Trust in yourself …..

If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.
Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1)

Are you ready to burn you ships and get riches?

In 1519, Cortez landed on the new world with a small army. His men were heavily out numbered. Cortez ordered the men to burn the ships. Then he said that the only way to ever see home again was to be victorious. They would either be victorious or die. His men were victorious. 

Retreat is easy when you have the option. When your only choice is success, you leave no room for hesitation. You waist no effort keeping doors open.  All of your effort goes into your conquest. 

Are you ready to commit so heavily to your goal that you will burn or ships or are you going to court failure by keeping your escape route open?

Write your goal down or give up already!

The power of written goals is well documented.  In a Harvard MBA study, students were asked if they had clear written goals and plans to accomplish them.  Only 3% had clear written goals.  Ten years later, those 3% were earning ten times as much as the other 97%.  Not on average.  Combined.  Three people made ten times as much as the combined earnings of 97 people.  This means that those 3% earned more than 300 times on average than their other classmates.  Note that this isn’t just written goals but HAD A PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THEM.  In another study, Dr. Gail Matthews found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals simply by writing them down.  Study after study as well as personal experience proves that writing your goals down makes it significantly more likely that you will accomplish and exceed your goals.

So why does writing your goals down make them more likely that you will accomplish them?  Here are a few benefits of writing your goals:

1.) Focus: Writing your goals out forces you to be very specific with what your goals really are.  When you write your goals down, you clarify what it is that you really want.  It allows you to spend some time to make sure that your goals are complete and pieces aren’t left off.

2.) Prevents goal creep: Goals that aren’t written down tend to change over time.  Sometimes they change in big ways.  Sometimes in little ways but when your goals are always changing, it makes it difficult to make the many small decisions that will lead you to success.

3.) Prioritization: You can accomplish anything but you can not accomplish everything.  There simply is not enough time or other resources for one person to accomplish everything.  When you try to accomplish too many things, you end up accomplishing nothing.  Writing down your goals helps you determine what actions and decisions you must make today to accomplish your big goals.

The 15 characteristics of effective entrepreneurs

One person’s take on what make’s entrepreneurs tick:

In reality, entrepreneurs have a wide variety of characteristics.  Some may sound exactly like what is described here.  Many sound like the exact opposite.  Who ever you are, what ever you want to accomplish, don’t let anyone else’s definition of what you can or can not accomplish define you.

Set your own goals.  Put in the effort.  Succeed by your own definition and in your own style.

SMART Goals – Measurable

SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound) are a key way to double you effectiveness.  Your success on any goal comes down to Hours Worked times Effectiveness.  SMART goals help you prioritize your efforts which helps painlessly increase the Hours Worked and the Effectiveness of those hours.

One component of SMART goals, Measurable, is frequently only half considered.  You need to measure both the success toward the goal but (and here’s where most people fail) you must also measure the effort put toward achieving the goal.  I can’t even say how many times I worked with someone who was not accomplishing his/her goals who felt that he/she was really working hard on those goals.  Once we looked at their effort put in, we saw hours and hours each week waisted on Facebook, unnecessary research and low priority projects.  To accomplish your goals, pick a few broad measurements – 2 hours a day, 1 chapter a week, etc – and several specific measurements on high priority tasks.  For example, if you are starting your own home based business you may want to invest 3 hours a day (the broad measurement) which should include (high priority task measurements) 5 customer phone calls, 10 follow up emails and 20 postcards sent.  Track how well you are living up to those input measurements.  If you are not accomplishing your goals, this will give you information on which inputs need to be changed.

Alone

We were watching “Alone” last night.  Yes, I know.  Really bad TV.  It is a reality show where they dumped 10 men in 10 different places in the middle of nowhere with limited supplies and a satellite phone.  When one had a enough, they called the producers and were taken away.  The last one in the wilderness won $500,000.

The winner made a comment worthy of passing along.  Before the trip, his wife asked him, “what do you want to accomplish?”  He told her that he simply didn’t want to fail.  Then she asked, “Well, what does failure look like to you?”  She asked great questions.  What do you want to accomplish and what does failure (or success) look like TO YOU.  Before you start any big project or initiative in your life, ask yourself those questions.  Answering those questions early in the process will help you reach your goals and let you know when you have reached them.

Take wisdom where you find it

I’m not normally one to espouse wisdom found in Disney programs but take it where you can find it.  One quick scene in Disney’s Tomorrow land caught my attention.  Apparently in the back story, the father taught his kids that there are two wolves in each of us.  One is dark and angry, representing all the bad and hurtful impulses in our lives.  One is good and pure, representing our goodness.  The constantly fight.  Which one wins?  The one you feed most.

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