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December 31, 2011 – DAY 31 | What is your plan?

December 31, 2011 – DAY 31 | What is your plan? I recently tweeted that Resolutions are useless without a plan. Your 31-day adventure to a New You in the New Year is just the same. Perhaps you’ve come up with some themes or areas to focus on in 2012?

Ideas are wonderful things to have but they too are useless unless you write them down! For some of you, this 31-day adventure was challenging but you stuck with it. For others you casually read the blogs and did little with the information. I am here to tell you that you can’t stand in the middle of the gym and gain muscle mass any more than you can reach your goals by doing nothing! Reaching your goals requires a well thought through plan of attack. You need more than just a laundry list of goals; you need a life plan. Writing your goals down will increase exponentially the chances that you will move toward that goal and increases the potentiality of you achieving it.

For some of you the plan is not enough. You will need encouragement and advice along the way. I encourage anyone who will listen to me that they need a good mentor, coach and sometimes even a consultant. Change requires decision, motion, momentum, and a plan.

Today’s challenge: Write down your goals and start developing a life plan. For Maximum Change in your life you might even want to contact me for a FREE consultation: http://www.maximumchange.com

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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December 30, 2011 – DAY 30 | Momentum

December 30, 2011 – DAY 30 | Momentum: I have spent 30 days writing a blog challenging you to discover a New You in the New Year. I have given you many things to think about. But thoughts are useless without actions to back them up.

Momentum is a wonderful tool if you can figure out how to use it properly. All too often I see people who start out well but slowly lose their momentum. Many even give up too soon. Perhaps I am an eternal optimist, but I think that many will give up long before they actually started trying. Many times fear, fatigue, or even lost focus will kill the momentum. I should know because I’ve killed the momentum before. Somehow we get in our minds that momentum is about going faster and faster. The reality is that all you need is steady movement in the right direction.

Recently I completed a 6 mile hike in Central Southern Tennessee. The trail was absolutely stunning and with each turn was another waterfall. The sights along the trail were breathtaking. It was, by far, the most beautiful hike I’ve been on in a long time. My hikes typically start off with a nice pace. The longer on the trail, the more likely I am to start feeling the fatigue of the trip. Hiking in the mountains of Tennessee is no walk in the part either. There are segments of trails in which you must traverse obstacles such as rocks and boulders. These obstacles will absolutely slow you down and add to your fatigue.

What occurred to me is that with momentum it is not about speed or trajectory, but consistent movement in the desired direction.  I had a few choices I could have made on the trail. Sit down and give up; keep going full speed ahead; or take my time and enjoy the stunning scenery at every turn. Your journey into 2012 and beyond is really about making a choice to move steadily, finding the stunning scenery. Momentum is not about the race to the finish line but about enjoying the journey to the next opportunity.

Don’t give up – keep moving.

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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December 29, 2011 – DAY 29 | Passion

December 29, 2011 – DAY 29 | Passion: As a coach I often hear clients say I don’t have direction or I’ve lost my passion. My response is typically to help them consider that they don’t have passion because they have lost sight of the calling or purpose for their life. You see, somewhere along the way they have put aside the idea of excellence and settled for mediocre. I have found that many go through life rarely experiencing, much less understanding what their purpose is, much less how passion plays a part in moving us toward our purpose.

Passion is an intense driving, focused feeling, conviction, strong liking, desire for, or devotion to, some activity, object, or concept. You experience passion in that moment when you are so moved that you can do nothing but act on the very thing that is calling you. It is all you know to do from the very depth of your being. It is that burning need to go, to do, or to achieve something greater than is otherwise thought possible.

Passion is what motivates us to take the next step or move to the next level to start the next action. It brings an excitement from deep within and spurs us to act upon and follow our desires. It is the very thing that fires us up; move us forward and creates a focus of energy and effort. To put it simply, passion is the fuel that drive our purpose.

I had a client explain their passion to me like this: It is something I feel I have to do… I couldn’t ignore it if I wanted to. It’s a calling… I truly believe that. To ignore it feels like I’m betraying myself and God by robbing the world of what I have to offer through the gifts He has given me. These words are a powerful example of what passion means to someone who is experiencing its pull.

You may be thinking, ok I had passion for something at one point in my life but not anymore. What happened? The answer is in the tough reality that you either use it or lose it. Passion begins to fade from your focus over time because of the busyness and demands of life. Many have placed their passion on the back burner to simply get through each day. After a while, in this state, we forget our passion. We may then link our passion to a life dream or goal that appears too far out of reach.

I have known many a client who were passionate about something as a kid and actually pursued it through their adulthood. This can be observed with successful athletes and musicians. I have equally seen many lose traction and get buried in an avalanche of life issues.

Consider the things that excite you. What are they? What would you say that you have a passion for? Write it down!

