Feb 24 – Are you goal getting before setting? How do you determine your goals? Do others’ goals influence you? Do you set goals based on what others expect of you? Do your goals reflect more of what you believe you should do or ought to do instead of what would truly gratify and satisfy you? The old paradigm of goal setting is part of the reason why goal reaching can feel cumbersome, overwhelming and more like an obligation than an inspiration.
Feb 17 – Are you at your core best? Do you find yourself continuously distracted or redirected away from what you know you do best in order to deal with everything else that is demanding your attention? Do you know your core competencies and strengths, and are you leveraging them each and every day in both your life and work? The key to achievement lies in how you prioritize your actions and effort based on what you are uniquely equipped to do, not just what you are capable of doing.
Feb 10 - Too focused on what's wrong? Are a lot of little things happening now that were not as you expected, planned or hoped? Are unexpected things occurring that are causing you distraction and dissatisfaction? Are you finding yourself more focused on what is going wrong than what is going right? It is very easy to allow life's disruptions to get the best of us personally and professionally, which inadvertently steers our thinking to focus entirely on them to be fixed, addressed or resolved. The key is to know what really needs your attention and what just needs to be left alone to work out in its own time. Time and space can be your allies in allowing you to put your energy towards what is going right.
Feb 3 - Too caught up in busy work? Are you constantly busy, but are not making any real progress? Are you visiting the same issues over and over in your mind, knowing the next steps you could or should take, but then aren't taking them? Do you find that you are easily distracted in using your time on less important or less urgent activities, while those tasks, projects or decisions that are more important await your next step? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you need to ask yourself this next very important question. What are you afraid of that is causing you to avoid focusing on what is more important and valuable to you and your future? When there is uncertainty, it is easy to procrastinate. It is also easy to fool oneself into being too busy as an excuse for not focusing on or dealing with the real critical business at hand.
Jan 27 – Feeling uninspired? Has this new norm gotten to you just a little? Are obligations overriding opportunities? Is your to-do list a mile long leaving you longing for less to do and more to enjoy? Are your goals merely things to check off a list versus something to look forward to once accomplished? When your motivation is unclear, it is time to reignite what will inspire you into action in meaningful and empowered ways.
Jan 20 – Are you practicing or preaching? Are you unsatisfied with aspects of your life, business, or work, and yet you continue to complain, doing nothing to change it? Are you your own worse client or customer when it comes to doing what you know is best to do, and what you profess is important to do to others? Are you blaming unsatisfactory results on things that are out of your control, while not embracing things that are within your control? We have all heard these sayings, “practicing what you preach” … “walk your talk” … “show me, don’t tell me.” Your pathway to achievement is in the act of doing something every day to reinforce your intentions, not in proclaiming or blaming.
Jan 13 – Tired of having to pivot? If you hear the word “pivot” one more time, will you scream? Are you getting tired of being forced to pivot outside of your comfort zone on a variety of fronts? And at the same time, do you feel stuck and isolated by what you feel you are not able to do or experience? Being caught in what feels like circumstances beyond your control is when you need to embrace the opportunities that exist amidst the chaos. Perhaps the greatest opportunity lies in shifting from the inside out in how you are experiencing and perceiving these limitations.
Jan 6 - Are you paying attention? What is influencing your mindset? What is influencing your actions? What is influencing your decisions and choices? What are you paying attention to that is limiting or distracting you, and what could you be paying attention to that will enrich and empower you? What could you be noticing that will make a difference, for you and for others? What you pay attention to either serves you or enslaves you. It’s your choice. Be determined to embrace your greatest possibilities.
Dec 30 – Was it time well spent? As you look back over this most unusual and unprecedented year of twists and turns, how did you spend the time that was given to you in those unexpected ways? Was your focus more on what you could not do? Was your focus on time you couldn’t spend doing what you wanted to be doing? Or did you embrace the situation amidst all the chaos, and focus on what you could do … what you could control? In any given situation, the choices we make can either limit us or set us free. Choosing to focus on what you can do always brings freedom to your spirit and focus to your greatest desires.