Face it: More New Year's resolutions fail than not. Yet we continue to make them year after year. We want to make positive changes. How can we achieve success with our resolutions? Author Tom Connellan says all we need is a structure that supports change, one percent at a time.
Chelsea, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/26/2011 -- The new year is now three weeks old, and about this time, many people have already begun to abandon their New Year's Resolutions.
Resolutions rarely work, yet most people make them year after year, because they genuinely want to make positive changes. The problem, according to New York Times bestselling author Tom Connellan, is that a crucial piece is missing - a structure that's designed to promote success. Connellan, a former Program Director and Research Associate at the University of Michigan, says that "lack of a structure leads to failure every time."
"Say you have resolved this year to start going to the gym for strength training," says Connellan. "Today you can lift 100 pounds.
Tomorrow, you aim to improve your performance by 1%. You do it - no problem. By making just a 1% improvement every day, your improvement builds on itself. In only 68 days, you are lifting 200 pounds. Just by making 1% improvements, you have doubled your performance in less than 10 weeks. The same principle applies to any other improvements you want to make - in your personal life, raising your kids, or your career."
Changing habits is hard. Asking the brain to suddenly change the way it's always done something can be one job too many. The good news is, habits can be changed, thanks to something called neuroplasticity. Learning something new forces the brain to grow new internal connections to deal with the new tasks. But it doesn't happen immediately. It takes at least 21 days for the brain to get used to doing something new and form those new connections. Choose one habit to change. Make a conscious effort to change it every day for 30 days. At the end of 30 days, well past the 21-day danger zone for relapsing, the new habit will be cemented into daily life.
The 1% Solution for Work and Life details the proven structures that support new, positive habits, and helps readers apply them to their personal lives and careers. The book is now available in hardback from Amazon.com and other leading booksellers. Author Tom Connellan ( http://www.TomConnellan.com/tomconnellanbooks.html ) presents an easily-followed and practical guide to creating constant, incremental improvement in home, business, and life. Because willpower is so unreliable, trying to immediately be 100% better at something just doesn't work. So The 1% Solution shows how to create lasting change by making small improvements every day - even as small as 1%.
"If actionable ideas that can make your job and life better interest you, get your copy of The 1% Solution for Work and Life now because some of the tools can make a difference in as little as 30 seconds," notes Marshall Goldsmith, world-renowned executive coach and author of the New York Times best-sellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There.
About The 1% Solution
The 1% Solution for Work and Life gives readers a structure that works because it's based not upon opinion but upon research, testing, and application. The 1% Solution for Work and Life delivers page after page of tools to use right now. By establishing the habit of incremental change and improvement, readers can take stock of where they are right now in life, and put in place a plan that gently but firmly forces them, day by day, to take the actions that will lead them where they want to go. Priced at $19.95, The 1% Solution for Work and Life is available from Amazon.com ( http://www.amazon.com/1%25-Solution-Work-Life-Make/dp/0976950626/ ) and other online book retailers, or can be ordered through any local bookstore.
About Tom Connellan
In demand as a keynote speaker by firms such as FedEx, Acura, BMW, Neiman Marcus, Canadian Tire, Marriott, Home Depot, Sobeys, and TD Canada Trust, Tom Connellan ( http://www.TomConnellan.com/ ) has gained a reputation as a "tough talking and truth telling" speaker because he delivers actionable ideas. In his previous books, Inside the Magic Kigdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success and Turbulent Times Leadership for Sales Managers: How the Very Best Boost Sales Connellan shared his insights into building a successful business. With The 1% Solution for Work and Life, he makes his success principles accessible to everyone.
For information on Connellan's schedule and availability, call 734-428-1580, visit http://www.TomConnellan.com/ or write to:
1163 South Main Street
The Connellan Group Inc.
1163 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118