Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Principles For Success: Handle Your Most Valuable Asset With Care

Have you ever wondered what you're supposed to do with time? I mean, I'm sure you've heard about time management, but what exactly does that mean? When I used to think about time management it almost felt like a jail sentence. I thought that if I wanted to be successful I had to abide by a strict schedule that guided me hour by hour and had a consistent weekly routine. Let me tell you, I could not keep up with the schedules I created for longer than a month! Lol, I began to think that I just needed to apply myself more, become more focused, and be more committed, but the truth was I didn't understand the value of time.

"Time is meant to be converted."
Sunday Adelajah

Time is more valuable than money and gold. It's the only invisible substance that life is made out of. With time you can become whoever you want to be, create your wildest dreams and live out your biggest goals. With time you can create a legacy of wealth that lasts for generations after you're gone and build an empire that helps people improve their lives one person at a time. With time you have no limits. Time, my friend, is your greatest resource.

What Are We Suppose To Do With Time?

To tell you the truth, you can do whatever you want with time. You can waste it on social media, spend it with friends and family, or invest it in your goals. All of your activities fall into one of these 3 categories and you get to choose which one.

Wasting Time

Have you ever spent your whole day running around, doing things that seem productive at the moment, but when you sit down and review your day you realize that nothing you did was actually aligned with your immediate goals or where you want to be in the next few years? Girl, me too! I used to allow others to determine my schedule by letting their "emergencies" become my priorities and placing their goals above mine. This was so subtle and below the radar that I wasn't even aware of what was happening! I would give hours of my day to things that had nothing to do with my purpose, goals, or ultimate dreams. Then I would complain when another year went by and I was still stuck in the same position as the previous year not knowing how to achieve my goals.

The problem was that I didn't understand time is an expensive resource, not a cheap commodity. I was wasting my time and giving it away for nothing in return. I didn't use it to develop any skills, turn it into profit, or develop my character. I just let it walk out of the door without demanding anything from it. Are you with me?

Spending Time

Now, this is where a little bit of wisdom kicks in! Spending time is when you trade your time for something beneficial to you. It could be knowledge, experience, money, added value, and so on. This is better than wasting time because at least you're getting something in return. When you waste time you end up with nothing to show for the time that has passed, but when you spend it at least you have a little bit of profit as evidence to reveal exactly what you did with your time.

Productive ways that we can spend our time include but are not limited to education, working, volunteering, training, and so on. Whether you end up with a physical product at the end of the day like money or something invisible like knowledge or understanding you are still benefiting from the time that you spent.

Investing Time

Here is the gold mine! I strive to structure my days with this goal in mind. Investing your time simply means using time to produce the exact results you want. The easiest way to do this is to have weekly and daily goals. For example, every Saturday my goal is to produce 2 blogs including the graphics, links, and quotes. The way that I measure how I spent my time is based on the end result at the end of the day. Did I produce my 2 blogs plus the necessary graphics? If the answer is yes then I am rewarded with a tangible product (my blogs).

What Are We Suppose To Do With Time?

It's very simple. Turn your time into whatever your goal is. Instead of allowing other peoples demands to infringe on your time or trading time for money, start turning your time into the specific goal that you have. Imagine this, what you do with your time over the next 3 weeks will either bring you closer to your goals, help you to feel happy and satisfied with life or will leave you feeling stressed, confused and stuck. It's your choice. Time is meant to be invested. Until next time, xo!

Theresa Forever
Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal

Monday, February 11, 2019

Principles For Success: Your Success Is Predictable

Do you want to know a secret I discovered a few years ago? The outcome of your life, goals, and overall success can be predicted! It's not based on luck, chance, good fortune, wealth, having the right connections, being incredibly smart, or going to an elite private school. Your success in life is based on how well you apply principles! Isn't that good news?! Now, you don't have to question whether you can achieve that goal you've been stuck on for months. You don't have to second guess your journey and wonder whether or not you're on the right path. All you have to do is uncover the underlying principles that are connected to your specific goal(s), apply them, and voilĂ ! You will start getting results seemingly overnight.

What Are Principles?

A principle is a fundamental truth that governs a specific outcome. For example, if your goal is to lose 8 lbs per month you have to dig in and discovering the underlying truths about weight loss including eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. If you want to stop struggling financially and move into living a debt-free lifestyle some basic truths (principles) associated with this goal are living on less than you make and intentionally placing your money exactly where you want it to go (budgeting) instead of impulse shopping that leaves you broke and waiting for your next pay cheque. Does that make sense?

Here are a few examples of popular proverbs that have a golden nugget of hidden truth (principles).

Wise Saying: He who walks with wise men will be wise

Principle: If you want to have good judgment and solid character place yourself among wise people who think clearly.

