Category: goals



dart-light444201_1920I will lose weight.
I will become more successful.
I will be more productive.

How many of these sound familiar? Every year, month, week, and even day people make statements like those as a way of setting goals that they often don’t accomplish. If you’re like most, in the beginning you have all the momentum in the world, yet somehow by the end of January you find that you have swept them under the rug.

This tends to happen because you’re not setting your goals, in what I consider to be the “right way.” Actually, what most consider goals really aren’t. Typically what most people create are basic statements, which are fine, but they need more muscle to really go the distance. There’s a process I encourage you to use that can help you set as well as accomplish your goals.

  1. Put yourself at the core of what you create-When creating your goals it’s important that you put yourself at the core of what you create. If you were to go through your list of goals and ask yourself why you want to accomplish them, your answer should be because it’s something of value to YOU. When you create goals around others, they don’t become a priority to you, and you find yourself working towards it less and less.
  2. Get emotional-Envision what you want the end result to be. Think about what areas of your life reaching your goal will impact and how you want things to look; most importantly, think about how you want to feel. Ask yourself what internal or emotional experiences you want to have and let that factor into what you’re creating.
  3. Instead of creating from ego, create from the spiritual side of things-Rather than setting goals that would seem to bolster your ego create from within. What things are you led to do? What calls or speaks to you? Use meditation as a means of discovery. Connect to Source and see what’s revealed. Journaling is another method that proves to be quite effective.
  4. Set your intentions-If you reread the list I mentioned earlier, you’ll notice that they are very vague. This is where making them S.M.A.R.T. comes into play. Making them specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound makes them solid. It turns vague statements and resolutions into goals.

After you take these steps, determine how you will reach each goal by creating a plan and remember the “by when” date you gave to each as you do. The more specific you are with the details of the plan the more likely it is you’ll reach the goal.  If you want to lose weight, instead of “I will lose weight” your goal would be,  “I want to lose 20 pounds by April 1st.” This is short and sweet, but it’s S.M.A.R.T. Some of the steps you might take to get there are:

  • Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Eating whole foods and cooking at home 5 times a week
  • Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes every day

As you can see, taking that vague statement and giving it some depth it becomes more specific and clear. It also makes it easier to add the steps to help you get there. I want you to truly look at these 4 steps, and use them to create your list of goals for the year. (Just because it isn’t the first of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late!) Remember to make them S.M.A.R.T, as those who do are more likely to be in the 8% of people who actually accomplish what they create. If all of this feels a bit challenging for you or even intimidating and you’d like help creating your goals and a plan to reach them I invite you to sign up for a private session with me!

 

The First 100 Days


ClockCalendar-GreenIn case you hadn’t noticed, the first quarter of the year came and left fairly quickly and April 10th was the 100 day mark. How did you start your year? Was it with solid goals and a plan to carry them out or with just the thoughts in your head about what you wanted to do? If it’s the latter, honestly, that’s the way that about 92% of people started their year; without any focus and or preparation. How you start your year sets the tone for what happens during the course of it, Even though we’re beyond the 100 day mark, you can do a course correction that changes where you’re going as well as the tone and energy that you operate within.

You’ve had days where you felt as though you got up on the wrong side of the bed or you find yourself saying that you want a “do-over”. Most times you are in that space because you’ve started your day on the wrong note, neglecting to create the space that allowed you to set the tone for your day.  We’ve all been there and we know exactly how that feels and we know exactly how those days go. The same is so with the first 100 days of the year.

If you didn’t start the year with intention and focus, you can use today to refocus and get things on track. Change the tone; shift the energy and create what you want to step into. That means getting focused on laying the ground work for what you want. What characteristics do you have to take on to make things happen?

Think about what you want to create; what feelings do you want to experience?  From there, create your goals…all the details and in writing. No cheating or shortcuts. This is your business and your life we’re talking about here so stop playing games. Commit yourself to what you create and then get your plan in writing with measurable results, milestones and start and finish dates.

Then look for the things that hinder you and hold you back and facing them. What kept you from doing this in the first place? Uncover the gremlins that might hold you back from movement. One of the biggest things that you have to is shift your mindset. Mindset is everything. Engage in practices that will continue to shore you up on a daily basis. You can’t just set course and then expect to be on point every day all day. If you haven’t done this, right now you need to pull out your journal or a sheet of paper and get crackin’.

 

The First 100 Days


How you start each year sets the tone for it. So how did your year start? Did you set your goals? Is there a plan in place to carry them out? Are you committed to them? Maybe your year didn’t start off like that and if that’s the case, you started the year without any focus and without preparation. Honestly, that’s the way that about 92% of people started their year. Statistics show that only 8% of people actually achieve their goals every year.

If you happen to be among that 92%, it’s not too late to get the ball rolling. In my experience, I have found that many people end up not only starting their year without any goals, plans or commitment, but they also end up making excuses for why they haven’t taken on what they said they would, and they regret not having taken action.

The first 100 days of the year is a crucial period and your entire year rides on it. When you look back 100 days into the year, which will be April 10th, what will things look like for you? Will you be well on your way to the income that you want to make in your business this year or another goal that you’ve set or will you just have an excuse for why you haven’t started to forge the path toward the summit?

