First quarter of 2014 is in the books…

How did you do with your first quarter goals? As we begin the 2nd quarter of 2014, it is important to do a review of your accomplishmentsImage (or lack thereof) in the 1st quarter of the year; are you progressing towards your annual goals?

Historically, I set annual goals at the beginning of the year and like a lot of people I often fell short, even forgetting what my original goals were. Both personal and professional. It becomes too easy to just “wing it”…and at the end of the year you/I am often wondering…where did the time go??

Working at Keller Williams, years ago, I learned the value of setting annual goals broken down into monthly goals and further broken down into weekly goals. . This system, called the 4-1-1 (4 weeks, 1 month, 1 year) is one of the best systems I’ve used for keeping my focus on the big picture – my annual goals.

This year, I’ve added in a quarterly review; businesses (and a lot of schools) operate on quarters and this timeframe just makes sense to me. While this is still short term, it is a bigger chunk of time than the monthly review and gives me a slightly bigger picture of where I am on the road to my ultimate destination – my annual goals. I find it also holds me accountable so I don’t lose track of time and procrastinate thinking “I’ve got 9 months left to accomplish that”. The older I get the quicker time seems to fly by; I’m realizing the value of using this goal review period as a management tool of my time. Let me rephrase that…as a management tool of my LIFE!

You’ve heard it before: Plan – Do – Review – Adjust….repeat…

This would be a REVIEW session:

Don’t forget to WRITE IT ALL DOWN!

  1. Review. Look back at the past 3 months. What did you accomplish? Did you progress toward your goals? What did you do to work towards your goals? What worked and what didn’t?
  2. Evaluate. How can you change things to improve progress? Do you need to bring yourself back on track? Are you happy with your progress and just need to stay the course?
  3. Re-prioritize or verify your priorities.  Make your main focus the MAIN focus for the next 3 months. It’s ok to defer appropriate items to later in the year. Just make sure they are part of your next quarterly review.

Going through this process will help you REFOCUS! Remember – just like your mother used to tell you – you can do anything you want and DECIDE to do! It will require action to make it happen. A goal without action is just a plan. You will never reach your goals without action.

This part is especially true for me: Get out of your own way. Take the actions that are necessary so your dreams can come true! Live with the spirit of YOLO!

YOLO!

-Jan

Begin again…

Begin AgainOk, Ok – I realize I have been neglecting my blog. But today…when I opened the blog and realized I haven’t posted yet this entire year…I was shocked! What in the world??

So…it’s time…with the spirit of yolo…to begin again…

 

Life happens…and it’s never too late…to begin again!

Here we go…

YOLO!

-Jan

Tomorrow…

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Tomorrow…the beginning of a brand new year. You can be anyone you want. Accomplish anything you want. I thought I’d share some thoughts from my own reflection, studying, reading, and planning to guide you:

  • The best day of your life is the day you decide your life is your own. No one to lean on, rely on or blame.
  • Life is about the choices you make. Choose wisely.
  • Live your life on purpose.
  • The gift of life is yours, it is an amazing journey, make the best of it.
  • Every single day matters.
  • Love always.
  • Be authentic.
  • Life is now.
  • You are the hero of your own story.
  • Keep your word.
  • Give back.
  • Be grateful.
  • Live passionately.
  • Mentor someone.
  • Forgive.
  • Be present.
  • Don’t “go” through life, GROW through life!

Begin your new book…tomorrow. It just so happens that THIS tomorrow falls as the FIRST day of the NEW YEAR!

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Have a safe and happy celebration wherever you may be.

Make it a good year!! And remember…

YOLO!

~Jan

Oh the places you’ll go…

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You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own and you know what you know

And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.    ~Dr. Seuss

You guessed it! Goal setting time for the new year….my brains are busy trying to decide where my heart and shoes are steering me. So many options.

YOLO!

Jan

Godspeed, Mr. Mike…

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Our dear friend, Mike McConnell, affectionately “Mr. Mike” to our family, lost his battle with cancer last night. He fought a valiant fight over 4 1/2 years. He and his family handled the diagnosis and ensuing treatments with a grace like I’ve not seen before.

In his last moments he was surrounded by his family whom he loved and adored. He was a believer and we are confident he’s in a better place right now…greeted by those who have passed on before him.

