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Wouldn’t it be great if our ‘good intentions’ worked the way that we think they should? Not even enthusiasm guarantees positive results. There’s often a wide gap between our intentions and our actions. We fail to take the action necessary to be in alignment with our good intentions. This can be very frustrating.
Good intentions don’t magically lead to good results. They are a start; however, they are unfortunately not enough. This is just the truth! We all can use a little accountability in our life to help us stay focused so we can achieve all our goals in the time frames we desire.
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5 Effective and Incredibly Powerful Goal Setting Principles
The concept of goal setting is nothing new for those in business. Touted by everyone from Tony Robbins to Oprah as being a necessary part of a high-functioning life, setting an intention and then doing what it takes to reach it is a necessary skill that everyone believes is important. But how many of us actually set goals that take us where we want to go and then arrive there?
One study says that as few as eight percent of people set goals that they later achieve. The study focused on New Year’s resolutions, but it nevertheless paints a shocking picture of how we as a society tend to flippantly set goals without ever having a true intention of fulfilling those dreams and plans.
So, what did the elite eight percent do to set themselves apart from their peers?
1. They Began with The Big Picture in Mind
People that consistently achieve their goals spend time considering what steps are necessary to get across the finish line. That means looking at all the little, tedious steps (https://www.wendaful.com/2017/12/breaking-down-goals/) needed to get from A to Z and then plotting those steps – like a graph – across the timeline they have set up. They literally eliminated all of the guesswork, and in doing so they removed a majority of the barriers to success.
2. They Got Hyper-Specific
Setting a vague goal is a sure-fire way to kill your progress before it even begins. The less specific we are when setting a goal, the more wiggle room we give our subconscious self later on when we are running low on discipline and mental toughness. Instead of saying, “I want to increase revenue this year” say “In the first quarter of 2021 I will increase revenue by 12% by running targeted social media ads.” The difference in these two statements is that one is action focused and the other is more of a general statement. One provides a clear plan, and the other is left open for a bland future interpretation of success.
3. They Surrounded Themselves with Unwavering Support
We were created for community. We crave connection. It is no surprise, then, that statistically those in the study that surrounded themselves with accountability were so much more likely to succeed. When you have people in your corner cheering you on, you will be able to find the strength to push on, even when you feel tired and discouraged.
4. They Used External Stimuli to Boost Their Focus
This is an interesting principle, but one that merits exploration. We as humans are visual, auditory creatures that depend on our senses to get us through the day. From vision boards to company slogans plastered across a wall, we like to be reminded of our purpose and intentions. It’s like a rallying cry at a football game, or a benediction offered up before a trying task. We are what we repeatedly remind ourselves of and surround ourselves with. There is a reason top athletes are taught to visualize success as part of mental toughness programs. Doing so has been proven to eliminate distractions and increase the probability of a successful outcome.
5. They Refused to Multitask
We are truly better when we focus on one thing at a time. Sure, we may not always fail when we multitask, but we also aren’t overly efficient, either. When it comes to effective goal setting, you can set yourself up for success by carving out time each day to focus only on the activities to achieve your goal. Whether that is losing weight, boosting sales numbers, or learning a new skill, you will find that you level up your life and hit your goals faster when you allow yourself the freedom to truly focus on the task at hand.
Effective Goal Setting Will Focus on Three Main Areas of Life
Because I believe in work life balance, consider asking yourself: What are your life goals?, What are your relationship goals?, and What are your personal growth goals? These areas of our lives are foundatio
4 Forms of Accountability You Need for Even Greater Success
Accountability is more than just a friend that calls you up occasionally to make sure you’re sticking to your weight loss goals. It’s also more than the occasional roundtable discussion with business colleagues checking in how everyone in the group is doing in terms of hitting their quarterly financial goals. True, meaningful accountability serves to prop you up when you feel discouraged, and also propels you to heights you never thought possible.
While there are many different types of accountability, both business and personal, these 4 types of accountability are ones you need to place in your life immediately:
1. Character Accountability
2. Time Management Accountability
3. Strategic, Goal-Based Accountability
4. Relationship Accountability
Ultimately, accountability is never just a one-time thing that applies to just a single area of life. To find even greater success, you need to be open to being challenged in all areas of your life. We can’t usually see our own blind spots – it takes trusted people in our lives to point them out to us and to provide us the support we need to work through those weak points intentionally.
