Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5 Tips to Set and Accomplish Your New Year's Resolution

Congratulations on making it through another year! You’re a little bit older, more experienced, and hopefully wiser in all areas of your life. As the holiday festivities begin to settle, perhaps you’ll use the next few days as an opportunity to reflect on your goals for the New Year.

You do have goals for the New Year don’t you?

If you’re like most people, I’m sure 2015 had its fair share of ups and downs but with each new year comes the opportunity to create a new you, so why not start the year off with a mark in the wins column.  
Today’s article will not only focus on setting your New Year’s Resolution, but how to develop a strategy for achieving it, so if you’re someone who frequently sets goals but has difficulty following through and accomplishing them, this feature is just for you. And guess what? The best part about the tips I’ll be sharing with you is that they don’t have an expiration date, so go ahead and use them throughout the year anytime you want to set a new goal for yourself!


Tip #1 – Determine and Set Your Goal
Sounds easy enough right? What is it that you want to achieve? If you don’t already know then just ask yourself, “What do I want?” and write it down because it might need some tweaking. To get the best results, make sure your aim fits the S.M.A.R.T. Goal criteria, which we discussed a few weeks ago. This will help you establish a clear mental picture of what you want so that you’re moving towards something real and definite.


Tip #2 – Gain Complete Clarity on Blocks and Obstacles
Essentially, what’s stopping you from having this right now? You need to be totally clear on the blocks, obstacles, and barriers (internal and external) that are standing in your way and stopping you from having this goal currently.

Remember, this is totally natural. I’m not suggesting that you should look for difficulty, but if you’re not experiencing any resistance, then you surely set the bar too low. If that’s the case, give yourself some credit and go bigger!


Tip #3 – Recognize Key Strengths
Establish the tools and available resources that will help you overcome those previously mentioned blocks and obstacles in order to accomplish your goal.

Surprisingly, a big factor in most failures isn’t a lack of skill, but the inability to recognize and apply strengths and resources to push forward. Also, if you do lack a particular resource or need assistance, then reach out and ask for help.


Tip #4 – Develop Your Plan
You need a plan. How else do you expect to achieve your goal? Be clear. Be specific. Hold yourself accountable. Calibrate if necessary. Do it until it’s done.

If you’re not sure how to develop a successful plan, then find someone who has done it before and find out how they did it. Ask them for their process and do it their way. Once you master this process, you’ll be able to refine their methods and create your own plan.


Tip #5 – Be Your Biggest Supporter
Give yourself daily encouragement to keep going forward. Acknowledge all the things that you’re doing well and be grateful for the small victories. Give yourself credit and allow these moments to accumulate. Over time you’ll notice them begin to snowball into greater and more significant successes.

You can also create personal mantras and repeat daily affirmations to yourself. Autosuggestion is a powerful tool to reprogram your mindset to produce beneficial thoughts and behaviors.

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For additional information, resources, or if you have a question please reach out to me directly Rich@thepathofme.com

Wishing you a great start and much success in 2016.

Until next time, thanks and be excellent!

Rich

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Success Blueprint for Entrepreneurs Show with Kay Sanders



The Success Blueprint for Entrepreneurs Show is a weekly podcast for entrepreneurs hosted by Kay Sanders. Kay is a coach specializing in personal development, business, and sales. She is also a co-author in The Change – Insights in Self-Empowerment book series and her chapter, “The Power of the Mind,” can be found in book 5 of the series.

Her radio show features successful entrepreneurs providing valuable insights to help individuals who are either just starting out on their journey of entrepreneurship or who have already been in business but would like to take their business to the next level and achieve greater success.

The show offers expert advice, tips, and strategies that will help listeners on their journey towards becoming successful entrepreneurs, allowing them to create real wealth and living a life of their dreams. You won’t have to “reinvent the wheel” when you can learn from leaders who have already “been there and done that” in business.

