Author, speaker, ENTREPRENEUR, Coach, and Consultant
As many of you know, I attended my first book festival this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona. It was a valuable experience, and although it was not exactly what I was hoping for, I did gain some good insight for further marketing of my book as well as my services as a whole. One thing that was certain, was that few people were there to find books on Goals. Most were looking for fantasy, adventure, or even some people were looking for historical books. Only one person in a hundred plus entered our booth and showed any interest in my goal setting book.
There are days and times in our lives when everything gets obscure, life becomes challenging, and leading a cheerful life becomes more like a utopian concept and far out of reach. Questions such as; What is my purpose in life? Is what I am doing really worth it? What is success? Is success ever possible for me to achieve, or am I going to die a failure?
These negative questions are not empowering; and, they are not the problem. Giving in to them is the problem! An inclination towards negativity can lead to depression, mental illnesses, and suicidal tendencies. Therefore, rather than trying to revel in the abyss of negativity, learn to motivate yourself and move forward more powerfully! Here are a few tips I recommend in helping to motivate yourself.
As many of you know, I am in the process of publishing my second book on Time Management. Now, it’s not intended to be your normal time management book, as it is designed to be a complement to my Goal Setting book “Success with Goals – Designing Your Life with Purpose”. However, it will have several of the tried and true concepts for effective time management. The same principles and concepts I personally use and coach to with my clients and students.
I want to reach out to all of my loyal supporters and let you know I will be in a booth at the Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th, at The University of Arizona. I’m going with some other published authors and aspiring writers to try and sell some books and introduce our books to more people. It is my goal to attend four of these events this year and this is the first of those events for 2018!
I was thinking about how there are certain life lessons that everyone must learn to be able to achieve success in any endeavor and as I reviewed much of my own trials and circumstances, I realized that I worked through and “learned” most of these lessons, in some cases however, it did take a few times to get it. Learning these life lessons will lead to some of your biggest break-through’s in your life and allow you to achieve those huge goals you have been chasing. Which ones have you already truly learned?
The other evening while working with someone on their goals, the topic of motivation came up and when they asked the question in the title, I wasn’t completely sure how to answer it. Now, that’s not because I didn’t know the answer, on the contrary, I very well know how I would, and some of my mentors would, answer that question. But, the bigger issue was this wasn’t the first time that this came up and I wanted to come up with a better way to support my answer or suggestions about motivation.
“Success with Goals - Designing your Life with Purpose.”
What exactly does that mean? When I set out to write “Success with Goals”, I struggled because I did not want to write another typical “goals” book. But because I had already envisioned a series of books, I was convinced that the first book had to be about goal setting, as it all starts there. Without effective goals, you can’t know how to manage your time well. If you don’t manage your time well, you likely don’t communicate well, and even more likely struggle to manage others, and so on.
I once had someone say this to me, the gentlemen worked for me as a Regional Manager and we were discussing the challenges of focusing on certain sales categories over others. The discussion started with how to drive top line sales growth with new customer acquisition while continuing to enhance the bottom line with incremental ancillary sales. We were a retailer and each new customer was worth approximately $175 in Gross Profit, but we were trying to stretch that to $200 or even $210.
On Friday’s blog post last week, I introduced a friend and business partner of mine Casey Moran. I also introduced Casey’s break-thru new product The True Path Journal. I hope that if you are following my guidance at all, and you want to increase your chances of achieving your goals, that you reviewed this phenomenal product! I don’t rave or promote products too often, but this one is special.
I know that heading sounds a bit “out there” right? Well, the reality of that statement is unbelievably true. Let me start with this, a study done by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), found that you are 65% more likely to complete a goal simply by sharing your goal. And, if you incorporate an accountability appointment with a person you know, like, and trust, you increase your chance of achieving that goal to 95%! However, you should already know this, if you read my book Success with Goals. You would already understand this value, but that is not today’s Goal Hack I am about to share with you, nope, this additional hack will increase your chances 10-fold. Do you want to know more? Read on…
So, you’re 4 Weeks into 2018. How are those goals coming along?
Well, today starts the 5th week of 2018, meaning there are only 48 more weeks to make sure 2018 is better than 2017. Now, the real question is how are things going so far? Remember, statistically more than 80% of people who set New Year resolutions have already completely abandoned those “Goals” after merely 8% of the year completed. It is a sad but true truth.
Ok, I must ask, and many of you may be unwilling to accept or admit, but how many of you have already abandoned your 2018 New Year’s resolutions? Be honest with yourselves, are you still trying to hold onto it at least, or did you completely give up already? Did you start smoking or drinking again, give up on your diet or exercise routine, start waking up later already? Don’t worry, I get it, I’ve been where you are and still struggle with the same challenges we all do! The difference is I have a better plan, a system to ensure consistent daily progress towards my goals, do you?
Welcome to part 5 in our 10-part series, we are half way there!
Today we will discuss the 4th way on my list of 10, which is to now learn, and know, what is critical to your company, and how to impact it.
This may seem similar to the 3rd way we discussed in the last blog, however it is immeasurably different, in that now we are discussing what is “absolutely critical to your organization, AND how to impact it”. What I mean by that is that there are several initiatives and programs that are important to an organization, but what is absolutely critical is far more impactful. And as such has more significance to being able to impact your career. You see something that is absolutely critical, basically means your company can’t do without.
Welcome to Part 4 in our series.
Today, we will discuss the third way on my list which is to Know what is important to your company.
This is important for anyone wanting to be successful within an organization, but exceptionally important to someone wanting to leap ahead in the ranks, particularly at a rapid pace. You see, by knowing what is important to your company, you can establish yourself as someone who is knowledgeable and capable in that area. Whether it is a specific project, a new venture, or some other initiative, by knowing what is important to the company, you can strategically put yourself in a key position of influence and become a point person in that area. This could lead to be a team captain, project coordinator, or some other important leadership role.
It’s a new year and you are very likely considering or discussing making a New Year’s resolution. Well, before you go and make that resolution, I thought it might be helpful for you to understand the true concept of a New Year’s resolution. A resolution is a statement to yourself and everyone else that you are resolving to either do something different, forever, or not do something anymore, again, ever. So, when you think about a New Year’s resolution in that way, you should realize, and take heed, that you are making a deal with yourself and with everyone else for a certain amount of finality. You are resolving, or deciding, to do or not do this thing, period, end of discussion. That is a lot of weight to make on an evening at the stroke of midnight, with a glass of champagne in your hand, swept up in the emotion of the moment.
Eric Whitmoyer: Entrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker, Coach and Author
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