The 100 Day Challenge – Let’s Do It!
It’s not too late to make the most of the next and final 90-100 days of 2009!… It’s never ever too late to ‘make a difference’ in your life…
We all began this year at GO! We did our Intentions Planning earlier in the year – http://www.yoursuccessmasterynow.com/intentions/50/
And now we are well on our way to achieving our final outcomes, and the most important end-of-year assessment round-up.
The big difference in how much we’ve achieved Our Success will be determined by what we’ve done along the way en route during the year. Goals set, actions taken, and results realized determine if you get to call this year 2009 a Success, or otherwise.
September 23rd just passed few days ago, and was an important date as it marked the 100 day countdown of 2009.
So, we’re now looking at the 90 Day/last quarter period of 2009. So, let’s gather and recoup, and make the most of this period.
With that in mind, I have put together a number of questions for you to consider as you progress toward the finish line for 2009:
1. What specific results have you achieved so far this year?
2. Are you healthier, wealthier, and wiser?
3. Are you winning, losing or just holding ground?
4. What results are you committed to achieve by the end of the year?
5. How have you grown and what have you learned this year?
6. Is there any unfinished business that needs to be tended to in your life?
7. Are you actively pursuing what’s most important on a daily basis?
8. What habits do you need to change to ensure better results?
9. What is the key issue that inhibits your ability to perform at your best?
You must live to answer and honor these questions, because when it comes to the last 90-100 days of the year, every day and everything you do counts.
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you an exciting opportunity to finish the year strong – it’s called the 100 Day Finish Strong Challenge!
And you can learn more here: http://bit.ly/br6PY
One thing we all have in common is that we all love a challenge. For some it could be a goal that puts you to the test, an obstacle that says you can’t beat me, a belief system that is begging for a breakthrough, or even a mountain that just dares you to climb it.
Whatever it is, you’re attitude should be BRING IT ON, as there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned challenge to see what you’re made of, to push the boundaries and tests your limits as it is ONLY when we overcome these trials that we get to reap the sweetest rewards.
Gary Ryan Blair, otherwise know as The Goals Guy has put together the most comprehensive approach to goal setting and performance enhancement.
The 100 Day Finish Strong Challenge is a structured 14-week performance improvement program to achieve a number of challenging goals and finish the year strong.
You will be provided with a performance plan, a disciplined implementation process, daily measurement systems, and a very unique accountably tool along with specific tactics and strategies to attain your goals.
So what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking and if you want to seriously improve your life and corresponding results, I encourage you to check out the 100 Day Finish Strong Challenge today as it will be one of the smartest decisions you’ll make all year.
I wish you a great and hugely successful home stretch during these last 90-100 days and encourage you to dream big dreams and take the necessary actions to make them reality.
To Your Success!
P.S. Make sure you make the most of this last 90-100 days of 2009. It’s not too late to ramp up your plan for success. You can make use of the 100 Day Finish Strong Challenge to help you achieve your Goals.
Clearly focusing your Intentions on enjoying “being in the moment” certainly is a great way to ahieve a positive attitude and ultimate Happiness.
And that is so easy to do while enjoying another absolutely, perfectly, glorious Saturday in Melbourne…
In my opinion (and I’m certainly not alone) Autumn in Melbourne, Australia is the best season of the year. Beautiful, glorious, mild days, warm temperatures, but not the same intense heat as during Summer. This extends pretty well through to the end of April (hence daylight savings extension to end of 1st week in April).
The gardens are having their 3rd flush of growth and flowers. Amazing how forgiving the gardens have been. Everything is green again, with little sign of the burnt effects of the heat wave a month ago (and the devastating Victorian bushfires).
It’s so easy to “Be in the Moment” when you appreciate wonderful nature all around you. New fresh green growth, beautiful flowers opening before your very eyes. Breathing in a fresh ocean breeze as it plays across your face, and tousles your hair, as you walk up onto the Beacon Cove boardwalk for a walk along Port Melbourne and Sandridge beach.
So easy also, when you focus on the sensations, the experiences, the tastes in abundance all around during “Marvelous Melbourne in March”…
March here is also the month of Festivals galore… Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Antipodes Greek Festival, Moomba WaterFest, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Melbourne French Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Ballarat Begonia Festival, Australian Grand Prix, and the list goes on and on… something for everyone’s tastes and interests. And all throughout Victoria too…
When I worked with Melbourne City Marketing (in my corporate life before starting my own business working from home), we used the umbrella branding slogan “Marvellous Melbourne in March” to tie everything together, get the best bang for our marketing buck, promote a jolly good time, and take advantage of a great excuse to have one big month long party…
Look around you… Go out and “experience” and you will find yourself wonderfully in the moment…
Enjoying your surroundings is a fabulous way to “Be in the Moment”…
It’s so great for de-stressing and re-fuelling. It makes working not seem like work at all, but a great pleasure, play and passion, and just flows… just like writing this blog post, and much more…
Enjoying what you do = greater productivity, because everything just flows much faster, and with much greater ease…
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“Dreams and Intentions” are more powerful than Resolutions. They come from the heart and spirit, from your passions… “Desired Achievements” are more meaningful and powerful than Goals…
OK, we’re now well into February, the second month of the year. Have you set your Intentions for 2009?
As you may have already noted, I’m a strong believer in setting your Intentions as a way of driving your goals, or preferably your ‘Desired Achievements’, supported by taking effective Inspired Action (rather than the frivolous, paper-thin, and short-lived New Year Resolutions palaver).
If you’ve already set your Intentions at the end of last year, or in early January, that’s great! You could also use this opportunity to do a quick refresher review from the vantage point of the second month (still early) of the year.
If you haven’t set your Intentions yet, it’s never too late! There’s no time like Right Now to take action and kick-start your new plans so you hit the ground running to achieve greater success in 2009.
Really, any time is a good time to focus on getting clear about your Intentions and setting them in motion.
My intention and purpose is to help you with that.
Let’s make the most of this over the next few days as we progress into February and 2009.
How will you get what you want in 2009? What have you/will you commit to doing differently in 2009 to achieve more success and Abundance in your life?
Here are a few guidelines and tips to follow, reality check questions you can use as criteria, and a Working Sheet process to use – see point 11.
1. Identify and Set Your Intentions
Be very clear and decide what you want and desire. Once you do, with real crystal clarity, you engage your mind and sub-conscious and the Universe can step in to set in motion, draw to you and manifest what you want.
2. Be Very Clear About Your Reasons WHY You Want These Intentions
Your Reasons WHY will keep you on track, give you focus, direction, and the fuel and power to drive through and surmount the obstacles.
Reality Check Questions – Do you have a burning and compelling desire to achieve your Intention? Does this Intention create passion in your heart and soul and a “fire in your belly”?
3. Integrity and Authenticity
Make sure your Intentions are driven by what YOU want and desire and come from a place within you, are about you, right for you, and fulfill your life purpose. Not what other people think or want.
If your Intentions are driven by seeking the approval of others, you’re likely to find ways (subtle and not so subtle) to sabotage yourself, derail and not achieve them. If your Intention is because of someone else on any level, it’s often because it’s a ‘should’ rather than a true desire.
The greatest service you can pay yourself is to be true to YOU by being authentic and in integrity
4. Be Very Specific
Really get into all the details and note them down. Visualize, imagine, and describe how it “feels” to have achieved your Intentions as if Right Now!
5. Get into the ‘Emotion’ of Your Intentions
Get all your senses involved. If you can’t get emotionally excited and energized by what you’re aiming for, it’s highly likely you’ll find a way NOT to achieve your intentions.
By making your Intentions very specific and energized with emotion you create compelling ‘Desired Achievements’ (or goals) to shoot for that propel you towards what you want and equally attracts the desired outcomes to you.
6. Always Dream Big
Big dreams and ideas require you to grow in order to achieve them. You’ll attract the people, resources and opportunities into your life you need to make your Dreams and Intentions manifest.
7. Set Intentions that will Stretch and Grow You
Intentions facilitate your personal growth and the person you become through the process and journey. In many respects they’re a means to an end to your personal development.
What you learn and new skills you acquire propel you further forward. Remember to “push the envelope”. Become a bigger person.
Reality Test Questions – Will this Intention make me stretch, develop and grow? Will it show me how to become a bigger person on the road to achieving it?
8. Realistic and Achievable
Don’t overestimate what you can achieve, otherwise you’ll set yourself up for failure and disappointment.
Conversely, don’t underestimate either. You want to challenge yourself, “push the envelope”, and extend yourself beyond your current limits of innovation and performance.
By setting Intentions that are achievable (not mediocre), you place yourself in Integrity. You experience and savor success and achievement. And success enables and generates further success.
9. Get the Balance Right Between What is Achievable and Stretches You
Don’t set yourself up for failure. Do aim to drive yourself that extra step or steps. When you set Intentions that are achievable but stretch you at the same time, you are also in Integrity.
10. Provide Value and Service to Others
When your Intentions involve service and contributing to others it also accelerates the achievement of your Intentions and goals.
It introduces a “wind at your back factor”. People, opportunities, resources and circumstances naturally appear and are attracted to initiatives and activities that make a difference in people’s lives.
Reality Test Questions – Will achieving this Intention provide value to others? Will it genuinely help me to grow as a person and fulfill my life purpose?
11. Write Down Your Intentions
It’s vitally important to write down your Intentions. If they just remain in your headspace and thoughts, they tend to dissipate, dilute and lose potency and shape.
As Mark Victor Hansen (co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series) says – “Don’t just think it, ink it!”
On your computer is absolutely perfectly fine – great in fact!
Also, write down your Reasons WHY you want this specific Intention
. WHY is it so important to have this in your life?
Then underpin and expand on your Intentions with specific Desired Achievements (or goals and objectives), and target timeframes.
Draw up a List of your Intentions under the following headings, or adapt the List to suit your specific needs and preferences.
Business / Career Intentions and Goals
Career / Professional Development
Personal Intentions and Goals
Health and Wellness
Social Responsibility/Giving Back/
Making a Difference
Under each heading, set 3 to 5 Specific Desired Achievements (or goals) with timeframes.
12. Make your Intentions and and Desired Achievements (or goals) Measurable
What specifically, how much and by when (set a timeline due date). Add them to your Work Sheet.
Reality Test Questions – Does your Intention (and its target date) frighten and excite you simultaneously? Does it “push the envelope”?
13. 21 Days – 90 Days
It takes 21 days to form a new habit – of practicing that new habit every single day. If you miss a day, you have to go back to day 1 and start over again.
It takes 90 days to reinforce that new habit and integrate it into your way of being.
For further information and guidance, refer to two of my articles –
90 Day Action Planning – to Kick Start or Boost Your Business or Personal Project
90 Day Action Planning – Guiding Questions to Help With Your Business, Career, or Personal Life Plans
I also will be covering some further tools to help you implement Your Intention Setting and Achieving process in upcoming blog posts.
Enjoy the process of setting your Intentions for 2009. Make it fun! And, then let’s get on with achieving them and making 2009 your best year to date. Please let me know how you go. I would love to hear from you.
Blessings and Gratitude!
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PS: Also look out for my new e-book “How To Take Effective Inspired Action and Overcome Procrastination” which will be out very soon. I will let you know when it’s available.