In this episode you’ll learn how to:

- Maintain a positive mindset when clients don’t magically “fall out of the sky”
- Stay motivated by creating a game in your mind
- Grow your business through content marketing
- Be committed despite what others say or think

Click here to listen to this show

We also take a moment to discuss some of my favorite books and plans for a national seminar tour in 2016!

The Change Book Radio Show with Deb Crowe

I was recently featured on “The Change Book Radio Show” with Deb Crowe. *

The Change – Insights into Self-Empowerment is the fastest growing book series in the world focusing on self-empowerment, personal development, and life transformation. The book series was created by Jim Britt and Jim Lutes and features top coaches, speakers, leaders, and experts from around the globe. At the moment, The Change includes 200+ authors and has reached 22+ countries.

Deb Crowe is a Work, Life, Balance Specialist and Mentor; BlogTalk Radio Show Host, Author, Speaker, and Blogger from London, Ontario, Canada. Her chapter, “Work-Life Balance Seen Through the Eyes of a Renaissance Woman,” can be found in book 5 of The Change book series.

In this interview we discuss:

- Finding your purpose in life
- Learning the “right way” to do things from a mentor
- How collaboration is critical for massive growth
- How to utilize your talents and inspire others

Click here to listen 

This radio show also features co-author Michael Schmidlen, a serial solo entrepreneur who has successfully ran his multi-million dollar home-based business for over 20 years.

Keep listening to learn more about Michael and his business, and then read this



*I thought I published this blog weeks ago but mistakenly left it in the draft folder; my apologies for human error.

Monday, November 23, 2015

How to Set Your S.M.A.R.T. Goal in 5 Minutes



We all set goals. Well, to be honest, many of us do. I’m sure you and I can both name a handful of friends and colleagues that absolutely never set goals. When asked why, they probably offer this excuse: “What’s the use because I never achieve them anyway,” which is a sound argument. Isn’t it?

In fact, I’m sure these people have a laundry list of reasons as to why they can’t reach the goal line and the biggest accomplishment they have to their name is convincing themselves that they can’t succeed.

But enough about the folks that don’t set goals, let’s put them on the back burner for a moment. How about the people that do set goals but have difficulty achieving desired results. What stops them from getting the job done?

And where do you fit on the spectrum; are you someone that completes any and all tasks easily and effortlessly or are you someone that tastes infrequent success? Sometimes you knock it out of the park while other times you’re left running around the field hoping for a sign of what to do next. If this sounds like you then perhaps it’s a matter of setting a clear and definite goal to move towards.

Remember; if you don’t know where you’re going then how will you ever get there?

A big reason many people have infrequent or little success with their goals is because the end point itself is too vague. These people set goals such as:
-       I want to lose weight
-       I want more clients
-       I want more money
-       I want a better job

But what does that mean?

How much weight and by when? How many more clients and what type of person do you want to work with? How much more money? What kind of job; an advancement or career change?

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Now before we can take any steps towards victory, we need to determine our destination by setting a clear, definite, and well-thought goal – a S.M.A.R.T. Goal. To better serve you, and to keep you on track, S.M.A.R.T. Goals have certain criteria that have to be met. These key points will help you stay focused on what you expect to accomplish.

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Criteria

S – Simple, Specific
            Your goal must be specifically stated and written in simple terms. You’re not writing a mission statement. 1-2 sentences will do the trick.

M – Measurable, Meaningful to you
            You must be able to measure your progress. A great way to measure is with numbers of course.
            Also, it must be meaningful to you. This is your goal, not someone else’s.

A – Achievable
            Is this goal something that you (yourself) have the ability to achieve?

R – Realistic
            Can you complete this goal within the time frame that you set? In other words, don’t create a ridiculous goal and set yourself up for failure.

T – Time-based, Towards what you want
            What date do you want to accomplish this goal by? There has to be an ending point or deadline.
            Also, make sure that the goal is towards a much bigger goal – the big picture. Don’t create random goals that serve little purpose or that move you away from the bigger and most important goals in your life.

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to use the above criteria when setting your goal. This is something that can be done within 5 minutes!





