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January 2016 Partner Tips

Each month we feature a short editorial from one or more of our strategic partners containing useful information related to work and life.

This month Sarah Furuya offers some tips on how to turn your story around.


Sarah Furuya – Clever Rebels and Curious Corporates

This happened to me this week. This conversation played out in my head. It took about 30 seconds to unravel. I nearly unraveled. Luckily I have techniques to notice these spirals and I want to share those with you. Read on to find out and to see how you can work with me on planning your New Year.

I’m going to have a dry January.

And I could start drinking green juice every morning and detox too.  green-juice

Maybe I should stop eating meat again too.
I’ll go to yoga every morning.
Or run.
I’ll need a new juicer.
And have plenty of fresh fruit in.
What kind of juicer.
*Googles*
Woh, the one I want is expensive.
I also want a new bed. Bed or juicer.
Bed and juicer?
Yoga every morning sounds hard.
When can I join.
Maybe it should be Anytime Fitness instead.
I hate gyms.
Why would I go to a gym?good-morning-yoga
Are my yoga clothes in good condition?
I need new yoga clothes.
But if I want a juicer and a bed.
I should use my bread maker.
Or put it on Craigslist.
And running is free and you can do it anytime.
I’ll run instead.
But what about my business?
Will I have time to run?

I also want to write every morning.
I’ll need to get up at 6am to do that before work. Yes, this will be the new me.
I hate mornings though.
How can I do this?THIS. THIS.
What is this?

Does this every happen to you?
You go from deciding to have dry January <or insert any simple yet still challenging new year resolution here> to a stressful story running in your head where you’re-overspending, over-committing and setting yourself up for a failure.

Here. Is where you can turn your story around.

Your new year resolution; goal; objective; commitment will be much more achievable and sustainable.

– CHOOSE one simple thing to do. And set yourself up for success. Choose a word for the year. Just one, that will
 NOTICE when you are spiraling into committing to too much, even in your head.
– CUT things from your life. Decide on things you will remove, say no to or stop doing.
– PRACTICE saying no to things. Elegantly, classily and politely. But clearly, absolutely and non-negotiable.
– ASSESS how you can be successful. Discover what the smallest goal you could set is that will set you up for success, then give yourself a stretch goal, but always acknowledge when you have succeeded in a goal. No matter how small. This is motivating.
– RECALIBRATE in February. Give yourself the chance to review and if you are not winning at your new year resolution, change it. February is the new January.
– GIVE yourself permission to course-correct. Give up! And don’t set a goal at all! Why not?!
– LISTEN to your body, when you think of your goal does your body tighten up or do you feel anxiety?
– Go back to RECALIBRATE and GIVE yourself permission to do something that feels good, not matter how challenging.
If you feel any confusion about how to kick off 2016, or want to identify your resolutions, goals or objectives, and want someone to be accountable to, who can help you to identify goals that both look good and feel good, email info@sarahfuruya.com and organize a 15 minute free Skype chat with Sarah to talk about your goals, life goals and challenges you are facing.  Spaces are limited for January and Sarah’s assistant Laura will set you up with a slot.

Clever Rebels often have big dreams and are highly creative and ambitious. I can help you identify your dreams and the steps it will take to get there. Curious Corporates need support to present their ideas in the structure of their organizations. New price lists will be out in January and FEW members enjoy huge discounts on all coaching with me, Sarah Furuya at Clever Rebels.

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