Taking Action Toward Your Goals

Look.  I’m guilty.  I’m guilty of procrastinating.  Guilty of “learning” for the sake of learning.  Taking in TONS of information. But, then I stall.  I have so much info rolling around in my brain, that it freezes me.  I have to remind myself that I KNOW what to do, I just have to DO IT (you know–like the whole Nike thing says!).

The number one catalyst for change is doing SOMETHING.


If there is a situation in your life you want to change or a goal you want to reach, but you’re not doing anything about it and still expect it’s going to change, that’s a PROBLEM.

In order for change to happen we have to do something different. We have to try something different.  Sometimes, we even have to become the person who CAN meet the goal, which requires GROWTH.

And growth can be painful.  However, if you think back on your life, anything big requires some pain to bring it to life.

 Being uncomfortable, failing, being embarrassed: these are all signs that you are growing.  

Change occurs is by taking action.  However, too often, we talk ourselves out of taking that action because of fear or feelings of inadequacy.  Somewhere along the line, we begin to think we aren’t good enough.  How dare we dream that big?

Ask yourself this:  what is something that keeps popping up on your mental “I should do that” list.   We all have have those thoughts and ideas that are subtly floating around in the back of our heads. Lingering there calling to us.  Think back to what you wanted to be when you were a child.  We ask kids that daily, and we give them permission to DREAM.  What were your dreams when you were a child?

Me, I wanted to be a teacher, a dental hygienist, and a cheerleader on the weekends.  While only one of those came to light, I clearly had unrealistic expectations.  Or did I?  I most definitely am a teacher.  It is the core of who I am.  And, I like to think that I’m a pretty good cheerleader for the people in my life.  (And as a mom to twins–the whole keep your teeth clean thing is high on my list!).  The point is, at some time in our lives, we have all had these amazing, crazy ideas we wanted to try.

Nobody ever told us, “Oh honey, you can’t do that.”  Think about your kiddos.  When they tell you they want to be astronauts, you buy them books about the moon and watch shows about space.  We encourage that curiosity.  Why, then, do we stop doing that when we are adults?

So think about what’s on your “should list.” What do you want to do? Who do you want to become? What do you want to achieve?

What is that kind of nagging thought that’s in the back of your head and keeps showing up?

If you aren’t doing anything about it you’re doing a disservice to yourself and denying yourself to reach your FULLEST POTENTIAL.

Whatever is nagging at your soul, I am going to challenge you today to take action.  Do SOMETHING to push you closer to what your dream is.  START TODAY.

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A little over a year ago, I started on a journey to reading personal development daily.  It takes as little as ten minutes a day or ten pages a day to get enough information to inspire me and get my head on right for the start of my day.  Truly, it has changed my life in ways I never could have predicted.

I am happier.

I am more focused.

I’m learning daily.

I’m applying the information I learn to my life.

I’m feeling better and more content than I have in a very long time.

If you are not a reader, I truly encourage you to start focusing just ten minutes a day on personal development.  It will forever change the way you think and approach life.

This year, I have a goal to read 52 books as part of a #52bookchallenge another coach is doing.  That’s one book a week.  It’s a BIG challenge, but I’m up for it.  I know it’s going to push me, and I’m ready for the challenge.

I love helping others.  It’s my passion.  I wake up every day excited about what I do.  As a teacher, I love helping others see the potential they have in themselves.  As a coach, it’s the same thing.  So many times people focus on their failure or disappointment instead of focusing on all of the amazing things they CAN do.  Personal development equips you with the tools to succeed and reach your goals.  As a coach, reading these types of things equip me with the tools to grow personally and help others grow as well.

I want to share a few of my favorite resources with you right now.  Some of these are books, others are online resources and audio.  I do all of these almost daily.  This has become my “entertainment.”  Instead of wasting time watching tv, I spend my time learning and growing.

These are my 10 favorite resources right now.

1.  Chalene Johnson 30 Day Push Challenge-http://www.30daypush.com/   

This is a free 30-day program that will help you set goals, get organized, and find a focus that you didn’t know you could have.

Each day provides you with one video and an action step to take.  The information in here in invaluable.

2.  Darren Daily–www.darrendaily.com  

This is a year long free email from Darren Hardy, the publisher of Success Magazine.

Each day you get an email with videos, audio, quotes and such to help you transform your life in the course of a year.

3.  Success Magazine online http://www.success.com/

This is a fantastic site filled with interviews, articles, quotes, and motivational pieces that apply to all areas of life.  Great go to when you need something quick to read.

