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One Year

one year agoOne year

365 days (at least 75% of the time)

52 weeks

8760 hours

525,600 minutes

You get the idea. A year can be as long or as short as you make it because it never changes on the calendar.

A year ago my life was very different as I lived someplace else, worked someplace else and had many other habits in my daily routine.

What could you do with a year?

  • A home can be built in less than a year
  • Training for a marathon can be accomplished in less than a year
  • A child can be conceived and born in less than a year

According to various studies it takes 66 days to make a habit and that means that in one year you could create at least 5 new habits. You can do more than 5 if you learn more than one habit at a time. Such as working out everyday AND waking up earlier to make the most of each day.

Each year on January 1st we set new goals. We finally make changes for the better. We also make promises that we usually have broken by February 1st. Why wait?

Pick any day and start over, New Year’s Eve doesn’t matter. If you don’t like the path you took today, start again tomorrow and go in a different direction. Just know that if you keep starting over in a different direction you will most likely end up moving in a circle and getting nowhere fast!

Decide where it is you want to be a year from now and step in the right direction.

  • Do you want to weigh less? Start eating right and working out today
  • Do you want to make more money? Start working harder, smarter or searching for the opportunity to earn more.
  • Do you want to get out of debt? Start paying off your smallest debt and working in the right direction.

 

What did your life look like a year ago?

What will it look like in a year?

The Future

 

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Chadalyst - Write down what your life will look like next year. Pick the 3 key words from what you have written and post them someplace for you to see daily. Seal the letter in an envelope and look at it in a year.

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Again and again we hear about this wonderful way to be more efficient in the world of social media. Sadly, SOCIAL media isn’t about being efficient it is about relationships and they take time!

One of the tips and tricks shared with you from many self-proclaimed Gurus, Masters, Rockstars, and Ninjas is to save yourself time and be more efficient by using linking your social media profiles to share updates.

  • Ich verstehe nicht
  • No entiendo
  • ik niet begrijp
  • Je ne comprends pas
  • 我不明白 (Wǒ bù míngbái)

They all mean the same thing…I don’t understand.

I don’t understand why these “experts” think that this is a wise choice at all.

Would you go to China and speak Spanish thinking anyone would understand you? Would you go to Germany and speak French? You either learn the language of where you are going or you understand that there will probably be some communication challenges.

Then why would you go to Twitter and speak Facebook? Or go to Facebook and speak Instagram?

Each social media platform has its own language and must be respected if you want to develop relationships and not just sound like a fool.

  • Twitter is limited to 140 characters
  • Instagram is focused on photos and hashtags
  • LinkedIn is business talk and job searching
  • Facebook is conversational and sharing and bragging and over-sharing

These sites and all of the other social media sites out there, use different languages so UNLINK your social media profiles from each other and speak the correct language for each of them.

Here are some examples of what we are speaking about…

Here is a posting that was made on Facebook and because the accounts are linked you can see how it also posted on Twitter. Notice the hashtags on Facebook that didn’t make it to Twitter? Twitter is the profile to use hashtags on and because these were linked they were lost and the user probably doesn’t even know it!

Facebook to Twitter

Here is someone using Instagram and sharing it on Facebook. We have all heard that images work great on Facebook and still, the hashtags are meant for Instagram and should stay there.Instagram to Facebook

Take the time to speak to people in the correct language and stop attempting to save the 30 seconds it takes to make an additional posting. You will be rewarded with true conversation, better relationships and more success on the social media platforms that you have decided to use.

 

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Need help? Recruit it!

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are at something, you still need help to reach the next level.

Bruce the squirrel is one of the most focussed animals I have ever had the chance to observe. Bruce hangs upside down to work the bird feeder and get what he is after. You can learn more about Bruce by reading Focus Found in This, Squirrel.

We solved our Bruce challenge as we moved the bird feeder to a place that no matter what he did he could not reach.Squirrel in tree

  • He jumped and fell
  • He hung upside down and stretched
  • He even bounced on the tree branch hoping to shake the bird feeder loose

Then Bruce finally found the solution he needed. He recruited talent. What does talent look like?

  • Talent has drive of its own
  • Talent has a skill set that you are needing
  • Talent has the ability to think and resolve issues without you

Bruce, found Robin. Robin the Chipmunk came to work with Bruce on solving the challenge of accessing all of the food in the bird feeder. Talent was found.

