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DNF? WTF?

DNF?
If you are not a competitive athlete you may not be familiar with the term DNF. Well, I got one this last weekend. If you don’t know what it is, let me give you a little hint. It’s not a medal!

Most of my regular readers know that I’m an Ironman triathlete and I’m passionate about the sport for many reasons. I’ve researched and interviewed many Ironman athletes to find out what makes them tick…and what makes them successful. I’ve boiled this winning formula down to ten key elements and I’m going to discuss a few of those as it relates to my DNF.

Let me first start by giving you the definition of DNF. It means Did Not Finish. For many people, that would be the end of their world. I’ve seen some really sad displays of emotion when this happens. Many people train for months or even years to be able to compete in an event of this type. When things don’t go the way they plan, it can be very emotional. Some might even characterize it as emotionally devastating. 

Reframing the Situation
I’m of a different mindset. Sure I’m disappointed and I would have preferred to finish. But this was the call that I voluntarily made. I think every experience in life is valuable and I can say with complete honesty that I’m glad I had the one that I did. 

Why? Because I made this call, I got to learn something about myself, I got to encourage other people that experienced the same disappointment as me, and I got to watch my two friends cross the finish line. In retrospect, what I gained from the DNF was of far greater value to me personally than if I had another medal to display in my office.

Allow me to give you a little background. I’m in my heavy busy season and there is a lot of air travel involved. I had just spent a week away seeing customers and before returning home, I got on a plane and flew 2000 miles to do this race. I arrived in San Diego, which by the way is a really beautiful city, and checked in for the race. 

Following race check-in, I proceeded to drive almost five hours round trip to meet with a business associate. When I returned to my hotel, I was able to squeeze in four hours of sleep before race day. It would be foolish of me if I did not admit that I was physically and mentally exhausted. And, in my perfect 20/20 hindsight, I probably never should have signed up for the race to begin with as I knew I had a lot on my plate. 

That my friends is the first lesson. I bit off more than I could chew.  From a training perspective, my coach did a stellar job getting me ready. Her plan was sound and all the training leading up to the race was perfectly tailored for me to have a successful and enjoyable race day. And then I screwed it all up!
Here’s what happened. I had a great swim in very rough water and a fast bike start for the first 34 miles. But I quickly hit the wall and I realized that even though I could probably finish the race, I might pay a heavy price. So, I analyzed the current situation and I made a decision.

In my decision-making process, I had to take into account the fact I was going to fly home to sleep in my bed for a few hours and then leave the next morning for two weeks on another business trip. I made a call, and that was to “pack it in.” 

This decision was based on what I know about my body. Though I do not get sick often, when I do, I usually experience some serious respiratory issue. I felt I was possibly at risk and I couldn’t afford to compromise my upcoming business meetings as well as my first college parent’s weekend for my freshman daughter.

Again, I admit that I was disappointed. But I think of a famous line from one of the 1980’s Dirty Harry movies.

“A man has to know his limitations.”

Wow! I found mine in this instance. 

Knowing Your Limitations
If you have ever made this mistake of thinking that you could accomplish more than was reasonable you’ll understand what happened. First, let me state that there is nothing shameful about knowing your limitations. We all have them. And, the person that recognizes them and can use that knowledge to create success in their lives, instead of self-doubt, will enjoy greater happiness and more positive outcomes. 

I don’t just think this. I know this first hand and anyone can apply this simple process of experiencing, learning, adjusting, and growing to their lives. If you understand positive framing of life’s experiences, your non-successes can be used as building blocks for greater accomplishments in life. In fact, I’d argue that it is these experiences, though sometimes unpleasant, are of the greatest value.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to share my study into human potential as well as my experiences as a businessman and Ironman competitor with other like-minded people. My research into the success elements of an Ironman has enabled me to identify ten critical elements (10 IronMan Mind Elements) that are shared not only by Ironman athletes but also by the most successful individuals in their fields. 

Elements of Success
It is important for me to note that these elements are not mutually exclusive. One element could have bearing on another and it is up to the individual to interpret how to best apply them to their lives. I’m going to share with you my perspective on a few of those elements as it relates to my DNF race experience.

The very first element is determined

A person with an IronMan Mindset is determined. They never give up. They would rather die than quit. They believe that the sacrifice of preparation always pays off and the reward is always within reach.

DeterminedHmmm…so by that definition, the most logical first question is how could I have the IronMan Mindset if I voluntarily DNF’d? My answer is that it all depends on how you interpret this precept. First, there is the issue of the individual intent. They would “rather” die than quit. 

Depending on the situation, taken literally, some people might actually choose to die! I’ve seen people push themselves in these races to the point of hospitalization. I guess it is all a matter of perspective of the breadth of your life and what is important to you. I can’t make a judgment on an individual’s choice to push themselves to this point. But, I can’t see anything in my life that would put it as a #1 priority.

The second key issue is your definition of reward. Again, this will differ by individual. Many people are geared towards instant gratification and they are inflexible and sometimes inpatient as to the rewards they seek. For me personally, I used the IronMan Mind element of “insightful” (which I’ll talk about next) to balance the element of “determined.”

My choice to DNF was not based on any injury or any pain I was feeling. In fact, I would have probably pushed through those issues. This wasn’t my first race and I’ve experienced significant physical challenges during full Ironman races and used mental fortitude to overcome them. In this particular instance, I was taking into account the bigger picture in my life. 

When it comes to rewards, the experience I had was a much greater reward than a piece of metal attached to a ribbon. And, I’ve committed to returning next year (under less stressful conditions) to participate again and get that medal! The particular reward of finishing a race and getting that recognition medal will come for me, but it will just be delayed. 

For me, that’s what not quitting is about. If I never went back to do the race again, that would be quitting in my mind. Again, this precept will have a different meaning for different people. I don’t believe that there a right or wrong except for not to use it in your life as it suits you best.

The second IronMan Mind success element that I want to explore is insightful.

A person with an IronMan Mind is able to see the big picture and realize that failure, pain, and disappointment are all part of the process. They relish struggle. They know that life contains all elements of emotion and one must experience them all in order to fully appreciate their meaning. They realize that life is greater than anyone particular moment in time and are able to step back from a situation and make an assessment of where it fits in the grander scheme of life.

InsightBeing able to put this particular instance into a perspective of my larger life was a key factor in my decision to terminate my participation in the race. Again, my decision was a weighting of what I felt was most important in my life and where my priorities were. I had to look at my current condition and make a decision as to what the best course of action was. My decision was not one of emotion as I had plenty of time over eight miles of my final bike ride to consider the consequences.  

I always analyze my decisions after the fact. But I never regret them. To do that would be a waste of time. We can only learn from our experiences and use that knowledge to shape the direction of decisions we might make in similar future circumstances. 

Whenever you are faced with a change in plans because of an unexpected occurrence, take the time to consider your next steps. Don’t make a rash decision and once it has been made, don’t regret it. Move forward with a positive attitude and make the best that you can from it.

The final IronMan Mind element I’d like to share is benevolence.

A person with an Ironman Mindset has a high level of awareness of their surrounding environment and are helpful, kind, and encouraging to others in need.

BenevolenceAfter I turned in my race timing chip to the Ironman officials, I walked the run course to find my friends who were participating and also watch the other competitors. I saw a woman sitting on the curb quietly sobbing. I also saw that she had a participant wristband on and figured she had also DNF’d. As I walked over to her she looked up and saw my wristband and knew I was in a similar situation. I sat down next to her and it wasn’t more than minute before she really broke down and just let it out. I guess she was just waiting for someone to share how she felt.

This wasn’t her first race either. She told me it was her tenth Ironman and nothing like this had ever happened to her before. I think because I had also just experienced the disappointment I could be truly empathetic to her situation. 

We talked about IronMan Mind principals and she vowed to return next year and conquer the thing that held her back. Honestly, I feel blessed to have been able to have my experience help to comfort another and act as a catalyst for us to talk how to reframe success, learn, and spend the rest of the day with an optimistic viewpoint. I’ll never forget how this made me feel and it was truly one of the rewards that I can take with me wherever I go in life.

Did Not Fail
I think DNF really stands for Did Not Fail. Because you never fail if you don’t give up. Sure, I gave up my chance to finish this particular race and get a cool medal for something I felt was more important.  I chose self-preservation over doing something that I believed could possibly be detrimental to myself. And now, I stay mentally and physically healthy to continue this race called life.

