Archive for January, 2011

January Wrap-up

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Hard to believe we’ve reached the end of another month!  It was a busy month and for those interested in the goings on of my life I’ll hit a few highlights (for those not interested in my goings on…skip this post).

I’ve decided to grow the personal development/business line of books our company started a couple years ago.
1.  Working with speakers to come up with more great product.
2.  Beefing up the website (you can see why this is needed and watch my progress at http://soundwisdom.com)
3.  Next up is to design some awesome products.
4.  Product marketing and placement…we have great placement in stores…now thinking outside the box to get the personal development messages to those who need them most.

Teamed up with Tremendous Life Books.
Not far from here is a publishing company that Charlie “Tremendous” Jones started.  Charlie passed on a couple years ago.  His daughter Tracey is now running the company.  Our publishing companies have remarkable similarities and complementary markets.  We’ve now teamed up to sell each other’s products in our respective markets and help one another grow.

More fun with Toastmasters.
1.  Achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze status.
2.  Attended District leadership training in Baltimore.

Family stuff.
My grandmother who has been a dear friend to my wife and me the past 13 years especially has been diagnosed with cancer and we’re told her time on earth is growing very short.  Becky (DW) and kids are happy and healthy.  Enjoying winter festivities.  I’m ready for warm weather!

Just Do It!

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

I’m spending my Saturday morning cleaning out my email inbox.  I have WAY too many newsletters coming in.  Most of them have great information.  I’d like to read/watch/listen to all of them.  I’m just not sure that would be the best use of my time.

The truth is we don’t necessarily need more information.  I certainly know enough to get started on most of the dreams that I have.  I guess it’s just easier to read/watch/listen to other people talk about how to make it happen than to get out there and do the work and stay disciplined myself.

If you’re like me you have excuses like:

1. I’m too busy to get involved in that.

2. I’m not an expert at that.  I don’t know enough.

3. That’s too big a project to tackle.

4. If I can’t do it perfectly, better not to do it at all.

Of course there are many more excuses to add to the list.  But the truth is most all of our excuses aren’t even true.  For example look at the four that I listed above.  Aren’t the below statements more true?

1. I have time for what I want to have time for…I could cut out some TV time, get up a half hour earlier, stay up a half hour later, spend time on my lunch break, etc.  Maybe I need to drop a couple things that aren’t as important to me.

2. We know enough about most of our ideas to get started.  If we take time to sketch out a rough outline we could seek help on the parts we got stuck on.

3. Big projects are rewarding when finished.  The trick is to break them up into steps.  Use the rough outline from #2 to sketch out a timeline.  Then just aim at one milestone at a time.

4. I heard a couple statements from Mike Litman that have stuck with me:

“You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.”

Insignificance comes before significance.

We do so many things out of habit, we often don’t even realize how we spend our time.  Part of my new year mantra of Be Intentional is to thoughtfully, yet aggressively Take Action!

Be Intentional

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’m looking at New Years Resolutions a bit differently this year.  January is a great time to reconsider what’s important.  At the beginning of a new year we definitely should take a look at the direction we’re headed.  Is the direction we’re headed going to lead to the destination we wish to arrive at?

Hopes, goals, and dreams are valuable.  But sometimes hopes, goals, and dreams aren’t enough.  Ty Howard talks about having unstoppable goals.  Easier said than done.  I find myself having many goals and passing interests.  Staying focused is tough…especially without identifying what Napolean Hill talked about as a major definite purpose.  So many good things divert our attention from what is truly important.  Whether it’s January or any random day when you can take some time to stop and think, reflection on goals is worthwhile.  Wandering through life with no ambition or meaning gets old.  Try setting goals.  Try being intentional.  Just setting goals and thinking about what COULD be in your life brings energy.

For 2011 I’ve decided to focus on a theme.  My theme, my mantra for 2011 is Be Intentional.  I’m hoping by keeping that front of mind that I’ll move more quickly toward my goals.  Hopefully, I’ll be less distracted.  I’ve noticed that even good habits that I’ve established have diminishing returns if I’m not intentional.  Example: without focus and intensity my exercise time is not near as productive as it should be.  Same goes for time spent with family…quantity of time does not negate the need for quality time.  So I’m making an effort this year to Be Intentional.  As the saying goes, “Wherever you are, be there.”