4.  Audible

While this isn’t a free resource, it is an invaluable one for me.  When I am in the car, I listen to books on Audible.  It’s a great way to get a book “read” and get the information into your head.  While I enjoy the process of reading and highlighting and taking notes, I also enjoy listening to the books, especially if it is the author who is reading it.  There is something powerful about hearing an author speak his or her words to life.

5.  Chalene Johnson’s Podcasts http://www.chalenejohnson.com/podcast/

Speaking of audio, I have recently discovered podcasts and LOVE them!  They are FREE and give you a quick 30-40 minute discussion on a topic.  With Chalene, the topics range from diet to how to set goals and everything in between.  But, all the information is geared to help you create and live your best life possible.  They never disappoint.

6.  Michael Hyatt Podcast http://michaelhyatt.com/thisisyourlife

This is another podcast I’m obsessed with.  The focus of his podcast is intentional leadership, but truly the topics appeal to anyone looking to improve communication, set goals, and create change.

7.  Brendan Burchard http://brendonburchard.com/

Once again, I’m all about FREE.  Right now on his site, you can get three of his books for FREE.  The only thing you have to pay is the shipping.

Books available are Motivation ManifestoThe ChargeThe Millionaire Messenger.

8.  John Maxwell Blog http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog

I love anything by John Maxwell.  His blog is a great resource, once again, when you are short on time and are looking for something quick to read.

9.  EntreLeadership https://www.entreleadership.com/posts?category=personal_growth

Not only have I read EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, but I frequent his website for information and articles about success.

10.  Dave Ramsey http://www.daveramsey.com/home/

The amount of free resources on this site to help you gain control of your finances is beyond compare.  If you are looking to focus on finances in the New Year, this is a fantastic place to start.

The 80/20 Rule for Time Management

Do you ever see somethingAdd subtitle text and think, “Well that explains everything.”  In health and fitness, we hear a lot about the 80/20 rule with nutrition.  The biggest one we hear is, “Eat Clean 80% of the time and allow yourself to cheat 20% of the time”  While I’m familiar with the idea behind the 80/20 rule, I had never made the leap to what the 80/20 could mean in terms of productivity.

Currently, I’m reading “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.  In it, he discusses the importance of the 80/20 rule.  The 80/20 Rule means that 20 percent of the things we do each day are vital while many of the things, or the other 80 percent, are trivial.   This idea is base off what is called the Pareto Principal.  Pareto was an Italian economist who used mathematics to explain the unequal distribution of wealth in his country in the early 1900’s.  In Pareto’s case it meant 20 percent of the people owned 80 percent of the wealth.  The chart below illustrates his point using “tasks” instead of wealth.  In other words, we spend 80% of our time doing things that only bring 20% results.  Instead, we should focus on doing the VITAL tasks first–before the trivial tasks.  This leads to a higher rate of productivity and results.  In terms of Beachbody Coaching, these vital tasks are literally known as the Vital Behaviors.

Currently, I’m working on improving my time management.  I have a tendency to be a bit flighty internally.  My mind jumps from one idea to the next.  As a result, that can leave me NOT getting things done.  I’m good at being busy but not always productive.  I’m super organized, but I can spend so much time organizing ideas, files, and stuff, that nothing of importance gets done.

After coming across the 80/20 rule today in “Eat That Frog,” I realized that I’m spending far too much time on trivial tasks.   I need to focus on those 20% of VITAL tasks in order to achieve my goals.

Right now, I’m working on creating a system to help me increase my overall productivity and specifically business productivity.  I’ve created a daily sheet to help me track the vital behaviors I need to get done each day.  I’ve created a calendar for next month with important dates and daily activities to complete.  I’m excited to have a plan to keep me focused on those top 20% tasks.

My next steps are to assign certain business hours during the day to get these things done.  This will require a team effort on the part of the family and understanding from both the kiddos and the hubby.  One thing I know I am going to have to do–as much as it pains me–is get up early.  And by early, I mean 4 a.m.  My boys are early risers.  Getting up at 5 will not buy me enough time before they wake up.  By doing this, I can have almost two hours of uninterrupted time where I can focus on laying the foundation of getting those daily priorities take care of.

Action steps to increase productivity:

1.  Spend your time on the vital tasks FIRST.  Do not waste time getting the trivial things done before the vital things, because in all reality, the vitals won’t get done.

2.  Trivial tasks are busy work.  While it might make you feel good to cross items off your list, they won’t drive your toward your goals.  Put Vital Tasks FIRST (I know I have already said this–but it’s THAT important!).

3.  Plan our your day the night before.  That way, when you wake up the next day, you have a plan of action.

4.  Track your daily behaviors to keep yourself honest.  It’s one thing to think you did something and another thing to know you did it.  Also, it’s good to have that data to show how you got your results.