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Accountability Challenge Week 34: Don’t Stop Believing

Posted by admin on August 28, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 34: “Don’t Stop Believing” 

If you happen to be a child of the 70’s and 80’s like me, or even if you just like the music of the 80’s, then you will be familiar with one of the more popular bands of the time; Journey. There biggest hit song came out in 1981. It was the song Don’t Stop Believing.

“Don’t Stop Believing…Hold on to that feeling.”       

When it comes to setting and achieving goals, heck when it comes down to plain living, there are only ever two things we can control in life.

What we believe and how we behave.

“As a man thinketh in his Heart, so is he.”

This is a verse from Proverbs of the Old Testament which later became the thesis for a ground breaking self-development book by James Allen. I highly recommend you do a Google search for the book As a Man Thinketh, or any of James Allen’s work. They are sure to make an excellent addition to your library, plus you should be able to get them for free.

To me this quote means that each of us (male or female) acts as we do because we believe as we do, even if we may not be aware of it on a conscious level.

The limiting beliefs that hold us back from achieving our goals and living the lives we were meant to live exist only in our own anxiety and sensitivity.

Belief drives behaviour.

When I look back at the completion of any significant goal or journey in my life, I can directly trace its success to whether or not I believed it was possible. The funny thing about belief is that just a tiny bit is enough to get us moving forward. It follows that if we desire to have different or better results in our life, than we need to change just two things: our beliefs and our behaviours. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it?

What do you belief to be true, that may in fact just be a big fat lie?

What do you believe about your own success? Be it financial, physical, emotion, spiritual? Or in your relationships or in your career?

If you don’t already have what you want in any of these areas in your life, it’s time to change your beliefs and your behaviour.

Belief

“Act as if”.

In my experience the quickest way to achieve positive results in our lives is to “act as if” we already possess the beliefs or behaviours that we desire.

Take a moment to picture the ideal you. What does that look like? How do you feel or what do you believe? How would you behave?

Would you be more confident, more decisive, more adventuresome, more assertive, more fit, have more fun?

You know you would?

Begin right now, this very day to believe and behave as you would if you already had achieved your goals.

Expect Success,

Mark,

Thought for the week:

“Don’t Stop Believing…Hold on to that feeling.”       Steve Perry

Expect Success,

Mark,

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

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Accountability Challenge Week 33: Success; Step by Step

Posted by admin on August 16, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 33: Success: Step by Step 

“It matters not how slowly you go. It matters only that you do not stop”.   Confucius

When I initially created the 52 Week Core Conditioning Program, it was four years ago. One of my big goals back in 2011 was to complete my third Ironman triathlon in July 2011 in Klagenfurt, Austria.

I spent 6 months in serious training mode for the big event which was to take place on July 3rd.  As this was my third Ironman competition I was confident that I would successfully complete the 3.86 km swim, the 180 km bike ride and the 42.2 km run. In the allotted 17 hours.

My personal challenge to myself was my desire to produce a personal best time at the Ironman distance -which would mean completing the race in less than 11 hrs 5 minutes.

I am very proud to say that I successfully completed the race with a finishing time of 11 hrs 21 minutes. To be honest, I was initially a little disappointed that I was not able to achieve a new PB.

I was however extremely pleased and felt a huge sense of personal satisfaction and pride in knowing that I put forth my best effort and determination in a difficult test of personal endurance.

Last week I mentioned that we do not always achieve or control our desired outcomes in life, but we do have full control the level of effort, preparation and commitment we put forth towards our goals and dreams.

As I began to make my way slowly but steadily out on the marathon portion of the triathlon I knew that my success in reaching the finish line would come as a result of focusing my attention not on the entire 42.2 km which lay before me, but on the next step that was to come.

“Step by step” and “nice and easy” were the words that I repeated to myself over and over again, until they played like a mantra in my head.