Excuses and regret won’t get you anywhere, but getting focused definitely will. Just knowing your goals doesn’t have any value at all if you don’t reach them. You can’t get results without execution, and expecting better results, or to get to the next level is ludicrous at best. Doing things the way that you’ve always done things will have you sitting in the exact same place you started, continuing a vicious cycle.  The only way to get where you want to get is to get focused, create your plan, commit yourself to it and go for it. If your execution is in play you perform and continue to get better and over time can master greater feats than those before you now. So right now, what do you need to do to get focused, set your goals, create the plan and commit to carrying it out through to fruition? The ball is in your court and the clock is ticking. 100 days into this year are you going to have excuses or results?

 


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Can you believe that we are almost half way through the first month of 2014 already?! I hope that you have set the wheels moving in your business because, in case you didn’t know… what you do in during the month of January will determine the course and the altitude of your success over the next year. Have you started the year strong?

As usual, this year I spent some time over the last few weeks talking to solopreneurs and a few colleagues about the barriers that kept them from meeting and exceeding their goals in 2013. What I learned was that a lot of the barriers and habits were consistent across the board. These conversations have inspired a training series that will expose and extinguish these habits.

We all know how habits will make or break you, and it’s really easy to have habits that don’t support you. In business that’s not a good thing. Whether supportive or not so supportive, habits are a prime factor in what leads you to being effective or not.  They make the difference when it comes to getting things done and your overall success. Your effectiveness is a measurement that is determined by you. Marva Collins said, “Excellence is not an act, but a habit.  The things you do the most are the things that you do the best.”  Business success depends upon the habits of individuals. Do you have habits that you need to leave behind with 2013? What habits do you want to create for this year to make 2014 your best business year yet?

I have partnered with over 50 leading business coaches and trainers to develop a 7-Part Teleconference Series that will help you do just that – “7 Habits To Leave Behind In 2013”. The series kicks off tonight, January 14, 2014 at 9pm EST with the first habit: STOP Being The World’s Best Kept Secret. We’ll be talking about the secrets to becoming a PR, Branding and Marketing Rock star! The best part is that there is NO CHARGE to sign up for this series. All that you need to do is register to receive the dial in number and access to the Facebook group at www.JoinSheila.com. You only need to register once to get free access to each of the future sessions.

Here’s a schedule with the topics:

  • Tuesday Jan 14, 2014 9pm EST: STOP Being The World’s Best Kept Secret
  • Thursday Jan 16, 2014 9PM EST: STOP Staying Busy & Staying Broke
  • Thursday Jan 23, 2014 9PM EST: STOP Wasting Time Because Time is MONEY
  • Thursday Jan 30, 2014 9PM EST: STOP Limiting Your Territory
  • Thursday Feb 6, 2014 9PM EST: STOP Letting Fear Keep You From Launching Your New Business, Product, Service, Book Project, Event or Non-Profit
  • Wednesday Feb 12, 2014 9PM EST: STOP Engaging in Risky Business
  • Thursday Feb 13, 2014 9PM EST: STOP Lacking Clarity, Focus & Balance

Don’t forget to register at www.JoinSheila.com to receive the dial in details and access to the Facebook Group so that you can network with other business owners.  Come join us and get the wheels of your business moving so that you can create B.I.G. business habits for 2014!

 


WomanSuitBoxingGlovesThere never seems to be enough time in any given day to get to all of your to-do items.  The day begins and you’re off to a good start, and then, before you know it, times up.  You stop and wonder, “Where did the day go?”  Now we’re at the end of another year and you might be wondering where the whole year went and how it went by so quickly.  It’s safe to say that people find themselves here because they don’t know how they relate to time, don’t plan for what they want to accomplish, or the plan is in their head, they fall prey to procrastination and interruptions and have no clue as to where their time is going.  The scary thing about this is that it can be a pattern, and it probably is if you’re sitting here at the end of the year wondering where it all went.   It’s not too late to get a handle on it all and make some progress toward some of the things on your plate right now and finish the year powerfully.

Look at the things that you’d like to accomplish before the end of the year and prioritize them. Once you’ve determined the priority of each item, you can move forward.  Do you have time to get to all of the things before year’s end?  If not, determine what you can complete in the time that’s left and schedule time to work on those pieces of the project between now and the end of the year then schedule time to finish the remaining pieces in early January.  Get the blocks of time scheduled in your calendar now and commit to them.

The next step to finishing your year strong is to think about next year before it gets here.  Start with a list of things you want to accomplish and turn them into goals.  Once you’ve got S.M.A.R.T. goals, you can create your road map to accomplishing them and know exactly how you’re going to get there and when you’re working on each.  The year might fly by, but you’ll be getting things done instead of wondering where all that time went and why you have nothing to show for it.

As you look forward to the next year, think about what you have to do differently.  What did you do this year that just didn’t work?  What do you want to do differently?  Be conscious of how you’re relating to time, pull together systems and tools to support you, create a plan and above all, look at where your time is going.  Be sure that you’re investing it, not simply spending it.  Give your time to things that are worthy, things related to your values and goals and let the rest go.  Doing so will keep you productive and getting to the end of the year with things accomplished, ready to celebrate and plan for the year ahead.

 

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