Friday, January 7, 2011

TODAY on It's Payday! Do YOUR Thing in 2011!

This is the time of year where millions of people (including yours truly) reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the next year. I must admit that last year was the first time in my adult life that I achieved the majority of my "resolutions" for 2010. My plan was multifaceted. First, I wanted to deal with my physical and mental health. Second, I wanted to work diligently to increase the ItsPayday brand. Third, I wanted to eliminate as much stress and drama from my life as possible. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your goals.

Write the Vision- writing down your goals is very important for two reasons. First, it gives you a clear picture of what you are trying to achieve. Second, it gives you a reminder for your weak times. Use that reminder to stay focused on your goal. For example, let's say you are trying to save $2500. When your friend invites you out for dinner, you look at your plan and say, "I can't go, I'll catch you next time. Then, you tell yourself, "Hey, I'm committed to saving $2500 and I won't be able to do that if I'm spending money to eat out." From time to time, evaluate your progress. Make adjustments by increasing what works and eliminating what's not working.

Invest In Yourself- Motivational speaker Dr. Tina Dupree, my mentor, says,"you've invested countless dollars,time and resources in other things and people. It's time to invest in yourself." You are the majority shareholder in your dreams. Nobody is going to invest more energy, passion or resources than you. You will need in invest in services, training and resources that will help you expand and achieve your goals.

Maintain and Improve Health- If you don't have your health you don't have anything. Plus, you will need a lot of energy to act as fuel while you go for your dreams. Besides, it's hard to be productive when you feel like crap.

Feel the Pain- Use the possibility of failure and what it might cost you as fuel to achieve your dreams. For example, you might say, "I better cut back on eating because if I don't lose the extra weight that might lead to a stroke, heart attack or even death. Or, if I maintain a bad credit score I might not get the job of my dreams." Use the pain you might feel as motivation to handle your business.

Ignore Your Haters- You don't have time to address and defend yourself against people hating on you for having a dream. Use your energy and focus to achieve your goals. We already talk about this.

Follow these simple rules and you 2011 will be your year.


Anonymous said...

Excellent things to do for 2011 esp. the health initiative b/c without your health you have nothing.

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