’t changed as much as we’d hoped.  So here’s your chance.  Why not set a mid-year resolution on June 15th?  You still have six months to hit your target.  You’ll have the summer months to dig in, with a more realistic approach to your personal life.  Time now to re-commit to that goal.

You’ll be glad you did come January.Ominous Iron Chain

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