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How to Increase Your Time & Energy R-O-I

I was flying home after attending an amazing conference, the National Speakers Association Annual Convention. For the last 4 days I have been expanding my knowledge base by studying and listening to some of the best speakers in my profession.

As I poured over my multiple pages of notes on the flight home, I came to the realization that not one single idea matters … until I take action to implement it into my business.

It’s been said that knowledge is power. If that is true, then we should all be powerful beyond measure. The internet allows us access to more information now, than at any other time in the history of the world!

The truth is that most of us possess more knowledge than we need to be wildly successful. And yet … so many people wallow in mediocrity.

Why? Because they fail to consistently execute on the actions that really make a difference in their businesses. It is easy to get distracted by the “other” things that dilute their results.

So that got me thinking …

What if … you agreed to limit your focus on the 3 most productive ideas or actions each and every day?

I know what you’re thinking … 3 …. just 3 … you mean like 1, 2, 3 and stop? Are you serious?

The key to getting a higher return on investment (R-O-I) of your time and energy (T & E) is to consistently take action on the most important and impactful tasks.

Here’s how …

7 Steps for Increasing your Time & Energy  R-O-I:

  1. Make a complete list of all of the things you want and need to accomplish for today.
  2. Mark a letter D next to all the things you can delegate, along with the  person’s name who can take ownership of the task (delegate it)
  3. Prioritize the remaining tasks in order of importance by placing an A, B, or C, in front of each task according to its importance (you should have multiple A’s, B’s, and C’s) If you have all A’s you have a serious problem … start over!
  4. Now rank the A’s in order according to their impact and importance. For example A1, A2, A3, A4, etc. You should only have one number for each A. Then do the same for the B’s (B1, B2, etc. and the C’s).
  5. Now as Nike says … just DO IT! Start at A1 and work your way down the list.
  6. Complete this exercise daily for the next 2 weeks.
  7. At the end of 2 weeks … do it for another 2 weeks!

The idea here is that if you are consistently taking action on the 3 most important tasks each and every day, the most important tasks will continuously rise to the top. The less important tasks will be pushed to the bottom or need to be moved off the list.

And when you do … 

Not only will you accomplish more than you ever have, you will experience the ultimate R-O-I on your time and energy.

Yes knowledge can be power … ONLY when it is combined with ACTION.

So now that you know this … what are you waiting for?

Hey Don’t Wait … I Got An Idea!

This week we’re talking about ideas …

After pondering the topic I had this realization … ideas are simply thoughts that when acted upon, materialize in the physical world.

For example, the Empire State Building was just an idea that formed in someone’s mind. It took action and a whole lot of collaboration to make it come to life.

How many times have you had a brilliant idea  … THAT YOU NEVER TOOK ACTION ON?

Three months later you see your idea materialized in someone else’s business, family, career, relationship, etc. and you say  to yourself, “I coulda, I woulda, I shoulda!”

It is the actions that you take that bring your ideas into existence and sometimes taking action is the only thing  holding you back from being more successful.

Just think if Nicolas Appert never invented the idea of canning food in 1809, Ezra J. Warner might not have been the one to invent the can opener in 1858. Both of these inventions were simply ideas that were acted upon.

So the next time you have an amazing idea … ACT and act fast.

The longer you wait the greater the probability that you will never bring your idea into existence … and someone else will.

It is better to bring an idea that is 70% complete into this world than to NEVER bring an idea that is 99.99999999% complete …

So what amazing ideas have been rolling around in your mind lately?

And you were waiting for what … ?

Hope and Change and Change and Hope and … Get Over it!

Webster’s dictionary defines hope as a feeling.

It states … hope is “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.”

I believe that hope begins with a thought, a frame of mind, and that thought causes us to feel a certain way, and then we act on that feeling.

Nearly 4 years ago the world was filled with the idea of hope, actually hope and change. Four years later many people are filled with a sense of hopelessness because promises that were made were not kept. In many ways some folks are worse off than they were four years ago.

If you sat around and waited for someone else to step up and deliver you a basket full of hope, I can’t imagine you’re beaming with hope right now. And for the record it doesn’t matter who’s driving the bus!

This is not a statement about politics, it is a gentle reminder that no one … absolutely no one … is going to fulfill your dreams.

Not the government, your employer, the church, your spouse, your favorite sports team, or any other external factor … CREATING YOUR DREAMS AND ACHIEVING SUCCESS IS TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY UP TO YOU!

Sitting around and waiting for someone else to give you what you need will lead you down a path alright … a path that ends in hopelessness.

