A purposeful intention in goal planning is strategically the fundamental aspect of creating and accomplishing a goal.
Your intention is the foundation for accomplishment and coupled with ethics has everything to do with your happiness and success in life and business.
There is plenty to be said for goal planning, having bench marks and breaking it down into what action is most relevant to take in the moment to produce the maximum result in the least amount of time.
I have experienced working with people who spent hours on goal planning, had all the strategies in the world, but were unethical and disrespectful toward people, broke promises with feigned apologies, exaggerated, tried to undermine the competition and in the process undermined their success.
Do you understand that life is shaped by your intention, you are known by your actions and having a reputation for being a person of integrity is one of the most valuable assets you could possess?!
I promise if you begin to observe in your life the distinctions I am making you will be more effective in life and business. It only takes a willingness to observe yourself and make corrections as you go. Being ethical is an inside job that is for you and about you and no one knows you better than you. If you are honest with yourself, you know when you could have done better or you missed the mark.
Having control over causing your life is a moment by moment creation. You are important and make a valuable contribution to the people in the world around you. Only you can decide to make it better than it already is and I know you want to give your best. And, if for any reason you feel like you don’t want to give your best, I imagine someone is knocking the wind out of your sails.
When one has an ethical intention to produce a result and takes relevant actions to accomplish the result one can experience challenging twists and turns, surprises, people who are more than willing to defeat the intention, people who are interested, people who are in agreement, people who actually help accomplish the intention and “wins” that make one want to jump up and down with joy.
Life is simple. Business is simple. The moment life or business becomes complex look for a lie.
Here’s a link if you want to define “lie” and how it could apply here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie
A “lie” is distinct from life or business appearing to be complex because one lacks relevant knowledge and workable solutions to move forward. As a Life Coach it is my role to help a person maximize on goal planning and strengthen fundamental ways of being through perspective and workable solutions so a person can keep it simple in producing results, be at cause and have fun.
Beware of the people who spread bad news, diminish your creative genius or value, gossip, produce results in a manner that is forceful, unethical or disrespectful, don’t deliver on what they promised or make jokes at the expense of another.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of friend for your friends.” ~ Mark Twain
Unethical people can cash in on a naïve person because the person does not know what they do not know and can be swindled into taking an action that is really not in their best interest.
There are people in life with honorable intentions toward serving humanity, treat people with kindness, affinity, respect and keep their promises. On the other hand, there are people who have an intention to produce results at the expense of another. They use force that can be seductive, overwhelming, mean-spirited, appearing to care while driving a knife in your back or people who make promises, take your money and then have to be chased down to deliver what they promised in the first place.
Can you agree that when a person has to be unethical to produce results something is just not right?
Do you imagine your life will turn out the way you envision if you have unethical people around you?
In 1980, it became apparent to me that the purpose of my life was to serve people in having the mindset and workable solutions to take relevant actions to accomplish goals, be more successful and happier.
At this time I did not fully realize my value and had just begun Life Coaching. I didn’t even think of myself as a Life Coach, I imagined I was on this earth to do God’s work and began to inquire into the meaning of who God was and what He wanted for me. Religion was fine, but I was interested in knowing what God had in mind with regard to creativity and individual responsibility on a spiritual level?!
I honor and respect that it is the divine right of a person to choose what religion serves them. I just had to get it straight from God, so I decided to ask God, Himself. No Bible, no books, no opinions, no beliefs; only me and God, having a conversation about the nature of what it means to be a spiritual being in a human experience and knowing myself through God, for God and with God.
Another way of describing God could be “innate intelligence” or “divine guidance”. Call it what you may.
“It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
I thought, “If a person wrote a religious scripture and the perspective was inspired through God then why do people fight over religious points of view?” I could not wrap my head around God intending war and fighting. If the truth were being told and two people were interacting with each other from the point of view of honor and respect, then what was there to fight about, unless there is an undetected person in the background provoking the fight in the first place?! So, you’ve got to get trust established and nurture it through honest communication in any relationship.
The inquiry with God opened up a whole new life for me.
I began to consciously be observant of whether or not I was causing myself to:
- Interact with others as if they were just as important as God.
- Care about others in the manner that I imagine God cares about me.
- Ask God what He would do if He were me.
- Treat others the way I wanted to be treated.
- Only competing with my last performance, rather than competing with another.
- Be more tolerant of another’s beliefs, rather than judging them because they’re not like me.
- Be honest and seek to live in the truth.
- Disengage from gossip.
- Listening to another, rather than interrupting them or be concerned about what to say next.
- Extending kindness toward another.
- Understand relationships are a co-creation.
- Honor the religious beliefs of others.
- Acknowledging the creative genius in others.
- Allowing others to act out of their own self-determinism.
