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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."


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.



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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Let’s Wrap Up The Year

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"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way."

-Doris Lessing


It’s that time of year again. Time to look back on the year that just passed to help clarity the learning, the successes, the growth, and the meaning of the past twelve months.

Below are a few of the questions I ask my coaching clients (and myself) at the end of each year. I hope they assist you in the process of completing
2009 and preparing for 2010.

Give yourself permission to take some time over the next week to reflect and record your thoughts. You might want someone to join you. I do this process with my wife, Kathy, and it’s always an enjoyable and connecting time together. Here you go…


1. Looking back at the year 2009, what was the overall theme for you?
(Here’s another way to look at this: If they were to make a movie about your life in the year 2009, what would the title be?)


2.What were your three biggest wins in the year 2009?


3. What were the top three lessons you learned in the year 2009?
4. What one personal quality did you most develop in the year 2009?
(For example: patience, boldness, courage, calmness, integrity, humor, etc.)


5. What would you like to "let go of" as you complete 2009 and get ready for 2010?


As this year comes to a close, I want to thank you for all of your support, feedback, ideas and inspiration. I wish you much joy, love and peace this holiday season and in the new year.

Keep reaching high!

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