We are all looking for more time. We all claim that there is insufficient time in our days to accomplish anything, let alone something we actually want to accomplish. My solution to this is the biblical concept of tithing. Take 10 percent of anything you are currently doing and dedicate it towards your real goals, and aspirations.
If you are watching 3 hours of television a day, then take 30 minutes for yourself and your dreams. You still get 2 1/2 hours of television but you also get 30 minutes closer to achieving your dreams. That 30 minutes a day, over the course of a year is equal to 5.21 weeks of work. What could you accomplish if you had over 5 weeks of work to concentrate on a project? What could you achieve with that amount of time dedicated to your dreams.
Google allow for their people to work 1/2 of a day per week on projects that are interesting to them. Many of their ‘new’ products are directly related to that freedom of ideas, expression and the necessary time to develop those ideas.
Tithing of time, allow for you to accomplish so much with nominal loss of those habits we have created over a life time. So, what excuse do you have about not having sufficient time to work on your goals?
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 25, 2012 No Comments
Napoleon Hill “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
Zig Ziglar “Goals are dreams we convert to plans and take action to fulfill.”
Unknown author “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”
Jim Rohn “Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”
Mark Victor Hansen “Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else’s results.”
Seneca “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
Norman Vincent Peale “All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.”
Author unknown “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”
Milton Berle “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has-been was once an are.”
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 18, 2012 No Comments
One of the most important aspects to the process of goal settings is to first establish and define your goal. The truth of this evident in a statement made by Lee Iacocca: “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” For one reason or another, when we write something down it seems to be more permanent. It is rarely forgotten and we are constantly reminded of it.
To help illustrate this, think about why we write down a grocery list every week. We do this so nothing is forgotten or skipped over. We make this list so every necessary item and component is purchased. If you have ever gone grocery shopping without a list, you know how confusing of an experience it can be. You seem to be all over the store, only to get home and realize things you had forgotten to buy.
It is quite one thing to say you want to accomplish something, but without a clear and defined plan; few goal settings are rarely accomplished. It is too easy to get sidetracked without a plan to keep you on the path to your goal.
The first step in your goal settings plan to set a goal is to write the plan! Commit the goal and yourself to paper and you are more invested in the process and therefore much more likely to succeed.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 14, 2012 No Comments
If you’re like most, you have probably made a few resolutions for the upcoming year. And if you’re like most, you’re probably wondering what went wrong with all those wonderful intentions. You may be asking yourself, ‘Why can’t I stick to a diet,’ or ‘I just don’t understand it; I promised myself that I’d go to the gym,’ or “Why am I so weak.” It seems like such a puzzle to try to figure out why all of this different resolutions seemed to fail. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, the ability to change our habits is only as good as your motivation to start to change yourself.
The main reason for failing to fulfill these objectives is an inability to realize the full benefit of a goal. When trying to get off the couch to go for a run, you may find it difficult and start to rationalize with yourself that, “loosing an extra 10 pounds won’t be that big of a difference,” or say ‘I am fine with my appearance just the way I am.’
Due to our inability to realize the full potential of our goal, we ultimately give up and fail. The same is true for goals in our professional life. Because we fail to realize the full potential of a goal in our professional life, we simple let opportunities fall by the way side.
However, with the help of Bryant Nielson and ‘Lengthen your Stride’ you will be able to better realize your long-term personal and professional goals by realizing your full potential. After realizing the full potential of all your goals, you will be increasingly motivated and extremely more likely to complete your goals and become more of a success in both personal and professional avenues of your life.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 10, 2012 No Comments
Every single interaction is an opportunity to do marketing, not a chance to cut costs.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 9, 2012 No Comments
I thought the title might catch a few extra glances. Who would have thought that there was something sexy going on with all those trainer happy sheets? For one, I did.
Happy sheets, for those uninformed, are those polled results you provide at the end of a seminar. It is where you get the opportunity to rate the instructor and provide valuable feedback on how the seminar/course can be improved in the future. For the most part, the stakeholder (those people who sponsor the programs) take these sheets and quickly look at them and then forget them.
What a waste!
Happy sheets are more than just a quick analysis of how a particular program was conducted. They are more than an ‘off-the-cuff’ judgement of the instructor. They are more than feedback for the sponsors. When used properly, the can provide a valuable path for improving the course and building on the knowledge that the participants/delegates/students received while attending. (more…)
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 8, 2012 No Comments
There are three (3) things that are always included in the successful conclusion to a successful goal cycle. They are: commitment, completion and closure.
Commitment. Unless the person making the goal is committed to working on and towards a particular goal, it is at best nothing more than a wish. Commitment is the spark that ignites the fire that moves a person.
Completion. What is the use of working a on goal and stop when you are just feet from the finish line. Working towards 80-90 or even 95% of the objective is nothing more than falling short. We need to focus on completing the goal! 100% is only what can be acceptable.
Closure. When you first establish a goal, you set your destination. Our commitment to working on the goal is our vehicle that will take us towards that horizon. Completion is insuring that our vehicle has sufficient gas to reach our destination. Closure is our reviewing our goal and enjoying the achievement that we have done.
By employing the 3 C’s in every goal situation, we insure that our overall plan and actions are successful and our long-term direction is still where we are seeking.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 5, 2012 No Comments
I am not the originator of this list, but found it instructive as to the success and failure of companies and success.
1. A lost customer means lost feedback and the opportunity to improve.
2. A lost customer means lost sales and revenue that is lost forever!
3. A lost customer causes asking, “Why didn’t we recognize the problem before losing them?”
4. A lost customer means having lost a testimonial to use in selling to others.
5. A lost customer opens us up to potentially negative word-of-mouth that might affect our reputation with prospects, customers, suppliers and staff.
6. A lost customer means having lost all their possible future referrals.
7. A lost customer has a negative impact on the confidence of our entire staff. (more…)
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 3, 2012 No Comments
Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, your first overseas trip. From the Midwest town of Chicago to the rolling hills of Rome Italy, you’re going to see it all. You throw your bags into a cab and your off to the airport.
A little while into the trip you you encounter some huge public works program that had blocked all of the traditional routes to the airport. You ask the driver to check the map because you’ve reached an intersection you’re not familiar with. You panic for a moment because you realize he does not have a map.
But you say the heck with it because you know where you’re going. You take a right, change the radio station and keep on going. Unfortunately, you never reach the airport prior to your plane leaving!
Too many of us treat goal setting the same way. We dream about where we want to go, but we don’t have a map to get there. Or fail to plan for obstacles that we may encounter along the way.
What is a map? In essence, the written word. (more…)