WASHINGTON – Hello to all. Today’s article discusses an important topic. Namely, how creating and maintaining a confident attitude is an important key to improving both your business and life skills.
But first, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer and Labor Day holiday weekend. And I hope you and yours created many joyful memories. Kids are back to school. The third quarter of the year is almost over. What do you want going forward into the fourth quarter? Assess where you are in regards to goals you set, and if necessary, reassess them and set new ones. You are in charge of your life … Be proactive!
Where does that confident attitude come from?
Ralph Marston writes, “Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude.” In my book, Talk Yourself Into Success, I map out the strategies and techniques for living a flourishing and fulfilling life and a confident attitude as well. My formula guides you so that you wake up excited and go to sleep fulfilled. That is how I live my life. And you can too.
In addition to my formula, I also use my “Life Skills Blueprint” business model. It’s otherwise know as rinse, wash, repeat. Together, the formula and blueprint guide you toward leading a productive life. It’s the life successful people lead that enables them to knock (whatever it is) out of the park. And you can accomplish this, too.
My Life Skills Blueprint
To help you start out the fall season with a positive and a confident attitude, here is a summary of my “Life Skills Blueprint.” My model is a simple one. You’ll find you can easily apply it to life and business alike.
- First, create a plan.
- Next, execute that plan.
- Third, assess your plan.
- Lastly, re-assess your plan.
Plan and Set Goals
This is the first stage, the one where you set your objectives.
No matter how big or small your goal or situation, whether it involves business or personal matters, it’s important to have a plan. The truth is, we all know what to do to get something done. Yet most of us don’t follow the rational “wash, rinse, repeat” cycle that helps us complete our goals. But that cycle is a great and easy process for decision-making.
Better yet, in the process, you’ll find you’re developing that all-important confident attitude, the attitude that leads toward greater personal and business success.
Ask yourself and/or your client powerful, direct questions pertaining to the desired plan. Then, set goals based on your answers or your clients’ responses.
For example, I base the perspective I use on thinking from the end. In other words, on thinking backward in time from the desired concluding phase of the plan. Ask yourself or your client, “where do you want to be in six months.” Then begin to plan the steps to get to the desired conclusion.
Take action. Engage in behavior that moves you forward. In the process, ask yourself what methods you need to use to accomplish your goal or goals. Also ask yourself, are you engaging in behavior that will allow you to accomplish those objectives? For example, as a business owner do you need to advertise, use social media, and join networking groups, to succeed in your goal? If so, make sure this is part of your plan.
When you’ve completed the cycle – successfully, of course – take the time to determine how well you did. Did you reach your goals? How far on or off the mark did you wind up? Do you still have the same goals for other projects? Assess. Rinse, wash, repeat…
Now, take a step further. Do you reallyhave the same goals for moving ahead. Have your priorities changed? Or do you want to set up new ones? If you choose to set up new objectives, then simply re-employ the sequence we’ve just followed. Create a new plan and set new goals. Then execute, assess, and re-assess. Rinse, wash, repeat.
This simple model is great to use for decision-making both personally and professionally.
Better yet, combining this model with productive, positive self-talk and resilience is a positive and healthy way to live life.
As that old adage goes, “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”
So go for it! You are worth it!
To learn more about this topic, here is the link to my book:
Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Professional Certified Coach, Facilitator, Trainer & Author
Business, Life, Leadership & Career Coaching
Positive Self-Talk/Confidence Strategies, Resilience Techniques & Transition Work
Former ICF Metro DC President
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