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Posts Tagged ‘Persistence’

06 May
Are You Doing These 7 Keys to Success? Key Number 7
Posted by lois on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | permalink | trackback
Keep On Keeping On

Keep On Keeping On

As mentioned in previous blog posts, key number one in the seven keys to success, was to know where you are going.  Key number two was to develop a plan to get there.  Key number three was to implement the plan, key number four was to monitor the plan, key number 5 was to stay focused and key number 6 was to fail forward.  Today we will discuss key number 7, which is to never give up – keep on keeping on.

The 7th key in my seven keys to success is to never give up – keep on keeping on.  In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says:  ”The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune.  A few carry on despite all opposition until they attain their goal. These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, Edisons, and other outstanding achievers of the world.”  Many times we spend hours doing things like watching TV, playing games such as Candy Crush, reading posts on Facebook, shopping on the Internet or other activities that really aren’t very important to our lives and that will not help move us in the direction that we want to go. When we realize how much time we waste doing time-consuming activities that are not taking us in the direction we want to go, we can make better choices and pursue our goals. It’s easy to take instant gratification at the expense of our long-term goals. Persistence is the key to success.  If you do the right things every single day you will be successful. The key is to be persistent. Don’t give up.

I remember reading a book about a person who wanted to write for a living. Several years out of college, the individual realized that he had not written a single book. He realized that if he had written one page every single day he would’ve written several books. Little things add up. I also remember listening to an audio CD in which the person posted a sign in her office that read:  “You don’t have to do this the rest of your life; you do have to do it today!” So start with little daily actions and never give up – keep on keeping on.

If you need help holding you accountable with your actions contact me. Do it now as your first small action.

13 Jan
Are You Doing These 7 Keys to Success? Key Number 6
Posted by lois on Monday, January 13th, 2014 | permalink | trackback

Fail Forward – If Plan A fails, learn from it and move on to plan B

Focus on your plan.  If you fail, learn from it and adjust your plan and keep going.

Focus on your plan. If you fail, learn from it and adjust your plan and keep going.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, key number one in the seven keys to success, was to know where you are going.  Key number two was to develop a plan to get there.  Key number three was to implement the plan, key number four was to monitor the plan and key number 5 was to stay focused.  Today we will discuss key number 6, which is to fail forward.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all your plans were successful?  Well they won’t be.  When you fail you can do one of three things or variations of them:

1. You can quit. Give up.  Throw in the towel and have a pity party.   That won’t get you to your goal.

2.  Keep on doing what you’re doing and expect different results.  That is       the meaning of insanity.  If you keep on doing what you’ve always done you’ll keep on getting what you have been getting.

3. Evaluate what you have been doing.  Figure out what it is not working and change it or develop a better plan.

Item number three makes the most sense.   The key is to change what isn’t working and continue to do what is working and don’t give up. You only fail when you quit.

You might have noticed that I haven’t blogged since July.  I could do any one of the three items listed.  I could do the first one…quit and shut down my website.  That is not an option for me.  I could do the second item on the list and just continue in my path of not blogging.  That is not an option for me either since people go to my site for tips and information.  I like to give value to people whether or not they work with me so option number three is my choice.  I looked at my schedule and I am time blocking my time.  Today my main focus is scheduling a newsletter and blogs for both of my websites (my other website is www.CoachLoisG.com ).  So I evaluated what I was doing and came up with what I hope is a better plan.  If this plan doesn’t work, I will reevaluate and come up with another.

It is so important to have a strategy for your business and this is a great time to implement the steps I have discussed in earlier blogs.  This is step 6 in my 7 keys to success.  Go back and review the first 5 steps and make the New Year your best year yet.  Are you as successful as you want to be?  Please contact me if you want to learn more or would like some help.

12 Jul
Are You Doing These 7 Keys to Success? Key Number 5
Posted by lois on Friday, July 12th, 2013 | permalink | trackback
Stay Focused

Stay Focused

Stay focused – keep the main thing the main thing

 

As mentioned in previous blog posts, key number one in the seven keys to success, was to know where you are going.  Key number two was to develop a plan to get there.  Key number three: implement the plan and key number four was to monitor the plan.  Today we will discuss key number 5, which is to stay, focused.  Stay focused by keeping the main thing the main thing.  That might seem like an easy thing to do, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds.

 

I see a lot of clients that aren’t sure where they’re going.  If they’re having difficulty they may have a tendency to jump from one idea or project to another hoping that something sticks.  So it’s important to know where you’re going and then stay focused on the vision.  Have your vision posted someplace so you can look at it every single day.  Keep it in front of you so your mind can stay focused on it.  

