Poll: Webinar or in person…which do you prefer?

BY: Joe & Julie Crisara

In the age of online many people find it convenient to do webinars or attend online classes of some sort. On the other hand, many people also enjoy getting out and attending conferences in person, meeting people and networking.

As we gear up for 2016 we want to know which you prefer (if you do). A Webinar online? In person conference? Both? Look forward to having you at our events (online and in person) in the New Year. Here’s the poll, please pick one answer:

Would you rather do a webinar or attend a conference event in person?

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Bonus, here’s an example video from one of our Total Immersion Summit events:

Beyond New Year’s Resolutions & S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Part III Discovering Core Values

BY: Joe Crisara

Beyond New Years Resolutions-Part-IIIValues are who you are.

They are your beliefs, morals and philosophies that serve as guideposts towards the actions you take to achieve the results you desire.

They are your internal reference points for decision-making.

Discovering, refining and understanding your core values is an integral part of business ownership and critical to successful planning and goal attainment.

The exercise below is designed for you to discover your core values as they are right now.

Discover core values through your peak moments in time

Discovering your core values takes place in two parts.

  1. The first is broad level unearthing of values.
  2. The second is condensing and refining these values to 7-10 core value strings.

Part I: Identify three special peak moments when life was especially rewarding or poignant

This is just a “moment” in time, not an entire experience but a snapshot. We are seeking experiences that are particularly rich and fulfilling. For example: closing a big sale, successfully completing a large project or completing a live event.

Ask yourself the following questions regarding each of your peak moments:

  • What was happening?
  • Who was present and what was going on?
  • What were you doing?
  • What other factors contributed to your happiness?
  • What need or desire was fulfilled?
  • How and why did the experience give you meaning?
  • What were the values being honored in these moments?

Write out as many key words/values that you felt in these moments. You will feel certain energy around the words that feel right. It is more valuable if you use your own words to describe your values.

Part II: Condensing and refining your values into strings

Use several words together to form a string describing the value. Grouping similar values together allows you to not have to find the perfect word for whatever value/emotion. For example:

  • Integrity/Honesty/Truth
  • Loving/Caring/Empathy
  • Leadership/Collaborative/Empowerment
  • Place the most significant word at the beginning, such as integrity and leadership above
  • Take your time and create your 7-10 value strings

Values can change over time

These values may take some time to flush out and fully develop but this is a great place to start to visualize and verbalize the core values in your life.

Of note, core values are usually stable, yet they don’t have strict limits or boundaries and can change over time.

For example: what was success to you when you first entered the workforce may be different now as a business owner.

As your definition of success changes, so do your core values, therefore, revisiting and updating your core values is a lifelong exercise.

Up next we start putting your plan together with a very cool vision exercise and goal setting based on your core values.

Listen, if you haven’t done your year end review click here and do that now. Doing your year end review will help you with discovering your core values, planning and goal setting.

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Beyond New Year’s Resolutions & S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Part IV Visioning and Goals

BY: Joe Crisara

Beyond-New-Years-Resolutions-SMART-Goals-Part-IV-Visioning-and-Goals“Clarity precedes mastery” – Robin Sharma

In order to achieve success you must first envision what you want.

Having finished the year end review and discovered/refined your core values, you are now ready to start vividly picturing what you desire in the upcoming year.

From this compelling vision, you have the raw materials to set your goals and put your plan together for an amazing year.

This post will take you through a simple yet powerful visioning exercise and the S.M.A.R.T. goal framework. Continue reading “Beyond New Year’s Resolutions & S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Part IV Visioning and Goals”

Beyond New Year’s Resolutions & S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Part V Achieve Success

BY: Joe Crisara

Beyond-New-Years-Resolutions-SMART-Goals-Part-V-Achieve-SuccessCongratulations!

From the previous posts in this series, you’ve discovered your core values, lined up a vision and set audacious SMART goals for yourself.

Now comes the most fun, yet challenging part of the journey: doing the work and staying on track towards success.

Where “the rubber meets the road” is the true test of your plan. Continue reading “Beyond New Year’s Resolutions & S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Part V Achieve Success”