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Halloween, the scariest of days

For years now Halloween has been the scariest day of the year in my opinion. What is it that makes it so scary?

  • pumpkinIt isn’t the adorable kids dressed as spooky ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
  • It isn’t the calories waiting to get us in the bag of goodies that our children bring home and we raid while they sleep.
  • It isn’t the giant spider decorations people put on their homes. (ok this one might scare me, although it isn’t the main reason)

The thing that scares me the most about Halloween is that it is the beginning of the holiday season. In other words, it is the beginning of the end for many independent contractors.

As most people celebrate Halloween and flip the calendar to November they unconsciously begin the act of unplugging for the rest of the year.

First, there is the long weekend to launch November as we celebrate our Veterans. Now let’s be very clear, our Veterans deserve to be celebrated daily not just once. The point is that with this day comes a day away from work and aids in the holiday mindset. The fact that it is on a Wednesday this year it now has the chance to mess up a full week of focus.

Next there is the 4 day weekend that Thanksgiving has become. 4 days might not be enough for some of you that make it a full week break and maybe longer if you work some travel in there.

Next thing you know you change the calendar and all of a sudden it is December. Before we know it the kids get out of school again and the rest of the holidays show up and rush past us.

And then the biggest holiday of them all…New Years Eve. Time to finally flip the switch back on. Here is some advance warning…please skip New Years Resolutions this year and just create good habits instead.

Remember, as Halloween approaches and the year rushes to a close ask yourself these questions:

  • If you were running a race, wouldn’t you push harder and sprint as the finish line got closer? Then why do we let up with the final days of the year ahead of us?
  • If you had to climb a mountain, wouldn’t it be a nice bonus if you could start at least halfway up? That is what finishing strong will do for the start of the next year for you.

Look around the stores you visit, notice anything? That’s right, they skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are up already. To them, the year is over. How about to you?

 

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Chadalyst – Time to sprint for the finish line and finish strong so you can start strong next year. Ignore the calendar and remember that much of your competition has started to celebrate the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity!

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It’s NOT one thing

Many of us hear something, then we latch on to it, and then we run with it. Have you ever stopped to wonder if what you heard was accurate?

  • How many times have you heard “it” incorrectly, like a game of broken telephone?
  • Have you ever heard “it” just how you wanted to hear it?
  • Do you believe that you might have heard “it” in a way that is slanted by the person telling it to us?

Have you read the best seller, The ONE Thing? Did you take that to mean ONLY one thing?

That is a thought that can be overwhelming! That will cause paralysis in most people before they are able to move forward. How can ONE thing sum up everything in your life? Simple, it can’t.

It isn’t ONE thing, it’s ONE THING AT A TIME!

The book shows us that there are 7 areas of our lives to focus on. Even though we understand and accept this, we will still attempt to find one thing to fit them all. The 7 areas of focus are:

  1. Spiritual Life7 areas of focus
  2. Physical Health
  3. Personal Life
  4. Key Relationships
  5. Job
  6. Business
  7. Finances

Within these areas we have our ONE thing for each and again, it is one thing at a time.

Maybe your ONE thing with your job is being focused on lead generation. Once that is complete you move on to your job’s next one thing. This might be customer follow up, it might be your website development or maybe it is to meet with a client. Whatever it is, that is what you do next and with the same focus.

Maybe your one thing is to have dinner with the family. If that is what is important for your Key Relationships, then be at the table and be present working on that ONE thing. After dinner you can go check your email, the scores or whatever you just had to check on your phone. Then move to your next one thing with a key relationship. That might be a walk with your spouse, or working on a puzzle with your kids or even some alone time with a book as you change your focus to your Personal Life. You are the only one that can choose what your one thing should be.

While doing whatever it is, be there and be focused on that ONE thing! Once you are finished, then, and only then move on to your NEXT one thing and remember it is ONE THING AT A TIME!

 

If you are ready to learn more about this powerful question you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

 

By finding out what your ONE thing is in each area of your life you will find clarity and focus that you have never had before.

 

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Chadalyst – Take some time to yourself and write out the 7 areas and then write down what your ONE thing is for each of those areas. Start there and then you can figure out your next one thing as needed.

