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Principle #8 – Chunking

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

I know you think I forgot about this week’s principle, but I have been busy chunking. All of this talk about having big goals brings me to the next phase of pursuing and accomplishing my goals (I have one massive, you-can’t-be-serious goal in mind). The expression ‘chunking’ reminds me of the old question: How do you eat an elephant? If you have heard that question before, you probably remember the answer:

One bite at a time.

It’s the kind of pseudo-witty tidbit I might throw out to a time management audience during a lunch and learn. When I think of chunking, I think of that elephant. This week’s principle requires me to think of all of the steps required to accomplish my goal. Divide the whole into parts and conquer.

Otherwise, let’s face it, I’ll stare at it, with a daft, blank look and possibly convince myself that it can’t be done.

I’m joking, of course. I don’t really have a daft look.

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Principle #8 courtesy of Success Principles (Jack Canfield)

Principle #7 – Unleash the Power of Goal Setting

February 12, 2013 2 comments

When I saw the title of this week’s principle, my mind immediately went to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Frankly, my mind was already there but Principle #7 – Unleash the Power of Goal Setting didn’t help to turn my attention away from dogs.

A goal is more than a good idea. It’s one thing to say, “I need to eat healthier.” It is another—a smarter goal—to say, “I am going stop eating between meals, drink eight glasses of water each day and avoid sugary snacks.”
Hey, that’s not a bad idea.

I have other goals, but some, I admit, are not as tight as the example. Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time sensitive. SMART.

You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming. – Jim Rohn

Start by writing your goal(s) in detail. Picture it and what it will look like to achieve it. How long will it take? How will you know when you achieve it? And plan how you will celebrate when you achieve it. Some goals are so huge, so important, that you may as well think about how to celebrate that moment of success, too.

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Principle #6 – The Indominable Spirit

February 6, 2013 Leave a comment

A paranoid person thinks everyone is out to get him. This week’s principle turns that negative, unrealistic outlook into a rainbow of hope and expectation. Why not, instead, face life with the anticipation that the world is plotting to do you good? An opportunity for good and better awaits around every turn.

Expect great things, like when Dog looks up at me, his eyes wide and rivited on my hand that hovrs above his head, his mouth salivating. He sits poised and waiting for the morsel that I extend to him. The next time I have a treat for him, he is waiting just as eagerly. He always believes he will get that great thing I have in my hand.

This week’s principle is inspired by Stan Dale:

I’ve always been the opposite of a paranoid. I operate as if everyone is part of a plot to enhance my well-being.”

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The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield