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Are You Part of the 1%

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Found this amazing statistic at the Manage Better Now blog…

“According to David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech., people who regularly write down their goals earn nine times more over the course of their lifetime then people that do not.  He goes on to explain that 80% of Americans do not have any type of definable goals.  16% at least have goals, but have not written them down.  Four percent write their goals down, but fewer than 1% actually review what they wrote down on a regular basis.  Are you part of the 1%?”

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My Two Cents: When you commit to writing and reviewing your goals on a regular basis, you truly are joining an elite group of individuals. Recognize the fact that you are treading a path that few are willing to walk, and take a moment to congratulate yourself for going above and beyond the call of duty.

 

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What to Say When You Talk to Yourself…

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Found this post at Connie Lee’s website and thought you’d enjoy it:

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Does your self-talk playlist create confidence in you?

Do the messages you tell yourself instill a positive attitude within?

It’s surprising how strongly entrenched some of our negative self-talk can be and how quickly those devastatingly detrimental messages can take hold, if we allow them.

You do all this work focusing on becoming the best ‘you’, you can be.

You have your hopes and dreams, your wishes and desires.

You may even have an Active Vision Board to help move you towards your goals.

You write your blessings in your Gratitude Journal.

You have affirmations sprinkled on post-it notes, greeting you throughout your day.

Be Vigilant and Aware

Those damaging and hurtful ideas have a way of sneaking into your brain even while you’re attention is focused and you’re engaged in other activities.

Disapproving and antagonistic thoughts are as harmful to you as any bacteria or virus.

It’s not important how this happens or even that it happens.

What’s important is what you choose to do about it once those dangerous, defeating voices slither back into your head.

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So what do you do when you experience negative self-talk? Share your thoughts below…

Stephen Covey and the EASIER Method…

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

This was today’s quote at GoalHabits.com:

“I’m convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It’s a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized.”   —Stephen Covey

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Notice that Covey explicitly talk about the visualization process. In the EASIER Method, the first step towards goal achievement is envisioning what your life will look like after you’ve achieved the goal you’re pursuing. Until you can form and hold that image, you are spinning your wheels. Take a look at your goals today and see if you can envision what your life will look like after you’ve achieved them. If you can’t form a crystal clear image in your mind, rewrite your goals until you can.

Interested in learning more about the EASIER Method of Goal Achievement? Download my free e-book here.

 

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The three “-ations”

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s something I ran across at the ASPIRE. MOTIVATE. SUCCEED blog:

By Ronald Colunga

There are three things that everyone should apply to their lives. The three “-ations” as i call them. The Ations are three certain things that can help anyone in their lives, and anyone can apply it to their lives. The first being Inspiration, second is Motivation, third is Education.

Inspiration

Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. We have all seen inspirational videos that registers in our mind, and makes us do things out of the ordinary. People are one of the main causes of inspiration, lets talk about an individual by the name of Nick Vujacic. Nick has no limbs, and he is one of the most inspirational people in the world. Nick shows us that life is hard, but when you stop trying is when you have failed. When you are down in life and you are trying to get up, if you try 100 times, 1000 times, or 10,000 times to get up and you fail every time, if you give up will you ever get up? No, you will not get up! But if you keep trying you will get up! Please watch this video of Nick and let him inspire you. NEVER GIVE UP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQPmY4nIjVE&feature=fvst

(Around 1:25 is where the speech comes in.)

Motivation

Motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Motivation and Inspiration correlate with each other as you could tell. Lets talk about motivating other people. Think back to the Will’s, Wont’s, and Cant’s (See will’s, wont’s, and cant’s post) telling someone they can’t do it, is demotivating an individual, telling them they won’t do it is opposing a individual, but telling someone they will do it is motivating in itself.  Think about it, if a person keeps telling another person they will do something, they can do something, that certain individual will start to believe it himself and he will never give up. That is motivation! Now how do you motivate yourself? Easy! Tell YOURSELF you will do it. Tell yourself you can achieve what you want in life, and you will achieve it. There is no one to stop to you but yourself!

Education

Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction. Look at the two key words in that definition “Receiving” and “Giving.” Lets look at giving first, giving education is just as important as receiving education. Now I’m not telling you to go out there and tell everybody they are wrong and that you are right. What i am saying, is if you see someone struggling with something in their lives help them out. Educate them, send them videos to look at. Give them a book to read! If they ask you for advice to tell them to “google” it, help them find the answer. There is plenty of ways to educate someone, now lets take the initiative and do it!

On to the “Receiving” portion of education. Throughout your life people will help you, they will guide you and give there opinions on the right choices to make. I cannot stress this enough always, always, always, always, listen to what people have to say. It WILL help you in life. Listen to their opinions, listen to their struggles and learn from their mistakes not just your own.

 

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Abraham Lincoln Gets It…

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” So how do we properly set a goal? I found a great posting on this at the Thrilling Heroics blog. Here’s what it has to say:

The best way to set goals that are longer-term than your weekly To Do list items is to start practicing SMART goals. SMART, in this case, is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. You can review these questions in your head as you set goals, or you may want to write them out for each major goal you set.

Specific — Is it something concrete, that you’ll know when you’ve completed it? This is one big reason why “resolutions” fail. People often set ambiguous goals that are too broad to be actionable or too unclear to know when you’ve fulfilled the requirements. For instance, a popular New Years’ resolution is “to get in shape.” But how are you going to achieve that? That is only a very murky version of the visualization that we’ve already practiced above. Now make it specific!

