Balance and focus is all we need.

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By Herbert Mtowo

HUNDRED email messages are waiting for you to read and respond to in the morning. And a book has to be edited and be ready for publishing. The phone starts ringing at 7:00 am. There is GYM sessions to do daily in the afternoon and a meeting with my publishers tonight and a deadline nearing for the next publication, there are ten or twelve new Web sites that you want to take a look at. Somebody told you about an interesting article on my blog and Larry Lewis`s blog too. The phone just keeps on ringing. You’ve got to drop everything to get that presentation ready in time for tonight`s Public Speaking The afternoon email count is 55. On the way to the gym session, you get 8 more phone calls.

Will it ever end? Constantly, relentlessly, day in and day out, at night, on weekends, wherever you are, it just keeps coming. Information, responsibility, decisions, projects. Things demanding your time and your attention, you finish one and three more pop up to take its place.

How can you possibly deal with it all? Don’t you feel like throwing up your arms and screaming?
The need for focus is becoming more and more critical. There is simply too much to deal with. If you are not focused, your time gets eaten away by all the thousands of details that make up life. If you are not highly focused, you’re probably not getting anything accomplished. What we focus on is very important for our lives. It is our focus that bring us riches, love and harmony, but only if used right!

Life never lets up. And now, with computers and the Internet, the problem is worse by an order of magnitude. There is just so much information coming at you. Unless you make a conscious effort to focus your attention, you’ll be mired in meaningless data.

Focus is what ties everything together, gives it a context, gives you something productive to do with it all. Without it, you’ll be pulled in 15 different directions at once, and will never get anywhere. Did you know that if you focus all the energy of a single light bulb into a tiny tiny beam. You create so much focus energy that it could burn trough the sun!

All of us have so much mental energy moving around in all directions. All the commercials that makes us lose focus ass well. You can have it all just not right now! If you only would focus your mental energy on one thing at the time you will achieve so much more in less time than ever before.

Make the decision to focus your efforts. Decide what you want to do today and concentrate on that until it is done. Decide what you want to do this week, this month, this quarter, this year. Because once your daily goals get accomplished, the world is waiting to suck you back in if you’re not focused on the next step. That is why goals are so important. They keep you focused and headed in the direction you want to go.

When you have a clear sense of direction, then everything becomes an opportunity instead of a distraction. All the information that you take in can now be viewed in a context, making it much easier to deal with. All your in-person, email and phone contacts are now opportunities to bounce ideas off of others. Being focused can take all the seemingly unrelated pieces of life and align them to work for you. Remember a successful person always focuses on solutions and where they want to be. They don’t waste time to find out all that can go wrong.
So get a very clear idea of where you are going, of what you want to do. Remind yourself of it often. And almost as if by magic, the energy that is swirling around you will become aligned in the direction of your goals.

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The KEY is setting up goals

Herbert Mtowo

Herbert Mtowo

By Herbert Mtowo
In many situations people use words goals and objectives as interchangeable. Yet, in the context of goal setting, the difference between goals and objectives has an important practical meaning. After you set your important goals you move to setting objectives. Objectives are also goals, but they are down the hierarchy. They are sub goals set with the only purpose to serve your goals. Turn on the KEY by setting up real realistic, tangible and achievable goals
Resolutions are nice, feel-good statements; but are a waste of time. They have no substance and rarely, if ever, create any sustainable improvement in people’s lives. I recommend you DO NOT make New Year’s Resolutions! Rather, set goals for The New Year! Setting goals is key to your achievement.
It is important to note that to achieve your goals, which conditions should you provide, which resources should you collect, which skills should you develop, what knowledge should you acquire? Is there anything significant you should achieve before you can reach your goals? Formulate the answers to these questions as your objectives, in writing.
If one is able to do this correctly and properly, it can transform you from tired and weary to energetic and excited. It can motivate you to push yourself beyond previous expectations. It can encourage you to learn from every experience. It can fill you with a positive spirit. It can inspire persistence. It can bring on sure and steady effort. It can produce incredible results. My lessons from my mentor Larry on goal setting have been revolutionary and life changing indeed.
It is a fact of life that, many people eventually realize how important goal setting is for their personal and business success. Only very few have gone so far as to actually sit and put their goal statements in writing. This is a very unfortunate situation. It is well established that it is the process of writing your goal statements that actually puts your goals to work. A reality and factor of life is that without setting goals, life is empty, boring too rigid and nothing exciting as the dawn of a new day begins, whereas goal setting makes life vibrant and worthy while to live and look into the future with hope an joy. So setting up goals isn’t just a routine exercise but, a KEY to turn around one`s life and a step into greatness. Many people find life so tiring and with nothing to live for because they don’t have anything to live for.
It is in this goal writing process that your subconscious mind starts taking your goals seriously. Your mind gets all the necessary signals to start moving you forward. And those signals are better to be very clear and direct, no confusing or conflicting messages. They should include clear visual images of your written goals. What is it about GOAL setting? It is a clearly defined goal — something meaningful and challenging to which you can look forward. The amount of effort you can produce and the number of obstacles you can transcend will be significantly affected by the desirability of the reward you pursue.
If you’re having trouble moving forward, perhaps your dream is not big enough or clear enough or real enough. The effort you put into defining, clarifying and connecting with your dreams will pay valuable dividends of focus, commitment and creative energy. Many get motivated at the start of the year, but can’t keep it up. Some say the problem with motivation is that it wears off! Well, so does bathing! Yet, most people bathe everyday (we hope). The same has to be done with motivation…it must be ongoing to maintain effectiveness.
To turn your goals into realities, make motivation a part of your daily routine. Commit to reading or listening to something motivational each and every day. Commit to fill your mind with that which is positive and encouraging.
Make your goals strong enough to pull you to them. Not only will you eventually achieve them, you’ll live more abundantly every step of the way. To achieve success, you need both persistence and flexibility. When you face difficulties and unexpected problems, use all your persistence and determination to stick to your goals. But always stay flexible with your objectives and activities. If the way you do things now does not work, try another way. Keep trying until you find the one that works.
The year has just begun, make your life a priority and setting goals a KEY into greatness. Many people have nothing to fight for and nothing to plan for and focus on simply because they don’t have any goals for their lives for the year and long term future. Don’t change the ends, change the means. And never forget the difference between ends and means, between goals and objectives.

