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Quote Of The Day

“If you are too busy to enjoy quality time with your family, then you need to re-evaluate your priorities.”

~ Dave Willis

As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Spend time with your family tonight!

Posted in Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Potential, Success

A New Year – Will There Be A New You?

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Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.”

unknown author

Is it time to change your life? A new year is right around the corner, and most of us are thinking about the possibility of change.

What do we want to happen in the New Year? Do you want to improve your life? Of course, you do! It is human nature to want more in your life and to be a better person.

There is never a better time than the start of a new year to make plans and set goals.

Here is the tough part. The clock strikes midnight on December 31st, and we have our list of ideas, either in our head or, hopefully, we have written them down. We celebrate the New Year, and the first week or two, we pay attention to our goals for the year. When a month or two goes by, most of us have very nicely fallen back into our old habits.

It is so easy and so comfortable to continue to do things the way we always have.

Remember, if you do nothing to change your life, life will change you. Life is ever-evolving. We may not notice it because we are too busy being comfortable doing the same thing every day.

Heads up people, you’ve got this. You can change. The decision is up to you. It requires a conscious choice and a strong effort, but no one can make it except you.

I have to laugh at myself because I have been trying to force myself to use the treadmill consistently. You know what did it for me, what made me finally commit to getting on that darn machine?

It’s crazy, but this is what is working for me. During the holiday season, the local grocery store where I shop offers Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. I love it! However, I have not been drinking it for 2-3 years. I made a choice for my health, to not use creamers in my coffee.

So last week I was shopping, and I saw the display. I stopped and was probably drooling over the Peppermint Mocha creamer. I stood there for a few moments and thought about it; should I or shouldn’t I? Then for some reason, it clicked, and I decided to buy the creamer, but I made a trade-off. I would have to use my treadmill. No Treadmill. No Creamer!

It worked! I have been using my treadmill every day. Granted, I am not Speedy Gonzales. I am walking at a speed of 3 miles per hour, on an incline level of 4, and I do it for 30 minutes each time. It is a good start that I am determined to continue. I have also decided to use this bottle of creamer and then give it up. Once the season is over, it will no longer be available anyway.

I will continue to use the treadmill. For some reason, this time feels different. I know I have made a decision that works for me this time.

Now I am going to look at all my goals in a different way. What trade-off can I make? What am I willing to do to accomplish a new goal? What am I willing to give up for personal growth?

Many things that we do throughout the day do not benefit us in any way. How many times do we check our social media during the day? Let’s say we check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram three or four times. When we do this, how many minutes are we spending each time?

We do not even realize the length of time we are spending. What goal do you have for the new year? How much time have you allocated to each day toward achieving it?

See where I’m going here? You can make a trade-off. Check social media twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Use that time to work on your goal instead.

How many hours do you watch TV each evening? Do you watch programs that you really enjoy, or are there some you watch just because they came on after your favorite show? Television can suck us in, and if we were to think about it, we might realize that we are wasting time. We waste valuable time. It is mind-numbing and not beneficial.

Sorry, but it is true, and I am guilty of it too. Let’s change it up this year and read a book instead.

The point is, we waste time. We do not think about it and, for the most part, are oblivious to it.

Here is a simple exercise to do. Take sheets of blank paper and complete the two suggestions below.

1 – For one week, keep track by writing down what you do and the amount of time used. Look at it at the end of the week, and I mean, LOOK at it. Make graphs if you have to. Make blocks on a piece of paper, write down the activity, and the amount of time spent. I think you will be surprised.

2 – What are your goals? How important are they to you? How much time are you willing to spend to achieve them? Write it all down. Whatever format you used for #1, use the same for #2, so you can compare them.

Now put them side by side. Look at sheet #1 and the time you are spending. Is there time spent anywhere on that sheet that you can eliminate and transfer to sheet #2?

Can you make a trade-off so you can work on your goal; so that you can achieve your goal?

Decide what you want. Decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work”.

H. L. Hunt

Change can be frightening, but change can also be exhilarating. Worth the risk, let’s get working!

Open the door and take the first step into the New Year.

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As always, thank you for reading my blog. Here is to trade-offs in 2020!

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Do You Want To Be Successful? Tips To Help You On Your Journey To Success

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” 

–Swami Vivekananda

Everyone wants to succeed on some level. Whether your dreams are big or small, they require commitment and hard work to achieve.

Before you start working on your plan, do a self-assessment. Determine what the driving force is for your idea. What do you consider success? Are you in it for the money, or do you want to do it because you feel passionate about it? If you love what you would be doing, and are passionate about succeeding, you chances of being effective are much higher.

Develop a strategic plan. You may have an idea for what you want to accomplish. But to be successful it is necessary to do some work. Do the research and see if others are working in the same arena. How is your idea different? If there is already a large group doing the same thing, you may want to re-think your approach. Is yours different? Does it offer an additional benefit? In what way is it better?

Once you are satisfied with your idea, it is time to make a solid business plan. A business plan is a formal written document containing business goals, the methods on how these goals can be attained, and the time frame within which these goals need to be achieved. Wikipedia Look on the internet, and you will find many options such as this one from “Business Plans: A Step-By-Step Guide.

It is necessary to write your plan down and prioritize based on your abilities, time, and cost factors. When you have your first draft, start making adjustments until you have a plan that will work for you.

Commit to your plan. Once you have developed your plan, be sure you are ready to put forth your best effort. Invest your time and all your abilities to be successful. Be proactive by continually evaluating and making adjustments when necessary. Make lists, keep notes, and always have daily goals to accomplish.

