WhyoudontreachyourgoalsBefore I let you in the secret as to why you are not reaching your goals I want to first look at what makes a “great” goal!

Great goals are:

- Outcome focused. Once your WHY is understood (AND it’s a good & enthusiastic WHY) you’re 90% there! This piece alone is key to reaching the goals

- In line with your values. The more a goal aligns with your core values – the EASIER it will be to achieve. Note: You can achieve goals that don’t align with your values but it’s usually harder and less satisfying.

Stated in the positive. ie. “I want earn $5000 in additional income this month” rather than “I want to stop bleeding money out of my biz”

and SMART:

Specific (so you know exactly what you are trying to achieve)

Measurable (so you know when you have achieved it!)

Action-oriented (so you can DO something about it!)

Realistic (so it IS achievable) and

Time-Bound (has a deadline)

Okay, cool, so you get all that, and you may have even heard of the above or similar, now I want to tell you why its not working for you or at least why it wasn’t working for me and the clients I serve.

So stick with me, you set a goal, based on the above, maybe $5k in income in the next 30 days but for some reason you just cant reach that goal, or maybe sometimes you do but its not consistent and you just can’t put your finger on it.

You start to question yourself, your skills, your abilities, what is this all for, you want to throw in the towel, this is just too damn hard.

I get it because I have been there done that, I have set so many goals and not reached them, that is until I figured out this other piece, the missing link.

So, if you are like me, awake and aware you have likely struggled with the traditional goal setting because it just does not address this piece.

Let me clue you in, first there is nothing wrong with you which is the great news and its totally fixable. Actually, I address this in great detail in my digital product on goal setting and strategic planning, plus be sure to check out the upcoming mastermind as well too here.

Okay, back to the problem, so the problem is that when you set goals you need to look at what is really in the way of you achieving your goals, plus you also need to make sure that the goals you set are in alignment with what you really want, your purpose, the deep desire you have hidden inside of you.

You see, a lot of times we create goals out of fear, of wanting something to stop, like I want to stop bleeding money out of my biz and I just want this darn problem to go away. The problem with that is two fold, the goal is not in alignment and you are setting yourself up to fail.

You see, not only do you need to bridge the gap with a strategy to get where you want to go but you need the secret hidden piece to be addressed as well, the energy behind it.

Again, I go into great detail in my training here, and if you are at all struggling with reaching your goals I highly encourage you to check it out.

But in the meantime, know that you need to check that your energy is in alignment with the goal, and then if it isn’t (hint: its not in alignment if you have been setting goals and not reaching them) then you need to get to root of this, get rid of and reset your goals.

I’d love for you to join me in my upcoming mastermind program on this here and get access to the training for free: http://rockyourgrowth.com/plan-mastermind

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Finish2014StrongIt’s that time of year where we start to look at what we have been doing all year, its a time for reflection as well as a time to really step up and put things into high gear.

There are less then 3 months left in 2014 and time is of the essence to get things back on track or get them started.

Are you ready?

I thought I would share with you some tips on how putting a plan together for the rest of the year so you really can accomplish what it is that you want, easy peasy :)

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Get crystal clear on what it is that you truly want, and why do you want it. Seriously, you really need to dig deep here and get this clarity, I promise you the time you spend will be well worth it and in my experience will make achieving your goals so much easier. When you tie your goal to a big WHY it helps you to stay focused on the result you want to create and the reasons behind it. Not just, I want to create an extra $2000, why do you want to create an extra $2000, what does that really give you and why is that important to you?

Step 2 – Once you are clear on what you want to achieve and why you want it you need to lay a foundation for your success, meaning, you need to have a plan. What is required for you to reach these goals? It may look like a series of additional mini-goals broken down from the larger goals attached to tasks. Who else do you need to help you achieve these goals? What else is required? Time, Money, additional Resources? Know exactly what its going to take to reach these goals.

