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2009 has already begun and you probably have your own ideas of some of the goals that you want to achieve during the New Year. Noticed I don’t say resolutions; personally I’m not big on resolutions. Every year around this time many Dominicans plan to make changes in the life, but after a month or two they’re back doing the same things.

There is nothing wrong with your list of resolutions, but you probably want to add a few things that will make the rest of your life better, and this time make it a goal – even if it’s the smallest goal. Chances are you’ll accomplish that goal.

Here are 3 things that you should consider adding that will benefit yourself:

Get rid of your loser friends – If is one problem we’ve in our Dominican society is kids keeping the wrong company.

Hanging around with people that bring you won’t do much for you, so might as well stop hanging around with them. Some of the qualities that these people usually have are: no motivation to make money, laziness, drug addictions and always having a negative attitude.

Stop judging people – its’ human nature for us to judge people by their looks, smell and even behavior. I even judge people, but we all need to stop. It doesn’t do any good to judge people, so why should we keep on doing it.

Love money and drive to earn more of it – I understand that you might think that money is not all in life, but in this hard economy times you need it to survive. With money you can give your kids the education they deserve and the experiences in life that you never had. You don’t have to be rich, but make sure you make enough money to live a comfortable life.

And last by not least, one more thing you should consider adding to your list that will benefit other people:

Support a Local cause – there are a lot of things out there that you can support, so stop wasting time and support one. For example I support the Dominica infirmary and whenever I can, I donate money to it. Even if you don’t have much money to donate to a cause, you can still donate your time.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Lets hear ‘em in the comments

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There is a strong chance you’ve not read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, the subject seem to have a made it way into what most readers call “ Success Literature” all over the world. But what exactly is emotional intelligence and why is it so important? Well, the “why” is quite clear. Many people find themselves successful in all the traditional ways (i.e. with money and flashy friends) but still not satisfied nor happy. Creating a meaning in life requires strong relationships and doing so requires emotional intelligence.

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why.

So, how does one go about creating a greater sense of emotional intelligence? In this post, I will try outline the nine aspects involved and offer brief descriptions of each:

Awareness. Recognizing individual emotions as they occur, understanding why they occur, and understanding the effects (that goes for both good and bad) they have on you.

Control. Resisting impulses and urges, remaining calm even as chaos develops, and always thinking clearly when those around you can’t.

Assessment. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses, learning from mistakes, and constantly striving to build on what you have in an effort to make yourself better.

Vision. Creating a sense of direction in your life, having the foresight to anticipate problems/needs before they happen, and paying attention to the details.

Creativity. Thinking outside the box, developing a tolerance for uncertainty, and maintaining an openness to change.

Innovation. Seeking out unconventional solutions to problems, keeping an open mind to originality in the world, and applying creativity in practical ways.

Ambition. Setting tough but attainable goals, constantly raising the bar in quest of excellence, and feeling the need for achievement whenever you can.

Independence. Living with a constant sense of who you are, making your own decisions even in the face of peer pressure, and acting despite tremendous risk and doubt.

Optimism. Understanding we all make mistakes, choosing to continue no matter how many times you’ve failed, and always remaining hopeful that success is just around the corner.

Those of you who are unfamiliar, a great way to create a habit are to do so in a month-long trial. Start at the top of the list and work your way down over the six months. Or simply choose whichever you feel will help you most right now and take it from there.

For example, to create a greater sense of consciousness you could start meditating, even if it’s for only three to five minutes a day. For assessment, you could take some time off to be alone with your thoughts, by treating yourself to a solo lunch or spending the afternoon at the park. Or just drive after work with the radio off.

Slowly but surely, you’ll begin to see the changes. As long as you take the time to really imprint these new behaviours – they’re bound to stick and you’re bound to feel the difference.

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In my first post, I explained why its important to Develop Your Accountability System and how we should keep pointing ourselves back towards our goals again and again. In this second part I’m going to share you why I think Systems triumph over intentions.

The best of intentions will be dominated by whatever system you have in place. If you have no system, then either old habits or just plain confusion will dominate in the long run, regardless of your intentions and motivation. The primary and Secondary (PAS) is just one tool for staying on track — it’s my favorite because it takes goals and tie them all the way down to the level of actions in the moment. So accountability exists at all levels.

But the real key is that it’s a fundamental part of every day life. Without daily or sometimes even hourly refocusing on the most important goals, it’s just too easy to lose sight of your goals and get diverted. So even though it requires some effort to put together a primary and secondary action plan, it’s worth it.

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