 

Our minds have a tendency to wander and one thought will spark another thought and so on and so on.  That’s why they call them trains of thought.  Stay focused and keep the main thing the main thing.  Find your niche in your target market and stick to it. Don’t give up and when you have finally mastered that, then you can add something new; but not until you have it running like a well oiled machine.  If you try to do too many things at once you won’t master any of them.  Become the best in your field by staying focused on the main thing.  Let’s look at an example on a smaller scale.  Sally starts a home based business…let’s say she becomes a Mary Kay Consultant.  She starts off with a bang, but six months into her career, she is not happy with her results and someone convinces her to start another home-based business.  She starts selling jewelry, thinking that she will double her income with two businesses.  A couple of things happen.  First, some of her customers become confused.  They think that Sally is no longer selling Mary Kay and they order their re-order product from another consultant.  Second, Sally’s mind becomes confused and she doesn’t know which business to discuss with different people she meets so she doesn’t talk about either of them.  Sally becomes disheartened when her sales actually drop and she quits both and goes back to work in someone else’s business giving up her dream to be self employed.

 

I talk about the importance of having a strategy for your business.  Keep that strategy in front of you.  Stay focused and keep the main thing the main thing.  This is step 5 in my 7 keys to success.  Are you as successful as you want to be?  Please contact me if you want to learn more or would like some help.

 

21 Jun
Heartland Trail Strategy: Create a Strategic Plan – Achieve Your Vision
Posted by lois on Friday, June 21st, 2013 | permalink | trackback
Heartland Trail - Future Route

Heartland Trail – Future Route

The Heartland State Trail, which was legislatively authorized in 1974, is one of the oldest rail-trails in Minnesota.  In 2006 the Heartland State Trail Extension was legislatively authorized.  For years I remember the trail running through Park Rapids and I knew it followed an old train track.  Many of my friends would take their bikes and ride the trails.  I didn’t ride with them since I had very small children.  Now, all these years later, I am excited that the trail will eventually go very near to my area.  There are parts of the Heartland Trail that are completed, parts that are being worked on, and parts yet to be started.

The exciting thing is that it all started with an idea.  A group of people spent much time developing a vision and strategy for the Heartland State Trail Extension – Park Rapids to Moorhead Master Plan.  You can read the 115-page pdf document on line at: http://archive.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2011/mandated/110592.pdf.

 

This visionary team knew that this would be a very comprehensive and long project.  They also knew that if they didn’t start it then nothing would happen.  The crazy thing is that time keeps going on whether or not a project is completed.  When I went back to school to get my Masters degree I knew it might take me 10 years.  I also knew 10 years would happen whether or not I got my degree.  

 

It is fun to see some of the future heartland trail system coming together. Last year I did quite a bit of rollerblading in front of the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, MN.  I was blading on the Heartland Trail.  To the east of Detroit Lakes we have had road construction for the last 2 to 3 weeks.  They are creating a box tunnel that goes under the highway in which bikes and snowmobiles can go through as they are riding the Heartland Trail.  That portion of the trail will extend from Detroit Lakes to Frazee.  Little by little the Heartland Trail is being pieced together.  Eventually, it will run from Cass Lake all the way to Moorhead, Minnesota.  

 

Now, let me ask you what your plans are for your future?  What would you like to accomplish?  What do you want to achieve?  Where would you like to travel?  Create your vision and then start developing your strategic plan by breaking the overwhelming task into manageable pieces. Decide what needs to happen this year and next year and so on. Eventually you can achieve anything you want by staying focused on your plan and doing something, even if it is very small, daily.  If you need help, please let me know.  Time keeps marching on; don’t wait any longer to create the future you want.  Get in touch with me now.  Also post your comments below and if you liked this post, please share it with a friend.

 

13 Jun
Strategy – Make Your Own Luck
Posted by lois on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 | permalink | trackback

The other day we were on our house boat and we had some people over.  One of our guests commented  about our boat:  “You are so lucky”.  The comment struck me because there was no luck involved.  Buying our boat didn’t happen overnight.   It was a goal we set and worked on for several years.  It’s like anything else that you want in life.   First, decide what you want.   Then make a goal and figure out how you’re going to make it happen.  Develop the plan or strategy and keep it in front of you at all times.  Work your plan and never ever ever give up.  It’s the same as a strategic plan in a company decide where you’re going with your vision.   Figure out the results that you want in the next year or so.   Develop your strategic plan on how to get them.  Finally, make sure both people and processes are all driving in the direction of your vision and strategy.  Success in the company isn’t luck.   Its determination and knowing the direction you’re headed and then making it happen.  Develop your strategy and create your own luck.

27 Dec
Factors Leading to Business Success – Number 2
Posted by lois on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 | permalink | trackback

A second factor leading to business success is being persistent.  By sticking to the strategic plan and not trying every new idea that comes along, resources are saved.  When something doesn’t work, learn from the experience and improve on the plan rather than throwing away the plan.  The scenario is try, fail, learn, improve, try again.  Resources are saved because they are not being thrown at projects hoping for results as in a scenario such as try, fail, give up, try something new, fail, give up, try something new, fail, give up etc.  Stick with the plan.  Persevere.

Napolean Hill said “One thing we all know – if one does not possess PERSISTENCE, one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling.”  He also says that the starting point is definiteness of purpose.  That is your vision.  Knowing where you are going.  Your strategic plan is your roadmap on how to get there.

Contact me if you need help with your strategic plan.