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The Progressive Professional – Checking Progress and Adjusting – March 2013

Happy Spring!  Although our weather doesn’t seem to match up with the calendar, I’m sure we’ll turn the corner to nice weather soon.  And, personally, I can’t wait!
In our last issue, we discussed how to set ourselves up for success in 2013.  If you’ve forgotten, you can find the previous newsletter here. So, since you’ve set yourself up for success in 2013 by identifying your priorities and goals, it’s time to check your progress.  After all, if we don’t hold ourselves accountable for our success, who will?  If you’re doing well and achieving all you desire, then you may not need to read on.  If not, here’s some more food for thought.  If we don’t have clear direction, we could end up anywhere.  A friend of mine includes a tag line on e-mails that says:  “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” While I always thought he was clever, I found this is actually a quote from Dr. Laurence J. Peter, author of the “The Peter Principle”.  Whatever the source, I think it is a very true statement.  Go where you want to go by developing your own personal roadmap!
Has your road to success in 2013 been smooth so far?  If not, perhaps you haven’t been holding yourself accountable or perhaps you don’t have a clear roadmap yet.   This two part series will help by providing some ideas for ways to gain further clarity to support making 2013 your most successful year yet!  Do you have a personal mission statement?  Last week I was meeting with some folks and several have very clear and purposeful personal mission statements.  They weigh the benefits of each and every action they take against their mission and, if it doesn’t fit, they don’t do it.  My personal Mission Statement is:  “I inspire, empower and enable others to achieve their destiny.” What’s yours? If you want some help building your personal mission statement, try this website:  http://www.franklincovey.com/msb/
Meantime, here are five principles to consider as you develop your personal roadmap for success.
    1. Believe in Yourself. Eliminate the word “can’t” from your vocabulary – as my husband says “drop the “t””.  Over the years I’ve heard him say this to players he was coaching and our grandchildren.  Eventually, they get it – Believe you can and you will succeed!  As a unique individual, you have been given special gifts that make you capable of creating the life of your dreams.  You can call it self-confidence, self-esteem or anything you want; however, it is a belief that you have what it takes, the skills, abilities, resources and talents to create the life you want.  So get an attitude – go for it!
    1. Be clear about your purpose. As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross says “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.”  When we are able to clearly understand and articulate our purpose, we can make choices about goals and actions that fulfill us.  Do you know your purpose?  It will drive your mission.  Check this website for some steps to find your life’s purpose:  http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Your-Life%27s-Purpose
    1. Decide what you want out of life and don’t settle! For years my mother preached to always go to the Clearance rack in the store before looking at anything else.  And, I understand that living on a limited income drives folks to look for bargains.  But, if you always settle for things on the “Clearance rack” of life – those that are cheaper, easier and others don’t want, you are settling for something less than you deserve. Remove the words “I don’t care” from your vocabulary and treat every choice as if you do care.  And, make sure it supports your personal Mission.
    1. Believe anything is possible. You get what you expect.  Consider that there are any number of theories that discuss things like the law of attraction and that if you are thinking good thoughts, good things will happen to you and vice-versa. The bottom line is that if you don’t believe something is possible, you won’t even attempt to make it happen.  And, then who’s the loser?  Even if the result isn’t perfect, you learn by trying.  Think of Thomas Edison and his many attempts at making a light bulb. He learned from each and never, thankfully, gave up – he believed it was possible!
  1. Take full responsibility for your life. Give up complaining, blaming and excuses. It’s all about you – not others, fate or how the moon and stars are aligned.   Recognize that you are fully responsible for every choice, action and result in your life.  If you don’t like your results, change what you are doing.  Remember in December when we talked about doing more of what was working, less of what is not and adding or changing those things that will make a difference?  Your life and success depend on you – who you are, what you do, why you do it, and how you use your skills, talents and resources.  Are you using those things to your advantage?
Where will your roadmap for success in 2013 lead you?  Is it a straight path or a winding road?  Will you take detours or wrong turns or get lost along the way?  The shortest path to success is one that is  planned and fully aligned with your desired destiny.  In the words of Zig Ziglar, “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
I’m a firm believer in the fact that when you have a clear direction for yourself and help others, you will find others helping you achieve your goals!  What can you do today to help others so they help you on your path to success?

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