This Wednesday we pause again to celebrate National Fire Your Excuses Day!
Each January 14th we observe “A Day Without Excuses.” This day, two weeks from the start of the new year, is when we invite all to review their yearly goals and to set in motion their actions to make the year extraordinary.
How to celebrate National Fire Your Excuses Day with your family, colleagues or friends
Honor your resolve to live excuse-free in 2015 by taking one or more of the actions below this Tuesday:
1. Plan…set your written 2015 goals- you do have them, right? If not, take a day to complete them. This is your first critical step. Then, share your goals with at least two people who will hold you accountable throughout the year. By the way, research shows that pure “will power’ lasts, on average, just 90 days before fading and the individual goes back to his or her “normal habits.” Don’t let this be you (again.)
2. Connect…join one group that will help you succeed. John F. Kennedy said: “A rising tide raises all boats.” Put your boat into the ocean by joining with others. The oft-quoted statistic–“It takes 21 days to form a new habit” is wrong. The average time is 66 days and in many cases far longer. So, you will need some help along the way. Give yourself the best chance you can for finally achieving that big goal this year by focusing your attention on reaching out early to enlist partners.
3. Move…Consider adopting the household rule: “No electronics before exercise.” if there is time for after-hours, recreational electronic use–streaming video, gaming, Facebook, etc., there is time for exercise. No excuses this year.
4. Learn…what skills are separating you from your dream? If you know you are unlikely to master them yourself-be brutally honest about this, who can you get on your team? And, who can you seek out for expert help?
5. Serve…All of us have more to offer than we believe we do, at times. Make one of your core goals to help someone EVERY week in a hands-on way in 2015. Which relative, friend, organization or cause needs your support? Fire Your Excuses! If you are already a giver by nature, spend 2015 learning how to LEVERAGE your impact. How could you take your serving impact to another whole level in 2015?
Key Principles to Remember This Year:
Refuse to minimize your use of excuses: Remember “Not all excuses are the same, some hinder us, some hurt us, and some kill us.” At the very least, excuses rob us of our dreams, impact and purpose. We can’t count the number of extremely intelligent and influential people we meet each year who are shortening their lives with their health habits.
“Don’t try harder in 2015, get more connected!” Do you have important goals that have eluded you for years? It’s time to admit that while willpower is needed, but it is not enough. Don’t just do what you always have done or beat yourself up for not being more disciplined. Get help!
Finally, what we have observed in our combined 60 years of working with individuals to achieve permanent change is this: “Everything changes when we walk the last mile of denial.” What is your “last mile?” If you are willing to do 90% of what is needed to change but are holding out on that 10%, in many cases, that small area will be enough to keep you from ever changing permanently. So ask yourself: What two or three actions have I been unwilling to take until now? It will make all the difference.
Want to turbo-charge your progress in 2015?
1. Receive our enewsletter. You can sign up right here on our site on the right. As your free gift you’ll receive Fire Your Excuses “Career” Chapter, and excuse-busting tips throughout 2015.
2. Join our Fire Your Excuses Facebook Fan Page community and read the stories of others who have been changing their lives permanently.
3. Pick up a hard copy or ebook version of Fire Your Excuses. “Your blueprint for permanent change for the cost of a movie!”
4. Take the free Fire Your Excuses Self-Assessment and see how your excuse profile compares with others across the nation and the world.
5. Consider a coaching session or program to help you stay on track throughout 2015. Click here for more details.
When people hear us say that a life of serving is the ultimate benchmark of having “fired one’s excuses” their thoughts often go to their level of involvement in local charities, international relief organizations and their kid’s sports equipment drive. We support such big serving activities too.
At their best, these campaigns and causes can have a tremendous impact on the classroom, the community and the world. They can teach citizenship, make a difference for those suffering with debilitating diseases and mountainous challenges, and help to rescue those suffering gross social injustices and poverty. But, at their worst, these big, public, serving activities can devolve into mandatory social obligations, feel far removed from real life, and even become “trendy.” Most of us have attended charity events that felt more like a place “to see and be seen.” Or, we have received correspondence from a company whose charitable or ecofriendly campaign appeared to be nothing more than a thinly-veiled marketing attempt to be seen as caring.
We’d like to encourage you to expand your view of service by going “small,” by thinking with us about creative, highly impactful and, in many cases, anonymous ways of “serving small.” This type of serving is one-to-one, impacting those you know well and those you don’t but with whom your lives intersect daily.
Here are 10 easy but powerful ways you can start serving small:
- Reach out to three of your LinkedIn connections each week and ask: “What are you working on (more formal) or “what are you up to these days? (less formal, for a closer colleague or friend.) Anything I can do to help?”
- Text three people and simply say: “I am thinking about you today, how are you doing with ______[insert challenge, big project, or blessing here.] If you are spiritually-minded you might say, “I know you are [dealing with a big challenge/decision, etc.] Just wanted to let you know I am think about you and praying for you today.”
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I am excited to share with you that I have been invited to take part in the Launch and Monetize Your Business Telesummit along with six other amazing speakers! This Telesummit is different from the others – there will be no fluff success stories here! This is the real stuff, the secrets I use to coach my clients to their business success!
I invite you to join me on March 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm EST for
Fire Your Excuses!
I will provide training on:
- Business Blind Spots: The three reasons most entrepreneurs fail and how you can side step them before you begin. (What you don’t know can kill your business.)
- Critical Connections: How to get the right “people on the bus” at the very first stop. (Your team is more important than your passion, will power and knowledge.)
- Perceived Value and Paying Your Bills: Three essential techniques to “keep the lights on” during the early phases of your business–The magic of beta rollouts, product packaging, and protective contracting.
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The Telesummit will focus on the areas you need to get you and your business moving and profitable! During this 7 day information packed summit starting March 19th to 25th, an exciting interview will be unveiled every day to share new ideas, marketing trends, tips, the latest strategies, and inspiration to launch your business to the next level.
Think of it like “continuing education” for the entrepreneur, coach, and online business professional, there is something for everyone! And the best part is it’s free and you can attend from your laptop! For practical information, trend setting strategies and inspiration you can use NOW, grab your spot at the Launch and Monetize Your Business TeleSummit here:
“See” you there!
Dr. Bill Dyment
Are You Missing Out?
In May, 2013, I formed a mastermind group of six with the help of my colleague and friend, Trent Adams. It is not an exaggeration to say it was the best business decision made all year. Not only have we dissected each of our businesses in a grueling but highly-rewarding fashion that would make the Shark Tank venture capitalists proud, we have laughed together, challenged, and been there for each other through personal and business changes, crises, and triumphs.
Our rules were fairly simple: Each person committed for three months to meeting for 90 minutes every Wednesday before work and 80% attendance was required, no exceptions. To our delight, it worked and all agreed to continue for at least a year. Today, we routinely turn down requests to join our group as word has got around that we have a good thing going. Truly, we all feel as if our investment of time has become an almost unfair business advantage. What’s more, it has been a commitment to myself and my business development, I wish I had implemented years ago. This post is designed to explain a bit more about mastermind groups, in general, to help you decide if joining or starting one is right for you too.
If you haven’t heard much about mastermind groups yet, you will. Thanks, in part, to the praise they have been receiving from some of the top business podcasters, they are springing up everywhere these days. Mastermind groups are usually limited to a maximum of 8-10 people. While not a new phenomenon—Ben Franklin was in a Philadelphia group he called the “junto” (latin for “meeting”) for 37 years, they are experiencing a fresh, 21st century resurgence. Some take place in-person, others are made possible by fast web-based video and cheap phone connections. All are fueled by a growing understanding that collaboration with others is the primary way of succeeding in today’s interdependent marketplace.
This coming Tuesday, January 14, 2014, has been designated “a day without excuses.” Are you in?
How to celebrate National Fire Your Excuses Day
Honor your resolve to live excuse-free in 2014 by taking one or more of the actions below this Tuesday:
1. Plan…set your written 2014 goals.
2. Connect…join one group that will help you succeed.
3. Move…no after-hours electronics before exercise.
4. Learn…what skill is separating you from your dream?
5. Serve…contact one person or group who needs your support.
Key Principles to Remember This Year:
Refuse to minimize. “Not all excuses are the same, some hinder us, some hurt us, and some kill us.” At the very least, excuses rob us of our dreams, impact and purpose.
“Don’t try harder in 2014, get more connected!” Do you have important goals that have eluded you for years? It’s time to admit that willpower is needed, but it is not enough.
“Everything changes when we walk the last mile of denial.” What is your “last mile?” What two or three actions have you been unwilling to take until now?
Want to turbo-charge your progress in 2014?
1. Join our free community and be encouraged by the stories of others. (Sign up in the right-hand corner of this page.) As your free gift you’ll receive Fire Your Excuses, Chapter Two-Health and Wellness, and excuse-busting tips throughout 2014.
2. Pick up a hard copy or ebook version of Fire Your Excuses. “Your blueprint for permanent change for the cost of a movie!”
3. Take the free Fire Your Excuses Self-Assessment and see how your excuse profile compares others across the nation and the world.
4. Consider a coaching session or program to help you stay on track throughout 2014. Click here for more details.