1. Character Accountability
Our character, reputation, and word are the foundation that everything about us is built on. If our work teams can’t trust us to follow through on a promise, or if our clients can’t depend on us to deliver on time, or if our families can’t believe that we will come through for them when they need us, then nothing else really matters. Success in other areas of life is negated if our character isn’t rock-solid.
Finding people or a person to hold us to a high standard of integrity in our personal and professional lives is one of the best things we can do to level up how we are currently living life. We all have room for improvement, and it takes others to shine a light on areas we don’t want to see or deal with because we know deep down that it takes a lot of work and discipline to change deeply ingrained character habits.
2. Time Management Accountability
How we choose to spend our time can make or break our success. From spending too much time getting lost in social media, to occupying our workdays with excessive meetings instead of focusing on what brings in revenue and makes the most of our skills, time management is a hugely important aspect to prioritize and continually improve.
This area of life provides a great opportunity for you to forge relationships with like-minded colleagues that also want to make the most of their productivity and efficiency. Find people you trust and whose work ethics you admire and recruit them to your accountability team, or find an accountability coach. We naturally tend to become like those we spend the most time with, so choose wisely!
3. Strategic, Goal-Based Accountability
Entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, CEOs – they all have something specific in common: the need to hit achievement-based milestones in order to be considered successful in their jobs or careers. This is why goal setting is an incredibly powerful tool, but it is one that often goes underutilized by high-powered individuals. Setting a measurable, impactful goal is only part of the equation, though. Finding the willpower to take the actionable steps needed to actually achieve that goal is an entirely different thing.
It can be emotionally and mentally draining to push forward – often against unforeseen obstacles – especially when doing so alone. Goal-based accountability helps prop you up when you feel discouraged, and reminds you why you set your goal in the first place. Whether you need to hit a financial or marketing target, an accountability partner or coach can help get you and keep you on track for the long haul.
4. Relationship Accountability
Sometimes it is good to be reminded of what is most important. It can be e
4 Time Management Principles to Accelerate Your Results
Today we are talking about 4 Time Management Principles Guaranteed to Help You Accelerate Your Results.
Time management is not just a buzzword that you can throw around but never dig into. It’s also not something you try on for a week or two and become instantly successful at. If you want to truly accelerate your workday efforts and get more done in less time, it will require discipline and humility.
The rewards though? They are well worth the sacrifice. In addition to having more mental and physical bandwidth for the people and projects in your life that you truly care about, improving your time management gives you mental space for a renewed passion for your business and increased patience and resilience for the difficult things your workday throws your way.
While there are many different principles that you can focus on that will help move you closer to a more productive schedule, these four time management principles are guaranteed to help accelerate your results and boost your productivity. The catch is that they all require intentionality.
These principles will not work unless you do, which is both liberating and limiting. However, if you are ready to find freedom and move beyond being a slave to your business and your to-do list, then roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive in.
1. Remove Distractions – Even the Good Ones
Perhaps one of the greatest workplace myths is the one that says we can multitask well. We may be multitasking, but the ball is always getting dropped somewhere. Our brains are only hardwired to be able to handle one thing at one time. We are fooled into thinking we are doing multiple things at once, but really our brains are just swapping back and forth at tremendous speeds.
Adding more to the already spinning plate just makes it more difficult to gracefully switch to something different when the time comes. Not only that, but it actually takes longer to complete tasks this way. When was the last time you found enjoyment and success while trying to simultaneously eat a waffle and go for a jog? The answer is never – you would never try to overlap those two tasks because of the sheer impracticality of it all. Multitasking in business may appear to be more practical, but don’t be fooled. Dialing in your focus on one thing at a time whenever possible is a truly simple way to see amazing time management and productivity results.
2. Track Your Time and Then Honestly Evaluate How You Spent It
In order to truly accelerate your time management efforts, you need to have a solid understanding of where you’re missing the mark. The only way to do this is to be able to honestly evaluate the time you spend each day. This is where time and task tracking comes into play. You could keep a bullet list on a notepad of everything you do and how long you spend doing it, or you could jot down voice notes on your iPhone. Or you can download my complimentary Time Log Sample and help you be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the sample document to help you know how to complete the time log for yourself and everyone on your team.
