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The Progressive Professional – More Tips for Success – June 2013

As we continue our travels to a successful 2013, it’s time to check our map and share some additional tips. Are you making the progress you expected when you defined your plan in December? Are you holding yourself accountable for accomplishing the tasks to achieve your desired success? We’re in the sixth month of the year so you should be close to half way through your trip to success. Are you? Did you identify your personal Mission and Purpose as suggested last issue? If not, check out the March issue and follow the links for some easy tools to help you.

It’s so easy to fall back to our old habits. Do you need some new inspiration to boost your energy and refocus? Here are five more tips to reenergize you:

1. Be sure your objectives are goals and not ideas. Once you know your life purpose and determine your vision, you must convert them into specific measurable goals and then act on them with the certainty that you will achieve them. The science of the brain tells us that it is a goal-seeking organism. Goals you give to your subconscious mind will be worked on day and night.

A Goal versus a Good Idea – If there is no criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want or wish for – an idea. To engage your subconscious mind, a goal has to be measurable. Here are a couple examples:

Good idea: I want to lose weight.
Goal: I will weigh 155 pounds by September 1, 2013.

Good idea: I want a new job.
Goal: I am sitting at my new job that capitalizes on my strengths and pays 10% above my previous salary on October 15, 2013.

Get the picture? And, you must write out the goal in detail. Then read each goal three times a day. Make it visible – carry it with you on your phone, post it on a mirror or make it your computer screensaver – anyplace where it will be a constant reminder. Consider creating a “goals book” where you document each of your goals and successes. That way you can review your successes when you need another boost.

One goal may not be enough. As Lou Holtz, said, “If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals”.

Think of it this way. If you are clear where you are going (goals) and you take several steps in that direction every day, you eventually get there. If I head north out of Cincinnati and take five steps a day, eventually I will end up in Dayton. So decide what you want, write it down, review it daily, and each day do something that moves you toward those goals.

In closing this tip, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”  Andrew Carnegie, The richest man in America in the early 1900s.

2. Break It Down. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” According to Mark Twain. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Sometimes our biggest life goals seem very overwhelming. We rarely see them as a series of small achievable tasks, but in reality, breaking down a large goal into smaller tasks – and accomplishing them one at a time – is exactly how any goal is achieved. So after you have decided what you really want and set measurable goals with specific deadlines, the next step is to determine all of the individual action steps you will need to take in order to accomplish your goal.

Then, make a daily to-do list and do first things first – complete the most important item first. Another way to make this happen is to plan your day the night before. You’ll be surprised how much faster you’ll make progress towards your goals!

3. Expect the world to support you. If you operate in a paranoid world thinking the world is out to do you harm, you’ll have trouble succeeding. W. Clement Stone was once described as an inverse paranoid. Instead of believing the world was plotting to do him harm, he chose to believe the world was plotting to do him good. Instead of seeing every difficulty or challenging event as a negative, he saw it for what it could be – something that was meant to enrich him, empower him, or advance his course.

What an incredibly positive belief!! Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were always expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity. Successful people do just that.

According to Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, “Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Ask yourself, “How can I use this experience to my advantage?”  Take every opportunity to look for the silver lining and run with it!

4. Get out of your comfort zone. “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.” According to Robert Allen, coauthor, The One Minute Manager.

Think of your comfort zone as a prison you live in – a largely self-created prison. It consists of the collection of cant’s, musts, must nots, and other unfounded beliefs formed from all the negative thoughts and decisions you and others have accumulated and reinforced during your lifetime.

Perhaps you’ve even been trained to limit yourself like the baby elephant tied to a stake that learns to stay tethered even after the elephant is full grown and could easily pull out the stake and be set free. Don’t be as dumb as an elephant. Here are some ways to change your comfort zones.

  • Use affirmations and positive self-talk to affirm already having what you want, doing what you want, and being the way you want.
  • Create powerful and compelling new internal images of having, doing, and being what you want.
  • Simply change your behavior. (Look for the key to doing this in our next issue!)

Remember, Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”

5. Success Leaves Clues. If you can copy what someone else used to succeed, then you can do the same thing! Tony Robbins said in his best-selling book, Unlimited Power, “If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.”

One of the great things about living in today’s world of abundance and opportunity is that almost everything you want to do has already been done to some degree by someone else. It doesn’t matter whether it’s losing weight, running a marathon, starting a business, becoming financially independent, triumphing over breast cancer, or hosting the perfect dinner party – someone has already done it and left clues in the form of blogs, books, manuals, videos, classes, online courses, seminars, or workshops. Who has already done what you want to do?  Shamelessly steal their clues and make it happen! Here are some ways you can seek out clues:

  • Seek out a teacher, coach, mentor; a manual, book, or audio program; or an Internet resource to help you achieve one of your goals.
  • Seek out someone who has already done what you want to do, and ask the person if you can interview him or her for a half hour on how you should proceed.
  • Ask someone if you can shadow them for a day and watch them work. Or offer to be a volunteer, assistant, or intern for someone from whom you think you can learn.

Feeling energized? I hope these tips are helpful and move you back on the road to success if you had taken a short detour. If you stayed on the path, good for you – keep up the good work! Remember, every action you take creates a result. Lose your fears and take positive actions. In the words of Bill Cosby, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

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