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What does it take to accomplish your goals? Some people think it’s mostly about luck, smarts, good looks, and social connections. Nope.
Researcher Angela Lee Duckworth studied West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee contestants, teachers in tough schools, and sales peoples, asking who would succeed and why.
“In all those very different contexts one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success,” she said in a popular TED talk. And it wasn’t the usual suspects. What was it? “It was grit.”
If you’re like me, you’re thinking about all of the things you want to accomplish in 2016. This is it—the year you get into peak fitness, grow your income, and deepen your most significant relationships. Or is it?
As you look back on 2015, weren’t you busier than ever? Some—maybe most—of your goals got sidelined. Or maybe you knocked it out of the park, but you can’t imagine keeping up the pace.
We all know how it goes. If we don’t take proactive measures, work, family, distraction, and exhaustion can keep us from achieving our long-term goals. But what kind of measures work best?
Achieving our goals takes more than good intentions. You have to take action and then systematically measure your progress. There are numerous apps designed for just this purpose, but which one is right for you?
Recently, I went on a search to find an app for my own use. I want to share with you what I found. But, before I do, let me define how I use the various goal-setting terms. Different people use these terms in different ways.
Do you have any idea how much your time is really worth? There was a time I didn’t, and I’m scared to think about how much it cost me.
To ensure I was spending my time on what matters most, I needed a tool that could give me clarity and insight about the true value of my time. Guess what? It didn’t exist! But I didn’t let that stop me.
Instead I created a simple but powerful tool designed to literally assign a dollar amount on every day of the year. It’s called Spend Your Days On Paper, and I want to share it with you.
Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in college basketball. His players have won over a thousand games and five national championships. And I know his secret.
Before their 2015 tournament, Coach K and his players and coaches wrote the names of people who had helped them on a ball. They took it with them everywhere they went.
“Players started carrying the ball around—to team meals, on the plane, at practices, in the locker room,” Coach K told Success magazine. “Some of the guys even slept with it—had it right there with them in their rooms.”
You’ve no doubt heard the business adage, “What you don’t measure, you can’t improve.” It’s certainly true in business, sports, and science, but what about life?
What if you could measure yourself in the areas that matter most—so that you can improve? What if you could get an overall score for your life, take it to the next level, and create the life you want?
Well, now you can.
We are almost in the holiday season, and that means a lot of great things: fun memories, good food, and more. But it also means a few challenges.
You know one of my big ones? Let’s visit the Honest Planet for a minute. It’s awkward conversations.
You probably know what I mean. With all the parties and get-togethers, there’s almost no way to avoid those dead-end discussions, off-the-wall observations, and random rabbit trails that leave you feeling like you need to leave early, is there?