“Where your focus goes, your energy flows”… Walt Emerson. I have experimented on his words and can attest they are true! Could this be the reason we seem to be short of energy most days? Because it is constantly flowing out of us in a million different directions?
I believe that we as women are constantly receiving the subtle message that more is required from us. In many cases we are managing the finances, have primary responsibility for the care and nurture of the children, planning the family vacations, keeping the house, doing the laundry, the grocery shopping, tending the pets, preparing the meals, the yard work and in some cases even running a home based business!
When is enough ever enough? When we recognize and mobilize our own inner voice that’s when! Now I’m not talking about selfishness; I’m talking about high levels of achievement on your own terms!
Everyone’s definition of success is different. To some it may be becoming a New York Times best-selling author. To someone else it may be being a good mother. To yet another it may be living an authentic life or being a good daughter to aging parents.
My definition of success is achieving your goals (whatever they may be) on your own terms with an authentic expression of who you are. With so many voices talking to us; it is sometimes hard to hear the most important one… the one who really does have all the answers… our own voice!
It is possible to live a joyful energetic life; counter balancing the myriad of responsibilities we have. We can even make more money in our businesses if we choose to!
The secret is living a life by design! A life YOU design and that’s what igniting your personal power is all about!
I’m sharing my journey and the way I achieved my life by design at the upcoming Interactive Women’s Conference at Boise Centre on the Grove, May 11, 2013. Boise Idaho. I hope to meet you there!
Until then, Onward & Upward My Friends! Lisa
Does anyone ever do anything great alone? The Law Of The Inner Circle, in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, claims our potential is determined by those closest to us. As I reflect on any past successes I have enjoyed, truly they were because of the people who have come along side and helped me get there. Achieving greatness in your organization takes a village. So how do you find your village? You don’t! You will have to create it!
It is commonly known that we attract who we are. “Birds of a feather flock together.” So the first obvious thing to do is to take inventory of your life; make any course corrections you need to in order to become the type of person you desire to attract. Many people see this as a process, I however, believe it can also be an event when and if you have the right “why” behind it. (I call this “getting your mind right.”)
Once you have gotten your mind right, have a vision of who you are, what you do and who your target audience is just go out and make friends! Show up everywhere your target audience will be. Remember “birds of a feather…”
Seek to build relationships with those who add value to the lives of others. They will also add value to you. Seek to serve those whom you want to work with. Look for ways you can add value to their lives and focus on follow-up. If you make a committment, keep that committment. It will say a lot about who you are.
Seek relationships also with people whose strengths are in areas of your weakness. They will bring huge value to you and help you get where you desire to go so much faster and more efficiently than you ever imagined possible. Chances are your strengths will add great value to them as well.
If you have taken the time to align your actions with your values, get clear on your message and have prepared to deliver a world-class product or service then get out there and network! The opportunity is on its way! Remember what they say:
“Luck = Opportunity & Preparation Meeting!”
Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa
- Can You See It? (lisathornesblog.wordpress.com)
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!
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
I’ve heard it said that everyone wants to grow but only babies want to be changed. Isn’t that true? Many of us want to be, do and have more but we don’t want to have to change in the process.
Achievers understand that a prerequisite of growth is change and they seek it! The seek environments where they are uncomfortable!
When you are comfortable, you know all the answers, you operate much of the time on “auto pilot,” you are no longer challenged. It feels as though you have “arrived.” As I reflect on my professional life, I have had three distinct career changes. I recently realized why. I have changed my career path each time I have found myself comfortable. When I was no longer challenged, I moved out of what I was doing into something more challenging.
It is good to be “ahead of your game” but it is also important to play in an arena where you are at the back of the class!
What’s made you uncomfortable lately? If you can’t think of anything maybe you need to consider changing up your game and playing in a bigger arena.
Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa
What’s your answer when an associate peeks in and says: “Hey are you busy?” This scenario always made me a little bit crazy. My first thought was always, “Yes I’m busy, why aren’t you?” But then I remembered something my mentor said: “The good news is I move fast! The bad news is, I often move alone.”
High achievers seem to innately understand time is their greatest treasure and we guard it fiercely. The important thing to remember is to balance your productivity performance time with your relationships. High levels of productivity also require high levels of leadership. One of the greatest strengths a leader can have is Intuition.
Intuition is a subtle leadership gift but a powerful one. It give you the ability to “feel” what is needed within your organization. You can gauge the moral, culture and even sometimes the private needs of the people you are privileged to share your influence with.
It is true, people really don’t care what you know until they know how much you care and it is in the giving that we receive the most.
Take time to develop relationship, share your talents and your light.
Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa
If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you know if you get there? All high level strategic planning begins with taking a good hard look at your values, your purpose and most importantly your vision for your future. This is a journey and your challenge is to get from where you are today to where you want to be in five years.
There will be many paths you can take as you head out on your journey and many opportunities will come your way. They key to arriving safely where you really wanted to go is to have extreme clarity around where it is you really want to go. You don’t have to worry right now about how you will get there just know where you want to get to. Setting goals and assigning daily action items is the largest determining factor of your success or your failure.
Here’s how I do it:
1. I write my vision of what my perfect life will look like five years from today when I get where I want to go.
2. I determine what I need to do first in order to begin to achieve the vision I have. That becomes my One Main Objective for the year.
3. I write down three main goals that, if successfully completed, will insure that I accomplish my one main objective.
4. I write five strategies for each of my three main goals to support the achievement of those goals.
From those five strategies I create my high level activities for each day. They are my action items that I complete and measure daily. Statistics show that what gets measured gets done so it is imperative to measure your daily action items.
Now the fun begins! We can just go out and do what our goal sheet tells us to do! (Follow our daily agenda) If we have put the right strategies in place and are consistently completing our daily action items we can move forward with confident expectations. That’s how I do it. I would love to hear your goal setting process.
Onward & Upward My Friends,
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