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To-Do Lists. Do they help?

You wake up to start the day and your mind naturally starts putting together a to-do list right away.

  • Get breakfast made
  • Feed the pet
  • Workout
  • Prep lunch
  • Answer emails
  • Check what’s happening on Facebook
  • Put gas in the car

The morning list then goes on and on and on and on. You haven’t even gotten to start your work day yet and create that to-do list!

The question we ask, is it good to have a to-do list? Does that help you figure what needs to be done and get through your day?

OR

Does the to-do list slow you down? Does it have you focusing on the things that aren’t really moving you forward?

Many of us like to create to-do lists. That way we can clear all of the thoughts that are running around in our head. By putting them on paper it allows us to stop thinking about them and know we will get them done.

Many of us love to check things off on our to-do list because it makes us feel like we have accomplished something with our day or our time.

A mentor of mine taught me early to create a to-do list each day and then sort the list with the most important thing at the top. He then told me to draw a line between #5 and #6 on the list and my day could not end until the top 5 were complete.

To Do ListAccording to the studies and research shared in The ONE Thing it is time to take that to the extreme. As you create your to-do list, sort it with the most important thing and do the first thing and the first thing only. Once that is done, sort your list once more.

If you have the correct item at the top of your list, completing it should make everything else easier or unnecessary in your world.

Remember that the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.

Turn your to-do list into a success list!

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By asking yourself the focusing question you will find the item that should be #1 on your success list help you work on the right thing!

 

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Chadalyst – Create your to-do list and then ask yourself the focusing question – What’s the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now review your to-do list and convert it into a success list. Find that FIRST domino!

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Overcome a Large Challenge by Making it Small

Have you ever found yourself facing a large challenge and not even sure where to start?

  • Have your taxes piled up and it is April 13th?
  • Have you looked up at your annual goal and realized it is already summer and the year is half over?
  • Have you opened your computer to too many emails to even know where to start your day?

 “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” – Creighton Abrams

Most of us have heard Mr Abrams’ quote, although it doesn’t solve the question of which part of the elephant should we bite first?

The answer to that question is one that still challenges most people. We learn how to overcome a large challenge by making it small and still we just stare at the challenge waiting for someone to show us step one.

Step one has now been shown to you. It might not be a bright flashing arrow pointing you in a specific direction. Maybe it won’t be as obvious as the yellow brick road was to Dorothy and Toto. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan made it quite simple when they wrote the focusing question in The ONE Thing.

What is the ONE thing that I can do today, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

If you ask yourself this question at the start of your day or at the start of a project the place to start on the path to success should become clear to you.

Take your large challenge and break it down to the smaller challenges using the focusing question. Remember this might take a few steps to get it to the correct starting point.

As shown in this geometric progression a domino can knock over a domino 1 1/2 times larger. What that means is you can see that by knocking down one 2 inch tall domino you are able to knock over something as large as the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your 18th domino in the progression. Find your starting point by going small. Line up your dominoes correctly and before you know it your large challenge will be falling over!

Overcome a large challenge by making it small

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Asking the focusing question is the best way to clearly find the starting point of your path to success and help you overcome a large challenge by making it small.

 

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Chadalyst – Ask yourself the focusing question – What’s the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now ask it again in regards to the answer you received. How small can you go? Find that FIRST domino!

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Binge Business

binge watchingDo you block out the weekend when you hear that the next season of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black or Game of Thrones is going to be released?

Do you get caught up on season after season of Dexter, The Walking Dead, 24, Breaking Bad or any of the other series available on Netflix?

Do you record episodes of your favorite shows and watch a few episodes On Demand when you have the chance to get caught up?

If you do any of these things you are a binge watcher. Welcome to the club!

It might be your desire to know what happens next without waiting. It might be your personality that says “I can have it so I will take it.” It might be that you don’t have the time to commit weekly and want to get it over with.

Whichever reason it is, have you stopped to take a moment and considered Binge Business for yourself?

If you can drop in front of a television screen for hours on end to view a show, what is stopping you from dropping yourself in front of a phone and calling ALL of your database in one sitting or door knocking a whole community in one day?

