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June 29, 2017 Headline News, Training No Comments Email Email

Time for a fresh start. Don’t try to do it all at once. Step by step. Take control of your destiny by deleting the negative habits that have been dragging you down. Many resolve to start a new positive habit in 2017. Adding good habits can be fun, but unfortunately (most of the time), they don’t work. Research shows that only 8% of people who made a New Year’s resolution were able to meet their goal. Instead of adding a new diet or workout regime, reduce negative habits that have been holding us back.

Will you be successful in all you set out to do? Probably not, but no one is. So, what are your 2-3 most urgent goals as or aims for second half of 2017, and begin with those. Remind yourself every day what you are trying to achieve, put notes up if necessary to remind you, and get on with it! Don’t waiver, results will come. “Changes happen in small steps over time,” “Developing self-discipline is a process.”

“Many people have trouble meeting their goals when they try to change too much too fast. Focus on one behavior change at a time.”

Stop habit of self-loathing thoughts & beliefs.

Enough is enough. You have it in you. If you can’t silence that voice in your head, begin a regiment of meditation. If you need some quick wins to feel good about yourself, write three things you want to change this year. Right now.

Keep doing that, and you’ll break that habit and create a new one. A habit where you actually get things done.

Stop habit of underachieving.

You’re better than this. You have more in you. Do it now. The only thing stopping you is you.

Stop habit of reality TV/celebrity, complaining and gossip etc.

You’re an adult; this shouldn’t be a part of your entertainment. It’s junk food for your brain. Feels great at first, but there is always a negative mental consequence.

Stop habit of obsessing over dooms-day scenarios.

It’s good to have some healthy skepticism, but pessimists don’t change the world, motivate people, or come up with innovative ideas. They only bring the people around them down.

Stop habit of obsessing over things outside of your control.

Focus your time, energy and resources on improving yourself. You can control everything you put in your body, think about and do. Master yourself and become ruler of your universe.

The Judo Boy: A Story of Turning Weakness into Strength.

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo from an old Japanese Judo Master even though he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. After 3 months of training, the master had taught him only one move. When he asked this, the master says: “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know.”

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the master took him to a tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match.

The boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee was about to stop the match when the master intervened. “No. Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.

On the way home, they reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask why he could win the tournament with only one move. “You won for two reasons,” the master answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame others for it but we never know that our weaknesses can become our strengths one day. Each of us is special and important, so never think you have any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it!

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Richard Coles, Owner of Coles International Training & Consulting researches, develops and delivers real world learning and organizational solutions to clients’ needs and problems around the world. One area of specialization is Customer Service and leadership initiatives. Richard was in the airline business for over 30 years in prominent roles and worked for the best, KLM, Qantas and Emirates, so understands the travel industry well. To discuss your training needs, challenges, goals and strategy, visit and email Richard on:

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