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CHIN UP !!!

...1. Don't make any New Year's resolutions on January 1st. Actually, don't even make them in the first two weeks of the year. Most people who have succeeded at a change never started on Jan 1st. This is the worst time to set goals, when we're fighting with the memory of failing at previous resolutions. Plus, it's right after the holidays, we're probably still eating unhealthy food...oops! The weather is still bad and we have to go back to the daily grind at work. Be on the look out for that feeling where we say to ourselves, "This is a change I want to do, not something I have to do." You'll know when the time is right.

...2. Give ourselves twice as much time to get to there. We all overestimate how much we will change in January and when we can't do it, we give up. Then we underestimate how much we could change in three, six or nine months and fail to make the effort. If we make our overall goal more important than the timing of our goal, we'll succeed...hopefully!

...3. Find someone who has already achieved a similar goal, find out what worked and make a plan. We need information to find the pathway to success. Don't try to do this alone...need a plan. People who have achieved a similar goal to ours have that knowledge, and often want to help someone else in the same position. Don't be shy to ask for guidance... "pretty please...& thank you!"

...4. Focus on one or two goals at a time. When we have five things we want to change in your life, nothing will change. When we constantly know the two things we want, our decisions and actions associated with those two things are much clearer. Clarity is the key to success... our brain is much more effective when it only has one or two things to focus on at all times. Ask ourselves: What is the one thing that would make me really happy if it happened this year?

...5. Choose a word of the year. It could be an emotion such as patience or faith. It could be a word, such as "yes," saying yes to things even when those things scare us. It could be a focus, such as "book," if your goal is to write that great novel or "debt-free" if you want to get your finances in order. Think of this word as our mantra--a word that reminds us of our goals and motivates us to reach them.

...6. Choose an overall theme for the year. This is an intention that touches all aspects of our life and can last all year. For example, our theme could be "put family first" if you usually put work first, or "put health first" if it's time to start taking care of ourselves. We could also use "enjoy being my age" or "be honest." Whatever it is, we should feel comfortable repeating it to ourselves. This is the filter with which we then approach our day.

...7. Make two lists: One of things we want to create, the other of things we want to give. This has no timeline on it. It's fine if it takes all year to complete. This is a very different way to look at just getting something done this year. It taps into your creative energy, most powerful energy. Also, it taps into our giving energy, which deep down we all want to feel we are giving and contributing to something that has meaning. When the creating and giving are in balance, things start to happen for us...

...8. Commit to helping someone else reach a goal. We do so much more for other people than we do for ourselves. Ask a friend or family member what goal he or she wants to achieve this year, and then tell this person we'll help him or her to reach it. This is very rewarding and works so much better than trying to go at it alone.

...9. Commit to always using the Change GPS. A GPS navigation system in our car only cares about two questions. Where are we now, and where do we want to go? At any moment, any day, ask yourself these two questions: Where am I now? Where do I want to go? Resolutions and goals are daily commitments, not something we make once at the beginning of the year. Every day is another chance to get closer. Remember, a GPS doesn't beat us up for mistakes we did yesterday. It gives us a clean slate every time... Yay!

...10. Every small step, decision or action counts and should be noticed. Don't postpone celebrating until we've reached our goal. Every time we make a positive step in the right direction, acknowledge ourselves. Our brain needs to know it's doing something right..."GOOD..."
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above all... more LOVE, PEACE & JOY in 2009 guysss...
~still learning...
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"Chin-Up!Shall We...".
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- PICs : Funny Upside Down Faces Via Yousaytoo.Com - ARTICLEs fm Huffington Post 'Ways To Suceed At New Year's Resolution' by A Bonvoisin
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90 comments:

TINE said...

Great post dear!
Goodluck on your upcoming year!

Dorkys Ramos said...

Thanks for the tips! Very helpful indeed. And those pictures are hilarious!!

...love Maegan said...

FABULOUS!!!!!! so great.

Rita said...

Such a good post! And pretty sound advice, I know I'll take it! :D

Eneida said...

Love, peace and joy in 2009 for you too!!!
Amazing the pictures!
Kisses!

Leah said...

these images are kinda disturbing. but, funny too. hrm

yes. i posted about waiting a bit too with the goals and resols....just sit and wait for a bit. let it come naturally.

Homme Times said...

When I first took a glance without reading the title or text, I got scared or a second. I honestly didn't know what body part I was looking at. lol
Afterwards, it's really inpirational. You made my day.

