Map Your Success

Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.

Origin: Who you are

A map has a starting point. Your origin is who you are right now. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses.

Destination: A vision of who you want to be

“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being.

Vehicle: Your Mission

A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself.

Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude

Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way.

Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. objectives

Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years.

Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes

The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.

Are You an Innovator or Imitator?

When I started my company, I was at the mercy of what my competitors were doing.

Because I found myself just doing what I saw them doing.

I had no real business insight I had initiative and passion.

The things I was doing took me only so far, but not having clear vision, direction, and strategy the leads to the right action plans caused me to function low end.

It wasn’t until I invested in coaching which trained me to be innovative that I saw a significant shift from low end to high end in my coaching company.

The challenge to innovate demands that entrepreneurs meet changing needs.

Markets always change, sometimes radically.

Disruptive change usually occurs in technology, scale or distribution.

The business that innovates radically enough to disrupt the norm can seize a tremendous competitive advantage.

That business that fails to innovate effectively turns leadership of their market over to its competition.

Putting the financial future of your business in the hands of your competitors is no way to prosper.

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What is Procrastination?

What is Procrastination?

Delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

Killing Procrastination starts with:

Making a Decision.

The Moment you make a decision you enter in…

What is Focus?

The Center of and activity

In order to concentrate on one thing you must, by default, ignore many other things.

Here’s a better way to put it:

Focus can only occur when we have said yes to one option and no to all other options. In other words, elimination is a prerequisite for focus.

As Tim Ferriss says, “What you don’t do determines what you can do.”

Of course, focus doesn’t require a permanent no, but it does require a present no.

You always have the option to do something else later, but in the present moment focus requires that you only do one thing.

Focus is the key to productivity because saying no to every other option unlocks your ability to accomplish the one thing that is left.

Why Can’t I Focus?

Gold fish attention span is 12 seconds but Human is 8.

Most people don’t have trouble with focusing.

They have trouble with deciding.

What I mean is that most healthy humans have a brain that is capable of focusing if we get the distractions out of the way.

Have you ever had a task that you absolutely had to get done?

What happened?

You got it done because the deadline made the decision for you. Maybe you procrastinated beforehand, but once things became urgent and you were forced to make a decision, you took action.

Instead of doing the difficult work of choosing one thing to focus on, we often convince ourselves that multitasking is a better option. This is ineffective.

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Important Facts You Should Know About Hiring A Coach..

Important Facts That You Should Know About Hiring A Coach.

Hugely successful public figures from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugh Jackman to Bill Gates all work extensively with a life coach.

But why? In my experience there are factors that bring high achieving people to coaching.

A great coach can work with you to stay on track and overcome actions that sabotage your desires, plans, and dreams.

They’ll support you through the fear, resistance, and panic that can arise when you are creating something exciting and new, especially when it comes to your primary relationships.

Change, even for “the better” can be exciting and challenging, terrifying and disorientating. 

A decision in one area of your life inevitably causes ripples in others.

A new job, for instance, could affect your health, relationships, where you live and how you spend your free time.

Transitions often challenge us to re-examine our sense of who we are or the capabilities we’ve taken for granted.

It can be painful to let go of what you know, especially if you feel you “should” be incredibly happy and you aren’t.

Whether you’ve been fired, your business has failed, your kids have left home or you’re going through menopause, most of us want to avoid grief at all costs and attempt to force our way through these times.

If you are dismantling the structures of home, marriage or career a professional coach can help you learn from your struggle to expand and move forward.

“Something bad has happened to everybody on the planet. But if you continue to tell that story to yourself, that that is who you are, it will continue to be true. But it doesn’t have to be that way” –

Hugh Jackman

Perhaps you keep trying to improve your situation and nothing seems to be working.

To achieve the results you want, you will mostly need to change your attitudes or underlying beliefs.

The beginning of a new coaching relationship is an ideal time to strip back accumulated layers of identity.

