Do it for yourself!

“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something,
perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of
anyone stumbling on something sitting down.”- Charles F. Kettering

Do it for yourself!

Accountability is probably the No. 1 reason why some people make things happen while others only talk about them. If you are one of the go getters, you probably don’t need this advice. However I believe we all have strength and weaknesses and it is good when we become more aware of both. So stay with me as this cannot hurt you but it might make you even stronger and more committed to your success.

I remember when my first coach told me to write him an email every single night I did not take it serious. I said ok and forgot it. He had said it very politely and I did not think it was a requirement.
I soon found out I was wrong and it taught me a big lesson.

He reminded me of my commitment when we next spoke and I thought to myself “Oh why bother. I know what I am doing.” but he did not take that lightly and I will be forever grateful to him for doing that.

On our third appointment he asked me if I think coaching works and of course I said yes. Why else would I pay him to coach me, right? “So why don’t you do your accountability every night?” he asked.
“Oh, I am doing everything I said I would. I just don’t send it to you.” was my fast and not completely truthful answer. “Even if you don’t feel it is necessary, it would help the process a lot.” was his request. And he went on to tell me the story of another client.

To cut the story short, I started to do as asked and do it until today. It has become a habit that I would not miss for the world and tomorrow I will tell you why.

Until then, be successful!
Barbara
www.yoursuccesscycle.com
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Getting Things Done

“The pain lies in the difference of what we think should happen and what actually happens” – Vernon Howard

Getting things done

In earlier posts I talked a lot about acountability. I personally know it is what makes me produce double and sometimes even triple what I normally do and with less stress.

My experience shows it to be extremely effective and inspiring to work in a group setting in which  accountability and commitment play an important part. If you are not ready to join our “TO BE
successful” mentoring program, find a friend, colleague or family member who also has serious goals and intends to reach them and make an arrangement with them.

DO NOT JOIN FORCES WITH THE TALKERS!

JOIN FORCES WITH THE DOERS!

Talkers vs Doers

I am sure you know someone who seems to be successful in their career but when you really look into it, they are just mediocre or even under performers. Those are the talkers. They talk about
success, about achievements and probably would really like to have them, but don’t actually get around to them because things get in the way continuously. Those are the “busy” people who do not have too much to show for their efforts. I was one of them for quite a while so I know what I am talking about.

The doers on the other hand make fast decisions and get stuff done without discussing and displaying it all first. Those are the ones you should seek out as accountability partners. But fasten your seat belt because they usually move fast and expect you to do the same.

Be successful!
Barbara

The Power of Accountability and Gratitude

Yesterday we talked about how I learned to be really accountable – not the half hearted attempt I see in so many but the real thing – every single day. Why was that important?

It was important because it taught me 4 great lessons.

  1. That I was not always doing what I said I would do and that that disempowered ME much more than the other person involved. This was a vital lesson.
  2. That accountability helps you change bad habits much faster than anything else.
  3. That having an accountability partner gets you results in record time.
  4. I understood the power of gratitude but that is something we will talk about tomorrw.

Did you know that being accountable makes you reach your goals 8 times faster? That it makes you up to 8 times more productive?

These are amazing number, aren’t they?

So if you have big goals or a goal that seems unsurmountable, or if you want to break bad habits, get yourself a true accountability partner. If you want to focus only on your things, get a good coach (make sure it is someone who knows what they are doing and who is 100% committed to your success). I get amazing results with my clients because I hold them accountable.

Or if you are willing to help someone else reach their dreams then consider becoming the accountability partner of a friend or colleague but make sure both know what they are in for. It has to work both ways. You both hold each other accountable for your actions.

I found it hard to find an accountability partner for myself because most people do not want to commit 100% (to you or to themselves).  Usually a coach or a Mastermind group work better.

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Accountability – your Path to Success

Accountability is the No. 1 reason why some people make  things happen while others only talk about them. If you are one of  the go getters, you probably already know this. However I believe we all have strength and weaknesses and it is good when we become more aware of either. So stay with me as this cannot hurt you but it might make you even stronger and more committed to your success.
I remember when my first coach told me to write him an email every single night I did not take it serious. I said ok and forgot it. He had said it very politely and I did not think it was a requirement. I soon found out I was wrong and it taught me a big lesson.

He reminded me of my commitment when we next spoke and I thought to myself “Oh why bother. I know what I am doing.” but he did not take that lightly and I will be forever grateful to him for doing that.

On our third appointment he asked me if I think coaching works and of course I said yes. Why else would I pay him to coach me, right?

