We’re in the last week of the month.  January seemed to just fly by.  It wasn’t long ago that we were making promises to ourselves of the new habits we’ll bring into the new year.  So…..how are things going so far?  Are you having an amazing month to kick off the new year?

If you’re not staying on track, perhaps you can benefit from incorporating regular checkin’s into your routine.  What are check ins?  Basically, it’s taking time to assess and measure your actions & results.  In corporate America, annual performance reviews are considered check ins.  But, the problem with them is that they’re too far apart.  Once a year is to infrequent.  By then we’ve missed out on a year of potential course corrections.

Seize the day poster

I used to absolutely HATE having annual performance review discussions with my supervisor.   So glad I never have to do those again.  Instead, I do monthly check ins with my personal goals.  Basically, I review my progress on the major areas of my life.  I reflect on what’s working well, and what strategies I need to adjust.

This has been a monthly ritual for years.  I can say with certainty, that the monthly check in method has directly impacted my life.  All I do is record a short update on the Iphone while on a long nature walk.  In my recording, I discuss all of my current intentions, my outcomes for the month, and what I’ll do differently to create new results in the month ahead.  This ritual keeps me focused on my goals because otherwise, the days & months will slip by and nothing has changed.

This strategy is so effective that I’m ready to step it to the next level.  Ideally, I’d like to incorporate bi-weekly updates to review my activities (good or bad) over the last couple of weeks.  And to make it that much more interesting, I’ll include a method to measure activities.  One thing I’m motivated by is seeing results in black and white. When I used to track my personal finances, I easily reached my financial goals.

My tip for everyone is to find a way to break down your big goals into measurable activities.

For instance. Your goal is to lose 10 lbs by March.  Measurable activities include:
1. How many days you went to the gym.
2. How many steps you take daily.
3. How many clean meals eaten per week.
4. How much water you drank.

If your goal is to make huge progress on your hair journey, measurable activities can include:
1. How many days you consumed your hair vitamins.
2. Tracking daily scalp massages.
3. How much water intake.
4. How many times a week do you moisturize and seal.
5. Tracking wash day activities.

These are actions that can easily be tracked and measured.  Measuring monthly is good, weekly is better. But daily is best!  Ultimately, I want to get to the level of conducting daily check ins.  I know for a fact that daily checkins could accelerate success by 10X!  Steady results are good. But growing results exponentially would be amazing.  As I write my daily to-do list, I’m making sure to include specific actions which are directly linked to my goals.  

If daily check ins seems a bit much for you, then start with this process monthly.  Without the monthly check in, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s simple, all you have to do is reflect on your intentions and take a look a where you are on your progress.  You can do a voice recording, write in your journal, or record a video.  Whatever you decide, it’s important to stay consistent (even when the results aren’t good).  Consistency is the blood that gives this process life.

Since we’re starting the last week of the month, give this method a try.  Start by incorporating goal related actions into your daily to-dos and measure your results at the end of the week. Then, on January 31, 2016, do your first monthly check in.  Keeping this habit up for the entire year will ensure that 2016 is your best year ever.
 

We’re in the last week of the month.  January seemed to just fly by.  It wasn’t long ago that we were making promises to ourselves of the new habits we’ll bring into the new year.  So…..how are things going so far?  Are you having an amazing month to kick off the new year?

If you’re not staying on track, perhaps you can benefit from incorporating regular checkin’s into your routine.  What are check ins?  Basically, it’s taking time to assess and measure your actions & results.  In corporate America, annual performance reviews are considered check ins.  But, the problem with them is that they’re too far apart.  Once a year is to infrequent.  By then we’ve missed out on a year of potential course corrections.

Seize the day poster

I used to absolutely HATE having annual performance review discussions with my supervisor.   So glad I never have to do those again.  Instead, I do monthly check ins with my personal goals.  Basically, I review my progress on the major areas of my life.  I reflect on what’s working well, and what strategies I need to adjust.

This has been a monthly ritual for years.  I can say with certainty, that the monthly check in method has directly impacted my life.  All I do is record a short update on the Iphone while on a long nature walk.  In my recording, I discuss all of my current intentions, my outcomes for the month, and what I’ll do differently to create new results in the month ahead.  This ritual keeps me focused on my goals because otherwise, the days & months will slip by and nothing has changed.

This strategy is so effective that I’m ready to step it to the next level.  Ideally, I’d like to incorporate bi-weekly updates to review my activities (good or bad) over the last couple of weeks.  And to make it that much more interesting, I’ll include a method to measure activities.  One thing I’m motivated by is seeing results in black and white. When I used to track my personal finances, I easily reached my financial goals.

