A few weeks ago, I attended the Toastmasters International District 91 autumn conference. The conference had rave reviews from people who enjoyed the event. From the workshops, the music to the ambience and the food, everything was done well and well organised.
I attended another event hosted by a different organisation a week later and the contrast was evident.
Everything seemed to go wrong on the night of this event. There was confusion about the program for the evening, some entertainment acts were missing, and the event started and ended late.
Have you been too complacent in the way your life is today? Do you have goals and ambitions, but pursuing them seems too scary or difficult to comprehend? You may be living in your comfort zone.
Years ago, I bought a book titled
It took me another three years before I began to read the book. Based on the title, I had a fair Idea of what the book was all about, but I wasn’t prepared to give anyone including the author of this book the permission to challenge the secured, comfortable but unfulfilled life I was living.
I had food to eat, a job to go to, and people to love. But there was still something missing. I was settled in my comfort zone and missing opportunities to get out and explore the world and the possibilities out there for me.
Are you living in your comfort zone?
As someone who makes the consistent effort to publish one blog post a week, one of the biggest obstacle I have to overcome is what is described as ‘writer’s block’ . This is a condition experienced by writers wherein the flow of words is slowed down and creativity is stifled.
Then the mind kicks in and starts to tell me how bad my writing is and how no one is leaving comments on my blog.
I can allow the mind to dictate what happens or I can simply stop thinking and start writing.
The mind seems to get in the way of everything.
So what other areas of your life have you placed barriers simply because of your thinking? Let me help you with some.
Goals are the foundation of your dreams and the driving force behind your desired lifestyle. Whether your have an ambition to run a marathon or take up heathy eating , setting goals and having them written down will increase your chances of achieving success.
People with clear written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period than people without goals can ever imagine ~ Brian Tracey
If we all agree that goals are important to success, why do many people not have goals? Of the people that have goals, only a few have written goals and fewer still regularly review their goals and plans.
Whatever your reasons for not having a written goal, let me give you 10 reasons why you should have written goals for all areas of your life.
#1. Take Charge And Take Control Of Your Life
I had a chance encounter with a friend as she commuted home from work one Friday afternoon and during our conversation, I asked “how are you getting on with your job?”. “So so” she replied.
“So so” was a less than enthusiastic answer which made me wonder if she actually enjoyed her job.
According to a Forbes article quoting a gallop report, there are twice as many “actively disengaged” in the world as there are “engaged” workers who love their jobs. According to the quoted article, 13% of workers feel engaged with their jobs and a whopping 63% have some measure of dissatisfaction with their job.
So what are the possibilities for these 63% who are disengaged?
Are you a morning person or do you have a lie in and never start your day before noon? What’s the best time to get out of bed? And does it really matter when you start your day?
For most people, they probably don’t care or think that it matters whether they are a morning person or not. I guess you’ll have to decide what works best for you. But if the most common working hours all over the world is somewhere between 8am and 5pm, getting productive before 8am will give you a head-start on most people.
So what is the big fuss about starting your day before 8am?
I was having a chat with one of my friends at a social event recently and he asked me how my week was. This was a Sunday afternoon in July. I was surprised by my own answer. “It’s been not just a full-on week, but a non stop work filled year and my calendar is full”.
I was overwhelmed with work and I had to do something about it.
I wonder if anyone reading this piece feels the same way?
I won’t bore you with the details of my week but I have been procrastinating and taking longer to get things done.
A few years ago, I was at a stage in my business and professional life that I could only describe as very frustrating and depressing.
I liked what I was doing because it paid the bills but then I didn’t like the lifestyle it was providing. For me I was swopping time for money at a very low rate.
I remember when I decided to invest my time and money into retail pharmacy, I set myself an ambitious goal of having ten stores in the first ten years. And I set out with all energy and enthusiasm to work towards achieving this target.