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Inch By Inch, Life’s A Cinch

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"Yard by yard, life is hard. Inch by inch, life’s a cinch."

-Anonymous

Well, we are almost half way through the year.  Are you making progress with your dreams and goals? What I’ve noticed with many of my clients (and myself) is that we come up with some great ideas and plans, we begin to take action, and then life "gets in the way."

Creating and using Success Habits is one of the best ways I’ve found to move in the direction of your most important goals, without getting caught in the Struggle Syndrome. Try this. Think of one action that would add to your success if you did it on a daily basis.

After pondering that question for a little while, my client Lisa told me that she had lots of friends who were willing to refer business to her, but she had been slacking off when it came to calling them. Lisa wanted to build her financial planning practice, but she was overwhelmed with all the other "stuff" she had to do. She told me, "If I were to follow up with a couple of my friends each day, I’m sure it would stir up new business for me."

Lisa asked me to hold her accountable each week to following her new Success Habit. She contacted one friend a day and the results were outstanding! Lisa’s client base began to grow almost every week through referrals. She saw, first hand, the benefit of using Success Habits. Since then, Lisa has added four more success habits to her life, ranging from walking three times per week to sending a card to a friend or family member once a week saying what she appreciates about them. Her business is more profitable and her life is more balanced and fulfilling. Lisa learned that yard by yard life is hard…inch by inch, it’s a cinch.

 

ACTION IDEA:

What is ONE action that would add to your success (at work or in life) if you did it on a daily basis? Make a commitment to yourself to take action this week. If you really to want improve the results of this strategy, come up with a way to track your Success Habit and ask someone to be your partner and to hold you accountable. Tell your partner that at the end of the week you will let him or her know how many times you followed through on your habit. Use the power of partnership and public declaration to increase your chance of success. Enjoy the process!

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Use the 3 A’s

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"The future is purchased by the present."- Samuel Johnson

USE THE 3 A’S

One of the wonderful benefits I receive from being a personal coach is how much I learn from my clients. I have noticed that there are three simple steps that can help us reach our most important goals with greater ease. Here they are in a very condensed form:

1. Awareness –
This is where you step back to truly observe your work and your life.    You can do this by meditating, journaling reading, or by talking with a coach, a friend, a   spouse or a co-worker. Awareness is where you ask yourself questions such as: "What  do I want?" "What is working here?" "What is not working here?" and "What could  I do to get what I want?" This is also the time to ask yourself "How could I achieve this with greater ease?"

2. Action – After you know what to do, you must do what you know. What steps will you take? How could you take the awareness gained in step number one and chunk it down in to doable actions? What daily success habits would help you move toward your longer-term goal?

 3. Accountability – Often we know what we want, we see what we could do to get there, but we justify and rationalize all the reasons why life just got in the way." How will you hold yourself accountable to taking action on what you know is best for you? Public declaration is a powerful tool here. Tell someone (or a bunch of people) what you plan on doing. Ask them to hold you accountable to certain actions by a certain date. This may seem like a risky step because it means you are making the commitment to getting what you want. That’s exactly why you want accountability. When you truly want something (and you are committed to doing what it takes to make it happen) you will welcome accountability.

ACTION IDEA:

Test the above process for yourself. Go through each step and write down your answers and observations. After you have gone through the whole process, take a look at how it worked for you.

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