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Continuous Progress

You won’t be successful overnight–unless it’s 3646 overnights later.

 Even if you want it really really bad and work hard at it.

Because Continuous Progress is what it’s all about.  The concept of continuous progress may not be really cool, but it works. The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress.

So here you go! Seven thoughts to help you along the way:

1. Time clarifies perspective:

Most of us are biased, either because of our past or our present experience.  The last 24 hours of your life have a lot to do with how you feel about your goals, your potential, your stamina, the guts you need to summon to get past the pain and press through.  But the last 24 hours change pretty quick, and a day from now, what you know and how you feel will be completely different.  By making progress every day regardless of how you feel, you learn to look past the pain and fear of the moment and just “take another step”.  Over time you get a better perspective.  You realize that your emotions are less important than you doing something.

2. Iteration builds momentum:

Getting things done fuels our sense of purpose.  And that sense of purpose and self worth is what powers our ability to accelerate through the obstacles and toward our goal. Learning through the journey is the real destination.  By conquering small (but continuous) progress, you go through a series of meaningful steps toward what would otherwise be an unattainable goal.

3. Practice compensates for failure:

Success isn’t a day in time and neither is failure.  Failure is just another practice round. I never thought my kids were failuresthey couldn’t shoot a basket at 2 years old. I was okay with that. So why do we get so frustrated when we can’t master our wildest dreams in a single six week spurt? Practice is the secret.

4. Movement trumps lurching:

Stopping and starting is better than nothing, but it’s messy. Steady progress is the key to success.  Any of us can do an “all-nighter” now or then.  Maybe even do 50-60 straight hours on a single project.  But then we are exhausted and we need a break. Continuous progress is a kinder (more impactful) way to move forward and get closer to our goals.

5. Passion builds investment:

When you put enough of yourself, into something, you kind of find of way to make sure you come out on the winning end of things.  When you jump into a quick “emotional fling”, you have so little invested that it’s easy to give up on yourself.  Your commitment to long-term success forces you to build a passionate investment in your success.  That investment is the antidote to the setbacks you can anticipate along the way.

7. Lasting yields differentiation

We all know that showing up is where it’s at. It’s actually 99% of the battle.  If you don’t have the guts (the stamina) to keep fighting for your goal, then you’ll ultimately end up losing.  You can’t help it.

Continuous progress is the ultimate way to stand out from everyone else.  You’re still around when everyone else has given up.  When they are gasping for air, you are pumping your legs and pushing for the finish line.

You don’t have to do it all today.

You have the rest of your life to realize outrageous success.

You just need to get started…

Get Moving.



Resolution Success

So… the new year has arrived and we are living in it fully now. How are you doing on these resolutions, or goals?


Here’s a bit of motivation for you:

1. Focus on the Process: Almost every goal focuses on an outcome, such as losing 40 pounds or running a marathon. Instead, focus on the process that will get you there. This means that your goal should focus on what you will do, translating your wish list into specific actions. For example, try “I will eat clean 90 % of every meal”  instead of “losing 40 pounds.”

2. Make It DailyYour best bet for success is turning your goals/resolution into a daily actions, so that they become a habit. “Exercise 10 minutes a day”  is way better than “Go to the gym every week at some point.”

3. Visualize: It may sound like weird new age stuff, but visualizing yourself doing your resolution/goal does help. When you visualize, your brain “practices” your action. Musicians and athletes use this to improve their performance, and you can use it to increase your success. Just spend a few moments picturing yourself eating less, exercising more or relaxing, or whatever it is you are wanting for yourself this year. Make it vivid — picture sites, smells, and sounds.

4. Feel It: You need to feel the benefits of your resolution in your body. That means pay attention to how your body feels. Is your goal/resolution improving your sleep, mood or energy level? Does it remove stress from your life? Are you seeing benefits? As you feel your progress, you will be encouraged to go on. 

5. Commit: Nothing works if you don’t commit to it. Write down a sentence that says what you are going to do in the new year. Once you write it down, tell everyone about your plans. The more people you tell, the better your chance for success –they can hold you accountable to your pledge, and you can feel an increased sense of needing to stand by your word.

Now go do it!