There will be some that will agree with my actions and some that will not. The most important thing for you to consider when you are faced with temporarily deviating from your goals is that this is your race; no one else’s. You alone earn the right to determine your future and how you decide to frame your life. Is it Did Not Finish or Did Not Fail? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

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Maximize Your Time and Double your Productivity by Setting Goals

Write Down Your Goals

Goal setting is an essential skill that effectively helps to add hours to your work week, and is a very worthy skill to master. The only hard part is in taking the first step and getting your first goals written down on paper. After your first try, you will probably find it so effective that you will start wondering how you managed to survive so long without written goals!

 Goal setting gives you a sense of direction, a roadmap that points you to exactly where you want to be, without needing to meander through the wilderness and wasting a lot of time in the process.

 According to a survey at Yale University in 1953, only 3% of the graduating class had written goals. Twenty years later, it was found that the 3% who had written goals had amassed a net worth greater than that of the other 97% combined! This is concrete evidence that goal-setting on paper truly works, and should be carried out by everyone, especially since it is so easy.

However, one critical point to take note of is to set realistic goals. A goal to earn a million dollars online when you have yet to make your first dollar will only end up frustrating yourself and making you feel extremely useless. At the same time, a goal should not be so mundane that it does not excite you at all.

Dare to think big, but make your goals reasonable. Look at someone you know and admire who have achieved what you hope to achieve, and strive to beat him at that. Once that is accomplished, look for someone of a higher standard, and repeat the process until you reach your definition of success. DO not be afraid of writing your goals down, as you can always go back to change them later on.

Of course, you should always strive to stick to your goals, but being realistic is also extremely important, and if there is a need to make any changes, do not be afraid to do so. Goals are a roadmap for where you want to go but they should also be flexible so that you can face the challenges that will come to you along the way.

So go forth and add goal setting to your arsenal of weapons, and watch hours magically sprout into your workweek!

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

 

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The Power of Regret

No Regrets

A popular saying is to “live life with no regrets.” Well…wouldn’t that be nice! I’m sure that saying doesn’t mean to live life with abandon. It’s probably more about embracing all the things that you might wish to try without fear. Whatever the reason, I believe it is a mistake to discount feelings of regret.

Let’s examine the definition of regret. Webster’s defines regret as “a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done.” The definition describes negative emotions. Probably the most common emotion is a disappointment in situations or with yourself.

But, regret has a purpose. Having regret for things that we may have done wrong to someone means that you have a conscious. It means that you have an understanding of right and wrong and that the regret you feel is an indication that you wish to be an agent of positive influence. Regret is usually experienced in regards to some personal action you have taken. But, you can also regret situations that are beyond your control.

Most of the time, regret causes some level of internal angst or pain. Remembering the details of bad decisions or failed relationships is not fun for anyone. It’s probably a lot easier to just try to forget about it. But if you do that, you miss a great opportunity to grow.

If used in a proactive manner, regret is a growth tool that can be used for positive change in your life. If you don’t feel regret, you miss the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and regret can actually be a motivator for action.

Because most of us don’t like the feeling of regret, we are more likely to take action on things to try to fix them. This is called “inspired action.” And, it is the lessons learned in the past which we draw upon to take the proper steps to avoid repeating regretful actions. So, in that sense, regret can be a positive emotion if used as a motivator for inspired action and positive change.

Sadly, many people don’t use regret as a learning experience for growth or change. They hang on to those feelings of guilt or remorse…sometimes for a lifetime. The results can have damaging effects on both the mind and the body and self-blame often causes people to disengage from everyday life.

The most common results of hanging onto regret are depression and other mental health issues. Studies show that regret can also result in chronic stress, which negatively affects hormonal and immune system functioning. Regret impedes the ability to recover from stressful life events by extending their emotional reach for months, years, or lifetimes.

With conscious effort, you can tackle regret and turn the emotion into a positive influencer that works for you.

Here are three actions you can take:

  1. Look deeper into the reasons for feeling regret over a situation. Regret, as described earlier has a purpose. It is one way that our brain tells us to analyze our choices because the actions we are taking will result in a negative outcome. If we’ve already taken the action, it’s best to recognize the consequences and change direction instead of doing the same thing over and over again. Analyzing regret can be a very powerful tool. The intense feeling of regret is one of the factors used by those that suffer from addiction to get treatment; often times saving their lives.
  2. Don’t waste time on things beyond your control. First, don’t place blame on yourself for situations beyond your control. Recognize them for what they are and move on. Also, don’t ruminate too long on past mistakes. Analyze what you did wrong; decide on a course of action; then move forward. Forgive yourself and then earn that forgiveness by making changes in your actions moving forward.
  3. Reframe the situation. As self-deluded as some people can be, there is no such thing as a perfect person. Usually, most of the successful people you encounter in the world have failed and mistakes as the foundation for their current fortunes or happiness. You just don’t hear about those things. Everybody makes mistakes and mistakes can be opportunities to learn important lessons about yourself. They can teach you new ways of reacting, values, vulnerabilities, triggers, as well as dealing with other people. Realize this aspect and reframe the situation into a positive, self-correcting experience.