Fear of failing is the biggest killer of plans and ideas. More than a lack of knowledge or skill, more than the lack of a clear strategy or action plan, the biggest obstacle in the way of progress is the paralysis caused by the fear of failing.

Few people are willing to knowingly risk failure. Yet failing at any action, even failing to take action, is a rich learning opportunity.

When you feel stuck in a loop, the right coach will help you dissolve self-limiting patterns and beliefs, break out of self-defeating assumptions and re-frame the competing drives which hold you stuck.

“Everyone needs a coach. We all need people that give us feedback. That’s how we improve” – 

Bill Gates

There is something in your life you desperately want but you are frozen by the enormity and implications of making such a monumental change.

You may feel like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff where it feels impossible to either keep hold or leap off. Often self-limiting behavior shows up strongest just when you need the courage to take risks for the sake of change.

A great coach can work with you to stay on track and overcome actions that sabotage your desires, plans, and dreams.

They’ll support you through the fear, resistance, and panic that can arise when you are creating something exciting and new, especially when it comes to your primary relationships.

You can find yourself feeling stuck for a number of reasons.

“Coaching helps you stop the crazy mind chatter in your head that tells you all the time that you’re not good enough” – Oprah Winfrey

You may see yourself as blocked, at a crossroads or out of options.

You may feel defeated, resigned or confused and your point of view is often the main contributing factor to the blocked, stuck, or stalled way you’re feeling.

Learning how to identify and dissolve painful beliefs that are running in the background can move you out of helplessness and clear up a lot of confusion.

A trained coach will work with you to get clear about what fulfillment would be for you. In the big picture, fulfillment is about living a life that is valued, purposeful, and alive, and balance is about choosing a life that is in action, aligned with a compelling vision.

Sometimes you need help figuring out “What’s next?”

An expert coach will lead the discovery process and support you in re-organizing around a larger sense of self as you prepare for a new passage of your life.

Because a coach is on your side in this exploration, they can ask powerful questions that breakthrough your old defenses.

When you learn to be curious about your life, you will become more willing to look in the dark places and take on challenges that once seemed scary.

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How to Overcome Distractions “Productivity for The Entrepreneur”

The most common distractions that can keep you from being productive: Here are some and also a few solutions to try.

Social Media tops the list:

• Use an app like “Rescue Time” to physically limit how much you can be on social media.

• Turn off all social media notifications.

• Set a social media schedule and only allow yourself to use social media during the allotted times.

Email:

• Avoid responding to email first thing in the morning.

• Only open your inbox at specified times of the day.

• Turn off all email notifications on your phone and computer.

• Create an auto-response that tells others you’re only able to respond to email on particular days of the week and then stick to that schedule.

Slack, Skype, Messenger:

• Turn off all notifications on your phone.

• Close apps and only respond to messages at pre-specified times.

• Snooze notifications on desktop versions of the chat app.

Text Messages:

• Put your phone in a drawer and only take it out at specified times.

• Disable text notifications on your phone.

• Disable text notifications on your smartwatch and laptop.

• Only respond to text messages during specific times of the day.

Phone Calls:

• Put your phone in a drawer and only take it out at specified times.

• Respond to voicemails at the end of the day after you’ve done your most productive work.

• Put your phone on silent mode during your focused periods.

• Disable notifications on your smartwatch and computer.

Hope these solutions help.

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Do ENTREPRENEURS Need To Be Risk-Takers?

First of all, risk can be defined by two variables: the chance of success and what there is to lose. These two variables will set the level of how much an entrepreneur is a risk-taker. 

Indeed, the most challenging part of an entrepreneurial journey is the start. 

Most of the time, entrepreneurs give up a secured situation with a monthly salary to start their own business that has a 90% chance to fail. Revenue is not coming directly after the launch. Some entrepreneurs will invest a significant amount of their own money in starting without paying themselves, sometimes for more than a year. 

