'Create a Life You Love' Newsletter


ISSUE #30: 'How to Set Your Resolutions for 2004'

'Life coaching tips on having MORE in your life. More fun, more love, more peace, more excitement.'

David Wood, PCC
LifeSkills Coaching
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1. Announcements/Offers
2. 'How to Set Your Resolutions for 2004' (FEATURE)
3. The Personal Touch
4. About the 'Create a Life You Love' Newsletter

1. Announcements/Offers

This is a First for Self Help!

David Riklan of Selfgrowth.com has just launched a one of a kind ebook. Now for the first time ever you can get advice from 101 Self Help experts in one easy to read ebook.

And - you can even listen to audio clips from each expert. This is a great resource for any coach, or anyone committed to their personal growth.

(Actually, what had me buy it was one of the free bonuses - a list of the top 101 insirational movies of all time. I really love the memorable quotes section).

You can get it here:

Top 101 Experts

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Random Acts of Senseless Kindness

I'm very moved by the work of this organisation. It's brilliant, and it's spreading throughout the world.

You can see what they're up to, and get the kindness newsletter here:



2. FEATURE: How to Set Your Resolutions for 2004

Welcome to the New Year! Did you ever want to be one of those people who make resolutions every year and actually stick to them?

My friend Peter Hegarty has made 3 resolutions every year for the last 15 years, and completed every one!!! Imagine if you had set and achieved 45 extra goals for your life!

But that's pretty 'out there'. This article isn't for those of you who easily create three resolutions every year, create a plan for achieving them, and put it into action without effort.

No - it's for those of us who WANT to make some changes to our life, and are JUST ABOUT to do some goal setting, and were waiting for the push that comes from this very newsletter. Well here it is!

And you'll be glad to hear I'm not going to bust your chops about goals. I'm clear that many of us don't set goals because we don't want to set ourselves up for 'failure'. It's a bit confronting. Well - welcome to the 'easy flow' method of goal setting.

I'm going to simply invite you to create three goals that will make a difference to your life, and then to put them up on your wall. If you don't complete them - what have you lost? You're no worse off. And if just picking some goals and putting them on your wall is enough to tip you over the edge and cause some results, then you've discovered a very easy way to make changes!

My 3 Step Goal Finder™ Method

So let's get started. Here's my easy 3 Step Goal Finder™ method:

1) Firstly pick an area of your life that you really would love to polish up. (Not SHOULD polish up, but would LOVE to polish up). Common areas are relationships, career, finances, health & fun/lifestyle.

2) Then set a resolution or goal that would put a smile on your face when achieved, and write by when you would like to have it. (A stretch is OK, but keep it doable.)

3) OPTIONAL: Repeat this process until you have 3 goals. (Note: You can skip these steps and simply pick something that you know in your heart you want to do)

Your goals should be specific (i.e. will it be clear when you've reached it? A goal like 'feel better' about myself is hard to measure. While a goal like 'lose 10 pounds' is very clear.)

So what calls to you….

A healthy toned body?
A clear financial plan?
30% increase in income?
Starting your own business?
Feeling free, expressed, and in love with your partner?
Back in communication where there has been a rift?
Two weeks in Peru?
To sing in public?

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Now that you have one to three targets, they need to see the light of day! So write them down in big letters and put them up where you'll see them every day. You might even like to get creative, and use paint, and/or find a picture that motivates you. I also highly recommend telling at least three people, to make it real.

To make your job even easier...

I'm providing two resources to assist you in this process. They are available free of charge, so I hope you'll take advantage of them.

1) Sixty Coaching Goals
This is a list of over 60 goals that I commonly help people with - goals that make a difference in people's lives. You might see the perfect goal for you, or it might trigger an idea for you.

2) Top Ten Tips to Achieving Your Goals
Putting your goals up on the wall is a good example of a structure to support you. If you would like to set up more structures to make achieving these goals even easier, and more likely, then you'll love this added resource.

Both are now available for download free for my newsletter readers at:



3. The Personal Touch

This holiday season it was really nice to give money to charity instead of presents to each other. I mean, we really do have so much, it just seemed silly. So in a remote Indian village there is now a goat named Bronwyn.

And we're moving to Melbourne - this week! Bron just got accepted to Melbourne Uni for dental hygiene, so we're off for 12 months. It's pretty exciting.

In December SolutionBox™ had a record 209 online sales. I think this is pretty cool!

OK guys - all the best for 2004. Let's make it a big one!

Love, David

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David Wood is a personal and business coach, and a founder of the International Coach Academy - a global company training coaches in nine countries. He is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) based in Washington, D.C.

David has coached people in 13 countries via telephone and email. He helps people tap into their passion and adventure, and get into action! He works with professionals on career direction and personal issues, with small business owners, and managers/executives. He also helps coaches start or accelerate their coaching practice via the CoachStart™ Program at http://www.coachstart.com/Mentor.htm