How to get started on your goals!

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“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”-Ecclesiastes 11:4

As the end of 2016 is fast approaching, I’ve started thinking of the goals that I’ve been sitting on as I wait for the perfect moment to get busy! This blog, for example, has been in the back of my mind for months but every time I wanted to get started I was paralyzed with fear and over analyzation.

“I don’t know how to run a blog”

“I need to do MORE research”

“I’ll wait until the new year to get started.”

Do these excuses sound familiar to any of you?

Have you ever feel like you need to have all of your ducks in a row before taking the first step? This my friend is a jedi-mind trick which keeps us stagnant day after day, month after month and year after year.

Studying successful people has made me realize that they get ahead by learning and then taking massive action. They don’t sit around overanalyzing the many ways things could wrong. They get started with the information they know and continue to grow and evolve on their journey. We see the finished product of them taking the initial step of faith which can give the false perception that they “had it all together when they started.”

Good things come to those who wait, greater things come to those who are willing to work for it- unknown

So how can we finally get some traction going and make progress even when we don’t have everything figured out?

These are my steps for working through uncertainty and accomplishing your goals:

1.) Believe you can achieve.

You have to actually have faith that you can achieve whatever the goal is at hand. If you want to lose 20lbs in 6 months but deep down don’t really believe you could ever do it, it is highly unlikely that you will accomplish your goal. Take inventory of limiting beliefs and work on replacing them by having faith in yourself.

This was the biggest step for me! I had to tell myself over and over that the only limit to my success is myself not lack of knowledge, money or time.
2.) Find out what steps are necessary to accomplish your goal.

So what does it actually take to accomplish your goal? Take inventory of all the steps you know are standing in between you and your accomplishment and write them all out. Research any steps you are unsure about but be sure not to stay in research mode for too long. Getting things steps in order and written out sets you up for success and actually makes the goal seem “do-able”.
3. Schedule time to complete these tasks.

I have learned the hard way that if I do not actually schedule the tasks they won’t get done as quickly as I had hoped. If we want to get serious about tackling our goal it is best to try and make consistent progress towards it. Scheduling in time for working on our goals is a great way to create consistency. This creates a snowball effect as each win continues to build on the next one. Before you know it you are charging full force and making progress. Go girl!
4.)Don’t beat yourself up.

If you encounter a roadblock, do not be discouraged. In fact you can expect challenges as you charter on to new territory. These will only make you stronger and more equipped to accomplish your goal. You can do this!

What goals are you currently trying to accomplish?

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MORNING ROUTINES OF OPRAH, MARK ZUCKERBERG AND OTHER SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle

Whether you have to drag yourself out of bed or are awake and wide eyed before your alarm clock goes off, the way you start your morning helps direct the rest of your day and ultimately your life! Have you wondered how successful people are able to maximize the same 24 hours that we mere mortals all have? They have mastered their time and know the importance of tackling their day with consistent morning routines.

Instead of reacting to the day, they are proactive in designing their day around executing tasks that will help them perform at their peak.

The good news is we can also enjoy the success these people have by crafting morning routines specific to our goals that will help us maximize our day!

So just how do the world’s most successful people start their day?

President Barack Obama Begins his mornings with a combination of strength training and cardio. To maximize his energy he opts for green tea, water or orange juice instead of coffee. Before tackling the job of running the US he is sure to start off with his morning routine.

Mark Zuckerberg usually rises at 8am and starts his day by eliminating unnecessary decision making. He is known for wearing the same grey shirt to avoid wasting time on choosing what to wear.

Oprah Winfrey begins her day seeking clarity through at least 20 minutes of meditation.

Martha Stewart wakes up every morning between 4:30 am and 5:00 am and checks her businesses online and briefly scans through the New York Times. She is sure to get a workout in, typically yoga. Martha says. “Working out in the morning can leave you invigorated to start the day.” She then has a healthy breakfast to go with her morning workout.

Ariana Huffington starts each morning with deep breaths and a sense of gratitude for the new day. After typically getting 8 hours of sleep per night she awakens feeling refreshed and seldom needs an alarm clock. She avoids starting her mornings by checking her smartphone. She includes mediation and workouts as a part of her morning. Her morning routine has been so effective for her that she encourages her team to adopt it by offering classes to them!

Mark Twain “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.” This advice encourages us to tackle our biggest or most daunting task first thing in the day. This can help combat procrastination and feelings of dread from lingering through your day.

Steve Jobs began each morning evaluating the direction his life was going. In his commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005, he stated, ” For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Jack Dorsey’s morning routine consists of waking up at 5am and meditating for 30 mins. He then does exercise before grabbing some caffeine to tackle the world of Twitter and Square. Dorsey states he depends on routines to help him balance his busy days as CEO of two companies.

Gary Vaynerchuck “For me every minute counts, so my schedule is planned down to the second.” Gary wakes up at 6 am every morning and immediately digests a bulk of information from his smart phone. He has a 45 minute workout and before spending time with is family and heading to his first meeting at 9am.

So there you have it! Its apparent from these examples that everyones morning ritual is unique. I encourage you to come up with one that will set you up to have a productive day!

For years I would wake up and instinctively check my social media accounts to get my fix on what happened in the world while I slept. my mornings had no true structure so I never really felt like I was making progress on my goals and maximizing time. On the random days that I mustered the energy to read a chapter from a book, work out in the morning or eat an energizing breakfast I realized how good I felt. This encouraged me to form a routine so that I could feel this way EVERY morning. I noticed a surge of productivity and even when things didn’t go as planned during the day, I was content knowing I completed my most important tasks early on.

Here’s what my morning routine looks like:

*Wake up at 4am

*Read bible/ pray

*List goals for the day and prioritize them

*Drink water

*Exercise

*Spend time with my husband

*Get ready for work which starts at 6:30 am (I listen to a motivational message on the way to work)

We do not achieve success by luck but instead by consistently training ourselves to execute tasks to help us reach our goals. Studies have shown that our willpower is highest in the morning, so why not take advantage of it before our day gets away from us.

What do your morning routines look like? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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