Take Your Holidays Up a Notch!

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 9:35 pm on Thursday, November 29, 2012

This holiday season can be joyous beyond any past experience, should you decide to choose and create that!  So how about it?

Think about the best holiday season you ever had?  What made it so great?  Take a few minutes to think about it.  Write it down- in detail.  This gives you a road map to re-create some things you have loved from the past.  Traditions, events, food, etc.

What have you always wanted to experience during the holidays, but never have?  What new traditions would you like to start?  What events would you like to attend?  Would you like to throw a party? Take your kids, or somebody’s kids to see a show like A Christmas Carol or the Nutcracker?  Make this complete list.

You can take  a mixture of these two lists and create a new and exciting last few weeks of the year!

A few more things to think about to prompt you in your planning:

You could do a daily practice of some sort each day in December- random act of kindness each day, write gratitudes each day, etc.

Adopt a family in need and provide a happy holiday for them.

Invite people to your home for a celebration!

Gather your friends in a cozy coffee shop for a little relaxing social time.

Read Christmas/holiday/spiritually themed books- discuss with friends.

Remember to thank people who have helped you all year long.

Decide on how you would like to ring in the new year- what would be your perfect last day of this year- who would you like to see, what would you like to eat and drink, what activities would you like to take part in?

What relationships would you like to heal before the end of the year, and what will you do to do your part to make it happen?

How can you take your gift giving to a new, more meaningful level by really finding out what someone needs, wants, and likes?  Taking the time to really know what a person likes and searching out that perfect something tells others that you care enough about them to do that- that you actually had to take the time to think, research and make it happen.

Do you want to bake or cook?  For you?  For others?

Who can help you and celebrate with you to see that you get to connect with those who matter most to you.

I find this list could be endless!  Have fun dreaming up your wonderful holiday season this year.  In John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth he talks about the first law- The Law of Intentionality.   It takes being intentional, having a plan and then following it to see you dream to become a reality.  The list is just the start- next you need to plan actions and execute them- then you will see what you want materializing right in front of you!

Waste Little Time

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 10:22 am on Thursday, November 1, 2012

As I prepare for the start of a new mastermind group based on the new John Maxwell book The 15 Invaluable Laws of of Growth, I am struck by many incredible thoughts that are expanding my mind!  There is one quote in particular that is not leaving my mind;

“Your goal should be to waste as little of your life as possible.”  John Maxwell

That thought is a simple, yes so hugely profound to me!  Does anyone set out to waste any of their life?  I would guess not- not on purpose for sure!  If we know this, then why do we let time slip through out fingers continuing habits that don’t support us, working at a job we do not like, spending time with people we do not enjoy or who are not going in the direction we are going?  How can carrying around this simple thought with you change your life?

This is how:  by taking ACTION!  I have written about action many times before in this blog.  It really is the root of all change, it is how we make things happen.  We can learn and plan until the cows come home (I live in Vermont!), but until we act upon what we learn and plan, we will go nowhere fast.

What is one area of your life where you feel you may be wasting some time doing things the way you do them?  Is it:

-your way of thinking?

-your health?

-your relationships?

-your finances?

-your personal growth?

-your business?

-what else?

For now, pick one area.  Where are you with it on a scale from 1-10?  and What would make it a 10?  Write out a complete description of this- not just thinking about it in your head- write it down.  Now write down 4 things- big or small- that you can do to move yourself closer to the 10 over the next 7 days.  If you have something big- break it down into smaller actions.  Next, take out your calendar and schedule the 4 activities into your appointment book- into an actual time.  For accountability, make sure someone who supports you knows your commitments- don’t keep them a secret!  The trick to all of this is to follow through on your schedule- the plan you made for yourself.  The trick is not to let that activity drop or slide by!  How badly do you want to move to the next level with this?  Your actions will give you the answer.

Will you waste any more of your life not doing it?

This is what I do in coaching sessions with clients.  A client told me today he is have his highest production business wise in 28 years in business.  We have been working together for over two years.  Why do I mention this?  To impress upon you that changes, especially  big ones take time and patience.  If you ask him now- is it worth it?  Are you glad you kept at it, it was two years, after all.  He would tell you YES!  and all the things he learned along the way about himself, his mindset and even a business he knew well have been many more than he could have ever anticipated.

Get this message for yourself!  It is worth it.  It is hard work, but it is worth it!  Who will you become in the process?  Think about that for a little while!  (and write it down, of course!!)