Forgiving Yourself Before You Can Forgive Others

Forgiving Yourself Before You Can Forgive Others

As a Forgiveness Coach and author of the book Forgive Yourself, Brenda Reiss believes that forgiveness is a truly sacred act. She knows from experience that no matter how far we’ve been or how far we have left to go, forgiveness can transform our pain into peace and free us to live unapologetically joyful lives.

For Brenda, life has been a series of painful trials. As a survivor of abuse, addiction, divorce, major health issues and more, she’s risen from the ashes of these experiences to discover that recovery is not a destination– it’s a process. Through the healing process, it is the forgiveness work that forever changed her from victim into victor in the story of her life.

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How to set S.M.A.R.T Goals

How to set S.M.A.R.T Goals

Goal setting in business is the most important thing we do as entrepreneurs. As the CEO’s of our companies, we are the visionaries and our plans direct the course of the business. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur or you lead a team, your goals and plans should be clear and measurable so that they offer a clear direction for you and your team.

A tried and true way to set the right kind of goals is to make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. Let’s break down what that means.

Specific-What exactly do you want to achieve?
Measurable-How will you measure your progress?
Attainable-Can you actually reach this goal?
Relevant-Is this goal actually important to you? What is the objective behind this goal?
Timely-What is the deadline to reach this goal?

Examples of S.M.A.R.T Goals

When you are creating a SMART goal, start with your broad goal and then work through each element. Then, you can condense it all into a SMART statement.
Broad Goal: I Want to Grow My Business

  • Specific: I will acquire three new clients for my consulting business.
  • Measurable: I will measure my progress by how many new clients I bring on while maintaining my current client base.
  • Attainable: I will ask current clients for referrals, launch a social media marketing campaign and network with local businesses.
  • Relevant: Adding additional clients to my business will allow me to grow my business and increase my revenue.
  • Time-Based: I will have three new clients within two months.

 

SMART Goal

I will acquire three new clients for my consulting business within two months by asking for referrals, launching a social media marketing campaign, and networking with local businesses. This will allow me to grow my business and increase my revenue.

By following this goal-setting method, your goals are clearly defined, tasks are created and results are measurable. This allows you to to be clear with yourself and your team about tasks and expectations

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Danielle LaFleur

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating and running businesses for over 20 years. She currently operates Easy As Pie Design, a website design firm and Build Your Mastermind, a business consulting agency.

Danielle has been featured in over 30 publications, worked with National Geographic in over 50+ countries, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

Danielle encourages all of those that work with her to deep dive into their values, maximize those natural talents and skills, and create the life they have always dreamed of. She is a full believer that when you align yourself with you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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Maintaining Your 2019 Resolutions

Maintaining Your 2019 Resolutions

We are a few months into 2019 and if you are like most people who made resolutions or goals for the year you may have found you have lost some steam or have given up completely. Even if you feel like you are completely off track, there is still plenty of time to reach those goals. We have a simple plan to recommit and keep making progress throughout 2019.

Keep it Realistic & Attainable

Start by revisiting your resolution or goal. Was it something attainable? Or were you shooting for the moon? If our goals are too big it can be VERY easy to get discouraged. If your goal in 2019 was to run a marathon and you currently do not run that is a lot to accomplish to get from point A to point B. A more realistic and attainable goal might be to run a 5K. It may feel like a year-long goal should be huge, but a year is not that long and you have all of the other things you have to do in life in addition to working on your goal, so keep it realistic and attainable.

Break it Into Micro Goals

Once you have an attainable and realistic goal break it into micro goals. If we continue the example of running a 5k, start with walking for 30 minutes twice per week. This is a tiny thing that moves you closer to your goal and it completely doable. After you have done that for a couple of weeks, make another tiny goal to continue your twice per week walks but you run for one minute and walk for three. By creating tiny goals, you get a sense of accomplishment and keeps you wanting to move toward your goal.

Treat Yourself

When you reach your tiny goals treat yourself! Figure out what will motivate you to keep working. Is it a new book, a pair of shoes, a massage or a dinner at your favorite restaurant? Whatever you can do to incentivize yourself will help keep you on track.

Create Accountability and Support

It is a proven fact that if you have some sort of accountability you are more likely to achieve a goal. Simply telling someone about your goal increased the likelihood you will succeed. If you set up an accountability system with someone who you are checking in with your chances are even better. If your resolution was to write a book in 2019, maybe you find a friend or colleague to give 20 pages to once per week. If you know that someone is waiting to check in with you it is more likely you will stay on track.

Even if you have gotten off track with your resolutions, don’t beat yourself up! There is nothing magical about January 1. Every minute, hour, day, week, or month is a chance for a fresh start. As long as you are making some effort you are moving toward your goal and resolutions.

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The Power of 90 Day Goal Setting

The Power of 90 Day Goal Setting

We are currently at the start of 2019, so people are working on goals and resolutions for the year. It is fun and exciting to make big goals that you imaging achieving by the end of the year, but unfortunately, it is also really hard to reach those big goals over the course of the year. A more effective way to goal-set is in 90-day increments. It is a proven way to reach goals more consistently and more quickly.

Shorter Time Frames Are More Effective

When you set goals to be achieved in 90 days you are forcing yourself into a shorter time frame to meet your goal. When you set a goal in January to complete in 12 months it feels like you have all the time in the world and you procrastinate. With a 90-day deadline, you have to work on it every day to make it happen. If you are truly trying to reach a goal in 90 days, you will never have time to procrastinate because the deadline is right around the corner.

Faster Feedback Loop

Sometimes when we are working toward a goal we realize that something we are doing is not working. We often do not look at the process until we have not met our goal, so with long time frames, we waste a lot of time doing things that do not work. With a 90-day goal you get feedback really quickly, so you can adjust reach your goal more quickly.

Forces You to Work Everyday

Whether you have big goals or small ones, by putting them into a 90-day time frame you will be more likely to make quick progress because you have to act every day to meet the deadline. If you are like me it is exciting to meet a goal, and when the deadline is looming my motivation kicks into overdrive. With 90-day goal setting the deadline is always ever present, so you get that kick of motivation daily.

One of my favorite tools for 90-day planning is the 90X planner, you can find on Amazon. No matter what you goal, using 90-day goal setting is perfect for fast feedback, motivation and quick results.

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Danielle LaFleur

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating and running businesses for over 20 years. She currently operates Easy As Pie Design, a website design firm and Build Your Mastermind, a business consulting agency.

Danielle has been featured in over 30 publications, worked with National Geographic in over 50+ countries, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

Danielle encourages all of those that work with her to deep dive into their values, maximize those natural talents and skills, and create the life they have always dreamed of. She is a full believer that when you align yourself with you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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