"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."
(Photo:New York Times)
Well we are four days into the New Year and I failed already!!!
This past week I have been in California conducting some training and now I’m sitting in my hotel room reviewing my weekly goal sheet. As I was giving each area a grade, I got to the part about health and fitness and had to give myself an F grade. I haven’t worked out the whole time here in California. To be VERY HONEST, I didn’t even plan to. When I left Arizona I left my workout clothes at home on purpose. I made the excuse that I didn’t want to carry extra stuff.
How about you? Have you failed in areas you said you were going to succeed in already this year? Maybe you like me said you were going to workout more, maybe start reading each day.
That’s why it is so important to do weekly checks so we can identify when we are off the track. As I was sitting here writing down why I failed this week in the area of fitness I realized that I failed even before I got started. I went back to when I was packing my bag and remember all the excuses I was telling myself. “You are not going to have time; you don’t want to carry all that stuff, excuse after excuse.
So as I writing down the solution part on my goal sheet, I thought about some techniques that could help you and I achieve our goals.
#1 Have a CLEAR blueprint how you will achieve your goal. I simply didn’t plan out when I was going to workout during my trip. Because I didn’t plan it, I didn’t do it. When you write down a clear plan you will be ahead of the game.
#2 Train yourself to CHALLENGE all negative or limiting thoughts. I gave in to the thoughts about not having time and my back being to heavy. The truth is my body wants to reject this new life style, so I must challenge it quickly and remember my why.
#3 CHECK your results often. If you see yourself allowing yourself to slip up on your goals, you will be off track. I could actually see where this type of thinking was leading me. I could see myself getting back home and telling myself on Monday, take it easy you just got home, and take a few days off. Before you know it, a month goes by.
#4 When you see you are off track CORRECT the negative behavior fast. So I decided not having my workout clothes was not a reason not to workout. I look around my hotel room to see what exercises I could to. This is how you challenge the negative and limiting behavior. Take action to get back on track.
#5 CANCEL your subscription to excuseville. In 2014 we are not making and accepting excuses from ourselves, you know it and I know it, we are far better than our excuses, don’t allow a limiting power to defeat you.
I’m committed to winning big in 2014 and I know you are as well. I hope these few techniques help you achieve your goals.
Remember to do something exciting this weekend!!!
Your Partner In Genius Living,
The 37 Lessons I Learned in 2013
By Dr. Will Moreland
Bestselling Author of Genius Potential
This past year has just been phenomenal for me and I hope for you as well. I have grown, matured and developed in major ways. I always like to take time to reflect and examine on what I have learned. Below is a list of ideas and philosophies that have helped me grow over this last year.
I’m charged up and ready to help you make 2014 your best year ever… These 37 lessons will help you set up a great foundation for 2014.
In 2014 I want you to be 100% in FOCUS mode. You know what FOCUS means:
“Fixed On Continued Unique Significance”
You know I think you are a GENIUS, now I want you to ACT on it!!!
Let’s rock 2014!!! Here are the 37 things 2013 taught me…
I hope these 37 lessons help you set an amazing course for 2014. Let’s challenge each other to be our best in this coming year!!!
Your Partner In Genius Living,
Everyday I'm learning that if you want to achieve your highest level of success you have to be willing to do what many others find difficult to do. Doing the little things over and over, doing the right things at the right time and doing everything with a spirit of excellence. And finally doing it with the right people.
Two years ago Lebron James made an announcement that he would be taking his talents to South Beach to play along side Dewayne Wade and Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat. Many people hated on Lebron for the decision, citing various reasons. I for one hated the decision because I knew this would form a powerful team, one that would make it hard for my beloved Lakers to win their 17th ring any time soon.
Well just two years later Lebron has his ring and there are some vital lessons we can learn from his journey. What he could not do in 7 years with the Cavaliers, he was able to do in 2 years with the Heat. Why? Because he was willing to change teams.
Change in and of itself is difficult for most people. I heard it said before, that the only person that likes change is a baby in a wet diaper. Change will occur in life by itself anyway, so why would anyone want to choose to change? Because you know that there is another level for you. So what vital lessons can we learn from Lebron.
CAN YOUR CURRENT TEAM GET IT DONE?
