A Carrot, A Stick or A Drill Sergeant?

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Fulfilling an entrepreneur or sales position of any kind is no easy task.  Half the battle is knowing what your tasks are!  Having a great plan is not enough.  You’ve got to have a great plan and work that great plan consistently every day!mm-drill-sgt_132376c

Last week I found myself completely derailed on one of my health goals.  As I  talk with my coach I discovered that when I began I had that goal tied to a purpose. During that time I did great!  Once the purpose was removed I let up on the committment, pulled out of the process, starting beating my head up against a wall and wondering why I needed so much “will-power” to get it done!  We all know “will-power” will get you going but it won’t keep you going.  In order to get realigned with my health goal I had to put another purpose in place… another BIG WHY for Lisa!  Once that was done; I am happy to say committment has once again taken over and I’m back on track.

Many of you know I firmly believe coaching.  Coaching others & receiving coaching from others.  Currently I am receiving coaching in the following areas:  Health, Speaking, Writing, Sales and even coaching on being a great coach.  My “coaching” coach is a world-class coach, Mr. Ed DeCosta.   Here is what he ask the other day:

“What do you need, a carrot, a stick or a drill sergeant?”  After my recent experience with my health coach I’ve learned I NEED A CARROT!

What do you need to be impeccable with your word, to honor your daily agenda and to work your great plan consistently?  I would appreciate hearing your experiences.

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

 

 

 

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3 Minutes of Regret

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seedling-300x285Every new idea or dream is like a seed.  At the beginning of the year I spent several days going back through my journals, goals and vision.  I read all the way to 2009 in an effort to connect with my purpose and gain clarity around my vision.  What I found was that I had known my purpose FOR YEARS!  My heart was heavy with regret and I heard my inner voice asking “Why? Why didn’t you pull the trigger on the achievement of my dreams years ago?”  I gave myself three minutes of regret time and then I started  looking for the lessons.

Here is what I learned:

1.  Every new idea is like a seed. All seeds that grow have an incubation and gestation period. That is what these past years have been for me, my incubation and gestation period.

2.  The more in touch you are with your life’s purpose and the more clarity you have around your vision, the shorter the incubation and gestation time will be.

3.  Having clarity allows you to pull the trigger sooner to launch your dreams and you are more prepared to recognize and seize opportunities that come your way.

Clarity of purpose and vision insures that your seed will grow quickly and grow strong!  It’s a grand accelerator!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

 

 

Well… Here We Go AGAIN!

WillpowerThis may seem like a little lesson but it has the power to change your life.

As many of you remember one of my goals in my 2013 Productivity Challenge is to work out for one hour a day.  I was doing GREAT!  I hadn’t missed a day and was well on my way to a much healthier lifestyle.  I couldn’t believe it… the girl who had always hated working out was loving it!  I was even asked if I was a junkie by a TRUE JUNKIE!  It was bliss!  But then… I got a bad cold and my health coach asked me to not work out for an entire week.

So with two weeks off I was given the green light to get back at it.  But did I?  NO!  Why?  I had higher priorities.  My work outs were no longer tied to a higher purpose and I had lost my committment.  My inner voice was now saying: “See you don’t need to work every day to feel better.  You feel fine.  You might not feel as good as you were feeling but you don’t feel terrible.”  And on it went.

So yesterday I had to start all over.  As I was headed to the gym I remembered a comment from one of my readers that made so much sense to me.  They said:

“Will-power gets you started and committment keeps you going.”

I can now tell you first hand… they are right!

Thanks for all your support.  Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Can You See It?

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If you have taken the Productivity Challenge you should be almost ready to create a plan!  Let’s recap the first three rules of productivity.

Productivity Rule #1  – Cornerstone of All!  This rule explained that the cornerstone of any and all productivity is positive self leadership.  This rule discusses the need to live our personal value system and be authentic. “Get our minds right.”

Productivity Rule #2  – WHY?  This rule showed us to the need to figure out our purpose… our purpose is our “Big Why.”  It is imperative that we have clarity around why are we doing what we are doing and that our why is big enough!  If we don’t have both of those elements, when the going gets tough we won’t have the tenacity necessary to stay the course against all odds and we will have wasted a lot of time.

Productivity Rule #3  – What?  This rule showed us how to take our purpose (our why) and connect it to our vision. Our vision is really our “what,” it shows us who we want to be and what we want to do and have.

The process of completing productivity Rule # 3, creating my vision, was an amazing experience. Writing a detailed look at “a perfect day in my life five years from now” really opened my eyes to what it actually is that I desire to create.

As I was completing that process I realized that a few of the action items I was ready to “pull the trigger on” were things that were not going to create the lifestyle I desired.  It’s sure great to know that now.  I would hate to arrive at a destination five years from now only to find that it’s the wrong one!

It was a wonderful exercise that has thoroughly prepared me for the next productivity rule… charting our course!

Until tomorrow ~ Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

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The Traveler’s Gift (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A powerful influence in my life has been a book called “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews.  In one of the chapters he talks about a “committed heart“, this is what he says:“Most people fail at whatever they attempt because of an undecided heart. Should I? Should I not? Go forward? Go back? Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right. Why? Because conditions are never exactly right. Indecision limits the Almighty and His ability to perform miracles in your life. He has put the vision in you — proceed. To wait, to wonder, to doubt, to be indecisive is to disobey God. Andy Andrews, The Traveler’s Gift”

I know this is true.  Today I “burned my boat.”  I am stepping forward in faith and letting go and letting God!  If you have a vision in you, I hope you will do the same and PROCEED!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa