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Journaling: Daily Cleansing

Posted by Dhea on July 20, 2009

Hi all

In recent months it seems that “journaling” is a must for business owners. I remember when I was a young child I loved keeping a diary (a locked one at that… tell me what would a 6 year old have to lock away!) and yes I still have them now… the diaries became log books as a young adult, which included travel logs, work plans , dreams  and when I look back upon reflection this entire process allowed me to “dump” all my daily mews into the pages. My daily cleansing allowed everything to come out of my head and into the journal, which cleared my head in readiness for sleep. This process allowed me to be really prepared for the next day as I was able to rest without the fear of forgetting anything.

Somewhere along my mid twenties and the birth of my first child ( two more followed)  this “journaling” stopped. No longer was I recording daily actions, ideas, thoughts anything. I wasn’t debriefing… nothing was being formally recorded and certainly not contained in one of my favourite leather bound notebook. Fast forward 15+ years and all business/health/life coaches are all suggesting we as adults keep journals . Celine Egan and Sue Henry of Accelerate Women have a great journal/system… all suggest we keep a journal to track our thoughts, actions and plans… here Jennifer Holloway explains how our minds, bodies and souls work best together well when we’re aware of our “self” and our personal development. This can be achieved by revisiting what is an old idea, that is keeping a journal.

Has anyone started journaling in recent times and would like to share their experiences.. ie clarifying goals ideas, concepts. Helps them to formulate decisions.

How has journaling helped you?

I for one am going to start it up again and try to go past the first page… What about you?

Dhea

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Establishing Business Priorities: What are yours?

Posted by Dhea on July 16, 2009

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

The two critical elements to being a powerful, effective and productive leader are: establishing priorities and areas of focus first, then having the discipline to execute and carry them out second. Both are vital to your success as an entrepreneur or business owner. Having just one of the two is a recipe for disaster.

Without putting first things first you may execute and check a number of projects off your list, but you may not be doing the right things, things which will build or grow your business. Without the discipline to execute and carry things out you may have a wonderful vision of where you would like to go or what you would like to achieve but never move any closer to actually getting it done.

Review both your priorities and discipline to execute. Checking your priorities should be a weekly, daily and sometimes hourly exercise. Evaluating your discipline and what you actually achieve or produce must also be an ongoing process. By combining the leadership of creating the right priorities and the management discipline of carrying them out, you will put your business on a path which leads to ongoing, sustainable success.

What do you put first?

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Obstacles in Business and Life

Posted by Dhea on July 12, 2009

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford

The legendary golfer Arnold Palmer once played in a charity event in Australia and was paired with a young, inexperienced caddie to carry his bag and guide him through his round. On the 18th hole Mr. Palmer approached his ball and prepared to take a shot at the green. The young caddie handed him his club then started to share what he thought was his experience on the challenging hole. He began, “Mr. Palmer beware of the long rough to the left of the green, there is also a deep sand trap on the right, if you over shoot the hole – the green has a brutal slope which is difficult to chip back from, and, you can’t see it but, there is creek running right through the lay-up area…” Mr. Palmer shouted, “stop!” He through his club back into the golf bag. Then as he began his preparation all over again he said to the young caddie, “Don’t tell me about sand and rough and rivers and obstacles. Do not clutter my mind with things I don’t need to know and places I do not wish to go. The ONLY thing I want to know is how far it is from the spot where my ball currently is to the center of that green, which is exactly where I want to go.” With laser focus on his goal and no thought of the obstacles Mr. Palmer stepped up to his ball, stared down to the green, took a practice swing and then hit the ball high into the air landing it softly in the center of the green.

As an entrepreneur or business owner where is your focus and attention?

Are you focused squarely on your goals and objectives? Or, are you letting your mind wander to the obstacles you face?

Are you focused on the bad economy, your competition, your lack of prospects, your lack of capital, your negative customers or past problems?

Mr. Palmer was right in saying, “Don’t clutter my mind with things I don’t need to know and places I don’t wish to go!”

Remember obstacles are the frightful things you see when you take your eyes off of your goal.

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What are you obstacles in business?

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