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Goal Setting Overwhelm Overload Busted!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the idea of planning and working toward your short termmid term and long term goals? Or are you thinking, “What should my goals be?” No worries! This is a very common question many of us have asked ourselves time and time again. It’s like you know you need a change… some type of change… but what? Truth is, because it’s so easy to “keep on keeping on”, we often get comfortable and settle for “good enough” because it’s not that bad, right?

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If the idea of steering your life in a new direction is so overwhelming that you don’t make any type of change…PLEASE SHAKE THAT UNCERTAINTY OFF! Let’s take this goal setting thing one baby step at a time, ok? I want you to look at your long-term goals (remember, this could be a 5-10 year goal), and break that goal down into many mini-goals, if you will. This is how your short term and mid-term goals are developed. Here’s an example I want you to follow. We’ll use a fake person named Sue:

In 5 years Sue decided she wants to be a self-employed Life Coach. She feels she has the people skills needed to be a really good Life Coach who can help others weave through the road blocks that are stopping them from making progress toward achieving their goals and dreams.

Sue works a full time job, and is a single mother of 3 children, so her schedule is pretty tight, only allowing her, maybe, 10 hours each week to work toward her goal of becoming a Life Coach.

Sue’s first list of short term goals are:

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The Character Challenge: Week 3

The Character Challenge: Week 3 is the final in a series of blog posts designed to help you identify the areas of your person that you need to work on improving. The Character Challenge: Week 2 received such a great response! I am so glad to see you take the first step in working to bring out the better you 🙂

If you haven’t already, please go back to the beginning of this challenge and get caught up. Remember that writing down your goals is key! So, answer the three questions in the comments section at the bottom of each blog post. If you want to keep your response just between us, don’t hesitate to email me. I’m here to help, not judge you 🙂 

Click on the links below to get caught up on The Character Challenge:

1. The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

2. The Character Challenge: Week 1

3. The Character Challenge: Week 2

Remember, the goal is to go deep into each character trait you want to work on, and create a plan of action to start turning that negative into a positive. As always, you can refer to the blog post series I wrote on goal setting, and/ or contact me for help with setting your goals:

  1. Life Transformation – Setting a Pre-Goal Setting Mindset
  2. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Short Term Goals
  3. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Mid Term Goals
  4. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Long Term Goals
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Now, on to this week’s list of character traits for you to choose from: 

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The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

This introduction to the 3-part Character Challenge isn’t about the type of challenge that will dare you to do something that can hurt you, in any way. Instead, this will actually challenge you to take a good look at the type of character you are, and to see how you can improve upon at least one aspect of your being. You’re probably a great person to yourself and others, but there’s always a way to bring out the better you. You know my motto: Live and love your life! 

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There are dozens of character traits that make up our being, but I’m going to cover just a few of the most common character traits that people often struggle with, when working on their personal development. In this 3-part series, I’m going to cover the following 18 character traits:

Part 1:

  • Attentiveness – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
  • Boldness – Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.
  • Creativity – Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
  • Decisiveness – The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.
  • Dependability – Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.
  • Determination – Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.

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8 Changes That Will Boost Your Personal Development Success

So you realize that it’s never too late to start working on your personal development goals. New Year’s Resolutions don’t just start on January 1st. They can be planned and started on any given day of the year! Would you agree that any personal or professional goals you plan to achieve, must start with your mental attitude? Yep! You have to work on them from the mind down. Like the saying goes, “Lead with the head and the body will follow” or every variation of this quote you can find. You get the point, though.

For whatever reason, the mental state is the hardest part to change. Think about it… when you want to tighten up your abs or buttocks for the 20 year class reunion that’s coming up in six months, you’ll quickly make the decision to start going to the gym. “It’s only for six months,” you say. But to make permanent lifestyle changes, even just a little bit at a time, seems like a wall too tall to climb. If you have to “trick” yourself into making small changes every six months, then so be it. By whatever means, get it done!

Personal development is a life-long journey… adventure… new road to travel. But it’s in your best interest, so you’ll need the proper equipment to make the ride. You wouldn’t attempt to travel from NYC to LA on a tricycle. Sure, you’ll eventually make it there, but you want to see a bit more progress a lot faster than that, so you plan to drive yur car. However, you may need to get an oil change, tune up and new tires and pull off with a full tank of gas to start rolling.

