In years past, I’ve often shared my goals with just about anyone who will hear (or read) them. I’ve shouted them from the rooftops as if to say, “Look at my incredible ambition.” But I’m no longer doing that. Here’s why.
Why We Share Our Goals
There are many reasons why we might share our goals with others, but I believe there are three primary reasons.
1. We are looking for accountability.
This is the most common reason we share our goals, rather it be with a small group of people or publicly on our blog or elsewhere.
What better way to hold ourselves accountable than to share our goals with hundreds (or more) of people, right? It’s one thing to fall short of our goals when only we know them. It’s another thing entirely when others are expecting you to achieve them, rooting for you, or waiting for you to fall.
Confession time: I struggle mightily with downtime. Like many in today’s world, I am constantly on the go, whizzing from one thing to the next. Go, go, go. Work, work, work. Can you relate? If so, today I’ll share seven ways you can reclaim your downtime.
1. Decide that it is Possible
The first step to reclaiming your downtime is to believe that you can do it.
If you go through life believing that you don’t control your own schedule, you will never control it. If you go through each day thinking that you’ll never truly have downtime, you won’t.
Leaders who are positive and encouraging have more productive teams. That is a fact. “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” Maybe your mom said that too. I never really believed it until I became a leader, beginning with my first team at work more than ten years ago and continuing with my family today.
When I first became a leader in 2002, I was (trust me, this isn’t an exaggeration) ruthless, negative, and discouraging. I caught every mistake, pointed them out to team members in front of others, fired people on the spot, and rarely, if ever, encouraged my team members. In other words, I sucked as a leader.
How’s your energy level right now? Do you need a boost? There are two types of people in the world…those who need an energy boost right now and those that will need an energy boost at sometime in the future. Today, I am going to share with you 5 Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy and be more productive.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that at some point in your life, you have had a lack of energy…Let’s face it…Changing the world can be exhausting. Between work, family, entertainment and activities and everything else that you are doing every day, there is bound to be times when you feel like you don’t have the energy to get through the next 10 minutes…let alone the rest of the day!
One of the number one complaints I hear from people who’ve “made it” professionally is that they feel overworked. This is true for corporate CEOs, middle managers, and even entrepreneurs. They are making more money than ever before and yet they realize they are working too much. Here’s the scary part, though: They are proud of it.
Have you ever felt that way? You know you are working way too much and yet you feel a sense of pride?
Emotions spread like wildfire. Every emotion is contagious, whether we like to admit it or not. One negative person can ruin an entire team, but the good news is that one positive person can affect the attitude and performance of an entire team, too.
More than a decade ago, I went through some leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. One of the exercises was particularly powerful. Unfortunately it took me more than ten years to understand the lesson it taught me.
Each of the members of the training were asked to order the steps in a manufacturing process from one to twenty. None of us knew manufacturing and that was the point. Since none of us was an expert, we would all end up with different processes.
I’ve Never Shared this Publicly Before, But Now is the Time
Today is an important date in your life.
In 12 months you can look back on 2015 and smile at all the progress you’ve made.
Then, you’ll remember the process you went through to get the clarity and plan you needed to make it all happen.
You’ll remember the day you committed to spending a little time and money to make it happen. And you’ll say it was the best investment you ever made in yourself – and then you’ll repeat the process year after year.
That can – no that WILL – become your reality.
You see, today is important because it can literally shape the rest of your life.
I’ve never shared this publicly before, but today is an important day, so I’m opening up about something I’ve been reluctant to share.
As I was talking with our CPA the other day, I came to an amazing realization:
This year (2014) we paid more in taxes than we made in all of 2011. We literally made enough income that our taxes were higher than our total income was three years before.
Three years ago I was fired from a job I hated. The money was good, don’t get me wrong, but I hated my job. Friday night date nights with my wife turned into “Matt complains about his job night.” Then I was fired.
It stung at the time, but it turned out to be a huge blessing. As I mentioned earlier, this year we paid more in taxes than we made in all of 2011. That’s a huge leap.
I owe this to four things:
1. A shift in mindset and accepting the blessings I’ve been given.
2. Support from my wife, Tara.
3. My network.
4. A course I went through earlier this year called 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. It set me on the right track to truly make 2014 my best year ever.
I share this information with you now because of the urgency here. I was reluctant before, but realized that maybe my own experience with this course would help you to take the next step.
(and because your discount on the 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course ends tonight at midnight)
After tonight, the program is not available for a full year.
If the course itself isn’t enough, I’m throwing in nearly six hundred bucks worth of bonuses. One will help you to learn to network like a rockstar…after all, that was the 3rd biggest factor in my success this year.
What do people like Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Chalene Johnson and Andy Andrews do at the beginning of every year? This free PDF from Michael Hyatt will show you:
In this book, more than 30 high achievers who each answered this question:
“What is the most important thing you do at the beginning of each year to set yourself up for your best year ever?”
Do you procrastinate too much? Are you waiting for your “big break” to take the next (or first) step towards your big goal? If so, then it’s time to get rid of procrastination once and for all. Here’s how.
The irony of this post is that I procrastinated in writing it.
I had a cooler post that I wanted to write. One that had me more excited than this post. One that was more fun to write. So I started down the path of writing that one. (It’s worth the wait, trust me.)
Then I realized I would be a hypocrite of the worst kind. So here I am; writing this post about procrastination. Talk about applying the principles I write about. Admittedly, taking my own advice is much harder than giving it.