75 Questions: Day 15

There are 75 days before the start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 61 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you.  I promise not to spook you. The whole thrust of the 75 questions is to prompt a reaction and honest answer to the probe.

The unfiltered intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a catalyst for inner change that leaves you feeling more dynamic, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. When these salient emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Post your answers, you will get a response to your replies and we will use these 75 questions to lift life as the year 2017 begins.

Question 15:  What is your mission?

A Giant bounce

Philae has landed.  Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a new visitor.  Amazing!  This historic landing expands the fortunes of mankind to untold discoveries.

Philae

According to the European Space Agency, the Philae lander

  • Travelled 6.4 billion km (four billion miles) to reach the comet
  • Journey took 10 years
  • Planning for the journey began 25 years ago

Comet 67P

  • More than four billion years old

How are you planning your journey for the next 25 years?  Tell us what your Philae will be.

Monday Miracle: Patience

Today’s culture is fast-paced, full of cell phone transmissions, text messages, Facebook postings, Instagram notices, and Twitter tweets. Frenzy, even multiple smart phones is understood as normal.  Even so, patience is valuable.

Not everything should be instant. Patient deliberations are necessary, even in a frenetic fast-paced world.  Aresenio Hall, in a recent interview with Oprah on her OWN network, told Oprah that it took five years before a network accepted his “comeback” show idea for his late night talk show. He persistently shopped his idea to various networks and sought council from close friends such as Magic Johnson, Jay Leno, David Letterman to get their insight and confirmations.

Five years-that’s patience. Patience implies an intentional act of slowing down to consider options.  Consulting and deliberating is a mantra of success. Haste oftentimes leads to muddled disaster. Sure, it is correct to ponder and think about approaching decisions but over-thinking can also precipitate disaster. Success is a blend of patience and persistence.

Persistent patience is a virtue. What this means is that while you are deliberating or consulting with others whom you trust about an issue you are also plotting the needed steps to conclude with getting what you want.

Use discernment to your advantage. If you have a network of colleagues, friends and peers you can talk to-do so. If not, consider getting a mentor or being a part of a mastermind group. This way, you can bounce ideas, clarify your goal, and solicit the support you need to succeed. Neither of these steps are instant matters, patience is required but because of your diligence and persistence you will engage door-opening opportunities that would not have happened without patience.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
~Napoleon Hill

Slow down, practice persistent patience.  Strengthen your capacity, diligently work-sweat a little. Think, think and think some more as you plot your actions. Oftentimes knowing that others believe you are capable of fulfilling your goal gives you the encouragement needed to embrace all of the stimulating growth challenges ahead.

Patience may prolong a decision, but the answer is solid.

Wednesday Wisdom: Steadfastness

Keep on trucking…do you remember that 70’s saying? If not, that phrase was common then as a motivator to be steadfast in what you are pursuing.  Trucking on is as valuable today as it was then.  Steadfastness is a goal-maker.

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. ” ~ Lou Vickery

Do a little bit more today. Serve your solid sense of responsibility. Take pride in both your work and your reputation for responsible, responsive action.  Make the effort to stretch your current boundaries; commit to delivering even more than is expected…keep trucking a little longer.

Steadfastness extends beyond merely meeting deadlines; rather, it is a dedication to reach a level not experienced before that gives you a glimpse of your inner strength and pure power.  You may choose to exercise five minutes more today. It may mean that you conclude a project not only before the deadline but that you expand the dimensions by going beyond what was expected. Steadfastness connotes delivery, taking concrete action to finish with flourish.

Steadfast behavior builds capacity. We all have the capacity to do more, go beyond your thought and action boundaries today-add one more step, reach beyond the goal post. See yourself expand…be steadfast and grow.

Keep on trucking, baby.

Monday Miracle: Visualization

Human Eye with different lines. The line of si...

Human Eye with different lines. The line of sight (middle) is the only one permitting a view with good acuity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you see? How clear is your vision? How magnificent is your visualization?

In order  for your goals to materialize, you must have a vivid, electrifying visualization of what you want to achieve.  There are four parts of visualization – learn and assiduously practice each step every day to capture the incredible power of seeing what you want.

  1. Daily Diligence

The first step of visualization is daily practice, the frequency  that you visualize the achievement of your goal by seeing yourself in your mind’s eye accomplishing exactly what you want is the impetus you need to marshal your success. The more often you repeat a clear mental picture of your very best performance or the achievement of the goal, the more rapidly it will manifest as part of your reality.

