Today is the day for this……..

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life … Read More

Start 2015 with a clear slate – but then create a clear plan

Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean on January 1st, and look at your life in this way, what would you change?  The real hallmark of truly successful people is not that they do more but that they can decide what they are going to stop doing.  What are you going to Stop Doing on … Read More

How do you tell your life story?

What do you tell people when you first meet them?  Like anyone else, I can tell my life story as a healthy version or a victim version. I grew up in a home where we didn’t even have running water until I was in the 8th grade. I knew nothing but poverty.  As a 5-yr-old I was forced to get up at 5:30 AM to do my share of the farming chores. Most Christmases I got a new pair of blue jeans – my one gift for a non-joyous occasion.  I was not allowed to wear neckties or fancy clothes. … Read More

Please interrupt me

At this time of year I love setting goals and encourage everyone I meet to do the same.  Most every notable accomplishment I’ve experienced I can track back to having a clear goal.  The books I’ve written, trips to places like Africa, selecting the cars I drive, having a Sanctuary on our property, developing a beautiful hosta garden, and learning Spanish all began as a written goal.  However, I know that some of you just resist the process, believing that setting goals takes the spontaneity out of life.  That you will never again be allowed to impulsively go to the … Read More

What’s holding me back?

Joanne and I just returned from Brendon Burchard’s Experts Academy in Santa Clara, California.  Attending seminars and workshops have been an integral part of my journey – breaking old thought patterns and opening my eyes to new potential.   This was certainly no exception.  For four days we listened, interacted with others from around the world and processed new and exciting ideas. Brendon had a horrendous car accident a few years ago that caused him to take a fresh look at his life.  Now, at the end of every day, he asks himself three questions: Did I live? Did I … Read More

Hard Work Isn’t Enough

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by  Jim Woods is a writer, coach, and instigator in Nashville, TN. His passion lies in turning ideas into action and in keeping with that passion he’s an active contributor in the 48Days.net community. You can connect with him at his blog here or @jimwoodswrites on Twitter.  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Hard Work Isn’t Enough If you work hard, success will follow, right? Wrong—hard work by itself is not enough. You need intentional focus and the best way to implement this is in the form … Read More

Answer this and change your life

This morning I was reading Dan Sullivan’s How To Get To The Top And Stay There (available as a free download).  Dan has been a coach of high achievers for many years. Dan stresses the importance of having a clear vision for your future.  If your vision of your future isn’t significantly different than what your life looks like now, then why change anything?  But if you do want your future to be different, here is a powerful question to get you started. “If we were meeting here three years from today, looking back over those three years, what has … Read More

Remind me to…….

Last week I wrote a post on acting on our dreams.  Some readers commented that it’s easy to get distracted or forget about our goals – even after we’ve made the effort to create them. I know how easily we can get caught up in just keeping up.  But writing down our goals is the first step to taking action.  Then you must keep those goals in front of you.  During my toughest times – and still today – I post my goals on the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator and the sun visor in my car.  I have found that with those … Read More

Stop doing that

If there’s one reason I hear more than any other for failed New Year’s resolutions, it’s “I just didn’t have the time.”  Many times success in goals comes not by adding more to our busy lives, but by deciding what we’re going to STOP doing.  When I stopped serving on boards and going to civic and committee meetings it freed up significant time that I now spend writing – which I consider my #1 priority. What can you STOP doing to accomplish your goals? “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per … Read More

Dreading the Future?

In last Sunday’s Pickles cartoon, the old lady says:  “This year I’ve resolved to stop regretting the past andstart dreading the future instead.” Fortunately we know there are better options.  If you regret the past, or feel like you haven’t lived up to your potential, then you can plan now for the future you want.  None of us needs to dread the future – we can make decisions to create the future we want. Use our free worksheet – The Power of Goals – to decide now what 2011 will look like for you. Don’t wait to see what “happens.”  If you … Read More