INSIGHTS

The Key To Reaching Your Goals!

  When you set goals, you think realistically. You analyze your current situation and plan out steps on how to reach your goals. Goals are oriented toward a future outcome.
Goals are concrete. When I set my goals I feel focused and in control. At least I have the illusion that I’m in control because sometimes it doesn’t last very long? I’m sure you can
relate when I say it’s hard to stay on track because there are so many distractions. Then, when things don’t pan out as planned you’re inner critic will probably enter the picture and
have a heyday. Not a recipe for a lot of ease and freedom.

Here’s the key to reaching your goals: Set your Intentions!

Intentions are different. They are focused on how you’re “being” in the present moment. Creating intentions does not mean you abandon your goals. Goals are the concrete results of your intentions. An intention is not concrete, it’s energetic – it moves you to take the actions to reach your goals.

Instead of wishing, hoping and even trying to reach your goals setting intentions means Continue reading “The Key To Reaching Your Goals!” »

December – Time For A Break!

December can be a tricky month for many people and especially small business owners. You hesitate to start a new project or believe any marketing activities are probably lost in the hubbub of the season.

You don’t notice the stress creeping up until you feel completely overwhelmed. Taking a break, leave alone a real vacation, seems no longer part of your reality! You promise yourself that as soon as  things  let up a bit you’ll take that break but there never seems to be a right time.

Be honest now, when was the last time you allowed yourself a break from your business? Perhaps it’s time to get off your treadmill even if it’s just for a day. Rather than wishing and hoping for things to be easier and less hectic this December don’t just wish but make a conscious decision to carve out some time wholly dedicated to YOU! Continue reading “December – Time For A Break!” »

Leverage Those Little Spaces of Time

In the last few issues of INSIGHT (read them on this blog) I’ve focused on the big picture. Hopefully some of my musings have rubbed off and you’ve taken steps to create your vision for your business.

Last week I was at a very inspirational event for an organization  called Daily Acts. Their vision and work is grounded in the principle that simple, mindful choices significantly enrich our lives and world. Through daily acts of sharing relationships, skills and tools they’ve transformed hundreds perhaps thousands of households into self-reliant ecologically savvy homes and communities.  It has happened through consistent small daily acts.

What struck me is the cumulative impact that their small daily acts have had.  By consistently taking the small steps they have steadily moved towards their vision.

You can do the same in your business.  Continue reading “Leverage Those Little Spaces of Time” »

How Much Did You Learn

I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of having a vision for your business. Have I convinced you yet?  In this post I want to give you another suggestion to get ready for your 2013 planning. Before I tell you though, I want to remind you to make sure you reflect on what you’re celebrating. What goals did you set for 2012 that you can check off? Unfortunately, too often we’re just thinking about the things that didn’t happen. Let’s definitely give ourselves a pat on the back for our accomplishments.

So, here’s the other thing that can shed light how you might want to do things differently next year (actually you can start with this right away): Continue reading “How Much Did You Learn” »

The Right Time Is NOW!

A few weeks ago, David Villalobos leaped into the tiger’s cage at the Bronx Zoo. When asked why he did what he did, Villalobos said “everyone has a reason for what they do in life”. Mr. Villalobos’ reason was “a desire to be one with the tiger.” He was lucky the tiger didn’t have him for lunch – he truly would have been one with that tiger.

I believe that we’re all connected, that we’re all part of one consciousness. However, Mr. Villalobos’ desire of a direct experience of this oneness seems a bit too literal. Certainly not what I would encourage when I talk about the importance of knowing WHY you do what you do.

As business owners we soon will be going through our annual ritual of planning for the New Year. Yes, I’m talking 2013 and no, it’s not too early to start talking about this. The right time is NOW. You see, all that planning you’ll be doing hinges on you knowing why you are going through this exercise to begin with.

Why take the same old approach to that boring annual planning process? Try something a bit different and you may experience results Continue reading “The Right Time Is NOW!” »

Whoosh – Where Are You Going?

I still get the paper delivered – every day. Why don’t you just read it on line you may wonder? Well I do that as well. However, I’m getting the local paper for those articles you need a magnifying glass to find. The ones that never seem to make it to the on-line version. I’m talking about those little feel-good stories that put a smile on my face.

I found one of those little gems the other day titled “Car dealer surprises employees” The owner of a 47-year old car dealership was retiring and selling his business. He wanted to thank his 89 employees and gave each of them $1000 for each year served. ”I wanted to make a difference in their lives like they have made in mine”. Many of his employees had been with him for decades.

You probably wonder what this has to do with your business; you may not even have employees certainly not 89 of them. That’s not the point. I think this story paints a picture of a business owner who Continue reading “Whoosh – Where Are You Going?” »