Step by Step

There were times were I wasn’t running as quickly as I would have liked, and there were other times where running was replaced by walking. However to paraphrase the quote from Confucius, I knew that as long as I did not stop, as long as I kept moving forward, I would cross the finish line. I would succeed; step by step.

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate metaphor that ties in the successful completion of my own race, to any goal that you may have set for yourself either now or in the future.

If you keep moving forward you too will achieve your goals!

What can you do TODAY and this week to keep moving forward?

Thought for the week:

“It matters not how slowly you go. It matters only that you do not stop”.   Confucius

Expect Success,

Mark,

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 32: Be Great

Posted by admin on August 11, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 32: Be Great

My challenge for you this week (and for the rest of your life) is to dare to be great.

The truth is you already are GREAT, you just might not be fully aware of it at the moment.

To me being great doesn’t have to mean setting world records in fitness or endurance, being number one in sales with your company, or being a perfect parent, partner or person.

To me being great means recognizing the potential that lies within you, and having the courage to do your best to maximize your performance in this very moment.

I remember back a few years ago, I was reading the Toronto Globe and Mail entertainment section and was intrigued by an article that talked about this being the 20th anniversary of the movie Thelma and Louise. This was a ground breaking movie for women. At the time it opened doors for leading females actors like Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and gained critical and box office appeal. As well it inspired legions of women and men for that matter.

However, Ms. Davis was quoted as saying that over the past twenty years nothing really changed for women in the movies. The vast majority of the leading roles still go to men, and women other than a few exceptions are relegated to supporting roles. In the article actress and writer Sarah Silverman stated that yes it may unfair that there aren’t more women in starring roles, however complaining about the lack of roles for women or female directors isn’t going to change anything.

Silverman went on to say, “I think if you are good enough, you can’t be denied. Complaining doesn’t get anybody anywhere. How about just be great?”

Be Great

I thought this was wonderful advice. We can spend our lives complaining and wishing that things were better or, we can take a different path and work on ourselves to “be better”.

If we continually work and spend our thoughts, efforts and emotions on being better instead of worrying or complaining about outside influences, people or circumstances than our ultimate reward is that we can GREAT, as we define it.

What can you do TODAY and this week to be great?

Expect Success,

Mark,

Thought for the week:“I think if you are good enough, you can’t be denied. Complaining doesn’t get anybody anywhere. How about just be great?”   Sarah Silverman

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 31: Taking Responsibility

Posted by admin on August 03, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 31: Taking Responsibility 

You are exactly where you are supposed to be in your life, right now.

These words may or may not be of comfort to you as you assess your present circumstances, however they are undeniably true.

You may not like where you are in certain areas of your life ( I know I don’t)  I’ve heard it said that we don’t always get what we want in life, but we always get what we deserve.

It is very easy, and convenient to blame external forces for our present conditions. We can blame the weather, the economy, the government, our teachers, our parents, our spouse, children, the person who gave us that bad advice etc etc for any number of outcomes that have left us less than satisfied in our lives.

The truth is whether we like it or not, WE are responsible for our choices, for our thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and our circumstances. This may not be something you want to hear. I know I’ve found it quite convenient to hold other people responsible for why I haven’t achieved more success in certain areas of my life.

Responsibility

Do you ever pass the buck of responsibility?

Do you sometimes pass off on taking ownership in your life? Until we take ownership of every aspect of our lives (good, bad or indifferent) we will continue to perform at levels that are well below our true potential.

I believe that taking ownership or responsibility for the circumstances in our lives is the first and most important step toward realizing the goals and dreams that are important to us.

If your are not in the kind of shape that you want to be in your life: physically, financially, in your relationships than it’s time for you to take ownership.

Repeat after me…” I am the problem. I am also the solution”. I may be a mistake maker, but I am also a mistake breaker”.

Where can you take responsibility in your life today? What will you do differently tomorrow?

Expect Success,

Coach Mark,

Thought for the week:“I am the problem. I am also the solution”.     

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/

 

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