How you chart everything you do is irrelevant – just do what is the easiest for you to do consistently. The important thing here is to write down everything. Including the time spent on social media during your commute, or the time you spent checking emails while on the sidelines of a child’s game. Don’t leave out things you are not proud of having spent time on. This process is meant to illuminate areas of your day where time is being wasted instead of intentionally spent, and then finding ways to redeem that lost time moving forward.
3. Find Accountability Partners
One of the biggest enemies of progress is our own subconsciou
Interview with Jeff and Jami Downs – Authors of Streaking
Jeff Downs has had had numerous years of executive leadership experience and also has consulted numerous executive teams to achieve consistent sustained transformational results. As a successful entrepreneur and corporate leader, Jeff has worked as a Franklin Covey Business Results Practice Leader with Cisco, Boston Scientific, Comcast, Staples, Siemens, and more.
Jeff and Jami have been married for 29 years and have 7 children between the ages of 9 and 25.
Jami Downs is a mother, leader, teacher, and passionate volunteer. As the mother of seven children she is an expert in logistics, negotiation, diplomacy, and project management.
Jeff and Jami are co-authors of the book, Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results, which was published September 22, 2020. Streaking is a goal-setting practice created by Jeff and Jami, which allows us to transform our best intentions into new, consistent habits to help us meet our goals.
Here are some questions I asked Jeff and Jami that you will benefit from by listening to their answers:
1. I’m curious, how did you come up with the concept and name for your book, Steaking? Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results
2. Why did you start Streaking and how has it helped you and others with achieving goals?
3. How is a streak different from a goal, and how do they compliment one another?
4. What are the laws of Streaking?
5. What is a “be statement” and how does a person use a “be statement” to have consistent success? Ask yourself: Who do I want to be?
6. What is the power of consistency in achieving goals?
7. What about Streaking is powerful in setting up the foundation to achieve goals?
8. Why is it important to know the difference between a habit, routine, streak, and a goal?
9. How does a person employ streaks to grow and improve and achieve their goals and reach their full potential?
10. What are the benefits to a person in completing laughably simple streaks daily, weekly or monthly?
11. Give me some examples of what someone would do to bridge the gap between where they are in business and where they imagine they ultimately want to be.
12. How do you suggest people record activities to be completed?
13. Why record that you have completed these activities, how does that help growth and achieving goals?
Get their book, Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results and download the Streaking app to help you implement the concept of Streaking, you can have the highest probability of having your ideal business and ideal life.
Visit their website by going to www.streakingmastery.com.
Below is a business success resource to help you implement one of the areas we discussed.
A “Me File” is simply a place where you keep all the great comments people have said about you, your service, your staff, and your firm. You can keep an electronic document as well as a manila folder with cards or tangible things people have sent you. When you feel your confidence slipping to less than 100% for what you offer, read all the great comments people have said about you over the years to get your confidence cup flowing over again. So many times we disregard all the great comments people share with us and think that “that is my job.” Keeping track of what people send you and what they say about you will help increase your confidence when you need a little more to call prospects, meet with prospects, or just any time you want to feel good about what you do in this world for people.
When you look at your “Me File” and read all the great comments people have said about you, how do you feel?
To download a simple way to track your glowing comments from clients and people who have worked with you, go to ht
4 Tips for Helping You to Stick To Your Goals
Today we are talking about 4 Tips for Helping You to Stick To Your Goals, so you have the highest probability of achieving them in the timeframe you desire.
We’ve all been there before…we find a goal that inspires us and we commit to doing the work…until life derails us. Whether it was that vacation, your assistant suddenly quits, or death in the family, the truth is life sometimes distracts us from our goals. Dealing with the disruption is one thing, getting back on track can be another.
Okay, Let’s get going with the 4 tips to help you stick to your goals so you can get back on track and stay on track.
Tip #1: Focus on the Reward - Not the Work
Wise sages advise us to “be in the moment,” but let’s face it - you don’t always feel like running that last mile. You’re human; sometimes you lose your motivation in the middle of having to “do the work.”
If you’re losing your motivation, switch your focus on the reward. Focus on the good feelings of having accomplished your goal and how much easier it will be the next time because you will have broken through another limiting belief.
“We only learn our limits by going beyond them.” ~Unknown
Tip #2: The Have-To’s Sometimes Turn into the Want-To’s
The work involved with achieving goals can feel like a “have-to” in the beginning, but they often turn into a “want-to” by the end of the process. They become a positive habit - a healthy way of being - while the work part eventually melts away.
