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Setting And Achieving Goals by Suzanne Babb

Recently I asked one of my clients what her business goals were for the rest of the year. Thinking the response would be a quick and easy one, I wasn't expecting the myriad of emotions that quickly displayed across her face. The obvious look of deep contemplation of where she stored that information inside of her head lit up her face; followed by the sudden realization that she hadn't even started on the road to achieving them, the overwhelming fear of not knowing where or how to start, and finally the look of settling on the self-induced feeling of absolute failure. Unfortunately for a lot of people this is a common pitfall when it comes to achieving goals. We know they are important; they motivate us, they make us work harder for what we want, and they give us an appreciation for our achievements. They can also overwhelm, intimidate, and cause us anxiety if we don't have a clear plan on HOW to set and achieve our goals and dreams. Instead of setting yourself up for "failure", let's take a little time and identify your goals, set out your plan, and go through the steps required to obtain and successfully achieve your personal dreams!

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Organize Your Thoughts - Beyond Freedom

Last week we discussed the Logical solution for organizing your thoughts and today we are going over the Visual with a bit of Inspiration thrown in for flavor solution! Beyond Freedom is one of these great life tools that you can use over and over and over again and revitalize yourself whenever you need it.  It's like a mini-vacation for your mind and soul only you don't have to suffer through jet lag and lost baggage.   It uses visual aids of a DVD, CD accompaniment, detailed workbook, and journal to help inspire your soul and motivate your mind.  Where the Storyboard is just regurgitating everything rolling around in your brain, Beyond Freedom shows you HOW, tells you WHY, and flips the HELL YA switch.  Not only that, it is instantaneous.  You get pumped up after talking to Marcus, you end the call feeling like a million bucks, you get a cool package in the mail that isn't a bill, and when you open it up and start feeling the actual tools that will bring you back to life you get goose bumps!   You have everything you need!!!  If you are in the car stuck in traffic, pop in the CD's and you will be calm, relaxed and invincible when you get to work.  At home and can't sleep?  Put in the DVD while the family is sleeping and enjoy some major "ME" time.  You can pretty much guarantee you will go to sleep with visions of happiness and a dreams of your future.  Plus you have workbooks to help point you in the right direction and help you open your mind to your true self.    How much better can you really get?  Well, Hugh Jackman walking me through it all would be heavenly, BUT he has been a little busy being Sexiest Man Alive.  Maybe next year!  (I'll work on it, ladies!)   Bottom line, being stressed, overwhelmed, unhappy in your currently situation in life is not fun.  It's draining, it's depressing and it can affect your entire life.  Your personal life, your work, finances, family, and yourself.  Life is too short not to be happy and you are worth it.  Take this time and make a change in yourself.  Be honest with yourself and LIVE again!!...


posted on: 1/15/2009 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Organizing Your Thoughts - Storyboard of Your Life

Several weeks ago I was totally at wits end. I was beyond stressed, my confidence level was nearly non-existent, and I walked around the house for 5 minutes trying to remember what I was doing. It was not fun in the least bit! I had gone to lunch with an old friend and he point blank asked me, "What in the hell is going on with you? You aren't "Suzy" any more and I don't like this new person."


posted on: 1/8/2009 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Hopes and Dreams

You know, I am really not one for New Year's Resolutions. I just don't like the thought of putting so much pressure on myself on lofty goals that will probably put on the way side a month into the new year and thus making me feel like a failure. Just doesn't sound like a good time to me!

Not to say that I don't enjoy the motivation of having goals, because I definitely do. So instead of New Year's Resolutions, the kids and I do a Hopes and Dreams jar instead.


posted on: 1/1/2009 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

There is nothing more wonderful than walking down a familiar street, driving a road that you have known your entire life, or going the same way to work every single day. Just like there is something wonderful about meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It's comforting! You know what to expect, you know you are going to enjoy it, you know it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. ...


posted on: 12/25/2008 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Winds of Change

We have all heard the token phrase of "Life is too short". We know it, we hear it, some times we accept it and other times the reality of the shortness of life smacks us in the face. We hear reminders on the news of the tragedies of people we don't know, we listen to songs that sing of tales of lives cut too short, we witness it first hand with family, and sometimes we even experience it with ourselves.