Don’t be afraid of failure. When you make mistakes, it does not mean you are a failure, or that you have to give up. Ask anyone who runs a business; they will tell you that there are always risks and setbacks. Take some time and evaluate what happened. Look at what went wrong with open eyes, do not try to sugar coat it. What can you do to fix it? Can it be corrected, or do you need to start over? Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from moving on. Having something go wrong is an opportunity to learn. Instead of giving up, keep working and make it better.

Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. Some people will doubt you and your abilities. Only you know your skill level and your actual capacity for success. Do not let other people’s opinions interfere with your dreams. Put forth your absolute best effort in everything you do.

Do not give up. You have to realize upfront there might be setbacks. Something does not get done on schedule; a client wants some changes; the project is more expensive than estimated. Do not stop. Make the necessary adjustments, look for less costly options, and keep pushing.

If you have a team you are working with, support them, and delegate as much to them as you can. Value each individual, and they will help and support you in your efforts. Develop a good team from the start of your business. Your team and their abilities are an essential part of you becoming successful in business.

Have high expectations and push your self every day to be successful. You will learn that you are capable of doing more than you realized. Whether you are starting your own new business, or have a high-level position for another company, it will be a challenge of your determination, mental and emotional strength.

At the same time, reward yourself. Take the time to congratulate your team for a job well done, but also include yourself. Smile, relax, and take good care of yourself.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

—Norman Vincent Peale

As always, thank you for reading my blog today. Make a good plan!

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How Do You Make Everyday A Victory? A List of Things To Do.

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Today I was browsing Twitter and I saw an image of a very physically fit man talking about finding victory every day. I could not ignore the image and whatever victory he was having was definitely working for him physically.

I cannot say the same for his video. It was not effective for me because it was virtually full of expletives which ruined the message. I am not sure he was giving off the message he wanted.

He was explosively selling victory but I don’t think he reached it. At least not with me. I did not like his perspective. It may have worked for a different audience.

I liked his focus on victory so I decided to do research on how to obtain victory for ourselves each and every day. What an interesting concept. Here is what I found.

The first article I read made total sense and I really liked it. It is a simple concept and one that would definitely work in your personal and professional life.

  • Easy-Peasy. Pick what is your highest priority to accomplish each day and do that first.

In your personal life if you want to exercise each day do it before you leave for work. I used to get up early each day and get on my Treadmill. Doing that meant I did not have to worry about doing it at night which truthfully would not have worked for me.

When you get to work be sure to concentrate on whatever is the most important thing you have to do for the day. Do you have to complete a report or is there a project you are working on? Do it first.

Each day you will end up having at least one victory by doing this practice. It will benefit you on many levels and the rest of your day can be used to do the less important tasks.

  • Do an assessment of yourself.

Everyone has a list of things we know we could be better at. You know, the stuff that sometimes plays mindlessly in our head. What are they? Take an evening or a weekend and do some contemplation. Write them all down. Okay now you have a list and if you are like me it might be long. Here are a few examples:

Calling your parents or siblings or returning their calls. You always mean to but something else comes up. We should not put them on the back burner but it is so easy to do. Decide you will call them back and do it. This is an important victory.

Saving money. That should be on everyone’s list but quite often we just don’t do it. We see something we want and we buy it. You figure you will start your savings account next paycheck. Do it and add to it each and every week. Big Important Victory.

You get the idea. Small things or big things that we let slip by can all make a difference in our life. I know I have enough items on my list to do one thing each and every day. That would be a victory.

You can apply the same concept to your professional life as well. What are those things you think about doing that would help you professionally? You may have some great ideas so don’t keep putting them off? Make a list and make it a priority to get them done. It may not be realistic to complete one a day but how about one a week. Count it as a bonus victory for the week.

  • Keep a journal.

Write down what you did that day. We are busy and we do not take the time to evaluate ourselves. You might find that you did have a victory and maybe multiple victories.

How many times have you had someone tell you you did a good job and you just brush it aside. Pay attention and write it down. That is a victory and you should take credit. Congratulate yourself!

When it comes time for your review you can also use a journal as a reference of what you have accomplished for the year. If your company requires you to do a self evaluation you are ahead of the game. Big Victory!

Victory is the child of preparation and determination.

Sean Hampton

Victory will be determined by many factors.

  • Perspective.

How do you view life? How do you react? What do you consider a victory? Your perspective can either hold you back or push you forward. Your perspective determines what is important and what is not.

  • Attitude.

Do you take responsibility for your actions? Do you have a positive attitude? Are you prone to negativity? We do not pay enough attention to our attitude. Attitude determines how you look at the world and how the world looks at you will also be determined by your attitude. Make sure it’s a good one.

  • Determination.

Are you willing to put in the effort needed to achieve victory? Determination is what drives you, helps your work hard and keeps you focused on achieving your goals.

  • Visualization.

You need to be able to see what you want, how to get there and see the end result. Being able to visualize the result you want helps overcome fear and it helps build self confidence. If you can see the result in your mind it makes it easier to practice and have great results sooner. Have you noticed people in sports doing visualization before they compete?

The most valuable advice I can give is plan for your success. Write down your ideal goal, creating checkpoints for yourself along the way that align with the end goal. Set up rewards for achieving both little victories and big ones.

Hilary Knight

Everyone can benefit from practicing these skills. I’m retired so you might think it is not important to me. You would be incorrect. It seems now more than ever it is indeed important to me.

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Go out and score a Victory today!