Posts Tagged ‘achievement’

Creating a workable plan

I started to work on my business plan for 2019 this weekend. It might not seem like the most exciting way to spend a Saturday night, but it was for me 🙂 I’ve mapped out all that I want to do next year and it feels totally do-able!

In my Jump Start Your Year workshop last week, I spoke about the importance of setting goals that inspire and motivate you rather than leave you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. If the goal seems daunting before you even start, it will be much harder to say committed to it when your faced with challenges or obstacles along the way.

After the success I had using my 90-Day Level Up Journal, I decided to break down my goals into quarterly chunks. I’ve lined up the workshops I want to host, the webinars I want to do as well as product and program releases. I’ve got the outline on my office wall so I don’t lose focus and I’m keeping an open mind, knowing that I will connect with people and gain knowledge that will help me adjust the plan to serve me even better 🙂

Our goals are meant to challenge us to stretch. In order to successfully make them happen, we have to be willing and able to step outside our comfort zone. What we don’t want are goals that intimidate us or leave us unsure of where we would even start.

I think it’s important to set realistic benchmarks that when achieved, push us to do more to bring us closer to realizing our goals. I believe it also helps to create incentives for ourselves for when those benchmarks are reached. Celebrating our accomplishments is important to the pursuit of our goals. It allows us to recognize our progress in a tangible way, giving ourselves credit for the work done so far.

In order to make sure that we’re making the progress we want on our goals, it’s important to check in with ourselves on a consistent basis. When we don’t do this, it can be easy to fall off track or get pulled in a completely different direction that doesn’t serve you at all. Tracking our progress on at least a weekly basis can make the difference between making significant strides and spinning your wheels in mud!

If you’d like some guidance in planning your goals for 2019, I invite you to check out the workbook from my Jump Start Your Year workshop, click here to get it for just $17 with the coupon code JUMPSTART until the end of December. Let’s make 2019 our best year yet!

You own your time!

I was watching a show on the weekend where Harry Belafonte was being interviewed. He was being asked for advice on how to be a social activist today. Of course, Mr. Belafonte has had a lot of experience as a social activist from his work during the civil rights movement to fighting apartheid in South Africa. The person who was speaking with him thanked his and he said something that has stuck with me – he said the pleasure was his and that time is the only thing can give anyone since it’s the only thing he truly owns.

I believe that’s a powerful statement. Do you feel like you own your time or do you feel like someone else has control over it. I know that my greatest points of frustration were times when I felt like my time wasn’t my own. I wasn’t consciously choosing where my time was spent. I was doing things that other people wanted me to do, or things I thought they wanted me to do without considering whether it was the best use of my time. By the time I figured out it wasn’t time well spent, I had already too far gone.

When I’m at my most fulfilled, I’m doing the things that are important to me. They’re either things that bring me joy, or things that are going to bring me closer to achieving my goals. The sweetest spot, is when the things that I’m doing that help me get closer to my goals are things that I enjoy J

I believe there are three things you need to do in order to really own your time:

  1. Get clear on the mission and vision for your life
  2. Know what your priorities are and why they are important to you
  3. Set boundaries based on your priorities

When you have these three points covered, you have clarity on the activities that are a good use of your time. You know what to say yes to and what to say no to. You reduce feelings of frustration and overwhelm which has a positive ripple effect on your relationships!

Regardless of how much control you feel you have over your time right now, the good news is that things can always change for the better. You want to take back control of your time? Get comfortable saying no. Create a plan for how you want your day to go and be mindful of interruptions and distractions. Ask for help.

Want some help getting started? Schedule a 30-minute complimentary, no obligation call with me today!

The purpose of planning

I wasn’t always a planner. I think for the first 20 years of my life, most of the important decisions had been made for me. That might be why I was so lost in my final year of university when people would ask me what my plans were after graduation. I figured I’d get a job. What exactly I’d be doing, I hadn’t given much thought to.

I think that because so much of my life was planned for such a long time, I actually dismissed planning as something that I should worry about. I figured as long as I was doing my duty, working a job and paying the bills, I’d be alright.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that flying by the seat of my pants was not something that I was okay with. I needed to be working towards something, not just working. I started off setting financial goals – pay off my student loans. After that was achieved, I decided that if I was going to get where I wanted to be professionally, then I had to go back to school and get my Masters degree, so I worked towards achieving that.

After getting my second degree, I thought I would be happy. I thought that I could just set my life on cruise control and everything would be great! I was wrong. It took chronic unhappiness with my career and my father passing away for me to realize that I needed to get back in the driver’s seat of my life.

