Protect Your Goal

A friend of mine explained to me the importance of protecting my goal. It took a few minutes of explanation to grasp the full effect of what he had said. But it has changed my daily outlook.

Most people don’t reach goals in their life because they let them die. My friend suggested that once your goal is crystal clear, you can reach it. But along the way, you must protect it. Here are three required strategies when you are considering your big life goals:

1) Let tomorrow’s goal inspire today’s action. If you are to reach your goal, let your inspiration come from the clear vision you have for success. Take daily actions based on the steps needed to reach your goal. Keep the goal clear in your mind every day.

2) Don’t let distractions blur your goal. There will always be distractions. If distractions make you question or change your goal, then they are negatively impacting your success. If you let distractions fill your day, then your goal will become blurry. Over time your vision for tomorrow will lose clarity.

3) Continuously adjust, but don’t divert. You will encounter failures, losses, mistakes, and obstacles. It is unavoidable. All of these are the cost of success. If you let them stop you, you have failed. But if you keep learning, adjusting, and moving towards your goal, you cannot fail.

If you are going to achieve big goals in your life, you need to clearly define them, and then protect them every day.

How to Avoid Being Average

averageThe average person is, well, average. Why would you want to be only average, when you have the chance to excel above average? There are a few things that you can do that will help you lift yourself to a performance above average.

The average person puts limited effort into being better. If you spend some of your energy to improve, you will become better than average. Here are three things that can help you get started.

1. Be with better people: If you want to be better, then spend your time with people that are better than you. They will help you set your vision on improvement. If you spend all your time with people that are not as good as you, then you will seem better than you really are.

2. Work on it every day: Improvement does not happen overnight. It also doesn’t happen just because you decide to get better. However, making small efforts to improve every day will make a huge difference over months and years of effort. No one becomes great without practice and effort. Put time in your daily agenda to invest in yourself.

3. Know where you want to be: Becoming better than average is a great goal, but better than average in what? I know it is impossible to be better than average in all things. You must have a focus and a target of what you want to achieve. Create a goal that you can track for your progress.

These three points are not difficult to implement. They do not require hard labor. To avoid being average you must think, plan, and act on what it is you want to achieve. However, most people are satisfied with average and quit. As Orison Swett Marden once said, “It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master’s fame.

Participation in a mastermind group is a great way to develop the skills to take you beyond average. You can find out more information about groups that are forming now, by registering at the following link:

Do You Know the Three Words of Success?

successEveryone has goals they would like to achieve. Normally success does not occur by accident. You can increase your level of success by learning a process for growing and achieving.

Let’s review the three words of success that you should know. These three words provide the basis of success regardless of the goal.

1. Awareness: The first step towards success is awareness. If you want to get from where you are to where you want to be, you have to start by becoming aware of the choices you are making. Some choices lead you towards your goal, and other choices are moving you away from your goal. No matter your goal, expanded awareness helps you make better choices.

2. Intentionality: The second step towards success is intentionality. Take action to turn your dream into reality. What you do matters. Your goal is attainable if you face reality, know where you are starting, know the cost to succeed, and then intentionally work at success daily.

3. Accountability: The third step is being accountable; not being accountable to someone else, but to yourself. The biggest gap in our success is the difference between what we know and what we do. Regardless of the goal we are trying to achieve, our knowledge is greater than our action. To be most effective most people need a third person or a neutral partner to help them with accountability.

Whatever your plan for success, you should continually grow and raise your awareness, act intentionally, and find someone to help hold you accountable to your goals. By continually taking these three steps, your level of success becomes unlimited. It won’t keep you from encountering set backs and making mistakes, but it will allow you to learn from your failure and moving forward.

A mastermind group is an incredibly powerful way to increase your awareness. Visit our mastermind page for upcoming events.


Celebrating One Hundred

achieve“I look at victory as milestones on a very long highway,” said Joan Benoit Samuelson. This post represents my 100th post. I have published one article a week for the last 100 weeks. I never had a specific goal or milestone when I started, other than consistently posting information that can help others.

As I reflect on what I think this site has provided, and how it should it should look in the future, I have these thoughts.

1. Embrace video as a delivery method. In the last two years, video has grown as the most popular method to publish a short message. I should record and post short videos as well as written messages.

2. Increase the email frequency to my subscribers. A newsletter once a month can easily be lost in the deluge of mail each of us receive. A short weekly newsletter might better serve you and I.

3. Make the content easier to search. I did not use search tags when I started 2 years ago, and I have never added them. I did not realize at the time how it would help find articles on specific topics.

Those are three thoughts that I have. If you have a suggestion for an improvement, please send me a message. Thank you for reading, and keeping me motivated. One hundred articles was not a goal, and it is not something I have achieved so I can stop and be done. It is just a achievement that motivates me to keep on writing!