“So why don’t you do your accountability every night?” he asked.
“Oh, I am doing everything I said I would. I just don’t send it to you.” was my fast and not completely truthful answer.
“Even if you don’t feel it is necessary, it would help the process a lot.” was his request. And he went on to tell me the story of another client and how accountability had helped.

To cut the story short, I started to do as asked and do it until today. It has become a habit that I would not miss for the world and tomorrow I will tell you why.

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Meet Napoleon Hill

Do you know the classic “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill?

It is the most read book on success until today. THE book on success and it was written because he was challenged by the great Andrew Carnegie (Steel magnate who donated most public libraries in the US, had Carnegie Hall build and much, much more).

In this video you will actually meet Mr. Hill as he talks about how he made the commitment to devote 20 years of his life to study success:

A full chapter of the book is dedicated to the concept of the MASTERMIND. In my eyes (and in his) mastermind groups or partnerships are extremely powerful, actually there is almost no over Achiever that has not had a mastermind partner in some way or other.

It is also one of the most mis-used words in today’s coaching and mentoring environment. To make sure you understand the concept fully – in the way it was meant to be – I will give you the chapter of Napoleon Hills book that talks about the concept of the Mastermind as my gift. Just add your name and email in the box underneath and the Mastermind Chapter of Napoleon Hill’s classic will be on the way to you.

F*R*E*E Chapter of “Think and Grow Rich”

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Enjoy it and if you are interested to join a true mastermind group (small group of like minded success seekers) get in touch with me. The TO BE Mastermind is our most exclusive group which rarely has openings. You can become a member only after having gone through a pre-qualification process because masterminding means commitment to your success and that of the group.

You deserve the success you desire. If you believe that 2011 is your year to succeed join our next Mastermind Focus Group now. You will start with a one on one pre-meeting to find out if masterminding is for you. If it is not, you will get a prompt refund. If it is for you, you will join a group of like minded success seekers that work together  and hold each other accountable in order to truly live their dreams.

Are you accountable?

One of the reasonswhy people do not reach their goals…

is that they are not accountable to anyone (in many cases not even to themselves!). Did you know that we work 7 to 9 times better when we have someone that we are accountable to? We seem to rise up to the occasion and get that little extra out of ourselves.

The easiest way to illustration that is in with our exercise routine. How often have you wanted to start a daily exercise routine but got distracted or were too lazy and found a good reason (or better said excuse) not to do it today because… But when you exercise with a friend, a colleague or a neighbor, you will pull yourself out of bed and put on your sneekers to meet your partner and do it anyway.

If you want to reach your goal, get your self someone whom you can be accountable to. Make sure that the person you pick has their own goals and is as committed as you to reach them. They should be  supportive of your ideas and goals. Let them know that you wish them to be strict with you whenever you try to stray. That is why coaching works so well. You pay them to keep you on track. That way you have something at stake that you don’t want to lose.

A good accountability partner is invaluable to your success and if both of you have similar goals in mind it works even better.

If you don’t have someone you can work with, get yourself a coach or join a mastermind group.

Accountability forces you to succeed

Another reason for failing is lack of accountability. Did you know that we get up to 8 times more done when we are accountable? We seem to rise up to the occasion and get that little extra out of ourselves. The easiest way to demonstrate that is with physical exercise. If we do them alone, we usually find plenty of reasons (excuses) to do less than we had planned to but when there is someone else who holds us accountable, who supports and encourages us, we will run that extra mile even if when we think we can’t take another step.

Isn’t it ironical that that last mile is what gets you the best results? As in the gym where the last reps help you grow the most in terms of muscle growth and strength, it is the same with achieving your goals. So when you have a big goal, a dream, get yourself someone who will hold you accountable. Make sure it is someone who also has big goals, someone that is supportive of you and your ideas and has some of their own.

But accountability also means being “strict” with each other about keeping the commitments. With strict I mean with great integrity. You’ll have to agree on the rewards and punishments which you give yourself depending whether you do your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. It goes without saying that if you cheat, you will only cheat yourself. It makes no real difference to anybody else.

Be aware not to take on too much. When I first used an accountability partner, I gave her a list an arm long just with my daily and weekly tasks. To complete them on a regular basis was only wishful thinking and far from reality which got both of us pretty frustrated. Therefore set daily and weekly goals that are achievable and a stretch. It is important to find a good balance – not too easy and not too overwhelming.  Now I have 5 daily to do things, 2 that I do 5 times a week and 5 that I do weekly. That is more than enough and on some days a great challenge in itself.

