Motivational Quote: Future Vision

future-vision“If you cannot see and do not believe it will not be.” Jamie Pritchard, Facilitator, Magnetic Lighthouse podcast, Spiritual Coach

Motivational Quote: First step

Your Destiny Road SignOne small step toward your dreams is really one Giant leap toward your destiny.” -Richard Elmes

How to make effective New Years Resolutions

Many of us who are looking forward to the future have made New Years resolutions

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You know those grand plans that we come up with, that if we follow-through, will make our life more fulfilling. Unfortunately, they are also the same plans that are usually forgotten by the 3rd week of January. If you don’t believe this just check the classifieds in February for used exercise equipment.

Common resolutions like “Quit Smoking, Lose Weight or Save Money,” may sound great, but they aren’t very successful. Using the following 7 steps will help you design more powerful New Years resolutions.

1. Develop S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions

Specific: You must specifically and clearly identify your target because you need to know what success looks like.

Measurable: Clear destinations and checkpoints along the way provide stepping-stones,  that are easily attained and provide victories that keep you motivated.

Action Oriented: Effective resolutions require action, they are doing resolutions, not being or having resolutions.

Realistic: You design resolutions to solve a problem or to achieve a dream. They should stretch you outside of your comfort zones, but if you make them completely out of reach, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

Timely: They need to be important to you at this time in your life, if it is not, you will not do the work necessary to succeed.

 

  1. Identify what’s in it for you: If you are going to follow through with your resolution you need to be excited about the benefits it will bring. Visualizing yourself fitting into those jeans that “shrunk” or driving that new car are powerful motivators.

 

  1. List the obstacles that stand in your way: Knowing what the obstacles are can help you determine how to get around them.

 

  1. Consider who can help you: You need to carefully identify friends whom you can trust to share your goals with and who can check your progress and encourage you. These people enable you to maintain your focus and keep your eyes on the goal itself.

 

  1. Consider what resources are needed: Knowing what tools and knowledge you’ll need to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chances of success.

 

  1. Develop an Action Plan: There is something so powerful about putting your resolutions down on paper, but this is the step where most people fail. I think Denver Broncos football coach Mike Shanahan put it best when he said, “If you have a plan, and if you have your direction laid out. You can chart your progress to your dreams at each stopping point along the way. And just as important, all along the way you can see how far you’ve come”. Developing your action plan will give you the road map to your dreams.

 

  1. Set a deadline for achievement: Resolutions without deadlines are only dreams. Deadlines are another powerful motivator. Also when you are setting deadlines add the phrase “on or before” ie. “I will acquire 20 new clients on or before July 1, 2016”

 

So this year make those New Years Resolutions stick, and reap the benefits. Because the best way to predict your future, is to create it yourself.

Why most New Years Resolutions don’t work

By Richard Elmes, The Sales Dating Guy

Many of us who are looking forward to the future have made New Years resolutions.

You know those grand plans that we come up with, that if we follow through, will make our life more fulfilling. Unfortunately, they are also those plans that are usually forgotten by the 3rd week of January. If you don’t believe this just check the classifieds in February for used exercise equipment.

Common resolutions like “Quit Smoking, Lose Weight or Save money,” may sound great, but they aren’t very successful. Using the following 7 steps will help you design more powerful New Years resolutions.

 1. Develop S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions

Specific:  You must specifically and clearly identify your target. The more details you give, the more likely you are to get excited about your resolutions and develop the passion that it takes to focus and to follow through on them. You need to know what success looks like.

Measurable: Effective Resolutions need clear destinations as well as checkpoints along the way. These checkpoints are the mini-goals or stepping stones that are easily attained and provide victories along the way to keep you motivated.

Attainable:  Your purpose for designing resolutions is to solve a problem or to achieve a dream. They should stretch you out of your comfort zones, but if you make resolutions that are completely out of reach, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

Require Immediate Action:   The purpose of making resolutions is to get you moving toward your dreams. If you don’t take the first step within 72 hours chances are you never will.

Timely: You need to have short term goals that allow you to measure whether you are on track or if you need to pick it up a notch.        

2. Identify what’s in it for you: If you are going to follow through with your resolution you need to be excited about the benefits it will bring you. Visualizing yourself fitting into those jeans that “shrunk” or driving that new car are powerful motivators.

3. List the obstacles that stand in your way: Knowing what the obstacles are can help you determine how to get around them.

 4. Consider who can help you: You need to carefully identify friends whom you can trust to share your goals with and who can check your progress and encourage you. These people enable you to maintain your focus and keep your eyes on the goal itself.

5. Consider what resources are needed: Knowing what tools and knowledge you need to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chances of success.

6. Develop an Action Plan: There is something so powerful about putting your resolutions down on paper, but this is the step where most people fail.      I think Denver Broncos football coach Mike Shanahan but it best when he said, “If you have a plan, and if you have your direction laid out. You can chart your progress to your dreams at each stopping point along the way. And just as important, all along the way you can see how far you’ve come”. Developing your action plan will give you the road map to your dreams.

 7. Set a deadline for achievement: Resolutions without deadlines are only dreams. Deadlines are another powerful  motivator. Also when you are setting deadlines add the phrase “on or before” ie. “I will weigh 190 lbs. on or before July 1, 2010”

 So this year make those New Years Resolutions stick, and reap the benefits.

Because the best way to predict your future, is for you to create it yourself.

Motivational Quote: Life Goals

“I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

How to make your New Years Resolutions stick

Many of us who are looking forward to the future have made New Years resolutions.

You know those grand plans that we come up with, that if we follow-through, will make our life more fulfilling. Unfortunately, they are also the same plans that are usually forgotten by the 3rd week of January. If you don’t believe this just check the classifieds in February for used exercise equipment.

 

Common resolutions like “Quit Smoking, Lose Weight or Save Money,” may sound great, but they aren’t very successful. Using the following 7 steps will help you design more powerful New Years resolutions.

 

1. Develop S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions

Specific: You must specifically and clearly identify your target because you need to know what success looks like.

Measurable: Clear destinations and checkpoints along the way provide stepping-stones,  that are easily attained and provide victories that keep you motivated.

Action Oriented: Effective resolutions require action, they are doing resolutions, not being or having resolutions.

Realistic: You design resolutions to solve a problem or to achieve a dream. They should stretch you outside of your comfort zones, but if you make them completely out of reach, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

Timely: They need to be important to you at this time in your life, if it is not, you will not do the work necessary to succeed.   

 

2. Identify what’s in it for you: If you are going to follow through with your resolution you need to be excited about the benefits it will bring. Visualizing yourself fitting into those jeans that “shrunk” or driving that new car are powerful motivators.

 

3. List the obstacles that stand in your way: Knowing what the obstacles are can help you determine how to get around them.

 

 4. Consider who can help you: You need to carefully identify friends whom you can trust to share your goals with and who can check your progress and encourage you. These people enable you to maintain your focus and keep your eyes on the goal itself.

 

5. Consider what resources are needed: Knowing what tools and knowledge you’ll need to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chances of success.

 

6. Develop an Action Plan: There is something so powerful about putting your resolutions down on paper, but this is the step where most people fail. I think Denver Broncos football coach Mike Shanahan put it best when he said, “If you have a plan, and if you have your direction laid out. You can chart your progress to your dreams at each stopping point along the way. And just as important, all along the way you can see how far you’ve come”. Developing your action plan will give you the road map to your dreams.

 

     7. Set a deadline for achievement: Resolutions without deadlines are only dreams. Deadlines are another powerful motivator. Also when you are setting deadlines add the phrase “on or before” ie. “I will acquire 20 new clients on or before July 1, 2009”

 

So this year make those New Years Resolutions stick, and reap the benefits. Because the best way to predict your future, is to create it yourself.

How to avoid feeling Overloaded and Overwhelmed

This past week the focus of my Professional Selling class was Goal Setting and Time Management.

Interesting enough, I found myself overwhelmed with a workload that has me working 7 days this week at three jobs, along with volunteering at church, driving my son to hockey practice and a birthday party for my neice.

What a killer week!!! And I admit that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.

I often take on too much and become overloaded.

Not a habit I would suggest.

Right now my life is travelling in Racing Speed. Which is O.K. for short stints, but I prefer not to travel at this pace for long.

We all travel at one of 4 speeds

  • Idling speed
  • Cruising Speed
  • Racing Speed
  • Danger Zone

Idling Speed: This is when we are doing activities that are not urgent and not important. My friend and fellow blogger Jim Estill http://www.jimestill.com/ calls the television “The biggest time waster known to man.” I have also heard it also referred to it as the idiot box because people plunk themselves down in fron of the tube and flick from channel to channel for hours on end. Have you ever started watching a show and all the way through it you kept saying to yourself, “It has got to get better”, but it didn’t. Just think of what you could have done with those 2 hours of your life that you just wasted.

When we spend too much time in Idling speed , we are wasting one of our most valuable resources. Your Time.

“Wasting time is just killing opportunities”

Cruising Speed: This is when you are doing things that are important, but not necessarily urgent. This would involve planning and working on things for the future. This is the area where you are the most productive, because you don’t use as much fuel and put as much stress on yourself when you are going at your own pace.

Racing Speed: We travel at this speed when we are doing things that are both urgent and important. We are moving fast and we can see what benefits completing this task will bring. This is when we are dealing with crisis, pressing challenges or deadline driven projects. Many people spend a significant amount of time traveling at this speed, which will eventually cause them to lose efficiency. A car travelling at increasing speeds does not maximize its fuel mileage. If you find you are spending the majority of your time racing through life, you may want to spend more time planning.

Danger Zone: This is when you are spending time doing things that seem urgent, but are not important. This would involve dealing with interruptions and mail that does not apply to you. Have you ever spent time in a meeting and said afterward, “Why was I there?” This is when you are working hard, but not getting anywhere. When an automobile is pushed too far with the break on it can “Red Line”, which can blow the engine. In our life when we spend too much time in the danger zone, we are putting unnecessary stress on ourselves and we too can break down.

You want to spend less time in the Danger Zone and more time at crusing speed that way you can maximize your productivity and reduce your stress. Just like I plan on doing.