Annie said...

Hahah, these are hilarious!

Savvy Mode SG said...

great post.

heartofpearl♥ said...

oh my haha those chin faces are so scary but hilarious! x

Erin said...

Hilarious chins! Good luck on your goals!

J. said...

This was such a lovely and helpful post! And the chin-faces were fantastically amusing!

Hope 2009 brings you everything...

Terencesambowrites said...

i love those fotos they got me pondering a little on how they were shot...but i solved the riddle later :o)

HAPPY NEW YEAR :o)

Songy said...

This is such an important post but these photos are distracting from the message!! They are so wickedly funny!!!

Couture Carrie said...

Love your 10 non-resolutions. Very practical and uplifting. Those chin pics are freakin' me out but I adore your message of positivity!

Have a fab weekend, Lenore, and happy 2009!

xoxox,
CC

marie said...

Wonderful post! LOVE the photos!! A couple of them remind me of people I know!

Maja said...

Great post :) I've already broken my 1 resolution slightly, but I plan to pick it right back up on Monday :)

DaisyChain said...

this post cracked me up so much <3

MizzJ said...

Good tips on the resolutions! I think more people are giving up on making any at all, which isn't good either; we all just need to learn how to put action behind our intentions :)

heidi said...

LOLOLOL!!!!!!

Miss Muggins said...

Thanks for your sensible, yet inspirational post. Gave me a lot to ponder!

AsianCajuns said...

What great advice. I definitely like the idea of not starting with resolutions right away. I never feel motivated right after the holidays.

Love the chin faces - those are hilarious!

Krystal said...

that's both gross(somehow right?) and hilarious!!! xo

please sir said...

Oh what a great resolution and Happy New Year! Those chin pictures are so fun!

The Seeker said...

Hi my dear!!!!!!
So has 2009 started well???
Wishing you all the blessings!!!

This post is too great, great tips. You're right nobody is prepared right on the January 1st.
I think maybe because my Bday is too close I always "start the year" on it.

Those pictures are sooooooo funny, you always manage to find those things.....

All the best my sweet friend, take care
Blessings
xoxo

Nice Naive said...

Fantasric chin pictures! and great post!

yiqin; said...

LOL how adorable! I love the one wit the moustache!

janettaylor said...

Muhaha! I love it, very funny...

Thank U very much!

big kisses: Janet

dapper kid said...

Hahaha these images are amazing!!

Julia said...

Great philosophy!

Elisenda In The Clouds said...

What a great post! I especially liked n.9.

I've changed my mind to GPS mode!

♥ fashion chalet said...

thank you!! XO

hah loved this post

Winnie said...

Those chins freak me out lol. I rarely make new years resolutions nowadays!

CHARMAINE said...

omg the photos accompanying this photo really made me smile! so funny!

great advice thanks!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Lorentzo said...

Dios... jajaja.

Holly said...

FAB post!

molly said...

oh my god! it took me a minute to notice that those are CHINS...love it!

Xris Falagil said...

This photos are so strange!! but funny too!

Happy new Year!!!

Xris
;o)

Electro Geisha said...

:D i havent seen this for such a long time.. my friend and i were doing that in high school... :D thenk you for visiting...and c ya

MISS GLITZY said...

Such good advices! I never make New Year's resolutions. I wish you all the best for 2009! And thanks for your lovely comment.

melmo said...

these faces! hahaha i like them. they are so funny!

Sal said...

I adore you, Lenore. This is such sound advice, and truly outlines a formula for making goals into realities.

D said...

i love all these photos,thanks for making me laugh xoxo

Bella said...

#10 ALL THE WAY!!!

And wow, these are really the most strangely adorable pics ever!
I love it!

xxxx

Dooder City said...

amazing post and great pictures!

La Belette Rouge said...

This is way more than a double chin post. Love it! Hope 2009 is lovely, beautiful and altogether fabulous.

chuckles said...

Happy New Year!

I totally agree with not having your new years resolution on January first. It's just impractical specially if your resolution is about losing weight.

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Cool idea and a little freaky!

TaMs* said...

Love TheSe pics! I used to do this with my brothers when we were growing up. Ours weren't quite as cool but for sure had eyes and a chin. cute cute.
Happy New Year!!!!!

LYDIA said...

I love this post - great pictures!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

wow...thank you. i trust you and those chin faces...i really do. i fel better already.

Chessa! said...

