Three Words for Greater Focus & Clarity

Focus, clarity, work life balanceJust three words can bring you greater clarity, focus, and work-life balance…

The first quarter of 2011 is in the books!  January, February and March are history. Did you accomplish all you had hoped for in the first three months of 2011?

If so…Congratulations!!!

If not…What will make the difference for you over the next three quarters, or just in this next quarter for April, May and June?  What will help you stay focused in achieving your goals and dreams?

Here’s a tip I learned from Chris Brogan on how to bring clarity and focus to the next season of life and work:

Identify three words that will be the guiding pillars for what you will focus on for the next three months….three words that will guide all your actions and efforts.

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The Truth About Getting More Done

The Truth About Getting More Done

There’s so much I want to get done – in my personal life and career – if I only had the time.  What about you?

According to Mark Fritz, the statement I just made is a result of seriously flawed thinking.

Fritz, author of The Truth About Getting More Done, says that the problem is not with the amount of time that we have. Because all of us have the same amount of time, don’t we?

The problem lies in what we do with the time we have.

Our lack of achievement in getting done the things we want to get done, is not really a time problem, but a focus problem.  Fritz says:

“Without clarity and focus, you will never achieve all that you can…”

It’s a point that successful people really understand, Fritz says.  For them, the goal is not just getting things done, but getting the right things done. [Read more…]

What Habits Keep You From Achieving Your Goals?

Are bad habits keeping you from achieving your goals?

Last week, I shared that I’m giving myself a refresher course in setting goals and achieving them, because I’ve been frustrated by the lack of progress I’ve made with some of my goals.

This week, I’ve dedicated some time for personal reflection, and have identified some habits that I think are keeping me from achieving my goals.  I’ll share one of them here:

I have too many in-boxes. [Read more…]

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

setting goals and achieving them

This month I’m giving myself a refresher course on goal setting strategies. Seems like January is a good time to do it, with the start of the New Year. But any time is a great time for me to remind myself that I can’t just think about setting goals – I also need to make a plan for achieving them.

How easy it is to forget this, and to fall into old habits of wishful thinking – that somehow, just thinking about a goal will bring it to life, or hoping that things in my life will change without really taking any real action steps to achieve those changes.

Years ago, one of my mentors shared a quote on goal setting and achievement from Paul J. Meyer, who is one of the “grandfathers” of today’s success and motivation leaders like Brian Tracy, John Maxwell, Tony Robbins, etc.

I just found it again, dusted it off, and am going to display it prominently in my office so I will read it every day:

“If you are not making the progress you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.” – Paul J. Meyer [Read more…]

Finding Direction in Life

How do you know when you’ve really “arrived?”  That’s a question that many people ask when they want to find direction in life.

When I was younger, I’d often hear people talk about some sports star, actor, or musician who had finally “arrived.” What they meant, really, was that this person had just become rich and famous.

But is wealth and fame a good descriptor for when a person really “arrives?” I’m not so sure.

I began thinking about this recently while using my Magellan GPS on a road trip.  I travel a lot and take my GPS wherever I go.  I love that I can enter the address or location of my intended destination, and the GPS will look at all of the options and tell me the best way to get there.

And when I do reach my intended destination, the GPS announces,”You have arrived.” [Read more…]

Top New Years Resolutions Posts

The first week of the New Year is nearly over.  How are you doing so far on your New Years Resolutions?

If you’re like me, you might find it easy to set New Years Resolutions, and much harder to achieve them. So, to help you set and achieve your New Years Resolutions this year, here are my top New Years resolutions posts:

How to Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

Ready or not…the New Year has arrived.  While I join with many who celebrate its arrival with a great deal of excitement and hope for what the new year will bring, I recognize that others face the New Year with feelings of anxiety, fear, and disappointment.

I can relate, as I’ve felt some of those negative feelings before – maybe you have too.

For me, they came as a result of not having achieved my New Years Resolutions in the previous year, and the changes I had hoped to accomplish in my life.

Have you ever wondered why only a few people succeed in making change in their lives – and how you can be one of them?

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Nine of the Most Popular New Years Resolutions

What New Year’s Resolutions Are Right for You?  Here’s an easy way to figure it out:

  1. Start thinking of some of the things in your life that you already know you want to change or that have bothered you for a while.
  2. Ask those who are close to you – your spouse, friends, co-workers, maybe even your boss – if they have any suggestions for you. If they’re honest, I’ll bet they’ll have a suggestion or two for you.

Chances are, one or more of these nine popular New Year’s Resolutions will probably end up on your list…

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New Years Resolutions: Ten ways to increase your chances for success

Here are ten tips to improve your success in achieving New Years Resolutions.

  1. Turn your resolutions into goals by specifically identifying what you want to accomplish and when you want to accomplish it.
  2. Be specific in setting your goals.  Write them down.
  3. Be realistic in your expectations and deadlines.

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