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Assess Yourself | Short Self Assessment

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Do you know what you want in life? Do you know what you want to DO, BE and HAVE? To have the ultimate life, get clear on what you want and create a map of your journey.

Begin with the questions below and start laying out your course.

Career

    Are you happy with your career or do you want more?
    What would you rather be doing?
Healthy Heart

How healthy are you?

 

Health

    What are your eating habits?
    What are you doing to stay healthy?
    Are you getting enough sleep?
    What is your optimum weight?

 

Relationships

    Do you have a close family bond?
    Do you have a best friend?
    Do you have someone you can lean on in times of need?

Life

    How could you have more fun in life?
    What would make life more pleasurable?
Financial Maze

Which way do I go?

 

Financial

    What is your debt level?
    What is your financial plan for the next year?
    What is your financial plan for retirement?

 
 

Personal Growth

    What are you doing to promote your personal growth?
    If you could learn anything, what would it be?

Life’s purpose

    What is your life’s purpose?
    Have you written your life’s purpose?

Now that you have answered some of these questions, your journey should be a bit clearer. Know where you are going because you cannot arrive at your destination if you do not have one.

Who gives you advice?

Who gives you advice?


When you need some guidance, ask for it. When you don’t know what your next move is get a mentor who can help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

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Veterans Appreciation

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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Ken and I (Shanna) appreciate the freedoms we enjoy every day. We feel we have a great opportunity to give back to our veterans, and to those currently serving in our military, or their spouses here on the home front…Thank you!

We are offering 10 free memberships per month to those who have so bravely served, or are serving, our country. Each month we will offer 10 free program enrollments. Please review our program by clicking on the word “mentoring” above in the tab section or at the bottom of this post before submitting a request. We would like to know that you are committed and that you feel this program will be of value to you. We want to keep spots open to those who truly want to use the program to improve their lives.

This will be on a “first come first served” basis. We reserve the right to expand this free program when the need arises. :)

If you are a veteran or veteran’s spouse, who could truly benefit from our program, please leave a reply at the bottom of this post or send me an email: shanna@goalsmentor.com. You will be personally contacted via e-mail; no spam, no bulk mail….personally, just like our Goals Mentor program….personal.

Please be prepared to offer the following information for enrollment:
(This information will be held in the strictest confidence and not shared with anyone)

• Name
• Service Number
• Branch of Service

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New and Exciting Excerpts from our Live Q&A Calls

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

We have just posted some exciting new excerpts on our Video and Audio page. These questions are from live calls and real questions our members have presented. The live interaction in our program is thrilling and unique, not just a box of CDs in the mail!

We hope you will take the time to listen to some of the outstanding answers to questions that people just like you want to know about! The following two excerpts are just a sample of what you will find on the audio page.Live training call excerpt

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You will find more excerpts of our live interaction with our members on topics such as

    Affirmations
    Be Do Have Exercise
    Planning
    Sleep and Health

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Goals Give You Control Over Your Life AUDIO

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Do you have things you want to accomplish but you never seem to get around to taking action? Setting goals is a powerful and effective way to get results. That is what our program is all about; teaching, motivating and being there for you.

Enjoy this audio clip which is taken from a live Q&A we held for our members. Ken talks about how goals make you accountable and how they help you gain control over your life.

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Our lessons and live calls teach effective goal setting, time management, how to break bad habits and then how to create good habits, how to motivate yourself, and much more. You will be more self confident and your quest for self improvement will become a way of life.

Curtis Howe on NLP

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Goals Mentor is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with closely with Curtis Howe who is a successful speaker and motivational trainer. Curtis has over 10 years of experience in helping others and is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP Techniques.

Curtis taught an outstanding live session on the basics of NLP and during this session, he shared some fun exercises you can use. We recorded this call and we are excited to share it! Please feel free to listen from your computer or download the MP3 version.

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Curtis will be teaching an intense 12 session course on NLP beginning in January 2010. For more information, you can contact him directly at motivatorhowe@yahoo.com.

Watch for more recordings from Curtis on NLP. We will post all of his material on our Video and Audio page.

Positive Life Changes

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

How do you manage change in your life? Changes are essential because they open new doors to opportunity and they create room for adjustments. Accept change because without it, your life may become lackluster and cheerless.

Everyone experiences change, whether it is a change in their job, relationship or health. It may even be a change you initiated that may suddenly seem daunting.

Practice being good at change and always focus on the positive. Sometimes it may take some time to realize that a specific change of circumstance was actually a gift in disguise. The gift you receive may not even be related, in any way, to the change you experienced. For example, you may lose your job but find yourself in a rewarding new relationship would never have taken shape if you were still employed.

Change may lead you to new people, help you develop a stronger belief in yourself, provide you with new opportunities, or inspire you to live a healthier life.

It’s important to be on the lookout for the good that can transpire from unexpected changes.

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The Basics of Goals

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

What are your goals and dreams? What do you aspire to or hope for? Goals help turn these “wishes” into reality. You can have what you desire with some planning and that is what goal setting is all about. Goal setting gives you the necessary confidence you need to know that you can have anything that you want in life.

