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3 Keys for Effectively Pursuing Your Goals

Let’s face it – if we are all completely honest with ourselves, 95% of us would have to admit that, as business owners, we spend far more time in reaction mode and than we do proactively going for things.

Strategies For Achieving Your Goals

Years ago, I created a system that allows me to make steady progress toward the achievement of my goals. My secret? Planning my week in advance.  Every Sunday, I spend at least 1-2 hours looking at the week ahead and developing a plan for what I am going to do and where I am going to invest my time.

I highly recommend the following 3-step process for making the most effective and efficient use of your work time.

  1. Get clear on your top goals and priorities for the week.  Remember, successful people know what they want from life and they laser focus on their top goals.
  2. Address each goal as a project.  Plan the project details and timeline (what are the next steps, when do they need to be completed, how long will they take, and how much time are you allocating to them this week).
  3. Block time in your calendar to work on your goals and top priorities.  The time you put into your calendar is a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.  You need to spend time each week focusing on your highest priorities.

Importance Of Doing The Simple Things

Many people claim that they don’t have the time to do these simple things – and that’s why they will never see their dreams come true.  Listen to me when I tell you that: Success involves doing the simple things consistently and extraordinarily well!

You must know what you want, you must have a detailed plan for achieving it, and you must faithfully work your plan. That is the only way to achieve your goals.

Give us a call at 203.599.1467 or email us at info@optechs.com.  We can help you make your dreams a reality!

©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.

3 Suggestions For Working Through The Trials Of Life

Literally millions of people around the world have learned and benefitted from the ministry if Kay Arthur.  What most people don’t know, however, is that her impactful work would not have happened without a bitter disappointment early in her career.  When Kay was serving as a missionary in Mexico, she contracted a heart infection that cut her work short and forced her to return home.

She was depressed and despondent until God revealed a greater purpose to her.  While living in Chattanooga, Kay began teaching the Bible to teenagers in her home – and out of those experiences came what was to become her life’s work.  She wrote, “It would be several years I’d see how He’d [God] use those formative years of study in Mexico to prepare me to write inductive Bible studies that would eventually reach fifty-two countries.”

Dealing With The Trials Of Life

As human beings striving to find meaning and prosperity for our families, and ourselves we seldom understand the trials of life at the time we are experiencing them.  We may find ourselves suffering and feeling like complete failures.  But when we learn the power of perseverance, as time passes we look back and see how the trials we have been through have helped us to grow and prepared us for greater accomplishments in life.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you learn to persevere through your trials of life:

  1. Don’t focus on the trials of life.  Rather than being consumed with the challenge, continually ask yourself, “What can I learn from this experience?  How is this preparing me to be a better person?”
  2. Push through.  I have seen far too many people who allowed trials to stop them just inches short of achieving amazing success.  It is when our trials seem greatest that we are the closest to breaking through to victory.  DON’T GIVE UP!
  3. Focus on your dreams.  Your dreams are the fuel in your gas tank of life that ultimately drive you toward achieving greatness.  Stay focused on your ultimate goals and keep pushing forward – no matter what!


©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.

Paying It Forward

As we begin the holiday season with Thanksgiving this coming week, many of us will be gathering with our families to spend time eating inordinate amounts of food, watching tons of TV (The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football, and sentimental Christmas movies), and enjoying each other’s company.

As you take this short “time-out” from the your normally hectic and demanding lives, can I ask you to do something? I would ask you to do something for me – but it’s really something that you should – and need to – do for yourself. That something is to pause for just a few minutes – maybe when you find yourself quietly sitting by the fire – or perhaps when you take the dog for a long walk after eating far too much turkey – and to reflect on both your personal development and personal success this past year.

As you reflect on 2013, I want you to take your mind off of yourself. Forget about your problems and your worries. As you clear your mind, I want you to ask yourself a couple of very important, critical questions:

Is the world a better place because I existed in 2013?

Are there people – loved ones, family, friends, associates – into whom I have poured myself to make their lives better?

Why are these questions so very important? Because the answers to them define who we are as people, and because they ultimately determine how high we rise during our sojourn on planet earth.

I read a book a number of years ago by Guy Rice Dowd, a teacher of the year from one of the mid-western states. The book was written from a Christian perspective and it contained a great deal of wisdom. One of the statements from that book that has both haunted and blessed me through the years is this: “You only love God as much as the person you love the least.”

Even if you’re not a Christian, can you see the richness of this statement? At its core, this simple statement calls us to set ourselves and our self-centered and self-serving desires aside – in favor of serving others. We are called to do this for two very important reasons: First and foremost, we are called to do it because it is the right thing to do; Second, we should want to do it because when we do, the blessings and rewards we receive are so much more than we give.

So – as you celebrate this Thanksgiving – begin thinking about 2014, and accept a personal challenge from me to make it a year abounding in service to others. You’ll be glad you did.

Life Is A Gift

Life Is A Gift

I read a quote this morning that really stirred me. It simply says:

You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

As you think about things like personal development, EQ, and personal leadership, consider the following:

How do you view your life? Is it something to be treasured, enjoyed, and lived to the fullest – or is it a drudgery, something that drags you down and causes you both headaches and heartaches?

We all face challenges in life and, as strange as it may sound, we wouldn’t be who we are without them. The main concern I have is answering the question, “How do we respond to life’s challenges?” Do we believe that challenges are nothing more than opportunities to learn – obstacles to be overcome as part of this amazing sojourn that we have been blessed with here on planet earth? Or do we see challenges as those things meant to bring us down, to defeat us, and to keep us from enjoying life to the fullest?

When I consider the quote above, I realize that we all are strong enough to live the life we’ve been given – if we don’t do it in our own strength alone. For me, knowing that there is a God, that he cares deeply for me, and that he has promised that he will never give me more than I can handle, is all I need to get out of bed every morning and run the race of life with all of the gusto I can muster.

From where do you draw your strength for living life? Are you living the life you’ve always dreamed about? Are you actively and positively creating more and more abundance for you and those around you? If not, maybe it’s time to examine the source of your strength for daily living.