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Lynn Hellerstein
March 2011 Newsletter

How Are You Doing With Your 2011 New Year’s Resolutions?

I’m going to lose 10 pounds…
I will quit smoking…
I’m going to be less stressed…
I will spend more time with family…

Are you still living by your resolutions or are they long-forgotten?

Why do I bring up this topic now? How many of you have made New Year’s resolutions, only to see yourself fall back to your old patterns of behavior.  What is the secret?  How can you be more successful in transforming and making the changes that you envision?  Re-creating your life, setting goals and opening up to new possibilities and opportunities is within everyone’s reach.

New Year’s Resolutions never really worked well for me.  I have transitioned from setting resolutions to setting intentions each year. An intention is defined as “an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.” Resolution is defined as “the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.” Intention focuses on the bigger picture or a way of BEING. Whereas, the resolution, or action, is a way to achieve your intention. Therefore, if you can focus on the intention before the how (resolution), you may notice more sustainable motivation for transformation.

This is exactly how the See It. Say It. Do It! Model works.  In the previous e-newsletters, each step of the See It. Say It. Do It! Model was briefly explained:
  • See It! - Create a picture in your mind/visualize
  • Say It! - Make a declaration (statement) as to your way of being/ intention to live into your “visualization”
  • Do It!- Take action to achieve your visualization
What happens when The See It. Say It. Do It! Model isn’t utilized consistently or thoroughly?

The equations below demonstrate what happens when all the steps of the See It. Say It. Do It! Model aren’t completed.

DreamerSee It – Say It – Do It = DREAMER

Visualization without making a declaration or action plan usually results in a dreamer who has not realized his dreams. Excuses are abundant and not much is accomplished. Frustration and/or avoidance of a task usually increases.
 
What about the person who works hard just to complete his work, but does not have a special interest, hobby or goal? The equation would look like this:
 
Busy WorkerDo It – See It – Say It = BUSY WORKER
 
Here is a person who just keeps working hard, with no particular direction, just spinning her wheels.

Now it’s time to really focus on the Do It! part. Thanks to two of my vision therapists, Beth Fishman-McCaffrey, OTR, COVT (occupational and vision therapist) and Pat Dunnigan (vision therapist and early childhood educator), they have created a new workbook to assist you and your children called See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! 

This workbook is full of work planning sheets, calendars and motivational activities. It helps you organize your child’s daily routines including chores, homework and other activities. This eliminates those frustrations and arguments over doing and completing the tasks! 
 
This is the foundation and development of an action plan. Developing an action plan (or an organizational chart in kid language) is a very effective, simple system to stay on track and self monitor your progress. If used consistently, this way of working becomes habitual.

Write down a step-by-step process of what needs to be done to achieve your child’s end result. Add as many completion dates as possible. You can always modify the dates later, but it is very important to start with time-oriented goals.  Re-check your action plan periodically to make sure you are on track or need to modify a date or action. 

Modify the organizational chart depending on the age and interest of your child. It is best if your child is involved in creating (draws, decorates, designs) his/her own plan. The more creative and fun, the better participation from the child! That way your child has ownership of the process…instead of you just “telling” your child what to do.
 
Don’t forget the first steps of the process: See It! (visualization) and then Say It! (declaration). Otherwise, you’ll just have a “to-do list” that kids resist and don’t use well. Remember, this Organizational Chart is your child’s!  Let him/her decorate it and take ownership.
 
Consistency and practice are the key elements for success. What happens when you consistently practice the See It. Say It. Do It! Model? Big Ta-Dahs! I look forward to hearing about your Ta-Dah’s!

Feel free to send questions, comments or insights on your journey of transformation.

With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO


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Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein
7180 E Orchard Road, Suite 103
Centennial, CO 80112
303-850-9499
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