  • Robin has the same drive to find food and to eat as much as possible
  • Robin was lighter and smaller which allowed him to land on the bird feeder and not fall off
  • Robin was able to figure out the best way to the bird feeder after missing once or twice

Robin is talent and just what Bruce needed to succeed.

Now Robin jumps down from the tree branch and lands on the bird feeder and is light enough and small enough to slip onto the feeding platform without tipping it over. Robin eats until full and then spills extra food to the ground below.

As Robin does all of the hard work, Bruce sits below and waits for the food to fall and eats his unfair share without doing any of the hard work.

What is it in your life that you need to recruit help for?

  • Someone to read books and create summaries for you?
  • Someone to run daily errands and maintain your home?
  • Someone to work with your abundance of clients and make sure your customer service level is kept high?

Talent is out there for you to find. Just remember, talent is probably not sitting around reading online posts for job openings, talent is probably working and if you need help you will probably have to recruit it!

 

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Rethink Possible

Every now and again we have to reboot the cable box. When it finally restarts, on the blue screen, the AT&T U-verse system always reminds us to Rethink Possible.

While most people will see a logo and a slogan from AT&T and would just impatiently be waiting for their system to reboot, this would normally be me, these words hung on our screen for what seemed like an eternity.

Rethink-Possible-ATT

Rethink Possible. What is possible? What are my thoughts telling me? Without self-limitations what could become possible?

We know the story of the impossible four-minute mile that once broken by Roger Bannister in 1954. While nobody thought it possible and nobody had been able to accomplish this feat, once Roger took a moment to rethink possible and train differently he was able to achieve this goal. Now the four-minute mile is the standard of all male professional middle distance runners.

Of course where would we be today without the Wright brothers, rethinking possible? We would still be traveling on a lot more road trips!

What can you do to rethink possible?

Unlike the Wright brothers and Roger Bannister there is possibly someone who has already achieved what is possible. Reach out to those people and follow the path they have already set out for you. If it is possible for one, it can be possible for you as well.

Other ways to rethink possible:

  • Write down what you think is not possible and then on a different piece of paper write the opposite. Then dispose of the limiting thought.
    I am not able to sell 50 units this year. I will sell 50 units this year. 
  • Break down impossible to see how possible it actually can be.
    50 units this year = 1 unit a week – now focus on something possible like 1 a week instead of the large number of 50 a year
  • Finish something else you were starting to think might not be possible. The accomplishment will help you see how other things are possible.
    Finish that book or home improvement project you have been putting aside. 

Nothing is truly impossible it might just take time, finances or the right people around you to achieve your target. If you rethink possible, you will find that solution.

AT&T might be moving their brand away from Rethink Possible towards Mobilizing Your World to stay with the times and express a different image. Esther Lee, senior vice president for brand marketing, advertising and sponsorship at AT&T, says that “AT&T remains a ‘Rethink Possible’ company and this line will remain our company signature on all corporate assets.”

You might also change your focus once you have achieved your target success because once you learn to rethink possible, you will always be able to rethink possible!

im_possible

 

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Chadalyst - RETHINK POSSIBLE – what is something that you have been limiting yourself with? Write your negative and limiting thought on a piece of paper…write the opposite on a different piece of paper…crumple the first limiting thought and throw it away!

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What do you mean?

Have you ever said one thing and it was taken in a different way?misunderstanding

Maybe it was the wording you used or maybe it was the tone you used?

Fights have begun over simple misunderstandings that come from different interpretations of what is said and what was meant. Make sure you know your audience and are clear on what you mean.

Here are some simple examples of how one message can have different meanings depending on the people involved.

 

It’s all downhill from here. 

To some people this is a horrible term leading to the end of the ride. This is often used in a situation like a birthday milestone and telling someone, it is all downhill from here. Many people will hear this phrase as a negative.

On the other side of the coin

The origination of this phrase comes from climbing a hill and working hard to get to the top. Once at the top of the hill, it is all downhill from there. This could be the same for anyone looking to get over an obstacle.

 

I am saving my money.

We sent out an email to a large group of people about an amazing event that was coming to town and had an admission fee for this event. The email reply we got from one of the people we sent the message to was, I am saving my money.

Meaning that they were putting coins in a jar, digging through the sofa, buying less and saving their money so they could attend the session?

On the other side of the coin

I am saving my money could have meant that they saw no value in the course that was coming and they were saving their money by not attending. This must have been the case, because they never registered or showed up

 

I am grateful for nothing.

I made a posting on Facebook the other day and it simply said, I am grateful for nothing.