People tend to think of regret as a backward-looking emotion. We regret things in the past. But regret isn’t just a backward-looking emotion, it also looks forward and it can be a powerful emotion which affects our behavior in the present. Be proactive about how you experience regret and you’ll find life to be happier and a bit more productive.

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

 

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Who Are You Leading?

Leadership

There’s an old saying, “leader of one, leader of many, if you can’t lead one you can’t lead any.” If you are not leading yourself, someone else is leading you…and it may not be the person or people that you want! Being a good leader in business or in life takes a lot of hard work as well as a conscious effort of self-development.

There are some people that are naturally talented when it comes to leadership. For most of us, however, it’s a skill that needs to be developed. The good news is that anyone can develop the skills necessary to become be a leader.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t willing to pay the price it takes to get there. People want things quickly and that’s not the way it works in leadership. It takes a sense of purpose and patience. Becoming a good leader doesn’t happen in a day.

You don’t read a book on leadership or go to a seminar and all of a sudden become a good leader. It takes an effort to learn and to grow. Leadership growth is a process. Quite frankly, it takes a lot of getting out of your comfort zone, checking your ego, admitting you don’t have all the answers, and being humble.

Back to that first quote, “leader of one leader of many, if you can’t lead one you can’t lead any.” The first step to being a good leader to others is learning to lead yourself. Sadly, there are so many managers in business today that have it all mixed up. They think that being a manager, or being the boss, is being a leader. This belief couldn’t be further from the truth.

What’s the difference between management and leadership? Simply put, management is about doing things right. Leadership is about doing the right things. Measuring productivity, checking what time someone comes to work or how long they take for lunch might be important management activities. But, doing those things is completely different from inspiring a team to accomplish a common goal, or helping an employee to discover their inner potential. That’s leadership.

One of the better leadership definitions comes from John Maxwell who says, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” Influence as a leader starts with yourself. After all, how can you expect to influence others to “do the right thing” if you don’t possess or display the skills or behavior necessary to demonstrate that you can lead by example?

People aren’t going to follow you just because you have a title. Oh…they may pretend to in order to keep their job, but you’re getting things done using fear rather than influence. Most likely the people that “pretend” to follow you aren’t giving you the best that their skills have to offer.

Learning to influence yourself probably means that you will need to take a close look at who you are. This will involve taking a personal inventory, determining those areas that you wish to develop, constructing a personal development plan, and executing on that plan. If you are honest with yourself, you’ll probably find lots of areas to develop!

Don’t worry, everyone has development areas and there is usually no quick fix or fast development program that you can take to address them. Sustainable personal leadership growth is a lifelong pursuit. However, most people overestimate what they could do in a day or week but underestimate what they can do in a year.

To borrow a sports analogy, this is not a sprint race; it’s a marathon. You use different strategies in those races. A sprint involves a high focused expulsion of energy to achieve a goal. You cross the finish line and it’s over.

I’ve done marathon distance running in athletic competitions. This type of race is not my favorite. Sometimes it seems to go on, and on, and on. I succeed in completing that type of race because I realize that sometimes the strategy is to put one foot in front of the other at a measured pace. The key is consistency.

Developing your leadership skills happens in much the same way; taking a measured pace and working at it consistently, every day. If you take this approach, you’ll find that your personal leadership growth can make big developmental strides in a year and huge leaps forward as time goes on.

Are you ready to step up your game as a business leader? Learn to be a better self-leader and you’ll be amazed at how great your ability to influence others to greater productivity and success increases. A good way to get started is to pick up a leadership or personal growth book that can open up ideas and improve your knowledge and skills. There are literally thousands of choices great choices in this category. To make things easier, I’ve created a list of the top 50 personal growth books for you to choose from. Just Click Here to access your copy of the list.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you start or where you start your leadership growth program. Just get started!

