Start Small (and crush your goals just for you)


It’s been a while since I’ve focused on what I enjoy.  Life seems to keep getting in the way. And I’ve had my focus in other places – growing family, life goals and work. I’ve come up with excuse after excuse and labeled them reason after reason – everything seemed valid for pushing what was important to me aside to get other things done.

But no more! I’m proud to say, I’ve made great progress this year in many areas and the goal I’ve been working toward is within my grasp.  Even when you feel like you’re at the starting line, I encourage you to make a plan to make progress. Here is what I did:

Focus on small goals.  

I had a baby in December and I gained a lot of weight (ok, it was a normal amount, but it felt like a lot).  I’ve been working steadily since then to lose weight, build muscle and eat clean.  In the last 6 months, I’ve lost all the baby weight (hooray!).  It wasn’t easy, but it certainly was doable.  I will write about the details later, but the short story is – I focused on a small goal to make it happen.  I watched each meal and each day with a goal of losing 2 oz to 4 oz.  It didn’t seem like much, but it adds up to about 6 lbs per month and over time, that makes a big difference!

When you have a major goal that you need to accomplish, break it down into tiny pieces. Seriously, tiny bite-sized (like 1 oz) pieces.  The smaller your goal, the more realistic it seems and the closer you get to your overall achievement.

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Be an Active Participant

In a world bombarded by technology-skewed interaction and leadership driven-thinking, what does it take to be an active participant? Invest in these important practices to improve your relationships, encourage those around you and feel the satisfaction of being a quality helper.

Listen Attentively.

When you are speaking to the most important person in the world; you’re captivated. What if you spend most of your conversations in this mode: regular eye contact, full attention and invested conversation? Your relationships would grow and you’d become a more active participant in your own life.

Ask Relevant Questions.

When you listen to what your leader is really saying, you’re going to understand the purpose of what they’re doing and you’re going to want to know more. So much so, that you won’t be able to help yourself. Your hand will be in the air, you’ll be asking questions and you might even be at the edge of your seat with excitement. Great! The leader can see this and it helps bolster their excitement as well.
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