Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Keep Track of Your Goals

Being focused and persistent are the traits that separate a person who achieves his goals from a person who does not achieve his goals. There are various ways to monitor your progress towards your goals. Here are the four ways of keeping track. 

1. Look at the big picture. This is the basics of monitoring your progress and reaching your goals. Most individuals do their things on a daily basis. They just live life in order to survive rather than living each day to the fullest. You have to know what motivates you in order to keep the morning started. If you think about these things then you will the end result in mind. You also have to see the long-term plan so your daily actions will be towards that goal.

2. Plan, Organize, Implement. Planning and organizing are key factors when it comes to monitoring your progress. If you already know what the big picture is, you must create a daily plan of action on how to reach that goal. Take a calendar and plan on your daily, weekly, monthly activities in order to achieve your goals. Use a planner. Create a to-do-list on a weekly basis and then segment that into daily tasks. If you are able to plan and organize your time properly, then you will not only feel good but you will also develop self-discipline. 

3. Be accountable. You can find a good person, a buddy, a coach who you can share your goals with. It is crucial that you should have another person who you can talk about your progress. You are more likely to accomplish your tasks throughout the week if you have someone other than yourself who will keep you accountable. 

4. Reward yourself. You should reward yourself for each accomplishment. If you always do things towards your goal and you never take time in rewarding yourself, then you will get yourself burnt out. Being burnt out means losing the motivation to stay focused on your goals. Rewarding yourself is a good way of tracking your goals since you will be able to appreciate your hard work and then move on towards another goal. 

The best way to improve the quality of our lives is through setting and achieving goals. Would you like to improve your life? Start by setting your goals now!

To Your Success!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Pinoy Millionaire Series: Success Story of A Nurse

I want to share with you real-life stories of people that I got to know personally last year. With all the negativity we can watch, see, and hear on various media, it is really a breather to find stories that can motivate us to be a better person. 

I have been bugging these people for so many months into having a quick "interview" on how they got to be where they are. 

So, here is the first of my Pinoy Millionaire Series. :)

Can you tell us a little about yourself
a. What is your complete name?
- Ma. Maura Rica Pilares Delos Santos-Yap

b. Where did you grow up?
- Balintawak, Quezon City

c. How young are you?
- 42 years old

d. What was your profession?
- Nurse

Rica doing her job as a mom
2. How would you describe yourself in a sentence?
- Simple. Loving mom

3. What used to be your perspective in life when it comes to becoming successful financially

- Becoming “rich” you have to have plenty of money for you to put up a business that would eventually grow.

What is your perspective now?

- You don’t need “plenty of money” you just need plenty of ambition. Not all people who has money can be successful in MLM, but even if your resources is limited but if you couple it with ambition, you can get somewhere!

4. What was the turning point in your life that made you who you are today?

Rica, with her hubby Doc Jeff, poses with her Award
- The lack of money to provide for the needs of my family. Many times, I’ve experienced “lack” especially after my father died, I was 13. 

5. What are your current successes in life

- Freedom from lack of money, earning 250-300T/month
- Hyundai Sta. Fe 2013 which the Lord has given on our first year and 6months..

6. What motivates you to do what you do?
- My kids. The lack of money to provide for the needs of my family

Rica with her family
7. What is your favorite quotation in life

- Exalt yourself and you will be humbled. Humble yourself and you will be exalted.

Rica with coaches Mike Tan and Doc Jeff

8. Who do you consider as your mentors with your financial success?
1. Up Mike Dy Tan
2. Doc Jeff
3. Up Jogui
4. Sir Francis Miguel

9. What are the steps that you did so you can reach your status now?
- Train, train, train even if it was uncomfortable, tiring etc.
- Listen to my mentors

10. What are some tips that you can give to aspiring millionaires?
- Life is not always a bed of roses, it is not always Christmas so when you have an opportunity like AIM Global, grab it and nurture it. Train well and be prepared for lifes trials and challenges.

End of Interview.

Hope you got great insights from a Pinoy millionaire.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

How to Be More Productive at Work

You do not get an award for working more hours compared than everyone else in the office. The length of time is not proportional to the quality of work. The question is how do you increase productivity? The secret is to get more things done in less hours so you can do more important things that can make you happy. 

1. List down the most important things.
You cannot do everything every day. You should list the three most important things you need to do and then focus on that. 

2. Start your day right. 
If you start the day right, it increases the possibility of being more productive at work. If there is something that causes you a lot of stress, then you should get it over and done with ASAP. Another option is to start with the most important work. Moreover, you can also start the day with motivational thoughts. You can listen to an audio about positive thinking by Brian Tracy or John Maxwell. 

3. Focus. 
Writers really need this most especially. You can focus by closing the door as this signals that you are working and you do not want anyone to enter. Writers need to get their creative juices flowing before they can start working. 

4. Do not multi-task.
You can get more things done if you do things one at a time. 

5. Avoid distractions.
You can do this by silencing your phone. You do not have to be interrupted by the ringing or buzzing of your phone. 

6. Unwind. 
There are instances when you get burnt-out from working for hours. You can become more productive if you unwind and recharge your batteries. 

7. Seek help.
You can get more things done efficiently if you ask for help rather than studying it more. 

8. Group similar tasks together.
Different mind-sets are required for different tasks. Thus, you can always group similar tasks together. Take note that it is easier to complete a task than to start it. 

9. Set time for exercise.
An unhealthy body causes lethargy to a person. It is better to have a quick exercise as this helps you carry yourself better. 

10. Set your boundaries.
You should know your limits. It is nice to know that you can get more things done in less time. However, it becomes more difficult to increase your productivity any further. Thus, the quality of work should be great as that is the whole point of your work. 

So do you have others ways where you can maximize productivity at work? Feel free to share your thought and ideas on the comment box. 

To Your Success!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

3 Good Reasons Why You Should Stop Complaining

The daily crush of life sometimes brings out the worst in us. We often find it easy to blame others and situations for our problems. These complaints include:

The government is making me poor.
My family does not understand me fully.
My boss is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. 

It is true that most of the things in the world are things we cannot control; the difference among two kinds of people is their reaction towards these situations.

It is possible to change the way you react to a specific event or situation.  Understanding that we should stop complaining is the key in reacting to each situation. 

What are the reasons why you should stop complaining? 

1. You are your own boss.  Everything that happens to you is a result of decisions you have made years ago. There are some people who have influenced your decision but definitely it was you who made it. You cannot blame others for what you decided on. 

You are the one who has the control. You cannot blame others but yourself. 

If you change the way you think, you will see that everything around you is a blank canvas. Your dreams are within reach. 

What are your goals in life? What are your dreams? Have you created a plan? You have to begin thinking on it so you can remind yourself daily that everything can be reached if you create a plan of action. 

2. The world does not revolve around you. It is true that the world can exist without you. It does not revolve around you. Everything in this world is chaotic but it is up to you to find meaning and order. 

If the world continues without you, then you should know that you are in charge of your life. 
You will then have a realization that parents nurture and look after children. However, this does not hold true when children turn to adults. The world does not offer the same zone of comfort when you were young compared to when you become an adult. 

3. You should step up and be a leader. Being a leader means leading a life that you can control. It is really easy to find others responsible for the things that happen to you. However, this shows lack of responsibility with your actions. You also tend to refuse the possibility that things in life can be changed. 

Leaders have great qualities such as being courageous and being willing to face your fears, admit mistakes, experience failure, and be responsible for everything that happens to you. This can break your ego but this builds character within you. 

The challenge that you have to face now is whether you are ready to change your life.

You alone can make it happen!

To Your Success!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Tips for Freelancers

In this economic recession, there is a rise in freelancing. In the Philippines, there is a rise in the number of Filipinos who engage in freelance work. Why do people engage in freelancing? Freelancing is often a fulfilling work.  Most people freelance by choice. Some do part-time freelancing while others do it on a full-time scale. Individuals chose fulltime freelancing because it gives them flexibility. Anyone can be freelancers.  Any profession can be a freelancer. 

If you plan to be a freelancer, then you should follow these steps.

1. Put yourself in the market. It would be a great idea to know everything in the freelance industry; however, it is best that you master a niche within your industry. You can exert efforts in your personal branding. You can establish your worth by starting a personal website or you can increase your social media presence. 

2. Increase your contacts. A number of small as well as large businesses approach plenty of established freelancers regularly for work. There are instances when there are no gigs for the freelancer. That is the reason why you should make networking a regular task. You can do this by using the web, attending industry events, making cold calls to obtain new customers, or sent out e-newsletters. 

3. Obtain a Contract. You should obtain a contract in order to have a successful freelancing career. Make sure that you write and sign and contract with your clients before you complete any work. There are many instances when freelancers get taken advantage of and end up working for free. You can be ensured that your client will pay you if you have a contract. 

