How’s your New Year’s resolution working out?

How would you like to SWAP your resolution for something more successful? Think of SWAP as an acronym and Work Positive to transform your chosen target of change into productive results using these three proven methods:

S - Song
Resolutions fail because you lack a positive, consistent connection with your desire to change. How do you motivate yourself daily for success?

Select a theme song for 2013. Music motivates emotionally and mentally. The combination of sound and silence touches something deep within you where your desire for change emerges. Listen to it often enough and you associate the music with the motivation.

Pick a song you enjoy. My song for 2013 is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “I Won’t Back Down.” I watch the YouTube video every morning as I start my day. I sing along a lot of mornings, too. The dogs have yet to howl…

Work Positive and pick a theme song for 2013. Listen to it every morning and positively motivate yourself for success.

W - Word
Resolutions fail because you miss a positive, consistent connection with a thought to replace negative ones that emerge when your change attempts stray. How do you react when your old behavior shows up?

Typically you get down on yourself and follow Anxious Alice down the rabbit hole of negativity. Instead pick a theme word for 2013. Choose a phrase that captures where you want to be in December, 2013.

Select a word(s) that serve as a springboard to realign your thoughts on positive success. My words for 2013 are “focus and filter.” When an experience comes up short, I say these words to remind me to “focus on the positive and filter out the negative;” to pivot and keep moving forward toward success.

Work Positive and pick a theme word for 2013. Say it to yourself out loud often.

AP - A Plan
Resolutions fail because you state an intention divorced from an action plan.

You want to double your sales in 2013. What is that number? How many calls will you make to reach that number based on your 2012 conversion rate? Who will you call? How will you best connect with them? What days of the week and hours of those days are best to have a meaningful conversation?

The more specific your plan, the more you SWAP your resolution for the change you desire and enjoy daily success as you Work Positive.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Joey Faucette is the #1 Amazon best-selling author of Work Positive in a Negative World (Entrepreneur Press), Work Positive coach, & speaker who helps business professionals increase sales with greater productivity so they leave the office earlier to do what they love with those they love. Discover more at