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1) THE YEAR AHEAD - How to make it the best yet.

2) COACHES, NEED MORE CLIENTS IN 2005? - Last call for the next SOS "build-your-practice-on-a-budget" teleclass. See it at January.


The ending of one year and the beginning of a new one is a traditional time to reflect on the changes you want to make in your life.  Unfortunately most New Year's resolutions don't last much longer than the average reveler's hangover.

If you are ready to make some significant changes in your life, here are 7 steps to help you make and keep the type of resolutions that will make 2005 the best year yet.

First, look at where you are now.  Write down some of the most important areas of your life.

  • Key Relationships

  • Career

  • Health & Fitness

  • Finances

  • Fun & Adventure

  • Learning & Growing

  • Etc.

Second, rate on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) your current level of fulfillment in these areas. (For example, if you are tired, sick or looking a little soft, you may choose to rate Health & Fitness as say a 5 out of 10.  If you are in the pink of health, give it a 10.)

Third, ask yourself, "Which area, if focused on, could bring the most positive change into my life this year?" (It is OK to have a few focus areas, but since your time and energy is limited, don't try to change everything at once.)

Fourth, sit back, relax, take a few deep breaths - and get into your creative, visioning mode.  Dream up a picture of yourself wildly successful in your chosen area one year down the road. (And to do this well, you will need to give your resident inner-critic permission to take a coffee break.)  For example, if you chose health, imagine yourself fit, energetic and vitally alive, able to do anything you want to.  Once you have a picture in your mind, begin to imagine how it might make you feel. (The more you extrapolate the intellectual concept into feelings, the more powerful the image will be.)  The goal here is to get a clear picture and a strong emotional connection to the desired state.  The more this vision stirs or inspires, the easier it will be to overcome your natural inertia and take the daily actions to get there.    

"You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration."

- James Allen 

Fifth, once you have a strong vision of where you are heading, list the specific goals, actions or commitments you will take this week. The longest journeys start with a single step.  If you can break down your vision into specific weekly actions, it is far more manageable. Also, the more specific and measurable you can make the weekly goals, the better. The big difference between a dream that remains a dream, and a dream that becomes a reality, is your level of commitment and your ability to plan.

Sixth, set up a weekly support structure to keep you on track. You know yourself. You know what gets in the way of your best intentions. Finish this statement, "If I am not successful with this initiative it will be because........"  Will you get distracted?  Not set aside the necessary time? Run out of enthusiasm?   Once you know how you usually quit on your dreams, find a suitable support structure that will ensure your progress.  It can be as easy as setting some time aside each week to review your progress and plan for the next week. Other common support structures include finding a friend with a similar goal to partner with, or hiring a coach. Don't sell yourself short here. Habits take time to change. Lack of an effective support structure is one of the prime reasons people give up on their goals.

Seven, just do it. Contrary to what your inner-critic may say, you actually do have a great deal of choice in your life. You can choose to do this, or you can choose not to. Make a choice and follow through.  

Final Suggestion
I talk to a lot of people in my job. When you get right down to what really matters in people's lives, it is rarely about status, position, money or looks.  The things that matter the most are the times we really connected with another, give of ourselves, and make things better. It is the times when we let go of our self-preoccupation and make a difference for others, that end up being what we remember on our death beds.  

Make sure your goals for the year are ones that you will remember.

I wish you all a year full of love, health, abundance and the time to enjoy it. 



 "This was EXACTLY what I was needing to hear and learn."  

The first SOS teleclass of the new year starts soon. As usual this will be the marketing-your-practice-on-a-budget program in which I share everything I have learned from my years in coaching.  I love delivering the program and I am delighted that so many past participants have put to use so much from it.  (You can see the recent testimonials at ).

This program comes with a satisfaction guarantee and is designed with the intent that you will find it the single most valuable business building exercise you've ever been part of.  (Many participants realize over a 500% return on investment within the first few sessions, and it still costs less than $25 per session BEFORE your discounts.)

If you are interested in joining us, you will need to act quickly. Go to . Check out the program. I am thinking that either Tuesday the 11 or Wednesday the 12 of January look like good dates.  (Typically, to have this work for people around the world, the best time of day is 2 PM EST (11 AM Pacific).  If you are interested, please send me an email to let me know if you are in. (  

Next, direct anybody else you think might benefit from the course to the same link so they can reserve a spot and earn you both a discount. (Remember this is a win-win proposition, they get 10% off for being referred by you, and you get 10% off for each referral that signs up.  (The sooner you start referring, the more discounts you can earn.)  And there is always a 100% money back guarantee you can access anytime in the first month.)

I would love to have you join us, and help make 2005 a great year for you.

"I got 3 new clients over the last 2 weeks.  They are beginning to role in.....
with far less effort." 

The niche development work is amazing. You made it so easy for me.

"I want to let you know how much Im enjoying the SOS course and how much VALUABLE INFORMATION Im getting from it." 


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Life Coach and Business Development Specialist Steve Mitten B.ApSc, CPCC, MCC helps individuals, professionals and leaders find their niche, be their best and make an impact. Contact mailing address is 2141, 131B St., Surrey BC, Canada, V4A 9J5.

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