Monthly Archives: September 2015

100 Day Cheallange ~ Vision

100 Day Cheallange ~ Vision

During the past days the main topic has been on goals. I truly believe it is important to have goals.  Not just to have goals, but to have specific written goals.  I also think that having Dreams is vitally important.  Having a Vision is similar, but just a bit different.  When people talk about goals it is usually in terms of something they wish to accomplish; what you are aiming for.  Vision, by definition, is the mental image of the outcome of the goal.  One of the definitions is “a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial”.

When working on your Vision for the rest of the year these tips might be helpful.  Use the KISS method “Keep it Simple, Sweetie”.  Use short words and short phrases.  Use simple language; we don’t need to impress ourselves, we already know we’re awesome!    Keep your vision language in the present tense.  Be emotional!  Use words that evoke emotion in you!  Be visual!  That may seem obvious in a vision, but it is important.  If you say “to be a leader in my organization to promote myself to a place of esteem and status” does that evoke emotion or cause you to visualize it the way that “Kick ASS and be awesome” does?  No.  Not so much… “have copious amounts of money” vs “fill my bank account to overflowing”… much more visual to see your bank account full of money with number 2.

vision board

Another thing you might do is to create a Vision Board to go along with your written Vision.  It can be a great way to quickly remind yourself of your Vision, not to mention it’s fun for me to pictures out of magazines and glue them to poster board along with glitter and gems!  I have also started making digital vision boards on my iPad with iMovie. (I’m not getting paid for the endorsement) I add music that evokes emotion and put in pictures of my end results, the life I am creating by working daily toward my goals. A few things I have on my vision board and digital vision board: a cabin in the mountains, a house in Ireland, debt free financial peace, more happy family time, shoes. Keep your Vision statement or board where you can see them daily.  What you think about you bring about!

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. ~ Jonathan Swift


Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized


100 Day Challenge ~ Procrastination is a Monster

100 Day Challenge ~ Procrastination is a Monster

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.  ~Olin Miller


Isn’t that the truth?

Think of the things that we put off doing until tomorrow.  When tomorrow becomes today those things seem to have grown larger and more daunting.  It’s easy to keep putting them off until they become a dark cloud.

I remember growing up my little brother had a book called The Monster at the End of This Book.  It was a Sesame Street book with Grover as the main character.  He was so worried about the “Monster” at the end of the book that he did everything he could to get the reader to STOP TURNING PAGES!  He bricked up and boarded up the pages, one by one.  At the end of the book ******Spoiler Alert******we discovered that Grover was the monster at the end of the book!  Sweet, lovable Grover.  Sometimes our tasks become like the Monster at the End of the Book.  Instead of just tackling them head on, we put them off until they are so daunting and scary that we want to build a wall to keep them safely on the other side.

The Monster at the End

For the next 96 (or however many are left) days of the year create a massive sense of urgency in your life.  Whatever you have looking you in the face, do it now.  By doing it now, you start to become a better version of who you are now.  When Grover got to the end of the book he quit describing the monster in negative ways.  It wasn’t scary and frightening, it was Sweet and Lovable!  Attack your monster procrastinated project with a sense of excitement for the end result.

Using the excitement you’ve built moving toward your monster and the kaizen method, break your goal(s) down incrementally to see how much you need to do at a minimum each day to reach your goal.

There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.  ~Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister


Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


100 Day Challenge ~ Incremental Improvement

100 Day Challenge ~ Incremental Improvement

I am delighted and thrilled with the feedback and comments I am getting online and in person regarding the 2015 100 Day Challenge!

Let me address a couple of the comments to eliminate some confusion, and then… let me give a tool to help ease some discomfort regarding some other comments I have received.

First, choose YOUR goal(s).  Just because I am working on a big number of Big Hairy Ambitious Goals (BHAG) does not mean YOU have to. We are all unique beings. If you want to lose 7 pounds and not 14 or 15 that is awesome! If you only have one goal to work on, excellent! This is not a challenge to make anyone feel less than…it’s a challenge to make everyone feel greater than through some tips and guidance and a network of support. You choose your goal, commit to it, and work toward it.

This is a judgement free zone!

Next, I’ve had some people mention that they don’t have time to work toward a goal because their lives are so busy right now. Or, I’ve had people talk with me about their goal plan (how they are going to achieve their goal) and they are basically trying to go from couch to 5k overnight. I love the saying, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time”. It puts into perspective the relevance of not overdoing it. I’m going to share with you some very important information about working toward your goals in way that won’t frighten you or burn you out. It is called incremental improvement.