Measurable — How will you measure your progress at the end of the year, or how will you know when you’ve achieved your objective? Think about what specific criteria you’ll have to fulfill to reach the specific outcome you want. And a good way of measuring may be to keep a notebook of your progress toward the goal, or involving your friends in keeping you on track.

Attainable — Is it realistic and possible for you to achieve this in the year ahead, or are you reaching too far? Do you have too much on your plate already? Set goals that will make you stretch, and learn, and grow. But don’t set unrealistic, far-fetched goals that will only discourage you when you don’t meet them.

Relevant — This is actually my favorite of these questions to ask when you’re doing these mental exercises, and it is the first one that I ask because it is the best filter because I think it is the most important. Put simply, is the goal important? Is it really going to get you closer to your dreams, and is it really worth investing your energy in? Or should you focus on other, more important goals?

Time-Bound — When will you complete this goal? Specifically? By October? In Q1? On your birthday? Remember what I said about being flexible with changes in timing toward the beginning of this post, but attaching a time to your goals makes them immediate and important. Remind yourself regularly that you have a goal to meet. When do you plan to start, and what is your target date for completion?

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My Two Cents: Remember that after you’ve set your SMART goal, you’ve still got to figure out a way to achieve it. I recommend using the EASIER Method. Don’t know what the EASIER Method is? Download Success! A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams and read all about it!

Five Reasons Why Dreams Don’t Take Flight…

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Found a great post at the Balance For Life blog that I thought I’d share with you:

 

Five Reasons Why Dreams Don’t Take Flight by John C. Maxwell

Most of us never see our  dreams come true. Instead of soaring through the clouds, our dreams languish  like a broken-down airplane confined to its hangar. Through life, I have come  to identify five common reasons why dreams don’t take flight.

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1. We Have  Been Discouraged from Dreaming by Others
We have to pilot our own  dreams; we cannot entrust them to anyone else. People who aren’t following  their own dreams resent us pursuing ours. Such people feel inadequate when we  succeed, so they try to drag us down.

If we listen to external  voices, then we allow our dreams to be hijacked. At some point, other people  will place limitations on us by doubting our abilities. When surrounded by the  turbulence of criticism, we have to grasp the controls tightly to keep from  being knocked off course.

2. We Are  Hindered by Past Disappointments and Hurts
In the movie Top Gun, Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a  young, talented, and cocky aviator who dreams of being the premier pilot in the  U.S. Navy. In the film’s opening scenes, Maverick showcases his flying ability  but also displays a knack for pushing the envelope with regard to safety.  Midway through the movie, Maverick’s characteristic aggression
spells disaster.  His plane crashes, killing his best friend and co-pilot.

Although cleared of  wrongdoing, the painful memory of the accident haunts Maverick. He quits taking  risks and loses his edge. Struggling to regain his poise, he considers giving  up on his dream. Although the incident nearly wrecks Maverick’s career, he  eventually reaches within to find the strength to return to the sky.

Like Maverick, many of us  live with the memory of failure embedded in our psyche. Perhaps a business we  started went broke, or we were fired from a position of leadership.  Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality, and all  of us have encountered that gap. Failure is a necessary and natural part of  life, but if we’re going to attain our dreams, then, like Maverick, we have to  summon the courage to deal with past hurts.

3. We Fall  into the Habit of Settling for Average
Average is the norm for a  reason. Being exceptional demands extra effort, sustained inspiration, and  uncommon discipline. When we attempt to give flight to our dreams, we have to  overcome the weight of opposition. Like gravity, life’s circumstances  constantly pull on our dreams, tugging us down to mediocrity.

Most of us don’t pay the  price to overcome the opposition to our dreams. We may start out inspired, but  through time we fatigue. Although never intending to abandon our dreams, we  begin to make concessions here and there. Through time, our lives become  mundane, and our dreams slip away.

4. We Lack  the Confidence Needed to Pursue Our Dreams
Dreams are fragile. They  will be buffeted by assaults from all sides. As such, they must be supplied  with the extra strength of self-confidence.

In Amelia Earhart’s day,  women were not supposed to fly airplanes. If she had lacked     self-assurance, she  never would have even attempted to be a pilot. Instead, Earhart confidently  chased after her dream, and she was rewarded with both fulfillment and fame.

5. We Lack the  Imagination to Dream
For thousands of years,  mankind traveled along the ground: by foot, by horse-and-buggy, by locomotive,  and eventually by automobile. Thanks to the dreams of Orville and Wilbur  Wright, we now hop across oceans in a matter of hours. The imaginative brothers  overcame ridicule and doubt to pioneer human flight, and the world has never  been the same.

Many of us play small  because we do not allow ourselves to dream. We trap ourselves in reality and  never dare to go beyond what we can see with our eyes. Imagination lifts us  beyond average by giving us a vision of life that surpasses what we are  experiencing currently. Dreams infuse our spirit with energy and spur us on to  greatness.

Where is Your Focus Taking You?

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Do you know where your focus is taking you? To get to where you want to be, you must hold clear in your mind a picture of a specific target. As Stephen Covey would say, you must begin with the end in mind. If you do not have a clear picture of your target, you cannot use the power of focus to take you where you want to be.

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Step one in the EASIER Method is to Envision your life as it will look once you have achieved your goal. If you can’t see a complete picture of what your life will look like, take the time to do one of two things:

1) Rewrite your goal until it’s something you can envision, or

2) Spend extra time and make a more purposeful effort during the envisioning process

Either way, you need to be able to “have a clear picture of your target”. If you don’t, you’ll be on a trip without a map, and you’ll inevitably get lost along the way…

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To learn more about the EASIER Method, make sure to download my free e-book, Success! A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams.

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