I have become wiser because of my mistakes

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By Herbert Mtowo

Mistakes are great teachers. Success comes to those who are willing to risk making mistakes in the pursuit of a goal, and who are able to learn from those mistakes. And in order to learn from mistakes, you must be willing to pay for them.

If you are not making mistakes, you aren’t doing anything important. You probably aren’t learning anything, either, if everything you do is done perfectly every single time. Learning is a process of trial and error. No trial, no error, no learning.

When you look to others to pay for your mistakes, then you deprive yourself of the opportunity to learn from them. When something goes wrong, it’s usually very easy to find someone else to blame. But what does that really accomplish? Much of the value of mistakes comes from the fact that they exact a cost which must be paid. The person who learns the most from a mistake is the person who pays the price for that mistake.

The facts are irrefutable and beyond question. Mistakes are essential for learning, improvement, productivity and creativity. Mistakes supply feedback for corrective action, contingent options or improvements. If you make no mistakes, you rarely learn much.

Every time I’ve asked people to think of the most painful mistake ever made in their whole life and consider if they would wish the memory to be wiped out, they hesitate. When confronted with the choice of keeping their most painful memory or literally forgetting about it, having it removed from their minds so they will remember nothing about it, they always eventually answer, “no.” Their answer usually surprises them; but when you think about it, you realize that painful feedback is important feedback. You learned from it. The person you are today is a product of all those memories and experiences, good and bad, happy and sad, joyful and painful. Lose the memory of your painful mistake and you lose part of your identity, because that lesson made you who you are today.

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Let’s learn from them rather than let them rule and ruin our lives. When you make a mistake, the last thing you want to do is run from it. Rather, own up to it. There is much value to be had when you claim it. The mistake has been made, so make the most of it. Pay the price, learn the lesson, and grow that much stronger.

Leadership Is About Authenticity Not Technique

BY ED ROBINSON

When you lead people it is important to be true to who you are as a person. Employees will quickly pick up on it if you try to be something you are not. There is no perfect personality profile of a leader despite what many books of the topic would like to portray. I’ve seen all types of individuals thrive under the mantle of leadership. I’ve also seen others who look impressive on paper struggle when they attempt to step up and lead. When you are true to yourself you are more likely to be effective in whatever you do.

Leadership is not about technique. It is about passion, focus, commitment, and persistence.

You can’t fake passion, at least not for not any extended period of time. There needs to be something you tap into that motivates besides personal gratification to accomplish anything important. As the saying goes, if the “Why” is big enough, the “How” doesn’t matter.

Focus is imperative if you want to lead others. You need to know where you are going and the best route to get there. People need a sense of destination and direction. Great leaders don’t make it up as they go along. They follow a clear path to success with a laser like focus.

Commitment is critical if you want to achieve anything of consequence. You can never be partially committed to making a difference or being truly successful. There will be multiple distractions and temptations that will try to derail your progress. You must want it badly enough to stay the course and remain committed to the objective.

Lastly, I’ve seen far too many people give up just before they were about to be successful. Life will inevitably test how bad you want something. Every once in awhile you may get lucky but more often than not you will have to persist in the face of some level of adversity. Everyone stumbles at times. Leaders intuitively now they must pick themselves up and keep moving forward regardless of the obstacles and naysayers.

There is no one personality profile that maximizes a person’s ability to be passionate, focused, committed and persistent. However, I would argue that you can’t fake any one of these things and certainly not the combination of them. When your are true to yourself, genuinely believe in what you are doing, leverage your existing strengths and tap into the natural energy that exists to help you get there, almost anything is possible. Leadership is about authenticity not technique.