If you’ve lost your senses of hope lately here are 10 things you can do right now to take back control of your life and renew your sense of hope:

  1. Agree to take 100% responsibility for everything in your life … no excuses!
  2. Stop hanging around negative people who don’t line up with your values, your beliefs, or don’t believe in you … regardless of who they are.
  3. Stop watching the television and reading the newspaper. My friend Kama calls them hopesuckers and she’s right, they will literally drain you of any hope you that you have quicker than you can say lick-ity-split!
  4. Start reading books that will help you get what you want. Here are 3 I recommend: The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer, The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Choprah, and Power versus Force by David Hawkins.
  5. Decide that you already have everything you need in this moment to get the results that you want.
  6. Start meditating on a daily basis so that you can clear your mind of all of the distractions and old beliefs that are getting in the way of your dreams.
  7. Remember this is your one and only one life and that you are never too old to realize your dreams. Colonel Sanders was 66 years old when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  8. Live as if everything you do will be the last time you will ever do it. Your last blog, kiss, sales call, etc.
  9. Remember that you are amazing and extraordinary and you have limitless possibilities.
  10. When and if you start to lose your sense of hope go back to the beginning of this list and start again …

Hope begins with your thoughts … so think big and never let anyone else tell you that they know better than you, what you need or what you are capable of …

That is my hope for you!

Doing What Matters Most … It’s as Easy as 3-4-5?

Have you ever gotten to the end of your day and had this realization …

 I didn’t really accomplish a “d–n” thing today!

So you grab your to-do list and write down what you did do … 

And then check those items off your list so you felt like you actually accomplished something.

Okay let’s see …

  1. Stared at the wall for 45 minutes … check!
  2. Played Words with Friends ® for 1 hour in the morning … check!
  3. Stared at the Wall and Played Words with Friends ® for 1 more hour in the afternoon … check!

Yes, we’ve all been there, spent our precious time on tasks that don’t contribute to the results we really want. They simply keep us busy and give us a false sense of accomplishment.

So how do you stay focused on getting done what matters most?

Here’s 3 Easy Steps to Help:

  1. Get Clarity – First of all you have to be crystal clear about the results you need to get in your business. Believe it or not some folks are not clear about what they are responsible for?  Ask yourself: What is the end result that I need to produce? For example: Generating revenue, Creating websites that generate revenue, etc.)
  2. Define The Actions – Define what 3 actions will give you laser-like focus so you can accomplish those most important tasks. In my business, my 3 actions are:
    • Talk to people who need a Speaker, Coach or Consultant.
    • Talk with people who know someone who needs a Speaker, Coach, or Consultant.
    • Speak, Coach, or Consult, and be so “d–n” good that they want more or want to tell someone else about me.
  3. Apply The 3-4-5 System ™ – Commit to doing those 3 things for 4 hours a day 5 days per week. That’s it!

So are you game?

I dare you to try the 3-4-5 System ™ for just 1 week … and if you do I will promise you 3 things:

  1. You will be more productive.
  2. You will feel so much better about yourself and your results.
  3. You will have more time to spend playing Words With Friend ® (and you won’t feel guilty about it)

Oh … by the way … It’s Your Move!

Goals: Know When to Hold ’em and …
January 19, 2012, 7:25 am
Filed under: Aliveness, Empowerment, Goals | Tags: , , , , ,

“You got to know when to hold ’em,  Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, And know when to run.”

                          Kenny Rogers

Are you kidding me … you want me to fold on one of my goals?

I’m only into the 3rd week of the New Year!

I know what you’re thinking … if I drop one of my goals that means I’m giving up … quitting, folding like a cheap suit, laying down, and rolling over!

No, I’m not saying to give up.  I’m asking you to look at your 2012 goals list and ask yourself, “In order to have a successful year, do I have to accomplish ALL of  these goals?”

You see sometimes in our enthusiasm to make sure we have our best year ever, we can get a little over zealous with our goals. We make a list of 37 goals in our business life and 27 more  to accomplish in our personal life … and we never complete the list.

Yes, of course we all want to be successful!

And … wouldn’t it be better to focus on the 2 or 3 really important goals, instead of  getting frustrated because we didn’t accomplish the list of the 64 less important ones?

The old saying is true, “Sometimes less is more!”

Still not sure? Here’s a few ideas:

5 Clues That It Might Be Time To Fold One Of Your Goals?

  1. It’s been on your list since January 1st and you just noticed it today … for the first time.
  2. You wrote it down in a secret code and then burned the paper you wrote the key on so that no one could decipher it … including you!
  3. It’s the same goal that’s been on your list … for the last 10 years.
  4. Each morning you lay your list in the dog’s food dish hoping that the “dog will eat your homework!”
  5. You see it on your list everyday and you’re still wondering … who on earth put THAT there?

Still not sure?

If you’ve answered yes to 2 or more of the above … maybe … just maybe … you need to let that one go.