If you can block off the time to catch up on a show, are you able to give your business the same focus and schedule time to do your business’ most important things?

In the world of sales there are people that tell you to put aside a set number of hours each day to focus on your priority. What if it works better for you to binge? Set one day a week to do nothing other than your priority and get it done for the week. Set all of your meetings on one day and power through like the 3rd season of your favorite show.

It doesn’t matter if you watch your shows non-stop binge style, daily or weekly you have the power to do the same thing with your business!

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Whether you binge or record shows, we know that the main reason you do it is to avoid commercials!Remember that in your business life as well and skip the interruptions that keep you from the action!

 

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Chadalyst – Figure out your preferred “viewing plan” and put it on your calendar. Daily activity or binging?

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On pace?

3 months down and only 9 to go!

The end of the year always feels far away and then all of a sudden we are looking up and wondering where the time went yet again.

Did you set a goal to start this year? If you didn’t how do you know if you are on pace? If you did set  your goal did you remember to set it big enough or did you let yourself off easy?

Take your goal and divide it by 4 because with the end of March comes the end of the 1st quarter. Now the important question to ask yourself is…Are you on pace to reach your goal?

You might be ahead of your pace with a fast start. Great work to not let the start of the year, the winter weather or the sickness that every other person seemed to get, slow you at all. A fast start allows for the chance to handle a bump in the road with more confidence.

If you are ahead of your pace, maybe you should reevaluate your goal, raise it and push harder this year.

No matter if you leave your goal where it is and plan to fly past it, or if you raise your goal for the remainder of this year, just remember to keep the pressure on and run with the momentum you are creating.momentum snowball

You might be right on target of your pace. This is a great place to be after the first quarter because getting started, even though you have the excitement, is often the hardest place to be. Now that you have created momentum and are moving forward don’t stop for anything.  Your goals are within reach and your year will be a success.

Of course there is always the third answer to the question of your goal and your pace. You might be behind your pace with a slow start to the year. Whatever got in your way, it is already behind you. Leave it there and move on! There is still time to get caught up and ahead. It is very rare that a team goes wire to wire (in first place from day 1 through the championship) and that means that you too can still move into first place on the race to your goals.

Leave it and move on

If an obstacle is still in your way, figure out what it is and the best way around it, over it, under it or even through it. If the obstacle seems overwhelming then it is time to figure out why you want your goal. If your why is big enough it will power you through anything. If your why isn’t pushing or pulling you to success, it is time to rethink why your goal is important and not just a number to achieve.

Don’t wait until the year is over to evaluate your progress. Don’t even wait for the year to be halfway over. Evaluate each quarter, each month, each week and even each day to be sure that you are on pace for your goals because you can and will achieve them if you monitor them.

 

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Chadalyst – Before you go on with anything, figure where you stand with your goals. Are you ahead, close or behind? Put a reminder on your calendar to check this monthly!

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REALationships

Anyone can go to a networking event and walk away with a stack of contacts. Anyone can attend a business function and meet new people. Anyone can fill a database with names. How many of you create REALationships though?

What do your relationships look like? Are they relationships or REALationships?

Friend RequestWould you say that you have a few really close friends and that is the limit of it?

Would you say that you have a lot of great friends?

Would you say that you have many Facebook friends?

RE is a prefix and listed at Dictionary.com as meaning; to return to a previous condition such as renew or retrace. It could also be indicating repetition of an action such as remarry

Are your relationships just a repetitive action that continues to return to a previous condition or are you creating REALationships?

When we search REAL at Dictionary.com we find that it means true, genuine and even can be defined as sincere. Another definition that comes with REAL is existing or occurring in the physical world. Again we ask you, are you developing REALationships with others?

A REALationship is one that grows. One that is true. One that is sincere. One that is not focused on what it can provide for you. One that is genuine. One you want to develop. A REALationship is one that is in the physical world, not just online.

It is important to have relationships in your life. These are the people who you know and yet don’t know. You know them from work and enough to ask about their kids, and that’s where it ends. These are the people who you contact when you are looking for sponsorship, helping your daughter sell Girl Scout cookies or looking to grow your business.

How do you create REALationships? You listen, you ask great questions, you come from contribution, you give to give and don’t give to get and you care about the other person. You lift your head up from a screen and give your attention.

