From Goal Setting

Nothing to Do and That’s OK With Me

I’m finishing up the first month of my sabbatical and I’ve intentionally not set any big goals or projects in front of me. The last thing I want to do is treat this break from work like I treat my work! So for the past month I’ve mostly chilled out. I did spend 10 days …

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How to Finish What You Start

A lone Bison in the dead of winter, solely focused on finding food. Yellowstone National Park. By Ravi Raman. Once you have set a goal and motivated yourself to get started, following through and finishing it is the next stumbling block. I have a friend who at one time had a list of almost 100 …

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Getting Momentum on Your Goals

Big planes take a lot of energy to get up in the air over short distances, relative to what takes to move fast at cruising altitude with a tailwind. Gaining ground on your goals is very similar. Getting started can take a huge amount of effort. Even more effort can be needed to make initial …

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How to Transform Your Life

Transforming your life does not require massive action or big goals. It requires steady and methodical progress. If you have set big and lofty goals for the new year, that is ok. Just remember that it is the daily actions that will slowly but inevitably create the big change you are looking for. Just like …

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Setting Goals

The presence of a goal is more important than the substance of that goal. Goals drive focus and a heightened sense of awareness. They provide a context for cause and effect between your actions and outcomes. They start the process of moving toward something worthwhile. I’ve found that the presence of a goal will have …

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Jim Collin’s Goal Setting Approach Visualized

Sketch of the three key questions from my blog post yesterday about Jim Collins goal setting approach.

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Do Something New

Why do the same old stuff this holiday weekend? Try something new..it might just be fun!

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Best New Year’s Resolution? A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Here is a great article by Jim Collins, the author of numerous books like “Good to Great” and “Great by Choice” (which I am currently reading). Jim has a legendary work ethic and capacity to focus. He goes so far as to use a stopwatch to monitor and log the time he spends on creative …

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Just Pick Something Aleady!

Over-thinking can at best tire you out and at worst can actually take the wind right out of your sails and stall any momentum you might have in moving toward a big goal. I like walking through the mall every now and then, not to buy stuff but just to people-watch. There are people who …

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To The Moon

I saw part of this passage as a preface to a strategy document I was reading at work today. The bold part really speaks to me. There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, …

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Don’t Be Busy

The most successful people I know don’t act like they are busy. They actually are incredibly busy by most people’s standards, they just don’t come off that way. When you talk with them you have their full attention. They listen to you. They walk in a quick but not hurried fashion. They speak clearly and …

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Setting Good Goals

Goals. Setting them too high just leads to let-down. Setting them too low leads to no motivation. The art of setting good goals is to find that happy medium where the thing you are after is big enough to drive you forward but also achievable enough to be within reach. For me, I tend to …

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Assume you can

If you are trying something new, exciting and challenging – there are a couple mindsets you could begin with: Option 1: Assume you can’t do it. Option 2: Assume you can do it. I prefer option 2 every time. You can enjoy the journey that way. If you don’t belief you can – who else …

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Know what you don't want

As you start setting your intentions and aspirations for the new year, don’t fret if you can’t pinpoint the exact things that you want to do, places you want to visit, people you want to meet or other experiences you want to have. Try as best you can to make your intention something that is …

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Talent and Skill

If you’ve watched this video from my last post, you probably picked up on this theme. It’s a clue into one of life’s great mysteries. Success depends on both talent and skill. They are similar but radically different at the same time. One is a gift you have been given. The other is completely up …

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Why Resolutions Don't Work – Set Powerful Intentions for the New Year

It’s another year, and another time to reflect on the amazing things have been created over the past year, while also considering great new possibilities for the coming 12 months. It’s also a time of year when gyms and health clubs are packed and hordes of people are crowding the organic produce sections at the …

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