If you’d like a FREE worksheet to set your S.M.A.R.T. Goals then email me at Rich@thepathofme.com and write “My SMART Goal” in the subject line.

Until next time, thanks and be excellent!

P.S. – In a few weeks when you set your New Year’s Resolution… USE THIS FORMULA!


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

When Anxiety Hits Like a Tidal Wave: 6 Steps to Bring Boiling Thoughts Down to a Simmer

Guest blog by: Cristina Spradlin

Regardless of whether I like admitting to it or not, I am no stranger to that of an anxious mind. Thoughts race, juxtapose, conflict, build up and scatter all at a seemingly unceasing rate and I am left feeling like an empty vessel fueled by that which comes from the mind. For some time, this is how my world was run, mind being the cruel, relentless ringleader. I felt as if there was no true sense of self, or no true sense of anything for that matter, for mind felt like the Ultimate. 

It was not until years of teaching yoga and a plethora of books centered around mindfulness later did it finally begin to sink in that mind was (is) not the Ultimate and if anything, mind being that cruel, relentless ringleader is actually a choice that I make; that we all make. Countless hours spent reflecting, self-studying and reading made it apparent to me that human beings are beings of condition, even when it comes to thinking. 

We condition ourselves to think, act and perceive the world in certain ways, which creates specific pathways in our mind. Pathways that seemingly become us and we seemingly become them. They feel like home, they feel safe, and over time become second nature. However we are not the mind or anything that creates. The truth is quite the opposite. We create the contents of the mind. Paving over the conditioned pathways to generate new ones is certainly not an easy task; it requires effort and time, however it is not impossible. 

Here are some tips on how to bring the boiling thoughts down to a simmer, straight from the professional:

1    As soon as you notice a thought begin to circulate, ask yourself if what your mind is creating is something that you are fond of or if it is the opposite. If you find your answer to be, that it is the opposite, know that what comes from the mind is only of the mind. It is not an ultimate truth, it merely seems like it is. At the end of the day, the mind robs us of the present moment, or what is truly happening around and within you.

2    Check in with your breath. You may begin to notice that an anxious mind is a dear friend of short, shallow breaths. Breath and mind-state are weaved together and directly affect one another. We contain the ability to intrinsically control the breath, therefore, contain the ability to intrinsically control the mind. Spend a few minutes practicing pranayama (breathing exercises), encouraging deep, long, drawn inhalations and slow, complete exhalations, allowing each exhalation to be twice as long as each inhalation.  Put all of your awareness and attention onto your breath, noticing all of the associated qualities, characteristics and tendencies. 

3    Find or create something that will ground you, i.e. take you out of your head and root you into the present moment. Whether it is moving the body physically, singing, reading; anything that can bring you from a mind space down to a centered heart space.

4    Know that these fits of racing mind will pass even though it feels like a life- time until they eventually do.

5    Once you find and take root in a centered space, replace the spinning thoughts with positive ones. Mind and subconscious mind cannot process negative. For example, if a spinning thought you are having is a dire want to lose weight, thinking to yourself, “I cannot eat this bag of chips because it is not healthy and I cannot lose weight if I eat something unhealthy” will keep a negative connotation to the entire situation. Rather, think something along the lines of, “I want to eat this apple because apples contain nutrients that will serve my body and keep me healthy.” This will keep a positive connotation to the situation, thus keeping you wanting to do something as opposed to feeling like you have to. Try it out. It makes a world of a difference.

6    Lastly, it is very easy to feel like no one else is experiencing the same situation that you are experiencing, however that is not true either. In fact millions of people experience anxiety on a daily basis. The only truth is that you are never truly alone. Talk to someone and share you story. Will it be scary and leave you feeling vulnerable? Sure, however, we can only grow by doing that which makes us feel that way.


About Cristina:

Cristina Spradlin has always had a sensitive eye for that which seems extraordinary. This keen sense of wonder and bewilderment is what ultimately led her through 300 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and is what drives her to write creatively, among other hobbies such as exploring nature and practicing martial arts. She is also a lover of animals, herbs, mindful reads and all things spiritual.


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