New Year’s resolutions are a good tool for thinking about what you really want to achieve in life. But for the most part, they’re not highly effective. I’m a bigger fan of monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly goals. Why give all that power to January 1st? After all, it’s just 24 hours out of the 8,760 that we’ve got to work with in a year!

For December, I’m committing to three goals. (I prefer “goals” to “resolutions.”) To accomplish these I’ll need to keep my eye on the ball throughout each day. And, to increase my accountability, I’m publishing my goals on LinkedIn for all of you to see! I’d love to have some company in this journey. Feel free to ask about my progress and to share your own goals for December in the comments below or by sending me a LinkedIn message. I promise to hold you accountable in return.

And now…here are those goals:

1) Sticking to Bright Line Eating. On Nov. 1, I jumped into the Bright Line Eating (BLE) 14 Day Challenge and was so amazed by my success that I signed up for the 60 day bootcamp. I’m taking it day by day, and exactly one month later, I’m 10 pounds lighter! The BLE approach involves leaving behind sugar, flour, eating between meals, and excess weight. Writing down in a journal what I’ll be eating the next day creates a daily road map for keeping my portions and ingredients on track. I’m grateful to Kristen Kosinski who told me about BLE and whose persistence and Invisible Warfare coaching inspires me!

2) Publishing to LinkedIn every day in December. I’ve published podcasts on iTunes, e-newsletters for various companies, and website blogs for many weeks and years in a row, but I’ve never challenged myself to post to LinkedIn on a regular basis. The time has come! I realize that if you’re one of my coaching clients you’re getting a good laugh out of this! I’ve likely advised you to publish to LinkedIn more frequently, and now, I’m taking a large dose of my own medicine! I have no idea how I’ll create 31 days of content, but I’m going to give it a try. I’m inspired in this project by Bernadette Jiwa who writes that “How we do matters” and Seth Godin who’s known for saying, “People like us, do things like this.”

3) Coaching for the Skipping Stone Ripple Effect. My September, October and November goals involved investing lots of time and money into growing my coaching toolkit. In Santa Monica, Annapolis, D.C. and on conference calls, I immersed myself in training sessions with amazing coaches from all over the world. That training still continues and always will. In December, my goal is to tap more deeply into what I’ve learned to coach each amazing client in a way that results in them achieving greater insights and clarity than ever before. My clients are smart, continuous learners, who are driven to make a difference in the world and to make the greatest possible impact, no matter what they’re involved with. I believe that if I can help to elevate their impact, then everyone around them will also be elevated. I’m going for the type of ripple effect you get by skipping a stone. If your technique is just right, the stone skips 6 or more times – causing ripples with each point of impact – before dropping into the water yards away from where it’s journey began.

There you have it! My December goals! What are yours?

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of my Daily December blog project. #EverBetter