Here’s a timely bit of advice from author and public speaker, Matthew Cossolotto: Skip the resolutions in 2011 … make promises instead.
In his upcoming book, The Power of Making a Promise, Matthew explores why and how making promises can literally transform lives. Regarding New Year’s resolutions, he believes people simply don’t take them seriously. Making a promise, on the other hand, is something special — “a heart-centered commitment,” as Matthew puts it.
Here are his seven strategies for making your own powerful promise:
- Commit emotionally by making the promise to someone you care about.
- Be specific. Promise to lose 10 pounds, not just “some weight.”
- Be selective. Limit promises to the handful of things for which you are willing to put your integrity on the line.
- Start small. Tackle a few things you can accomplish rather than risk breaking your promise.
- Write it down.
- Make it public. Publish your promise on a blog, Twitter or YouTube.
- Follow through. Make good on your promise — for yourself as much as for others.
So … Happy New Year to you! And make a promise. It can change your life.