“The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe, but the change in the present they engender.”
—David Allen, American Productivity Consultant
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I hope you had a very happy holiday season, and that your new year is off to an outstanding start. Perhaps you are like most of us in that you set about to revisit your visions for the new year, and establish “stretch” goals for where you see yourself professionally and personally.
What progress, skills, habits, and achievements will put a big smile on your face? Perhaps most importantly, what daily changes will be required to realize what you deeply desire?
David Allen suggests, in today’s quote, that our visions and goals provide the leverage of our commitment to changing our present actions that will have us realize the futures we desire.
Consider displaying the following quote by Tuli Kupferberg in your personal or professional environment as a daily reminder to tap into one of the secrets to a better future:
“When patterns are broken, new worlds will emerge.”
Also consider writing it with the second part first:
“New worlds will emerge when patterns are broken.”
“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.”
—Mark Spain, top Real Estate Broker
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Have you ever looked up at the night sky and seen Mars without a telescope?
If you have, you were viewing the red planet – which won’t appear red – at a distance of about 34 million miles, when at its closest to Earth.
Although the math is complicated, and there is no way to travel to Mars in a straight line – which, if you could, would take 39 days – here is a list of a few missions and the time it took for the journey:
- Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit Mars (1971): 168 days
- Viking 1, the first U.S. craft to land on Mars (1995): 304 days
- Mars Science Laboratory (2011): 254 days
To what degree are you fully prepared to go the distance on one or more personal or professional goals, that you can clearly see ahead?
“Anybody who is not pulling his weight is probably pushing his luck.”
—Adi Da Samraj, 20th Century American spiritual teacher
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Consider the following three aspects of your life, and determine your level of effort, success, and satisfaction:
Examine how often you put in the time, focus, and heavy lifting to achieve your goals in each area.
Consider those around you with sluggish careers, failing relationships, and poor or diminished health. What do you observe regarding their efforts?
Where would pulling more of your weight bring you greater luck and good fortune in these are other important aspects of your life?
What actions will you take today to put on some more muscle, to tone up your life?
“Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind.”
—Sir Isaac Pitman, developer of the Pitman method of Shorthand
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Time management is almost always one of the top goals of my coaching clients.
They describe their desires with wording such as:
- Life Balance
- Stress Reduction
- Personal Freedom
- Independence and Autonomy
- Peace of Mind
- Spending time and energy on what’s most important
- Work less and make more
All too frequently the tyranny of the urgent, or the pervasiveness of digital distractions, leaves us stressed and exhausted, with less than stellar results and satisfaction.
How can you more fully plan your days and work your plans to realize the life you sincerely desire?
Consider downloading a copy of my Time Management Strategies and Tactics Workbook, to help rearrange your mind and time. Please use the password BarryDemp if prompted to do so.
“Don’t wait until you are lost to evaluate where you are going.”
—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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Are you a goal setter?
At this time of year, many of us take time to reflect over the past months to determine what we have achieved relative to our plans from last December.
If you are like many, you may have found yourself taking numerous detours or getting completely lost at some point along the way.
What are some of your own thoughts on ways to not wait until you are lost to evaluate where you are going?
Imagine you somehow could install your own goal-focused GPS system. How can you establish far more frequent check-ins and touch points to reach your most sincerely desired destinations in the year ahead?
“Are you following a path, or blazing one?”
-Michael Bungay Stanier, Sr. Partner of Box of Crayons
Image from Flickr by Vinoth Chandar
We are all creatures of habit. Just take a look at a typical day to explore all of the routines and rituals that engage your time.
The good news is that habits are often extremely helpful in that they usually provide us the necessary momentum to pursue and achieve many of our goals.
On the other hand, new goals that we passionately desire rarely come to fruition because we continue to follow our current path, using familiar strategies and tactics.
Where and on what personal or professional goals is blazing a path the thing to do to achieve what you most desire? What new and different behaviors and attitudes will be required to do so?
“The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
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Where are you today in regard to some of your most ambitious personal or professional goals for the new year? Are you in full stride, ahead of schedule?
Perhaps you are stalled, have lowered your sights considerably, or have stopped completely.
Today’s quote points to the small, consistent efforts we can all make on a daily basis to begin again, make progress, and eventually move mountains.
What are the “small stones” you will move today, to make progress toward your most desired personal or professional objectives?
“The new year stands before us like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
-Melody Beattie, American Self-Help Author
Image from Flickr by Babak Fakhamzadeh
Who doesn’t like a good story filled with excitement, adventure and extraordinary accomplishments?
A challenge for many of us is that we are often listening to the tales of our friends and colleagues rather that creating and sharing our own stories.
Let’s flip this challenge on its head by dedicating ourselves to being more prolific story-tellers in the new year.
Answer the following questions, and put a plan of action into place that makes you the main character in far more stories throughout 2017:
- What new and exciting places will you go to in the new year?
- What great professional achievement will you pursue and accomplish?
- What significant personal achievement will you realize?
- What community-based contribution will most benefit from your unique abilities and talents?
FRIDAY REVIEW: GOALS
How high do you set your goals? How diligently do you pursue them? Here are a few goal-related posts you may have missed. Click on the link to read the full message.
“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.”
“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
“It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”
“I believe every human being has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”
—Neil Armstrong, American Astronaut; First person to walk on the moon
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As a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. The idea of great adventure, testing oneself, and having “the right stuff” was right up my alley.
A highlight of this dream was to watch Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon in 1969, going where no man had gone before (I stole that line from Star Trek!).
For me, Armstrong set a strong example of using each and every heartbeat to accomplish something extraordinary. He continued to contribute in many ways until he passed away in 2012, at the age of 82.
What important and energizing personal and professional goals are you working on or plan to begin? Make sure they pass the “get your heart pumping” test.