Each of us can only have a handful of strong REALationships so make sure you give your time and effort to those that you want to help grow, assist and still learn from yourself. Remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.

Your REALationships are  the people you want to share with, celebrate with and mourn with. These are the people who reach out to you to sponsor you, buy your daughter’s Girl Scout cookies and are always thinking how they can help you grow your business.

REALationships will change in your life as people move, as people change and as people develop other REALationships that impact them. That means to keep it real you must work on it.

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The greatest of all time?

In the world of sports there is always the debate of the greatest of all time.

  • baseball_basketball_footballIn Football it is often Joe Montana vs Tom Brady vs (insert your choice)
  • In Baseball we hear Babe Ruth vs Ted Williams vs (insert your choice)
  • In Hockey the conversation is Wayne Gretzky vs well, nobody as this one isn’t debated that often

What about in the world of Basketball?

Would your choice be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson?
While there are many other players that could and should be added to this debate of best basketball player, for the sake of this blog these are the two we are about to look at just a little closer.

If there was just one game to win and I had to select a star to win it, Michael Jordan would be the first player that comes to mind. Even Bugs Bunny selected Michael for Space Jam!

michael jordanWhy Michael? Because Michael Jordan could run his team up and down the floor for a full 48 minutes. Making three point shots as needed. Driving to the hoop whenever he wanted, or as he is best known, slamming the ball with some highlight footage that left everyone gasping.

Looking at Michael’s career he was a 10 time scoring champion and scored over 60 points in a game 5 times!

If there was ever a player to win you that one game, Michael was it! Magic Johnson on the other hand was a very different player.

Magic JohnsonWhy Magic? He could also run his team up and down the floor for a full 48 minutes just like Michael could. That is where the similarities end though. While Michael was shooting, scoring and slamming, Magic was looking for the best opportunity on the court. Sometimes that meant that Magic was making shots and sometimes he was making passes that got the ball to the open player. Magic’s goal was making everyone around him better.

If you take a look at Magic’s career he was a 4 times assist leader and he holds the all-time record for highest career assists-per-game average.

These men are both among the greatest to play. They are also two very different players. If you had to pick the greatest of all time on the court you probably pick Jordan. The question is where are they today? Both of them remain in the public eye with their fame and their marketability.

Michael Jordan became the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and they have been an average to below average team since. Why? Because Michael is a doer. He puts everything on his back and says “follow me to victory.” This does not work for every situation that life puts in our path.

Magic on the other hand is one of the owners of the L.A. Dodgers and since he has taken over they have finished in 1st place in their division. Magic continues to bring talent to his team and assist in keeping his best players in place.

While you might take Michael Jordan for that one game, I will take Magic Johnson as a man that focused on the assists and making others around him better!

Are you making others around you better?

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Follow in the Footsteps of Heroes

As the year comes to an end and next year looms over the horizon, this is a chance for many people to reinvent themselves and improve themselves moving forward. There is always something we wish we could do better and now is the time to figure it out.

Pull out a piece of paper and take a moment to write down the names of your heroes. This list could be filled with:

  • parents or other family members
  • teachers you have had
  • athletes
  • historical figures
  • spiritual leaders
  • others in your chosen professional field

My list is a short and simple one that includes Jackie Robinson as my childhood hero, John C Maxwell as one in my chosen field and for spiritual leadership and the hero I get to watch each day, my wife.

Now that you have your list take a moment and write out all of the attributes that make these people heroes to you.

  • dedication
  • loyal
  • brave
  • filled with integrity

This list should be an easy one and it should be a long one. Heroes are filled with traits that make them become larger than life to us.

Once you have your list put together take a moment and circle the 12 words on the list that stand out the most to you. No more, no less.

Time to rewrite your list. This time, use only the 12 words that you have circled and put them in order from 1-12 with 1 being the one you are most challenged with and 12 being the one you are strongest in.

Each number now matches with a month in the year. The word that you had circled and are most challenged with (#1) is now the focus for your January, #2 is February and so on and so on. This way you will finish the year next year with the attribute you feel you are the strongest in at this time.

