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2 minutes each week from Jean Moroney

to help you execute on your goals

Issue #65
I. Tip: Troubleshooting Your New Year’s Resolution
II. News & Blog Posts from Jean Moroney
III. Freebie Teleclass: Jump Start Your Project
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
        Two sessions: 3:00 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. ET
I. Tip: Troubleshooting Your New Year’s Resolution
It’s January 7. Here are three signs your New Year’s Resolution is in trouble:
  • You’ve already missed following through once
  • You’re already resisting following through
  • You’re already doubting whether you can keep following through
Whether your resolution was to work out every day or follow a diet at every meal or get to work at 7:00 a.m. every morning, if you’re having trouble following through, you’re probably facing one of these three problems:
1. You don’t know the exact steps to take. A resolution is an intention to take action. It only works if you already know the specific steps to take. Where will you work out? What will you eat? How will you get out of bed earlier? Figuring out the detailed “how” needs to precede the commitment.
2. You have an aversion to following through. If you hate working out, or dieting, or getting up early, you are fighting a losing battle.
Resolving to do something doesn’t magically counter the resistance you feel. Before you make that resolution, find a workout that revs you up, an eating process that leaves you satisfied, or a great reason to get out of bed in the morning. After you make the process motivating (or at least palatable), you can resolve to bring this intention to mind so you follow through consistently.
(If this sounds impossible, you may have a mistaken assumption about how to proceed. That can blind you to other options. There are multiple paths to any rational goal.)
3. You aren’t committed. A resolution is a tool for implementing a commitment, not a substitute for commitment. If you make a resolution because you think you “should” or it would be a “good idea,” your resolution is doomed.
Implementing a resolution takes work. You need a compelling reason to put forth that consistent effort.
The bottom line: There are many mental tools to help you achieve your goals. A resolution is just one. It magnifies your intention as you commit to a well-understood, compelling process.
If you’re not ready to make a resolution, then you’re better off clarifying your goals and the steps to achieve them.
II. News & Blog Posts from Jean Moroney
My business is undergoing a metamorphosis, starting with this newsletter. You may notice it has a new format, a new name, and a new schedule. I’ll be sending a short article each Wednesday–one that is readable in 2 minutes or less– and posting longer articles and videos to the blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Recent Posts on the Blog:
Related Article on
As part of the change, I am also redoing the freebie that I offer visitors to the site (see below) and my flagship all-day workshop (more later).
Please note: we have moved to Naples, Florida, but thanks to technology, our longtime business phone number still works. Our contact info is in the footer.
III. Freebie Teleclass: Jump Start Your Project

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Eastern (Two Sessions)

(12 noon & 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Central)

When a task or project is languishing, it needs to be jump started to get the momentum back.

What’s getting in the way? There is always something. In this class, you will learn a 3-step process to identify the holdup and get the project moving again.

You will learn:

  • A quick, 3-question process to zero in on what’s stopping you
  • The #1 tactic that helps you take next steps
  • What to do when the problem is motivation

This is an interactive teleclass consisting of lecture, exercises, and discussion. Come to class with a project you need to jump start, and have paper and pencil ready.

Sign up for the FREE teleclass here:


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Jean Moroney

About Jean Moroney: Ms. Moroney, President of Thinking Directions, teaches managers, small business owners, and other professionals how to be smarter as they execute on their goals by catching problems early, grasping issues quickly, and taking action decisively. Ms. Moroney received a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and worked as a system engineer, project manager, and software consultant for 10 years. She has an MS in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon, and has been coaching and speaking on thinking skills since 1998. She has given her all- day flagship course, “Thinking Tactics” all over North America. Her corporate clients include Microsoft,, BB&T, and Canadian Bank Note Company. Thousands of people have benefited from her methods. Find out more at and sign up for her freebie class: Jump Start Your Project: