How knowing your “Why,” can help you to stop procrastinating, and find you the motivation you need tackle your To-Do List.

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The other day, I caught myself saying something very important, “In order for me to want to get things done, I have to be excited about them.” When I said this aloud, it became an “Aha” moment for me. It made me realize that I truly only focus on certain things, and the reason I focus on those certain things, is because I know “why” they excite me, and how they relate specifically to my goals.

Not everything we do as business owners, or goal getters, is going to excite us. The key to finding that excitement, and actually getting the not so exciting things done, is to directly tie them to how they will relate to your why. By reverse engineering the task at hand, I have been accomplishing more, and getting things done, in a much more timely manner.

For example, creating social media graphics is not my favorite thing to do. I often put it off for too long, and miss out on opportunities to share with my clients our current promotions, and upcoming events, before it is too late. By relating this task to my why, I have never been more excited to create graphics, and get them out into social media land. Here’s how I reverse engineer it:

  1. Think of your top 3 goals for the year, aka your banner goals, (you can read more about those HERE.)
  2. Pick one of your 3 goals (if not multiple) that you can achieve faster, if you just do the dreaded task at hand.
  3. Break down, in your head, or on paper, how it will EXACTLY help you reach your goal faster.
  4. Make the decision whether or not it is worth it or not, to complete the task, based off how much it will move you closer to your banner goal, or directly affect your bottom line for the year.

For example:
In my last blog, I mentioned that one of my top 3 banner goals for the year is to increase our clientele by 150, or increase our monthly income by $10,000/month. Knowing exactly why I want this additional $10,000/month, and how creating social media graphics are specifically going to help me reach this goal, is now my key to moving forward. Simply saying I want an additional $10,000/month is not enough motivation; however, knowing what an additional $10,000/month could do for me and my business, is where the magic really happens!

Here, give it a try! What could an extra $10,000/month do for you? Don’t be vague, be specific! Perhaps it could help you to afford more help in your business, and take an extra day or two off throughout the week? Perhaps it will allow you to take an additional vacation each year? Buy the car of your dreams? Give your employees a generous raise or bonus to show your appreciation? Perhaps expand your business? There are so many things that you could do with the extra income, but until you assign it a “why,” the motivation is pointless. It is only a wish.

Now … to tie this back in, force yourself to think of these things when you feel like procrastinating. Don’t just think of ten thousand dollars, think about what you can do with the ten thousand dollars. When you have given it some thought, and you are now excited about reaching your goals, go ahead and ask yourself …

  1. Should I Procrastinate? or….
  2. Should I just do what I need to do, to help me reach my goal?

Moving forward … Recognize what tasks you procrastinate on, and then …

  1. Ask yourself how they can help you reach your goals,
  2. Ask what your goals can do for you if accomplished, and …
  3. Excite yourself over the connection.

Heres to 2018, reaching your goals, and doing more to move your business.

Xoxo,
Cori

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018, and a few quick tips to help you not suck at your New Year’s Resolution!

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Setting goals is a science! If you haven’t studied how to set goals, then chances are … YOU WILL FAIL! I’ve done it time and time again, until that is, someone told be how to stop sucking! Don’t worry, I’m going to share this advice with you so that you too, can also stop sucking at your New Year’s Resolutions, and make 2018 your best year ever!

Before we dive in, it’s important to reflect and find appreciation in 2017. Why was 2017 a good year? What could have been better? How can you fix what you didn’t like? By reflecting, you will find accountability in your wins and losses for the years past. By finding what you appreciate, you will jump start your positivity in 2018. Goals are not only achieved by hard work, but they are also boosted by momentum. Create a positive reflection for 2017, and you’ll be surprised how that positivity will not only carry over into 2018, but also help you create momentum, to keep going when you are ready to quit.

My personal 2017 reflection and appreciation is as follows:

2017 was the hardest year of my life. As you might have read in my ABOUT ME, I am the biggest Daddy’s girl you will ever meet, and unfortunately in 2017, my dad, my hero, passed away. It was unexpected, and to be honest, I never thought I would survive. Although it has been hard (and that’s an understatement) I not only managed to push through, but in an effort to continue to make him proud, it became one of my most successful years. I buried myself in work to drowned out the pain, and looking back, I am proud of where this year has taken me.

Check it out:

  • 81.9% growth in my brick & mortar business and reaching 6 figures
  • Joining a mastermind group
  • Reading one book/month
  • Spending less time working IN my business, and spending more time working ON my business
  • Creating systems & automatization
  • Hiring an office manager
  • Focusing on client retention
  • Becoming a better leader for my team
  • Listening to one podcast/webinar per week

What are your top wins for 2017?

Things that I need to hold myself accountable for, and could have done better in 2017:

  • Waking up earlier
  • Spending more time with family
  • Drinking more water
  • Procrastinating (although my best work comes from procrastinating)
  • Letting go of perfection – done is better than perfect!

What could you have done better in 2017?