When I have a goal, I work to make it happen. It’s when I delude myself into thinking that there’s no more left to do that I get restless and bored. Those feelings of being unfulfilled can be haunting. You know something is missing, but you’re not sure what. You look back at what you’ve achieved and tell yourself you should be grateful for where you’re at. The problem is, you want more.

That’s what I’ve come to realize, that the work is never done. It’s part of the journey. We get to make our dreams a reality if we choose to. We get to ask ourselves every day, what else is possible? We have the opportunity to test our limits and go beyond them.

It all starts with a plan though doesn’t it? We might not have all the steps figured out, and that’s okay! It’s about making a conscious effort to decide what we’re going to do on a daily basis that will bring us that fulfillment we’re looking for.

Without a plan, we don’t know where to start, or what we should be doing. Our plan drives our action. If we don’t take action, then just like the quote in the image says, our goals remain simple wishes. If you’re okay with that, then don’t worry about figuring out the plan!

If you do want to see if you can make your goals a reality, then you have to make the time to create the plan to make it happen. Remember, this is designed to guide you. As you take action, meet people and learn more, your plan will get adjusted and that’s okay. Stay focused on the goal and have faith that the right path for you to get there will reveal itself.

Plans take time and goals require effort. Don’t focus on how long it will take you to achieve your goals or the hard work that will be required of you. Focus on why you chose the goal in the first place. Remember that time is going to go by regardless of what you choose to do. Think about what else will be possible once that goal becomes a reality!

Are you ready to get planning? ♥

How I made June my most productive month

I’m not typically one to brag, but I’m pretty proud of myself and my accomplishments over the last 6 weeks. After canceling my live event in April, I was determined not to allow it to make the first half of the year a bust. I wanted to feel like I had made significant progress and I had 2 months to do it.

After licking my wounds and following up with everyone involved in the conference, I decided to take my own advice and pulled out my Level Up Journal. It’s a tool I have that prompts me to think about my 90 day goals, outline a plan and then tracks my progress twice a day.

As of today, I’m 2/3’s of the way through my first 90 days and feeling like a superstar 😉 Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far:

  • Posted 2 videos on my YouTube Channel
  • 2 speaking engagements (1 in-person, 1 in a Facebook Group I was invited to do a talk for)
  • 9 podcast interviews completed
  • 3 podcast interviews as a guest
  • Facilitated 2 workshops (in-person and online)
  • Weekly Facebook Lives on my business page
  • Launched my podcast!!!

How did I do this? Well they haven’t mastered cloning yet, and no one’s added an extra day to the week or a couple extra hours to a day, so it wasn’t anything magical 😉 I would say the big thing has been clarity and focus. I knew I wanted to launch my podcast and I knew that I wanted to do more videos in order to expand my visibility, so here’s what I did:

  • Set daily intentions for what I was going to do to get me closer to my goals
  • Set 2-3 daily tasks that were “must do’s”
  • Reviewed my progress and identified what wasn’t working on a daily basis
  • Made time for gratitude and positive thoughts
  • Didn’t allow set-backs to discourage me – kept my eye on the prize
  • Set a deadline for the podcast launch and announced it publicly to hold me to it

The crazy thing is I believe that I could have accomplished more if I really wanted to! These last 2 months have made it clear to me that it’s never about time. When we know what we want and have an idea of how to get started, all we have to do it take consistent action! The plan isn’t going to work itself and no one is going to do all the work for you.

If you want to achieve your goals bad enough, you will find a way and the time needed to make it happen. You won’t allow anything to distract you and any disappointments you may encounter won’t derail you. If you’ve been struggling and feel like the first half of the year wasn’t what you hoped it would be, let’s chat! You can schedule a time for a free, no-obligation call here.

Multitasking is overrated

I used to be proud of my ability to multitask. I could be on the phone, respond to emails and maybe even have the TV going on in the background as well. I thought that focusing on one thing at a time was the most ineffective way to work. I now know better and even though I still catch myself trying to do too much at the same time, I know that it isn’t how I do my best work.

Laser focus is the way to get things done, if you want to get it done right the first time. When I try to do too much at once, something always suffers. I know that when I’m on the phone and trying to do other things, I’m not giving the work I’m doing or the conversation I’m having my full attention.

Have you ever been trying to have a conversation with someone while their focus is occupied by their phone or tablet? My partner’s focus is so terrible, that I have confessed to some of the most ridiculous things to get a reaction and just gotten a simple uh-huh, if any reaction at all! While that’s been fun, it can be frustrating when you’re trying to get someone’s attention to talk about something serious and you know that they’re focus is somewhere else.