There is a method by which you can multiply your success. It is based on the Japanese idea of kaizen. Kaizen, which means improvement, is a method of continuous and incremental improvement. The principles of kaizen go deeper than I will touch on here. What is important right now is how to use this to become 26% “more” in one year than you are today. Your ‘more’ should correspond to your ‘what’. 26% more productive, healthier, fitter, happier; ‘what’ ever you are reaching for.

If you look at the big goal it sometimes seems daunting. If you look at any aspect of life that you want to change, sometimes that can be overwhelming. If you look at changing the whole it is overwhelming and daunting. If you look at changing it incrementally, just a small bit, every day you will discover that your growth and positive movement is multiplying! If you can make one small improvement every day, that is only equal to a change of 1/10 of 1% (one-tenth of one percent) you will become ½ of 1% better in 5 days; one work week. If you continue to make those small daily improvements you will notice growth in that area of 2% in one month. Two percent may not sound like much, but imagine if you will that one of your health goals is to go from a BMI that shows you as overweight to a BMI in the healthy range. A decrease in your weight of only 2% could do that.  If you continue to make small daily changes to your habits 2% a month will equal 26% in one year. Now, that is multiplying nicely! If you continue each and every day, making a small bit of improvement over the previous day, you will be 50% ‘more’ in about 2 and ½ years. Over 10 years that is an improvement of 1000% percent.

This process can change your life. It will change it more quickly. The great part is that you will barely notice a change in the time that it takes! As you make those small daily changes, you also become more efficient. Think about doing one thing just a little bit ‘more’ tomorrow. If you are working out, try running just 5 seconds longer. If you have a goal at work, do one extra thing. The next day, do just 5 MORE seconds or do one MORE extra thing. As these habits form and you continue to make daily incremental improvements you will be reaching your goals in record time!

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. ~ R. Collier


Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


100 Day Challenge – Smart Goals

100 Day Challenge – Smart Goals

I like to start every new set of goals by writing them out. It is important to write them out using the SMART formula. I have shared this formula before, but feel that it is vital to achieving goals in the fastest way possible.

SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timebound.

It is important to make SMART goals instead of generic loosey goosey goals. Our subconscious minds work in Specifics, not generalities. Our subconscious minds also work in the personal present tense. State your goals as “I” goals and as if they have already been achieved.

Let me explain.

If one of your goals is to lose weight, that in and of itself, is not a SMART goal. It’s general. So, is one pound good? If you lose one pound you could say you met your goal. Or do you want to lose 100 pounds? A SMART goal containing all of the relevant pieces is:

It is December 31st, 2015 and I live in optimal health to maintain abundant energy by eating nourishing foods and exercising daily feeling fabulous and looking fabulous at my goal weight of 119 pounds!

That goal is Specific (119 pounds) Measurable, Attainable, Relevant (weight loss is measurable on the scale, clothes size, tape measure!, 1 pound per week is definitely attainable, and living in optimal health is very relevant) and Timebound (December 31, 2015).

Break down all of your goals into SMART goals. Then write them down on paper. This makes them real. They aren’t just floating in the universe, they have been captured.

Re-write and read aloud your goals every morning and repeat them aloud again before you go to bed. This crystallizes the goals, ingrains and embeds them. Additionally, you are telling yourself that you have achieved these things, so that your subconscious sets that into motion.

One more step in goal setting that I find to really seal the deal is to add emotion to the goal.

A SMART goal with the added emotion, state in the personal present tense:

It is January 1, 2016 and I live in a clean, clutter-free home that is welcoming and warm to visitors and a sanctuary to my family, who assist in keeping it neat and organized through routinely and systematically sharing household duties and getting rid of things we no longer need.

A bit wordier, but it evokes the emotion of the home I want to live in, that contains all of the SMART attributes.

Take a day or 2 to write out your goals using the SMART formula, and begin re-writing them daily! Watch the magic happen!

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. ~ Benjamin Mays


Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


100 Day Challenge – Day One

100 Day Challenge – Day One

It has arrived! This is the 100th day until the end of 2015. I hope you have taken a few moments to review your goals and decide on one (or as many as you would like) to accomplish before the end of the year.

