The power of Intention

Now we are a well into the New Year I wonder how many people have made ‘resolutions’ to achieve something but have already broken their goal?

This highlight the danger of resolutions as often people associate a resolution as an absolute must do and always do. Yes, this is setting the bar high and for a few, they may well succeed.  However, for many, they will get disheartened from not keeping to their resolution and give up on their goal.

If you instead start the year (or any personal project) with what you intend to do you give yourself the option of picking up and starting again if something rocks the boat and you miss a day or so of whatever your intention was.

Scenario

If I resolve to walk every day of the year and stick to a keto diet, I do not provide for any hiccups along the way.  If after three days I have chaffing (ouch) and my legs are too sore to walk the next day, in fact, I will do more damage if I keep walking -then I am stuck.  Result: I break my resolution before the first week has passed.

If however, I intend to keep to a keto based diet and walk every day in January, I give myself the option to take a days break if I need.  If I am invited to a friends birthday and socialising means I may stray a little from the diet and that is OK.  It is OK because through the power of intention I can start again guilt free.

The power of intention enables us to be kind to yourself while also urging us on to success in our goal.  The key to the power of intention is the understanding that ‘shit’ happens and it does not matter, no stress just start over.  You can get back on track the next day, or week if you need to.

So, if in 2019 you have a resolution and are struggling for whatever reason, simply change it for ‘Intention’ allow yourself the opportunity to correct your course and get back on track.

I sincerely hope you have a great 2019 and achieve all that you wish to achieve.

I hope you found this article helpful

Nga mihi

Tony C
Personal Coach / Digital Marketing Specialist
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Yes, I want to be a digital marketing expert.

Kia ora, People, my name is Tony Cutting and I am looking to create New Zealand’s greatest team of Digital Marketing specialists.  If you are already into digital marketing this maybe you chance to find a collaborator, if you are just thinking about digital marketing this will be a great opportunity for you to build your own business while also working with a team of like-minded people.

So, I am already a successful digital marketer and personal coach who loves to help people chase their dreams.  If you want to check I am the real deal the best thing is to visit my local group www.kapitinow.co.nz

Kapiti Now is a project in my local area I started about four years ago.  I now generate a small income from this project which is great. The main benefit of this project was it has helped me grow my brand locally and learn how to make things work.

On the personal front, I am 54 years young and have four beautiful children who are the centre of my world and at times my greatest teachers.  I started my commitment to this journey after surviving a brain operation at 50 which woke me up to the fact I wanted to really enjoy the rest of my life, doing mahi (work) that meant something and spending time with people who want to succeed and do something with their lives. So during the three years (yes three years) of recovery I have spent my time building my local project, reading as much as I could, listening to audio books, learning how to great photos and video on my iPhone and designing my future.

My Iwi, Ngati Toa Rangatira. I was raised at Hongoeka Marae in the beautiful seaside town of Plimmerton about half an hours drive from Wellington.  I am now based on the Kapiti Coast which is only another 30 minutes up the road from my spiritual home of Hongoeka.

I have several projects that generate an income the biggest being www.jobcafe.co.nz which is used to help organisations ensure their jobs are marketed to the people they are targeting.  JobCafe also markets people who are growing a personal business or looking for a job.  This pays me most days and is now allowing me to put my energy into this project “Creating New Zealand’s greatest team of Digital Marketing specialists”.

If you are new to Digital marketing and want to learn and possibly create your own business or if you already have a business and want to grow it then this blog will help provide insights into me and into what digital marketing is all about and how to become an expert.

Over the next three months, I will be publishing my day to day actions, providing some coaching, insights, observations and showing people what I do, and how I allocate my time to maximise what I want to achieve.

During this time if you like what I am doing and want to become a digital marketer you can contact me via the Facebook page I have set up for this project and I will go over how we can work together and help each other build great digital businesses. The partners I am looking for, live in an area they love and want to promote it while also generating an income.  They will also want to build a brand that enables them to generate income from many streams around the world.