2.  Duration

The second step of visualization is duration, how long you maintain your mental picture.  The length of  time that you can hold your visual image (it should not be a full n length movie) deepens your ability to attract what you need and see the actions required to complete your goal.  The duration depends on you, some may need more time to vividly see their achievement and others may only need seconds to inculcate their image. Take your time, do what serves your highest need.

 “Achievement, of whatever kind, is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought.” ~Elbert Hubbard

3.  Direction

The third step of visualization is direction. There is a direct, one-to-one relationship between how vividly clear you can see the direction of your goal or result in your mind and how quickly it comes into your reality. Your ability to directly cast the goal in your mind is what transmutes desire directly and determines how quickly your visual image materializes.

4.  Desire

The fourth element of visualization is intense desire, how badly do you want to achieve your goal. The intensity of your desire and the strength of the emotion that you attach to your visual image is vital to achievement. This is the most important and powerful part of the visualization process.

Visualization is a process, as is success. Work the process and it will work for you.

Vivid visualization + volition = success.

Achieving Harmony: Step 1

Life balance experts cite five areas to achieve harmony: finances/career, spirituality/self care, relationships, health, and  fun/recreation.

Achieving harmony in your life is a process – a five step process we will explore together.  The first step is to examine your finances. You need to know where your money is, what it is used for, and how you spend money. “Debt is dumb,” says in your face financial guru Dave Ramsey.  He adds, “You are where you are right now financially as a sum total of the decisions you’ve made to this point.” But, don’t despair. Right now you are in a perfect position to make a financial change for the better.  Changing the way you think about money and how you spend money is the yellow brick road to harmonic wealth.

Financial Planning 101 – Achieving Harmony Step 1:

Reflect. Think about it, reflect. Ask what led you to make those mistakes in the first place. Was it job loss, divorce, impulsive spending? Make sure you know and understand what pulled you out of life balance so you don’t repeat those mistakes.

Get organized. Organize your bills and debts. Create a place to keep incoming bills. Pay your bills. Avoid late fees-make sure you send your check early so that it gets to the payer on time. Also it is a best practice to write down payments, check numbers and date sent so you will have a record in case a payment goes unrecorded. Put all payments in your finance ledger and balance that ledger against what payments are outstanding each and every month.

Plan. Tackle your debt!  You created the debt, now plan. Take time to establish a plan to pay off debts. Without an debt freedom action plan you darken your life. You want harmony, so be disciplined and plan harmonic wealth. Think about what you need to do here… figure out the most important debt to be paid off first, generate more income, spend less and save more money. That’s the simple formula for achieving harmony in your finances.  Set the plan and stick to it.

Save. You must save more than you spend. This is the truth!  Worrying about how you are going to pay your bills every month is misery. The best way to handle your financial life is to save.

Now is a perfect time to  is a time restore your financial balance, achieve harmony.

Reading List:

Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey

Your Life or Your Money: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money, Vicki Robin

Low Fee Socially Responsible Investing: Investing in your worldview on your terms, Tom Nowak

Treasure Map What You Want in 2013

Vision Board, Check Emotional Baggage

Vision Board, Check Emotional Baggage (Photo credit: deb roby)

Oprah Winfrey popularized the concept of a “Treasure Map.”

She devoted an entire hour of The Oprah Winfrey Show to the topic several years ago and the concept of creating a visual board of what you want skyrocketed. Although treasure mapping was not a new concept at the time, the practice exploded. Hoards of women and men and children around the globe began to create a visual collage of their goals for the future.

The results reported were astounding. Wave after wave of “treasure mappers” began recording achievement success, all attributed to their design a visual reminder of  what they wanted to accomplish in their life. Creating a treasure map is a very simple but effective idea: It involves creating a physical representation or collage of what you want to achieve that acts as a constant visual reminder and representation of your goals. Seeing daily the treasure map that you created intensifies the effects of visualization, which seals your intentions on your subconscious mind to motivate and encourage you towards achieving those goals.

Visualizing Goals on Paper.

A treasure map collage is a powerful goal attainment technique.  The reason it can be effective is that you identify exactly what you want for your life.  Treasure mapping is a creative image that you put on paper that shows what you desire and intend to work towards for a span of time.  Barbara  Laport has been using and teaching the process of goal design on collage, or treasure mapping, for more than twenty years.  She says, in her book Goal Achievement through Treasure Mapping, that this is one way to link vision with reality.

