Archive for December, 2014



2015 TargetIt’s easy to follow what’s considered “normal” when it comes to creating your goals and then staying inside of the box with the process and working to achieve them. Did you know that only 20% of people create goals and that of that 20% only 1% of them write them out, review them regularly or achieve them? The stats on goal achievement aren’t all that great. Only a few get to the pinnacle and it’s because of the way they approach the entire process and their daily practice.

First and foremost, I believe the key is ditching the norm…the way that everyone else does things, and learning to create from a space that feeds you and connects you with your personal power. One that makes your approach more holistic in nature. This means starting to create from an entirely different place. Instead of creating your goals by beginning to think about what you want to accomplish, start by contemplating how you want things to look. The experiences you want to have and, more importantly how you want to feel in the coming months or year. Once you’ve determined that you can set your intentions. This is the foundation that you create your goals from.

Look at the intentions you’ve set and the experiences and feelings you want to have and determine what your goals are. Start with simple empowering statements that really speak to you; that compel and pull you in. You don’t want to get to a point where you realize that your goals aren’t speaking to or motivating you. They should call you forth into a different way of being. They should stretch you and contribute to your growth.

Take your statements and morph them into SMART goals. Craft goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. Flipping the script leaves you with goals that are solid and that speak to you. Goals that are going to call you to move toward them with passion and create what you envision.

 


Yoga & SunsetHere we are with the end of the year at hand. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was planning the year, and now it’s up. There are a lot of people caught up in the hectic energy of the holiday season, and it’s really easy to get caught up in. When you do, it’s also easy to push things aside and let the year come to a close in an “unconscious” way. Not a very good way to close out the year.

You want to be aware as the year comes to a close and set clear intentions around it. If you’re caught up it may not be so easy to see how to go about things differently and bring your year to a powerful close. Here are 5 things you can do starting right now (or even after the new year begins) to be clear and intentional about ending the year.

  • Celebrate the goals that you accomplished and appreciate where you are right now, regardless of how you feel about how you did this year with your business goals and your personal life. No matter how bad you think things look, no matter how many times you find yourself saying “shoulda, woulda, coulda”, there is always much to be grateful for. Make note of all the lessons you learned. Accept where you are right now and know that where you are is where you’re supposed to be.
  •   Look at the goals that you set for this year and ask yourself what worked. Which things went as planned and how well did they turn out? Is there anything that you would have done differently?
  • Next, take a look at what didn’t work so well. Were you stopped when it came to a particular thing? What things did you struggle with and why? Look beyond the surface to see what things made it difficult. It may be that you didn’t have all of the resources required or maybe it was a personal block that required you to make some shifts that were hard to make. Dig deep.
  • Let go! Make a list of things that it’s time to let go of…habits that don’t support you, things that don’t serve your highest good and the people it’s necessary to part ways with. The same goes for the clutter in your work and home spaces. When your list is complete, start the process of letting go. Create new habits to serve you, ditch the clutter and say goodbye to the other things and people that you have to let go of.
  • Contemplate how you want next year to look and set your intentions. Don’t think about the goals you want to create just yet. Instead, think about how you want the year to look, the experience you want it to be and, more importantly how you want to feel in the coming year. Once you’ve determined that, set your intentions to powerfully close out your year. Then you can create your goals and take action.

Planning On Glass BoardWith just a few weeks lift in the year, the air is buzzing with end of the year activities. Sadly, though most people don’t think about the year ahead. If you haven’t already laid out your plan for next year, you’re way behind and it’s time to catch up. I know that some people cringe when they hear the word “plan” or at the thought of having to create one.  I’ve heard so many people say that planning takes too much time or even that it’s a waste of time.  The truth is that planning will actually save you time, guide your actions and help you accomplish what you set out to do.  There is power in the process.

When you don’t plan, the time that you give to execution will take much longer and decrease your productivity level.  Without going through the planning process, unexpected things happen that you didn’t think about and they derail your efforts.  You spend time dealing with the unexpected, looking for solutions to put the fire out and get things going again while work is stagnated.

It only takes about 10-12 minutes to plan your day.  That small investment will save you about two hours every day, which translates to about a 25 percent increase in your level of productivity.  Regular planning has you spend more time on activities of higher value, which in turn increases your effectiveness and your efficiency. Planning will facilitate achievement of your goals, and helps you to make good decisions, define opportunities and possible threats and can even help reduce risk and prevent loss.  Inside of the process you are able to see the resources that you need, map your route and determine how you will deal with any bumps in the road, should you hit them.  All of this becomes possible simply because you make the investment of your time and energy to create the plan.

