Revisiting July 2017 Goals

August is here! That means checking in to see if I have fulfilled my July goals. http://positivitychange.com/2017/07/july-2017-monthly-goals/ Below I am revisiting them:

What I have accomplished:

  • Had highlighted and promoted my online products and shop

What I haven’t accomplished:

  • Didn’t run my 31 days of positivity
  • Didn’t experiment with YouTube Live for Positive Change Radio
  • Didn’t debut my new product this month
  • Didn’t increase my subscribers

Why haven’t I accomplished these goals:

  • I didn’t have time. Doing the two Expand Your Personal Brand livestreams, eBay livestreams and other blog-related livestreams, I didn’t have enough energy.

Am I going to take any of these unfinished July goals into August?

I am not running a 31 days of positivity. I have another series that I am running. I may do Positive Change Radio YouTube Live episodes. I don’t see me promoting the product that I wanted in July. I will create a new freebie and email sequence this month to increase my subscribers. More subscribers = more money.

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PositivityChange Post – Issue 40 – Here’s to a Positive Halfway Point

Hey everyone!

This week marks not only the end of June but the first half of 2017. This is a great time to reflect on what accomplishments we’ve made during these first six months. If you are unsatisfied about your progress then you have a whole nother six months to get it right; or, at least start over. Now in June is a perfect time to press the restart button is you don’t feel that you’ve accomplished as much as you want.

As for moi, I have some great news that I wish to share. I have completed one of my 2017 accomplishments by passing the ITIL Foundation certification!  I have been wanting to obtain this certification for nearly one year. I have received some training money so I am grateful about this.

Here are the resources that will help you evaluate and press the reset button (if necessary) during the halfway point

Stacia Pierce of the Huffington Post gives you her 5 tips for pressing the reset button if you feel like you are stuck in your career:

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This Week in PCM : Retraining Your Algorithm

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Algorithm – a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

I have hired a virtual assistant to handle my social media accounts because I admit that this has become overwhelming. I have so many and even with HootSuite, scheduling my own social media has been cumbersome. However, now I am free. There are two benefits in handing over my social media accounts to a professional. One benefit is direct while the other is indirect. Freedom is the direct benefit. Knowledge is the indirect benefit.

Yesterday I had our first weekly follow-up meeting with my virtual assistant. She said that we had to retrain my Facebook business page’s algorithm because I was posting too much. She recommended only posting 2-3 times a day on my Facebook business page else the social media platform would think that I am spamming. Her using the phrase ‘retaining my algorithm’ has gotten me thinking about how to apply this thinking in my personal and professional lives.

‘Retraining the algorithm’ means taking positive action steps towards reshaping your personal and professional lives. Here are my four steps towards retraining your algorithm:

  • Admit what is not working and stop doing it
  • Write down what you want to accomplish with action steps
  • Take action
  • Measure the action

Admit what is not working and stop doing it

First and foremost, be honest. Admit what is not working and stop doing it! You are digging a deeper hole for yourself taxing your energy, emotions and spirit. Using myself as an example, my planning my own social media accounts has drained me. Once I hire the virtual assistant, I am free to pursue other business activities.

Write down what you want to accomplish with action steps

Write down what you want to accomplish. You cannot only hope and fantasize that what’s not working. Devising an action plan is a must because it creates a framework towards getting things done. Moreover, this action plan holds you accountable because you have crafted it yourself. You are taking ownership with an action plan.

Take action!

You must active instead of passive. There are so many people who write action plans yet take no action. Do not be one of them! You must implement your action plan. Remember, every day you take action you are putting the things that haven’t worked for you farther away in your rearview mirror.

Measure the action

Of course, you have to measure your progress. This trips a lot of people up. They have the action plan and are taking action; however, they don’t know how well they are doing or how to build upon the progress that they are currently making. This is where creating metrics come in. It is crucial that you know how well (or bad) you are doing. Measurements give me a tangible way to create a baseline and evaluate yourself. A baseline is essential because it’s a standard. Anything above the baseline is good and anything below it is bad. The baseline also lends towards continuous improvement because you can create additional metrics on becoming better.

These four steps will help you ‘retrain your algorithm’ for greater personal and professional success.

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This Week in PCM: Managing Change for the Remaining 1/3 of the Year

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Today is September 1st, the ninth month of this year. If you haven’t completed what you want to thus far, I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news: 2/3 of this year is gone. Now, the good news: 1/3 of this year is left and you can still accomplish your goals with four months remaining. You can divide your tasks into quarters. September is the 1st quarter. October is the 2nd quarter. November is the 3rd quarter. December 4th quarter. Prioritize your must have tasks by quarters. Next, fast-track and accelerate mandatory tasks during the 1st quarter (September) by doing more than one task at the same time. Fast-tracking would increase risks which is why you would develop a contingency plan to handle any potential bottlenecks. Monitor the fast-track items’ progress with biweekly reporting to determine if you need to reallocate your resources. Finally, create a monitoring schedule for October through December to complete the fast-track tasks before the end of this year. Following these steps will ensure that you can still complete your mandatory tasks in the final third of the year.

This Week in Positive Change Management : Keep Working on 2015, Even Though You’re Planning for 2016

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                Although 2016 is less than 32 days away, there is still time left to complete this year’s goals. You have time to make an indelible mark this year. Do not get tunnel vision simply because you want to trash this year forgetting that it has happened. There is still a little over one month left to salvage this year by completing some of this year’s goals. All is not hopeless. Dig deep, look at what you can accomplish this year and get it together because if you cannot resolve some of your problems this year, they will most certainly be waiting for you when the New Year’s ball drops welcoming in 2016!