Articles Tagged ‘Goal setting’

I Don’t Really Care as Long as He Has Teeth

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

SerinaKelly

I was at a local Panera Bread getting a hot tea while waiting for my next appointment when I overheard the lady in front of me tell the gentleman she had just met in line she was looking to meet a man – and her criteria – he just better have his teeth. She said she just couldn’t image having a man in her life that would take his teeth out in the evening.

After I giggled a bit, it made me stop and think – wow, what are our priorities when it comes to things that are important in our lives? I can tell you honestly that when I was in the market several years ago for a worthy relationship, I made a list – and it was a bit more involved than someone having all his teeth. That didn’t even make it on my list, but glad my awesome husband does anyway!

The point being, I made that list and starred about ten things that were very important to me to have – tucked it away and actually forgot about it. After about six months of dating Shawn, I ran across that list, and guess what – he fit all but one of those starred qualities. And the one he didn’t, it wasn’t that important really – it was he enjoyed dancing, but I’m fine with him just enjoying my dancing!

Okay, back to the point I’m trying to make here. It’s the Law of Attraction – what you want is probably right in front of you, but you may not be clear on what exactly that is. Whatever you do in life, be specific with what you want. Write down your goals, get someone to hold you accountable to it, and go after them…even if it’s just a man with teeth!

Serina Kelly
Relevate
www.getrelevate.com
serina@getrelevate.com
317-203-7740

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Do You Really Want What You Want?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Today while working out at the YMCA, I noticed a heavy woman on the stationary bike slowly peddling and reading a cook book! She didn’t seem like she was in much of a hurry to get anywhere. It started me thinking, how we sabotage ourselves. Of course I’m assuming she was trying to lose weight, not just hiding out reading her casserole cookbook. Maybe she just wanted to learn how to cook.

Losing weight is hard, working out is hard and doing both is even harder. What do you have to do to get what you want and be successful? Is it work hard? Maybe not.

I think the first thing is you have to know what you really want. Like the woman on the bike, are you trying to go backwards and forwards at the same time? Like the “jumbo shrimp cocktail?”

How often do we say “I want to be healthy” while we’re eating another piece of cake? To be successful and get what you want you must have a compelling personal commitment to something that is really important–to you! When you’re engaged in “the thing” you don’t worry about the time or what you’re doing. For me it’s being at the YMCA lifting weights. Why is that you ask, I have no idea but when it’s “weight lift day” I can’t wait to get to the gym. Is it because I want to be healthy, partly. The other reason is I like the feeling of getting stronger. Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed at 6AM but usually I do it. I’m just passionate about this part of my workout. I hold myself accountable by checking off the machines as I use them and carefully note the weight on each machine. Occasionally for whatever reason I miss a week and I feel awful. I try and remind myself of the bigger picture and get back on the wagon.It’s hard losing weight and working out; it’s even harder if you live across the street from D&D., Dunkin Donuts.
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Are You a Merchant of Doubt or Opportunity?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

It seems these days that all the media wants to talk about is how bad the economy is doing. With the continual talk on the airwaves and the Internet about everything from the debt crisis here and in Europe, to falling consumer confidence, it seems that if the media had it their way, we’d simply all give up hope, stop doing business completely and let full-blown economic Armageddon ensue.

I want to challenge you to think very differently about these Merchants of Doubt as I call the media, by offering up a few ways to move forward with greater success by developing and keeping a positive mindset despite what the competition or media think!

Here are three, simple, yet highly effective, mental strategies to help you combat
the merchants of doubt so you can secure the space in a consumers mind, as Dan
Kennedy describes, and serve more people.

#1. Become a merchant of opportunity. This is not the time to be down, especially
when talking with customers and prospects about how your business is doing. People
seek out and prefer to do business with people that are successful and make them
feel good. This is Marketing 101, but so many businesses still manage to mess this
up.

With cost-cutting in fashion, far too many businesses continue to skimp on training
or paying better wages to attract and retain better people. I’m always baffled as to
why this is still allowed to happen.

Attitude is a huge component in the sales process, and so many firms let poorly
trained or negative employees sabotage their ability to win new and repeat business.

With the cost of getting new customers time and fleeting attention proving more and
more difficult, happy customers are a huge plus and heres why: they talk to other
people they know, which often turns into referral business.

This unpaid advertising is the MOST VALUABLE, period! End of discussion.

The equation is simple:

Happy Employees + Happy Customers = Greater Referrals

#2. Ask for regular input from your best customers. Your best customers are a gold
mine for several reasons. They know you best, and, if asked, they will often tell
you what they like the most about you and how you can get better.

This is always valuable, but the real goldmine is when you ask them for advice on
additional product/service offerings that they’d like to see.

For example, when I worked in the ad agency business several years ago, we always
asked our top clients what else they’d like to see us offer.

This was extremely valuable, and better than any focus group of complete strangers.

In addition, before we ever rolled out a new service, we always went to our top
clients first to get their reaction and feedback. This not only saved us a ton of
time and effort, but it also provided our best clients input and a voice in the
creative process.

As you might suspect, when we circled back to them when the new offering was ready,
many of them were more than willing to meet with us, and several of them signed up
immediately, thus increasing our ability to serve them and positively add to our
bottom line.
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One Pomodoro, Two Pomodoro, Three Pomodoro, Four!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

“I’m having so much fun with this! Getting more done leaves more free time left to surf!” – Bev Sanders, Las Olas – Surf Safaris for Women

I recently read an article about productivity and time batching by guest blogger Joshua Leatherman in Michael Hyatt’s e-newsletter. Time batching, if you haven’t heard of it, is a productivity process that allows you to maximize your focus and concentration by reducing distractions. What attracted me to the process is that it claimed to help increase productivity, creativity, and mental sharpness.

Once I read about the Pomodoro Technique, implemented it, and experienced the benefits, I couldn’t wait to share it with my coaching clients and friends. If you feel you could benefit from greater productivity, mental sharpness and creativity, read on!

Most of us allow distractions, both external and self-imposed, to govern our priorities and our actions. (I am talking to myself here too!). Did you know that it takes, on average, 15 minutes to recover and regain focus after being distracted? Are you aware that multi-tasking is a myth? There are numerous studies to support the claim that multi-tasking actually decreases our productivity and creativity. And did you know that our tendency is to focus on menial tasks as a way to procrastinate and avoid the most important things that need to get done? Gasp! Yes, it is true.

So, what exactly is a Pomodoro and what is the Pomodoro Technique? Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. The technique was invented by Francesco Cirillo, an Italian innovator in process-improvement techniques. He had a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato and named the technique after the timer. Cirillo has used the Pomodoro Technique to help many teams and thousands of people around the world make the most of their time.

The technique has 5 simple steps:
1. Choose a task to be accomplished
2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer. I use the timer on my cell phone)
3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK- or, give yourself a reward)
5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

Simple, right? Simple but not easy. You have to be motivated enough to actually DO it.

Here is a link where you can download a Pomodoro Technique Cheat Sheet. On the same page you can find out more about the Pomodoro Technique.

I have used the technique for a group of easy tasks in a single 25 minute “set,” and I’ve used it for multiple “sets” and have found it to be beneficial. Being focused and diligent about eliminating distractions has helped me to get more done in a lot less time.

Here is what another coaching client had to say about it:

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