When Michelangelo was asked how he carved the statue of David, the representation of the biblical hero , he said: “It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”
At this time of year, many of us are thinking about making New Year’s Resolutions to change things that haven’t been working for us in a long while. Have you made a list of the ways in which you’d like to change your behaviour and the choices you make each day? Like Michelangelo do you just want to cut away everything that doesn’t represent who you want to be.
A New Year’s resolution is a commitment to a personal goal that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day.
So tonight, make a commitment to the “New You” and the world will quickly start feeling quite different.
‘Lose Weight”, ‘Get Fit”, ‘Eat Right”, ‘Quit Smoking’’, ‘Stop Drinking’’ these resolutions are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions everyone seems to make on the 1st of every January.
Not surprising, right? These might be also in your top list of resolutions. If so, I applaud you and support your commitment to good health!
As a life coach I help my clients set compelling and achievable goals, and help to develop clear action plans to achieve them, whilst keeping them motivated, focused and overcoming any of the obstacles that stand in their way. Life coaching is simply a process of helping people to move from where they are now to where they want or need to get to.
Today, I plan to help myself, by setting some goals for me. Sad as this may be to some, but my resolutions are associated with my blogging. The end of the year is a great time for me to evaluate my blogging goals –to take a look at where my blog is now and where I want it to go in the future. So I have decided to kick start 2011 by making some new year’s resolutions related to my blog.
I’ve been blogging consistently for the last year, and I blog because I enjoy it and feel like I have valuable information to share with the right audience. I love feeling that I am making a contribution, that I am making a difference. Of course blogging helps to reinforce my professional credentials, and at the end of the day, it’s always nice to get the positive feedback that comes my way.
So here are my new year resolutions revolving around my blogs.
Resolution 1: Blog smarter, blog meaningfully, blog with passion.
No more wishy washy posts. I will strive to write useful, meaningful posts, so that nobody’s time is wasted. This year I will take my blog to the next level. My aim has always been to help people achieve a healthy lifestyle, so my articles, my posts have to sign post the road for them to take.
Resolution 2: Get to know my readers and other bloggers better.
I’m constantly overwhelmed by how much knowledge there is out there. Last night, while watching some brilliant bloggers share their insights on the screen and then having the chance to talk to them, made me realise that I want and need to expand my knowledge, keep growing and participate far more. I am starting to feel part of the blogging community, and so I now wish to develop relationships with more bloggers.
Resolution 3: Increase My Posting Frequency.
I will post everyday providing new interesting content for my existing readers to view. I will try to create topics which are useful, unique, and even controversial so people know they can get something new from my blog. I will keep abreast of all the latest news regarding my fields so that I can bring this to my readers. Whether it is health, fitness, diet, personal development, I want to provide a resource where everything of worth can be found.
Resolution 4: Get Commenting and Respond to the one’s I receive
Comments are what makes blogs interactive, social and dynamic. I will respond to all the comments I get, and contribute to the great writings of my fellow bloggers by commenting on their blogs.
Resolution 5: I will Utilise my Blogroll
A blogroll is a great way to connect with other bloggers, and a way to show my readers the blogs I read and respect.
Resolution 6: My Sidebar will be always be current and professional
To delete the unhelpful information that clutters my sidebar, including old ads, useless links, and images and information that isn’t useful to my readers. The look of my blog is important so I must pay attention to this. The visual appearance of my blog will have a big impact on whether or not visitors stay once they find my blog or return later. I will make enhancements or revisions to make my blog look better than ever.
Resolution 7: Learn Something New
My most important resolution. I want to be the very best blogger I can be, and to achieve this I need to learn, learn and learn.
Resolution 8: Networking on a constant basis
To grow my blog, I have to take time to promote it. I will participate regularly in social networking, using Twitter and Networked Blogs, commenting on other blogs, and participating in forums
Resolution 9: To create a Top Blog on Health, Wellness, Diet, Fitness and Weightloss
My mission is to help educate as many people as possible about healthy lifestyle issues. I am so passionate about healthy lifestyle living that I want to share it with as many people as I can. I will focus on empowering my readers to think and act differently. I will not boss them around! It is their journey! This form of healthy lifestyle coaching works best for people who are sick and tired of being told what NOT to do. I will cover real-life topics that real-life people are dealing with so to provide the answer how to live a sustainable healthy lifestyle!
So I am using the New Year to grasp the nettle and dive straight in. What value can you share with other people? What do you know about that other people will want to know about it? Are you a blogger or could you be?
So reverting back to being a Life Coach , whatever your resolutions and goals are for the year starting tommorow, make them audacious. Make them big and make them exciting. If they don’t excite you or scare you a little bit, what hope do you have of making them happen?
Whatever you have planned for 2011, I hope it’s awesome. Happy New Year!