How can you focus on growing in that one attribute for the month?

  • Read a book on the topic
  • Watch a series of YouTube videos that help
  • Reach out to your hero if possible, or someone else strong in that attribute and talk about how they got that way over coffee

By taking a month to focus on one heroic attribute you will look more like your heroes by the end of next year. Capes and tights are optional.

Superman

 

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Chadalyst – For an extra challenge, reach out to those you listed as your heroes (where possible) and let them know. Everyone wants to be someone’s hero!

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E.F.G.

You may have heard the term A.B.C. at some point. Most people hear A.B.C. and they start to sing the alphabet song. To those in sales A.B.C. means something very different. Salespeople most likely hear the voice of Alec Baldwin as Blake in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross reminding the other salesmen in the room to Always Be Closing. Today it is finally time to move farther down in the alphabet and instead of always thinking closing, closing, closing, how about we focus on E.F.G. and how you Execute Future Goals.

aimhighMany people miss the opportunity to set goals because they feel they will be disappointed if they set them and don’t reach them. The disappointment comes from never attempting to achieve a goal, not in the missing the mark.

If you don’t set a goal how do you know where you are going?
How do you know what to reach for?
How do you know when to celebrate that you achieved what you were after?

Goals can be set at any time of the year. That can mean the 4th quarter so you are building momentum into the start of the calendar year. It can mean as the summer approaches so you can use the energy of the warmth as a way to power you to a quick start on the path to your goal. Basically, you can set goals whenever it makes sense to you and whenever you start a new objective.

Once you have a target, you can begin to Execute Future Goals.

Goal setting has no limits and can cover any area of your life. Your goals could include:

  • A business related sales goal.
  • A personal exercise goal such as to run a certain distance, or to lose a number of pounds,  or even to just exercise daily.
  • A relationship goal like spending more time with the kids, or having a date night with your spouse.
  • A goal can cover anything from writing a book, to opening a new company to hiking the Appalachian trail.

Before we help you E.F.G. we must make sure we set our goal. To work on setting a goal, ask yourself these questions:

  • What level did I reach this year?
  • Did I get to that level by accident or on purpose? There are times when we achieve targets without even focusing on them due to natural ability.
  • How much farther can I go or do I want to go?
  • What is the next logical level to reach?
  • When do I want to reach that next level?

Now that you have answer to these simple questions you will have an idea of where you have been, where you want to go and just how fast you can get there.

We believe that you should set your goal higher than you originally plan. We understand that you just felt that lump in your throat and we know how hard it can be. Push yourself! You might just be amazed at what you can do and will do!

“Aim for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars.”

One of the challenges that comes with setting a goal so far away is that to some, it is discouraging if they don’t achieve the level they were aiming to reach.  Here is the trick we use. Set your goal at the moon level. This is a far reaching goal and if everything goes perfectly it is something you will achieve. You should then set a challenge that is your atmosphere level. This would be a goal that is larger than what you have already been able to do and your minimum goal for next year. Now, celebrate when you break through the atmosphere level and keep going for the moon goal. You at least know you are now amongst the stars.

Setting your goal will be the easy part. If you really want to Execute Future Goals this next part will be the fuel you need for continued motivation.

  • Why am I wanting that goal?

This is a stand alone question. One that you MUST answer. Knowing why you are doing something will push you, pull you, motivate you and give you something to get you going even on days you want to hide in bed. Your why will be the cornerstone that brings everything together and holds it in place.

 If it doesn’t make you cry, it isn’t a big enough why!

You should hurt inside if you disappoint your why. You should feel that you have let your why down. If your why is truly big enough to make you feel that way, it will be the fuel to your goals.

Your why can change. It might be something that is a lifelong goal, or it might be something that pushes you though a month. Whether it is long term or short term isn’t important, it just must be powerful enough to make you take action.

Now you have your big goal (the moon) and you have your on-the-way goal (the atmosphere) and you have your why (the power for your voyage) now find someone that has made that trip before you and follow their path.

Skip right over A.B.C. as you have now found a way to focus on E.F.G. and with a simple list of questions you will then be able to Execute Future Goals and celebrate heights you had once only dreamed about.Executer Future Goals

 

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