Therefore, an entrepreneur put himself at risk but also his loved ones.

The risk of failure is the global risk that pops in our mind when we speak about entrepreneurial risk. 

But there are several types of risk regarding money, decision process, vision, market, lifestyle, human resources..

Financial risk: Most of the time, entrepreneurs leave a salary and invest money in their projects without any certainty of earning money from it.

Risky decision: Every decision that an entrepreneur takes has a direct impact on his project. 

A single wrong decision can be deadly for the venture. This is why investing in yourself with a coach or mentor who has already been down the path is crucial to success.

At every step of a venture, there are significant personal and professional decisions that have to be taken. 

If the entrepreneurs choose a wrong path, it risks losing everything he has Entrepreneurs see opportunities where others see risks. 

For them, it is not risks to take but opportunities to catch. 

It is by catching those opportunities that an entrepreneur will succeed. 

Then, once the entrepreneur has launched his business, he sees risks as a reasonable path to success.

Entrepreneurs deal with uncertainty daily. Will this client sign the contract? Will my advertising reach a good population? Is my product good enough? And so on so forth. 

An entrepreneur is not becoming a risk-taker while creating his business. It is his experience that gave him an entrepreneurial mindset. 

Finally, to be in the 10% successful ones, an entrepreneur needs to think big, to have ambition, to be confident, to invest in themselves without hesitation, and to imagine new solutions. 

These characteristics require to take risks. Whether it is small risks that can be measured and control or bigger ones that can jeopardize the venture, a good entrepreneur needs to take it.

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Quick Tips Regarding Getting Clients

Grow or die. This is the truth of running a business, whether you are self-employed or are in the top 10 of the Forbes “World’s Most Valuable Brands” list like The Coca-Cola Company.

Maybe you are a solopreneur or an independent consultant, or perhaps you run a small business.

Here are some questions to help you think like a chief growth officer:

Do you think about growth? 

You need a growth strategy.

There is something in business called the growth imperative.

To paraphrase a country song lyric, you got to get busy growing or get busy dying.

Death is a natural process, even for a business.  Everything ends.

But not on your watch.

I have a few questions for you:

How are your clients’ needs changing?

What are the trends in your world?

How many offerings do you have?

You should have a signature product or service, and confidently share what they are.

You must be clear about the results your client would get by working with you.

Connect with your clients in a way that resonates. Think relationships, which means you must know and understand your market.

Provide value based on what you know, their challenges, and struggles are.

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Can you Really trust your Mom?

Becoming a Women

As a young woman coming into my own, I relied on my mother for all kinds of advice and direction. She was my firm and solid rock of authority for what I should do and my approach to things. I remember getting my first real job and how I felt when I was employed one year. As I started learning new things and experiencing places and things my mother had not I realized somewhere along the way I had stopped asking her about how I should approach opportunities presented to me.

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Confusion Frustration Change

Confused Frustrated and Ready for Change

Lack of clarity is one of the areas of life that breeds frustration. When you are not sure how to bring your dreams and visions to reality it leaves you in the prison of going in circles. While many can live their entire lives in this prison you are about to receive your release.

Being in this place leaves you with a lack of understanding and in the realm of uncertainty. You find yourself looking at the distance between where you are and where you want to be and you are left bewildered as to how to get there. Actually you are closer than you realize to clarity and the steps to living your dreams. Realizing that there are things you just don’t know is the beginning of getting the knowledge needed to move you forward.

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The Panic Attack Barrier to Success

Panic means sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing really unthinking behavior. When you panic it causes alarms to go up making you aware of danger. You get anxious, worried, a feeling of dread comes over you, and you become filled with apprehensions. I love synonyms because adding them to our dialog brings greater understanding of our thoughts regarding our insights. Some synonyms for panic are, alarm, anxiety, dread, terror, hysteria, dismay, and apprehension to name a few.

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