“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
—Ralph Marston, 20th Century professional football player
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How happy, healthy, and successful are you? If for some reason your answer falls a bit short of where you hoped you would be at this point in your life, today’s quote provides two nuggets of coaching.
To what degree are your personal and professional goals truly ambitious and inspiring? How passionate and motivated are you when you discuss them with others or even daydream? How much of this inner talk converts into committed action?
Personal doubts and other forms of limiting beliefs act like vampires that suck the life out of most of us from time to time. Consider your own awareness of these vision-draining thoughts. To what degree are they currently limiting your vitality and success?
What goal-expanding and doubt-limiting efforts can and will you take to move your current reality to far more extraordinary levels?
Consider partnering with a family member, friend, mentor, or a coach to assist you and guarantee your success.
“I will accept your influence, guidance, and direction if (and only if) I believe that you and I share similar goals.”
—David Maister, former Harvard Business School professor
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How coachable are you? How open and receptive are you to the guidance, direction and influences of others in your professional or personal life?
I begin working with all new clients with an all-day, one-on-one workshop in my office to clarify and fully align on the specific goals and objectives we intend to produce. With this up-front investment to align our objectives we can optimize the full benefit and value of our relationship.
How can and will you enhance the receptivity and coach-ability of yourself and those around you by doing the up-front work of assuring shared goals for your efforts?
“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?
“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?