Summer is coming!
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
I love summer! I have a deck that looks out over Puget Sound and both the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. I have several small maple trees and enough potted plants and flowers that it feels like sitting in a garden. I have several hummingbird feeders, and I love to watch the little guys battling it out for the nectar. My husband and I love to start our days together with coffee on our deck and end them there with dinner and a good glass of wine.
But when the sun is out and the warm weather hits, it's easy to get distracted and to lose sight of goals. We think, "I'll take care of that tomorrow." Or, "As soon as I get back from vacation..." The truth is, there are distractions and interruptions all year long.
January: I'm recovering from Christmas...as soon as I'm done...
February: I'm still recovering from Christmas...
March: Ooh, I have to get my taxes done...
April: Crap, I STILL have to finish my taxes...as soon as they are filed...
May: I am recovering from the taxes I didn't know I would have to pay...
April: Well, now that spring is here, I have so much work to do around the house...
May: The kids are going to be out of school next month...
June: Now that the kids are out of school...
July: We're going on vacation...as soon as we're back...
August: The kids are going back to school next month...as soon as they are back in school...
September: Now that the kids are back in school...
October: OMG, the holidays are already coming up?
November: Right after Thanksgiving...
December: As soon as Christmas is over...
January: Okay, THIS year I'm going to...
Are you prepared for the interruptions? This is not the time to slack off on your coaching or your goals! In fact, it never is. Your life is NOW. Your life IS the distractions and the interruptions. Successful people don't have less of them than you do. They just have clearer outcomes and better strategies.
Work hard and play hard. As Tony Robbins says, be outcome focused and purpose driven. Know your most important priorities, have a plan in place to deal with the distractions, and don't let the sun (or the rain, or the snow, or the holidays) keep you from creating the life and business you want.
Then go outside and enjoy your dinner!
New year, new start!
Happy new year! Today is the first day of the first 90 Day Challenge for 2014. Have you decided what you are going to accomplish in your life by the end of March? If you haven't , I suggest you watch this video and then get busy! It's going to be March before you know it. Make this year the best one of your life!
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I had the privilege of attending Unleash the Power Within in Chicago earlier this month, then helping with an Advanced Skills Training for our new coaches. It was an amazing, exhausting, inspiring, incredible nine days! This is one of the videos shown during the training. If you haven't seen it, give yourself the gift of ten minutes to watch it right now. If you have seen it, watch it again.
Today, I have to acknowledge my awesome husband, Beau. At the beginning of the year, he got serious on taking care of his health and managing his weight. His blood pressure was too high, his weight was too high, his cholesterol was too high, and his energy was too low! Last year, he had emergency surgery for a carotid artery that was 90% blocked.
In January, he decided to join us in the 90 day challenge. He has lost over 25 pounds and is at his lowest weight since we've been married (which, by the way, is 30 years). His blood pressure and cholesterol are down. He feels great and he's back to swimming several times a week. I'm SO proud of him, and he's pretty damned proud of himself as well.
Check out my lifestyle page to learn more.
What can you learn from Zappo's?
I love Zappo's. And clearly, I am not alone in that.
Their company culture is legendary. Says CEO Tony Hsieh, "It's about giving employees permission and encouraging them to just be themselves." They are so serious about making sure that all employees are a good fit that they offer $3000 to anyone who who wants to quit after their first week of training, no strings attached. Over 97% turn down the offer. According to their website, the ten core values they live by are:
Those aren't bad values, for business or for life. What are your core values? What are you passionate about?
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"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
--Norman Vincent Peale