My tip for everyone is to find a way to break down your big goals into measurable activities.

For instance. Your goal is to lose 10 lbs by March.  Measurable activities include:
1. How many days you went to the gym.
2. How many steps you take daily.
3. How many clean meals eaten per week.
4. How much water you drank.

If your goal is to make huge progress on your hair journey, measurable activities can include:
1. How many days you consumed your hair vitamins.
2. Tracking daily scalp massages.
3. How much water intake.
4. How many times a week do you moisturize and seal.
5. Tracking wash day activities.

These are actions that can easily be tracked and measured.  Measuring monthly is good, weekly is better. But daily is best!  Ultimately, I want to get to the level of conducting daily check ins.  I know for a fact that daily checkins could accelerate success by 10X!  Steady results are good. But growing results exponentially would be amazing.  As I write my daily to-do list, I’m making sure to include specific actions which are directly linked to my goals.  

If daily check ins seems a bit much for you, then start with this process monthly.  Without the monthly check in, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s simple, all you have to do is reflect on your intentions and take a look a where you are on your progress.  You can do a voice recording, write in your journal, or record a video.  Whatever you decide, it’s important to stay consistent (even when the results aren’t good).  Consistency is the blood that gives this process life.

Since we’re starting the last week of the month, give this method a try.  Start by incorporating goal related actions into your daily to-dos and measure your results at the end of the week. Then, on January 31, 2016, do your first monthly check in.  Keeping this habit up for the entire year will ensure that 2016 is your best year ever.
 

I’ve listened to countless personal development audio books over the years.  Some have made more of a lasting impact than others.  Every once in a while, I’ll learn about a concept, that if applied regularly, can absolutely change my results.

One such book is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen.  This book should be required reading at the start of the new year.  It’s no coincidence that readers rated The Slight Edge a full 5 STARS on Amazon. It reminds how much our decisions (big or small) have an impact on our results in the long run.  The Slight Edge really resonated with me because I have this terrible habit of not continuing a behavior unless I experience immediate results.  Since most of our results show up later down the road, I often have to deal with the negative consequences of my inconsistent actions.

Jeff reminds us that small, positive actions are both“easy to do” AND “easy not to do.” If I choose not to do it, there’s no immediate repercussions.  But if I continue to make that same decision over and over again, I’m essentially ensuring that I create a negative outcome.

“Greatness is made in the moment of our decisions”

Today, I’m recommending that everyone read or listen to “The Slight Edge.” Especially since we are at the start of a new year.  Luckily for us, someone uploaded the audio recording on Youtube for us to enjoy at our leisure.

Maybe you listen to this on your drive to work. Perhaps you play it while getting ready for work in the morning.  Or maybe you listen to the concepts while you go on your daily walk. Whatever you decide is up to you. If you don’t listen, nothing bad will happen. But if you take on the concept of The Slight Edge, you might transform your entire life.

A quick synopsis of the Slight Edge concepts:



THE SLIGHT EDGE COMPLETE AUDIO BOOK
***The Author speaks for the first 30 minutes of the audio book. He kinda rambles a bit, so feel free to fast forward to the 30:40 mark to begin listening to the book.”***

 

I’m excited to share another Monday Motivation post from Nelida at Awaken to thrive.  Nelida is a career coach who also offers Akashic records readings.  She’s graced us with her wisdom once before. Her latest article gives us clear advice on how to ensure we reach our goals in 2016.

Connecting with your goals

If you are like most people by the end of the year you are thinking about your goals for next year. There  is great energetic opportunity in this season. Everyone has huge expectations around the new year. But a common mistake a lot of people do is to recycle last year’s goals, checking off what was completed and adding a few more goals.