With your personal development goals, you will need to arm yourself with a positive mind that you can do it. Reading books is a great way to get mentally prepared. We offer a great list of books in the Resources section of our website. They are geared for just that… get on and stay on track to be the best YOU possible. I cheerfully invite you to come by and browse our growing selection personal development books.

Here are 9 key area that might need to be changed, a little or a lot, to boost your personal development success:

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Self Serve Customer Service

We often spend so much time taking care of others, that we tend to put our own needs aside. I know this to be especially true with women. We feel the need to nurture everyone else, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with making sure you are well taken care of… mind, body and soul.

I was a single parent for many years. When my kids were about 3 and 8 years old, and I came down with the flu. that I realized I needed to make sure I was in good shape from head to toe, in order to be able to help others . My daughter was sickly from the time she was a few weeks old , and my son was very active. One of my grandmothers was recovering from a botched-up back surgery and needed help around the house. Working two jobs allowed me very little sleep, and I often neglected my own well being. Being sick gave me a new perspective on the priorities in my life.

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I realized I had to eat better, get more exercise and more sleep. I also had to do a much better job with time management. My schedule had been dictated by my jobs and kids, and not much of that could be changed. But, I had to learn to say, “No” to requests to help with situations outside of my house. Not easy, but extremely necessary! Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly how I got everything done, but I truly understand how my immune system took a beating, and a really bad one at that! I had to learn to take care of me, first, in order to be able to take good care of my kids… PERIOD!

Some people take a “Me, Me, Me” attitude, but in the wrong way. I’m saying, yes, you need to take care of yourself. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t be concerned and helpful to others. This blog talks about personal development, customer service (including self-service) and home decor. You may think home decor is a far stretch, but your surroundings have a big affect on your mood, therefore is a factor in how you see and treat others, much like how music can have a big impact on you.

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What Do Home Decor, Personal Development and Customer Service Have In Common?

Home decor, personal development and customer service all have one thing in common… YOU! Yep… you are the common denominator between these three elements. Seems like a stretch? Well, if you follow this blog (and if you don’t, why not), you know that we talk about transforming your home environment into a space that you absolutely love right? Sort of like your piece of heaven on Earth 🙂

We also talk about different areas of your life you may want to improve in, but are not sure exactly how to start. Although there are many more pieces to the puzzle, we’re going to stay along the lines of how home decor and personal development both tie in to customer service. Not just customer service as it relates to exchanging money for a product or service, but how you treat each and every person you come in contact with. For further insight on this, I urge you to go back and read the blog post, “Customer Service… a 3-Way Deal

So let’s talk about each of these elements of your life and how they relate to each other and you:

Home Decor

So, you’re not sure exactly how your home decor is affecting your mood? Everything from the paint colors to the shape of your mirror, havesome type of affect on you. Do you walk up to your mirror and say to yourself, “This mirror puts me in a funk!”? Probably not, but subconsciously, it may, and you don’t even realize it.

I’m sure you’ve heard about how colors have a big affect on our mood, right? If not, I strongly urge you to go back and read my blog post, “Bring Out Your Colorful Character” In that post, we cover a few different colors and what they may say about your personality. But, if you’re space is not designed in these colors, or variants of them, then guess what… your space isn’t representing you to the fullest!

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Bring Out Your Colorful Character

It’s no secret that color, character and mood have a lot of influence over each other. The colors you choose to incorporate into your surroundings (wall color, clothing, etc.) say a lot about the type of person you are. Whether you have an outgoing personality, or are more of an introvert, by nature, the color schemes you prefer, may say more about you than you think.

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What do your favorite colors say about you? Let’s see how closely science relates to your reality 🙂

Blues

  • Stable
  • Calming
  • Trustworthy

You may have noticed that many websites, especially in the financial market, are primarily blue. This is because the color blue doesn’t make you feel rushed or anxious. You can check out the websites of SouthTrust Bank and Chase Bank to see how they use the color blue in their website design.

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How To Upgrade Your Space On a Budget

With Spring just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can upgrade your home or office without blowing your savings or being broke each payday. Well, here are a few tips and suggestions that will help you get it done with no regrets! 

