personal development and self awareness

How to Smash Your Ambitious Goal in 30 Days

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You can do incredible things in 30 days. Many of us only do a fraction of what is possible because of our thinking, our planning, and the obstacles that throw us off course. But what if you could plan for all that? Last month, I challenged myself to accomplish an ambitious goal in 30 days. Without any idea how I’d do it, I challenged myself to make an extra $1,000 in one month. I used 6 simple steps to get me to my goal. The result? I didn’t just hit it, I smashed it. I made more than $1,500 in […]

Not Doing That Thing? You Need Desire, Competence, and Capacity

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Frustrated things aren’t getting done? Consider my Desire, Competence, and Capacity model. (larger) Frustrated that an employee isn’t completing their important assignments? Or maybe you’re the one struggling as the overloaded agency leader? Perhaps you’ve told someone—or yourself—“Just do it!” That’s a good slogan for Nike, but it’s not good advice for the chronically stuck. Running an agency is more complicated than following a reductive sports slogan—but you can solve this, with the right approach! To get unstuck, use my agency consulting model for troubleshooting a “not done” situation: Desire, Competence, and Capacity. Three Requirements to Get Things Done When […]

3 Good Habits That Will Change Your Life [Expert Interviews]

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They say that habits determine 95% of a person’s behavior. Some of these are good habits. And some of them are bad. After studying the matter for more than 30 years, I have realized that most successful people share a common mindfulness. They are mindful of their habits and have established daily routines that influence their behavior, productivity, and ability to achieve success. Even more impressively, they’ve learned to harness the power of their good habits while using self-control to minimize the bad ones. Now: The list of habits everyone should consider picking up certainly has the potential to go […]

How To Stick To Your Goals This Year And Every Year (TPS229)

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Welcome to The Productivity Show, a podcast by Asian Efficiency, to help you maximize your productivity so you can get everything done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people save time, be happier, and become more productive. In today’s episode, we’ll be covering 6 strategies for how to stick to your goals this year and even if you lose momentum, we’ll give you practical tips for picking it back up. Get Podcast Updates Do you want to get an email with shownotes each time a podcast goes […]

Getting SMART with Your Sales Goals

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Achieve Results by Setting the Right Sales Goals Sales is all about achieving results, but how are you going to get there? Reaching a destination requires directions, and achieving results requires goal-setting. After all, how can you track your progress or celebrate success if you don’t know what you are hoping to accomplish? Goal setting improves performance: One 2015 study by psychologist Gail Matthews at Dominican University revealed that participants who actually wrote down their goals performed 33% better than those who did not. The world of psychology is filled with similar findings which emphasize the connection between goals and […]

Lessons from the Navy Seals on Getting Teams to Hit Goals

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Plenty of us already struggle with hitting our own goals. Getting a team to hit their goals … that’s a whole other challenge. There are plenty of strategies and ideas to steal from, but why not learn from one of the most elite team organizations in the country: the Navy Seals. The selection process, alone, weeds out 94% of applicants. They’re considered to be one of the deadliest forces across the planet. And they’re famously known for the raid on Osama Bin Laden and the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali Pirates. So, how does a team of Navy Seals […]

Notes on Keller Williams 1-3-5 Goal Setting Template

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We’d all like to close $100 million in sales. Sure, you could ask how others do their lead generation. Or how they handle their lead follow-up. But that always leaves a lingering question: “Will I get the same results?” Managing our time is hard enough, right? Now we have to figure out which tasks will get us to $100 million in real estate sales. What everyone battles is staying focused — focusing on the tasks that will create the right results. But easier said than done. This is why I want to explore Keller Williams’ 1-3-5 template for goal setting. […]

Take Charge of Your Business: Set SMART Goals

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Setting clear goals for your company is a key business performance strategy. They should serve as the foundation of your original business plan and the compass for your organization as it moves forward. The most effective goals create clarity of purpose and outline objectives to strive for. To set the right goals for your company, use SMART, a powerful mnemonic for Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, and Time-bound. 1. Specific To be practical, business goals must be clearly defined. The easiest way to make them specific is by answering the basics of “how”, “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” and “why”. 2. […]

Moving from annual performance reviews to continuous performance development

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Annual performance reviews are dying a slow death in businesses across the country. The annual review of old is time-consuming and often lacking in relevant performance measurements. But what should take the place of this dreaded process? Many companies are turning to continuous performance development, also known as continuous improvement processes, to build morale and improve productivity. The transition isn’t without challenges, however. The concept of continuous improvement can feel uncomfortable to managers reared on a rank-and-yank system, or those who are simply too overloaded to provide regular coaching to their team. Before you ditch your existing annual review model, […]

Get SMART: Help Employees Write More Effective Performance Goals

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Goal-setting is a critical part of the performance review process. But unrealistic or vague goals can frustrate employees, killing their motivation and productivity. Goals should be written so they’re specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely (SMART). This practice leaves little to the imagination and provides clear communication between employees and supervisors. What are SMART goals? SMART goals are those that are: Specific – It includes the who, what, when, where and how. Measurable – A numeric or descriptive measure that defines quantity, quality, cost, etc. Achievable – A goal that is within the employees’ control and influence. Relevant – A […]