Step 3 – Now that you have an idea of what its going to take to reach these goals you must map it out on your calendar. Its time to start using your calendar as a strategic tool to help you reach your goals. In my experience if something isn’t on the calendar it just doesn’t get done, its that simple. So, check in with your calendar and the items on your calendar, are they in alignment with reaching your desired outcomes? Or do you need to adjust and remove items that are not serving the end result of what you want and what is required for you to do to achieve them. There are only so many hours in the day, make sure the things on your calendar make sense :)

So there you have it, a simple 3 step process for making the most of what is left of 2014. If you would like to take this teaching further then I encourage you to join us live for the 2 Call Mastermind and Q & A experience as well as the in depth Goal setting and strategic planning system.

You can learn more about that here: http://rockyourgrowth.com/plan-mastermind

Hope to see you on the other side.

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Oct
01

Planning to Fail?

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Well, are you? Are you planning to fail?

In today’s day and age, all kinds of businesses can be found anywhere and everywhere. More and more people are buying the idea of putting up a business to gain more income. It all sounds good, yes, but if you are one of those who want their own business, this only means that you have competition – anywhere and everywhere!

 

So, what do you do to stay on top? What can you do to have an edge over hundreds and thousands of other businesses? Are you ready for the high requirements that your business is going to demand from you? Are you the type of owner who plans and looks ahead, making sure that everything is well thought of and each plan is slowly but surely executed? Or are you the type who would just go with the flow, decide on the spot and just let things be?

 

Whatever type of business-mind you have in you, the most important question to consider is: are you planning to fail or failing to plan? They say that failing to plan is planning to fail, and somehow, that premise holds true. To gain success, preparation is the ultimate key; and so, here are some tips for business starters who want to make sure that they are not planning to fail nor are they failing to plan:

  1. Know and prepare yourself for a commitment – your business commitment. Know that it is not a joke putting one up, so before you start, be sure that you are 100% committed to it.
  2. Gather your resources and use them well. Save some of your initial capital for future emergency use.
  3. Plan every move carefully and thoroughly. Make sure that all areas needed are covered and that you have everything you need within your hands’ reach.
  4. Have a back-up plan. If Plan A does not work, well, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.
  5. Execute as smoothly as possible. Mistakes will be inevitable but make sure you learn from them, turn your setbacks into comebacks.
  6. Have fun. Loving what you do and earning from it is one of the best feelings in the world.

Want to  access my easy to follow plan of action cheat sheet so you can easily make the 4th quarter your most profitable, here!

Or better yet, grab the entire goal setting & strategic planning training calls, worksheets, and other goodies here and never worry again about setting goals and not achieving them.

Either way, let’s make the rest of 2014 rock like nobody’s watching.

 

 

 

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Lately I have been on the theme of goal setting!ADreamWithAGoal

Honestly, this is a great time of year to do a quick check in with yourself and see how those goals you set forth in the beginning of the year are shaping up as we get ready to enter the 4th quarter.

Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun!

A goal is dream with a deadline” ~ Napoleon Hill

I just love this quote from Napoleon Hill because it rings so true for me as well as hundreds of my clients.

Here’s the thing, if want to turn those dreams and desires into reality for us we need to set goals and we need to set achievable and attainable goals.

And of course, we want to have a system in place that allows us to reach those goals every time we set them.

I am actually talking about this in three of my training programs that are currently running right now because honestly, if you don’t know how to set SMART goals and reach them you are dead in the water.

The other thing is you want to learn how to do this in a way that is in alignment with what you really want life and your business, so its super important to have a vision that goes along with those “goals”.

In addition, you don’t want these “goals” to take over your life, after all, you are in business to create more freedom in your life not have it suck the life out of you. Trust me, I sure do know a thing or two about that but that’s a story for another day.

Anyway, the point is if you want to reach your goals in a reasonable amount of time you want to learn how to strategically use your calendar as a tool to help you achieve those goals.

As I said, this is something that I am teaching in depth my clients right now and it’s so important that I want to make these modules available to you as well. More about that in a moment, but I want to give you some pointers to get you started with goal setting and strategic planning and calendaring.

1 – Be clear on what your goal is and why you want to achieve it (seriously, the why is so important to YOU achieving your goal) :-)

2 – Set yourself up for success so that you have a fighting chance to reach your goals, ie. you gotta have a plan to get to where you want to go. Click here for a little cheat sheet to help you do that.

