April 30, 2012
As a personal spring tune-up I have set 2 goals to be achieved by June 30, 2012:
- To attract 5 or more new clients;
- To lose 1 inch or more, off my waist.
I have a plan to achieve each of these goals.
However, from my experience I know that in dealing with challenges like this, it’s much easier with the support of others.
As confident as I am about achieving these goals, I’d like your help in achieving them.
Join The KISS Challenge
Here’s what I have in mind.
If like me, you would like either or both of more more clients and a healthier body, please join me in The KISS Challenge, Spring 2012. (For clarification, KISS stands for Keep It Short & Simple)
Consistent with the philosophy of keeping it short & simple, here is how you join.
- Go to the Facebook page that I have created.
- Post 1 business goal and 1 personal goal that you want to achieve before June 30, 2012.
- Starting next week, make at least 1 weekly post reporting on your progress. Ideally your post will include any or all of your feelings, insights, observations, questions and concerns.
Support The KISS Challenge
If you are not interested in joining the challenge, that’s fine.
I, and other participants, would appreciate your support. Here’s how you can be supportive:
- recognize individual achievements
- offer helpful and factual information
- spread the word of the challenge, by liking and sharing the Facebook
- anything else that you can do to help participants achieve their goals.
And now the big question is how are we going to celebrate our achievements on July 1.
April 10, 2012
After almost three months in Nicaragua, I am back at home base.
Although primarily intended to avoid the worst of winter, the 3-month stint was a rich and unexpected learning experience.
Strange as it sounds, one of my best learning experiences was in the area of computer trouble-shooting.
In Nicaragua, Internet service was reasonably reliable. But occasionally there was a computer problem of one kind or another. Given the limited computer resources in the country, my best option was to try to figure out the problem and fix it on my own.
Happily, I was able to get things sorted out and get on with my work. One on occasion, I was the designated computer technician in the hotel. Strange but true.
Turned out that this experience in Nicaragua was good training for my return home. I spent most of yesterday trouble-shooting a series of problems with the wireless network at home. Not exactly what I had in mind for my first day back.
I consider myself more a content provider than a techie. But successfully trouble-shooting several computer issues sure gave my ego a boost.
Motivational and efficiency experts alike tell us to focus on what we do best … and delegate the rest. That is sound advice that when followed will surely help lead to success.
But realistically, for those of us who work alone, whether at home or in a distant warm climate, do not always always have the delegation option readily available. In many cases, we ourselves must do whatever it takes to trouble-shoot a problem so we can and get on with what we do best.
It’s times like those that I am grateful for the resourcefulness that helped solve the computer issues in Nicaragua … and here at home.
Now I can get on with the work that I enjoy most and do best…producing content.
March 21, 2012
The road to better results is yours…and yours alone…to develop and follow to achieve your desired results.
Developing Your Road To Better Results
When building physical roads, designers and engineers start with a sound plan.
As well as incorporating a strong foundation for the road, this plan also details the strategies that the construction people will follow in creating the road.
The same considerations apply when developing your own road to better results.
Three essential factors contribute to the effectiveness of your road.
1. Your Values
Your core values serve as the foundation for your road.
Note that there are three kinds of values to consider:
- core values that define your success
- core values that will help you succeed
- core values that will help attract new clients
2. Your Goals
Your goals define your desired results. These are the better results that you would like to achieve.
In setting your goals, make sure that they are as smart as you are.
3. Your Plan
If you are looking for better marketing results, your road to these results is based on your marketing action plan.
This means that when you are planning your your road to better results, you can use your personal marketing plan as your blueprint for achieving these results.
You will of course want to revise your personal marketing plan to reflect the specific actions that you will be taking to improve your results.
March 19, 2012
A Different Kind Of Ladder
A ladder of achievement represents a series of achievements in which each achievement is based on the achievements that went before it.
It’s part of our evolutionary process to move from one stage to another….from crawling to walking and so on.
In many respects, professional service marketing is a natural process.
It is however, not a process that happens automatically.
Effective marketing requires proper planning.
Successfully moving up your marketing achievement ladder requires a personal marketing plan that has been carefully developed and conscientiously implemented.
A personal growth plan will help keep you focused on ensuring progress to achieving better results from your professional service marketing.
Personal growth is the planned process that enables us to develop and enhance the resources we need to achieve our goals.
As a planned process, your plan includes customary elements of planning.
Typically, these elements include:
1. clearly defined goals
- remember that the best planning starts with the end in mind
- it is also important to remember that your goals reflect your personal definition of achievement
2. current assessment
- in a personal growth plan, this assessment identifies opportunities for improvement…areas in which personal changes must be made and significant progress achieved
3. implementation strategies
- these strategies define specific actions to be taken, with an appropriate time-frame
March 15, 2012
The true business secret simple success is to follow what you value so that success will follow you.
This secret is also the most basic of all success tips.
What does success mean to you?
Is it generating and accumulating great wealth?
Or perhaps it’s the satisfaction of making a difference to individuals or in your neighbourhood, community or the world at large.
Whatever success means to you, one thing is clear:
Unless you truly value whatever results that you achieve and that measure your success you are unlikely to fully enjoy your success.
March 12, 2012
There are at least ten core values that will help you succeed.
These values are:
- Positive Attitude
- Self Reliance
After a description of these values I have included a suggestion as to how you can identify your own values.
Personal values are important in both our personal and working lives. These values shape our individual belief systems, which in turn determine how we interact with other people.
Our values are also reflected in our personal goals.
When we achieve our personal goals, we are living our values…living a life that reflects our personal belief system.
Our personal values do more than influence how we lives our lives.
At least ten core values influence how we live our working lives…and succeed in our work and businesses.