I loved this! thanks for the inspiration. you're right about making resolutions...just wait until you're in a bit of a different place before making them...and, never, ever on Jan. 1.
:)

*indie_queen* said...

Great pictures and great words of advice!

atelier said...

happy new year, and very nice post. I don't have 2009 resolutions, as I didn't do any of my 2008's ones.

Mary-Laure said...

Love the Change GPS idea....

Vain and Vapid said...

Awesome and very inspirational :)

Happy New Years & have a great 2009!

WendyB said...

Oh, those pictures are so disturbingly funny.

Juste said...

wow! adorable! we were laughing about 10minutes! great idea!

Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

So funny pics, darling! Thank you for those tips. It's so good to slow down a bit sometimes! xoxo

Tiffany said...

This is a fantastic post :) I'm working on choosing a new years resolution and you truly helped me.

I tagged you on my blog, dear.
I really hope you dont mind :)

And since I missed your new years post, Happy 2oo9 to you :D

Brenda Heisler said...

Funny. Just plain funny.

Susanna-Cole said...

Haha, funny pictures! And great tips! :)

xoxo,
S-C

The Seeker said...

Thank you so much for your understanding darling, you’re sweet and lovely.
I’m not going to disappear, I’m just not appearing so many times.

Also I’ll have a group of favourites in which your blog is in :)

Love
xoxo

Franco said...

omg hahah that's too funny!!yet so creepy.
It's so nice to be back n the blogsphere :)
happy late holidays :)

a cat of impossible colour said...

Those pictures are hilarious! All the best for a great 2009. :D

Andrea xx

Eelie said...

Let it grow! Oh deary PLEASE let it grow. Take a picture and plaster it on the net so we can all marvel at a REAL LIFE Pinochio! 8 and 10 form a part of this years' resolutions.

Hope you're doing well :)

Annabelle said...

What a lovely post. Great advice, and has put my mind at ease (re: resolutions)... I am going to print this out and read it everyday... thank you.

mermaid said...

oh goodness those chins are so cute! haha

that's actually a good idea to make the resolutions later rather than sooner.

<33

jaleh said...

haha at first this freaked me out and then it cracked me up. cute post ;p

The Seeker said...

Oh my dear, I'm so sorry that I've made you think that today is my Bday :(
But it's tomorrow, the 10th.
I just had to go to the hairdresser today because he couldn't work tomorrow.
But thank you so much for your so kind and sweet and lovely words.
You're always that thoughtful friend.
I'm so grateful for our meeting.
Thank you, lovely
Blessings
xoxo

Linda Sue said...

EEEEEKKKK! Chins have always been freaky but you managed to find the absolute best of freakdom! Your words on the other hand sit well for the new year...thank you for your wisdom!

AsianCajuns said...

I love those chin photos! Great advice- start out slowly and be realistic. Great post ;)

Romeika said...

So funny and so creative!! :-D

colormekatie said...

So fun!

Ingvild Marie said...

haha!! That was funny!:P

Peter Hale Cooney III said...

Hey Lady Love,

I'm not gonna lie those chins are funny but definitely freak me out alittle! haha!

Also just wanted to let you know I started a new blog and laid the old one to rest.

http://peterhalecooneyiii.blogspot.com/

Please let me know what you think!

Peter

Simone de Klerk said...

The pictures are so much fun to look at. Every time I come across your blog and see this popping up, I have to smile.
Have a lovely week!

Becca Jane said...

this is a great post -and also, those pictures had me laughing so much...

goabeachresort said...

brilliant collection!!!!

Kwana said...

Cheers to you! What an amazing post. I've just found your blog and am now a fan. Thanks! I have my word for the year already. Holding it close.

Terence Sambo said...

where is ur new post :o(.....

Micaela said...

we shall!!! :) i needed this. ha love the mustaches!!! you are my favorite quirk! xo

kendalee said...

Great tips! :)

office said...

happy new year
male fashion shows in milan coming

Terence Sambo said...

i hope u post soon though..i got new posts up anyway :o)

Glendy said...

HAHAHAHA, I loved these pics they are awesome :) thanks for sharing

Couture Carrie said...

Hi sweetness! Hope you are having a great week too!

xoxox,
CC

ZuKi said...

wow, it looks so funny, but...scary=0

Couture Carrie said...

Meow, L! Please come back!

xoxox,
CC

lisa golightly said...

OMG .... I am laughing to tears !!! ( like 2 years after you posted this in the 1st place ) It is no wonder why I love your blog. quack quack !!