I am loving the Daily Action Power Process 90 Day program that I created and have been personally working. I already know the power of daily action, I am the Action Advocate after all. However the combination of focus and action is amazing. There simply is nothing else like it.
But is 90 Days too long? Some people have been sharing their concerns with me that the 90 Day Program that I am launching is just too long. Of course my first question is “Compared to what?” The other point I would make is July 1 marks the end of half the year. Are you where you want to be? If you haven’t achieved what you wanted in the first half by doing what you have been doing, what makes you think you will achieve more continuing with the same program.
The risk you run here is that in 90 Days if you continue to do what you have been doing you will get exactly what you have gotten so far. That most likely isn’t what you want. However if you focus and take action and do the 90 Day Program you will change your life and accomplish the goals you set out to accomplish.
The point to make here is regardless of what you decide to do 90 Days is still going to pass. Time isn’t going to stop or even slow down. It will zip on by just like it did in the first half of the year.
There is a lot that will help you achieve your goals. Will power and determination can assist in making change. However if you don’t take consistent action over a period of time, it isn’t enough.
May people procrastinate when it comes to working on their gaols. This can be for a lot of reason, fear, low confidence, letting the “How” get in the way. Some of the excuses I have heard for not doing the 90 Day Power Process is that it is summer, their is a holiday, it’s too hot, bla, bla bla. What is so great about the 90 Day Power Process is it will help you build momentum and once you get the momentum going the rest such as abundance and prosperity will follow.
So why 90 Days? Actually the concept of 90 Days came to me after I read my friend Ron Chapman’s book, Seeing True – Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days.” In the book Ron explains that the 90 day concept came out of his Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) days. When a person decides to go sober they are required to attend 90 AA meetings in 90 days. The thought is that 90 days will create a solid habit and lead to a life of sobriety. I find that the 90 days helps to keep the focus and the momentum so that the change can take place. It is also easier to keep going than it is to start or restart. The 90 Days keeps the ball rolling and actually helps to make achieving the goal easier. Change doesn’t happen over night, it happens over time. This process isn’t a quick fix, it is designed to create a habit that will support you in attaining your goals.
To me 90 Days is just the start – it is the beginning of the process. So to answer the question, No ninety days isn’t too long. It is just right!
If you would like to join me in my first ever Daily Action Power Process Summer Camp click here and sign up. At the end of the ninety days you will be glad you did.
Here’s to taking action,
Many people are telling me they love the concept of the Daily Action Power Process (DAPP) that I have been Blogging about but the lack of accountability and support is getting in the way of their success. Well I have listened and created a 90 Day Program that will skyrocket your success.
Since I loved Summer Camp (I was a Girl Scout after all) I couldn’t think of a better time to launch the program. Summer officially started on June 21st so I am giving you a couple weeks to kick back and then launch into achieving your goals.
While many of us have a little downtime during the summer, this is also a great time to take action on your goals. You will have a couple weeks of downtime and then Camp starts on July 7th.
Camp will include weekly calls, coaching call-in days, private mini coaching sessions and, of course, a Camp Manual (workbook for the Daily Action Power Process). I wanted everyone to attend Camp so I kept the price low, and the value very high. For more information go to http://www.365daysofcoaching.com/dapp.htm and sign up today. Summer is a great time to get into action and put a turbo charge on your goals.
I sure hope I see you at camp.
Here’s to taking action
I love this article by Asha Tyson, who by the way has an amazing story of success, because it confirms what I have been saying and thinking, Consistent Daily Action is the key to success. I love how Asha ask for a “Drum Roll” as she announces that Daily Action is the secret. Daily Action doesn’t always get the attention or the “Drum Roll” it deserves. Actually most people know that it would make a difference but don’t for some reason actually do anything about it. Knowing something and putting that knowledge to use is two different things.
As we move forward with the Daily Action Power Process I am reminded that Daily Action, although not all that glamorous, is the key, the secret, the magic wand, and more all rolled up into one. It is what will make you successful, rich and happy. And it is so simple! You just need to do it.
Simple yes, easy no. First you have to know what you want, what you really, really want. You have to be specific. Don’t just say you want more money. When you find a penny on the ground your wish has come true, you now have more money. You have to be specific, how much more do you want and by when. When you become very clear the Universe will conspire with you to make it happen. Now get busy and start taking the inspired actions to get more money. I say inspired because once you become very clear the Universe will start sending you opportunities, ideas and hunches that when followed through with will begin to manifest what you want.
