A Longer View on Goals

A Longer ViewWhere do you want to be in 3 years? What kind of person will you become in 5 years?

What will you do in the next 3 Months? What are you going to change TODAY?!?

Take a minute to think about these questions in your own life. Is your future a clear vision? A foggy haze? Total darkness? If you want to accomplish something specific, your something will need to be visible.

The holidays are almost here, and 2015 is approaching faster than you think. For me, that means New Year’s Resolutions and a chance to create something totally fresh in my life, but that doesn’t mean that I create a wall between this year and last year.

For the last several weeks, I’ve been making big plans. I’ve been brainstorming. I’ve thought hard about the future and where it might take Kristin and I. Though we’ve made some really great strides and accomplished many awesome things, I feel like there is so much we’d still like to do. And so the list of goals and aspirations keep growing.

We’ve got years of goals piling up, and thinking long term can be daunting. I’m starting to look at the list of resolutions in terms of multiple years and what might actually take several years to accomplish.

What I’ve found in our lives is there is so much we want to do and not enough time to do it all. So we must decide. Have you heard the phrase “you can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything”? Desiring is the easy part, deciding is the hard part.

It is time for us to decide.

Last year I made some pretty well-rounded goals that touched all aspects of our lives, but many of them I noticed were pretty easy to accomplish in hindsight.

It felt great to be checking things off the list, but many of the harder tasks are still left undone.

It turns out that some of the big audacious goals are actually things that will take years to achieve. They can’t be done in just 365 days. (This is a good thing, by the way.)

Last year was really one of the first years of setting structured goals, and overall, it was really great. I had an easy-going list in the first year to have some quick wins and build up my momentum.

 

This year, however, I want us to get a little more serious. I’ve been toying with the idea of quarterly goals. This will be a way to supercharge my activities.

 

I’ll be sharing some of those goals in the future. Today, I want you to begin reflecting on your year, and be open to where it may take you.

 

 

How’s your ROI?

Hows your ROI?

Students go to college for various reasons, but every decision of higher education gets to the same conclusion: The benefits of the education and experiences outweigh the costs of the education itself.

In business, that’s called ROI, or return on investment. It is vital to have a positive ROI in both business and in life.

The keys to success don’t stop at high school or college.

Education is a lifetime affair.

Kristin and I got the chance to attend a really awesome conference recently called Product Camp Cincinnati.

PCamp Cincy

It was an inaugural session for the Cincinnati area. What a great and inspiring day! We learned a lot, met some great entrepreneurs, marketing professionals and other top minds in our area.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s session! (Learn more about bringing Product Camp to your area here)

This week, we are also going to attend a TEDx event which we are very excited about!

If you’ve heard of TED talks, TEDx talks are independently organized, and this year the focus is on Health and Wellness, something we want to learn more about. If you’re in the Cincinnati area, be sure to check out some of the speakers and information here.

TEDx Cincinnati

 

For me, conferences are like little mental vacations: a chance to go visit an interesting place for a couple of days, and come back rested and refreshed with new ideas and perspectives. – Erin McKean

Here are just a few easy ways to start investing in yourself:

  • Feed your Mind – Feeding our brains with books has never been easier. Most public libraries offer free e-book downloads you can read on almost any screen. This is how I get almost all of my books. I make it a point to read and learn something new every day.
  • Feed your Body – When investing in yourself, good food and exercise are an important part of that mix as well. Treating your body well will give you a lifetime of health and happiness. Our body is our temple, and we only get one.
  • Find a Community – Not only do we have unprecedented access to information today, we also have no barriers to entry with community. Search meetup.com for information sessions in your area that interest you, and get out there and meet your community!
  • Fund your Investment – if you are in a position to spend real money on investing in yourself, start setting aside some money out of the budget. Again, we’re talking positive ROI’s here. Most times, the money spent on education far outweighs the cost, so always be thinking in terms of a positive return on your investment.

What are you doing in your own life to better invest in yourself? Are you reading, taking classes, or going to conferences?

 

Why I take Cold Showers

Cold Showers

We have a bad plumbing setup in our house.

I’m not sure if it’s hard to get water to the area we live or if the builder used sub-par plumbing components, but we have a lot of trouble getting water flowing freely, especially upstairs in the master bathroom.

The water heater is not great either. I could easily wait 5 minutes for a hot shower, sometimes longer, and five minutes is an eternity during a rushed morning routine.

One day while running late for work, I decided I was going to say “forget it” and I hopped into a frigid shower for the sake of time.



 

WHOA! The water hitting my skin was a shock to the system. I might have jumped and winced like a girl. Had I just been awakened from hibernation like a bear?!? My whole body was fluttering.

I wanted to wash my hair and body and get the heck out of there! No wonder we take hot showers instead of cold, because THIS SUCKS!

After getting out of the shower – teeth chattering, body shaking, skin red – I tried getting dressed and went about the rest of my day, surely thinking I’d started off a bad day. Showering in cold water was a tough thing to do that day, but I began noticing something new.

I felt alert and alive the rest of the day.

Walking into work, I was ready to face the day boldly. I had already gone through the most difficult part of my day, so what could be worse than a cold shower? I began to fear the day’s activities less.

Getting home, I started trying to find articles about possible benefits of cold showers. Surely someone else had done this before and had experienced a similar feeling of accomplishment.

I ended up coming across a man named Joel Runyon. Joel has a business centered around doing the impossible, and he even has a whole system built around taking cold showers, check it out here.

I even found out he did a TEDx talk about cold showers:

I know not everyone will watch this, so I’ll break it down a little. The heart of the message in taking cold showers is to make it a point to get out of your comfort zone on a daily basis.

I’ve been taking cold showers for over a week now, and I think I’m hooked.

Cold showers suck because they are supposed to suck. They teach you to live in the moment of what you’re going through.

You have nowhere to hide in the shower, therefore, you are facing this difficult situation head-on. It relives fear, which is our biggest obstacle to success.

It’s great to know that Joel and his advice is actually changing peoples lives, I hope you’ll try it and see if it will change yours.

Would you try taking a 5 minute cold shower?

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