Besides, you can always tell everyone that your Mom accidentally threw it in the garbage!

The Power of Positively Persisting!

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions and change, it may be obvious to all of us that we need to be persistent in the pursuit of our goals.

Webster defines the verb persist in this way:

  1. To continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, or course of action in spite of opposition.
  2. To last or endure tenaciously, to be insistent in a statement, question etc.

Yes we all want to succeed in achieving our goals. We want to be tenacious and endure, in spite of opposition.

For many of us this means that we put a laser-like focus on our actions making sure we complete our daily or weekly to-do list.

However persistence in action will only take us so far.

We need to be even more persistent in watching our words and our thoughts making sure that we always speak from a positive perspective, especially when it comes to ourselves.

If we take positive actions, but they are in-congruent with the polarity of our thoughts and words, eventually our actions will begin to align with those not so affirming thoughts and words.  And then it will simply be a matter of time before we find ourselves heading in the opposite direction away from where want to go.

So today make a commitment to watch your words. Keep an ear out for your word choices and notice when you catch yourself talking about the difficulty of a task, how stupid you feel, or how hard it is, etc.

It may take some time to retrain your brain but it can be done.

Below is a list of 6 words you can begin to weave into your dialogues to get you started:

  • P – erfect
  • E – xceptional
  • R – ewarding
  • S – pectaular
  • I – deal
  • S – imple
  • T – rust

Try it for the rest of the week and see what happens … trust me … I’m sure you will do exceptionally well … probably be spectacular on your first try … and I promise it will be simply … rewarding!

For a spectacular list of  other positive words by Bob Hitching’ go to: Positive Words

Goals: Focus on the Positive!

It has been scientifically proven that humans have a predisposition to focus on the negative. It seems to be inherent in our programming and reinforced by our upbringing.

Just think about the time you came home with 5 B’s and 1 D on your report card. Where did your parents focus their attention?

When we set new goals especially at the start of a new year many of us begin by looking at the past year and asking ourselves “What didn’t I like?” or “What didn’t I accomplish?” We focus the 20 lbs we didn’t lose or the sales quote we didn’t hit.

So we make a list of what we want to accomplish in the new year followed by a list of all the actions we will take to achieve our goals.  Week 1 we’re knocking it out’ve the park … we’re excited … and we say to ourselves … this will be our best year ever.

Two to three weeks into our new program we may begin to wane a little and start to slip back into old patterns.

If this should happen to you here are 3 things you can do to get yourself back on track:

  1. Focus on the Positive – Make a list of what’s working, what you’ve done right, and the progress that you’ve made
  2. Speak in the Positive – Especially when speaking about yourself. Use positive words and phrases i.e. “I have an opportunity to improve even more next week”  versus “I didn’t hit my goals this week” or  “I am improving, I am doing better” versus “I can’t,  I never, I won’t.”
  3. Decide to be Positive – Remember in a mere nanosecond you can decide to change your beliefs and your thoughts. And changing your beliefs, changes your behaviors and that will change your results. You are that powerful.
American author James Baldwin said this,  “I’ve always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.”
Based on that quote you might as well think positive … it’ll get you much further in life and I guarantee you’ll be much happier!


Want Your ...

How many years before have you sat here on this very day …. yes, a few days before the first of the year thinking about how next year was going to be better!

You think about all of the things you want to do differently and yet deep down inside you have doubts and uncertainties.

Many of us have a great desire to change and yet we don’t have a system in place to keep us consistent and focused.

Even more true is that many of us say we need to change and yet when it comes time to making a commitment and being held accountable we simply back off.

We believe that we can do it all on our own even though we never have been completely or even partially successful in the past.

What if you could insure that next year was really your best year ever?

3 Questions To Ask Yourself:

  1. Do you want to be more productive than you ever have been in a single year?
  2. Are you willing to commit to a process that will change your life? Really?
  3. Would you be willing to make a small investment in yourself so that you can achieve your best year ever … next year?

If you answered yes to ALL 3 questions than you need to enroll in this program: (5 slots  are left)

 You will participate in:

  • Monday through Friday calls at 5:15 AM (Pacific Time) each day (We all call into a conference line) The calls last about 15 minutes so you can begin your day fresh and energized at 5:30
  • Once a month Goals call session live with a coach and group – usually the last Friday of the month – we work through a goals review and planning packet and use a consistency calendar which are provided each month for you.
  • Group inspiration – when you hear others doing their actions, getting results and believing in the process – it’s contagious. If you’ve ever felt like you just needed a friend to encourage you – this is it.