So whether you are 18 or 63 this is an opportunity to work with a coach who can help you become great at Digital Marketing

So step one is – like & follow my Facebook page set up for this project
https://www.facebook.com/tonycuttingdigital/

and if your serious about building your business share this page with your friends and family and be bold enough to tell them this is what you are doing.

Have a great day – Nga mihi

 

Tony C

Find your Motivation then use SMART goals to succeed

Once you have defined what motivates you through working through what you want to achieve in your life, and understanding where you are in terms of your all-around balance between Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual desires the ability to set goals and make plans to achieve them is KEY to success.

Goal-setting will do more to help you achieve the things you want in life than will anything else.

The reward for establishing goals and making plans for them is being able to choose the kind of life you want to live.

Less than 3% of adults have written goals. Less than 1% review and rewrite their goals daily. A goal that is not written is still just a dream.

That means, if today you started writing down your dreams, and specify your goals every day from today forward, you would immediately move into the top 1% of all people!

If you’re in a leadership role, goal-setting is essential to motivating your team. But if you really want to maximise your goal-setting and goal-achieving skills, you must set SMART goals.

This acronym stands for:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Relevant
T = Time-bound

Most of the problems with goal-achieving are related to a lack of clarity in setting the goal in the first place. With SMART goals, both your personal and business goals will be perfectly clear to everyone.

The other problems will arise if you do not have the right ‘positive’ motivations and or your people are not motivated to succeed.

TEAM ACHIEVEMENT

DEFINE WINNING so people know what they are striving for.

A manager’s job is to ensure his or her people achieve their goals.  If people have been assigned too much, it is the manager’s job to reassess, provide support or distribute parts of the project/task to other members of the team making sure everyone WINS.

You build great teams by getting great results, reward everyone for the win and build a strong team culture.  MAJOR work goals should always have celebrations attached, these MAJOR rewards that acknowledge the performance of the individuals and the team.

Ensuring you motivate teams to achieve this success. 

To get to major goals you need to plan your milestones, each milestone should come with an appropriate award, not necessarily of large monetary value but something that acknowledges the achievement.

Map your project success to the teams individual personal goals and you have the formula for success, retention and a happy work environment.

This all takes planning and the first 5-10% of planning should be identifying what the major goals is, then what milestones you need to get there.

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Do something every day that moves you towards achieving your major goals.

Go Succeed!

Tony Cutting

If you would like help establishing a strong team environment or developing a meaningful plan for your own success, feel free to call me +6421911722 or email tony.cutting@peoplenet.co.nz and we can discuss how I can help you.  I work with all budgets and have a number of solutions that will succeed if you follow them.

Have a wonderful 2017

As we launch into a New Year, I genuinely wish everyone to have a happy and healthy 2017.  I wonder if we all actually felt this way what the world would look like?

My year starts as it has for the last few years with my review of my personal plan.  I am actually well down the track as I am so excited about making 2017 absolutely wonderful I started my review early in December. The reality is we have a choice, we can either make it a great New Year or we can choose to “See what happens” and take that great big risk.

I like many Coaches in the world have chosen to a great year, so how do we do it?

In the wise words of Mary Morrissey, “the world is happening through us, not to us”

My interpretation of this is we all have the power to control what we do, who we choose to be with and what we plan to do.  Given just these simple facts we have all we need to design, plan and implement a wonderful New Year.

Mine starts with that personal long term plan based on what I want my life to look like, well not just want, more like desire, love and dream to have.  Then I simply go through the processes I have learnt over the past 53 years on this planet and start mind mapping my plan.  I then break this plan down into the areas I need to work on and will use this plan every morning to design my day, knowing that if I work my plan every day, not only am I already living the life I would love to live but I am also making it happen.

That is the basic framework.  Only you can fill in the details and if you need someone to help you move on I suggest you consider finding a Coach that you can work with.  I am extremely lucky as I work with a mastermind group of Coaches here in New Zealand, as well as work with my own Coach.

