Articles Tagged ‘Goals’

Why we struggle to achieve our goals

Monday, November 19th, 2012

“Why do you struggle year after year to achieve your goals and dreams?”

Every time I speak to an audience, I ask this question and I always get the same answer – “We are lazy.” I couldn’t disagree more. The average professional in the US puts in more hours than any other time in human history.

There are two simple reasons most people struggle to reach their goals.

1. They don’t take the time to put together a set of goals.

2. They are easily distracted from these goals.

That’s it. It has nothing to do with your social media strategy, your sales staff or value proposition. The truth is that the human brain can accomplish just about anything as long as it stays focused on a meaningful goal.

Most people have convinced themselves that their success is directly related to the number of different initiatives they have going at any given point in time. The opposite is true.

Ask yourself the following question – “Do I want to be average at 15 different pursuits or the BEST at 1?”

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies
317-576-8492
cjm@goreachmore.com

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5 steps to winning your race

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

ScottManning

Ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing right now leading me closer to or farther away from my goal?” It’s an important question that I talk about often here because it’s theonly way to make sure you are staying on track.

When you set goals for your life when you determine the things you want to do, the direction of your future, you have to persist and follow-through. Better said you have to run through the finish line.

I’ve never heard in all my life a better analogy to accomplishing anything than something I heard just the other day from a dear friend, she described life like a cross country race where throughout the race you may often and almost certainly will experience cramps but stopping only makes them worse and definitely does not take you closer to the finish line; and every course has it’s hills which you must accelerate to overcome. Whether cramps or hills, you must always run through them.

Just think for a moment about the cramps in your life, the hills you have and are
climbing right now. Every day we experience these sometimes unexpected, others
completely predictable, but, no obstacle impedes you or takes you off the track if
you are running towards and then through the finish line.

Now in some ways there are many little races and always some track to be on, in your
business you are always running towards your goals and objectives your persistence
is what pays.

In life, your race affects every part of your being and your business and no matter
how bad the cramps or the hills you keep running through them because it really is
the only option.

Let’s get very practical for a moment and I’d like to talk to you about a few
strategies or tools to help you ensure progress and success towards your finish
line.

First, you need a support system, a team of people, cheerleaders on the sidelines, a
coach, guiding you, encouraging you along. When you may feel like quitting is an
option, you won’t when you have support. I always say no one person can find success
on their own in life, we should live so long to afford that experience and mistakes,
you must learn from other people.

Second, you need to always stack the deck in your favor, always put yourself in a
position of power, never weakness. This translates to being strategic and logical in
your approach to challenges and potential problems. Think before you act, set
yourself up for success.

That leads to the third point, to have a plan in advance, and then stick to that
plan to a “T” you may need to adjust but always continue moving, and the reason you
decided on the plan to begin with is because it was solid and thought out clearly,
so set the plan and then execute it, aggressively, assertively, committedly.

Fourth, you must accept that the race it going to be hard, but the reward, victory
is sweet, and crossing that finishing line is glorious and worth every step, foot,
hill, and cramp of the way.

Fifth, be ready to sprint. In business this is about finding something that works
then leveraging it, then accelerating it, then scaling it to maximize your return.
If you have something that gets new customer and offer that’s effective, you’ve got
to get it in front of as many people as possible.

In life, so important, once you are on the home stretch you must turn up the heat,
don’t look back, drive forward and run through the finish line, not up to it,
through it. Sprinting at the end is more than just your second wind, it’s about
saving just that little bit extra to push you through the final steps to culminate
your victory and race onward into the future.

So many people, everybody at some point in time, stands up, slows down, checks the
competition, they lose sight of where they are going, it’s human nature, but that is
always solved by look ahead, straight forward to the vision of the finish and the
life/business/success/happiness beyond the finish line.

Now your objective is to keep your eyes locked on what you want, your heart set on
your goal, and then run, run, run through the cramps, the hills, the obstacles and
challenges, run through the finish.

Always the hardest thing is what leads to the sweetest reward, there is a saying, a
book title actually that goes like this – “what got us here, won’t get us there” and
that is about your present and future life. Relying on the past will never get you
to the future you want.

In business you must implement ideas, innovate, be a doer, and positively never give
up on the vision you have. The same goes for life.

There is really no more helpful message that I can give you than the message of
reality, of the race you are running whether you acknowledge it or not. Of course
with life, you are either going forward or backwards, it’s not like a car, there is
no standing still. No neutral, either you are moving closer towards your goal or
farther away from it.

In the famous movie the saying goes, Run Forest Run, insert your name there unless
it’s Forest, and keep on keeping on.

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Chief Reminding Officer

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Over the past decade, I have become passionate about reading books and have at least 2 going at all time (non-fiction, Twilight and Harry Potter are not in the mix). I highlight, underline and reread my favorite passages to ensure that I get a handful of key messages from each one before finishing the last chapter.
This past week, I had a first. A passage struck me as so important that I not only underlined the message, I included 2 stars and wrote “Yes! Yes!” in the margins. I realize this makes me sound like a gigantic dork.

The passage, from The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni articulates a concept I have been working to get across to my clients and audiences for years.

“Many leaders fail to over communicate because they get bored saying the same thing over and over again. This is understandable. Intelligent people want to be challenged with new messages and new problems to solve, and they get tired of revisiting the same topics. But that doesn’t matter. The point of leadership is not to keep the leader entertained, but to mobilize people around what is most important. When that calls for repetition and reinforcement, which it almost always does, a good leader relishes that responsibility.”

In other words – we all need to keep the main thing the main thing. In a world, where it’s easy to get distracted, it’s critical that we stay on task. Leoncioni believes that “great leaders see themselves as Chief Reminding Officers as much as anything else.”

If you struggle to focus on what’s really important, check out www.ThriveMap.com.

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies
317-576-8492
cjm@goreachmore.com

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What’s your Villain?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

A good friend of mine recently recommended that I pick up a book called “The War of Art” by Steve Pressfield.

The book is built around the premise that there is this force within each of us called “Resistance” that keeps us from achieving our big dreams.
It characterizes this resistance as a villain out to stop us from making even the slightest bit of momentum.

Pressfield points out that this villain can’t be deterred or reasoned with and like the Terminator, it will not stop until you are completely defeated.

I really enjoy the metaphor and a fresh approach to an old problem – excuses.

Within each of us lies the ability to do just about anything. However, most people settle because they have convinced themselves that big dreams are for other people.
They build excuse after excuse after excuse for their unfortunate position in life.

How’s the villain keeping you from your goals?

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies
317-576-8492
cjm@goreachmore.com

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