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Within the last year, I have been able to flip the script described above by putting two key strategies into place that I have learned from Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. The Zorro Circle and The 20 Second Rule are not going to blow you away by any stretch of the imagination; however, when executed effectively can make all of the difference within implementation efforts.
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So what does this look like for you? Imagine that you want to lose twenty pounds, as we approach a new year. Rather than doing what most people do and focus on the end product, think about the small steps to put into place to incrementally move you toward this result. Think about the first week within your efforts; how often will you exercise, at what time of day, how will your food choices change? Start small within this first week, this might include fifteen minutes of walking per day while cutting your calorie intake by 200. Set a small, achievable goal within the first week and commit to it. When the second week roles around, increase your efforts to twenty minutes of walking and so forth. As you are successful with each step, add a little more each week to get closer to your end product or goal; this is the essence of the Zorro Circle. Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds or thinking about how to implement the latest leadership strategy, I highly encourage you to break down the task into small steps that lead to quick wins.
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