Hard to imagine it is already November. Thanksgiving is around the corner, the holidays, then 2011 before you know it. Are you ready?
Life is a funny thing. It is something that happens to you when you are not looking. Before you know it the years have gone by, the kids are grown and we are looking back asking 'Did I live a full life?' So what can you do to make sure the answer is a simple, conclusive 'Yes'.
Step one is knowing what you want. Do you know what you want? It is impossible to know if you are moving the right direction unless you know what you want. Sometimes I call this a personal or family vision statement. This is a critical first step and will be what you measure against. It is also the first step in our new Franchisee Workbook that will be published this winter.
Step two is to break things down into manageable bites. If you want climb Mount McKinney, start with the hill in your neighborhood. Mountains are big when you look at them. The key is to know that you want to end up at the top. Then it is all about the focus required to follow each step with another. Soon you will look back and be surprised at the progress you have made.
Finally, realize that life is not a sprint. It is not about doing a 'big deal' and 'making a killing'. Life is about doing a lot of small things right every day. It is about getting back up, dusting yourself off and trying again. It is also about dealing with fear and the little voice in our head that holds us back. Be persistent and trust yourself. You are stronger than you know.
Good luck and have a wonderful November.