Now we deal with the grief his earthly loss leaves behind. His empty chair.

We love you Mr. Mike and we miss you already. Your spirit will live inside us forever. We will love, pray for, and with, your family to assist them through this transition.

Godspeed.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.            ~Psalm 23:6

YOLO (never has this been more true),

~Jan

#30DOT Project Complete…New Awareness

 

20131201-124722.jpgOn this first day of December, I am spending time reflecting on the #30DOT (30 Days of Thankful) project I engaged in during the month of November. With the Thanksgiving Holiday in November, a time when we Americans typically spend time expressing gratitude for our blessings, it lends itself to the perfect time for a thanks”giving” project.

My Facebook feed had several people engaging in a similar project and more than a handful of naysayers. Without giving attention to the negativity I continued on my path. It is said it takes at least 21 days to create a habit. I can’t imagine anything bad coming from a habit of thankfulness and gratitude. Some days I chose to post my thanksgivings to Facebook and Twitter and other days they were private.

What I DID notice…was a definite increased awareness of the goodness and beauty in my life. I found myself, with this increased awareness, thinking positive thoughts much more frequently. And when the “turkey’s” in my life threatened to pull me down…and yes…I have some in my life, I simply found a moment of awareness and realization that even the negative serves to confirm that I am ALIVE! And then…BAM!! I was hit with thanks”giving” and gratitude once again.

I am thankful I challenged myself with this project. I am thankful I grew during this project. If you’ve never done a similar project I challenge you to try it. Living a life of gratitude and thanksgiving forces me to focus on the positive and that can only be a good thing.

YOLO! -Jan

Thankful…another level…

My husband and I spent the evening with a dear friend who has been battling cancer for 4 years. We talked about things we never dreamed we’d talk about. And yet the house was full of life, unconditional love, happiness and joy. We are not promised another day…he is thankful for each day he wakes up.

That statement alone took my gratitude project this month to a whole new level.

It’s not about the “stuff” I have or don’t have. Life is about the people in my life. It’s about my relationships with those people. It’s about the legacy I leave when my time on earth is done. What do I want people saying about me? Have you ever thought about that?

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Don’t leave important things unsaid. Ever.

YOLO!
Jan

I have been driven to my knees…

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I have been driven many times to my knees, by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.

Abraham Lincoln

It’s been a difficult, emotional day in our household, for a variety of reasons…some involving family, some involving friends and yes, some involving our nation…

Faith. Hope. Love. and Prayer…get us through. To my knees I go…

YOLO,

Jan

Dear Mr. President…(I can no longer stay silent)

This is the letter I just emailed to my elected government “leaders” a few moments ago.

October 8, 2013

President Obama

Vice President Biden

Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Bob Corker

Representative Jim Cooper

Let me say first and foremost that I love my country. I’m proud to be an American. I’m the proud daughter of a Retired US Army Lt. Colonel. I’m the proud sister of a Retired US Army Colonel. I’m the proud wife of an Army Veteran. I’m the proud sister-in-law to two (2) US Navy Veterans. I’m the proud daughter-in-law to a US Air Force Retired Chief Master Sergeant. And that’s just TWO generations…but I’ll stop there.

I’ve been heard to say that my blood runs OD Green…but truthfully, it runs Red, White and Blue.

And I am ASHAMED of how my elected government leaders are treating the families of soldiers who have died serving this great nation. To deny them the timely payment of the death gratuity and paid travel privileges to Dover AFB to receive their son’s and daughter’s remains is just unfathomable to me. I cannot wrap my head around it.

Can you even begin to imagine the pain YOUR decisions are compounding onto these families? No, of course you can’t. I can’t either. But I know one thing, they don’t deserve to be treated this way by their own government.

I recommend a simple solution…voluntarily withhold YOUR pay and pay these families. The money won’t bring their sons or daughters back, but it will allow them to deal with the financial hardships that have been thrust upon them by the death of their child serving this great country.

Stop the senseless arguing and bickering now. Get in a room and fix this. Immediately.

I’ll be praying for each one of you to do the right thing.

May God bless America.

Jan Orga

Nashville, TN

Any of the current government shutdown behaviors or issues creating a burning need in you to voice your opinion? Email the President and other government officials via http://www.emailthepresident.com/

Join me in praying for our country and her leaders.

May God bless America.

Jan

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