Take the 30 Day Challenge

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Professional Speaker and Business Coach Mark LeBlanc says treat every new month like you’re starting from zero. So whether you’ve had a bad month or a good month with reaching your numbers – today is a new month – so it’s time to start with a clean slate.

Think about it this way: you get to celebrate New Year’s all over again!

Remember that zeal and enthusiasm you had for your new goals on January 1st?

Well now is the time to recapture that energy and start afresh for February.

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Done is Better Than Perfect

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What is it that you’ve been dying to get done this past year? Is it finally writing that book? Starting that blog? Creating your new online business? Perhaps it’s trying to lose weight or develop new relationships?

It’s January 2015. Time to get that darn thing done.

Ask yourself this question: if you had all the time, money, and resources at your disposal for the next month to finish your top priority, what would that goal or project be?

That’s what you need to be working on now. Stop waiting for the perfect time or opportunity. It doesn’t exist. Start today.

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Have a Plan

It’s not enough just the show up.  You’ll be better than 50% if you’re there.  But to have a chance at reaching your goals, you need to have a plan.

Having a plan is treating your writing, business, and projects like they’re worth something.

They are. They’re worth your time.  At least, that’s what you’re exchanging for them right now.

Every time you start or work on an ongoing project you are expending your time, energy, and resources to finishing this thing.

Here’s what I tell my students.

  1. Have a definitive deadline that you want to complete your work.  Imagine you’ve actually completed it.  It’s done.  Finished.  No more work on this thing.
  2. Now use your imagination and sense of a timeline to figure out how you got here?
  3. What tools did you use?  What did you have to do to complete this wonderful project by this date?  What mini-projects that you have to complete for this thing to come together?
  4. What milestone dates did you set for yourself to make sure you were on the right track?
  5. Which accountability partners or collaborators did you reach out to for help, editing, or review?
  6. Now map that process out and follow it.

Not enough just to show up anymore, you need a plan.

Finish Stuff

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I can’t believe it.  We’re halfway through March.

In a few weeks, the first quarter of 2014 will draw to a close.

What have you done this year so far?

You have goals for 2014 – which is great, but what have you done to move closer to achieving those goals?

What do you need to finish today?

What can you finish this week?  This month?  This next quarter?

What can you do today, so by the end of June you can actually measure the progress you’ve made for 2014 goals?

It’s all about the small baby steps.

What are some baby steps you can take right now to move you closer towards your dream?

We have enough people that start things and abandon them at the first sign of trouble or distraction.

Squirrel!

Enough already, let’s start finishing some of those open items and put them to rest before we move on to the next thing that captures our fancy.

Year 2014 is the year of the Finish.

What are you going to finish this year?

 

The Main Thing

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Not sure where I saw saved this image from, but it captures the essence of getting things done.

When I think about all of the different things I need to do and take care of on my list – it can get pretty overwhelming and discouraging.

If you’re anything like me, you can even invent new ways to do other stuff, before you have to do the things you really need to do.  The main things.

I like what Tim Ferris (4 hour Workweek) has to say about this.  He says to ask yourself this question everyday:

“If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”

In other words, what’s the main thing you need to get done today?

C’mon you know what it is.  It’s the thing that’s been nagging and gnawing at the back of your mind as you’re trying to finish other “important” things.

And if it’s a choice between two or more legitimately important tasks, go back to Ferris’ question, “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”

Tim goes on to explain, “if you have already accomplished at least one important task in the day, don’t spend the last business hour returning a DVD to avoid a $5 late charge.  Get the important task done and pay the $5 fine” (Ferris, 2007, p.83).

You’ll feel much more satisfied if you complete the main thing.

Only AFTER you’re done – time to celebrate. Have a latte.  On me.  Actually on Tim’s dime.  He can afford it.