Tag Archives: success

Get Real: Do you procrastinate?

22 Jun

Let’s talk procrastination. Let’s get real.

sxc.hu

Lately the topic around here has been about getting things done and making things happen. I’m inspired by recent conversations with others who are finishing degrees, organizing big-thinking conferences, expanding their organizations nation wide, training for marathons or raising their children to be bilingual . Goals were set, plans were made, action was taken and serious projects are being completed!

What about those that talk and talk about projects but can’t seem to pull the trigger? They are too busy … overwhelmed … waiting for the right moment and circumstances. Or are they just putting it off until tomorrow? It may appear that they have all the time in the world and tomorrow is always a better day to get started.

What is the difference between the two groups? One major difference could be procrastination.

Procrastinate (verb) – to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.*

The cycle of procrastination kinda goes like this …

I’ll get to this soon. It’s not due tomorrow.

I should at least start but I’ve got so many other things to do right now.

Once I get A, B, and C done, I’ll take a break and then get started. At least I have a plan now.

OMG another late night! I will NEVER do this again. Next time, I’ll start early and do a little a time. 

And then it begins again next time.

How do I know? Because I do it too. Procrastinating isn’t free you know. It has cost me potential jobs, missing details, making mistakes, more time because I made a mistake and have to start over and credibility – that’s the hardest to ever get back. Doesn’t sound fun does it?

I have too many important projects going on to get not stay in action or stay focused. At the beginning of the year there is a lot of information about starting the year off right. I revisited an article from Being Latino, an online Latino lifestyle magazine,  Start Now!! Guidance for procrastinators. (read the full article for details)

From that article, here are Luna Garcia’s four steps to start now:

  • Check your motives.
  • Take back control.
  • Stop self sabotage.
  • Punish/reward yourself.

It may not be the beginning of the year but it’s the beginning of the last 6 months of the year. Have you revisited your goals for this year? What are you putting off for tomorrow that you could do today?

post 22 of 35 …

*Source: Dictionary.com

Advertisements

Do It Anyway!

21 Jun

As part of a fabulous Twitter party last night about Latina Leadership, one question that was asked was:

Being Latina and being a woman, makes it challenging to be a leader. What should we do?

My answer: DO IT ANYWAY!

photo from sxc.hu/biewoef

Then, I had to look at my own life and see what I wasn’t doing anyway. I already knew the answer because I had been trying to see ‘around’ it for a while. I want to go to grad school. It is a huge goal, one that is hard-to-imagine-it-really-happening goal, you know the kind that makes you want to throw up! Yep, that’s when you know it’s a good goal. I don’t even want to blog about it because … ay Dios, … what if I don’t do it?! You all will know.

I’m taking my own advice and I am going to do it anyway. Well, I’m beginning the process anyway. (Don’t worry, many blog posts to come about my grad school journey.)

Mujeres, okay, hombres también, you know how easy it is to give advice to others than to take it for yourself? Well, I asked myself, “what if my best amiga said she wanted to accomplish an I-wanna-throw-up goal?”

Here’s what I would tell her:

DECIDE. – what it is you want and then, decide to start.

BE DETERMINED. – distractions will appear butAND stay determined.

DEDICATE. – yourself to your goal, dedicate yourself to you!

Courage is fear that said it’s prayers. -unknown

Thank you to New Latina (@NEWLATIINA) and National Hispana Leadership Institute (@NHLI)  for hosting the Twitter Party. Bicultural Mom‘s website has a list of all the co-hosts of the chat #latinaleadership. Thanks Chantilly, (@MFAMMAG)!

post 21 of 35 …

10 Principles for a Great Leader

18 Jun

I have spent countless hours in leadeship seminars (mostly when I was in direct sales). I have read books and watched movies about leadership. And I have been extremely blessed to work with some awesome leaders! I want to share 10 principles that seem to be a common thread when anyone discusses leadership. I recognize these principles in community leaders and business owners that I admire.  Do you recognize any of them in yourself?

GREAT LEADERS …

1. LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

Take responsibility for your actions and put in your time. People respond well to leaders who lead effectively because they understand where their followers are right now. And they listen.

2. ARE BIG THINKERS.

Allow yourself to dream. Imagine any and every great possibility for yourself, your business, your project, etc. Don’t forget to write it down.

3. USE OBSTACLES AS STEPPING STONES.

Don’t deal with the same problem over and over. Deal with it. Accept the truth.

4. CREATE A GREAT CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE.

It has been said time and time again: You are like the 5 people with whom you spend the most time. Who is in your circle?

5. TREAT OTHERS AS THEY WANT TO BE TREATED.

Put good things in the lives of others. Say Thank You.

6. SEE GREAT POTENTIAL IN OTHERS.

Praise others to success. You may be the only person telling them that they are doing a great job.

7. KNOW THAT FAITH IS BIGGER THAN FACT.

Having faith doesn’t mean disregarding facts. Acknowledge the facts and still believe in the vision even when facts don’t line up. Refer to 2 Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

8. AREN’T AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP.

Not knowing how to do everything is okay. Find the experts that know what you don’t and work with them.

9. GET BACK UP WHEN THEY FALL DOWN.

Champions don’t always win but they always finish the race. Be happy to fail. It means that you are doing something, not standing in the corner doing nothing.

10. HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE.

A great community leader I met today said, “I create my own reality and then live it.”

 

post 18 of 35 …

%d bloggers like this: