Meet Elizabeth Koraca
Elizabeth is an executive coach & career strategist and former Reuters TV anchor who helps business executives, journalists, entrepreneurs, and other professionals improve their presentation and communication skills so they can wield more influence and attain their professional goals. She helps her clients, who include executives at Morgan Stanley, Thomson Reuters, and Pfizer, deliver more effective presentations, cultivate stronger professional bonds, and speak confidently. Elizabeth is also an on-air expert and has been featured on CNN, FOX News, iHeart Radio and more.
I picked Elizabeth’s brain about New Year’s resolutions; from how to choose one, to the best ways to really make a commitment.
New Year’s Resolutions 101
What do you say to people who don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions?
Often the people who don’t believe in them have not been able to make New Year’s resolutions stick in the past. We all have good intentions when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but we fail because we don’t have a proper plan in place. Having a timeline is key for success.
Why do you feel they are important?
A New Year’s resolution is a goal and goals are very important because they help us achieve what we need to succeed. So think of your New Year’s resolution as a goal instead of a resolution.
Are there certain tactics that can help make New Year’s resolutions last?
- Keep it simple, only choose one or a few resolutions. Don’t complicate it, make it easy for yourself to succeed.
- Write it down and have your resolutions visible so you are reminded of them. Studies show that those who write out their goals are more likely to achieve success compared to those who don’t.
- Create an action plan of how you will make it happen and follow up weekly to make sure you succeed (schedule time in your calendar to make sure it happens.)
- When you have a setback, learn from it, then keep moving forward and don’t look back. You can’t control the past, but you are in charge of this moment and how you move forward with the choices you make.
In your opinion, what are the best kinds of New Year’s resolutions?
It all depends on the change you want to make. What are you most excited and passionate about? Tap into the change you want to make.
For example: losing weight and getting in shape always tops the list. So instead of saying I am going to lose weight – GET SPECIFIC – you need to say something like – I am going to lose 10 pounds by Feb. 14 by going to the gym 3 times a week, joining weight watchers, and going on this journey with a friend so we can support each other and keep each other accountable. I am now going to schedule it in the calendar so it gets done. Get clear on WHY you want to lose weight, it will help drive you forward.
Is there a New Year’s Resolution of your own that you are the most excited about?
Stop overloading my calendar, slow down, be present and live in each moment, instead of rushing all the time and always focusing on the next thing.
Your quality of life improves if you can enjoy the moment as opposed to stressing about the next thing you need to do.
How am I going to make this happen: set a calendar reminder each day, avoid jam-packing the calendar, and when my mind starts to race about what I need to do next, remind myself to slow down, practicing gratitude daily also helps us to slow down and enjoy life.
Any final words of wisdom you’d like to share? We need all the help we can get!
With the New Year here, now is the perfect time to commit to trying something you’ve always wanted, no matter how big or small.
Perhaps you want to save more money, find a new job or be a better you! Set yourself up for success by following through on your New Year’s resolutions and make them stick for 2019!
Make sure you follow Elizabeth on social media so you don’t miss a thing:
LinkedIn: Elizabeth Koraca