On January 3 we took off for a few days in Los Cabos. We had a fantastic time, caught (and released) a total of 11 marlin between the 5 of us, and got a little crazy at CaboWabo Cantina. The weather was great, around 80 degrees all week. And luckily enough, missed all the northern california storms over the weekend. We stayed at the Rui Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas which was a real downer (more on that later), but even with all the drama at the hotel we had a great time and look forward to going again soon.
This tip came to me as a weekly e-mail from Keith Ferrazzi. I thought it was a good idea and made me start to think about who I would want to team up with.
It’s a new year and 2008 is going to bring you what you want, I promise. How can I make that promise? Because I promise you are more likely to stick to your resolutions WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS. I just spent seven days in life-planning bootcamp that I put on for a group of my friends and I have all my goals clearly laid out. A complete first draft of my next book by June. Getting my blood pressure down to 130/70 without meds. Going to a spiritual service every week… list goes on.
To be a successful goal-getter, you must first define your goal. It will likely fall into one of the seven aspects of what I call our personal success wheel: health & wellness, spirituality, job & career, intellectual & cultural, financial, deep relationships and giving back. Your goal must be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
But you can’t do it alone. This is the key to success where in the past you may have slipped! Choose three friends to serve as your accountability buddies. Knowing they are watching you will help you to stick to and reach your goals. I like to call it peer-to-peer pressure. They can cheer you on, send you inspirational songs and helpful website links, whatever it takes. I’m doing this with my sister and a few friends already.
But then you should also rally your friends to make improvements in their own lives. Don’t leave them in your dust – bring them along with your success.
To help you and your friends get your goals, my team has developed an application called Goal Post on Facebook. It is an easy and visual way to set your goals, choose your accountability buddies and keep track of your progress.
Come on, do it now, this works and will significantly increase your likelihood of achieving your goals, but will also be another way to PING your friends and associates and invite them in to be closer to you. And for you to encourage them to count on you to do the same for them! This not only good for you, but it will build your relationships, I promise.
So, to a healthier, happier and more successful year and you!
As part of my goal setting plan for December, I’ve been reading a lot of info. I came across this article about setting clear goals on Brian Tracy’s Blog (http://blogs.briantracy.com/public/blog/187468). I hope you find it as helpful as I did.
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Over the past couple of years December has become an important month for me. December is about looking back at the past year and planning for the year to come. As part of all this reflection and planning I decided to read One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Dr. Robert Maurer. It was a very quick read but very interesting. The key point of the book is that by taking small steps you can accomplish big goals.
All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play.
This point really hit home for me. We are often told that only huge, fast, dramatic accomplishments matter, but the truth is most successful people are not “overnight successes”. So far it’s a great start to my month of goals.
As part of our goal towards eating locally we tried to “hit two stones with one bird”. For part of our thanksgiving feast, we purchased a Heritage turkey from Mary’s Turkeys (http://marysturkeys.com/) through a local market Mollie Stones. In doing so we accomplished two goals. First the turkey was raised sustainably in Fresno, California, less than 200 miles away. Second the turkey was a heritage breed of turkey. Which if you think of it, is something like a turkey version of a Heirloom Tomato. (to learn more about heritage turkeys look here: http://www.localharvest.org/features/heritage-turkeys.jsp)
The taste test was quite interesting. My wife and I enjoyed it quite a bit. We both thought that it had a more “gamey” taste to it. Something more akin to pheasant. I think we’d do it again, but next time we might brine it.
On November 13th, we had our first client appreciation party. It was held at Good Tastes in Campbell, CA. (http://www.goodtastes-wineshop.com/) and went very well. Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again soon. Pictures to follow shortly.
At 10:55 on Sunday November 4th. We had a new addition to our extended family. Our best friends Kristen and Jay Sanders delivered a new healthy baby boy named Cooper James Sanders. Both mom and baby are doing great and we’ll hopefully have pictures up very soon.
After a full weekend of work we finally got all the grapes picked. We started picking at 8AM on sunday morning and finished around 7PM. It looks like we picked about 4 and a half tons of grapes. Quite a lot really. You can check out last years wine here: http://www.storrswine.com/wines/06SCMCH
Hopefully this year will turn out great. We’ll keep you updated on the progress.