Posts Tagged ‘goals’

Book Review Tuesday: Make a name for yourself.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

A few weeks ago, I met Scott Ginsberg (the nametag guy) at Extreme Business Makeovers 2011. Scott is an amazing speaker. I bought a book from his table…Make a name for yourself. In addition to being a beautiful full color book, it is loaded with great content.  My kind of content…short, punchy chapters that toss an idea out there and let the reader think about it.  Essentially the book helps you think through what kind of reputation you are building.  What you are becoming known for.  And how you can be intentional in steering your career and legacy.  The quote inside the cover says it best…”If you don’t make a name for yourself, someone will make one for you.”

I devoured the book.  I felt bad about marking up the beautiful, colorful pages…but it’s the kind of book that begs to be personalized.  Here are some of Scott’s strategies that jumped out at me:

  • Become a student of success.  Read books and interview successful people in your field.
  • Walk with the wise.  “You are (and become) the average intelligence of the people you hang out with the most.  Choose wisely.”
  • More books, less TV.
  • Do what nobody else is willing to do.  “What are you doing that nobody else is willing to do?”
  • Networking works. A chapter of 50 actionable networking tips.
  • Wait for nothing.  Don’t wait for the perfect timing, someone to give you permission, someone to lead the way–take action!

Bottom line…The book is easily worth the $20 if you’re interested in thinking through some things that might be holding you back from the person you hope to become.  I am now a fan of Scott and will write more about him in future posts.

Consistent, Intentional Productivity

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I’m always looking for ways to make better use of my time.  My mantra this year is to Be Intentional.  It’s so easy to land on the couch and mindlessly watch TV.  Or sit through seemingly pointless meetings.  Or lose 15 to 20 minutes at a time waiting in a lobby.  Being intentional usually involves planning ahead.

When I don’t plan ahead, I have a tendency to have a few highly productive days then slip back into old habits.  Sometimes when my schedule gets off kilter, I don’t take the time to sit down and think intentionally about what I’m spending my time on vs. what I need to be working on in order to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.  Brian Tracy encourages us to continually ask ourselves “What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?”

I need an Easy button

This week I was reading Dan Kennedy’s No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs(Great book!) and I came across a simple little tool to add to my productivity arsenal.  Dan has identified one activity that brings him closer to his goal.  He has decided that each day he will do one thing to stimulate demand for his services.  Doing one thing each day that moves him closer to a specific goal is similar to yet easier than The Rule of 5 that Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen used to make Chicken Soup successful.

Narrowing focus to one most important task that must be done each day no matter what, takes some of the thinking and planning out of it.  Less discipline is required to do ONE thing each day.  Focus is easier if we only shoot for one main goal at a time.  I’m thinking this is a good way to work up to The Rule of 5.  Anyone care to join me?

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.”

My Perfect Day

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I’m finishing up my first listen of Craig Valentine’s Home Study Course (which, by the way, is amazing!).  Craig recommends writing out what you favorite day would look like.  This advice makes a lot of sense to my goal-setting mind.  So I decided to give it a try.  I found out that 24 hours is just not enough time to do everything that would make a day perfect… but a near perfect day might look something like this:

  • Wake up to see a $1,000 deposit in my account from info products that people purchased from my sites the past 24 hours.
  • Exercise & shower.
  • Spend some quiet time outside soaking up sun rays, meditating and planning.
  • Lunch date with Becky.
  • Implement some of the planning (write & develop products and marketing).
  • Float down the river in my kayak.
  • Cookout with friends and family in the evening.
  • Read a book.
  • Bedtime with my wife =)

That would make a pretty cool day for me.  What’s your perfect day look like?

What is Your Dream?

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Dreams are elusive.  If we don’t write them down, take action steps toward achieving them, and stay focused, dreams quickly become faded memories of what might have been.  In the overstimulated world that we live in, the next shiny thing catches our attention before we’ve even fully comprehended the wonderful dreamy thought we just had.  And just like that it’s gone–often forever.  With so many distractions to keep us occupied 24 hours a day, who has time to dream?  Maybe we just need a big enough WHY.  Here are a few reasons why it’s important to dream:

1.  Dreams provide energy.  Sometimes the routine we settle into begins to take the life out of us.  Without dreams to strive for, many of us become drones, bored and empty.  Carving out some time to be alone to think and dream often recharges our batteries.

2.  Dreams provide meaning.  Life is much more fulfilling when we are working toward a dream.  The dream can be as public Martin Luther King’s vision of equality or as personal as buying our first house.  Even the most wealthy people often find themselves with all the comforts imaginable, yet dissatisfied.  They haven’t chosen a meaningful dream to pursue next.

3.  Dreams provide hope.  There are times in life when all we have is a dream of better circumstances.  In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner found himself homeless, with nothing but his dream of a better future for him and his son.  Chris kept the dream alive and never gave up hope as he pushed himself to success.

We all need dreams no matter what season of life we find our selves in… at rock bottom looking for hope, running the rat race needing energy, or living the good life but seeking meaning.

Take some time alone to think and dream.  What did you come up with?

The Rule of 5

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

abbyWhat is the Rule of 5?

Recently I’ve been reminded several times of Principle 23 in Jack Canfield’s book, The Success Principles.  Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul, were overwhelmed by the many different ways they could market their new book, so they developed the Rule of 5 which is simply “every day, we do five specific things that will move our goal toward completion.”  By breaking the overwhelming task of creating a bestseller down into 5 things to do per day, they simplified their goal and, after a couple years, achieved bestseller status!

OK…I get it!

Sometimes it takes a while.  I read Success Principles several years ago.  John Maxwell retells the Canfield story in his new book, Put Your Dream to the Test which I just read a couple weeks ago.  This morning when I looked through my email and saw Jessica Swanson, “The Shoestring Marketer”, talking about the Power of 5, I decided it was time to apply this little tool to my own goals.

Major Definite Purpose

My biggest goal at this stage in my life is financial independence.  Because there are an overwhelming number of ways one could achieve financial independence, this goal is a perfect candidate for the Rule of 5.  Beginning today, I will practice the Rule of 5.