Treasure mapping is an effective goal design process.  It involves creating a physical, visual representation of your goals. You get to create this collage, which may be a work of art or a crude form of motivation for achievement.  Some treasure mappers are design conscious and some aren’t. The main point is not to spend too much energy on “beauty.” Rather spend your creative juice on the “bounty” of what you intend to achieve.

Key Treasure Mapping Step:

First of all, begin creating your treasure map when you are ready. You can create a treasure map anytime. It does not have to be completed New Year’s Day, although many use that date as a marker for their annual treasure map ritual. It’s up to you.  Start designing your goal collage when you are ready to craft your creative visual of your financial, personal, professional or material goals. That is when you begin.

  • The most important first step in creating your treasure map is to clearly know what you want to achieve. Your goals must be clarified at the beginning of the process.   Goal setting is the first pivot step in the process.
  • Next, you can begin to visualize what you want to happen once you have achieved your goals.

It is really that simple – know the goal(s) you want to achieve and then visualize the outcome. Dig into the details by asking questions about each goal: What do I want? What will I get when I achieve my goal? How does getting what I want feel? How will I celebrate?  Who will I be when this goal is attained? Catherine Ponder says the visualization of what you want to achieve is critical; she adds “this is when you open your mind to receive.”

Open your mind to receive

Think grandly, don’t minimize or settle for less than the boundless expanse of your goal.  Then, creatively design your goals and what you clearly visualize on paper. Keep in mind here, as you begin to set-up your treasure map vision board, to have order.  Make your vision board treasure map a clear road  map to success, not a chaotic mess of confusion. Clear design and clear outcome visualization make a huge difference.

You may look for inspiration in magazines or other print or online images that support the goal you want to achieve. For instance, if you have a goal of a vacation to Costa Rica, find pictures of scenery in Costa Rica. Your pictures must clearly represent that specific goal and not some vague longing. Another example might be a career or professional goal, then you need find exact pictures and motivational words that relate to your goal. If you want money, create a financial goal picture that clearly specifies the amount of money you want. The purpose is to see yourself there, to definitely see yourself achieving exactly what you want.

A treasure map captures your goal in vivid picture form on paper.   What you create will become your creative visualization of achievement.

Finish your treasure map vision board.

This may seem trivial, but often many fail to complete assignments that move them closer to their goal and thereby sabotage their ultimate achievement.  Keep working, clarify each goal and then add visual effects that inspire and  motivate your achievement. You may also add milestone markers along the way, depending on how sophisticated you want to get.

Get it done, create your goal intention masterpiece. You are the Picasso of your goals. Keep in mind, too, that if you later find an image that better captures your goal, add it in or replace a weaker image. It is perfectly fine to refine your treasure map throughout the year.

Treasure Map placement

Place your treasure map vision board in a prominent place. It is your reminder of the goals you want to achieve. Some achievers place their vision board on the refrigerator, others tape their treasure map on the bathroom mirror or place it in front of a mirror. You may wish to put your treasure map on your bedroom door. You make the choice of where you want to hang or place your treasure map; just make sure you see it every day as a prominent reminder of your goals for 2013.

Happy Treasure Mapping – collage your dreams!

What Else Is Possible?

Millions watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in his race to be named the greatest athlete of all time.  In each interview with the media, you could hear the unasked question-What Else is Possible Michael? Bob Costas, a veteran Olympic news presence, asked the question right after his historic last race, the 4×100 relay where Phelps won his 18th gold medal.

Michael Phelps said, “There are other things I can do. I think I will be able to sort of shift that competitiveness into any thing I put my mind to.”

It may be time for you to ask yourself-What else is possible in your life. Have you reached a goal, gotten to a pinnacle, or no longer feel stimulated in your routine? Then, stretch yourself. What other things can you do? Think about it. Push!

“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”

~ Joann Thomas

Push upward, push yourself harder. Do more, discover latent talents, drive your passion.  Make the self-sacrifice so that you stretch your boundaries. Become a new champion. Don’t bend to habit and comfort-eliminate your limits and disturb your comfort.

Go for it-NOW.

