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Archive for April, 2016

Living Foward

Last week I shared the importance of prioritizing so you can have a fulfilled life. I ended the discussion enlisting you in the challenge of writing out what’s most important to you. Did you rise to the occasion? If not… it’s not to late- do it now J

Once you’ve completed your list, I encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful, free tool from the authors of the book “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy. This assessment is designed to help you assess each of your priorities so you can see where you are doing well and identify areas where you may want to invest more time and focus.

Upon you completing the assessment, you’ll be able to immediately view your results. Also they’ll email you a link so you can access them whenever you want.

Check it out…It’s take about 15 minutes to complete.

http://www.livingforwardassessment.com/

What do you really want?

Did you know that the average person spends more time planning for vacation than for their retirement…? To be honest to most it makes perfect logical sense if you’re thinking in terms of “things that are fun and soon” versus “things that are necessary and far away”.

Today I’m not going to speak to you about the importance of planning for retirement, today I’m going to share information with you to help you prioritize what’s REALLY important to YOU. Maybe it is your goal to travel and explore the world or maybe your goal is to retire by 45. My point is you’ll need to put actions in place to attain what you want.

A great starting point is to begin with thinking about what’s the most important to you and you can start the process TODAY (the most challenge part is always to start, but YOU CAN DO THIS J ) by coming up with 5-10 life accounts that are important to you.

Here are examples of some of my priorities:

  • Intellectual development
  • Health
  • Spiritual
  • Family
  • Career
  • Hobbies
  • Financial
  • Service/Volunteering

*Now once you’ve thought about what’s most important to you, WRITE IT DOWN J in order of importance.*

Stay tuned to next weeks BLOG… I’ll be sharing a useful tool from the book “Living Forward” that will help and encourage you in creating the life you truly want!

 

Graceful Exit

Have you ever gone to a social event in order to meet new people, network, or perhaps build a more robust social life? Of course you have!!!  And call me psychic but I also know that you’ve had those very awkward moments where you’ve been cornered by a conversation hog or quite frankly don’t know how to gracefully exit the conversation and begin another for fear of coming across rude.

Well worry no more!  Check out these exit statements that will help you ease discussion departures and politely remove yourself from the occasional “conversation hog”.

Graceful exit statements

  • “It’s been really nice talking to you” or “It was nice meeting you”

If someone says that to you say “Thanks, I enjoyed it too”…and move on

  • “You’ll have to excuse me, I spotted my friend from across the room and I want to make sure I say hello. It’s been really nice talking with you, have a great night!”
  • “Maybe I’ll run into you later” or “Maybe we can pick up this discussion later” if you want to circle back to talk to them again.

Other reasons to leave:

  • You need to feed the parking meter.
  • You need to step outside to make a phone call.
  • You need to get another drink.
  • You need to visit the bathroom.
  • You need to ask so-and-so a question.

More tips:

Don’t worry if your reason is a white lie. You may not actually need to use the restroom when you excuse yourself. That’s ok. Go to the rest room, wash your hands, collect yourself, and when you come out find yourself a new conversational partner.

It’s not a question. You’re not asking permission to leave; you’re informing that you’re leaving. So state “So nice talking with you! I need to excuse myself. If I don’t talk to you later, enjoy the party” and then walk away.

If the person doesn’t take the hint, you can escalate/interrupt. “I’m so sorry to cut you off, but I need to step away for a moment. Maybe we’ll pick this up later!” and then leave the area.

Ignite the Fuse

“People are like sticks of dynamite; the power’s on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit.”

-Mac Anderson

Hello Fellow Followers…

Today we’ll explore the subject of self motivation and some cool ways to ignite your fuse when you’re not quote on quote “feeling it”. Self-motivation has always been a fascinating topic for me to ponder, mostly due to the fact that something that seems quite simple is often complex.  Why you ask… because to motivate your self you have to know yourself and to know yourself you must take the same steps you would to build any relationship-by asking questions.

Ask your self what motivates and check out these quick tips on how to motivate yourself…

    • Give yourself permission to make a mistake– Don’t wait until you’re perfect to take on a challenge, big or small. Laugh at how bad you are at something , enjoy it and make the appropriate adjustments
    • Brainstorm-Get out a pen and write out a goal or something you want in life at the top of the page and a list of 1 to 20. Write out ideas to attain your desired goal. Do this as much as you need. INSTANT MOTIVATION J
  • Reframe your problem- Every problem has a solution and every solution has a problem… Just embrace it and begin to see the opportunities created by your problems.