posted on: 12/18/2008 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

One Thing At a Time

With the new year fast approaching a lot of you are going to start making resolutions for the new year. Getting into shape, going more 'green', spending more time with family, blah blah blah.  You are more than welcome to make your resolutions, but we aren't going to talk about those today.  Only because I seriously don't like setting myself up for failure.  It's just not my idea of a good time.  So if you are thinking about adding "getting more organized" to your list of resolutions, do me a favor and don't.    Instead of doing a blanket resolution of getting more organized, find one little thing that is so simple, something you can realistically do and then commit to it.  For example, one of the things I would like to get better with is making my bed every morning.  I don't know why I don't do it now, because I seriously have enough time to  throw the blanket to the top of the bed.  I'm not a restless sleeper so my bed isn't trashed in the morning.  It's just one of those things I haven't set as a priority.  I am also not going to wait until January 1 to implement my new change.    Instead, this morning I actually got up and made my bed!  It actually looks pretty dang gone good and I didn't slack off on it!  So kudos to me!   What are some of the other little things in your life that you would like to start working on?  Do you want to make an effort to always put your shoes away instead of kicking them off in the living room?  How about cleaning out the inbox every day before you go home from work?  It doesn't matter what "it" is, just make it simple.  Make it something attainable.  Make it something worth working on.   Once you have your attainable goal down pat, pick up something else small to work on.  You don't have to be an instant organized success over night and you certainly don't need to have your entire life in one controlled environment.  Instead, think of your priorities, your habits now, the routine of your family.  What do you want to enhance and what really has no merit whatsoever on your happiness?   Having a tidy bed does make me smile and happy as I walk through my house during the day.  I work from home so I look at it constantly, but the kids having PS2 games scattered on the living floor doesn't bother me.  Can I scream, holler and nag for the kids to pick them up?  Sure, I could.  Is it very easy to put them away?  Yep, it sure is.  But it's not disrupting our lives and I'm ok with it.  Does it go against the grain of every organizing book out there?  Pretty much!  But it's MY life.  MY environment.  MY routine.  I am certainly not going to beat myself up over a few games and a glass on the table.  Put that glass in my sink and I'll kill you where you stand, but if you want to set on the counter so be it.    Get to know yourself.  Figure out the little things that will make a difference.  And make the adjustments.  Remember, just do one little thing at a time. ...


posted on: 12/14/2008 6:45:03 PM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Getting to Know My State

If you go around asking people in the state of Arizona, "Where are you from?" you will be hard pressed to find a handful of people who are actually natives of the state.   We have a splattering of people from  Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California, Michigan, etc.  If you go to a sporting event you have more people for the opposing team than you do for the home team.  It's absolutely crazy!    Even more crazy is I actually AM a Native.  I was born and raised and so are my children.  The sad part is, we don't have a clue about our own state.  The home of the Grand Canyon, Tombstone, and Sunset Crater.  We have deserts, mountains, lakes, ski resorts, and our own desert...


posted on: 6/5/2008 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Obtaining Goals to Achieve Others

Lisa, one of my blog readers, made a dead on accurate statement today regarding motivation and I just had to share it! I have been putting together a blog post on the topic and her comment today inspired me to get it out!

"I find that I'm most motivated when I have a deadline.. ie. people coming over to my house. My son is having major surgery this week and he will have tutors coming to our house for the school that he will miss while at home for the next 6 weeks. That will motivate me to clean up the living room, family room and kitchen, since they are all connected.... UGH!!!! I will be happy when it is all clean, but getting to that point will be a major chore!" - Lisa, Michigan


posted on: 3/13/2008 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Organizing the Warm Fuzzies

Sometimes when you are in the middle of achieving a goal you smash right into a major roadblock.  Every now and again, you would swear that you actually got hit by a mack truck and you are down for the count.  You start doubting yourself, you don't know why you thought you could obtain this goal in the first place, and you don't have a single person supporting you.  My mother likes to call these moments a "Pity Party".  Typically, she follows it up with ten "Pity, Pity, Pity's" and aside from it being down right obnoxious, it occasionally helps to pull me from the depths of self-depreciation.  The times it does not, well, I bring in the reinforcements.   My Warm Fuzzy Reinforcements...


posted on: 2/21/2008 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Managing Your Hopes and Dreams

A lot of crazy things have been happening in my life in the past 30-days and it's everything I can do to keep my head on straight let alone reevaluate priorities in my life.  Everything from putting together a new routine of when to clean the house, what patio furniture I am going to buy, and planning a vacation.  Not to mention a slew of little things in between!    Now, I like my little "Hopes and Dreams" magnetic jar that is hanging on the refrigerator, but I think I am going to need something a bit more substantial for the coming year.  As I was unpacking a ton of my "crap", I found some of my wonderful composition notebooks that I truly LOVE and I turned one into my "Hopes and Dreams Journal". ...


posted on: 2/7/2008 9:30:00 AM  by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

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As an organizational consultant, public speaker, and former radio talk show host, Suzanne helps individuals and businesses find their own Organizational Perfection! With a Coke in hand, she thrives on making the most of her time and tries to encourage those around her to do the same. Whether it is writing a "How To" book, traveling to Scotland to get her yearly dose of sexy Scotsmen, or speaking to a group of overwhelmed business owners, Suzanne offers the solutions you need to regain control of your life.

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