The Secret Behind Sticking to Your Goals

Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

I heard a great quote recently by Joe Girard, “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.”

Have you ever wondered why so few people achieve their big picture goals? I think there are several reasons for this: people get tired, distracted, life gets in the way, people get confused and sometimes internalize their limiting beliefs. Hey, climbing the ladder of success is hard work.

But winners and high achievers do the things that other people aren’t willing to do (executives and leaders — I’m talking to you), and there’s one solution to the problems that keep people from achieving their goals that works with an amazing level of effectiveness.

So what is this secret, you ask? One word… accountability.

Experts estimate that if you have an accountability partner, you’ll be eight times more likely to achieve your goals. Yes, you read that correctly — eight times more likely — that’s HUGE. Choose your accountability partner carefully. You’ll want someone who will support and not sabotage your success. Friends, as well as coaches, make wonderful accountability partners. Check out stickk.com (yes, two k’s) to see their simple and free four-step process for achieving your key goal or goals.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and be the person who God is calling you to become?

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Lessons in Obedience, Faith, and Trust

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Sometimes it’s easy when in the midst of a challenging situation to doubt the Lord, but He loves you so much, and regardless of where He has you today, he always has your back. He’ll never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6).

If your career isn’t going well right now, find comfort in the words of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Instead of being angry or frustrated about your career predicament, remember that the Lord has big plans for you, and part of those plans might very well include using your current situation to grow your obedience, faith, and trust. Ask Him, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6) Then, sit back and listen. He will answer you. 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

What Is Your Career Reputation?

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

I admit it. I am a material girl living in a material world, but when I read this verse, I remember that stuff — whether it takes the form of jewelry, a nice car, or pretty clothing (hey, I AM a woman!) — is just stuff. What matters most is how I serve the Lord, my family, and the people whose paths I cross — bot personally and professionally.

When people hear your name, what do they think of? That’s a very important part of your brand. The achievements and accomplishments that you demonstrate on your resume should support your brand and back-up your good name.

If your career reputation is less than stellar, here are some tips on how you can bolster your career reputation and make a better name for yourself.

  1. Engender trust and responsibility by taking a genuine interest in other people’s best interests, and doing the right thing. Listen to your intuition, it will guide you.
  2. Be a learn-it-all. We’ve all heard of a know-it-all, but a little humility goes a long way. Recognize that no matter how smart or how accomplished you are, there are always more learning opportunities ahead of you.
  3. Be responsible for your own professional development. Engage in at least two to three major learning experiences a year. You’re never too accomplished to rest on your laurels.
  4. One of my favorite quotes is, “You can either run with the big dogs or sit on the porch and bark.” Even if you’re already a “big dog” in your niche, figure out who the other key thought leaders are in your industry or profession, and start building relationships with these people. The company you keep says something about what kind of person you are and/or what kind of person you aspire to be.
  5. Strive to be more of a giver than a taker, and remember that it’s better to underpromise and overdeliver.
  6. At the end of every day, reflect on your day. Recognize where you may have fallen short, and ask yourself what systems and actions you can put in place tomorrow to do better. This isn’t about beating yourself up. Hey, none of us is perfect. Escape the tyranny of perfection, and instead aim for progress.

Job Search Jitters?

Exodus 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

If you’re one of the millions of Americans feeling insecure about your career challenges, take heart. Even Moses doubted that he was up to the work he was called to do.

Instead of focusing on why you won’t succeed, I recommend you:

  • focus on how you can make sure you will
  • write down all the things you’re most proud of having accomplished during your career
  • figure out who can help you be successful

If you’re interested in learning a process for overcoming your limiting beliefs and stressful thoughts, consider investigating The Work by Byron Katie, or Katie, as she’s known. She contends that the only time we experience stress is when we’re being a thought that isn’t true. An example of this can be seen in the biblical reference above. Clearly, Moses *was* equipped to successfully bring the Israelites out of Egypt. For more about The Work, go to www.thework.com

Finally, two parting thoughts:

It’s not what you know it’s who you know — foster sound, strong, mutually beneficial relationships with people who are in a position to help you. Perhaps it’s time to call in the big guns. Moses had God helping him, and that’s always a plus in my book. Who do you have, or who can you get, to help you?

Control the controllables — there’s a lot in this world that is beyond our control. Recognize that the only person you can control is you, and align your thoughts and actions to be congruent with your goals. What is one thing you can do today to boost your confidence level?

Broadening Your Job Search Net

Matthew 4:19 Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.

From the bible, we know that Jesus called four fishermen and they immediately left their nets and followed him, forever leaving behind their occupation for a new calling. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Jesus was a pioneer of viral marketing, and today, thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to harness the power of viral marketing by using online social media to get YOUR message out.

Are you familiar with Twitter? It’s a new social media tool in which members try to get followers by broadcasting “tweets” of 140 characters or less, telling people what they’re doing. 

The cool thing is that many job seekers today are using Twitter as a broadcast medium, a way to build their online visibility, and even get their next job.

Instead of getting lost in the huge pile of resumes online, why not consider sending a direct tweet to the Twitter people at companies you’re targeting as a way to broaden your net? Who knows? You might even get people to evangelize you and your skills to prospective employers.

Twitter is free and will even let you link to a URL where you could post your resume or even your own blog.

How can you get people on Twitter to follow you? The answer is as simple as having a really strong, clear brand. I think Jesus’ brand was and is very clear:

1. He was God in the flesh. (John 1:1,14)

2. He was sinless and died on the cross so we could be forgiven for our sins. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

3. He is the only way to heaven (John 14: 6)

That’s what compelled me to follow Him.

What would compel someone to follow you, and more importantly, if you’re in the market for a new job, what would make someone want to hire you?