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It’s that time again… again

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It is hard to believe that another year is over and a new one is about to begin. Time goes by so fast which I think some of our students are starting to realize. My seniors only have 5 months left to their high school “career”. It is time for them to move on to the next step in their life.

Whether it is high school seniors or freshmen, coaches or administrators, teachers or para professionals, the start of a new year brings great opportunity. I contacted my students a few days ago and suggested that they think about their goals for the new year. I told them, when I saw them next, we would work on action steps to reach those goals.

To me, this is very different than “New Year Resolutions” that only last a couple of weeks. For example, how many people will set a goal to lose weight? They join a gym and in 2 weeks they stop going. I think the gyms plan on that, otherwise gyms would be filled to the brim. While losing weight is a great goal, unless you have a plan you will never achieve that goal. “But they joined the gym” you say. If you have never been in a gym, you would walk in and look around and probably say “now what?”

What has a better chance of working is to make the goal and join the gym. Add some accountability like work with a trainer or plan out what equipment you will use. Of course, planning on how much weight you want to lose and besides the gym, what else will you do? New eating habits?

Speaking of habits, it takes 21 times to create a new habit. So going to the gym 3 times a week for 21 times will start a new and healthier habit. These concepts work with whatever goal you or your students decide on. Help them develop their actions steps and their plan. Help them decide why they want to achieve their goal. Go deep with them. This is a very valuable skill to teach them.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about Career coaching or would like to share your experience or thoughts on the above topic, comment below to this blog and let me know your story.

Until next time… Action Steps and New Habits to us all.

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Jan 17

Great differentiation between a New Year's resolution and a plan. Developing a plam requires setting aside some quality time to do real thinking agout goals for your life and writing down the result.

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