Vision Boards


Jack Canfield, the man behind the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, wrote lots of books about how to succeed at what you are working on in life.   One success tool he uses to foster success is vision.  He’s got a point–if you can’t see it, you really can’t go there.  So here are some insightful thoughts on the matter:

To get where we want to go, we should learn to tap into our brains with visualization so that it begins to function as if our goals were already attained.  Makes sense, don’t you think?   Remember the things you did well thus far in life—didn’t you work with your mind and picture the outcome?  I know for sure that that’s what go me to the finish line on my marathon! Our brains will work tirelessly to achieve the statements we tell ourselves–good or bad!  And when those statements are the affirmation of our goals, we have a much greater chance to achieve them!

Creating a vision book is one really cool and valuable visualization tool.  It can serve as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.  And because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation, those pictures of your goals, dreams, ideal life will stimulate your emotions…

How about giving it a try? Create a personal vision book/board that clearly depicts the future you wish to create!

Here’s how:

1. Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want. Use photographs, magazine cutouts, online pictures. Print them, cut them out, collect them somehow. Be creative. They don’t all need to be pictures; use words, textures, whatever speaks to you! Have fun with the process.

2. Consider including a happy picture of yourself.

3. Collect affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts about what you want.  Choose words and images that inspire you, make you feel good and best represent your purpose, your ideal future.

4. Grab any notebook, or a large piece of poster board, and go to town! Try to avoid a cluttered look, keep it neat. It will be easier for you to look at, more inspiring! There is beauty in simplicity and clarity.

5.Write down the date you created your vision book/board. Much like a time capsule, this book will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision book/board.  Pinterest is actually perfect for this!!!  It will be a  visual record of what you love, what you want to achieve, who you want to be. Start pinning what you want to manifest in your life!   As you add your pins, they should have meaning to you so when you return to look to at your pins, you feel inspired and joyful.

You might use one vision book/pinterest board for your personal goals, another for career, fitness or financial goals. If it is not online, you might want to keep your career vision book/board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.

Once you have created your vision whatever (board or book), use it!  Keep it where you can see it! A book can be kept on our nightstand. You can set up reminders on your computer to look at your Pinterest vision board. Feel the inspiration it provides, see yourself living in that manner and feel yourself in the future you’ve designed.  Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life and acknowledge any goals you have already achieved, the changes you have seen and felt.

As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, don’t remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you’ve already achieved.   Achievement of the goals are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.

And guess what? There’s an app for that! Yep! Dream Vision is free, and Vision Board Deluxe is $.99. Pretty cool, huh?   Follow Me on Pinterest

8 Tips for Success

I love success.  I’ll do most anything to succeed at my goals.  I find it so sad when I fall short of what I wanted to accomplish, and so rewarding than getting there.  So I thought I’d share some of my tips to help you meet your goals.

1. One of the biggest mistakes I have done in the past is to make my goals too big and unattainable.  No, I won’t lose 10 pounds in one week or train for a marathon in 6 weeks; that’s just not going to happen.  But as I break down my dream with a date on it (my definition of a goal) in small chunks and get going on them, I become successful and I actually get there—a bit like the tortoise and the hare.

2. Goals are more tangible when I write them down.  Somehow, the writing of it makes it more official, and helps me to organize my thoughts and to track my progress.  I love to scratch lines on my “to do” list!

3. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it surely make permanent.  Actions that I take every week, every day, a few times a day become as natural as brushing my teeth—good or bad!  So success is very much linked to every day little actions.  Consistency has more power than we realize; it brings about momentum and you will wind up being pulled forward by your very own consistency!

4. Talk about your goal, dream about your goal, sing about your goal!  You need to make it real in every way you know how.  Surround yourself with as many reminders as possible.

5. Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you; limit your contacts with those who put you down!

6. Be kind to yourself when you mess up.   Be your own fan, being supportive rather than critical with yourself.  Savour your victories, and learn from your mistakes.

7. Trust your plan!  Sometimes, we have bad days, or bad weeks.  But you know that your plan works, so trust it and stick to it.  It is just a matter of time…

 8. Never forget to enjoy the journey.  It is very much about today—seize the day, my friend!  Don’t let yourself think of your fitness/health goal as a chore or a burden to be endured.  This is an adventure of self-discovery and of building a meaningful life.  Enjoy the ride!

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