Focusing on one was the key to me completing the first draft of my book in 6 weeks. I didn’t do any client calls. To be honest, I don’t even think I did much, if anything on social media at that time! I was 100% focused on the goal of getting the first draft done by the end of August because my publisher told me that would guarantee that I would have the book in my hand before the holiday. My goal was to write 4 pages a day. Some days I surpassed that goal, and other days I sat staring at my laptop screen. Regardless of whether I met that target every day, it was always the intention that I started my day with. The end result? First draft done by the end of August and physical books delivered to my home by the first week of November.

That was the first time I realized the power of focusing on one thing at a time. I had been talking about writing a book for 3 years. I even tried doing a 60 day writers challenge and got 130 plus pages completed, but couldn’t find a way to finish it. I was able to get the work done in 6 weeks because I had quit my job and had no excuses to not get it done. Not only did I finally have the time, but I was 100% committed to making my dream of being a published author a reality.

I know that quitting your job isn’t an option for everyone when it comes to freeing up your time to focus on your goals. I do believe that we have to put time aside for our goals if we want to make them a reality. Forget trying to do too much at once! If you don’t focus your time and energy, you’re not going to get the results you want and just be left frustrated and annoyed.

Let go of the need to multitask and try laser focus instead. Give it a try for a week and see what happens. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments! ♥

Doing the hard work

Let’s face it – most of us know what we need to do to get closer to the achievement of our goals. It isn’t a lack of time that prevents us from doing those things; it’s a simple lack of commitment. I’ve talked about commitment before, and this probably won’t be the last time I touch on the subject. Hard work isn’t something to run from or avoid. Facing it is a necessity if we want to make our goals a reality!

We avoid the hard work required to make significant progress towards our goals for a number of reasons. Some of these include:

  • We’re comfortably uncomfortable where we are
  • We’re afraid of failure
  • We’re afraid of success
  • Our “why” isn’t big enough
  • We don’t believe we deserve what we’re striving for

Whatever the reason is, we have to recognize that they are all excuses and let them go. If we can’t bring ourselves to letting go of the things that are holding us back, we won’t ever get where we say we want to be! We’ve all wanted something bad enough at some point in our lives that nothing could stop of from getting it. We all know what commitment looks like. The key is to find it and hold onto it as we move forward in achieving future goals.

If the goals you are working towards are ones that you set out for yourself, then it’s time to reflect on why this goal is important to you and what your life is going to look like if you choose not to do anything to achieve it. You have to decide that these goals are important enough for you to do the work necessary to make them happen!

The goals that are most important to us are going to take hard work. If they didn’t require us to work hard, they would be worthwhile goals. There’s nothing like seeing your hard work pay off. Knowing that you pushed yourself beyond what you though were your limits is rewarding. Doing things we once thought were impossible challenges us to think about what else is possible.

There’s nothing more exciting than realizing that we are capable of much more that we once thought. We finally understand what Marianne Williamson was talking about in her book A Return to Love when she says that we are: powerful beyond measure. Don’t allow your excuses to stop you from making your dreams a reality. The work needed to make it happen may be challenging, but you can do it! Remember, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Be inspired and motivated by the work it will take to accomplish your goals, don’t be afraid to do the work. The rewards you receive for doing what it takes will be tenfold. Not only will you have achieved your goal, but the person you’ll become as you take the journey will be stronger in mind, body and soul as well. What are you waiting for? ♥

The answers are within

A couple of weeks ago I had a session with Ruby McGuire. She’s a Visibility Coach. I was fortunate enough to win the session with her after she did a bundle on Visibility with the Female Entrepreneurs Association. I was excited for the session and prepared for an ass-kicking for not doing the things I need to do to get more visibility for myself and in turn, my business.

I confess that the session wasn’t what I expected it to be. Like I said, I was expecting to get a good talking to about why I wasn’t doing the things I knew I should be doing. What I got was even better because it got me to quiet the mental chatter (that seems non-stop at times) and tap into my consciousness so I could get down to the root of the problem.

Yes, I was making excuses for not doing more video. The question that the session allowed me to uncover was the real reason why I was making every excuse under the sun for why I couldn’t do what I knew I needed to do to get the results I want. It had nothing to do with time, or the right equipment. It went much deeper than that.

I won’t bore you with all the gory details 😉 All of this is to say that this session reminded me that we know what’s going on. We know why we aren’t doing the things we want to do. It can be easy to find surface rationale for not doing what needs to get done, but it normally goes a lot deeper. They often come from beliefs that we’ve been holding on to that don’t serve us.

