Back to School!! It’s Time for YOU, too!!

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 11:04 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No matter how old I get, the end of August signals back to school time to me!  And I want to go!!  My daughter just switched high schools and when we looked at the class offerings, I honestly wished I could go back to high school now.  The learning opportunities are amazing and at this point in my life I would truly appreciate them.

I decided a few years ago that each Fall I will take myself back to school, too- my own school created by and for me.  Here are some thoughts that can make this a fun process and may inspire you to create your own “Back to School” or personal growth or personal development or personal and professional development plan- the name is also your choice!

1.  What have you always wanted to learn about, but haven’t?  What do you know something about, but would like to know more about?  What would enhance your success in your business if you became expert at it by learning all there is to know?  These questions can guide you to your curriculum.

2.  From your answers above, make a list of “subjects” you would like to study.

3.  Make a list of books, recordings, downloads, websites, etc that would assist you in learning about your subjects.  Look in your own library first! I find many of us life long learners by books and other personal development items in the areas we are interested in, but never make it a priority to read/use them.

4.  Make a list of people you could learn from in each area.  In your plan create time to take them to coffee, lunch, or have a phone conversation.  Have meaningful questions ready.

5.  Create at least one field trip per week to a place where you can expand and experience what you are learning.  Historic places, museums, shops, universities, gyms, you name it- the possibilities are endless.  You can even do a mini internship and go watch someone do their work for a day or a few hours if part of what you are learning may lead to a new career.

6.  Look for classes that you can take locally or online.  Learning along with others is always going to add a new perspective for you.

7.  Before you begin, make a trip to the school supply store for some cool pens, notebooks and whatever else will help to inspire you in your learning.

Have FUN and learn, expand, grow and share it all with the world!

Plan for Your Greatness

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 8:23 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2012

We all have it within us- greatness!  What is it that you are great at?  What do you want to be known for being great at?  These are GREAT questions to contemplate during some quiet time with a blank pad of paper to write on.

I see lot’s of people looking at tv and basically others and thinking that they are different than those people who they see reaching greatness in their chosen field.  I also see plenty of people, many of my clients included that do what it takes to become great.  They didn’t start great, in fact many start at less than great, but they end up there because of stellar planning, sheer commitment and hard work.  It is immersion for some.

Back to the questions above- once you have the answers, you can devise a plan to become great in those areas.  If you are already pretty great, think about expanding that and what it would mean to be even greater.  Here’s a quick plan:

1. Visualize where you are going- get a really great picture in your head and visit it at least once a day.

2. Write out (by hand) a specific description of your visualization.  When you are reaching your greatness what are you doing?  Who are you with?  What do you look like?  Where are you?

3.  Immerse yourself.  Make an extensive list of all of the ways that you could become great at what you want to become great at.  List all of your resources, people, opportunities, and tools that can help you on the path.  What classes could you take, what training is required and from where, audios, videos, books, mentors, coaches- make a complete list of everything and everyone.

4.  Take massive action, in the words of Tony Robbins, each day.  Choose carefully actions that will lead you to greatness each day.  Make excellent choices and learn quickly from the not so excellent.  Always keep moving forward.

5.  Know why you want to be great and keep focused for when times get tough, and they always do at some point, this vision and “why” will keep you anchored in your goal.

Go Somewhere!

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 3:32 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2012

In the past week I have had the privilege of traveling (and flying) to two different places- one for fun and one for business (that was fun, too!) One was to a place I had never been, the other to a place I have been many times, but we did things we had not done in the past.   I used to travel a lot, but since starting my own business, the travel has been much less.  I was reminded of the benefits and perks of going somewhere, away from home, for a few days.

Here they are, in my book, and in no specific order:

1. You get a fresh perspective on life.  Being around others, people you do not get to spend time around on a regular bases, and new people that you have just met will challenge you to expand your mindset.

2.  You get to relax, away from your day to day responsibilities.  A break in routine is a great way to shake things up.

3.  You have access to restaurants, products, shops and entertainment that you don’t have at home.

4.  Visiting new places has a direct affect on positive mindset.  One one trip this week to New York City my daughter and I spent a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Yes, we could read about the exhibits and even see them online, but there is nothing like standing in the direct presence of masterpieces.  The learning that we had coming from doing something that we felt pure joy doing was such an amazing experience.

5.  You can sleep in a little- no dogs wake you up!

6.  Plenty of time for exercise when you don’t have your usual pile of duties, and possible excuses for not doing it.  I find getting outside in the morning to work out so much fun because it allows me to find beautiful places to enjoy in each area I am in.  I was able to do that and do some exploring at the same time, in both areas I visited this past week.  It is an incredibly uplifting way to start the day.

7. You get to enjoy a break, but appreciate home so much more upon return!  There really is no place like home, but you are apt to forget that if you don’t GO SOMEWHERE!

Here’s your challenge- this week plan a get away- whether for a day, or a week or more.  Schedule it in.  Whether by plane, train, or automobile- make the plan, reservations and make it official.  The beauty is not just in the trip, but in the looking forward to the trip.  Where would you like to go?