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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’.


FirstQuarterFilesWe all know that the end of the month of March means the end of the first quarter. At this point with three months of the year gone, it’s moving swiftly and it’s not going to stop. Now is the time to take inventory to see where you are.

At the beginning of the year you had the opportunity for a fresh start. You probably felt pretty good right about then with the chance to start something new, take on new things and maybe even determined to focus on not letting things get away from you like you did the year before. Where are you right now? Look at what you set out to do at the beginning of the year and compare those things to what you’ve accomplished so far. How close are you? If you’re not close at all, of course you have to ask why. Maybe you got off to a good start then lost control somewhere along the way.

Whatever the reason for not being on track, you’re at a point in the year where it’s time to take a short break and use this time to assess where you are. If you’re not on track, you have to ask yourself the tough questions to find out what the reason is. Were there obstacles that got in the way or things that you weren’t prepared for? It might be that fear is in your way or that your limiting beliefs are in control. You may not know how to get where you want to go or you just haven’t done what it takes to get there. Get to the bottom of things and then ask yourself who it is that you have to be to get to the point of accomplishment. After you figure that out, determine what you are going to do to get back on track.

The first quarter is just about done. If you’re not where you want to be or not positioned to end your year the way you envision, it’s time to get into action. Now! It doesn’t take long to finish your assessment, determine who you have to be and then what you’re going to do to move forward. Map out your plan and figure out what you need to support you and get you through to the end. Think about the any obstacles that might show up at some point down the road and how you’re going to deal with them if they come up. Tighten up your plan, set up something for accountability and get back to work!


Football2The end of March is upon us and it’s also the end of the first quarter. Time is flying by so quickly it can literally make your head spin. At this point with three months of the year gone, it’s time to see where you are. Are you in possession of the ball?

In football, specific rules govern what happens at the end of each quarter of the game. The rules affect team position, possessions, timing and breaks. You can say that the same happens in life. At the beginning of the year you had the opportunity for a fresh start. If you accepted the opportunity to create new things in your life and set your business goals, you might have created a plan or attempted to move things forward in some way. Maybe you had the ball and lost possession of it somewhere along the way to this point and you don’t know how, or maybe you never even had the ball to begin with.

Either way, the end of the first quarter is the time to take a short break, just like the two minute break at the end of the first quarter of a football game. Use this short time to assess where you are. What things had you planned to complete by this point in time and are they done? Are you in possession of the ball or did you fumble somewhere along the way? If you dropped the ball or didn’t even pick it up to begin with, it’s okay. The question for you now is what are you going to do? Are you going to pick up the ball and play the rest of the game and give it everything you’ve got to get that win, or are you going to continue as you are now?

If you’re going to pick up the ball and run with it you’ve got to know which way you’re going and why. Map out your plan or your plays for the rest of the game, making sure you know what kind of resources and support you’ll need along the way. Think about the things that might tackle you along your way down the field to the end zone and determine how you’re going to deal with them if they come up. Set deadlines and action dates according to those deadlines and get someone to hold you accountable. Get the deadline and action dates into your calendar, put your helmet back on and get back in the game!


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