Here’s to taking action,
How To Move Forward When You Feel Stuck
By Asha Tyson
Sometimes you may feel like you don’t have the support you need to move forward. You might feel busted and disgusted. When it’s your turn to be encouraged, you may feel no one can or will help. We have all been there. But you don’t have to be there anymore. I discovered something that all successful people know.
There is a way to combat that feeling each and every time you get stagnate. You will be able to push yourself along whether you have help or not. That’s right. You can literally change your situation in an instant — at will — and be on your way to the success you deserve!
It’s a simple concept, but the practice is highly uncommon. If more people implemented this little technique, they would be amazed at their results.
The secret is…(Insert Drum Roll Here)
Consistent Daily Action!
If you’re not getting what you want out of life, the first place to look is at your daily actions and habits. You must ask yourself, “What small steps am I taking everyday towards any one goal?” You will be amazed to find that your daily action is either not happening or not consistent enough to produce the result you’re after. Consistent daily action, regardless of how small, is the single most effective key to achieving any level of success you want.
So you have to plan your work. Do you have a real plan that is clear and focused? If the answer is “no” You have to re-assess your desires and find out what’s holding you back.
If you don’t have a large enough reason for moving forward everyday. IT JUST WON’T HAPPEN. Select one specific goal you would like to work on first. Now, set a date for completion.
Next, create a plan for reaching that goal. What tools, knowledge, suppliers, professionals, finances, etc. do your think you need? Get that all together. WRITE IT DOWN. I’ve carried a Franklin Planner for several years. I find it very useful in keeping my schedule, tasks and projects in order, but I have been known to grab a good old fashion legal pad or loose-leaf notebook every now and again if it’s closer. I’m not high tech, so I write everything down. There are lots of systems, software, cherries and blackberries available. The absolute best system to use
is one that works for you!
Break the plan down into manageable daily steps that will assist you in achieving your goal. Once the goal is set, you can ask yourself, “What will I need to accomplish in order to get from here to there?” Now get moving. Refuse to be stopped. Celebrate failure because you learn more from it than you do from success. Decide not to give up until you win!
If you haven’t taken the time or you just need a loving shove, I have good news for you. Here it is.
Take Action Now!
Asha Tyson -homeless at 17, is now award-winning celebrity life coach and national bestselling author of “How I Retired at 26!”
Today you too can get lasting results with FREE success tools only at http://www.ashatyson.com Do it now!
I just love when Jack and I are saying the same things. This week in 365 Days of Coaching I wrote several days about Asking. One Day was based on a scene from The Rocky Horror Picture show, a movie I have seen countless times.
Megenta (a domestic) says to Dr. Frank-N-Furter (a scientist), “I ask for nothing – nothing.”
To which Dr. Frank-N-Furter replies, “And you shall receive it in abundance.”
You simply won’t get what you don’t ask for. Don’t worry that is isn’t polite or you might be turned down. You risk nothing when you ask for something because you don’t already have it so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I love how Jack has outlined what to ask for and how to ask for it. If you want to increase your success in life you have to learn this all important skill.
So get to asking! You will be so glad you did.
Here’s to taking Action
The Power of Asking; 7 Ways to Boost Your Business
by Jack Canfield
The gift called “asking” has been around for a long, long time. One of life’s fundamental truths states, “Ask and you shall receive.” Kids are masters at using this gift, but we adults seem to have lost our ability to ask. We come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons to avoid any possibility of rejection.
Yet the world responds to those who ask! If you are not moving closer to what you want, you probably aren’t doing enough asking.
Here are seven asking strategies you can implement in your business (and in life) to boost your results and your bottom line:
Asking Strategy #1: Ask for Information
To win potential new clients, you first need to know what their current challenges are, what they want to accomplish and how they plan to do it. Only then can you proceed to demonstrate the advantages of your unique product or service.
Ask questions starting with the words who, why, what, where, when and how to obtain the information you need. Only when you truly understand and appreciate a prospect’s needs can you offer a solution. Once you know what’s important to them, stay on this topic and find solutions for them.
Asking Strategy #2: Ask for Business
Here’s an amazing statistic: after giving a complete presentation about the benefits of their product or service, more than 60 percent of the time salespeople never ask for the order! That’s a bad habit, and one that could ultimately put you out of business.
Always ask a closing question to secure the business. Don’t waffle or talk around it—or worse, wait for your prospect to ask you. No doubt you have heard of many good ways to ask the question, “Would you like to give it a try?” The point is, ask.
Asking Strategy #3: Ask for Written Endorsements
Well-written, results-oriented testimonials from highly respected people are powerful for future sales. They solidify the quality of your product or service and leverage you as a person who has integrity, is trustworthy and gets the job done on time.
