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Focus on Progress Rather Than Perfection

Have you been thinking about doing something but haven’t started – or finished – because, well, you don’t think it would be good enough? I have enjoyed several powerful conversations this past week that sparked insights and reminders I want to share.  

To start, take a deep breath, smile, and say with enthusiasm, “I am committed to excellence and I make new and different mistakes every day.” After I share that statement in seminars or with coaching clients, I often see wide eyes and hear gasps!

I then comment, “Because we are human beings, we will make mistakes, right?” And they agree.

Finally, I ask, “Why not commit to learning from our mistakes so we can avoid repeating them and make new ones instead?” They then laugh and agree. This is one of my personal mottos which reminds me to focus on progress rather than perfection.  Since we are going to make mistakes, let’s learn from them as we go so we can make new mistakes and have more learning opportunities. 

For a discussion of more strategies to “Focus on Progress Rather Than Perfection!” listen to my online talkradio show, SPARK. It is archived and I invite you to listen to the 10/9/10 segment at BlogTalkRadio http://tobtr.com/s/1246410 to help you shift your thinking, get started, and get done!

Finally, take ONE action on something you read – or hear if you listen to the recording – to spark a positive change in your life!

May you choose to create a great day as you continue to make a positive difference in the lives you touch!
~Melanie Hoffner

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Time to Reflect and Project

It’s the end of a year, which is one of the logical times to reflect on the past year’s successes and challenges as well as the lessons we can carry forward. This was the subject of my show on 12/30/09 on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/SPARK , if you’d like to listen.

There are many wonderful resources for this process. I am sharing a few here. If you think that goal-setting or strategic planning don’t fit your style, start with Dr. Lisa Van Allen’s podcasts as she addresses the importance of knowing your style as the starting point of the process so you can adjust or find models to meet your needs.

Next, we can project into 2010 with goals and action steps as well as identifying potential challenges and strategies to overcome them. Among many resources and strategies for this process, in the links below you’ll find lists of thought-provoking questions, a process to gain clarity and direction, approaches to goal-setting and strategic planning that work WITH your natural style, and challenging your negative language and limiting beliefs. If you have a resource or strategy that works well for you, please share it in the comments.

Here are the links:  www.BrainBonanza.com (fr*ee articles on Positive Attitude at Work & coupon code spark to save 15% in online store thru 1/15/09-includes Individual Passion Test Seminar), www.KevinEikenberry.com (20 fr*ee short videos), www.Everything Counts.com (fre*e audio download from Gary Ryan Blair, Do It Right The First Time),www.BiggSuccess.com (fr*ee Goal Planning Workbook), Dr. Lisa Van Allen’s series on Strategic Planning (www.BlogTalkRadio.com search for LisaVanAllen),www.JonGordon.com/blog (fre*e ebook Positive Business Manifesto), www.AdventuresInManifesting.com (a fr*ee copy of Good Vibe Coach Jeannette Maw’s ebook Adventures In Manifesting with coupon code GoodLove thru 12/31/09), and Byron Katie’s site www.TheWork.com (fre*e calls with trained facilitators).

Here’s to making 2010 the best year yet!

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