Wise Saying: Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor

Principle: You will either endure the pain of self-discipline and do the hard work now or you will suffer the pain of regret and live a life below your dreams.

Wise Saying: Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life

Principle: Any kind of seeds (lessons you teach them and behaviors you model for them) you plant in your kids are the fruits that will be produced in their life. If you want them to be good with money, self-controlled, and thoughtful, model that behavior for them.

Wise Saying: All hard work brings a profit whereas mere talk accomplishes nothing

Principle: Create a plan and then get to work.

Wise Saying: People who cannot control their spending habits end up with nothing

Principle: Without self-discipline you will lose things that are the most valuable to you ( yourself, the respect of others, your family, time, and so on).

Principles are proven, tried and tested, age-old, irrefutable facts that work for anyone regardless of their experience, race, age, location, income, intelligence, net-worth, skill level, religion, family history, network and so on. You could be born into a rich family and still find yourself struggling to hit your goals because you are ignoring the basic truths that you need to apply to get the outcome that you want or you could be born in the middle of nowhere to parents who aren't educated and struggle to feed you every month, but if you understand and apply the simple truths (principles) related to your goal you will achieve it every single time. Are you following me?

There are billions of principles operating in the world that help to keep the cycle of success going. How do think people are able to achieve success time and time again and we now have more than 36 millionaires worldwide!? Do you think this happens coincidentally? Do you think they somehow got lucky and found the horseshoe that turned them into millionaires? Lol, not a chance! (see what I did there ;) haha!).

This is why I tell you all the time if someone has achieved a specific goal that you also want to achieve you don't need to compare your intelligence, skills, or ability to theirs. You should instead view them as a source of inspiration! They are a reflection of what's possible for you. They are a guide to your "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow. They have learned insights and gems (principles) that can help you get the same results if you humble yourself and allow them to teach you. They have become tangible confirmation for you to know that your goals are totally attainable.

To learn from them you can read their books, study their life, watch interviews, and so on. You however, if you know them personally you can spend time with them, ask questions, listen to their story and keep your ears open for reoccurring themes (principles) like being like being diligent, focusing on one thing at a time, perseverance, and so on.

If you want to succeed in business, relationships, money management, parenting, weight loss, whatever it is all you need is to find someone who has attained the level of success that you want and implement the SAME principles that they used. You can get the same results as them by using the same principles because principles never change. If it worked for them, it will work for you and guess what? The opposite is true as well. If it didn't work for them then it won't work for you!

If someone is failing miserably in marriage, has bad relationships with their kids, and is always struggling to keep money to the end of the month are you going to ask them for relationship or money management advice, follow their strategy, or adhere to the principles they use? Lol, *shake my head* not even close! You're going to strive to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what their doing because you can clearly see that what they are doing, the formula they are using is not working and you want something that works, right!?

How Does This Work?

Let me guess, this sounds way too easy right? I'm telling you the key to achieving the goal you've been struggling to achieve for years is knowing the principles and you're thinking there has to be more to it than just that. Well if you thought that, you're right. The concept is simple, but getting it done is where the challenge kicks in.

You have to not only put the in the work to identify the right principles related to your goal, but you also have to apply it. I mean, what is knowledge without application? That's like an apple tree without apples at harvest time. A huge waste of space and effort.

Principles only work when applied consistently. You can't try it for a month and then say "it doesn't work, I tried it." You have to give the seeds that you plant some time to take root. First you have to work through the junk that you have built up for years that has kept you stuck unable to hit your goals. Then you can plant the new seeds (principles) that will lead you to long-term success and help you to develop your character. After you build some consistency you will start seeing results and before you know it you'll be onto life goal number 2 feeling confident and proud of the person you've become.

Why Do I Need Them?

Principles make your life predictable! It's like math. We all know that 1+1 will always equal 2 and 2+2 will always equal 4. No matter what we've experienced or whether or people agree or not facts are unchanging. Your success is predictable. You don't have to wonder if your goal is possible or not you just have to learn the principles. You don't have to doubt if it can be done you just have to learn the principles. You don't have to wait for your life to improve you just have to put yourself out there and learn the principles!

Stop holding yourself back with all of the doubt, fear, and limited thinking. You are capable of achieving anything that you envision. You have the power to achieve your goals starting right where you are. Commit to the process, overcome your fears and make 2019 your year of having and experiencing God's best for you! Until next time, xo!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Principles For Success: I'm Spilling All The Goods!

Last month we talked about believing in yourself even when nobody else does, discovering what makes you unique, and daring to walk an uncommon path to produce the uncommon life of your dreams. These topics weren't just good idea's that I wanted to write about, they were personal. You might read my blogs or follow me on social media and think "this girl will definitely acheive all of her goals, she has it all together, she's done well for herself, she is on her way to greatness..." but to tell you the truth, I've been exactly where many of you are today. I know what it feels like to want to give up on a goal that you've held onto for years.

