How Intention Will Bring Success To You in 2016

Intention in 2016Last week we discussed the power of intent and how it can transform your thoughts into tangible success.

Today I’m going to take things a step further and show you how to use the power of intent to finish out 2015 with a bang (and start the new year off right).  Take notes if you feel so inclined, this is going to be some great information to use over and over again!

The key to a balanced life is intention.

We already know that setting intentions will transform your life and business so let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Who should set intentions?

Every.  Single. Person. Well, except those people who don’t want to see results or live life to its fullest potential.

When do I set intentions?

Great question!  And the answer is simple: all the time!  Before you head into a a big meeting, take calls with clients, make dinner, spend time with friends or family, whatever task you’re about to embark on.

Don’t just set intentions for your big picture dreams, use them everyday.  Nothing is too trivial, because all of those small intentions act as stepping stones toward the big important “things” in your business and overall life.

Practice makes perfect right?  So with all that warming up you’ll be an intentional machine in no time.

What do I do?

First, take a few deep breathes and ask yourself these three important questions:

  1. Who do I want to be right now in this moment?
  2. How do I want to feel?
  3. What is the perfect/ideal/most amazing outcome or result that I want?

Remember intentions are flexible and adaptable.  They are built to last, unlike a goal which is something that can be completed/finished and easily derailed by unforeseen circumstances.

Still not sold on the Power of Intent?

Using the power of intent in your business and everyday life WILL cultivate success and its scientifically proven.

The 2007 book, The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart, explores the actual science behind the power of intent.  Her in-depth research clearly demonstrates an undeniable fact: thought is a thing that affects other things.  Mactaggart pulled together decades of research conducted at laboratories and universities including Princeton, MIT and Stanford.

“Intention is a directed thought, a thought aimed at something or someone with the goal of influencing something physical.  It is using your consciousness to change something in physical reality.  Intention manifests itself as electrostatic and magnetic energy.  Thoughts are ‘things’ too.”

~Lynne McTaggart, author The Intention Experiment 

I’ll leave you with this invitation to be intentional about one small thing today.  Simply shift your thinking.  Decide who you want to be, what you want to create or accomplish and how you want to feel in a situation.  Your result are in your hands – its that simple!

The little actions you take now will serve as rock solid foundations of success in 2016.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

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A Beginner’s Guide to Setting SMART Goals

How to set smart goals

Goals.

We all have them, yet only some of us will see them realized.  Do you know why?

While goal setting is a must for any successful business or endeavor, there is a distinct difference between plain old goals and developing SMART goals.

This is a very popular acronym widely used, and for good reason!  SMART goals meet five criteria:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R– Relevant

T– Timely

1. Specific

Goals need to be clear and should answer the 4 W’s and an H:

What do I want to accomplish and why?  Who is involved?  Where will this goal be accomplished?  Then there’s the How… specifically identify requirements and constraints to achieving your goal.

Not a SMART Goal:  I will make more money in 2016.

SMART Goal:  I will increase my revenue by X percent by the end of 2016.

2. Measurable

Frame your goals so that you can easily measure progress.  This not only helps you to stay on track, it also helps to keep you motivated.

Going back to our example, you can analyze your monthly or quarterly earnings against the previous year’s figures to see how your moving along with your goal.  The more you’re able to quantify your goal, the easier it is to track.

3. Achievable

Goals need to be realistic, period.  Yes, a good goal should push you and stretch you, however it also needs to be one that is realistic and within your reach.

Not a SMART Goal:  I want to be in the NBA.

SMART Goal:  Improve my free throw shooting by X percent.

4. Relevant

Choose goals that matter.  They should fit into your overall philosophy and be in line with other goals you have.  They should be worthwhile to your future and have a positive impact on it.

5. Timely

Give yourself a deadline.  This commitment helps prevent your goals from being forgotten or put on the back burner due to unexpected events.  It also attaches a sense of urgency to your goal and helps you to avoid procrastination.

Here are few additional tips to smart goal setting:

  • Write your goals down!  “Ink it don’t just think it”, and be sure to read them everyday to remind yourself of where you want to be.
  • Don’t confuse your goals with your outcomes.  A goal is something you set out to achieve, and the outcome may differ from that goal.
  • Start your goals with actionable words (write, finish, eliminate, create, etc.)
  • Share your goals and make it known.  The more people who know your goal(s) the more encouragement and accountability you will have.
  • Revaluate on a regular basis.  Sometimes your goals change, and that’s ok.  Just go with it and tweak as needed.

Do you have any tips for setting smart goals?  If so leave them in the comments below.  If not, then let me know what you’re struggling with!

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

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Thought Provoking Tuesday: What Does Your Future Look Like?

Your future and failure

In today’s TPT, Thought Provoking Tuesday, I want you to think about what you really want.

Not just in business and professionally speaking, really think about what you want in your entire life.

Some would call these your DREAMS or aspirations.  I want you to start referring to them as your GOALS instead.

Let’s take things a step further… ask yourself this question:

If I knew I couldn’t fail what would I do?

Does this question change your initial response about what you want in life?  I’m a firm believer that self-discovery and self-improvement is a catalyst for overall success.  And by inquiring about the future, you are showing a true commitment to yourself and your overall well-being.

Whenever doubt, fear or scarcity enters your mind – ask yourself “If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I do?”  The goal is to find clarity in your answer and move forward as soon as possible.

Remember, you are capable of achieving more then you realize, and often more then you give yourself permission to believe you can.

Dream big.

Make plans.

Set goals.

Take action.

Now I want you to “ink it, not just think it.”  In the comments below tell us one thing you would do if you knew failure was not an option.

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

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Thought Provoking Tuesday: Dream Big and Own It

Dream Big and Own itTuesday is often the forgotten day of the week… it falls between Monday and Wednesday – otherwise known as “hump day”, so it’s essentially ignored.

Well not anymore.

From now on we will celebrate “Thought Provoking Tuesday” or TPT.  My intention is to inspire, inform and get you thinking.

For our first installment I want to focus on dreams.  We all have them.  Some are achievable; others are pie in the sky aspirations (unless we start strategically thinking and implementing what is necessary to help them come to fruition.  Often times we let other people’s opinions sway us from those dreams causing us to question ourselves or simply put them on an indefinite hold.  Even more damaging is self-doubt.

Today I want you to focus on following your dreams.  Be aware of them, embrace them and most importantly own them.  No matter how big or small, they are yours and yours alone.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I challenge you to own your big dream(s) right here, share it below.

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success!

Dana