For 7 years Lebron tried to win a ring with the Cavaliers, the closest he got was in 2007. During his time with the Cavaliers, Lebron won MVP of the League twice, a few Scoring Titles and was a constant on the All-Star team. So it wasn't because of a lack of personal effort that he didn't win a ring.
Many people are working very hard to achieve success, doing "everything they can" and they still haven't reached the level of success they desire. It's time to evaluate who you are trying to win with. Are you trying to do it by yourself or with a team that is just not going to get you over the hump. When the opportunity came for Lebron to change teams, he had to ask himself, can I reach my ultimate goal of winning a championship with the Cavaliers.
PREPARE FOR THE CRITICS.
Once Lebron made the decision the critics came out, aka haters. Even the owner of the Cavaliers attempted to put a curse on Lebron for leaving to go to Miami. It seemed like every time I turned on Sports Center they were talking about Lebron and the huge mistake it was for him to move to the Heat.
Lebron admitted that all the talk really got to him and turned him into a different player. The first year Miami did go to the championship, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks. The critics game out again saying that the team couldn't play together. In a recent interview Lebron stated "I played angry that first year in Miami, I wasn't enjoying the game and that's not how I play the game."
Don't allow the negative talk because of your choice cause you to become a different person, stay on course.
REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE CHANGE.
Lebron lost focus of why he changed teams. It wasn't to prove he was the best player or a dominate player. It wasn't to see if he could make the last shot, it was ONLY to win a championship.
When you make a change, remember why you made the change. Don't lose focus of the major goal. When Lebron game back for year 2, he regained focus on why he came to the Heat, to win a championship.
If you are finding it hard to achieve the success you desire, maybe it's time to change teams. Ask yourself, can my current team get it done. Does anyone on your team have what you want? Lebron didn't just go to any team, he went to a team that had RESULTS! Miami had another All-Star in Dewayne Wade that has a ring, a General Manager in Pat Riley that has multiple rings and a Coach that had won a ring as an assistant coach Eric Spoelstra.
Changing will be tough, many will not understand, critics will talk, haters will hate. But at the end of the day you have to ask yourself......Do You Want To Win?
Author, Genius Potential
America's #1 Leadership Life Trainer
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Many of my clients are usually on the fence about goal setting,
wondering does it really work. In my observation, most people are intimidated to
set goals because they cannot "See How" they will accomplish them. For example,
wanting to pursue a degree, but don’t know how they will pay for it. Another
common goal people share with me is their desire to start a business, but fear they lack
the capital to start a business. I always tell them you do not lack the time or opportunity to
start researching about the business.
Once you understand how goal setting works, you will not be able
to live without it. I have been setting goals since high school, and they
When you set goals, you are giving your energy, mind, time and
resources something to act toward. Goals can be big, small, personal, family
oriented or whatever. You just need to have some goals, write them down and ACT on
When I tell my clients to ACT on their goals, they tend to focus
on what they can’t do, rather then what they can do. The real key to achieving
goals is doing what you can. Let me repeat that, the real key to achieving goals
is doing what you can. If you want to return to school, ask yourself what can I
do, you can research the school; you can ask questions about programs for
returning adults to school. Ask friends, see if your current job will pay your
tuition, DO WHAT YOU CAN.
Once you start to do what you can, you will be amazed at how the
universe and people respond to your actions.
Here’s a personal example, several years ago I set a goal to be
on a cover of a magazine that featured my passion of helping others succeed.
Each of us has personal goals and this was one of mine. I wrote it down
and I created a mock magazine cover for me to see. Visuals for me are very
important, I need to see it.
The next step was to “Do what I could.” And that was to keep
adding value to people’s lives. Fast forward to February 2012 and I receive an
email from Career Magazine stating that they wanted to feature me on the cover and
interview me about my passion.
Does goal setting really work? You better believe it!
Here are the key steps:
1. Set some goals
2. Write them down
3. Get an image of what you want
4. Act on those goals, DO WHAT YOU CAN
5. Never stop believing
So get to goal setting TODAY and watch your goals come to reality, one goal at a time.
Think Better, Live Better
Dr. Will Moreland
Author, Genius Potential
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