What is a goal?

A goal is a dream that has a deadline.

Why should you set goals?

  • Goals give you direction; they give you a road map. You can’t arrive at a specific destination if you don’t know where you are going. When you know where you are going you will stop driving around in circles and head straight for your destination.
  • Goals create enthusiasm. Enthusiasm comes from within and when you have a goal, you have a purpose. Every day when you awaken you are excited to get up because you know where you are going and you are getting closer to reaching your dreams!
  • Goals make you happy. Your mind is alive because it has something encouraging to focus on. Goals help eliminate negative thoughts and discontentment.
  • Goals help you overcome obstacles. Obstacles are what you see when you take your sites off your goals, so if you don’t have goals, you’re forced to focus on obstacles.
  • Goals give you discipline. Goals make you mind yourself. Instead of just going through your everyday actions, now you will be asking yourself “Is this action taking me closer to or farther away from my goals?”
  • Goals give you confidence. When you have clearly defined and written goals, you move toward those goals with unshakeable confidence. You don’t let anything get in your way.

If goals are such a great thing then why don’t more people set them? The only reasons that seem reasonable are that people don’t know how and/or they just don’t understand the importance of setting goals.

How do you set goals?

You write them down using these key factors:

  • Your goals must be written in a present, positive state as if you have already achieved your goal.
  • Your goal must be measurable, attainable and tangible.
  • You must have a deadline, a timeframe, in place for when you will reach that goal.
  • You must list the obstacles and the solutions to overcome the obstacles you may encounter.
  • You must reward yourself when you reach predetermined milestones or when you reach your goal.

It is imperative that your goals incorporate these factors in order to be effective.

Be sure you set goals in every area of your life. A balanced life is a good life. The areas in which to set
goals for are:

  • Physical and health
  • Financial
  • Family and relationship
  • Spiritual
  • Educational and mental

Get serious about doing something for yourself. Writing down your goals and having a purpose to achieve your goals will benefit not only you, but your family and others around you.

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Positively Altering Your Views

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Sometimes it is a challenge to make changes in our life because certain things may seem like a chore to us. Positively altering the way you perceive the changes you are making will produce better results and propel you more quickly toward your goals.

Here are some examples:

I have to manage my time. Change to: I have my priorities straight.
I am dieting to lose weight. Change to: I have changed my relationship with food.
I am working to change my life. Change to: I am transforming my life.
I must always think about self improvement. Change to: I live consciously.

Do an exercise right now.

Write down the changes you are making in your life that you discern to be a chore.

Now, positively modify these transformations.

From today forward, think and talk about these changes with your new and improved declarations!

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Planning Your Day and Time Management Tips

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Planning is a critical piece of the puzzle in reaching your goals. Planning makes you extremely more productive because you have written down, and know exactly, what the major and the minor tasks are that you must accomplish each day.

Time, Time Management, PlanningHow many times have you actually thought “Oh don’t forget to do that tomorrow!” Then tomorrow comes and you completely forget about that very important task that really needed to be done. You get slammed with so many interruptions and favors that you either forget or you put that important task on the back burner because other some other urgent, but probably not important task, was taken on by you.

Stephen Covey writes about this phenomenon of getting overwhelmed with unimportant activities in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” He divides tasks into 4 quadrants. The quadrants are labeled with the tags of important, not important, urgent and not urgent.

Important is something that creates results while urgent items are time sensitive or pressing on us.

This is how the quadrants work:

Quadrant 1 is Important and urgent – These things always get done because they are in your face and need to be taken care of right away like crises and result producing pressing issues.Time Management, Juggling Time, Planning, Scheduling

Quadrant 2 Important and not urgent – These are items that seem to always get put on the back burner of your life. This is where you really need to focus and plan because this is the quadrant where many goal action items can be accomplished. Goals seem to take a back seat and get bumped for urgent tasks or pressing issues. This is the quadrant you need to focus on – Important and not urgent.

Quadrant 3 Not Important and urgent – These are things like some calls, some mail, pressing matters, and some meetings that are all time sensitive but not productive and they do not create results.

Quadrant 4 Not important and not urgent – This is the fun square and it’s easy to spend a lot of time here. These are personal phone calls, emails, parties, pleasant activities, and busy work. Be careful not to spend too much of your time here. The key here is learning to say no to things that don’t produce results and have very little goal value.

Be conscientious of where you spend your time!

Now that you understand this theory of planning your time wisely, below are tips for planning.

You need a planner; just one calendar or planner.

    1. Every evening write down your task for the next day and be sure to write down at least on major goal action item.
    2. Write a specific time next to each task. This takes the guessing out of your day.
    Let’s say you schedule to exercise at 6:00 a.m. When you wake up, you don’t say “Well should I work out?” No, you say “I have to get up, do my power start and get started on my work out!” And you are excited to do it!

Don’t use floating notes, which are pieces of paper not attached to anything of significance.

    1. If you don’t carry a portable planner to write appointments and tasks in then carry a small spiral notebook.
    2. Each evening when you begin to plan the next day, transfer everything to your planner, tear out that page and throw it away so you don’t have to look at it again.