When is the best time to ask? Right after you have provided excellent service, gone the extra mile to help out, or in any other way made your customer really happy.
Simply ask if your customer would be willing to give you a testimonial about the value of your product or service, plus any other helpful comments.
Asking Strategy #4: Ask for Top-Quality Referrals
Just about everyone in business knows the importance of referrals. It’s the easiest, least expensive way of ensuring your growth and success in the marketplace.
Your core clients will gladly give you referrals because you treat them so well. So why not ask all of them for referrals? It’s a habit that will dramatically increase your income. Like any other habit, the more you do it the easier it becomes.
Asking Strategy #5: Ask for More Business
Look for other products or services you can provide your customers. Devise a system that tells you when your clients will require more of your products. The simplest way is to ask your customers when you should contact them to reorder. It’s often easier to sell your existing clients more than to go looking for new ones.
Asking Strategy #6: Ask to Renegotiate
Regular business activities include negotiation. Many businesses get stuck because they lack skills in negotiation, yet this is simply another form of asking that can save a lot of time and money. Look at your vendors and suppliers and see if there are areas where you can be saving money. Just ask.
All sorts of contracts can be renegotiated in your personal life, too, such as changing your mortgage terms and rate, reviewing your cell phone plan and requesting a policy review with your insurance agent. As long as you negotiate ethically and in the spirit of win-win, you can enjoy a lot of flexibility. Nothing is ever cast in stone.
Asking Strategy #7: Ask for Feedback
This is a powerful way to fine-tune your business that is often overlooked. How do you really know if your product or service is meeting your customers’ needs? Ask them, “How are we doing? What can we do to improve our service to you? Please share what you like or don’t like about our products.” Set up regular customer surveys that ask good questions and tough questions.
HOW TO ASK
Some people don’t enjoy the fruits of asking because they don’t ask effectively. If you use vague language you will not be clearly understood. Here are five ways to ensure that your asking gets results.
Be precise. Think clearly about your request. Take time to prepare. Use a note pad to pick words that have the greatest impact. Words are powerful, so choose them carefully.
Ask with Confidence
People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence.
Some people fold after making one timid request. They quit too soon. Keep asking until you find the answers. In prospecting there are usually four or five “no’s” before you get a “yes.” Top producers understand this. When you find a way to ask that works, keep on asking it.
In this age of global competition, your asking may get lost in the crowd, unheard by the decision-makers you hope to reach. There is a way around this. If you want someone’s attention, don’t ask the ordinary way. Use your creativity to dream up a high-impact presentation.
When you really need help, people will respond. Sincerity means dropping the image facade and showing a willingness to be vulnerable. Tell it the way it is, lumps and all. Don’t worry if your presentation isn’t perfect; ask from your heart. Keep it simple and people will open up to you.
© 2008 Jack Canfield
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It has been one month since we started the Daily Action Power Process. It has gone really fast which tells me that it is important to stay focused and on track or time can easily get away from us.
I made three goals in the beginning which was to focus on my marketing, my speed reading and walking every day. I had to tweak the goals, start over twice and adjust what I wanted to do each day. What I learned is that one of the most important things the process offers is focus. I didn’t have to guess about what I would do each day or what my objectives were, I already knew.
I also find that planning the day the evening before is powerful. That way you don’t start the day wondering what you will do, you already have it structured and planned out. It makes is so much easier.
I also find that doing just a few small steps each day is extremely powerful. Although it might not feel like I am doing much in the moment, when I look over what has happened over time I see I have gotten a lot accomplished.
I will be announcing something very special on Monday that will help you with the process. I have heard from many people that they like the concept but they can’t stay motivated. I can help you with that and I will be letting you know more on Monday.
I would love to hear how the Process is working for you. What has been your greatest accomplishment in the last month and what has been your greatest challenge?
Here’s to taking action
I have determined that there is a three step process to success.
Know Your Goal, Make A Plan, Take Action
I have come to the conclusion that in order to create something new in your life there are three necessary steps. The first one is to determine what you want. You must have something in mind that is compelling and inspiring. Once you know what you want, you must develop a plan of action. Not having a plan is like taking a road trip without a map. You might eventually get to your destination, but it will take you more time and effort. The same is true of goals. Without a plan, you will founder around and waste a lot of time and energy. And the final and most important step is to take action.
Taking action is the only way you are going to create your goal(s) into reality. Taking action seems, for many, to be the hardest step. If you are not sure what to do to get started, that is fine. Just do something. The first step is the hardest. The path will unfold in front of you and reveal itself, but only after you make the first move. When you take action, you create a forward motion. You do not need to know exactly how everything will unfold. Often there is no way to know. You just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and be willing to do what it takes to create your goals. Staying committed to being in action and not stopping until you reach your goal is the secret to creating what you want.