Take these tips to stretch yourself:

  • Dream. Think real hard about what else is possible. There are not limits, think this is what I’d do if there were no obstacles, there was enough money, and you had no fear. What dream would you fulfill? James Allen, famous author of As A Man Thinketh, believed “that all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is a direct result of his own thoughts.” Therefore, dream with positive purpose.
  • Make a short list. Write one, two, or three stretch goals. Now remember a goal is a dream with a deadline. Get out some paper or use your Ipad to write your goals that have a deadline. Brian Tracy asserts that you must write your goals down. The purpose is two-fold; first writing a goals signals to your brain and the universe that you desire something different and second, it creates a visual record of your passionate desire that has a deadline.
  • Take action. No action, no result. Sure you can dream and yes you can write your dream(s) down, but without the commitment which is shown by your actions, nothing happens. Claude Bristol, in The Magic of Believing, emphasizes this over and over.   Women and men achievers, like Michael Phelps, take action.  Phelps completed 51 Olympic swims and swam nearly 10,000 meters and 198 lengths of the pool in Olympic races. What can you do?
  • Make a record. Record your achievements. The value of this is that it reminds you of what you have accomplished and allows you to see, feel and believe what you have yet to do.  Records guide achievement.

What else is possible? Only you know for sure.

 

Check It Off

One way to measure your success steps is to check off every task, the reading and research done, each mentoring session, networking event, relationship, meeting, publicity effort, or social media entry you do. This way you not only have a visual progress report but the salient fact is that you are definite about what you want to achieve.

Definite purpose of achievement equals 75% achievement.  Behaviorists certify that if your actions are synchronized with your achievement goals, you will tend to stay on track. If not, there’s a disconnect from purpose and you are far more likely to lose focus and become distracted and thereby mismanage your achievement.

Be driven, but not myopic. Yes, have your checklist and check off each active effort but be mindful that you also need to stay open and expectant of opportunities you may have never dreamed off. There is no way you can think of or know everything, absolutely no way. But, with a mentor or by consulting with others about what you intend to achieve, you open to the universe of limitless options.

See yourself.  People who consistently win self-evaluate. They achieve based on fact or evidence and have limited space for denial, fantasy or fiction. Achievers, for the most part, are self-critical rather than delusional about their dream and they hold themselves to higher, realistic standards.  Outcome based people embrace the truth about themselves and about what they intend to achieve, since they recognize that nothing else will make their vision obtainable.

The other 25% in the success quotient is persistence. Diligence pays off. Success requires finish line management. Those who achieve, regardless of what it is they want to do, consistently manage their challenges according to the top priority. They commit to managing their first priority first rather than follow the shibboleth of reverse priority that oftentimes becomes a destructive distraction. Winners check off priority one.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” ~Thomas Edison

Perceived obstacles crumble against persistent desire. Do the work and not just appear busy checking off the small, less impact things on your priority checklist. Effective, efficient action is the best check it off success system you can have.

Facing Forward to the Future

 

 

Okay, 2012 calendar year is three days away.  The best, most definite thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.  You know that, but do you know the best way to face forward for 2012?

Let me give you three proven best tips for facing forward to the future: anytime!

  • Know your power to create exactly or more than what you presently have.  Samuel Johnson says, “The future is purchased at the price of vision in the present.”  Embrace your present and inculcate the life staff of gratitude and you harness the power to create a new future facing forward.  A subset of this power pivot is to have a clear understanding of what you must do, create concrete plans of how you can achieve that, and actually doing what you purposed in a defined time period. In other words: SEE, KNOW, DO by a certain time.

Here is one creative way to SEE your power-design a dream board full of color and pictures of what you know you want to achieve. Oprah Winfrey advocates this, along with writing a journal, and a fast track to manifesting what you want.

A  suggestion to KNOW your power to create your future is to write a goal list full of incremental, definite steps that move you forward toward the new direction of goal. You may need weekly goal prompts in the beginning and if so start your goal list of weekly tasks that you must accomplish. Others may only need monthly prompts. Whatever scale you need, break down the year 2012 into those segments and commit to review each week or month your goal list of defined steps.

Last, seeing and writing mean little with DOING.

  • Pace expectancy.  “Live deep instead of fast” are the words of Henry Seidel Canby which should be etched in stone. I watched the biography of Harlem Globetrotter Medowlark Lemon on the Biography channel last night. One thing he said stuck with me, which paraphrased, is that he  knew deep within that he would play basketball at a very young age and practiced for about twelve years toward that goal. He actually never stopped practicing, according to his roommate, even after becoming the “showman” for the Globetrotters. Mr. Lemon paced his expectancy and powered the attainments in his future.
  •  Trust Tranquility.  Trust in the restful tranquility of your being and ability to fulfill the goals of your future. This means that you own the power to know that what you will will be done. No force, no selfishness, no cheating, no competition, no fear, no backward recidivist glances.  Then you can get about the business of active service assured in your belief that your future is achievable and forward facing.

Face Forward Future!