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Category: Goals

Master the Day

When contemplating success we often think and focus our attention on the destination only. What do we really want to accomplish? What place do we want to get to? How happy will we be when we get there?

It’s partly not our fault. Companies spend millions every year on marketing techniques that will make us feel unfulfilled until we buy their products and services. We are sold on faster, quicker, easier because we desperately seek our destination over everything else.

There’s no short cut to daily mastery. What does that mean? Mastering the day should be our single most important focus, well, daily!

What action will get us closer to our goal than we were yesterday? It’s an important question to ask ourselves, but we must quantify it accurately. Writing 200 words today for a 30,000-word book gets you closer to publishing that book than writing zero words. It may seem like a small achievement but in 7 days that’s 1400 words. In a month its 6000 words. In 5 months of writing only 200 words a day, you’ll have at the very least your first draft done!

This can only be accomplished by Mastering the day. Our mind has to let go of yesterday and the things we couldn’t complete and focus on the day ahead. We also must not put much of our thoughts into future days in front of us.

Mastering the day is a sole focus on the present. Yes be mindful of the days ahead and the goals you’ve put in place, but the practice of being present and completing small actionable items every day is the secret to seeing long lasting success in our lives.

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Your Belief System

Do you really believe you can do it?

This is precisely the first question that you need to ask yourself before setting off on the journey to your ultimate goals and dreams

Understand this concept sounds simplistic. But self-doubt is the biggest inhibitor to longterm success.

I know you’ve heard this before and this is nothing new, but understanding the belief system that drives you is vital to seeing things through until the end.

It doesn’t take much to believe you can start a business or begin the process of changing career fields. Maybe even launching a non-profit organization. Passion and excitement for a new pursuit is never lacking. It’s at these times your belief system is working purely off of adrenaline.

But as we all know it eventually wears off and we realize our beliefs weren’t anchored enough to withstand the doubt that comes with unexpected challenges and criticisms from people we know.

For this reason we can never take too much time examining if we truly believe we can accomplish that thing we desire. But belief is more than just emotionally or blindly betting on yourself. It also to some degree need to weight heavily on facts.

Before you start ask yourself these 3 questions:

Essentially how long will this take to achieve? Do I have the necessary time/resources needed to invest in this? How will I track progress?

The last one is the most important. Seeing even small progress can be encouraging at the bleakest moments in the process.

The point is it’s much easier to hold a strong belief system when you’re prepared for the realistic scenarios that may come your way.

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The Crucial Part of Goal Setting

Last year my wife bought me a Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch for our anniversary. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as the Apple Watch but it still has a lot of cool features.

Like being able to snap a photos, receive text notifications and adjust music volume.

But the most useful features came in the form of data tracking. When used in conjunction with the official Fossil smartphone app, the watch tracks my detailed sleep patterns, the steps and mileage I walk daily, and calories I burned. All of these features relate to goals I have set for myself this year.

One of the biggest setbacks in achieving goals we set for ourselves is not having the right tools to track progress. This is a vital step when applying the S.M.A.R.T. method to our initial goal setting plan.

As a quick review, S.M.A.R.T. goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based. Not following any of these will inhibit your ability to check off all the boxes of your goals.

Once you’ve determined your goal is measurable, the next thing you need to search for is an app, online software or an application that can automate the tracking progress. If 100% of your tracking is dependant on yours or someone else’s manual information entry, there’s bound to be lapses of information consistency on what’s reported.

To manage corporate financial targets I use the Microsoft Business Intelligence tool. When I write articles I have a word count tool that displays on the same page as my draft. Both are automated and display clear data of the progress to my goals.

Goal setting automation tools do help us generate accurate data, but more importantly these tools free up time for us to focus on the real work at hand.

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Scoring Ugly

I’ll never forget scoring my first touchdown at 13 years of age. The story isn’t as glamorous as one might think.

Our star running back took the hand off from our star quarterback and burst though our offensive line heading towards the endzone.

Just before breaking the plane of the goal line, he fumbled the ball in the endzone. Playing receiver, I happen to be in the endzone involved in my usual duty of blocking a defensive player. Suddenly the ball started to flip-flopping towards me as my team yelled “FUMBLE!”

My eyes popped out of my head and I seized the opportunity to jump on the pigskin in the endzone. I jumped up off the turf and held the ball in the air triumphantly for a millisecond before getting mauled by half the team.

It wasn’t pretty but it was an exciting moment for me. It’s a highlight I’ll always cherish. My quick actions plus being at the right place at the right time helped my team secure the win. For others, however, the moment was more likely forgettable.

Our wins won’t always be ‘Instagram-able’ or considered highlights of anyone else’s day. We’ll experience more of those types of wins than ones that will be socially acceptable or celebrated.

The small, insignificant victories are what we use to build towards our ultimate dreams and goals.

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It’s Okay to Chase Perfection

Legendary NFL Football coach Vince Lombardi said it best:

“We will chase perfection, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”

Whatever you do today, don’t give only 50%. Make your effort count.

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If Nothing Else, Be Consistant

Today is a big day for me. It’s my 31st post on this blog. It’s significant because it’s also the 31st day straight that I’ve written at least something.

Even though I love to write, doing it consistently has never been easy. It’s been straight up challenging.

I could blame it on my full-time work as a manager or raising a family but in reality, they’re just excuses. Aren’t they?

If we love something enough we’ll find the time to do it right? That sounds like a nice motivation quote found on a greeting card, but it rarely applies in our lives.

A big reason for that is planning. We often want to be successful but don’t really plan around the priorities of our lives to make it happen.

This has been my story for years. Until 32 days ago I finally got it right. I challenged myself to blog. Every, single, day. Whether it was 400 words or 40, I was going to write something. I was going to share my experiences in business, the corporate world, creativity, life and anything else I could think of to inspire.

My motivation was clear: I needed to grow as a writer. What better way than to write every day.

It doesn’t have to be flashy. It doesn’t have to even be that deep. But it needs to be informative, helpful and inspiring. And it needs to be written and posted daily.

Want to be an entrepreneur? An author? A speaker? Web or graphic designer? Find a small step you can take daily towards that goal and commit to it. Track your journey after 31 days and then again after 60 days, and then 90.

We undervalue the power of being consistent, but it’s the very thing that will propel us to achieving our highest potential.

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2020 Focus

The North American media is flooded with stories on the COVID-19 pandemic.

My WhatsApp and iMessage is flooded with YouTube videos on conspiracy theories to the virus.

Through all the noise, I’m trying to create a healthy and productive routine while working from home.

It can all be a bit much. That’s why it’s important to stay focused on your purpose.

Yes the world is shifting and we need to pay attention to what’s happening around the globe. But we can’t forget about our long game.

What did you promise yourself you’d do in 2020? Refresh yourself with you personal goals and continue to make moves towards accomplishing them.

To stay updated to the Coronavirus outbreak take 30 mins each day to read news stories and watch a few videos. Don’t give yourself to any additional content regarding it for the rest of the day.

Life may have changed but life goes on. Don’t lose this opportunity of extra time you may have stuck at home. Refocus, realign, and rejuvenate yourself back into goal setting and completion mode.

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Consumption Problem

Whether in the form of a blog post, web article or book, content is designed to be consumed and reapplied to the creative work in our lives.

It’s typically not always a smooth process, but that’s the way it should work.

We progress in our understanding when we stop only consuming and actually activate actions towards what we desire to do.

How much more content do you need to digest before taking a risk and stepping out to accomplish your goals?

You can learn by reading, but you experience a whole lot more by doing.

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