Why You Need a No-Way or Not-Anymore List

Not Anymore listTake a look around your office or desk and I’m sure you’ll find a few to-do lists.  Most of us scribble down tasks we need/want to accomplish in an effort to organize our thoughts and goals.

I’m going to throw a wrench into that idea now… have you ever thought about making a “no way” or “not-anymore list?”

Most successful and high-achieving people have habits but also definitely have a good filtering process.  Having a no-way or not-anymore list helps keep you focused on the most important tasks and filter out the less important ones.

Here are a few things that should go on your “No-Way” or Not-Anymore-List” TODAY!

1. Setting up Meetings

We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another… setting up meetings simply for the fact of setting up a meeting.  There’s no clear goal or agenda in mind, you’re just getting together for the sake of having a meeting.

2. Doing Everything

We’ve talked about delegating tasks and jobs to other members of your team before.  This is an area that is so important and should absolutely be on this list.  Don’t try to do it all by yourself as this is the quickest way to burnout, inefficiency and the slowest way to growing revenues.  Only take on those crucial activities that you do best!

3. Answering all Messages

It’s so easy to get bogged down with hundreds of emails, voicemails and texts throughout the day.  Don’t stress over answering them all immediately.  We have some how convinced ourselves that we need to reply to emails instantly and that’s just not the case.

For increased efficiency, I recommend that you set-aside 2-3 times each day (Monday-Friday or your standard operating business days) to check and/or respond to emails.  This puts you in a routine and creates a good habit.

I’ve even seen some professionals utilize an email autoresponder effectively that lets email senders know what times during the day they will be checking emails and if a response is needed prior to then, to please call their assistant or cell phone directly.  

4. People Pleasing

The only person you should be making sure is happy is yourself.  Yes, you want your clients to be pleased with the service they receive and as long as you are delivering on what has been sold, you should rest easy.

Don’t spend time with people you don’t trust or you can’t count on just because you feel obligated.  This only wastes your time, can often be felt by the other person.

5. Perpetually Problem Solving

Pick and choose your battles.  Not every problem can be solved and rectified.  If the problem is something you can control, than by all means, do what you can to solve it.  If, however, it is something you are not able to control or influence, my recommendation is to let it go and instead focus your intentions where you do have influence and can control the outcome.

6.  Worrying

If something is beyond your control do not, and I repeat do not waste your precious time worrying about it.  Don’t get hung up over details.

Agonizing over mistakes that were made or missed opportunities will only have you dwelling on the past instead of looking ahead to the future.  Afterall, worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.

I’ve given you a starting point for crafting your own “no-way” or “not-anymore  list”.  What else will you add to it?

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana

P.S.  Let’s connect!  Contact me for a complimentary Strategy Call and we’ll get your to-do list and no-way list in order!

10 Things All Successful People Have In Common

10 Things successful people have in common

SUCCESS [suh k-ses] noun     

the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, position or fame; the correct or desired result of an attempt; the accomplishment of one’s goals

-Merriam-Webster

Success. We all want it, we all strive for it.

It ultimately means different things to each of us, however there are a few things all successful people have in common, traits that help them rise above the rest.

Here are 10 things I’ve discovered over the years that successful people have and we can learn to emulate:

1.  Commitment:  When successful people set a goal, nothing stops them from reaching it.  They throw 100% of their efforts into the mission and don’t stop until they’ve achieved it. (Sometimes this requires bringing in coaches, mentors and others who will hold them accountable to doing what they committed to, in order to achieve what they want.  Olympic and pro-athletes are great examples of this, and so are many CEO’s of the fortune 500.)

2.  Persistence:  Obstacles are going to arise, and successful people persist no matter what.  They have a Plan B, C, D or E if necessary.  They know how to navigate around, over or through obstacles they come across.  Successful people are doers. They take consistent action and make things happen, regardless of what they must overcome.

3.  Responsible:  No excuses allowed.  A successful person is keenly aware of the fact that they are the keeper of their own destiny; they hold the key to their future and take ownership of their mistakes or failures.  In their eyes, no one else is in charge of their success, so no one else should be held responsible.

4.  Motivated:  They want others to succeed, as much, if not more then they want it for themselves. They encourage, give compliments and focus on keeping bridges mended versus burning them. Success is contagious.  Reality shows us again and again, if you want to be successful spend your time around successful people, they’ll motivate you to be your best day after day.

5.  Knowledgeable:  Professional and personal growth is absolutely crucial to success. Successful people include reading (or listening to) books as part of their daily habits. They follow other leaders, they attend workshops, conferences and even challenge themselves to study new or different philosophies. The learning never stops for those that create continual success.  Learning helps them stay on top of their game, encourages curiosity and leads to increased productivity. Knowledge is power; power of ones ability to create new levels of success.

I believe you must continually be growing yourself.  Without your continual growth, how in the world do you think your staff, clients or business will grow in the direction you want them to?

6.  Communicators:  Connecting with like-minded people can do wonders for your business and personal life.  Successful people aren’t afraid to ask questions, or for help and often tap into their networks.  They are great at continually cultivating relationships.  Successful people understand that without relationships, business will not exist; and the better one communicates and builds relationships with their team, vendors and clients, the stronger ones business will be.

7.  Care of Self:  Successful people know that scheduling time for prayer, meditation, relaxation,vacations and other activities that bring you happiness will refresh your mind and body on a regular basis is an absolute must.  Proper nutrition, daily exercise and consistent sleep each night is also crucial to being able to bring the best version of yourself to all you come in contact with on a daily basis.  Good nutrition + healthy body + a relaxed, sharp mind = optimum productivity. 

8.  Confident:  Arguably one of the most important and difficult traits to master on a continual basis. Believing in one’s self and vision is a necessity and no one does it better than a successful person.  Don’t confuse their confidence with arrogance.

9.  Consistent Habits:  We all know the old adage, “The early bird catches the worm.”  This is absolutely true for the most successful leaders of our time.  They wake early and often spend at least 60 minutes practicing disciplined habits such as meditation, prayer, reading, exercise, writing in their gratitude journal and preparing for the successful day ahead.  Success does not come by chance, it comes through consistent dedication, commitment and habits.  I personally love the line, “Overnight success is a lifetime in the making.”

10.  Leaders:  The know that being a leader starts with how we lead ourselves.  Are we walking our talk, or simply talking our talk.  On a daily basis are consciously and intentionally choosing to bring the best version of our self to our day – to the people and projects we come in contact with.  I believe before we can truly lead others, we must first be sure we are leading ourselves to be our best.  Being a leader is not just an outward spoken act, it is also a physical act.

The truth is everyday each of us have an opportunity to lead others to be do the right thing, be the best “them” and we do this through our spoken word, our written word and some would say, most importantly, we do this through our daily actions. The saying “when you’re in the forest, you’re not able to see the trees”, is a great analogy for our lives as well. Continually leading yourself to be a leader will often include hiring a mentor to be that second set of eyes, to help us uncover our blind spots which in-turn can quickly strengthen our ability to lead.

Now I’d like to know what your definition of success is and what you think the most important quality is for attaining it.  Leave a comment below and help inspire others.

To your continued and ever-growing success!  ~ Dana