Prioritize your rooms

First, figure out which rooms you’d like to spruce up a bit.. Since most of us work with a tight budget, when it comes to updating our home, let’s just work on one room at a time. This will help you figure out all the supplies you’ll need for the rest of the rooms you’ll be working on. Trust me, chances are, you’ll feel like a yo-yo, going back and forth to the store to get that one little think you forgot, while upgrading your first room.

For the sake of time, I’ll just talk about general concepts to consider, that you can use in each room you’re going to upgrade.The bigger the project, the more detailed you’ll get. Let us know if we can help you find the answers or resources to help you get the project done. We’re here to help!

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Colors and textures

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Each room should have its own look and feel, but still be somewhat related to the look and feel of the other rooms in your home or office. To get your creative juices flowing, follow this thought process:

  • Do you want to completely change the room color and texture? If so, wall paint will be your best bet. You can find some really good deals on paint colors that someone thought they wanted, but decided against. I once received 80% off two gallons of paint this way! Check with your local Home DepotLowe’sAce Hardware and general store (yes, they do still exist! Lol) to see if they have any such treasures. Take your time and shop around. Also, look for sales, coupons and deals on the painting supplies you will need.
  • What is the focal point of the room? Sometimes, something as simple as adding a decorative throw pillow or throw blanket with brilliant colors, can change the focal point of a room. If you can’t go all the way with new flooring, add another splash of color, using a creative throw rug, and BAM… your space will POP!
  • You’d be surprised at how a few new light fixtures can go a long way! A few cool new lamps and ceiling fans are always an easy, and budget-friendly solution to changing up a room’s look and feel. Start checking for sales now, though. The warmer it gets outside, the closer to boiling over your budget will get.

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Live and Love YOUR Life!

Are you loving the life you’re living? I mean really loving it? Or are you in “fake it ’til you make it” mode? Is it easier for you to tell others how to live their life, but you can’t eat what you dish out? What sparked this week’s discussion is that, this topic of giving advice that one wouldn’t take themselves, has come up from a few different people I know. The weird thing is… they don’t know each other.

Whenever someone asks my opinion on a professional matter, that’s usually an easy business decision. Even personal business matters, such as bank accounts, are pretty much just a matter of doing a bit of research… what bank charges less fees? Which school district is the best place to buy or rent a home? My answer is usually, “Google it.” It’s a wrap.

Now, when it comes to personal matters, like raising kids or a new boyfriend… well, that’s a dog of another breed. I’m quick to listen, but slow to speak. First thing I take into account, is who I’m talking to. Some people, if you let them talk long enough, will solve their own problem. If they can’t figure it out, I’ll give them just enough input to get the answer they’re comfortable with.

Unfortunately, there are too many people who are quick to speak and slow to listen. Giving advice that they, themselves, don’t follow, is a way of life for them. I understand that it’s easier to “talk the talk”, but at some point, shouldn’t they be honest enough to say something like, “you know, I feel where you’re coming from, but I don’t know what I would do.” or “it’s hard to say” and leave it at that?

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Growing Stains

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What are growing stains, you ask. Those things that stick to us like glue! They are more commonly referred to as habits. Since I’m talking about stains, yes, I’m talking about the bad habits we struggle to change.

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Isn’t it crazy how changing good things, like our style of dress, trying out a new club or starting a new job, seems to bring upon a spark in us? I’ve never understood this, but have always invited this type of change.

But, why is it that when it comes to changing those ugly, bad habits, like smoking, drinking too much coffee, or starting down the path of living a healthier lifestyle, that we suddenly become anxious, frustrated and stressed? I don’t know either, but when you find out, please let me know 🙂

So, how’s it going with your New Year’s resolutions, so far? Have you lost a little weight? Are you seeing more tone in your muscles? Are you still eating the one salad, per day, that you swore to include in your meal planning efforts? No. What happened? How did you get off track? Have you resigned your resolutions until next New Year, again, or are you planning to start back on that path a little later this year? Let’s talk about it!

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Question… who said you need to make those changes? Do you feel the need to make them or was the thought of changing that habit initiated by something someone said? My take on it is this… if you are trulyhappy with living the way you live, mind, body and soul, then why are you even thinking of changing anything? I do believe we can all improve in the different aspects of our lives, but to our liking, not someone else’s.

That’s the point of personal development. Evolve into the person you want to be.

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