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEBSITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: 

Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

 

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Who Do You Serve?

Leading

In the post, Who Are You Leading?, the concept of self-leadership as well as the practice of servant leadership was discussed. Self-leadership is the first step to becoming a more influential leader. After all, if you don’t have the goods, you can be an effective leader. And, you can’t give what you don’t have.

The practice of servant leadership takes the focus off you and puts it on others. If you are a religious or spiritual person, you’ll find many examples of this precept in your faith. It has been said that “you can get anything you want in life if you help enough others get what they want.” While the issue of servant leadership has been around for thousands of years, it’s as powerful and relevant today as it was then. The concept of servant leadership is a philosophy that enhances the lives of individuals and builds stronger organizations.

A traditional leadership style is one that is based on the “belief” that power is bestowed on the leader and the exercise of that power comes from the top. The power exerted is viewed as coming from tradition (those that held it before) and emanating from the position; not from the person themselves.

While this leadership style is widely practiced today, it comes with a whole bevy of problems. New ideas are not always welcome by this type of leader. It’s usually a “my way or the highway” type of attitude. This type of leader shuts themselves off from the immediate knowledge of what changes are occurring in the team. Leaders of these teams typically have high turnover because employees grow frustrated at not having input to either their individually assigned tasks or the goals of the team as a whole.

Alternatively, a servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people that they lead. They don’t attempt to accumulate power in a traditional top-down leadership style but instead share the power, put the needs of others first, and help people develop and perform as highly as possible. This type of leader realizes that true power emanates from the team and is bestowed upon the leader. It is a position that is earned and one that in practice can be significantly more effective than the common traditional leadership style in practice today.

Robert Greenleaf was the first to coin the phrase “servant leadership” in his 1970 book The Servant as Leader. He said that “the servant-leader is a servant first.” The desire to serve is a fundamental characteristic of the servant-leader style of leadership. This positioning is not one of subservience; rather that of wanting to help others in a manner that meets the needs of colleagues, customers, and communities.

The servant leadership philosophy has been widely written about and expressed in many contexts. Some of the best-known advocates of servant leadership include Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, M. Scott Peck, John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rhon, Margaret Wheatley, Larry Spears, Kent Keith, and Robert Greenleaf.

Becoming an effective servant leader is not something that will happen overnight. But the good news is that anyone can adopt and learn this leadership style. If you’ve made that decision, delve into the writings of the authors listed above. In the meantime, here are three things that will get you started in becoming a greater servant leader.

  1. Be a good listener: You have two ears and only one mouth and you should learn to use them all equally. That means you need to listen more than you talk. Take the time to get to know people.  Don’t just listen to what they are saying but listen to how they are saying it. What emotions are they using? If you are meeting someone in person, what does their body language say? Sometimes just words alone don’t really tell you what you need to know about a person and you will need to use your other senses to find out more information. Listening will help you understand the needs of others.
  2. Be Empathetic:  Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and think about what may be going on in their life. You really can’t show empathy unless you know the person you are interacting with and you can make connections to experiences in your own life. Get to know people you do business with—they are people too! Remember that people don’t really care about you unless they know you care about them.
  3. Have a good heart: Be committed to helping others. Kindness and generosity will make people feel better about you as a person. It will also make you a happier and more positive individual, which can only help contribute to your successes in life.

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar 

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEBSITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: 

Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

 

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3 Simple Steps to Successful Goal Setting

Yearly Goals

It happens every year; people set goals and New Year’s resolutions. It is driven by innate desire to be something bigger, better, maybe a little different than what you are today. Life can be a wondrous journey if you are brave enough to look in the mirror, do a self-assessment, and step out with a new plan to create a better you.

It takes a lot of courage to do an honest and critical view of the person that you are today. In fact, for many people, it is either too painful a task or they’ve gotten lazy and just given up. Sadly, everyone wants a better life but not everyone wants to do what is necessary to get it.

A recent study by The University of Scranton shows that 84% of the population had no specific goals at all, 13% had goals but they were not committed to paper, and 3% had clear written goals and plans to accomplish them. Which percentage do you fall into? If it’s the 84%, don’t worry. You can change that! And, NOW is the best time to do it. In fact, there is nothing magical about January 1. Anytime is the perfect time to set goals. So, if you’re reading this in July…don’t wait six months to set new goals for yourself. Do it now!