Because my life is very busy and I have irons in many fires I am going to post (yes, publicly) my list of goals:

Goals for 100 Days

Health and Fitness

Lose 15 pounds (1 pound per week) to weigh under 120

Be able to do the splits, a cheer jump, and toe touch kick


Become a Mary Kay Director

Pay Off Car

2 “plans”

15 new VClients

Personal Betterment

Learn 3 chords on guitar and be able to play guitar

Wear a dress every workday (unless below freezing)

OR Dress professionally and presentably at all times outside of the house


Continue organizing items that were displaced in flood

Repair damage from flood

Clean up yard

Freshen up house

For Mom

Re-do bedroom

Paint front porch


2 blog posts per week

That is my list of goals. It is big, but it is not daunting to me. It really shows me some of my passions and where I need to be focused for the next 100 days. Also, it includes the goals of my 4 daughters… and I assured them I would do their 100 day challenges right along with them. I share this with you partly so you can quit shaking your head at why a 45 year old would ever want to be a cheerleader and learn to do the splits!

Whether your list is long or consists of one goal the most important thing today is to get committed to achieving this goal. Write the goal down and read it out loud. Tell yourself that this is your goal for the next 100 days.

That’s it for today. Unless you have not decided what your goal is. You should try to decide on a goal before you go to sleep tonight.

Tomorrow is when the real work begins.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. ~ Jim Rohn


Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


WOW ~ What do you want?

WOW ~ What do you want?

What do you want to accomplish?

There are 2 questions you should probably ask yourself prior to beginning the 100 Day Challenge. The first question is: what do I want to accomplish, or what are my goals? If you set goals at the beginning of 2015 and have not accomplished them that might be a good place to start looking at what you want to accomplish. If you did not set goals (or resolutions) at the beginning of the year than it is probably a good idea to identify what you do want to accomplish by the end of 2015 over the next 100+ days.

Are there any changes that you need to make to improve the quality of your life? These might be health related or finance related or job related (you get the picture). Is there a dream that you have been holding somewhere in the back of your mind for a long time that you have put off for far too long? Choose one thing (you don’t have to limit yourself to 1) that you would like to set as a goal to work toward over the next 100 days.

The 2nd question is: Why? In reaching goals the Why is sometimes more important (definitely equally important) as the What. Why do you want to lose 15 pounds? Why do you want to get debt free? Why do you want to… accomplish your What? Tony Robbins has said that with a big enough why you can accomplish any what.

I will share my What(s) and Why(s) with you at a later date… when we dive into some steps for Goal Setting.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu


Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Uncategorized


WOW ~ 100 Day Challenge

WOW ~ 100 Day Challenge

I love this time of year! It’s the time of year where the hot days come less frequently and the nights are cool and comfortable. The air is crisp.

For many people, fall is a symbol of death or the end. For me, it sparks my creativity and renews my fire. For several years I have used this season as a time to push myself harder and accomplish my goals. This year is no different.

As I wrote a few months ago the first half of the year was not conducive to working on my goals to the extent I wanted. I have been diligent in working toward goals and at least restoring normalcy to our lives. With the momentum already begun I am thrilled that the last 100 days of the year are just hours away!

Not only is September 23rd marks the first day of the rest of our life, but it is just a few short days away from the first day of the Last 100 Days of the Year!  I think this is a great time to evaluate the year up to this point, and re-set your goals.  Have you accomplished everything you set out to do this year?  Have you gotten sidetracked?

In the last 100 days of the year you can move toward achieving all of the goals that you set for yourself at the beginning!  I am Challenging myself this year…and would love to invite you along!

I have done many 100 day challenges in the past, and have done an end of the year 100 day challenge every year since 2010. I do not intend to write daily challenge but do intend on laying out an action plan and provide some tips to help us all achieve more in the last 100 days of the year.  I would love to hear about some of your goals and if you are going to try to Kick it in gear for the rest of the year!  No matter what your goals are, even if you can’t complete them by the end of the year (maybe you want to lose 50 pounds, or pay off a credit card) and it isn’t realistic to get that done in 100 Days…you can make a HUGE leap toward getting it done.  One thing that I have begun to realize is that momentum seems to compound.  Once you start something and work at it consistently, it gains that inertia to keep you on track!

So, take a day or 2 to think about it…and decide if you’re ready to Race to the Finish line for 2015!

It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien


Posted by on September 20, 2015 in Uncategorized