As you may have heard, 2013 was a BIG year for the Alliance. In the past year, we’ve grown stronger and more successful than ever before and we’re going to make 2014 even more EPIC. But in order to gain success as a team, we have to grow stronger as individuals. Below we’ve listed some steps you can take to achieve new heights in 2014.
Reward yourself for your achievements.
You’ve made some strides that are worth celebrating, so make a list of all of the goals and achievements you reached in 2013. Celebrate your wins and take note of what you learned from your mistakes and what actions helped you become more successful. If you had a rough year, figure out what isn’t working and dedicate yourself to making changes for the better this year. If you had a great year, figure out what actions and resources helped you to become successful and use those as tools to become even more successful next year. Enter the New Year with confidence that you can do anything if you set your mind to it!
Now that you’ve got your list of achievements from the past year, make a new list of goals you want to achieve this year. Try to think of bigger and better goals for yourself in 2014. It’s hard to get anywhere if you don’t know your destination, so “hammer down” and set solid goals that you know you want bad enough to work to achieve them. Keep these goals with you all the time and make sure that you’re always working to achieve them. If goal setting is something that you struggle with, consider signing up for The Albright Challenge; it’s a great tool to help you stay on track and achieve your goals.
Keep track of your progress.
Make the commitment to look back at your goal list once a day or once a week to evaluate how far you’ve come and how much further you have to go. If you think that you could work harder, do it. If you think your goals aren’t challenging enough, set the bar a little higher. If you think your initial goals are a little too ambitious, take note of it and work to get as far as you can. The key is to stay committed to your goals and stay positive, even when things get tough.
Here at National Agents Alliance, we want to help all of our agents and staff members reach their full potential. That’s why we offer so many resources to help you out! If you ever feel like you need a little more training, or a little more encouragement, check out our list of resources available to you and make sure to take advantage of all of them (many are free!). Get fired up for 2014 because the Alliance is going to make this year’s goals BIGGER and better!
And don’t forget – National Convention 2014 (NatCon14) is coming up next week from January 10th to the 12th! Ticket prices will go up at the door, so make sure you get yours now at www.allianceeventures.com!
Ship could be defined by any challenge that comes in and out of your life. What is holding you back from being great? What is holding you back from being successful? Stop waiting for your troubles to disappear. Procrastinating is never productive; it wastes time and energy that you could be using elsewhere.
There’s no perfect definition of ‘ship’. Your ship and my ship could mean two opposite things, but the end result should be the same. Clarity. Positivity. Self-growth.
The Alliance wants you to think about what in your life you can do better at. Change your approach.
Here are a few steps you can take to help ‘Get Your Ship Together’:
- Stop wasting time doing unnecessary activities. Think about the 4 Quadrants Andy Albright is has discussed on The Wednesday Call. What is important? What is NOT important? What can wait and what has to be done now!
- Get a plan, make a checklist and stick to it. Don’t get sidetracked!
- Build your confidence. Jot down 10 strengths you have now and how you can use them to your advantage.
By understanding what in life you need to change, it opens the doors to many opportunities. Figure it out! Your future is out there!
Ever seem like your days get shorter and shorter and your to-do list gets longer and longer? Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete half of the tasks you’ve set out to do. Maybe you have 10 appointments you need to schedule, but the day got away from you between getting the kids to school, running errands and doing yard work. Your time seems to run low as your days are filled with minor, time-consuming tasks.
There comes a point when you have to prioritize what is important, what is urgent, what is unimportant and what is not urgent. There are some things that are important but not urgent, like getting lunch with a friend. It is important to maintain the relationship and allow it to grow, but lunch with a friend is less urgent than putting out a fire in the kitchen (urgent and important). There are other things that are urgent but not very important in the grand scheme of things, and there are also things that are simply just not urgent or important, like watching TV or playing video games.
While most of these things are fairly enjoyable, it’s important to prioritize and add value to your time. If your days are so consumed with answering insignificant emails, watching TV and goofing off with friends, you will not be able to grow at work. You have to organize your days so that you get the appointments scheduled first, and then you can use the rest of your time for other things.
If you want to accomplish more on a daily basis, you have to be dedicated to weeding out the unnecessary ways you spend your time. If you want to grow at work and earn a higher role and salary, you have to maximize your potential by spending your time on things that are important and will help you grow.
What’s the first step to maximizing your time? Evaluate your life as it stands. Draw the graph pictured and map out your regular activities, categorizing them within the quadrants (be honest). If you watch TV for five hours every night, consider the true value of TV – what does it add to your life and how do you benefit from spending your time that way? What could you be doing with that time instead?
After you have categorized your activities based on their urgency and importance, you will have a better idea of how and where you are wasting valuable time. Once you have your graph completed, choose certain activities to eliminate or spend less time on, and find more urgent and important activities to spend that time on. Set goals and work toward them, and you will see yourself growing and improving before you know it!
People are quick to look at those who are succeeding and ask this question. The problem is, most people don’t like the answer: “You have to work for it.”
Success does not come easy. Leaders work long and hard for their success, but to some, their efforts seem small and their success seems large. The result? A lot of unmotivated people whining about how they want to succeed, but are making no moves to improve the quality of their lives or their work.
With technology, so many things are available at our fingertips. While this is incredibly convenient, it would be easy to argue that people are now more accustomed to simply getting what they want, instead of having to work for it. That said, there seems to be a disconnect between the ideas of success and hard work for the average American.
Desiring success is a natural feeling. Most people want to succeed, to be liked and to make money. What separates leaders from “most people,” however, is the determination it takes to actually succeed. If succeeding was as easy as many think it is, everyone would succeed. The truth is, it takes a lot of hard work to grow and succeed.
Although the number of followers greatly outweighs the number of leaders in our society, the gap doesn’t have to be as wide as it is. New leaders are rising up and succeeding each day, because they are realizing that they have what it takes to lead and succeed. Everyone has the ability to lead, but not everyone maximizes that ability or their potential for greatness.
Once you have accepted the fact that success is not easy, and have vowed to work hard to get where you want to be, you have already completed one of the most essential steps to becoming a leader. We’re sharing a few tips to get you started on your road to leadership. Success is within your reach, you just have to be willing to work to get there!
Tips for Success:
Set goals- If you don’t set goals for yourself, you will never reach them! You have to set goals and be determined to achieve them. Only you hold the key to your success, so you have to determine the meaning of success in your life, and set goals that will bring you closer to success. Stick with them, and you will see your progress grow exponentially!
Read books- In order to grow and succeed, it is imperative that you continue to learn as you go. Reading success stories from others who have succeeded can provide a great deal of inspiration for your journey. You can always learn more about your field – if you want to learn more about the products you are selling, get your hands on the recommended material, read and take notes. The better you understand your products, the better you will be at selling them. Every small improvement adds up to make a big difference.
Surround yourself with leaders- If you have access to people who inspire you, make it a point to be around them! This could be a leader in your company, church or personal life. Think of someone you’d like to be like. How do you want others to see you? Make it your goal to be the ideal you. Make it your goal to surround yourself with people you want to be like, notice how they act and what they do, and then try to apply those things to your life. Most leaders are successful for a reason, and more than likely, there is plenty to be learned from them! This is a simple step, but it is extremely powerful and essential to your success.