Eliz Greene
Eliz Greene
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Did you make a new years resolution? I didn’t. Why not set a theme for the year, rather than making yet another New Years Resolution?

Years ago I gave up making New Years Resolutions.  They don’t work for me.  I have, however, developed a habit of choosing a word or phrase to be a theme for the year.

Last year it was UNCOMFORTABLE. I challenged myself to do things that made me uncomfortable, because growth does not come from comfort.  Discomfort is a signal of dealing with challenge.

Did it work?  Yes.

  • I am in the process of launching a new product. Scary
  • I joined a mastermind group with people so smart and motivated it makes me a little nauseous just thinking about it.
  • My husband and I decided to buy our dream boat now, rather than waiting until we retired.
  • I stood up to someone I idolized and let her be angry with me in order to move a mission forward.

2013 was uncomfortable.  It was also outstanding.

What is my phrase for 2014?

NOT MY JOB!

My husband thinks it is a little negative, but I need the reminder to focus on what IS my job rather than letting other things steal my energy and focus.  Here are some examples:

  • Spending the day engaged in conversation on Facebook is NOT MY JOB.  Yes, I use social media to connect with clients, potential clients, and audience members, but really, I should be able to do that in 15 minutes or so.  In 2014 I will be closing down Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.  When I’m working, I will focus on work…. at least that is my goal!
  • Being pulled into yet another volunteer position is NOT MY JOB.  Is it just me? It seems like there is always another opportunity to use my skills for the benefit of an organization.  In 2014 I am choosing just a couple of opportunities and saying no to the rest.

Basically, my goal is to spend the majority of my time focused on activities that create income (ummm… my job) and activities to support my health and my family (also my job).  The trick will be to ignore the voice in my head that leads me to take on more than I should.  At the end of the year, I hope to look back and see 12 months of business growth, a healthy me, and a happy husband and daughters.

What about you? Did you have a goal or theme for 2013?  Do you have one for 2014? Do you struggle to focus on what is really important? Please share your thoughts in a comment below and Happy New Year!

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Eliz Greene

About Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins. Her down-to-earth strategies to manage stress and improve heart health and reduce stress are used by thousands of busy people all over the world. She is a motivational wellness speaker, author, and job stress researcher. Visit elizgreene.com to book Eliz for your next event.

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