10 Ideas to Get You 20 Steps Ahead in 2010

I am just feeling like I want to inspire today.  That’s it, just a few thoughts that I feel would help anyone, everyone.  Do all 10 or pick your favorite two or three.  However you choose, I’d love to know the results, so please share.  Here’s to your best reading, writing and visualizing year ever!

1.  Read 30 minutes a day – if you did this everyday you could finish 30 books a year.  In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell suggests it takes 10,000 hours to become world class in something.  At a minute a page, that’s 30 pages a day, 210 pages a week…you get the picture.

2.  Visualize –  sound funny?  Try it for a week and see what happens.  Thought is a creative stuff that molds our life and attracts similar stuff into our life. Thoughts also travel from one mind to another, and if they are strong enough, they can be unconsciously picked up by people, who are in a position to help us materialize our desires and goals.

3.  Keep a To Do List – easier said than done.  There are many great systems out there, find one you like (if you need help, email me).  In a fast-paced society, there are ALWAYS things to do. It is difficult to remember everything on your own, so that’s why it’s good to learn to rely on something else: a to-do list!

4.  WRITE! – I never really believed in this until I did it.  Who cares what you write about, just write. Daily.

5.  Set Goals – BHA GOALS! – but not only set them, write them down (hear a recurring theme here?)  Writing down your Dreams and Goals is an important first step towards achieving them. First, because by writing them down it forces you visualize your Goals (again, recurring theme??). And second, because the act of writing them down creates a commitment on your part. Only about 5% of the population actually takes the time to write down their Goals and Dreams. Maybe that is why so few people actually are living the life that they would like to be living.  By the way, BHA stands for BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS.

6.  Surround yourself with like minded people – Meet people like you who are into living a life that they want to live and have similar goals and aspirations as you. When you discuss your goals and actions with others, it holds you accountable and brings your goals closer to reality.

7.  Be conscience of your character – The wonderful thing about character and integrity, which are intimately related, is that they’re one of the few things in life that no one will ever be able to forcefully take away from you.  So if you’re stuck with them, make sure you are proud of them. 

8.  Trust your Instincts – Our society prizes logical analysis, rational thought, reasoned arguments. Yet there is growing evidence that your instinct may be more accurate after all.  How do you hone it?  1.  meditate  2.  Journal  3. Be Patient

9.  Be healthier – I know your reaction “Ugh!”  But hear me out.  I didn’t say get to your ideal wieght, excercise 5 times a week for 45 min a time.  I simply said be healthier.  Choose one thing and stick to it reagarding your health.  Just one…then once that is easy…do another. 

10.  Be authentic – Not being authentic means projecting a persona that conflicts with your true character — i.e., you don’t say what you feel and feel what you say.  In short, being  authentic  is about being true to yourself and your values – not presenting a false  image or trying to emulate the style or characteristics of others.  You do you better than anyone else, so be you out loud!

About amidean

An entrepreneur with 20 years experience, Ami most recently started the newest addition to her business family, The Rally Point. As the CEO & Mailroom Clerk at The Rally Point, Ami oversees Operations, Sales, Marketing and well, um, the mailroom. After starting WithIn, Inc. (an employee training and development firm) in 2005, she found herself repeatedly asked by her clients to find them a venue with a more inspiring and creativity provoking environment than the saltine cracker hotel room or in-house training room. Frustrated that she couldn't fill her clients requests (simply because it didn't exist in the market) she, being the customer service fanatic she is, created it for them. Ami holds her MBA but she truly feels her greatest accomplishment is being a living example of work/life harmony and to make that work - "You've gotta get creative!' she says. Ami has always felt that if fun couldn't be part of her job responsibilities, she just wouldn't fit the culture. "Now, I laugh, play and am truly able to create the perfect environment for those teams, businesses and organizations that need to incorporate fun into their meetings to boost creativity, production, morale and inspiration. My job rocks and so does The Rally Point, I mean, have you seen this place?" Fiercely passionate about her faith, her three daughters, and the MiAMI Dolphins, Ami still finds time to enjoy sitting on the Boards of Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties and Women in Leadership of Central Illinois, shopping, interior design and traveling.
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