Five Recommendations to Change Your Mind, Your Heart, and Yourself: Happy New Year!

4. One step at a time.

Resist the impulse to try to do too much. A lot of small lists are better than one gigantic one.

Sometimes, it’s best to take one step back in order to move two steps forward. Take a course, read a self-help book, anything to invest in your future self. That may add to the time to achieve an expected outcome, but the investment will be worth it.

5. Transformation Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone:

It can be easy to fall into a routine and get comfortable with the way things are.

If your life and work are good, why change them and risk things getting worse? That sentiment is often the path to complacency. Try things that are new to you and strive for progress, not perfection.

I hope you will stretch that zone and expand your horizons to get a little better each day as it is essential for transformation.

Before you construct your transformation blueprint, try answering, writing down, and committing to the next three questions:

  1. WHERE do I want to go?
  2. HOW will I get there?
  3. WHO is coming with me?

Your Call to Action:

On a single page, write down these questions and the three from section two above. Then, take out your phone, snap a photo of the page, and text it to someone in your life who will hold you accountable for your change. Check in each quarter with your partner to assess the progress.

We can transform ourselves, but as Steve Jobs once said, “It’s simple. But it’s not easy.”

Consider the cost of not transforming and look around. With everything changing so rapidly, take a look in the mirror and remember what Michael Jackson said, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change.”

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Chuck Garcia
Chuck Garcia
Chuck is an author, executive coach, keynote speaker, and CEO of Climb Leadership International. He coaches executives on public speaking and leadership communication. A 25-year veteran of Wall Street, he spent several of those in leadership positions at Bloomberg, BlackRock, and Citadel. He is also adjunct associate professor at Columbia University where he teaches leadership communication in The Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science. He leverages his business leadership experience, as well as his hobby of mountain climbing, to provide an effective teaching narrative for professionals applying his tools and techniques. In his book A Climb to the Top, an Amazon best seller, draws on years of coaching and consulting experience to explain how you can become a powerful and persuasive communicator. Chuck is a graduate of Syracuse University and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Website

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