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“Wow! That persons intense!” How many times have you heard that about someone? Being intense can be a phenomenal quality. However, In my unique business role I get to “see behind the curtain” of people’s relationships, health and finances. Over the past 20 years I’ve noticed that the intense person rarely has the best results. 

 

Intensity

Consider this, you should brush your teeth at least 730 times per year. What if you said, I’m going to be super intense and take a really aggressive approach on this and you were able to knock out all 730 times within the first two months of the year? Would that work out? It’s pretty intense though. 
Intense people often talk about working out and being healthy. Many January Gym Members use their regiment as a point of shaming those who are less intense. However, what we all know to be true in the realm of healthy living is that its best when achieved over time. 20 minutes per day far exceeds the hyper intense 1x per week visit to the gym. 
Certainly I don’t want to give the impression that I’m an advocate for going slowly towards or meekly attacking ones goals. Quite the opposite in fact. However, in this time of year when New Years Resolutions are falling faster than Atlanta Sports Teams I want for you to consider creating life habits not just guilty fallout.
Guilty fallout is the unresolved desires that you stack on top of last years failed or unresolved ambitions. 
Make certain, however, that you are creating the right or even best habits to achieve your goals. I often times see, regardless of intensity, people who are working on tasks or projects that will never lead them to their desired results. This is when having a mentor proves most beneficial; Most importantly being open to hearing and responding to their guidance and a willingness to change directions.
As you get started with your 2018 plans consider techniques which will allow you to be more like the the tortoise from Aesop’s Fable. Steady plodding but all the while gaining on your goal. 
Check out Schedule Your Success or Automation to find some techniques that will assist in your journey. Because we all know that when you plan ahead things generally are more successful. 

How would it feel to knock out your bucket list…..way before you kick the bucket?

When someone thinks of a bucket list it is only natural to think well into the distant future. Treating these dream items as distant wishes. I’d like to prescribe to you that you can begin dipping into that bucket list today!

 

Your Bucket List Today
Quite a while back I was fortunate to be invited into an elite study group. The study group consisted of many friends/peers who were leaders from around the country within the financial planning field. Our group, which was called Top Gun School, followed Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach Curriculum. If you aren’t familiar with Dan Sullivan or The Strategic Coach; I’d encourage you to make the investment in yourself. The investment is substantial however the return on investment is immeasurably life altering.

There were numerous exercises and growth moments throughout the eighteen month course, however one session in particular has always stood out. The idea that your dreams are actually much closer than you realize.

The exercise is quite simple. As with anything important its the execution that makes all the difference.

We began by taking a couple of hours in solitude to list all that we wanted to accomplish in our lives. Categorically we segmented the list into short term, medium and longer term objectives. A bucket list of sorts.

This is where the excitement grew for each of us. We began to list the necessary steps to make each of these dreams or big ideas become a reality. Next we began placing time frames/deadlines around each of our next steps. For many of us we began to envision completed projects or the coming fulfillment that was once a dream and now was a certainty

There was a realization that many items were well within reach in the near future when we simply prioritized our time and energy towards completion. It wasn’t long before we began sharing stories of monies raised, trips planned or simply the groundwork being laid out on some really big ideas.

I certainly don’t want to oversimplify the process. However, I firmly believe that when action items are applied to ideas results will surely follow. Michael Hyatt says it this way, “With action comes clarity.”

At Drive Planning we use the phrase (even hashtag) Be Intentional! The exercise that our Top Gun Group went through simply taught us to Live with Intention. Having an instructor, Kevin Murphey, whom we all looked up to and admired to hold us accountable certainly made a huge impact on each outcome. The best in any sport or field have coaches and mentors.

I want to invite you to create that Bucket List and begin reeling it a bit closer each day, week or month. Find a mentor/coach to push you. If our Be Intentional Package will help you, well all the better.

 

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Is Writing Dead?

October 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

Is WritingDead?

 

Is writing dead?

It seems like a viable question when you consider the amount internet usage that is attributed to video. In addition, much more business is being discussed via text messaging which is often abbreviated, truncated and cryptic if you aren’t up on the latest vernacular!

Personally, I love the art of writing. I didn’t say I was an expert but I do love the pursuit. Ensuring that proper pronunciation and spelling are in place and technically accurate is a skill. I fear it is a skill that will diminish over time when/if we become reliant on the fast and furious pace of video and shortened messages.

Fear Filled Facts:

  • By end of 2017, online video will account for 74% of all online traffic (KPCB).
  • 4x as many customers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it (Animoto).
  • YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of all people on the internet (YouTube).

No Fear of Change

Please do not mistake my message for a fear of change. I love being an early adopter to technology and utilize different mediums to communicate personal and corporate messaging. So, frankly maybe its just a little bit of nostalgia or an opining for the traditional that is the source of this blog, but certainly not the fear of change.

 

Practically Speaking (or Writing)

Cursive quoteWriting has a tremendous value to the person who is a student and takes the time to put pen to paper. And yes, I do actually like pen and paper as I sit and type on my MacBook Pro😉

Writing helps the author:

 

  • Organize thoughts
  • Become a better speaker and communicator
  • Get published and recognized as an authority or subject matter expert
  • Organized thoughts and presentations helps in becoming a better sales person, trainer or educator
  • It just feels good (Personal Opinion)

 

Regardless of how the internet traffic and corporate communication plays out the choice is yours! My encouragement would be to start writing! Sharing your thoughts and best ideas whether its via journaling, blogging or letters to someone you love will make for a great and lasting legacy for future generations.

Thank you for following my writings and longings at The Life You Can Afford to Live. Please also follow the diminutive writings which occur at Twitter and Facebook. However, if you just have to watch check out My YouTube Channel:)