Next, pick your top 10 goals for 2018. 

Here’s mine 🙂

  1. Increasing my clientele by 150, or increasing my monthly income by $10,000 (whichever comes first)
  2. Buying a home
  3. Taking my dogs on a daily walk
  4. Taking another day off during the week
  5. Finding my spirituality (whatever that is)
  6. Starting a charitable foundation
  7. Starting a blog (check!)
  8. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep/night
  9. Taking an annual vacation
  10. Doing one thing/day to educate myself or grow my business (reading, webinar, seminar, podcast, etc.)

What are your top 10 goals? Don’t be afraid and don’t play it safe!

Out of these top 10 goals, pick a top three! ONLY THREE! These 3 goals are called your BANNER GOALS. 

Using your top 3 goals as inspiration, list 3 answers to each of these questions:

  1. What new habits, disciplines or behaviors do you need to start to reach your banner goals?
  2. What existing habits, disciplines or behaviors do you currently have and need to expand to more quickly reach your banner goals?
  3. What poor habits or behaviors do you currently have and need to stop to reach your banner goals?

Lastly, create yourself a weekly register. This is a tool I got from a mentor of mine, Darren Hardy.

What 10-12 things can you do on a daily, or weekly basis, to help you reach your goals?
For example, if your goal is to grow your business; your daily or weekly register might say something like: Post (advertise) on Social Media at least 3x/week or Make 3 sales calls/day. Whatever your goals are, break them down into daily/weekly habits and stay consistent. Hold yourself accountable.

Consistency is the key to success. It is your daily/weekly small steps done consistently, that add up and compound to reaching your large goals. Most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions by March 1st. By creating a weekly register and building consistency, your New Year’s Resolutions are no longer resolutions, they are HABITS! They are habits that stick!

Create a chart, and check off your daily/weekly steps to reaching your 2018 goals as you achieve them. 

Lastly, hold yourself accountable on your chart! Are you checking things off? Are you failing behind? Were you able to achieve what’s on your chart too easily? Check in on your progress every month and make adjustments as needed. Checking in, and making adjustments on a monthly basis is much easier than realizing that you have reached the end of 2018, and weren’t on track!

Let me know if you have any questions; and I hope this system works as well for you, as it did/does for me!

Here’s to a kick-ass 2018;
Cori

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Mildly Obsessed: December 2017

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Hello MM Readers, and welcome to my blog, Mildly Moody! This wasn’t intended to be my first post on the blog, but I am currently obsessing over a few things I got for Christmas this year, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

My New Hat Collection:

I am OBSESSED with hats as of recently. About 2 months ago, I discovered that I happen to look pretty good in hats, and my closest friends and family members think so too. (Is that conceited?) Because everyone knows I’m obsessed, I am happy to report that I received two out of the three new hats that I wanted for Christmas this year. The third hat that I wanted is still sold out (sniff sniff) but I am going to include it below anyway, because after all, I am still obsessed with it, and you best believe I am going to get it once it is available again. I am not sure where my wonderful friend/employee found my #dogmom hat, but I know you can purchase the other two hats here: Adidas Hat, Good American Hat (once it is no longer sold out.)

 

My New Kate Spade Wallet:

I’ve had my eye on this cute Kate Spade Cameron Street Stacy wallet for a few months now, and I’m happy to report that Santa thought I worked hard enough to deserve it this year! Although it comes in over a dozen colors, Twilight (dark blue) was my color of choice, even know it was one of the very few colors not on sale this year. *(insert eye roll here)*  I absolutely love how cute it is, and how effortlessly it snaps. Check it out here.

 

**shown in Plum.

Darren Hardy – Living Your Best Year Ever Workbook:

As of lately, I am obsessed with both goal setting and Darren Hardy; making this workbook a no brainer for my wishlist this year. In case you don’t know, Darren Hardy is a best selling author, keynote speaker, business advisor, and former publisher of Success Magazine. Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law, I am now one step closer to crushing my 2018 goals. If you are a goal-digger, girl boss like me, this book is a must have! Gone are the days of crossing your fingers and hoping your yearly goals come true. If you want to be in the top 3% of the population, and step away from the herd of average, click here to purchase your own workbook today!

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Day Designer Planner – 

Buying a new planner is one of my favorite things to purchase at the end of each year! The past few years, I have been obsessed with my Day Designer, Daily Planner. Let’s just say that this may or may not have been a gift to myself this Christmas! The daily planning pages allow room for my lengthly to do lists on the right, time blocking by the hour on the left, a space for my top 3 vital priorities of the day on top, and a note section on the bottom. Check out my favorite planner by clicking here, and be sure to check out the free download pages to give it a try before you buy!

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Well … I hope you loved my “Mildly Obsessed” list for the month of December, as much as I do. I’ll be back soon with some more obsessions in January. In the meantime, I would love to hear which of these products you are also obsessed with, and/or what items are currently on your obsessed list!

XOXO,
Cori

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