When you are really serious with your accountability than make both – you and your accountability partner – responsible for achieving each others goals which means when you fail, the other person also has to accept the rewards and punishment of their partner i.e. do 50 push ups when the partner has failed to complete their tasks of the day.  For me that works great and gets me some physical exercise 🙂

Procrastinators beware! Why we fail

“I will do it later” This is probably the favorite line of every procrastinator and I admit to having said or thought this myself more than once. You convince yourself that tomorrow is a better day to start with those exercise you know you need to do, you will start tomorrow to manage your finances, you will write that letter tomorrow or make that urgent phone call TOMORROW.

If procrastination is an issue in your life, make a decision now and set a goal into motion by taking action immediately. The second best time to do it is today. Stop putting things that should be done today off till tomorrow or the day after as that might be too late.

But that is not the only reason. Getting things done – completion of projects, however small – gives you a feeling of satisfaction and achievement which in turn strengthens your belief in yourself. Once you get the hang of it, it soon becomes a positive habit. Jim Rohn used to say: “A positive habit repeated every day spells success. A negative habit repeated every day spells disaster.” And he is 100% right.  Things will not get done by themselves and the only time you can do them is in the now. That is also the only time that we can control – the now.

Another reason for failing is lack of accountability. Did you know that we get up to 8 times more done when we are accountable? We seem to rise up to the occasion and get that little extra out of ourselves. The easiest way to demonstrate that is with physical exercise. If we do them alone, we usually find plenty of reasons (excuses) to do less than we wanted to but when there is someone else who holds us accountable, who supports and encourages us, we will run that extra mile even if when we think we can’t even take another step.

Isn’t it ironical that that last mile is what gets you the best results? As in the gym where the last reps help you grow the most in terms of muscle growth and strength, it is the same with achieving your goals. So when you have a big goal, a dream, get yourself someone who will hold you accountable. Make sure it is someone who also has big goals, someone that is supportive of you and your ideas and has some of their own.

Accountability means being strict with each other about keeping commitments. And you’ll have to agree on the rewards and punishments which you will award yourself depending whether you actually do your daily, weekly,  and monthly tasks. Both partners are taking full responsibility for each other and it goes without saying that if you cheat, you will cheat yourself and that will show.

“I will do it later” This is probably the favorite line of every procrastinator and I admit to having said or thought this myself more than once. You convince yourself that tomorrow is a better day to start with those exercise you know you need to do, you will start tomorrow to manage your finances, you will write that letter tomorrow or make that urgent phone call TOMORROW.

If procrastination is an issue in your life, make a decision now and set a goal into motion by taking action immediately. The second best time to do it is today. Stop putting things that should be done today off till tomorrow or the day after as that might be too late.

But that is not the only reason. Getting things done – completion of projects, however small – gives you a feeling of satisfaction and achievement which in turn strengthens your belief in yourself. Once you get the hang of it, it soon becomes a positive habit. Jim Rohn used to say: “A positive habit repeated every day spells success. A negative habit repeated every day spells disaster.” And he is 100% right. Things will not get done by themselves and the only time you can do them is in the now. That is also the only time that we can control – the now.

Another reason for failing is lack of accountability. Did you know that we get up to 8 times more done when we are accountable? We seem to rise up to the occasion and get that little extra out of ourselves. The easiest way to demonstrate that is with physical exercise. If we do them alone, we usually find plenty of reasons (excuses) to do less than we wanted to but when there is someone else who holds us accountable, who supports and encourages us, we will run that extra mile even if when we think we can’t.

Isn’t it ironical that that last mile is what gets you the best results? As in the gym where the last reps help you grow the most in terms of muscle growth and strength, it is the same with achieving your goals. So when you have a big goal, a dream, get yourself someone who will hold you accountable. Make sure it is someone who also has big goals, someone that is supportive of you and your ideas and has some of their own.

Accountability means being strict with each other about keeping our commitments. And you’ll have to agree on the rewards and punishments you will give yourself depending whether you do your daily, weekly, monthly, and monthly tasks. It goes without saying that if you cheat, you will only cheat yourself.

Why Accountability Let’s You Reach Goals

We’ve all heard the word “Accountability” used around achieving goals. Why is that? Is it really that important? Can’t we just do it on our own?

Maybe we could but it’s 8 times more likely that we achieve what we set out to do when we are truly accountable – not only to ourselves. Think back to all the goals you’ve ever set – from the small and short term ones to the biggies. Which goals did you achieve and which didn’t you?

