The 2012 New Year – Make It Great

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog, Golden Nuggets

We’ve begun the first week of a brand new year!  Everything looks fresh, new and hopeful!  How will we handle the changes — the ups and downs of life in general?  Many will make New Year resolutions that involve their careers, finances, relationships and health.  How many of us will actually succeed in meeting our goals? How many will fail? What makes the difference between the two?  Clearly, those that succeed in staying committed to their resolutions and who achieve their goals have created a specific plan with objective measures for monitoring progress and they stick to it.  But what if we applied that same framework and strategy to everything we did?  How much more success would we experience in all areas of life? So in thinking about the New Year and its possibilities, I jotted down a framework that, hopefully, I could use in many different areas.  I thought I would share it with you, my clients, my colleagues – my friends. Clarify the goal. The goal needs to be clear, measurable, and attainable.  Payday Loans – No Credittime home Formulate a plan. The plan will include a goal with appropriate short and long activities geared toward achieving it. There is nothing worse than having a goal without a way to monitor progress along the way to achieving it.  Break it down and keep track. Make a To Do list or keep a calendar. Break down the activities into manageable chunks; Small tasks you complete on a day-by-day, week-by-week, and month-by-month basis.  This is a critical step in the path to goal achievement. Small successes add up — both in achieving your bigger goals, and in allowing you to feel the thrill of success in achieving the smaller milestones along the way.  You’ll become empowered as you begin to see yourself in control of your own destiny. Refocus or adjust the goal. If you get sidetracked, go back to the last point where you had a proper focus and continue to move forward from there. Use the smaller milestones as a metric for measuring your progress toward achieving your bigger goals. Adjust your activity levels (i.e. productivity, marketing, fitness strategy) to realign your efforts with the big picture. And don’t forget – Investigate the many software tools, web-based programs, and books available for advice and support in setting, measuring, and achieving goals. But all the cool stuff in the world won’t help if you are not disciplined and committed. An accountability partner can help you stay on track and reinforce your commitment and discipline when they wane. Find someone you trust and who will stand in the gap when you need it and hold you accountable to your...

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The Michael Effect

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Blog, Cancer, Golden Nuggets, Loss

A couple months ago, we lost our son, Michael to cancer. He was 21 years old.  The experience was painful beyond words. But, so much was learned during the experience; lessons about how to deal with the medical community, hospice services, managing stressful and disappointing information, and most importantly how we grew as individuals and a family. In addition to the obvious, we also learned wonderful things about Michael; things that friends and work colleagues shared with us after his death- things we often did not know.  I have come to call these golden nuggets- “the Michael Effect”.   I also think that they are worth sharing.  If nothing else then to help those who have lost a loved one, and to reinforce that there are golden nuggets in every experience and situation.  So here is the first installment of life lessons known as the Michael Effect. Michael had the exceptional gift of engaging everyone he met.  A family friend of ours explained “Michael just liked humanity.”  That was one of the truest statements anyone ever said about Michael.  Michael LOVED PEOPLE! He never knew a stranger, and just wanted to build relationships.  He took the time to meet and listen to everyone he encountered.  What a gift and a blessing!  I on the other hand am usually going full throttle and have not always stopped to smell the coffee.  A friend once called me “Hurricane Kari”.  Always busy.  Going or doing something. Sometimes missing the potential for new friendship or taking a few moments to call someone just to say hello. payments augustine real estatecontinuing credit crunch where But now things are different…I stop and visit with folks.   I make an effort to listen and engage with people.  This for me is the Michael Effect.  Just slowing down and being.  It’s nice.  No hurriedness.  No agenda. No purpose other than to be kind and thoughtful. Take a moment to just be. Get to know the people you are around. Say a kind word. Ask about their day or family.  Be positive and tender-hearted. And if you do, good things will happen to you professionally and personally....

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