Any goal that matters to you takes an investment of time, energy, money, and even tears. The idea is that even something large is doable if you break it down into smaller steps.
Once a business associate who became a friend demonstrated this idea with a riddle. He asked me, "How do you eat an elephant?" The answer? "One bite at a time."
OK, so we don't really eat elephants, but you get the idea. One bite at a time. It is common knowledge that the going gets tough or you could meet with disappointment. That's OK, it's part of creating, being, and becoming. Get a support network for yourself and take the first "bite" or first step. Then another.
You can do it!
If you're reading this blog, it's because you want to get something done in your life. Including me. I teach this stuff because I am sharing what works in my own life, mindset, action plans, support and more. I'm always looking for the next inspiration or support and when I came across this Ted Talk, I knew it should go up on this blog. It's exactly the reason a mastermind is a great tool. If you're inspired, check out The Course.
If you scroll down, you'll see the earlier version of this book. It was in ebook only and the time has come to get it into print. The cute pictures from the first incarnation wouldn't work so well in print, so here's the up leveled version!
Please click on over to Indiegogo through about March 20, 2016 to order your copy. Or one for you and one for a friend.
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You have a dream. You have a vision. It doesn't matter if it's business or personal, the idea is that you have a drive for something in your life. The idea now is that you have to begin.
A lot of people put off their dreams by saying things like, "Oh, I'll do that when _____." Just fill in the blank (I finish school, I get married, have kids, the kids grow up, etc.) First you just need to do... and then you'll get to it.
You know exactly what I'm talking about. "Some day I'll get around to it."
Imagine you get to the end of your life and you're looking back. What will you wish you had accomplished? I don't think most people at the end of their lives will think about the money they earned but rather the things they accomplished using that money: supporting their family, giving to charity, or even beautiful things they could share with their loved ones. Most people will treasure the good they brought to the lives of those they love and many people care that they made a difference to their community and the lives of others.
So, are you being true to you? Whether your dream is to raise your kids with more calm in the home, create that project, build that business, make that move or what ever it is for you, you can start right now from where you are in this very moment!
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The story is told of the great Rabbi Steinsalz going to see the great Rabbi Schneerson for advice. He told him that he was overwhelmed with so much to do. Rabbi Schneerson responded with advice to take on more!
The timing could not have been more perfect for me. I was wondering which things to pursue on my own dream list. This made it clear to me that while I don't need to add anything, I could at least take the steps to complete the things on my list.
How about you? What's on your dream "to do" list? What small step can you take action on right now? Do you have a support system in place?
For me, the first step was sharing this story and writing this post. Next steps are books and courses to be revealed soon.
Jump start your dreams and charge up for a wonderful road ahead.
Business today will be stronger with an online presence. So many of your customers are looking for information and resources online. Using social media to promote your business takes regular action so that you stay in front of your people and connect.
Here's a great article, 14 Tiny Tweeks to your Faceook Page that make an immediate difference! Each of the tips has a link to a whole article. Good stuff if social media is something you're using to market your service, brand, or product.
Determination can be a battle or a thrill.
Mindset is so much of what business is about. And, as hard as it may sound to you, you have complete control of what you let in and even more so, where you hold your own thoughts. And your thoughts will make a huge difference in the way others relate to you.
You know the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books? They sold millions of copies. Millions! The men that compiled those books (among other empires) shared in a class they gave that the typists were told not to work on days when they were out of sorts. They did not want negative energy of any kind to influence their books. It was a bold position to take and they stand firm in the practice of a positive mindset.
This is right in line with the Chasidic teaching: Think good and it will be good. The idea here is to take that thought and practice deep into yourself: mind, emotions, and actions. Oh, you can do this!
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What do you want to accomplish?
It's your life. What's important to you? Have you made your list?
Dream big, write it all down and then ask yourself,
"If I could only do ONE of these things, which one would it be?" Now you know what's important to you, really important.
So how do you accomplish what you want?
Here are four elements--pieces of the puzzle--you need to get together:
Do you have right thinking? Do you believe in yourself? Do you know you are worth it?
Do you have what you need--materially, physically? If you don't have what you need, make a list and get it together. If you want to go rock climbing, you'll need the right equipment. What do you need? Be sure that what you have on your list is truly necessary and don't waste your time getting tools that won't really serve you. What do you need to get those tools together?
Do you know how to do what you need to do? Want to be in a triathlon? You gotta know how to swim. If you don't know how to swim, then even with goggles and the best attitude in the world you can't get in the water. No one can know how to do it all, that's where learning from others comes in: read, take a class, practice. This is called growing! (It's a good thing.)
Once you know what you want, believe you can accomplish it and have a strong desire, gather the tools you'll need, and learn the skills, you can take the steps to create your dreams. Break it down into small bite sized pieces. Create a time line or a new habit.
Be relentless. Move forward (make sure your compass is pointing you in the right direction!). Take small steps. If you fall--that's OK! Get back up. Take another step forward.
You CAN do this!
When you make a statement about why your business (or life) is stuck or not working, ask yourself this question:
Is that really true?
So much of what we accept psychologically is controlling and limiting us. What is the choke hold on any business? It is usually either the owner's psychology or skills. Buying in to the limitations can hold us back.
Do you really have all the information to know for sure that that thing you perceive as limiting you is true?
If you've done your research about the environment of your business, you may come up against real limitations. Or, you may just need some new skills to make your business thrive. Or, you may simply need to adjust your inner environment--that is mindset.
What ever you believe the limitations to be in your business, you make it true. What are your unspoken assumptions about your business? Are you willing to let those go? What if your limiting beliefs were not true? What would you do next?
Remember that your website is not meant to be static. It's mean to be a place of vitality. Think about it as your online office where people come to see you. It should feel inviting to your market (not neglected and dusty). It should also feel fresh and new. A neglected website might make a visitor feel like you're not really into your business anymore.
So, regular, new blog posts or articles are an important element. For some more juice on this topic you can go to the Resources and have a look at some of the links or ideas there. Do a search and find an article online for more ideas or inspiration.
Keep it fresh. Keep it current.
Who is Laya?
Laya is an author, speaker, and solopreneur. She has thousands of hours of study and experience in both applied and positive psychology. Learning that it's not enough to write a book, you actually have to market in order for the book to get into the hands of a reader to make a difference, she studied online marketing as well as writing copy and branding. She knows the power of a mastermind group and wanted to bring this to her home community. With her son in the IDF and her daughter married, she lives with her husband, dog, and hens with an occasional sighting of the turtle.