Okay if you haven’t started yet don’t freak out, you can start at anytime on the Daily Action Power Process. The Process last for 90 Days. You need to commit to taking action every day towards your goal(s). If you miss a day you have to start over. Hey, it is all about commitment.
But don’t feel bad, I have already started over a couple times last week but I am on a roll now. It takes time to figure out exactly what is going to work and what isn’t.
I have narrowed down the three things I will do each day. (You don’t have to take the same action every day) After reviewing my goals I decided that there were three basic actions that would get me what I wanted. Those actions are:
Walking every day
Speed Reading Practice
I figure if I do these three things consistently everything else will fall into place.
Keep in mind that I am not doing these things instead of but in addition to what I already do. I have lots on my plate, however making room for these three things will make a difference.
No one has time, they make time for what they want. I actually haven’t had a problem making time for my walk. I simply do it every morning. My dogs love it and I am enjoying being outside as well. I actually wonder why I ever stopped doing it.
The Marketing is a little more challenging but I have signed up for a home study course and that is helping to keep me on track. It helps to have structure.
I also have been practicing my speed reading which I love and I am getting better and better. Still at about 800 words a minute. My goal is to be reading about 1500 within the 90 days.
The thing to remember here is this isn’t about perfection. Don’t worry about getting it right, focus on getting it done. I have found that if I do these three things first everything else falls into place.
I will see how this plan works and I am willing to adjust and tweak as I go along. I am really pretty excited to see the outcome.
If you are a member of 365 Days of Coaching I have uploaded the Daily Action Power Process worksheet into the Members Only Area. If you are not a member of 365 Days of Coaching you should be. Go to my Website to find out how you can be a member and reap all the benefits.
Here’s to taking action
Well we made it through a week in the Daily Action Power Process – 90 Days to Success. I actually had to start over twice! It takes time to create habits and actually I realized that I needed time to adjust and figure out just what I wanted to be doing. I also realized that trying to do too much in any given day is a recipe for failure. Keep in mind that what you are doing in the Daily Action Power Process is in addition to what you already are doing, not instead of.
“Dr. Covey has repeatedly said that it takes 90 days to make a habit stick. So the challenge isn’t in learning new information, it’s having enough Focus to carry the change through to your behavior.”
I know that some guru’s say that it takes 21 days to create a habit, however I agree with Dr. Covey. It takes at least 90 days to get a new habit to stick. And that is what we are doing here, getting it to stick.
I also realize that the 90 Day Process may take longer. I for one will be a few days over the 90 days. The amount of time you spend on the Process isn’t as important as doing it. You want to stick with it so the habit sticks with you. Remember if you skip a day you have to start over at day one!
What I am most proud of this week is walking every day. I didn’t miss that once. I also realized I wanted to add my Speed Reading Practice into the mix and my Marketing Study. I figure those three things would be enough and if done consistently will bring me the results I want. Doing just these three things will have a ripple affect in all areas of my life. I started off more eclectic and realized I needed to narrow my actions down. Those three things fit nicely into the goals I have set and will have the biggest impact. You don’t have to do the same thing every day, I just realized for me it will simplify things and make it much easier for me.
Of course keep in mind that there are other things I am doing each day which at times makes it challenging. What I have found works best is to do the things that I am doing in the 90 Day Process first. The first thing each day I walk my dogs for 20 minutes. That gets it out of the way and I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. I have found that if I leave the Process steps to later in the day there is a risk I might not get them done.
If you are a member of 365 Days of Coaching you can find an outline and worksheets for the Power Process in the Members Only area. If you are not a member, you should be. Go to 365 Days of Coaching to subscribe and reap all the benefits of being a member.
Just keep in mind that this isn’t about racing along and achieving success overnight. This is about making success a habit and creating it over time.