The one thing that almost every personal growth expert agrees on is that focusing on “making a better you” can have a huge impact on your success in life. So, whatever it is that you want to achieve or to become; richer, healthier, a better athlete, a better parent, or a better spouse; if you don’t set goals and plans to achieve those goals, the probability is high that you will fall short of realizing your desires in life.

Goals are “an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.” They can be big goals like the kind you set on New Years Day, quarterly goals, weekly goals, or daily goals.The size and duration don’t matter except in how you execute the tactical portion of achieving the goal. A goal is a goal and the process for identification is the same regardless complexity.

If you are ready for a change in your life, all you need to do is take three simple steps. These steps are so simple that you might think they couldn’t work. Surely the formula for successfully accomplishing goals is a complicated one, right? Wrong!

In fact, one of the top reasons that so many people fail in realizing their goals is that their expectations are either unrealistic for the time frame they set, or the strategy that they devise for goal attainment is too complicated to achieve. Again, all you need to do to move towards a better life is to take some simple steps.

Three Simple Steps

Make a List

Step 1: Make a List 
Making a list is pretty simple, right? The reason you want to make a list is that research shows that people who write down their goals have a much higher likelihood of accomplishing them. Even a daily task list is nothing more than short-term goals.

In fact, the statistics go something like this. If you make a goal and don’t write it down, you have a 21% chance of successfully accomplishing it. If you write it down, that statistic rises to 72%. If you write it down and you tell someone, the probability of success goes up to a whopping 86%!

It doesn’t matter how you make your list. You can use your mobile phone, you can use an app or time management software, or you can simply use a notebook and pen to create your goal list. In fact, the latter is a very good method because research shows that the kinetic action of putting pen to paper when writing your goals (as opposed to typing it), increases memorability as well as the probability of successful goal attainment. Once you have your list of goals for the year it’s time to go to step #2.

Step 2: Order Your List

Hopefully, you’ve got a pretty good list of goals you want to achieve. Now comes the important part. You will need to order your list from most important to least important. Order of importance can be based on whatever ranking you wish to use but I recommend that you look at the things that are going to have the biggest positive impact on your life and those should be the items that are at the top of your list.

Really spend some time on this and analyze what it will take to accomplish these things. Determine how long it will take, what resources you will need, and what potential challenges you will face during the quest to obtain your goals.

It is important that your goals be measurable and that you have a timeline for accomplishing them. A goal without a deadline is nothing more than a wish. Once you have gone through all of your goals and you have analyzed, ranked, and put some detail to each goal you are ready to move to step #3.

Law of Limitations

Step 3: Employ The Law of Limitations

Finally, here’s the secret sauce to accomplishing everything on your list. You are going to slap your forehead and say “gee whiz” when you read this.

“You purposely limit your list.”

I call this the Law of Limitations. You probably can’t do everything you have on your list and if you try to, you’re likely to fail. Don’t set yourself up for a situation that can be demoralizing. Hopefully, you were able to determine the effort you needed to put forward to achieve your goals in step #2. The biggest impediment to accomplishing what you want is the same one that everyone has…time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day but how you use that time makes all the difference in the world.

Try to be realistic about the effort and time you will need to put forth to achieve your goals. This is the biggest trap that many people fall into. They get excited and overly optimistic about what they want to do. It’s good to dream big, but you have to also be realistic about the time frames needed to accomplish your goals.

This doesn’t mean that you scale back on your goals. It just means that you think about the fact that it might take a little longer to achieve some of them. You’ll also want to build in a little “cushion” to account for the unexpected challenges you might face along the way.

One of the greatest benefits to achieving your goals comes from The Law of Momentum that says that once you start moving, it gets easier and easier to keep moving forward. When you can finish what you started, and reap huge benefits from attaining your goal, you will be excited and energized about tackling the next challenge. The converse is also true and is also a big reason that many people fail to achieve their annual goals. They are not realistic about the time factor and get demoralized. Then they give up. Don’t be that person!

What happens if you achieve all the goals on your list before you planned to? That’s wonderful! Reap the rewards and get ready to add some new goals. Everything extra you achieve after that is a bonus.

If you use these three simple steps, I’m positive that you’ll have much greater success in attaining the things that you want in life. Benefit from The Law of Limitations by applying it to your annual goals, your quarterly goals, or your daily task list. Make your goal list a manageable one and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labors. 

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

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