Sunday, November 25, 2012

Must be High School Reunion Time

I can always tell when reunion season crops up. All I have to do is look at my blog analytics by keyword. 

Mind you, it's been slightly more complicated with the Olympics this year; I feel badly for everyone who came here only to find out that this site has nothing to do with gymnastics.  Note that I am also slightly concerned that the top "balance beam" search terms are "has anyone died on the balance beam," "balance beam deaths," "balance beam fatalities," and so on.  Morbid curiosity I guess. Either way, I got nuthin'. 

All that aside, today has been a banner day for reunion-related Google searches leading to my blog:

That's just page one but you get the idea.

Not sure how "tony horton naked" ranked so high. I'm innocent on that one!  *blush*

Anyhoo, since the demand seems to be there I figured I'd bump up a link to that post (clickety click the link):


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Monday, November 19, 2012

A Little Less Talkin' and a Lot More Action

Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed me with their goals.  Big or small, it seems we all have some lingering thing on our life "to do" list.  It begs the question, how do we actually DO it?"

How do we get from "I really need to start working out" to actual sweat? 

         How do we get from "I really need to get going on this book proposal" to seeing words organized on a page? 

    How do we get from the intention of whatever that thing is we want/need/been meaning to do, to making it actually happen?

Okay, so we've established that it's not easy.  Whether it's finishing a scrapbook or taking charge of our health, it can be really hard to get our arses in gear.   We say "no time" but of course that's a fake objection.  This is evidenced by the fact that we make time for other people and tasks.

I'll cop to it.  I've been complaining about not having enough time to work on this blog.  And yet somehow over the weekend I managed to help two friends with their blogs.

I know I'm not alone.  I'm surrounded by "givahs" and I bet you're one of them too.

So back to question:  How do we get past the talking (or whining or postponing) to the actual doing?

Going back to my Personal Strategic Management approach, I believe the key is focusing on three steps:

1. Internal
       * Transform thoughts, feelings, words, feeding only positive energy.
       * Visualize yourself at your goal and believe it will be done. 

2. External
        * Engage in the actions which will get you to your goal.
        * Focus on making the right choices and acknowledge yourself for doing so.

3. Support
        * Ask for help.
        * Feedback, physical assistance, accountability and/or just the time and space for #1 & 2 to be possible are all critical elements to success.

For most folks, once we get inspired into action, the tendency is to only do #2.   "Just do it!" and all that. 

The thing is, it's just not enough to make the effort sustainable.   The actions are very important; life is about choices afterall.  However, we must have alignment and energy from the inside-out as well as support from the outside-in get us to long-lasting success.  

So, now think of that thing you want to accomplish and map out what you will start to do differently to get to that goal: internal, external and support.

Surround that goal and conquer it!

Carpe diem,
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