Clear and organize your desk or work area at the end of every day. With an organized desk or work area you can jump right into your tasks saving you 15 to 30 minutes the next morning.

It is said that for every 10 minutes of planning, you will save at least one hour of time. This concept alone should motivate you to plan your day. This accounts for about 5 extra hours of time each week to work in quadrant 2!

Make it a habit to plan day planned and watch your life positively change!

“What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps when we do them.” – Stephen R. Covey from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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40 Tips On How To Stop Procrastinating

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

In order to reach your goals you must commit to taking action steps.  If procrastination is an issue in your life then you must to take steps toward changing the habits that keep you from taking charge of your life. 

Here are 40 tips to stop procrastinating:

  1. Plan your next day, hour by hour, the evening before
  2. Make one to-do list
  3. Write your tasks down
  4. Put it on a calendar
  5. Learn to say “No”
  6. Schedule 2 hours of uninterrupted time in which to work on your tasks
  7. Commit to not checking email during scheduled uninterrupted time
  8. Commit to turning your phone off during scheduled uninterrupted time
  9. Commit to not checking for texts during scheduled uninterrupted time
  10. Get your spouse or children involved in what you are doing
  11. Partner up with someone who will hold you accountable
  12. Hold yourself accountable
  13. Report to someone else
  14. Let your family know what you are doing and get their support
  15. Give yourself deadlines (time and date) to finish a project
  16. Set your desk up to be conducive to productive work
  17. Do your biggest task in the morning or first thing before anything else
  18. Do the most difficult task first
  19. Do the item that will yield the most results first
  20. Require yourself to finish at least one action step before going to bed
  21. You can maintain high standards but being a perfectionist may hold you back
  22. Take a break to rejuvenate, but decide on a specific to complete after your break
  23. Build momentum by getting one, then two, then three things done
  24. Break a large action step into bite size, manageable pieces
  25. Find a way to get started by doing the easiest part first, build momentum
  26. Make your decision and stop wavering; it’s holding you up!
  27. Face your fear
  28. Identify your obstacles
  29. Finish a task before you start on a new one
  30. Get organized
  31. Make your task fun
  32. Reward yourself
  33. Don’t over plan
  34. Create a routine and plan recurring tasks at the same time every day
  35. Be disciplined
  36. Have a sense of urgency
  37. Just do it and stop thinking about it
  38. Believe in yourself
  39. Say affirmations every day
  40. Look at your goals every day

Take a step over that line of procrastination and make things happen in your life.  Your success or failure is up to you.

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Achieving Goals Successfully

Monday, November 9th, 2009

At Goals Mentor, we want to make a difference in people’s lives. We provide an environment that is conducive to your success. This is the reason we have created a membership program for individuals who desire more than just a workbook or a CD.

We think our involvement with you and our availability to you during this program is one of the keys to your overall success in setting and achieving your goals.

In our program, we walk you through the steps and guide you through the actions you should be taking through conference calls, emails, worksheets, and other tools on the membership website.

To get you started we are offering a free 35 minute audio packed full of information. Request your free audio today!

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First Step in Setting Goals

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The very first thing you need to do in the goal setting process is to begin with the end in mind.  In other words, how does the movie end? 

Once you can see the end, you need to ask yourself a question.

What is the purpose of my goal?  Having a purpose will give you reasons to pursue your goal.  Each day the choices you make are easy because you have a purpose. 

Everyone will have a different purpose but it should have a positive outcome and should make a difference in the lives of one or more persons.  You may have more than one purpose so include all of your purposes. 

Now that you know the reason you are pursuing a goal, write a present positive statement.  What this means is to write a sentence in present tense as if your goal has already been achieved.

Example 1:  Your end of the movie is that your children will be educated, successful adults and you want to provide the means for that outcome.

Write:  My children are happy and successful.  I provided love, encouragement and financial assistance helping them through college which aided in them becoming responsible adults.

Example 2:  Let’s say your end of the movie is that you are financially free from debt.

Write:  I am debt free and have the freedom and time to ____________________.

This is a brief description of step one on setting goals.  Think it through and write down your purpose.

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How Goals Impact Your Life

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

In our post Plan Your Life, we promised to help you understand how significantly goals can impact your life.  When you set goals and follow the steps to achieve those goals, you will be amazed at the positive outcome it will have on you and your life.

By setting goals in the financial area, you can plan for financial independence so you don’t have to rely on anyone else. You should be able to choose to work; choose to do as you please.

By setting a goal of physical fitness and nutrition, it will enable you to accomplish anything you want. You will be healthy and fit and your mind will be clear, enabling you to reach for and work toward your goals.

By setting a goal of spiritual fulfillment, you will understand who you are and why you are here. You will know your purpose in life and be able to strive for that purpose.

By setting a goal of emotional stability, you can accept personal responsibility for your successes and failures. You will be able to deal with any emotional challenges that cross your path in life and continue to move forward instead of being dragged down.

Your goals will be specific to your life and the direction you want to go. The four examples above show how using just these four areas could impact the decisions you make every day.