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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December 28, 2011 – DAY 28 | Change

December 28, 2011 – DAY 28 | Change: What I have discovered is that change takes place one of two ways: through a decision you have made to do something different or it is forced upon you by someone else or through a circumstance outside of your scope of influence.

 

Obviously it is better to make a decision to change rather than having it forced upon you. Change is not just a decision but also actions that back up that decision. A number of years ago when I decided to go back for a Master’s degree I had to do more than decide on going back to school. I had to decide where I wanted to go, what degree I wanted to earn and so on. Decisions are only the beginning of the change process. There are steps to moving change from thought to reality. Change requires a day-to-day commitment to the journey of change.

 

Each step along the path to change may be difficult but the journey eases the longer you are in it. That is not to say that you won’t get a bruise or some blisters along the way. Change is not meant to be easy. The change process is a systematic strengthening of self. This strengthening exercise best prepares you so that the change you seek sticks. It is defeating to do all the work only to give up because there was no staying power. As you journey along the road to change, make a decision to learn from the difficulties and struggles. Before you know it you will have met the challenge and the change will have occurred. Change does not take place in a vacuum. It takes place on the road of life. It is time for you to step out onto your pathway to the changes you need to live out a greater life in 2012.

 

Now that you have made the decision to change – it is time to map out where you are going and how you are going to get there. It is NEVER EVER too late to get started.

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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December 27, 2011 – DAY 27 | Who are You & What are You Here For?

December 27, 2011 – DAY 27 | Who are You & What are You Here For? At the beginning of this journey I mentioned that it takes anywhere from 30 to 90-days to make changes. We are now 4 days from the New Year. If you’ve been on the journey from the beginning, you are well on your way to changing the way you think and do things.

Whether you’ve started or not, one of the most powerful questions you could ask yourself is who am I and what am I here for. I was asked that question during my first year of my doctoral program and I have to tell you that it has messed me up ever since. It’s time to get serious about our lives. I believe that we all have purpose that is fueled by passion. Start asking yourself what you would like to gain out of life. Start developing goals and plans to go for it. The only thing standing between you and who you can be is about six inches of gray matter between your ears.

Today’s Challenge: Who are you? What are you here for? What do you want out of life?

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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December 26, 2011 – DAY 26 | Looking Forward More than Back

December 26, 2011 – DAY 26 | Looking Forward more than back: The closer we get to the New Year, the more we see television, radio and printed media focused on all the things that happened this year. For many, this looking back is more the way they live their lives.

I once heard the statement that many live their lives through the rear-view mirror. We focus all of our vision on this small mirror that offers an increasingly diminishing view of what once happened. It is as if we are eagerly holding on to the past in such a way that ignores the possibilities before us. We trade the wide view of the windshield for a tiny and decreasing view of what once was. We do so at the risk of running our lives into a ditch.

We have abused and misused our rear-view mirrors. They are meant as reference points to remind us of potential dangers. They were never meant to be the main source of information for traveling. We live in our rear-view mirrors as a way of controlling past pain and disappointment. Holding on to the past is our way of maintaining control of an ideal before things became difficult. When we move our focus to the windshield, we open ourselves up to a fantastic world of possibilities before us. It allows us to anticipate, plan, dream and do more things because we have a wider field of view. If you want to really make this coming a year a success, you have to change your range of view. You are either spending time looking back at what once was or forward to what could be. It is up to you!

Today’s Challenge: Write down those things that are in the rear-view mirror. Ask yourself how focusing on those things is forwarding you toward your goals. The past should only serve as a reminder to motivate us toward something better. The past should not become our addiction. We cannot change the past. We CAN have input on today and we make tomorrow possible.

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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December 25, 2011 – DAY 25 | Clearing the Clutter

December 25, 2011 – DAY 25 | Clearing the Clutter: Someone said to me today that it is common for donation centers and ministries to get donations of clothing and household items after Christmas. My first thought was that people were making room for all of their new stuff by giving away everything that was old, broken or no longer in use. To be honest what I really thought to myself was that it is time for people to clear out their junk. Then it occurred to me that our minds are full of a lot of junk thinking and junk doing. This 31-day adventure is really about clearing the clutter and making room for better stuff. To make real changes will require us to get rid of the broken and unusable ways of doing things. It is time to clean house!

I have this simple rule about stuff. If you’ve had it for more than a year and have forgotten about it and didn’t miss it – get rid of it. If it’s broken – junk it – because it is no longer of the best value to you.  Getting rid of stuff is one thing because you can donate it, repurpose it, sell it, or just throw it away. When we are talking about our habits and hang-ups we really are talking about junking it all together.

Sometimes, in order to get our mental house in order we must also get our physical space in order as well. Perhaps your home, your office, your workspace is cluttered. In order to be more effective, it is time you cleared it out. Get that preverbal garbage bag and junk that useless stuff. It’s time we cleared way for a more prosperous way of thinking and living.

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Web | Skype: philip.a.foster | 615-216-5667