Every person needs a Coach, someone to guide them and keep them on their desired track.  You can try and “go it alone” but ask this question of yourself, how quickly can I achieve my goals alone?  Would I get there faster with someone who is dedicated to helping me?

Happy New Year everyone – choose to make this year a great one!

 

Dreaming – Goal Setting (Stage One)

What is Goal Setting?

Goal setting is a subject that alters people’s lives forever. Once you master the skill of goal setting you can achieve almost anything you want to. The following information and exercise/s will help you on the path to understanding what goal setting is and how to use it to successfully achieve your dreams.

After this exercise, you will have the basic skills to design your own future.

“A life best lived is a life by design” – Jim Rohn
“ Live a Life you would LOVE to live” – Mary Morrissey

We start the process by getting you to use your imagination. What is the life you dream to live?

Tapping this resource of imagination is focused on your future, thinking about the rest of your day, tomorrow and what your life will look like when the time comes for reflection on what you have achieved.

Dreams
Dreams are like magnets – they pull. The stronger your dreams are, the more purposeful they are, the bigger they are the stronger they pull.

They pull you to take the actions necessary to achieve these dreams.

Dreams written down are called “Goals”.

Powerful Goals
Powerful Goals have three main components;

1. They must be inspiring
2. They must be believable
3. They must be goals you can act on

NB: You do not have to know how you will get there. Part of the adventure of life is the journey, the discovery and learning. If you already know how to get there, then your dream maybe too small, dream big!

Getting Started -Your Future ‘Mindmap’

To get started I want you to paint the picture of what your life would look like when you come to your final days.  You want no regrets and you want to live the life you designed.  This is the starting point for your personal goal setting.

Below is an example of my very own mind map.  Yours may look very different and that is cool with me.

tc-mind-map

This top level map describes what I want to achieve in my life.  It starts with the centre of my universe – my family (whanau).  For me, at age 53 this is my major driving force.  However, it also includes the things I want to personally achieve.

At this level, it lacks detail but does provide the guide for me to follow as I dive deeper into each of these top level goals.  It also is the starting point for me to consider the things I really want to achieve in life.

I find it very powerful to see my plan on one piece of paper like this it helps me focus while I work on the individual goals and action steps I need to take to achieve my dreams.


 

Exercise 1 – Build your own Mindmap

Step 1. It starts with you evaluating and reflecting on where you are right now and where you want to be in the future. In the case of this Mindmap we want you to take that future right to the end of your life. Spend some time (alone) reflecting on what you would like your friends and family to be saying about you during your first day on earth. What is it you achieved with your life? How satisfied will you be? What is it that made your life what you wanted it to be? What were you about?

Then start putting pen to paper or if you would rather find magazines or print images from google to create your own personal image board.

At this stage, we are working at a very high level not too worried about the how but definitely thinking about the WHY.

You are more likely going to need to set aside time on a regular basis the work on this top level map and over time it will become clearer on what you really want it to look like. All this means is the initial map may change as you further reflect and evaluate what you want. It is important to get started and let momentum help the process evolve.

Step 2. What are your dreams and goals (future only) What do you want to achieve? What values do you want to live by? What sort of person do you want to be known as? What do you want – not what someone else wants you to be. These should come from your heart and soul. They are unique to you and come from who you were created to be and gifted to become.


Exercise 2 – SMART GOALS

Once we have drafted our mind map we want to start applying the rules of goal setting to help us succeed. The next stage is to evaluate each goal using the SMART system. Take each goal and create a heading on a new piece of paper. You should have separate sheets for each goal.

We are now going to start working on defining each goal.

SMART means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time- Sensitive.

Specific – Don’t be vague. Exactly what do you want?

Measurable – Quantify your goal. How will you know if you’ve achieved it or not?

Attainable – Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life while taking into consideration your current situation.  This is the stage where you might set a task to learn more about how you are going to attain this goal e.g. “signup with a personal trainer, to learn more about getting fit” may lead to you setting new goals after you have learned from this trainer.