My phone started to light up as text messages started to show up asking what was wrong and was everything ok. It seems that those people heard a meaning that sounded like I had nothing in my life worth being grateful for, which is as far from the truth as possible.

On the other side of the coin

All I was saying was that my family had sat around the house and rested after a few days of go, go, go.  In other words we had done nothing for a day, and I was extremely grateful for it!

Be careful in what you say (or type as a Facebook posting and an email can create the same challenge) and just as importantly be careful in how you hear or read something.

Always remember to come from curiosity and ask if you are unsure.

yin-yang

 

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Focus can be found in even the most unlikely places

Thanks to the wonderful movie UP we all have turned a squirrel from a rodent to a term for a distraction. Google squirrel and the third organic result is the video clip of Dug the Dog.

  • Dug the dogWhen something sparkling catches your eye SQUIRREL
  • When your phone beeps at you in the middle of a conversation SQUIRREL
  • When you are reading and something flickers on the screen or someone walks by where you are sitting SQUIRREL

You can understand the shock and surprise that I felt when I found determination and complete focus in the form of a squirrel!

Look closely to the photo below, and you will notice our newest neighbor Bruce the squirrel. We have named him Bruce after Bruce Wayne because of the way he hangs upside down like a bat. Bruce found our bird feeder. After falling off a couple of times, since it is supposed to be squirrel-proof, he found a solution to his challenge.

squirrel at feederBruce, our squirrel, understands the concept of Failing Forward (a brilliant book by John C Maxwell) and after trial and error he has figured that by hanging upside down from a tree branch he can just reach the food tray on the bird feeder without putting weight on the perch.

With focus, Bruce is able to help himself to a snack when needed. It does not matter if we are watching him, if our dog is watching him or even if his sidekick, a chipmunk we named Robin that catches the seeds that fall, is watching, Bruce stays focused on the task at hand.

We have had other squirrels come visit and climb our tree. All of these squirrels sit there and stare at the free buffet until they give up and climb down and run off. Not Bruce he has the focus needed to reach his goals!

***Update on Bruce and our bird feeder – we have moved the bird feeder to a place Bruce can no longer reach. Don’t worry we also installed a squirrel feeder for Bruce.

Of course a determined and focused squirrel will always find a solution. We have now found Robin, the chipmunk sidekick, jumping from the branch, landing on the bird feeder and laying down on the perch (he is light enough to not activate the spring) and knock food into the ivy, and waiting hands of Bruce, below. The lesson from this advancement is how important it is to hire the right people to work with you, and that is another blog post for another time. For now, stay FOCUSED!Bruce the squirrel

 

 

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Chadalyst - FOCUS! If a squirrel can focus, so can you. Shut off your phone (or if you have an iPhone use the greatest gift Apple has given us) close your door and FOCUS on doing what really needs to be done!

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What’s the weather like in your world?

I am not asking if you are from a different city then I am. I am not asking if you are in a different state. It doesn’t matter what country or even what world you are from. What I am asking is when you look outside what is the weather you see?

The weather changes often, which is what keeps our local TV weather people employed.  That is unless you live someplace like Las Vegas where the weather for at least the next 3 years seems to be hot, or a place like Seattle where the same 3 years seem to be filled with rain.

  • When you look out your window do you see storm clouds rolling in and the darkness coming or are you always able to see the patch of blue sky and the rainbows?
  • When the thunder booms is your first reaction to shut the windows and prepare for a storm or are you wanting to sit outside and watch the light show the sky is about to put on with an accompanying sound track?
  • Do you carry an umbrella just in case the rain comes or do you keep sunglasses on hand knowing the sun will be out any moment?

It all comes down to your mindset and how you look at everything in life.

Do your friends call you Debbie Downer because you always see the negative side of things or are you Sally Sunshine always looking at the bright side of life?tigger and eeyore

 
Was your favorite friend of Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore or Tigger?

 

These are choices we can make each and everyday.

  • When your flight is delayed is that when you complain about flying or is that when you take the extra moments to make a phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while?
  • When someone cuts you off on the road do you yell and scream at them even though they can’t hear you, or do you forget it and hope everything that they are rushing to is ok?

The weather will change. Seattle will have blue sky days (although they will never tell you that so you don’t move there and over crowd the city any more than it is already) and Las Vegas will have rain and days where the sun is never seen.

The question isn’t what is the weather today, the question is…what will you see in the weather today?

positive or negative

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Chadalyst - As soon as a negative thought enters your head, replace it with a positive one. It is impossible to have both at the same time! You CAN choose to see the sunshine!

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