3 – Use your calendar as a strategic tool. In order to do that the first step is to have your plan for the next 90 days then break that into smaller chunks and smaller chunks and calendar what needs to be done.

There really is an art to doing this which is why it’s something that I teach in depth. Right now, you can gain instant access to this system as well as the goal setting system so that you can really get yourself on track and on target before the end of the year. Just go here to learn more: http://rockyourgrowth.com/plan

If you want to grab your 9 Simple Steps to Create a Plan of Action Cheat sheet you can do that here!

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A bold decision is made up of two words. The first word is bold. This means that it should be daring, confident, and purposeful. The second word is decision. This means that it should be a deliberate act born of sound judgment or provide an adequate conclusion. Both words when taken together naturally mean that whatever action is to be taken must have a purpose and an impact.

This article will discuss 3 steps by which you can make any decision, a bold one! Just to be clear, this is NOT an above the clouds discussion that is more theoretical than practical. This article will provide simple but effective methods of making waves in the realm of decision making.

Step 1: Due Diligence

Any decision to be worth implementing must have been weighed down with research, research, and more research. You need to know everything about anything that is proximate and relevant to your cause. Remember, there is a thin line between due diligence and dilly dallying. The former means the proper utilization of time in order to come up with relevant information on specific points within a deadline. The latter means floundering about and taking too much time to come to a decision. Take heed, even the boldest decision may become just a footnote on another person’s prior achievement. Tips:

  • make an outline and stick to it
  • create a draft
  • have enough time to make updates and/or edits

Step 2: The Devil Is in the Details

After your initial research, the next task is to implement your decision. Remember, a decision that is not implemented is either confined to the realm of your thoughts or is a mere scrap of paper. In other words, you should pay special attention to your plan of attack; make sure that it is not only good on paper or on theory, but also practicable. Tip: a checklist would be very helpful in this juncture.

Step 3: Follow Thru

A decision that is not seen to the end, no matter how brilliant it might be, cannot be considered a “decision”, much less be considered “bold”. Remember, some of the boldest and most successful ideas did not reach its full potential overnight. A bold decision is like a camp fire, it starts small. If it is nurtured then it becomes a big blaze which can be self sufficient and hungry for more.  If it is left to its own devices prematurely, it will smolder and die.

Are you ready to finally be more productive in your life and business and get the freedom back? Contact me today to schedule your complimentary call, just click here!

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Are You Missing Deadlines? 3 Tips to Hit the Ground RunningIf you are running a business, then you know how important it is to effectively manage your time and avoid missing deadlines in achieving success.

Effective time management works in ensuring that your business stays on top despite fierce competition because it allows you to quickly complete your tasks.

Being able to do a lot of things in a single day allows you to enjoy a more productive workplace which is extremely useful when attempting to receive your desired level of profit and improve the performance of your business. The following are just three of the many tips that you can use in effectively managing your time and in preventing yourself from missing deadlines:

1. Organize everything.

You have to start creating a list of all your daily tasks so you will have an easier time completing them. If you have a list, then you can easily concentrate on completing all of your tasks. It is advisable for you to place it in front of you so you will feel extremely satisfied as soon as you mark a certain task complete. Another tip is to clear your desk or workspace from any clutter. If possible, begin your day and end it with a clear and clean workspace. You should also consider clearing out your inboxes. This will free you from stress, thereby allowing you to work with less hassle.

2. Set a time frame.

Setting a time frame is also a major help if you are planning to get a lot of things done within just a short period of time. You can expect this tip to be extremely useful for you especially if you are one of those who wish to prevent the risk of missing any deadlines. What you need to do is to figure out the specific number of hours or days required to complete a certain task. Include this in your list so you will be able to easily keep track of your progress and complete the task within the specified deadline.

3. Plan what you need to do the next day.

If you are running a business, then there is a great possibility that you deal with an extremely hectic schedule so planning what you need to do the following day can definitely help you out. By knowing exactly what you need to do the next day, you will be able to easily budget your time so meeting deadlines will no longer become impossible.

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