Here’s to taking action,
I just had to share this issue of my good friend Kathleen Bren’s ezine The Coaching Zone. I love the concept she is talking about this month. One of my favorite quotes is by Shaki Gawain “People will let go when the pain of holding on is greater than the fear of letting go.” Pain can help move you forward like nothing else. As people we are motivated by two things, either away from pain or towards pleasure. In fact I just took a class where the instructor stated that people are more motivated to avoid something bad from happening than to make something good happen.
Although no one likes pain however it isn’t something that can be avoided and it can be used to support you in moving forward. Take the pain and turn it into something valuable.
Pain is a Great Motivator
by Kathleen Bren
The world we live in is in a constant state of evolution. The only problem with human evolution is that it happens very slowly.
Often times we repeat old patterns of behavior that bring us to the brink of despair, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves until the pain of the current situation becomes so intolerable, we are willing to make the necessary changes needed to allow greater joy into our lives.
The part of us that fears change (even if it’s ultimately for the better) holds on tightly to the known, keeping us stuck in unsatisfying situations that suck the joy out of our lives, until our soul cries out for help.
In that moment we shift from unwilling to willing participants.
What situation or event is creating pain in your life? Do you say things to yourself like I can’t do anything about this, it’s just the deck of cards I was dealt, or it’s not my fault?
Statements like these leave you disempowered and feeling victimized. Focus on what you can do. Focus on opportunities and possibilities instead of the doors that have closed behind you. Dig deep and find out what you are made of.
Being a victim doesn’t feel good and it ultimately abdicates your own personal responsibility to yourself. Make a decision today to change a situation that you have been tolerating for far too long. Your happiness depends on it.
© 2008 Clear Intentions, LLC
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So how did you do? Today was the first day of our Daily Action Power Process – 90 Days to success. I actually got everything done on my list, but did find it a tad challenging. Although doing just a few extra things doesn’t seem like a lot, it can be. The process will take time. However I feel great that I did accomplish what I set out to do. Habits take time to form, so I will just keep on going.
I broke my Daily Action into three sections:
Health – walking for 20 minutes
Business – 1 hour marketing reading
Spiritual – meditate 20 minutes
I won’t always do the same things, this is just what felt right to do today. I might change up or focus on different aspects of each area. However it did feel great to break it into sections that relate to my goals. This may not seem like a lot but if you take care of the small things the big things will handle themselves. Also keep in mind that this isn’t instead of anything you are doing, it is in addition to.
So how did you do on your first day?
Here’s to taking action,
I created a process for working with my clients that I call the Daily Action Power Process. I originally created it to be a 30 day process where my clients work on a goal consistently for 30 Days. After reading Ronald Chapman’s book, Seeing True – Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days I have decided to revise it to a 90 Day process. I like the concept of 90 days because I always tell my clients to commit at least 90 days to the coaching as it takes at least that amount of time before you start seeing results. I liken it to a diet, it takes about 90 days before you really start to see and even feel the changes of a diet.
To kick off the process I have decided to work the 90 Day process myself and blog about it. I would also like to challenge you do to the same. Starting today.
Here is how it works.
Use a notebook and create 90 pages in it that has a space for you to write your goals and the actions you will take toward them each day. Keep in mind that you are doing this process in addition to what you already are doing, not instead of. You only need to take a couple of steps a day towards your goal. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to do too much in any given day.
The steps to follow are:
Fill out your page with the steps you will take the following day.
Make a commitment to do this process for 90 days.
Include one to five steps you will take towards your goal(s) today.
Do the most difficult or scariest steps first.
If you skip a day you must start over at day one.
Have fun and enjoy the process.
Every system works if you work the system. A major part of the system for obtaining your goals is daily action. The daily action you do provides momentum and will keep you moving towards your goal. You cannot fail if you keep taking the next step towards your goal.
If you fail to plan you plan to fail. Creating a daily action plan will support you on staying on track and focused on your goal.
I would love to hear about how the process works for you. Blog along with me as we create a powerful 90 days!
Here’s to taking action,
My dear friend Ronald Chapman, author of Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days,will be doing a book signing on Saturday May 17th at 4pm at the Aurora Borders Books and Music located at 6606 S. Parker Road. I will be attending the book signing and would love to meet you. If you are in the area please stop by and say hello.
Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days
May 17, 2008 4:00 PM
Aurora – Parker – Borders
6606 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80016
An elegantly crafted set of meditation-like vignettes based on the experiences of the author and others. Presented in a workbook format, they allow the reader to respond to simple but thought-provoking questions, the answers to which can provide insights of life changing magnitude. The contemplations, now available from Ozark Mountain Publishing, examine spiritual themes with open mindedness and curiosity to facilitate one’s ability to see with new eyes.
The teleseminar I did with Ronald last week was amazing. Ron talked in detail about how “Seeing True” can make the biggest difference in your life and how life is created by our perceptions, what we think about what happened and not necessarily what happened. If you missed the call and you are a member of 365 Days of Coaching you can go to the Members Only area and listen to the recording. One of the benefits of being a member of 365 Days of Coaching is that you receive access to the recordings of all the teleseminars that I do. If you are not a member you should be. Go to 365 Days of Coaching to become a member today.
Here’s to taking action,
I just had to share this weeks Art Marketing Action ezine with you. My colleague and dear friend Alyson Stanfield does an amazing job with her ezine, intended for artist but not limited to indeed. This week is perfect because it is in line with what I am always talking about. You have to plan, prioritize and then put yourself to work. When you pull it all together you will be able to accomplish whatever it is you desire.
Prioritize Your Life
I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but I’m going to say it anyway. There will never be enough time to do everything you want to do. Never. Your job is to figure out what’s most important to you and to make sure you get it done.
If you aren’t in a battle with time, there’s no need to read further. If you want to get more from your day, continue.
Here’s the rub: You have 24 hours in a day. That’s it. If you sleep 8 of them, that leaves you with 16 hours. How are you spending those 16 hours? If you don’t know, I encourage you to keep a time-allocation record for one week, and then analyze where your time is going. How much of it is in your studio? How much in your art office? How much on marketing? You also want to know how much time for household chores and errands. And are you getting enough leisure, social, and “me” time in there? Are you spending your time in a way that honors your goals and life vision?
One of the single most important things I do is keep a running list of everything I have to do or want to do. Not two lists, not three, just one. This is important because it’s all in one place. I only have to look for one notebook and one list, not a bunch of scattered papers. Right now, there are exhibits I want to see, tasks that must be done with their deadlines, and things I want to research (like getting a new window perch for my cat). It would look like a mess to anyone else, but it’s my security blanket. Every idea and commitment is captured and the list goes with me everywhere.
The prioritizing comes at the end of the day. That’s when I look at my list and decide what absolutely must be done the next day. I grab a Post-It note (only because I seem to have an abundance of these) and write the next day’s date at the top, followed by the three to five things that have to be done that day. These aren’t things that I’d like to do. These are things that must be done–things I have to mark off the list before I go to bed.
The cool thing is that I usually tackle these must-do tasks first thing. Often, they’re off the list by noon and then I can do whatever I want after that. The other really cool thing is that I sleep better. I don’t wake up thinking I’ve forgotten something or break out in a sweat because there’s something I should be doing. I know what needs to be done and I can sleep like a baby. All because I prioritized my life.
Know This . . .
You’ll never get everything done that you want to.
Think About This . . .
Are you prioritizing your schedule in a way that honors your life dreams?
Do This . . .
Prioritize your life. Get all of your tasks gathered in one place and make a habit of looking at your list every night before you leave your workspace and every morning before you get started on your day. Pick out the items that absolutely must be done the next day and put them on a separate list.
More prioritizing/getting organized tips are on the Art Biz Blog.
Copyright 2008 Alyson B. Stanfield. Alyson takes the mystery out of marketing your art and making more money as an artist. Visit http://www.ArtBizCoach.com to get articles just like this one delivered to your inbox.
