You Asked For It – Part 2

August 13th, 2009 Posted in Success

To change things up a bit, I’ve created a theme for August called “You Asked For It.” Over the next couple weeks, I invite you to submit questions. Your questions can be about me, or they can be about anything else you would like to ask. I’ll respond to as many questions as I can.

 

You may submit your questions in one of three ways:

 

1. Send an email to info (AT) jwcgroup (DOT) com, with “You Asked For It” in the subject line.

2. Fax your question to our office. (734-254-9973, Attn: Marti)

3. Comment on the Work Less, Make More blog.

 

When I first requested that our clients and readers send in questions, I had no idea what to expect. The response has been great, though. (There’s a mini-lesson here called Be Careful What You Ask For!) We’ve had dozens of responses already, and the questions are all over the board!

 

Based on the number of questions submitted already, there’s no way I’ll be able to answer all of them. I’ll definitely respond to the most-frequently-asked ones, and also throw in a few others. Even if I don’t respond in the emails I’ll do my best to contact you personally with an answer. So keep sending questions!!

 

A few of you sent in “list” questionnaires. I’ll tackle a few easy ones first:

 

COFFEE OR TEA? Coffee, black. The first thing I do every morning is throw on some sweats, then walk to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. I drink two cups in the morning, then I’m done for the day.

 

COKE OR PEPSI? Coke, although I very seldom drink it. I watch what I eat very closely, and Coke is definitely not on my list of healthy foods/beverages!

 

WAFFLES OR PANCAKES? Waffles. That said, I usually eat a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal in the morning. (Unfortunately, it takes about 20 minutes to make.) In addition, I have a protein drink which includes mixed berries, pomegranate juice, green tea, wheat germ, and flax seed meal. I top it off with two tablespoons of fish oil, and a tablespoon of honey, then I’m ready to make it a great day! (Waffles with butter, maple syrup and whipped cream does sound good, though!)

 

FAVORITE ICE CREAM? So you don’t think I’m a total health nut, I do occasionally eat ice cream. We have a wonderful ice cream parlor in the town where I live, and it’s a popular place, especially in the summer. We can get there in five minutes by car, but it also makes for a fun family bike ride—a little over four miles round trip. What do I order when I get there? A single scoop of swiss almond chocolate, on a sugar cone. Yum!

 

It was a lot of fun reading through the lists, and thinking about my answers to these kinds of questions. Keep them coming, and I’ll answer more of them in the next couple weeks.

 

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST REASON PEOPLE DON’T SUCCEED?

 

Several readers submitted this question. It was phrased in different ways, but I know a lot of you want to know what’s holding you back from achieving all that you want in life. While there are more opportunities today than ever, success is sometimes elusive… especially when you’re being held back by the thing I’m going to describe in a minute.

 

Imagine, for a moment, that you could remove the obstacle that’s standing in your way. Since it’s no longer stopping you, you are free to achieve success—however you define it. Like a thoroughbred racehorse when the starting gate opens, you are launched into a new chapter of your life. How will things be different now that you are free to achieve your goals? What will you be, do and have that seemed so elusive before?

 

Like much of personal and professional development, the answer to this question is simple. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. It’s also profound. Once you discover how to overcome this obstacle, all that you desire will be within your reach.

 

What’s the biggest reason people don’t succeed?

 

Because they don’t do the things they know they need to do to be successful.

 

In every area of life, there are about a half-dozen things that make all the difference. Think about it. Let’s take fitness. If you work out five days a week for 30-40 minutes, doing cardiovascular activity three of the days and strength training two days per week, you will be fit, right? Add in some stretching for good measure, and you’re done. You be in great shape in no time!

 

The formula for physical fitness isn’t a secret. If you asked 100 people on the street how to become physically fit, 97 would describe some variation of what I wrote above. So they know what they need to do. But they don’t do it.

 

It’s the same with health. Five fruits and vegetables a day, a proper balance of lean protein and carbs, stay away from junk food and “white poisons” (salt, sugar, white flour), and drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. No news there, either. Pretty much common knowledge, right?

 

I bet you can make a list of activities required to be successful in your business or career, too. Do you have such a list? If so, how are you doing?

 

The concept is simple, yet we don’t always do the things we know we need to do to be successful. “Stuff” gets in the way, doesn’t it?

 

Salespeople get bogged down in paperwork, leaving them little time for calling on new business. Business owners get to the end of their day, and wonder where the time went because they spent the day putting out small fires. Professionals get to the end of the month thinking surely they must have had more billable hours than that!

 

In my coaching practice, my clients and I invest a lot of time determining their highest value activities. We monitor the extent to which those activities are being performed, and identify the stumbling blocks that get in the way. This process isn’t rocket science, and the truth flushes out pretty quickly.

 

In order to achieve success in any/every area of your life, you need to do the same thing. The trick is to figure out what needs to be done, and how to do it. Then, as they say in the Nike ad, “Just Do It!”

 

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Keep your questions coming, and I’ll respond to more next week. Remember, you may submit your questions in one of three ways:

 

1. Send an email to info (AT) jwcgroup (DOT) com, with “You Asked For It” in the subject line.

2. Fax your question to our office. (734-254-9973, Attn: Marti)

3. Comment on the Work Less, Make More blog.

 

Submit your questions today… and stay tuned for the next edition of “You Asked For It!”

 

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