The three step process to success requires a clear goal, a plan, and action. Having a goal without a plan is not really a goal; it is a dream. Taking action without having a plan is like following your dream in the dark. You might eventually get there, but it will take twice as much time and energy. Having a goal and a plan without acting will not support you in achieving anything. What you will end up with is a wish that you had, not the joy of having done it.
Here’s to taking action
I love when I find articles that back up what I have been saying for years. I found this great article by Carolyn Matheson that backs up what I have been saying, “it is the small steps that count.” You can do it all, just not all at once. You are better off just taking small steps than trying to stress yourself out by taking big leaps. Actually you will get further in the long run by taking the small and steady route than trying to rush at full speed and risk burning yourself out.
Did you know that if you saved $50 a month for 20 years you would have more money in the bank at the end of 20 years than if you saved $600 once a year for 20 years. It is all about Compound Interest. The same is with Action. You will actually get more done and get further along in life if you take one or two actions a day verses trying to do it all at once. I call that Compound Action. The small actions will build on one another and add up to big results.
Here’s to taking action,
Bite-Size Chunks! The Power Of Daily Actions
By Carolyn Matheson
There may be so much you want to change in your life to make
it less stressful. You can do it all, just not all at once!
Feeling in control is an important part of saying Yes to
Less Stress. Breaking down any problem into small, solvable
parts makes things less overwhelming; it also gives you the
sense that you are taking action.
Nothing happens in one big action, it is all the small
actions we take daily that make the difference. If you only
do one thing different, take one small action every day, it
will make a big difference in the long run. If you only
implement this simple suggestion, you will see some changes
in your life. It looks simple and it is.
Fulfilling an ambition of leaving a stressful job, Dave
dreamed of having a thriving consultancy business. He wanted
everything to happen at once: two days a week on the golf
course and time with his family, as well as continuing with
charity work helping the homeless.
When he finally decided to quit his well-paid job, he
thought that clients would be queuing up to work with him.
He overlooked the fact that he needed to be proactive in
finding new clients. He started to wonder how he had
believed this new life would be better. Every day he felt
anxious and worried. In some ways he felt more stress than
he had felt from the job he’d escaped – he had escaped the
office politics but the stress of feeling a failure was much
Dave became fearful that maybe the dream he was trying to
achieve wasn’t ever going to materialise. This stinking
thinking was overwhelming him. On the golf course, however,
he had a flash of inspiration. He realised that he had been
thinking rather than taking action towards fulfilling his
Dave had allowed negative thoughts to get in the way of his
progress. Before he could start developing his business, he
needed to identify his prospective customers. So each
morning he took a simple daily action towards building his
client base. He committed to identifying 10 new prospects
daily. This rarely took him longer than 15 minutes each day.
He had initially put this task off as the thought of
compiling a list of 300 prospects overwhelmed him. He was
creative in asking for help from his former business
colleagues as well as his golfing friends, and he was amazed
at how quickly his list grew as a result. Within the first
week, he added a new daily action. He contacted 10 people a
day from his list. Of course, not all of these turned into
customers, but in time he was well on his way to success.
Within three months, Dave had not only developed his
thriving business but also improved his golf handicap! How?
He included golf practice at his local driving range on his
list of daily actions! His daily practice not only kept him
fit, but allowed him thinking time; a time when ideas freely
flowed into his mind.
Are you are sitting there thinking “I’m too short of time”?
The good news is that you don’t need a lot of time and you
don’t have to do a radical overhaul of your life. Don’t let
a big goal overwhelm you. Every goal, no matter how large,
can be broken down into small, manageable, bite-size chunks.
Whatever you want to do with your life, you stand more of a
chance if you just get started. No matter how small a step
you take each day, over a year that will add up to 365 daily
actions. I am always amazed when clients agree how obvious
this step is, yet it is the one they have often overlooked.
Start wherever you are and take one step at a time – that is
all you can do!
It doesn’t matter what has happened to date. The only
thing that counts is where you are now and what you need to
do to move forward.
If you are starting to feel a bit clearer about what you
want in your life, the only thing that will move you forward
now is action. Once you’ve worked out what it is you most
want to do, now is the time to do it. Daily actions help to
break old habits.
Consider actions that require 15 minutes or less to
The daily action you take may not always be the right one
with the benefit of hindsight – don’t worry, some doors may
close but others will open.
Everyone has bad days – don’t let them turn into a bad
week, month or year. Tomorrow, or even later on today, you
can start afresh, with a fresh daily action.