All the children may be back in school with Spring Break only a memory, but it isn’t too late to take your own spring break. Springtime is a wonderful time just to enjoy. Taking a spring break doesn’t mean that you have to go to the beach for a week, although that isn’t a bad idea. What it does mean is that you take some time to enjoy, relax, and rejuvenate.
When I left my corporate job, I took spring off before starting my own business. Since I had time, I would go outside and sit with my dog and enjoy the day. I noticed that there seemed to be an increase in the butterfly population and I wondered what created that. I mentioned my observation to a friend. She laughed and said, “There hasn’t been an increase in the butterfly population. You just haven’t been outside during spring in years!” She was right. I had not taken a break during spring since I was a teenager.
You can take a mini spring break during the day. Perhaps you could park a little further from the office and walk a few blocks into work and enjoy the wonderful weather. Instead of eating lunch inside, eat at an outside cafe or bring your lunch and have a picnic. Take the kids to the park in the evening or take a walk through your neighborhood. There are so many simple ways to take a mini spring break that will renew and rejuvenate you.
Here’s to taking action,
The first day of May brought snow in Denver, which didn’t make it seem like Spring has Sprung. The weather like life is unpredictable. It can change on a dime!
Speaking of change my favorite radio station, 104.3 FM Smooth Jazz has changed to a Sports Talk station. The Jazz station can still be heard on HD Radio, something I am not that familiar with. Again just a sign that change happens and at a rapid speed.
However some things are constant and one of those things is the Holiday’s that each month brings. I love to look at all the special days each month offers for unlimited celebration. Not that you need to have a reason but sometimes it is just fun to have a quirky holiday to get the fun rolling.
National Asparagus Month –
“Many vegetables sprout in May. One of these healthful treats is asparagus. And wouldn’t you know it? May is national asparagus month.” To learn all you want to know about Asparagus check out the website Georgia Faces sponsored by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. There is a great Asparagus article by student writer Morgan Roan.
My favorite way to eat asparagus? I have to tell you it is right out of the can. I can open up a can of asparagus and just snack on it. If it is fresh I prefer that it is drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and then grilled. As Alton Brown would say, “That’s Good Eats.”
National Salad Month! Okay no surprise this Holiday is sponsored by the Association for Dressings & Sauces! I love salad and I would highly recommend celebrating National Salad Month at Sweet Tomatoes, my favorite salad bar restaurant.
When eating Salad watch the dressing and sauces you put on it (I know not with keeping with the sponsors of the holiday). You can take a perfectly healthy meal and jack up the calories by drowning it is dressing. I like to use Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. Yummo!
For information on how to create a well dressed salad visit the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County’s website Food Reflections.
National Strawberry Month – Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I will be celebrating this holiday all month long!
I have to admit that I have been known to pick out all the freeze dried strawberries out of my husbands morning cereal! However when I am not robbing my husband’s cereal box my next favorite thing to do is make Strawberry Shortcake. My favorite shortcake recipe is from my Grandma Glotzbach. Although I am not sure what Grandma would think about me sharing her recipe with the world, but hey, it is the Holiday!
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup shortening
6 tablespoons milk
1 egg well beaten
Liquid to dry ingredients and mix only until all flour is dampened. Kneed gently on floured surface for a few seconds. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness cut into rounds. Brush lightly with melted butter. Place in pairs, buttered sides together on ungreased baking sheet and bake in 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. Remove top half, place on plate, add strawberries. You can also bake as single cakes if you like them crusty. (this is how I bake them)
National Tavern Month – “This will be the 55nd consecutive year in which National Tavern Month has been celebrated” Hey have a Strawberry Daiquiri at your favorite Tavern and you can celebrate two holiday’s at once!
May is also The Month of Peace. Years ago I discovered the Peace Pilgrim, an amazing woman and an inspiration.
“From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only “Peace Pilgrim” walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world:
“This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good,
and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”
Peace Pilgrim, An American Sage”
For more information about Peace Pilgrim go to the website and watch the video. It is just amazing what she did in her life!
Lots to celebrate this month.
Here’s to taking action,