I’m sorry to tell you that this method is not meant to succeed. You are just keeping the same energy that you had, while trying to manifest new things. You are contaminating 2016 with energy from 2015. Is no wonder why most people don’t achieve their goals: they keep the same energy around the goals. 
It’s time to refresh!
I am going to invite you to do something different this year. Let’s work on the energy and the foundation blocks.
Setting a Ritual:
First I want you to think about a ritual to set around achieving your goals. Schedule some time on your calendar where you will have quite time alone. Take 5 minutes to do a small meditation and then start thinking about what you want for 2016. 
– What feeling comes to your heart? 
– How do you want to experience in 2016? 
– Who do you want to be? 
– What you see yourself doing?
Ignite your Goals with energy
Next, think about a friend you can meet with to discuss your goals. Think carefully about this person. It has to be someone whose energy you like, someone whose energy is not covered up with fear and doubts. Talking with someone about your goals is going to create more energy around it, it’s going to feel more real.
Working on foundation blocks:
Now I want you to take time to think about the reasons why you didn’t achieve a particular goal last year. 
Let’s say you notice that  you didn’t have the time to focus on our goals. Write it down. Then repeat this process for any other goals you didn’t achieve. If time appears to be a common denominator, you should think about defining “time management” as a top priority goal for next year.  Once you identify your top priority goals, you can now create rituals that address your time management.  
Other common excuses:
If you notice that you didn’t achieve certain goals because “I didn’t have the money“, then focus on learning about financial management. Invest your time in learning how to be the boss of your money. Don’t let the money control your life, you should be controlling your money.
Take time to analyze the patterns of behavior you have around money. See how money flows out of your life, pay attention to it. Monitor your money and then create new habits around how you spend it.
Another big goal that a lot of people fail to achieve is regarding weight management. In this very sensitive topic, I invite you to take a look on how you feel about food. 
– What are your patterns of thinking every time you think about food? 
– What is the nature of your relationship with food? 
– How much control do you have over your health habits? 
– What does food mean to you and how can you alter that meaning?
Is time to stop making excuses. How you eat today is the best approach on how you are going to eat tomorrow. Focus on taking care of yourself.
When you solve these foundational issues you will be able to unblock the goals you didn’t achieve because of these excuses. Eliminate the excuse! 
Look Beyond the excuses:
Your brain is a beautiful and powerful machine, and one of the best things it can do is convince you that your excuses are real.  If you look beyond your surface levels excuses you will just realize that your excuses are a reflex produced in the brain, just to make you feel better!
Yesterday I was at my cousin’s house, and he was talking about how messy his work table and his home office was, “I don’t have time to organize it” he said. Although we both know that it makes him feel more comfortable to have this excuse, he knows that is not true. If he wanted it badly enough he would find 5 minutes each day to clean just a little.
Take responsibility for your life and your goals. Don’t let life escape thru your fingers because you have too many excuses. 
– What would you do if you had no excuses?
– What would you do to make sure you achieve all of your goals?
Make 2016 the no excuse Year!
I’m grateful to Nelida for sharing her insight with us. I love the idea of seeking out root cause issues for not reaching our desired outcomes.  Once we get to the source of the issue, we can address it in a powerful way.  I also co-sign on the idea of working with a friend to discuss your future goals.  I’ve implemented this ritual for several years now and I can’t tell you how well it works for creating laser like focus on your goals.  Nelida and I have discussed our intentions at length and it’s a blessing to have someone to listen, cheer me on, and challenge my strategies.  
If you want to connect with Nelida for additional clarity, you can visit her website here.

It’s the first official week of 2016.  I’m sure many of you have a list of goals you’d like to accomplish.  Then off you go, to make your dreams come true.  Time passes and next thing you know, you’re way off course.

Frustration sets in and you give up on trying to get to your outcome. The goals that you were so excited about in the new year are now distant memories.

There’s a way to stop this cycle.

Let’s learn from the people who are masters at setting an intention and reaching their exact destination 99.999% of the time….airline pilots.

Although they reach their destination 99.999% of the time, they are actually off course 95% of their flight.  As someone who traveled frequently for work, I’m aware that lots of factors can cause a flight to go completely off course.  But, in the end, the goal is reached no matter what obstacles appeared during the flight.

You’re the pilot of your life.  You’ve determined a destination.  It’s your responsibility to arrive at your final destination no matter what comes your way.  Sometimes the obstacles are huge (like a thunderstorm) other times, the skies are completely clear and we still veer off course.

In 2016, I’d like you to master the art of  “constant course correction.”  Basically, your job is to constantly assess where you are.  If you keep going in your current direction, will you get to your goal when you intend to?  If the answer is yes, great!  Keep going (faster).  If not, it’s time to make adjustments.  If you become proficient at assessing your current location and course correcting, you’ll save a bunch of time.

During the flight, a pilot will make dozens of micro adjustments to their path in order to stay on course.  Micro adjustments are the key to your success.  I repeat, micro adjustments are the key to your success.  When the results that you want aren’t there, make an adjustment.  Change something about what you’re currently doing. If you vowed to lose 5 lbs but you’ve gained 3, it’s time to tweak.  Don’t keep going on a current path unless you can be sure it’ll take you to your destination.

Sunday’s are a great day to assess your current situation.  On Sunday’s, you reflect on the past week and strategize for the upcoming week simultaneously.  Better yet, if you course correct mid-week or on a daily basis, you accelerate how quickly you achieve your goals.

This week, practice the art of constant course correction by making lots of micro adjustments and watch your goals manifest on autopilot.