Turning Resolutions to Reality: Teleclass Recording

5 Steps to Turn Resolutions into Reality

As a follow up to my recent teleclass with Cheryl Heppard of Healthy Business Coaching and  Michigan Health Coach, I am happy to share a recording of the call at http://www.attendthisevent.com/Modern/?eventid=10608915.

You owe it to yourself to listen and make sure you achieve your resolutions.  It isn’t too late!

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Turmoil to Tranquility – Controlling ADHD

Rochester (MI) Community House

March 8 & 15, 2010
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    $20 for two sessions

In this interactive two-session workshop, participants will learn strategies to overcome the challenges related to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).  The workshop will equip parents to help children develop academic, social and family solutions.  Learn coaching techniques and establish time saving routines. Leave this workshop with an action plan tailored to at least two specific goals.  Having two sessions will allow participants to develop an action plan, implement it and refine it before implementing the plan for the long term.

Parents, college students and other adults who experience ADHD themselves or within their families will benefit from attending this workshop.

Cost is $20 payable to the Rochester Community House, in Rochester, Michigan.  See registration information below.  Contact Laura Rolands if you have any questions regarding the workshop or getting registered.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required and is handled directly by the Rochester Community House. You can now also access the print version of the RCH class brochure and use the form to do a mail registration. To do so:

Click here for the printed RCH brochure.

Mail: Print the RCH sign-up form, fill it out and mail it with your check. Assume you are in the class, unless you hear otherwise. If you need confirmation, you must send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In Person: Drop off your completed sign-up form with cash or check (no credit cards) made out to Rochester Community House to the RCH office, located on the second floor. Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Phone: No class holds will be given by phone. Call for class information only. Classes are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not accept credit cards.

Refunds: A $10.00 cancellation fee will be charged if student cancels prior to first class. During the first two weeks, a student may withdraw with a pro-rated refund plus the $10.00 cancellation fee. After holding a class spot for two weeks, no refunds or credits are possible. A $10.00 fee will be charged for a check returned for insufficient funds. Full refunds will be mailed if RCH cancels class due to low enrollment.

Please double check your schedule before committing to any class. There are limits to class sizes and classes fill rapidly.

Children may not accompany adults to classes. It is distracting and unfair to other paying students.

For more information call the Community House at 248-651-0622.

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Coaching Tools Help Children with ADHD Achieve Goals

Western Wayne County CHADD Meeting in Northville, MI

February 8, 2010
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    FREE to CHADD Members or $5 donation

Coaching can provide children and teenagers who have ADHD with an avenue to set goals, develop robust action plans to achieve them and become more accountable for the follow up.  During this presentation, you will learn about coaching and how you can apply coaching tools at home.

Attend this meeting of the Western Wayne County CHADD chapter to learn what coaching does and how you can immediately apply the principles to your challenges.

Pre-registration is not required.  Meetings are held at Northville High School, room 141.

If you are interested in joining CHADD, see their website at www.CHADD.org.

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ADHD Friendly Resolutions: Make It Happen!

Did you make New Years resolutions?  Have you achieved them yet?  Are you stuck?  If you need some ideas to gain momentum, read on!  If you have already achieved your resolutions, congratulations and please leave a comment to share your success with others!

If you are feeling stuck, the following 5 Steps to Turning Your Resolutions Into Reality will help you move forward.

Step 1: Identify Challenges

Spend more time than you think you need on identifying challenges. If your general goal is to make more money, spend time identifying what gets in your way of making more money. I also recommend brainstorming with someone to help you think through the challenges that you are facing.

Step 2: Set Goals

Focus on setting SMART Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.


  • By being very specific you increase your changes of achieving your goals. If you want to get more organized, be specific about what you want to organize and how organized you want it to be. For example, if you want to organize your desk, you want to think about what area of your desk is most troublesome and how you can phrase your goal to ensure you tackle your biggest challenge.


  • Measurement is key to making sure that you know when you reach your goal. For a simple illustration, think of a weight loss goal. It is much more meaningful to say I want to lose 10 pounds than to say I want to lose weight. You can apply this to other challenges too.


  • It is key to have attainable goals to ensure you do not give up before you reach success. Looking at an organization goal, if your whole office is disorganized right now, it might be too overwhelming to get and keep the whole office organized. You might want to start with a specific area or even one desk drawer.


  • Similar to Attainable goals, this characteristic helps my clients to keep moving towards their goals


  • Putting realistic deadlines using specific dates is key to your success.

It is also important to visualize your goals. I  recommend that my clients post their goal somewhere that they can see it. If you artistically inclined you can make a picture – if not, find a picture on the internet or post a written version of your goal so you can see it.

Step 3: Action Plan

When developing your action plan, keep a few simple principles in mind.

  • Take small steps and you will make progress towards your resolutions.
  • Post a checklist as a reminder of your action plan
  • Reward yourself with something that is valuable. During our teleclass on this topic, Cheryl Heppard and I discussed, rewards do not need to be  expensive, but they do need to mean something to you. Be creative with your rewards.

Step 4: Take Action – START!

Do not wait for your plan to be perfect before you implement it. If you look for perfection you might let key opportunities for improvement pass by you. Also remember to keep with your action plan for at least 21 days to develop a new habit. It might be 28 days or even a couple months if you are making a major change. When you are taking action, remember to give yourself positive feedback, celebrate your wins and keep going after setbacks.

Step 5: Measure Success

Whether you use a scale, financial report, checklist, journal or another tool you must measure success and track progress. If you don’t, you’ll never really know if you have achieved your goal and when it is time to move on to the next goal. It also helps to discuss your goals with a coach, spouse, business partner, friend or other supportive person in your live.

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