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Brian Jones, ATC CEO

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Goal Achieving vs. Goal Setting

What are the main reasons “Goal Setters” do not become “Goal Achievers”?
1.       They try to achieve multiple goals at the same time.
2.       No written action plan of steps to take on a daily basis.
3.       They have no one to hold them accountable to completing the daily tasks.
Well, it’s almost the end of January.  How are you doing on the goals you set just a few weeks ago? Are you achieving them?
Michelle A. Jones, MBA

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Take Action Using the 80/20 Rule

Many of my clients ask me about time management and how to get more done during the day.  Of course, not many people enjoy getting up at 5am like I do, but you don't have to!  The key to getting more done is to spend 20% of your time planning and 80% of your time taking action and often times it's the opposite.  At the end of the day make a plan for the following day, putting the most dreaded and most procrastinated tasks FIRST on your list.  Stay focused on your tasks without allowing outside interference.  A technique passed on to me in my Mindful Business Action Alliance group is the Pomodoro Technique which helps you stay on task.  The Pomodoro Technique® is a way to get the most out of time management(http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/).  The timer to use while applying this technique is at http://mytomatoes.com/.  If you apply this to your day I guarantee you will get a lot more accomplished!  Email and let me know how you do.

Michelle A. Jones, MBA
Executive Vice President
Adventure Training Concepts
Phone: 239.285.9142
Fax: 239.220.5138

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

With every New Year comes a set of new goals and resolutions.  I do not personally set resolutions but I’m always setting new goals for myself.  Some of us accomplish our goals and some do not. 
What makes the difference between the two?  You guessed it, ACTION!
The number one reason people do not accomplish their goals is because they fail to take the necessary action and when things get too difficult they quit.  Action steps have to be very clear.  We often times just state a goal with no real clarity around how we will accomplish it.  This sets us up for failure from the beginning.  When things get too difficult we revert back to the old “more comfortable” behavior.
To finally reach your goals this year TAKE ACTION:
1.       What is the goal?
How will you feel if you accomplish this goal?  What are the challenges if you don’t accomplish this goal?  Write all of this down on paper.
2.        Show gratitude for where you are now.
3.       Action Steps to reach this goal.  Focus on 90 day increments-not a whole year.  Be very specific and clear, make action steps measureable and make sure there is a timeline. 
For example:
1.       My goal is to read 12 leadership books this year.
2.       I’m thankful that I have the ability to read, have money to buy books, and access to a nice library.
3.       I will read. one book per month. (3 books per 90 day period = 12 books this year)  Every day at 7:00 am I will read for at least 15 minutes.

When things get difficult, that is the time to push through the resistance and keep taking action.  If it were easy we wouldn’t have to set new goals.  Get out of your comfort zone and reach new levels in 2012! 
Happy New Year,

Michelle A. Jones, MBA
Executive Vice President
Adventure Training Concepts
Phone: 239.285.9142
Fax: 239.220.5138