Once we realize the real reason why we aren’t taking the actions needed to bring us closer to the achievement of our goals, we have to decide what we’re going to do about it. It’s important to realize that those beliefs we’ve been holding on to that hold us back aren’t based in fact. We’ve used past experiences as proof that our excuses are justified. We need to remind ourselves that our past good, bad or otherwise doesn’t define us. We can always do something different, something better.

We know the answers. We just need to find a way to tap into them. Sometimes it’s a coach or mentor that helps you get there, other times it’s simply quieting the mind and asking for guidance. How you tap into the answers isn’t as important as connecting with the answers. Continuing to make excuses isn’t going to get you any closer to achieving your goals. It’s just going to cause frustration and disappointment.

If we want different results, we have to do things differently. Are you ready look within for the answers to make that change? ♥

Level Up Journal

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  • Get clear on your goals
  • Identify the actions you need to take
  • Be proactive about potential challenges
  • Habits you need to develop to get the results you want
  • Review your progress on a daily basis

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Mastering a new art

I’ve been listening to the audio book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. I don’t think I have laughed so much listening to a personal development book! If you can get past the crude language in the title, the book makes some very good points that have been a common theme for me this year. The biggest takeaway so far – stop focusing time and energy on stuff that is out of your control!

Easier said than done though, right? Well, for me it is. I’m sure that many of you have already mastered the art of not spending any time on things that are out of your control. I’m not there yet and willing to admit that when it comes to letting go of the need to control, I am a work in progress 😉

I decided to listen to this book last week because I was struggling with letting go of something that was bothering me. I knew that it was out of my control and the only thing I could do was decided how I was going to deal with it, but I was still frustrated. I knew that I was taking something personally that really didn’t have anything to do with me, but that didn’t stop me from being angry and annoyed.

As I started listening to the book, I realized that I was wasting time an energy on something that is out of my control. There are so many other things that need my time and attention, so why was I giving it to something that wasn’t going to change regardless of how much I stressed about it? I feel like I have to constantly remind myself to stop focusing on the wrong things. What are the wrong things? My top 3 are:

  • Stressing about the past
  • Worrying about what others are doing/thinking
  • Focusing on the problem and not the solution

I’ve made a great deal of progress in all areas, but I know that when I’m feeling overwhelmed and not being consistent in taking care of my own well-being, it can be so easy to fall into old, bad habits. I’m grateful for Mark Manson’s reminder to stop focusing on the things that don’t support me in getting to where I want to be or becoming the person I want to be.

Our time is too precious to waste on focusing on things that we have no control over. Focus on you, what you can do and who you need to be to create the life you want to live. The rest will take care of itself. ♥

Who do you need to be to make your goals a reality?

This is a question I was asked during the retreat I attended in Majorca. To be more specific, the question was Who do you need to be in order to make your goals a reality? I think it’s a great question. So often we focus on the logical steps – if I do A and B, then I should get C as a result. What happens when things don’t work out?

Thinking about the type of person you need to be in order to make your dreams come true requires honesty. We have to acknowledge that we may not be exhibiting the qualities that we identify as key success factors. We have to be okay with the fact that we aren’t there yet and remember that if we’re ready, willing and able; we can become that person.

That’s the whole point of doing this exercise. It’s to identify where the gaps are so that we can start to work on filling them. Maybe you need to be more fearless, and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone in a way you never imagined. For lots of us, the key lies in admitting that we can’t do it all on our own and being willing to ask for help. Whatever it is you need to do to become the person you need to be, the good news is that anytime is a great time to get started.

The important thing to remember is that becoming the person you need to be takes commitment. You’re going to have to do things you haven’t done before, or do them more often. This isn’t going to happen overnight, even if it appears that way to friends, family and colleagues. There isn’t a magic pill, a secret book or a VIP course that’s going to get you where you want to be. Are there ways to get there quicker? Absolutely, but all roads start with you.

There’s a quote that says that it isn’t always about the goal, but the person you become to make it happen. When we struggle with our goals, it’s often because we’re not willing to challenge ourselves. We want our goals to be possible without doing any work on ourselves. The problem with that is we all know that we’ll get the same results if we keep doing things the same way. In order to do things differently, we need to be different as well. As cliché as it may sound, sometimes our goals require that we grow in order to make them a reality.

Who do you need to be to make your dreams a reality? What do you need to do to be that person? Share in the comments! ♥