Let’s make a test. Make a list of at least ten goals you remember setting and mark it with a + if you achieved it or a – if you didn’t. This may help you see that most met goals were accomplished with the help of others. Maybe even unintentionally you recruited your spouse, children, parents, a friend or a colleague.

However it happened, fact is, when you have a partner that holds you accountable on doing what you set out to do, you have a much better chance at realizing that goal or project. Without accountability, most people are likely to quit when the going gets tough, or they simply decide it’s not worth the hassle because they forgot why it was so important to them when they set out to do it.

Accountability helps you become clear on exactly what you want, when you want it, and why you want it. That by itself is missing in most people’s goal setting. And when you have at least one accountability partner, who knows what you are aiming for and supports your ideas, you are 8 times more likely to get to the finish line.

While we are usually ok with admitting defeat to ourselves, we don’t like having to admit defeat to others. Accountability works so well because we share our intentions and therefore make them more real to us too. When we share our goals we take responsibility and ownership for them which automatically gives us a more focused drive towards reaching them.

Simply by communicating our plan with others it forces us, like little else does, to truly commit. When we work in a group or team environment using the Mastermind principles, we know we will be asked about our progress. We know our accountability partners will be interested in the entire process of going from where we are today to where we want to go. You almost have no choice but to commit at this stage!

So to summon up: The best way to stay accountable and go from unmet to met goals and dreams is to bring at least one other person into the game like a professional coach or a good Mastermind group.

Just make sure your accountability partner/s will really stretch and challenge you to keep your commitment to yourself – because that is what it is – a commitment to yourself!

I personally love being part of a good Mastermind group because when we weaken in our resolve, there are several that will catch you and help you across the “slippery” patch until you will feel secure and clear again.

K.I.S.S – Goals by Zig Ziglar

K.I.S.S.  – When I started my sales career, one of the first things we were taught was to “Keep It Simple, Salesman.” Communicate in such a way that your message is unmistakably clear. If the message is not clear, the prospect ends up confused and confused people seldom take action.

This advice can be followed in any field of endeavor. For example, in marathon running today we utilize sports psychologists, computerized training regimens, and running shoes that are “state-of-the-art.” Perhaps all of that is necessary if you want to win the big race. I’m not denying that these things help, but Toshihiko Seko didn’t need them to win the Boston Marathon.

I was tremendously impressed a dozen years ago when Toshihiko Seko won the Boston Marathon. His training program was simplicity itself and Toshihiko explained it with twelve words: “I run ten kilometers in the morning and twenty in the evening.” At this point you probably think, “There’s a catch!” But this plan enabled him to outrun the world’s greatest, fastest, most gifted runners. When Seko was told that his plan seemed too simple when compared to that of other marathoners, he replied, “The plan is simple, but I do it every single day, 365 days a year.”

It is my conviction that most people fail to reach their goals not because their plans are too simple or too complicated. Most people don’t reach their goals because they’re not committed and willing to follow their own plans.

Many of our goals do not require detailed plans, but all of them require that we must follow the plan we have. Seko’s plan was effective because he followed it every day. You can’t get more simple than that! Follow Seko’s example, make certain your plan to reach your goal is simple, then follow it carefully. Be accountable to yourself and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
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Goals By Zig Ziglar

K.I.S.S. When I started my sales career, one of the first things we were taught was to “Keep It Simple, Salesman.” Communicate in such a way that your message is unmistakably clear. If the message is not clear, the prospect ends up confused and confused people seldom take action.

This advice can be followed in any field of endeavor. For example, in marathon running today we utilize sports psychologists, computerized training regimens, and running shoes that are “state-of-the-art.” Perhaps all of that is necessary if you want to win the big race. I’m not denying that these things help, but Toshihiko Seko didn’t need them to win the Boston Marathon.

I was tremendously impressed a dozen years ago when Toshihiko Seko won the Boston Marathon. His training program was simplicity itself and Toshihiko explained it with twelve words: “I run ten kilometers in the morning and twenty in the evening.” At this point you probably think, “There’s a catch!” But this plan enabled him to outrun the world’s greatest, fastest, most gifted runners. When Seko was told that his plan seemed too simple when compared to that of other marathoners, he replied, “The plan is simple, but I do it every single day, 365 days a year.”

It is my conviction that most people fail to reach their goals not because their plans are too simple or too complicated. Most people don’t reach their goals because they’re not committed and willing to follow their own plans.

Many of our goals do not require detailed plans, but all of them require that we must follow the plan we have. Seko’s plan was effective because he followed it every day. You can’t get more simple than that! Follow Seko’s example, make certain your plan to reach your goal is simple, then follow it carefully. Be accountable to yourself and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
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