Here’s how the weekly calls line out:

  • Monday Agreements Day – you have your weekly plan in place by this call so you begin your week ahead – and will state the 1 to 3 actions you want to be accountable for during the week.
  • Tuesday – check in – Topic tips (each month is a new topic to help you
  • Wednesday – check in – task temperate taking – Begun or done?
  • Thursday – guest coach with their take on the theme and check in
  • Friday – Accountably check in – did you do what you agreed to?

The investment in yourself is only $150.00 each month and includes:

  • Goals – A monthly goal planning session
  • Accountability – 20-25 group calls every month.
  • Encouragement – Group Inspiration and support.
  • A System – A proven system that has worked for countless others to achieve your goals.

Call today there are only five slots left and the program starts this Friday with the first goals session!  


Have an extraordinary year!


What if you only had 7 minutes … left on earth?
September 29, 2011, 5:38 am
Filed under: Aliveness, Empowerment, Self Improvement | Tags: , , , , ,

Okay so it sounds like an absurd question? And yet I was asked to answer it … today!

I was filling out a survey in order to do some work with a woman I consider to be a master speaker and coach (all of us need coaches).

As part of the process,  I had to fill out a survey of filled with some very poignant questions. One of those questions was this: As a speaker, if you only had 7 minutes to speak to people before you left the planet … what would you say?

Excuse me … pardon me … 7 minutes…. are you kidding me!!!! I need more time! Can I have 7 hours, okay how about 7 months, even better 7 years … and that’s my final answer!!!

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t think about how much time we have left here and yet the truth is this: next year at this exact time … some of us won’t be here!

So if you only had 7 minutes to talk to people before you died, what would you say? Would you tell everyone what you think is most important in life, would you tell them what to do or to remember? Or would you tell how they should live their lives?

So here’s what I would say:

  1. Everything in your life is perfect and unfolding exactly as it supposed to be. There are no coincidences. Trust the process!
  2. One of the most important decisions you will make is whether you believe you live in a friendly or hostile universe – Einstein
  3. Your sense of self worth and value is directly proportionate to your level of success in life.
  4. You are an amazing incredible extraordinary being created for an amazing purpose. You just have to uncover it and it’s imprinted on your soul. It’s there … look deeply because sometimes it gets covered with lies and old beliefs that don’t serve you or anybody else anymore. The key to discovering the truth about you lies in your ability to push through your fear and truly love yourself and others. Do that my friends and you will get as close as you can get … to heaven on earth!

So that’s what I would tell everyone and I didn’t need 7 minutes!

So what about you … what would you say?

If you really think about it … if it’s that important that you would be willing to spend the last 7 minutes of your life telling everyone on earth…

Maybe you should tell them … today?

Ch … Ch … Ch … Change? (Gulp)

As a consultant I have come to the realization over the years that not every company who says that they want change, really does.

The reasoning varies and here’s just a few of the reasons I have observed.

5 reasons I believe that organizations don’t change:

  1. Leaders are not willing to be honest with themselves.
  2. Some people are just not willing to do what it takes to commit and see the change all the way through.
  3. People don’t like to be uncomfortable.
  4. People fear the unknown (change).
  5. Some folks prefer the status quo … even though it’s not working!

Change can be hard for many reasons here are a few:

  1. It requires leaders and their employees to let go of old beliefs and find new ways of thinking and doing.
  2. It requires the willingness to sacrifice short term comfort in order to get a payoff that is not always immediate.
  3. It requires the leaders of a company to really examine the fears that have prevented them from moving forward and to take 100% responsibility for the results they are creating in their organization.
  4. It takes time, sometimes more time than people are willing to invest.

Here are 10 ideas that need to be embraced if you want an organizational transformation to be successful:

  1. ALL of the leaders (especially at the top) must be bought in to the change or your process will be slowed dramatically and more than likely fail.
  2. Have a clearly defined vision, mission, and values (beliefs) of the change you wish to see.
  3. Communicate that change throughout the organization down to the very last employee consistently and in a variety of venues.
  4. Involve key leaders and positions in various levels of the organization to increase the buy in and begin weaving the change into the culture of the organization.
  5. Remove the obstacles and barriers that prevent change from flowing up through the organization. Communication needs to flow bidirectionally between the different levels of the company.
  6. Realize that not every person is the right person in the right position and that not everyone of your employees has unlimited potential (including some of the leaders).
  7. Be willing to go “all in” in order to get where you want to go, there really are no short cuts.
  8. Let go of the people who are not willing to change.
  9. Define measurable attainable milestones to make sure you’re on track and moving forward.
  10. Remind yourself of the “why”  (the reason ) you are changing. This will help especially when you bump up against obstacles … and there are always obstacles!
So how are you transforming the culture of your organization? Are you seeing the results you need to take the company to the next level? Need help?
Call and let’s have a conversation about what’s happening in your organization and how you can transform your culture starting today!!!