Statistics show us that every minute that you plan saves you ten in the execution of the plan.  That translates into the time that you make to plan giving you a return of ten times, which is 1,000 percent on the investment of your time and personal energy.  That is huge!  Where else can you make an investment and get this kind of return?

Without planning you don’t know exactly what you’re working on from day to day, every week and over longer periods of time so you play the guessing game on a regular basis or you get in the middle of doing a particular thing and notice that there’s something that you forgot to do—something that should have been done before you started working on your current task.  You also get to points in your process when you realize you don’t have something that you need. Not a good scenario when you’re trying to make things happen and complete the projects on your agenda or reach your goals. You want to know what that next step is. If you don’t it will cost you.

With a plan you’ve done the work that has you already halfway there. Your plan is your map that gives you what you need to move forward and a great chance of success. So, the next time you hear the word “plan”, don’t cringe, embrace the power that the process gives you.  Get prepared for 2015. Plan your work, and work your plan!

 


Gavel & Hour GlassWhen you step back and look at how highly productive people pull it off, you see commonalities across the board. Here I’m going to share my three most important rules for productive people. My list of rules is longer, but these are three of my top rules in my Time Wielder’s™ rule book.

Rule #1: Know your Productivity Persona™ and act accordingly- Let me ask you right now, what do you know about yourself that impacts your approach to getting things done? Do you see the role that your personality plays? Do you have a system in place that was created based upon your personality? Since you’re reading this, I’m guessing that you probably don’t. This is the place to start to gain your new perspective, learn how your personality plays a role when it comes to time, and the pieces that you need to create your own personalized system so that you can get things done and move forward with what you’re up to in the world. Your Productivity Persona™ is the key to discovering how to make time work for you and your own way of getting things done.

Rule #2: Know and stick to your priorities-On a daily basis you have to know what your priorities are and act accordingly. When you don’t know what your priorities are you end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do first, decide what goes on your agenda and you end up adding things that don’t deserve your time. Create your priorities and know undoubtedly what they are. You can get clues about them by looking at your values and how your values flow into your work. Create your list and be sure to prioritize your goals and projects. If you prioritize your goals and projects, you don’t have to figure out the priority of the tasks related to them. Each task gets its priority from the related project or goal. This allows you to schedule your priorities instead of prioritizing your schedule.

Rule #3: Establish your morning ritual-One thing that’s common among highly productive people is that they begin their days early and their mornings include meditation, a workout and a healthy breakfast. My idea of healthy is a green smoothie or something else vegan. You’d be surprised at the boost that it will give you. Add these to your morning ritual. When it’s time to shift into work mode, do so consciously. Look at the day you’ve planned so that you know what’s up for the day is and note your top three priorities for the day. Establishing your morning ritual will definitely have a positive impact on your day.

 


Dart & GoalsI know that many of you are familiar with this scenario…you set your goals, you take off and you’re sprinting as fast as you can toward that goal. You’re pushing forward, taking long strides and push past the things that come up. You’re completely focused on where you’re going. Then, about a month or so into that stride you’re floundering or your efforts are completely stalled. You have no idea what to do next, or you don’t do anything. You see this every year if you have a gym membership. People—a lot of them, set health related goals and they flood local gyms come January and you’re waiting in line to use the machines. A month later, you’re not standing in line any more because they aren’t focused on that goal. It happens quite frequently.

There are a number of reasons people fail when it comes to their goals, but one reason is because goals seem exciting when they’re created, but then the excitement wears off because the goals don’t have any pull. When I say “pull” I mean the goals don’t pull you in, toward them. There comes a point when you discover that what you created doesn’t speak to you. So after the excitement is gone, there’s nothing there to entice you; nothing inside of what you created to pull you in and keep you there.

This happens because of the space people typically create their goals from. Typically people want to create something great, something fresh and new, but when they create they’re caught up in the everyday, usual run of the mill way of creating, which will have you stuck time and time again. Their intention is missing and they create from a space that lacks power. They’re stuck on creating somewhere to get to and forget about what they really want, which is how they want to feel once they’ve accomplished the goals they set.

When you create goals, you want to create goals that set you on fire so they pull you toward them. Start with your intention. Think about what your intention is. What outcome are you looking for? Maybe it’s increased income or more of the freedom that you wanted when you started working for yourself instead of someone else. Ponder on that end result then consider what that looks like.

Something else to consider is creating from a space of power. I’m talking about your own personal power. It enables you to acknowledge that you do have power over what your life looks like. Exercising it gives you authority over what things look like and what you produce in your life. Adding this acknowledgement to the mix when you create your goals, adds potency to what you create and it feeds what you’re giving life to. Of course, creating goals goes deeper than this.  This is just the tip of the iceberg but these two keys are a great place to begin.

 

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