Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
|Posted: Dec Sun 17, 2006 2:22 pm Post subject: Follow Through
The Top 10 Ways to Ensure Your Own Follow Through
1. Set realistic goals.
If goals are too high, you will be discouraged. If goals are too low, they will not stretch you enough.
2. Center your goals around your passion.
Believing in what you do creates focus, motivation, clarity, and direction.
3. Make sure your goals are your own -
Not someone else's expectation of you. A halfhearted effort is counterproductive.
4. Ask yourself, "why would I want to do this?"
Introspection as to what is in it for you and what it will take to get there will clear the path.
5. Create your own timeline and move forward.
Proceed at your own pace, but MOVE.
6. Take one action step daily to reach your goal.
If you want a Masserati, go to the dealer today and test drive one, bring home a picture to post on your refrigerator or mirror. Remind yourself daily of your goal.
7. Know that not everyone will agree with what you are doing. Do it anyway.
8. Realize that even your strongest supporter
Will not always "get" it. No one will be your cheerleader all the time; supporters are human too.
9. Realize that even without a cheerleader,
This is YOUR life. Get over it. Take the bull by the horns and do it anyway.
10. Avoid the energy vampires. Look to your role models. Surround yourself with positive people and let go of those who are sitting around doing the same old thing and expecting different results.
Submitted by Carmen Stine, PhD(C), http://www.welcometoyourlife.com © 1997- 99, by Coach U
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Get Things Done Online
The Top 10 Ideas for Getting Things Done Online
The Web has evolved from being a place to find information and connect with people to being a tool for getting things done. By using innovative web-based services to handle time-consuming administrative tasks, professionals and small business owners can spend more time focusing on what they do best - getting and servicing clients. Best of all, most of these services are either free or low cost.
1. Take care of printing needs from home.
Services such as iPrint.com and PrintOnLine.com allow you to quickly design and print customized business stationery products, promotional items, and gifts online. Cost? About $20 for 250 business cards.
2. Purchase stamps online.
Give those long lines at the post office a miss by printing digital stamps on your office printer. Stamps.com and e-stamp.com support all mailing services (including First Class, Priority, Express, Registered Mail, Delivery Confirmation, Package Tracking, and Return Receipt). Additional software is needed, expect to pay a service fee of 10%.
3. Manage incoming communications with an internet in-box.
Unified messaging is an emerging trend where all incoming communication (voicemails, e-mails, faxes, pages) is received in one location that is accessible via telephone or the internet. Services such as Onebox.com, ureach.com, and efax.com issue users a personal telephone number. Faxes and voicemails received at this number are forwarded to their e-mail account where all incoming messages can be conveniently viewed in one place. In addition to not having to install a separate fax line or voicemail service, faxes and voicemails retrieved over the internet can in turn can be shared and forwarded to anyone via email.
4. Stay in touch with clients.
Internet mailing lists are an easy way to communicate with your clients or community. Several sites (Onelist.com, egroups.com, topica.com) offer free services to help you start, manage and communicate with large groups of people online. Groups can send and distribute e-mails, schedule meetings, hold discussions, share files and photos, poll members, or even have private group chats on the internet.
5. Broadcast group messages fast.
If you need a mix of different modes of communication to reach your clients, Message Blaster.com's service offers a fast and efficient way to communicate time-sensitive information to large groups. Once the group list is set up, the service can broadcast your message to individuals within the group using their preferred method - e-mail, phone, pager or fax.
6. Automate your direct mail campaign.
Your direct mail marketing efforts can be automated using Eletter.com's web based service. Eletter.com will print postcards, catalogs or letters (based on mail merging your address list and document file), fold, stuff, seal, address, add postage, sort and deliver the entire package to the post office.
7. Store and share documents on the web.
Several web sites (Xdrive.com, Driveway.com, Idrive.com) offer password-protected personal storage space on the Web to organize, edit and share any type of file. This is an easy way to make an offsite or extra copy of important files which can be accessed if you're on the road.
8. Send paperless invitations.
If you're organizing a marketing event, business meeting, or speaking event, services like evite.com, acteva.com, and seeUthere.com can take care of the details. These services send out online invitations, process all RSVPs, and even provide an event web page, directions, weather forecasts and a tally of responses and headcount. Tickets can be purchasedonline and automated reminders sent to attendees prior to the event.
Having trouble remembering important dates and events? iPing.com's Mr.Wakeup service calls your telephone or pager at pre-specified times and can leave user defined messages or the day's latest news. Lifeminders.com will send you an e-mail reminder not only for personal events but also on selected topics (home improvement, parenting, personal finance and pet care).
10. Appreciate clients with an easy gift idea.
Several one-stop web-based services (giftcertificates.com, giftspot.com, giftpoint.com) offer gift certificates from a large selection of stores, hotels, restaurants, spas within the U.S. The recipient can redeem the certificate at any of the stores listed with the service.
Submitted by Kym Wong, who provides support, strategies and solutions to women flying solo in today's fast moving digital world. © 1997 - 99, by Coach U, all rights reserved.