I used to thoroughly plan out my goals, start executing it and then get distracted by the lack of supportive people around me or become discouraged by my personal lack of progress if I didn't see results within a specific amount of time. I was so committed, enthusiastic, and passionate about getting the end result, but I didn't know what I was doing.

I didn't understand some of the basic laws and principles related to goal achievement. I didn't know that my success can be guaranteed if I learn and apply things that successful people in my industry do. The simple fact is that I didn't know what I didn't know and this is a common issue for many goal-getters with big dreams.

They work their butt off trying to achieve a goal with the tools that they have (which is good) and after a while of being stuck in the same position or seeing minimal results they begin to feel discouraged, angry,  jealous, bitter, or hopeless.

The problem is never the goal.
It's the person trying to achieve
the goal.

-Tee Forever

If you get stuck without a clear solution to move your goals forward take a break and invest in yourself. Try to identify your specific roadblocks and learn about the various solutions for that problem. Here's an example, if you run a service based business and you're having a hard time attracting clients on a regular basis instead of getting stressed and feeling like a failure, take a break and examine which part of your lead generation funnel isn't working (is it your targeting, lead page, marketing, etc). Once you identify the main problem devote your time to finding solutions. Talk to your colleagues, read books on the topic, learn as much as you can and then apply the new information you've learned. Keep what works and find ways to improve what isn't.

Related post: A Lack Of Resources Is Never The Problem

Now before you get lost in your emotions and start doubting if you will get results let me tell you that this is not for an elite, special group of people. Success in goal achievement is for EVERYONE! You don't need to have experience, know the right people, or be wealthy. All you need is to be committed to your processs.

Don't quit when things get hard, don't stop when everyone you talk to tells you "you're product/service is great, but it's not what I need right now", don't get discouraged when big brands don't want to sponsor your event or work with you as a brand ambassor. Trust me, in some seasons you will hear more "no's" than "yes", you will feel like you're pursuing the wrong goal and be tempted to let it all go, but the truth is you need to keep going.

My friend, I write these blogs not only to inspire and motivate you, but also to remind you that no matter how big your goals are, they are 100% attainable. If you don't give up but instead start working on yourself, your life will change. After a few weeks of applying these nuggets I'm going to give you throughout this month for FREE you will see HUGE results in a short amount of time even if you struggle with fear, self-confidence, self-discipline and don't have any goal planning experience.

You may be wondering why I'm doing this? Lol well, I'm passionate about seeing you succeed! I want you to achieve your goals as much as I want to achieve mine! I know that you are full of potential and you have amazing God-given ideas and dreams floating around in your mind, but you may not know where to start, or you may just need to work on your mindset and personal beliefs, or you may need to reinvent yourself. No matter what your core issue is I know that if you're open to investing in yourself you will go from being a big dreamer who is passionate about your goals to becoming a high achiever who crushes your goals one step at a time!

I'm going to warn you right now, sometimes working towards your goal hurts because you're not ready to deal with the truth. You're not ready to admit that you don't know what you're doing,  you need help, or the strategy that you put so much money into is not working. Instead of delaying your progress by feeling offended process the offense or whatever emotion your feeling and press on. Stay focused on your goal, not your thoughts, personal preferences, or feelings. When you do this you allow the truth to set you free.

This month I'm going to challenge you to take things up to the next level, do things you only thought about doing, and begin stepping into your destiny. I believe in you, I know you believe in yourself, so let's get the ball rolling on your goals shall we? Until next time, xo!

Theresa Forever
Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Lack Of Resources Is Never The Problem

Have you ever secretly thought, "no matter what I do I can't get ahead...I need the right people/team or equipment to attain what I want...I don't have enough money to get what I want..." or all of the above?  If you whispered "yes" then I have good news for you! None of these things are your real problem.

A lack of support, money, resources, and everything else you think of will never be the reason why you don't achieve your goals! The only thing that can stop you from getting to where you want to be is you.

"Stop stopping yourself."
- Unknown

All of the reason listed above are only resources! They do not make or break your success. Yes, having excess money and a smart team of professionals around you will help to get things done a lot faster, however, every successful person that you can think of (right now think about those specifically in your industry) started off where you are with almost nothing and sometimes even less than that! What you need isn't more insightful strategies, clever information, or generous support. You need to become resourceful!

Look at the things that you feel are holding you back and FIND SOLUTIONS! Obstacles are only opportunities for growth. They are not meant to slow you down or distract you instead they are apart of your growing pains! You would never expect to survive climbing the highest mountain you've ever climbed in your life without first properly training and preparing for the event, right? Well the same principle applies to your life!