If you feel about to crack under pressure, break up your
larger plans into smaller actions that are easier to manage.
When your day feels heavy, take one step at a time. Just
decide your priority for the next hour.
Change happens when we change our actions. If we
constantly do the same things, we will constantly get the
What simple daily action are you willing to take today to
reduce the stress in your life?
About The Author:
Carolyn Matheson is a nationally recognized Coach, Speaker and Author of “Yes to Less Stress”, available online from http://www.areustressed.com
Every financial planner will tell you that Compound Interest is your friend. Compound interest works on the basis that you earn interest on the interest, as well on the original amount of money that you invested. Well, Compound Action works in pretty much the same way. Your action builds on itself to compound into a powerful change. The more action you invest toward your goals, the bigger and better the results will be.
Small actions, taken consistently, will reap great rewards. I am a believer that it is the consistent daily actions that will create the biggest results. People tell me that they don’t have enough time to do things differently. The good news is you don’t need a lot of time, and you don’t have to do things a whole lot differently. As I am fond of saying, “If you can’t do a lot, do a little.” The key is committing to doing the action every day. It is this consistent daily action that will compound your results. For example, let’s say you committed to waking up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. In one week, you would have an additional 105 minutes, or an extra hour and forty-five minutes during the week. Multiply that by 52 weeks in the year and you now have 5,460 extra minutes, or 91 extra hours. If you used that extra time to read one book a month, you could read 12 new books in a year. After ten years, you will have read 120 books. The idea here is that the small things add up. It doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of extra effort. By taking small actions consistently, you will make big changes over time.
Small actions, taken over time, make the biggest differences. Each action builds on the previous one to create a big change. Don’t worry that you don’t have a lot of time. You don’t need it. Just do one action a day and commit to doing it for at least one month. The results of the compound action will amaze you.
Compound Action is the premise of the Daily Action Power Process. Just commit to doing a few small actions a day and over time you will see big results.
Here’s to taking action,
Change sometimes finds you when you least expect. There are times when life will force you into actions that, given time, you might have discovered on your own or that you knew were available, but were reluctant to take. I have experienced times when life forced me to change jobs, change relationships and even change where I lived. In retrospect, I might have taken those actions on my own, but for whatever reason, I wasn’t ready or willing. Sometimes life doesn’t wait for you to prepare. At times life moves you into action when you most need it but aren’t willing to take it on your own.
The good news is that often the actions you are forced into work out for the best. Taking the action is usually the most difficult part. Once you take the action, it becomes easier to go with the process. Starting is most often the most difficult part, which is why I believe life sometimes steps in and forces the action you are too afraid to take on your own.
Sometimes the actions you most need to take are the ones that you don’t want or are too afraid to take. Life will step in and force the action. I worked with a client that went into work early one morning as usual only to find out the office had been cleaned out and the company had gone out of business. Although this was shocking, the truth was that she was miserable, but too fearful to leave. Life stepped in and forced the action she needed to take. She went on to start her own business and loves what she does now. Her only regret is that she wishes she had left on her own years earlier.
Before you get too upset over an action that life forces on you, stop and ask yourself if this is something you have been wanting to do but was too fearful to do on your own. Often the actions that we are forced into are blessings. Be thankful when life steps in and helps you do what you can’t do on your own.
Here’s to taking action,
Okay I make no secret of it, I am a big fan of Sex and the City. I watched about three seasons of the show and was excited to see the movie. If you are a Sex and the City fan you will not be disappointed in the movie. It is like watching six episodes back to back. The clothes have gotten nicer for the most part and the shoes are amazing.
However besides fashion tips there are a few tips one can pick up from the movie. The biggest one is the importance and value of friendship. There are two amazing scenes in the movie where I was brought to tears, both had to do with the amazing power of friendship. The movie, as did the show, does a great job of depicting female relationships and how powerful, positive and necessary they can be.
I have written a lot about friendships over the years in 365 Days of Coaching. According to me,
“According to a study conducted by the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA) friendships are more important than family when it comes to survival. The study concluded, “that a network of good friends is more likely than close family relationships to increase longevity in older people.” Other studies suggest that friendships increase the feeling of happiness and stave off other illnesses.”
The only other life lesson I got from watching the movie Sex and the City is “it’s just a movie.” I would love to see people put as much passion and energy into their own lives as they do watching others live their lives (imaginary as they are). It is great entertainment but so is your life. Live it to the fullest. Go out and create your own exciting adventure.
If I had to rate the movie I would give it four stars out of five. It was good to see the girls grow up and move on.
Here’s to taking action,