4. Be organized. Freelancers often work on multiple projects. You have to be organized on scheduling the length of time each project has to be completed. You have to track your progress through spreadsheets. You do not have a boss who will tell you what to do; thus, you yourself have to take charge of keeping yourself on track. 

5. Learn the art of being flexible. You are employed by your clients to work on projects. They are the ones paying you and you have to be flexible to your clients’ needs. The problem with freelancers is that they do not like giving up their control with the project. Freelancers have to be flexible, offer their advice to clients, while also taking heed of what the client requires. 

Freelancing is a great way to augment to your existing income or it can be your new career. Maximize your current skills and you will have a thriving personal business. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

9 Rules that Happy People Live By

Do you believe being happy is a result of being lucky or having money? 

Happiness is a result on how you think. If you are finding ways to improve your ability on finding happiness, then follow these 10 rules that happy people live by.

1. Happy people follow the golden rule. “Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.” Happy people know how to respect others and others respect them as well. 

2. Happy people find contentment. These people know that happiness is finding contentment with the current things that they have. But, this does not mean that they do not envision better things. Unhappy people are not content. They waste time talking about things they do not have. Happy people balance time for everything that is important like family, friends, work, health, and others. 

3. Happy people know to let go of petty things. Trivial things do not matter to happy people. Although bad things happen to great people sometimes, they do not let these bad events discourage them. Instead, they move on and do not let bad feelings conquer them. Unhappy people have the tendency to dwell on petty issues that can result to depression, anger, and greed. 

4. Happy people go with other happy people. Birds of the same feather flock together. Happy people gravitate towards other happy people. If you feel that you have problems with depression, sadness, anger, or other negative thoughts, you should go with happy people as they can rub on to you a happiness dust. 

5. Happy people know how to take charge for their actions. Happy people are aware that they are not perfect. If they mess up, they admit it. They acknowledge that they did wrong and find ways on how to improve themselves. Unhappy people blame other people and always find excuses when things are not going their way. 

6. Happy people are honest. Happy people are honest and trustworthy. They provide candid feedback rather than false praise. They appreciate people who give them an honest opinion. 

7. Happy people find what they are passionate about. Happy people know what their passions are. Their lives move towards their passion and they do something about it. Unhappy people do not know what they are passionate about. 

8. Happy people show happiness signs. Happy people and unhappy people can easily be differentiated. Happy people are smiling, laughing, and appearing happy. Those who are unhappy also look unhappy. They have slouched posture and they do not have confidence. 

9. Happy people find each challenge as an opportunity. Happy people easily accept challenges and use these opportunities to learn and grow. They find solutions to problems. They do not worry about things that they cannot control.

Happiness is truly a battle within the mind. It requires having a mind that dwells on the positive and not the negative. 

If you want to be a happy person, then you have to live by these 9 rules that happy people live by.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

9 Time Management Steps for Busy Executives

Busy executives always have time against them.  They want to be more productive each day and time should be managed properly. Here are 10 steps on how busy executives can manage their time.

1. Plan your day right. You should start your day with a plan and an organized office. You have to review and revise your tasks daily. At the end of the day, organize your place and create your schedule for the next day. 

2. Do one thing at a time. People say executives are good at multi-tasking. However, it would be best if a person does one task at a time. After doing one task, then you should focus on the next thing. 

3. Arrange for an uninterrupted time of the day. You should let everyone know that you are unavailable for questions, phone calls, appointments during this time. This will be your time to catch with tasks that you do not have time for. 

4. Control your inbox. You should not be servant to your emails. Delete them on a regular basis and check them only at designated time. Block a certain time interval where you will look at your emails. 

5. Set a sense of urgency. When you are at work, you should try to maximize your time. However, you should be courteous when you are in business conversations. Instead of asking “How are you?” ask “How may I help you?” as this shortens the response.  You can also establish how long your meeting will last.

6. Create a list of important phone numbers and post it near your phone. It takes time to find numbers on your computer. You should have the important ones at the tip of your fingers. 

7. Group similar tasks. You should categorize your tasks. This will make things easier done. You can return phone calls, write personal notes, and answer emails if they are done by groups. 

8. Use different boxes for varying categories of paper. You should separate items that are important and immediate. Papers that are pending, paper that are to be filed, or papers that have to be reviewed. 

9. Keep your desk organized.  You should keep extra pens, supplies, tape dispenser, and stapler in your drawer rather than on top of your desk. Your desk should have your current paperwork, telephone, and computer. 

Executives are always busy. However, following these tips above will make your time-management a good one. 

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