"It's not about your resources
it's about your resourcefulness."

- Tony Robbins

If you want to go further than you've ever gone you have to stretch yourself. If you want to go to the next level, start maximizing your potential, and really see satisfactory results with your goals you have to challenge yourself to see options where others see nothing at all. Developing your mind, beliefs, perspective, and self-awareness will help you to become more resourceful.

While on this journey you will also have to turn your excuses into the driving force behind why you can and will achieve your goal(s). There is no reason on earth why you can't achieve success in whatever you want. I talk to tons of people every day who have dreams of creating a life they enjoy, but when I ask them why they haven't started creating it they say things like "it's not practical, I need to make a living, I have to earn good money, I don't know anyone who is doing it/has done it..." and so on.

I can't tell you how sad I feel when I hear the hopelessness in their voices. They not only feel trapped because they think they can't live a purposeful life, they also feel like settling for less than what they want is acceptable. Guys! This is madness! Why limit yourself to the experiences of those around you?! There are ENDLESS possibilities in the world, endless opportunities waiting for you to become resourceful and find them, and endless doors waiting for you to open them! You're not stuck living the life you're currently living unless that's where you want to be.

Although they may not realize it, they are actually stuck in a fear-based comfort zone that will continue to hold them hostage if they don't start dreaming about all the beautiful things life has to offer them again. The truth is, I can understand the logic behind some of these thoughts and beliefs. However, if they dig deep they will realize that these are only excuses.

We literally have access to the world at our finger tips. Anything we want to learn is available to us online. Any skill we want to develop can easily be executed through self-discipline and focus. Anything we want to do is waiting for us to figure out how to do it! Creating a life that we enjoy now, in 2019 is not as hard as it was years ago!

Don't allow fear, excuses, or lack to turn you into a 9-5 zombie. If your heart desires to have full control over your time and generate good income while doing something you love then go for it! Don't settle for the average, mundane life that offers you no freedom to express your creativity and uniqueness. You were created for more!

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Believe that what you want to achieve IS possible and find a way to get it done. Stay inspired by reading autobiographies and biographies by people who have faced similar challenges to you and have overcome. Read leadership and personal development books that expand your mind and teach you how to become the person that you see yourself being. Get around successful people and start doing the simple things that they do like showing up to meetings early, resting your body, being grateful, and working smart (not hard).

If you know that you're capable of crushing your goals then I want to see you taking bold massive action steps toward them. Find a way when things seem impossible. Push through the noise when everyone around you says it's not possible. Do what you have to do and become resourceful. Don't let another year slip through the cracks. Your goal(s) are yours for the taking if your ready to go get it. Until next time, xo!

Theresa Forever
Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dare To Be Different

Live an uncommon life and dare to be different! Today, I want to challenge you to carve your own path, create amazing opportunities for yourself, and live outside of what's considered "normal". You're not here to blend in with the crowd, get married, have babies, and work a 9-5 job that isn't aligned with your purpose. I mean com'on, what's the point in following everyone else when expressing your individuality is what you do best! It just comes naturally to you!

Don't give into the pressure. You were created with a clear and strong unique voice to share with the world and we are waiting for you to come out of hiding and dare to be different!

Related post: You Are Unique!

I know life is full of challenges and things don't always work out the way that you have planned but that doesn't mean that you should stop taking risks. The primary reason why people stop themselves from living a fulfilling life is because of fear. They tell themselves "I'm too old, I'm too young, I have too many responsibilities now, my time has passed, I don't know what I'm doing, what if this doesn't work, I don't want to look stupid in front of my peers..." and so on. By believing these things fear keeps them stuck living in should of, could of, would of land feeling purposeless and lost.

Taking risk is where your adventure begins! This is where you come alive! So what if you don't know what you're doing in the beginning. How do you think Oprah Winfrey got started? Do you think she had all of the resources she needed, a supportive community, and unlimited cash flow? Not even close! She had a dollar and a dream! Do you hear me!? Lol, she started with a vision of what she wanted to accomplish in a set time period, worked hard at developing herself, creating opportunities and took things one step at a time, one project at a time, and one hire at a time. There is no magic formula to this you have to start where you are with what you have.

"Be thankful for what you have;
you'll have more. If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you'll never have enough"

- Oprah Winfrey

Don't limit yourself! Let go of fear-based thinking, become resourceful, and take risks based on where you want to be 2-5 years from now. Nelson Mandela said it best "it always seems impossible until it's done."

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You were made to face the unknown with confidence, you are capable of doing more than you imagine, and you're life is meant to be lived on purpose. Don't fall asleep on your potential. Make the necessary changes and start living your dreams. Until next time, xo!

Theresa Forever
Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal
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