- Listen and speak to forward the relevance of the agenda at hand.
- Being respectful of keeping promises and ethically negotiating when changes had to be made.
- Never questioning a person’s commitment, but rather finding out what they are committed to.
- Intending people were happier and more able from having interacted with me.
- Have a mentor that I trusted to bounce ideas off of and keep myself on track.
I began to look for the creative genius in people and help them recognize their strengths so that they could maximize on their creative abilities. In life or business, we are interacting with people who have amazing abilities and most people are committed to bettering themselves.
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
I had already produced unprecedented results in business, but I was too naïve to realize that everyone else wasn’t. Like finishing a job in half the time it took other people and having my boss tell me it was impossible. How would I know it was impossible? All I knew was what I had done. As it turned out it was not impossible. My wonderful boss apologized and gave me more responsibilities, as requested. And, I wondered what on earth the persons before me were doing that it took them a whole day to do what I just did by noon. I was taking one action after another and not rushing, so it didn’t make sense.
Possibly it’s has something to do with causing the flow of life rather than being pulled along by the flow of life, or at the effect of the flow of life. And, it certainly has something to do with being present in the moment and not all tied up in the past or keeping the “to-do” list in my head. I kept my head clear and simply produced results while being respectful of others. The truth is simple.
In business I observed colleagues pressure or manipulate customers to buy a product. Sometimes the pressure was easy to see, like getting in someone’s face, making the customer wrong or screaming at them. I observed the subtle belittling of the customer, or threatening the customer with loss of dignity or friendship if they did not sign on the dotted line. Or, there are these slick types who have a list of techniques and are never really listening to what is important to the customer. You get the point?!
On the other hand, in a kind and loving manner, I would ask a person if they would be willing to talk to me, I would ask questions to find out what a person wanted and needed and I would listen to their answers, in response I would ask questions so a person could see for themselves what would forward the relevance of accomplishing their desired results and the person made a self-determined choice.
When a person originates a choice they embrace it as their own, they are at cause, rather than being at the effect of just having been “sold” by someone else.
I knew what I had to offer was a person’s dream come true, so it didn’t make any difference if they said “No” in the moment because in the next moment, or in their time, they would say “Yes”.
Then, it got revealed I was nationally the #1 producer in a worldwide organization and I accomplished unprecedented results that broke industry standards in several departments.
What do you think set me apart?
I began to wonder about this myself. I had been so busy helping people experience their creative genius that I didn’t see I was bringing something to the table that set me apart from other people.
Every person has the ability to do what I did, but it takes courage to be who you are, ethically lead, be willing to be wrong, put in the correction and create a life spiritually designed to know yourself.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yes, you have to organize yourself around productivity, keep your promises, cultivate relationships, manage time, eat properly, get enough sleep, exercise, drink water, etc. There’s stuff to manage. That you have pure intentions, a good heart and you are willing to learn and better yourself as you go along in life is at the heart of the matter. You are the magic.
All I did was love people, listen and help them to accomplish their goals. There is a strategy to all of this, but if you just be present in the moment, listen and respond in a manner that is going to forward the relevance of the agenda at hand it can be simple. Organize around productivity, write stuff down and keep your mind clear so you can see the creative ideas that will be revealed. You are a creative genius!
A really big one is “trust your intuition”. I worked in a company where the owner was adamant about calling the people in New York before noon PST, go to lunch from noon to 1 and then call the west coast. I found this point of view odd. I cannot tell you how many times I made sales in New York at lunch time and after noon. I trusted my intuition and called people when I felt like it. Successful people often work at their desk during lunchtime because they’re creating and leaving the office could break their stride. A creative genius is in a momentum and not governed by a clock, even though they manage time.
When I departed from this particular company, the results of three people combined did not match my results. I’m not bragging about myself here, I am making the point about the value of intention, being in communication, creating honest and respectful relationships, trusting your intuition, organizing around productivity and serving people.
Anyone can produce unprecedented results with the proper perspective and workable tools. ANYONE!
One thing that differentiated me from my colleagues was that most of my colleagues had their attention on producing the result or making the sale, and I had my attention on serving a person to have what they wanted and needed to accomplish their goals, which would in turn produced the result.
Have you ever heard, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”?
Are you able to discern in a person whether or not they care about what is important to you vs. a person that is committed to selling you what they want you to buy, appearing to care about you and who will say anything to get you to purchase their product?
I perceive this behavior as unethical in life or business. Yet, it happens every day in the normal course of affairs. Look around. Do you see it? If you recognize this in yourself, you literally have creative control to shift your way of being. It’s simple if you are willing to learn a new perspective, use workable solutions, observe yourself and make adjustments for the better along the way.
You’ve heard a million times that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Right?!
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