This happens because it’s not always about the end result - it’s about the person you become as a result of the process.
When you learn a new way of living - a way of living that better represents and supports your true potential - things that used to be a “have-to” transform into a “want-to.”
“Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” ~Charles A. Jaffe
Tip #3: It’s Who You Become in the Process
The person you woke up as today may not be the same person you wake up as tomorrow - or the day after that - or next week - or ten years from now.
While it’s impossible to predict exactly who you’ll be in the future, it’s a safe bet that you will not be the exact same person.
Life is a process of constant change and transformation. Each day we learn more about ourselves, which results in greater clarity of our true desires. The path between where we are and where we want to be becomes more clear and focused, creating a deep and focused desire to see the process through.
Setting goals - and the work involved with achieving them - is not so much about the end result, as much as a deep, and often indefinable, desire to fulfill our greatest potential. To grow - to expand - to become all that we can be.
The person you end up becoming by the end of a journey (the process of goal setting and achieving is most definitely a journey!) is not the same person who started the journey. Achieving goals teaches you that you had what it took to achieve something you maybe weren’t sure you could, in the beginning.
The process teaches you that you had more than you thought: more guts, more stamina, more determination, more commitment, more skill. The process shifts your perceptions, increases your self-esteem, confidence, and uplevels your mindset - all of which changes how you feel about the ‘work.’
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as
what you become by achieving your goals." ~Zig Ziglar
Tip #4: Do You Want To Start Over Again?
When you realize that each decision could carry a consequence, you can begin to make even better decisions. If you spend energy and time doing the work, it doesn’t take too much “undoing” or “starting again” before you discover you do not want to do something twice or three times if you only have to do it once.
We see this time and time again in people who uncon
3 Steps to Writing an Effective Business Plan that Inspires
The idea of starting your own business can be exciting and inspiring, but for most small business owners, writing an effective business plan is not considered an exciting part of starting the process; therefore, many choose not to create one or update it on a consistent basis. Traditional business plans can be very dry and uninteresting, so you are about to learn how to create an effective business plan that not only gets you excited, it will inspire you, and others, to take action.
The length and details of an effective business plan will be determined by the type of business you’re creating or updating the one you currently have. The key is to create not just another business plan, but an effective business plan that inspires you, and others, to take action.
First, let’s get clear on the essential components of an effective business plan:
• Executive Summary
• Market Analysis
• Company Description
• Organization & Management
• Marketing & Sales Management
• Service or Product Line
• Funding Request
Part 1: Executive Summary
The executive summary is the most important component of an effective business plan because it will be the first thing the reader sees. This is where you’ve got to grab the reader’s attention and inspire them to support your vision through your mission statement. Provide a history of your company, its current standing, and future vision.
Although the executive summary should be the first component in the business plan layout, it should actually be the last component you create. Once you have completed all other components it will be easier to come back to the executive summary and nicely tie in key points.
Part 2: Market Analysis
This is your opportunity to shine and highlight your knowledge of the industry. This will also be where you will identify your target market and what you know about them. Take this opportunity to spotlight comprehensive market research and projected profit margins.
Part 3: Company Description
Keeping it brief, describe how all the elements of your business fit together. This component should include how the nature of your business makes you unique and the primary factors that will make your company a success. Be sure to clarify the marketplace need and how your company is poised for a competitive edge.
Part 4: Operation and Management
In this component, include your business’s organizational structure, details about ownership, and profiles of your management team, if you have one. This is also where you would include information on the board of directors or advisory board. Outline a plan to keep your staff in place by detailing salaries and benefits. A key factor in this section is to clarify what kind of incentives and bonuses will be provided to keep your staff motivated and employed.
Part 5: Marketing and Sales Management
Use this section to share your vision for getting and growing your customer/client base - as they will be the lifeblood of your business. Clearly define and explain a comprehensive market strategy that will be flexible to changing market needs.
Part 6: Service or Product Line
Here is where you will want to focus on the distinct advantage your product or service has over the competition. Emphasize the benefits to customers/clients and why they will be inclined to choose your product over the competition. Also include ideas and visions for future products and services. Be sure to carry your passionate message throughout this section and back it up with concrete data.
Part 7: Funding Request
A vital component to an effective business plan. Clearly define the amount of funding you are requesting and long-range strategies that could impact your ability to repay the funding. Outline best and worst case scenarios and back up your request with financial statements. Voice your