Realistic – It’s got to be achievable, real and practical.

Live a Healthy and Happy Life (TC Short Example)
I will retain my weight at 80kgs, each healthy food’s each day by planning out my meals and shopping on a regular basis to ensure I have healthy food to eat. I will weigh myself each week to ensure I maintain this weight or take necessary actions. (Weekly Action – plan out my meals and buy food for the week). (Weigh in Day – Friday)

I will walk a minimum of 30 minutes every day and during this time I will smile and be thankful for all I have in my life, including my wonderful family and friends. (Record distance and time in Journal).

I spend 20 minutes every day by myself meditating. I will go to sleep before 10 pm each night and get 6-8 hours’ sleep before I start the next day.

In the Summer of 2017/18, I will start to Surf again.

I will get regular health checks and continual learn new ways of being happy and healthy.  (further Action – set appts in my diary).

I will subscribe to and read about how to improve my health and start to help others around me so we live a healthy life together.  (Further Action, research books to read).

COMPLETE THIS EXERCISE FOR ALL OF YOUR GOALS.

NB: Part of your journey might be discovering the answers, so you may not be able to fill in all the blanks yet, you may create new blanks to fill in as you discover, learn and grow. Is this not what life is all about?

Once you have these Goals written down then you hold yourself accountable.  You check them weekly, monthly, and annually.  Each day you action your daily plan by writing down your goals for the day, starting the planning session by asking yourself this simple question.

“What am I doing today, to move me closer to my dream?”

 

 

 

What is Success?

OK for starters there is no one single destination or accomplishment that is success.

Success is not buying that high end sports car, it’s not having a bigger house than your neighbour, it is not a physical place and it is not how much money you have in the bank.

Success is how you feel about yourself. Everyday.

Success is the journey, provided you are following the path towards what you wish to achieve in life.  These achievements we call goals and they are yours to choose to strive for and this includes what life YOU choose to design for yourself.

I would hope we all choose to live a healthy, happy life everyday – believe it or not this is possible, more so if you follow a Tibetan monk’s life but also more likely if we take the time to design our lives in such a way as to make this a high priority.  At times this can be tough and challenging, take this from someone who is still recovering from brain surgery, being happy is really our choice.  We get to choose how we react to others and to the life and situations we find ourselves in, so why not just choose to be happy.

If you define life this way you should soon come to the conclusion that everyday above ground is a great day – life  after all is just the simple act of breathing in and breathing out. So if you are doing this then you should be happy.

For those of us that feel this is just not enough then design what is right for you.  No one (and I mean no one) can design your success plan for you.  Nor should we look at others success in envy and choose to design the same path.  So how do we design our own successful path.

Step 1. Reflection
Spend time alone with yourself, in a comfortable place where you can think (for some of us that maybe sitting alone on a beach, or in the bush, maybe walking in a park) somewhere where only nature can interrupt our thoughts.  Think about what you really want in life, in fact what is it you want to achieve before your time has come. What are you true dreams? What events have shaped our lives to date?   Do this exercise as often as you need yearly, monthly, weekly and use this time to reshape your plan and revisit your goals.  I personally do this just after new years every year then review and reflect on my plan each quarter.

Step 2. Personal Goal setting (life goals)
These have three main essential elements

  1. They must be inspiring (to you)
  2. You must believe in them
  3. They must be goals you can act on.

If your personal life goals meet each and every one of these criteria, then you have the recipe for success at our fingertips (yes write them down).

Step 3.  Take actions everyday
Everyday take one small step to achieving any or all of your goals and at the end of the day you can call that day a success.  Some days you may achieve more than others but regardless celebrate with a smile your achievements.  The better we plan and more we act the quicker we should reach our goals.

Goals will be attained and new goals will be set, a successful day is a happy day in which we are taking those few small actions towards meeting our next goal.

I wish you a successful life – the one you design.

You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like.

 

 

 

 

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