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Accountability Challenge Week 21: Seize the Moment:

Posted by admin on May 24, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 21: Seize the Moment: 

Authors and speakers, and Hollywood movie makers all know that the art of crafting compelling conflict and a sense of tension that builds up to the finale of their story is an excellent way to hold an audience’s attention and is a sure fire way to build a ratings winner.

If you happen to be at all interested in the sport of golf, or just sport in general, then from time to time there is a specific event or individual that catches our attention by seemingly coming out of nowhere and seizing the moment.

This particular event occurred four years ago but it is still very fresh in my memory. Unheralded 26 year old Charl Schartzel of South Africa laid claim to golf’s most coveted prize, the Master’s Golf Tournament.

Charl Schartzel  “seized the moment” and separated himself from Tiger Woods and several other of the world’s greatest golfers in one of the most closely contested conclusions in major golf tournament history.

As I was watching the intrigue of the moment unfold it occurred to me I was witnessing the perfect symmetry between the potential that rested within the golfers in contention and the performance required to be crowned champion. It was going to come down to whoever was able to erase the potential-performance gap and “seize the moment”.

It this case it turned out to be Mr.Schartzel, who declared afterward that “I just knew it was now or never”. Now is the only time that we have to realize the potential that lies within. Unlike Charl, we may never be crowned champion of a prestigious golf tournament, however there are numerous opportunities for each of us to seize the moment in our own lives.

Now is truly the only time that exists. It is the only time that we can effect change in any aspect of our lives. Now is the only time that we can move forward in the direction of our goals and dreams. It can be as simple as making a decision right NOW to put down the remote control, get off our ‘but’ and go for a walk around the block.

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Accountability Challenge Week 21: Seize the Moment:

Take out a piece of paper and a pen and spend 5 minutes to complete the important exercise of “Seizing Your Moment”.

Q. What will you commit to today, that will help you to move one step closer to your goal or dream?

Seize the moment to:

Choose an apple over an apple turnover.

  • Choose exercise over Xbox.
  • Choose to re-connect to an old friend.
  • Choose to call an important client of contact.
  • Choose to say Yes to your goals and dream.
  • Choose to smile instead of frown.

Expect Success,

Coach Mark,

Thought for the week: “”Carpe Dieme

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

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Week 20 Accountability Challenge: Reflect, Reward, Renew:

Posted by admin on May 19, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Reflect, Reward, Renew.

Congratulations! we are entering week 20 of our Accountability Challenge. From where I sit this feels like a significant milestone. We are also in the midst of the wonderful spring season. Winter is now fading into distant memory, and we get to enjoy the warmth and growth that comes to us this time of year.

To me this is an excellent time to do three things:

Week 20 Accountability Challenge: Reflect, Reward, Renew:

Reflect on where we are and how far we have travelled on our current journey.

Reward ourselves for our commitment and for the progress we have made. If you are still with us-you deserve a huge pat on the back.

Renew our commitment to the completion of our goal. Each of has a tremendous opportunity to move forward from where we are TODAY. To make a quantum leap toward our goal over the next 90 days.

Keep going

Expect Success,

Coach Mark,

Thought for the week:“Reflect, reward, renew”.

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

 http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

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Accountability Challenge Week 19: Reality Check Your Strengths and Weaknesses:

Posted by admin on May 13, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

“Focus on your strengths but recognize your weaknesses”. 

Have you ever heard the expression that we need to improve our strengths and eliminate our weaknesses? Well I believe that statement is half true. Improving our strengths will help us to achieve our goals faster. However, trying to eliminate or overcome our weaknesses will only lead to frustration, exhaustion and slightly stronger weaknesses.

I do believe it is important and a valuable exercise to take a Reality Check of our own individual strengths and weaknesses. I’m an advocate of the school of thought that says we should focus on the things we are best at (our strengths, our talents, our skills) and that we should strive to “staff” or delegate our weaknesses wherever possible.

An excellent example that I once heard was of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. They are best at performing their music, and they are handsomely paid to do it. On the other hand they neither are best at nor paid to lug around or set up their instruments. They have learned to focus on their strengths and to staff their weaknesses.

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Week 19 Accountability Challenge: Reality Check Your Strengths and Weaknesses:  

    • Take out a piece of paper (as you may have noticed I’m a big fan of writing things down); draw a line down the middle of the page. On one side write ‘My Strengths”, on the other side write “My Weaknesses”.
    • Be completely honest with yourself and write out as many qualities from each category as you can think of.
    • For example. One of your strengths may be that you are a naturally organized person who thrives off creating and sticking to lists.
    • One of your weaknesses may be that you just can’t seem to keep your home free from clutter.
    • Take 10 minutes to write out as many things as you can think of-do your best to leave no stone unturned.
  • When you are done-Identify your top three strengths and weaknesses.

 

  • Find every way possible to focus more of your time and energy on your strengths.
  • Figure out every way possible to “staff” or delegate your weaknesses. Can you pay a naturally organized high school student to organize your clutter filled home? Or can you find a quality but cost effective house cleaner to keep everything neat and tidy?
  • How about a virtual assistant to help you with your business, or your taxes, or even your health?
  • Be creative and have fun with this exercise.

Expect Success,

Coach Mark, Thought for the week: P.S. “Focus on your strengths but recognize your weaknesses”.

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/financially-fit-for-life/

http://cashflow-specialist.com/

 

 

 

Accountability Challenge Week 18: Identify & Calendar your HPA’s.

Posted by admin on May 04, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

“Focus on your highest payoff activities and the results will come”. 

We spent the past two week’s focusing on the critical area of strengthening our self-image.

Now it’s time for us to take the next step forward by identifying the actions that we need to take to maximize the results we wish to achieve.

Action is a critical step in the process of creating what we desire in our lives.

Are you focusing on your highest payoff activities?

Do you know what your highest payoff activities (HPA’s) are?

Recently I found myself listening, probably for the 5th or 6th time to a wonderful audio recording from one of my mentors, Anne Bachrach, also known as The Accountability Coach™. (… I really wish I had beaten her to the punch on that trademark thing…)

The focus of the call was to take time to specifically identify in order of importance, the highest payoff activities that when acted upon will give us the greatest probability for success in the achievement of our definite purpose or goal?

I found this exercise very useful because it forced me to stop and think. It is very easy for us to mentally affirm that “we know” all there is to know about the information that we are digesting. However, it’s critical to emphasis that knowing what to do, and actually doing what you know are poles apart.

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Accountability Challenge Week 18: Identify & Calendar your HPA’s.

This week’s exercise is so simple yet so powerful. Take 10 minutes today (NOW would be a great time to get started) to:

1. Identify your highest payoff activities in order of importance as they relate to your specific goal.

2.  When you have identified your own HPA’s, I want you to take the next critical step of putting them into your calendar, day time timer, blackberry, IPhone or whatever time management tool you prefer so they are set up as vital appointments in your day.

3.  Make an irrevocable commitment to yourself or to someone else in writing that you will in fact honour your calendar by taking action on your HPA’s. I guarantee that when you follow through on this simple three step exercise and commit to doing it consistently every day you will begin to make Quantum Leaps in your progress towards your goal.Now that is something to get super-excited about.

Expect Success,

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

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Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Mark,

Thought for the week: “Focus on your highest payoff activities and the results will come”.

 

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