Category Archives: Goals

Thought for today Friday, December 16, 2016

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The power to live an extraordinary life is not defined by anything other than your willingness and desire to step out of the ordinary. Be daring and develop a vision of what is on the other side. Step into the unknown and live an extraordinary life.

Thought for today Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Work like there’s no plan B. Adapt, Adjust and continue your journey. Plan B could be a distraction and become your excuse.

Thought for Today Monday, December 5, 2016

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Everyone has goals, aspirations, plans and wants. Everyone is looking for something different, perhaps something better. Everyone believes that somewhere out there there’s something to be claimed. Everyone is looking for their own pot of gold.

Everyone sets a goal because they believe that reaching this goal is the key to something. Everyone believes that opportunity awaits if only they reach this goal. Everyone thinks this. Well, at least they should.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions And How To Keep Them

If you are like most humans, you have been struggling over the past couple of weeks with your New Year’s Resolutions.  You know you have to make them, or at least one, but the problem is you never (or hardly ever) keep them.  “If there was only a way”.

New Year’s has always been a time to look to the past.  More importantly, a time to look to the future, hoping that we have learned from the past. “What could have been and how can we make it happen.”

Resolutions at New Years are important and ever so popular because it’s like we start with a clean slate.  “What we couldn’t do, or we know we have to do, has a new chance of being.”

So are you really like most?  Here’s a list of the top 10 resolutions made by most people almost every year:

#10 – Get Organized

#9 – Help Others

#8 – Learn Something New

#7 – Get Out of Debt

#6 – Quit Drinking

#5 – Enjoy Life More

#4 – Quit Smoking

#3 – Tame the Bulge

#2 – Get Fit

#1 – Spend More Quality Time with Family & Friends

“Okay”, you say … “so how do I keep my resolution?” you may ask…

Here are my tips that may help you improve your chances:

1 – Be Realistic.  The surest way to fail is to make your goal unattainable.

2- Plan Ahead. Don’t make your resolution overnight.  If you make your resolution the last-minute, you will be making it based on your mindset at that particular moment.

3- Be Specific. “I’m going to lose weight” is not good enough.  To broad.  Instead, say “I’m going to loose 15 pounds by June 30th and I’m going to keep it off”.

4-  Outline Your Plan. How are you going to lose those 15 lbs  Six months mean an average of 2.5 lbs per month or better yet .625 lbs per week.  Now it’s looking more achievable, isn’t it?

5- Talk About It. And then talk about it some more.  Get your circle of influence involved.  Family and friends will help you get there.

6-  Track Your Progress. AND tell the world.  Accountability is a wonderful thing.  How much did you lose this week?  How far are you from your goal?  How did you do it?  What’s next on your plan?  Did I mention that you MUST tell the world?

7- Reward Yourself. This does not mean that you can eat a whole box of chocolates!  Instead, celebrate your success by rewarding yourself with something that you enjoy that doesn’t contradict with your resolution.

8- Don’t Beat Yourself Up. Obsessing over an occasional slip up will not help you achieve your goal.  Do the best you can each day and take it one day at a time.

9- Stick To It. Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your lifestyle.  Your new habits will become second-nature in no time.

10-  Make It YOUR own. Any resolution you make must be your own.  Do not do this for someone else.  Do it because it’s what you want to do.  Whatever your reasons, they have to be yours… Period.

Quick Facts about Resolutions:

–  63% of people say they are keeping their resolutions after two months.  Bet the other 37% did not have a specific plan.

–  67% of people make three or more resolutions.

– People make more resolutions to start a new habit than they do to break an old one.

How about you?  How are you doing with your resolutions? (yeah, I know its early but you’d be surprised how many folks have already broken theirs or didn’t even make one). Did you make the same resolutions this year as you did last year?  Why?  How will you improve your chances of keeping them?

Resolve to Resolve

“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve” ~ Benjamin Franklin

One of the greatest advises I’ve ever heard.

New Years’ resolutions don’t just happen.  You don’t wake up January 1st and decide that “this” is what you’re going to resolve this year.  If that’s how you do it, I have a bit of bad news for you.

A good resolution is one that has a chance to succeed.  Like any other goal you make for yourself, it has to be planned, thought out, dissected, chewed up, spelled out, shared, and yes… written.

New Year’s Day is full of good intentions.  We “resolve” to lose weight, to eat better, to exercise more.  Maybe we want to be a better spouse or parent.  Or it could be to improve our relationship with our employees, our employer, our customer or suppliers, our friends or neighbors.   You may want to be a better communicator; to listen more and talk less.

If you belong to and regularly frequent a gym, you know that the first few weeks of the year the building is full of people with great intentions.  Great intentions but no plans.  You know this to be true because after a short period of time, the crowds return to  normal,  left with just those who are serious about their goals.

There’s no feeling like that of achieving a goal.  A small one, medium or large one.

I challenge you to work on your New Year’s Resolution starting today.  Isn’t there something you been itching to do?  to accomplish?  A change you wish to make? An item off your bucket list?  I bet there is.

Think about this.  Write it down.  Set a date.  Work it backwards.  Spell out small steps you’re going to take today, tomorrow, this week, this month, etc.  And yes… share your resolution!  Tell the world, tell someone, just. tell. someone!  Accountability is a wonderful thing.

 

The Highest Ambition

“To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being”
~  John Lubbock

Ever stand in line at the grocery store and watch as other people interact with the cashier?  How about while you’re sitting at the restaurant, do you ever watch as to how others treat the server?

Not to long ago, I went to a nearby grocery store to pick up a couple of things we needed at the house.  I observed as the people in front of me treated with cashier with contempt and rudeness.  Nothing specific, just the way they spoke.

When it was my turn, the nice lady asked how I was doing.  With a great big grin and a happy undertone, I replied “Fantastic!  You?”  She did a double take and with a beautiful smile, she told me she was doing just fine.  “From here on out, I will call you Mr. Fantastic” she said.  And that she does.

When I left the store, I looked back and she was still smiling.  And oh yeah, the people who were standing behind me, they were smiling as well!

This is my goal.