Smart goal setting starts with learning not to set yourself up for failure. You can have all the ambition in the world however when your goals are not achievable, or otherwise beyond your reach, you probably won’t reach them. Now you know I believe in reaching for the stars… AND when you are first starting out it is best to aim for some intermediate milestones. You see, the danger in shooting to high when you are just beginning to grow your wings is you may get too discouraged and quite from being a consistent goal setter in the future. Let’s set you up for success now by following the 3 steps below.

1. Focus
The objectives you establish for yourself must be clearly defined and specific in order for you to put together a plan as to how you will accomplish them. Consider your goals a target – you can only hit what you can vividly see.

2.Reachable
It is very important that your first set of goals or milestones be far enough out of your reach to stretch you and yet still within sight. It should be attainable in regards to your particular skill sets and other available resources that may be required. The danger in setting goals that are not reachable is that the disappointment you experience may dissuade you from ever doing so again! Making an accurate and honest assessment of the ‘tools’ and resources you have to work with and how they measure up to what it is you want to achieve should be your first step.

3. Measurable
There must exist a means to determine your progress since if you are not seeing results your frustration levels will rise along with the temptation to quit. This helps you make adjustments, and also keeps you motivated as progress is being made. Remember that along with the ambition you may possess, your motivation is a huge factor in whether you will be successful at achieving what you have set out to accomplish. In addition, a time table needs to be established to help you better measure your progress!

Smart goals setting involves establishing objectives that are not only suitable for your skill sets but measurable as well. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to achieving all your goals!

To your success,

Paul Finck

In this article, I’d like to share a subliminal persuasion technique that is very simple and effective, yet most people overlook its potential.

Are you aware that nothing could be more pleasing to people’s ears than hearing their own name being spoken? It gives them a sense of individuality.  Mentioning their name is also a sign of respect and recognition. The shift is subtle, but very significant. It makes your request more personal and makes the person feel more involved.

If your name is Cathy, which of these statements would you rather hear?  “Cathy, could I borrow this book?” or simply “Could I borrow this book?”

Of course, if your name is mentioned you will feel special. You will feel well liked by the person.  You’re being treated as though you are unique or one-of-a-kind.

That’s why a simple subliminal persuasion technique such as mentioning their name can really spell the difference between influencing a person or not.

To remember a name easily the first time you hear it, associate the name with something familiar and say the name a few times to commit it to memory.

The more you can use someone’s name the more rapport you’ll have with them.  Start using this technique today and you’ll see immediate results!

You know the saddest words you can say are “shoulda, woulda, coulda”.

All those things from our past we replay over and over again in our head. We imagine what we could have done differently, or wish we didn’t do at all. We grow older and we learn new things and have new experiences that change us and change our outlook or viewpoint. With this “new knowledge”, and from the perspective of knowing the outcome or results of our actions, we take a second, third and fourth look at what we would do if we had it to do over again.

The challenge is … it was those exact experiences and results that gave us the insight and “new knowledge” with which we are now examining the world. If you think about it, if we didn’t get to experience all those things, we might not have grown into the same people that we are today.

So, how about living life with no regrets? Getting rid of those negative shoulda, woulda coulda? Though we may be older and wiser, we’re still not exempted from making mistakes. In living life with no regrets, be aware that it is not only fine to make mistakes, it is absolute that you will and I encourage you to do so. If you are not making mistakes chances are you are doing nothing at all.

So from this point forward, live with these motto’s:

*Be grateful for all the things you have now rather than complaining for what you lack. Realize that others wish for that which you now have.

*Follow your own journey. Don’t mind what others want you to follow. It’s your life, not theirs.

*Find fun and happiness with as many people as you can. Every person has a story. By listening to them, you may find insights and lessons in living.

*Have fun, enjoy and laugh as if there’s no tomorrow. A happy energy draws a lot of people!

*Take more risks, and be adventurous. Because you only get to live once!

*Don’t compare yourself to others because others will always have something you don’t and vice versa.

To live life with no regrets, enjoy the journey and don’t be afraid to take on the challenge. Don’t breath new life into the past… it has already had it’s chance. Focus on the Now and the Future.

Our mindset is the one thing that is the determining factor when it comes to being successful in any area of life.  A strong mindset protects against negative thoughts or attitudes from holding you back or making you feel inadequate.  Those kinds of thoughts can and will keep you “stuck” right where you are, preventing you from reaching your fullest potential.  A positive mindset, on the other hand, will put you exactly where you want to be.

The right attitude will open doors of opportunity that have always seemed to be locked.  A positive attitude will lift you up and energize you. It will give you confidence that will show in everything you do.  That can-do attitude will give you that promotion you’ve been wanting for, or let you make that presentation a success.  Maybe you want to start a business but you’re afraid to take that leap. That’s the negative mindset holding you back. You’ll never do anything with those thoughts in control.  You can have your own successful business; there are plenty of successful business owners out there.  They are positive thinkers who don’t dwell on the negative things. That’s not to say they don’t sometimes worry, and yet the positive thinker will always see it through and find a way. Unlike the negative thinker, who would just give up and blame it on their situation, or on society or anything other than themselves. Through their actions they are saying,  it is easier to do that than try to change.  What they find (often too late) is it actually is much harder; Their life challenges continue and it takes a lot of energy to come up with all those excuses, and to explain to everyone why you failed.

Changing your mindset can be as easy as telling yourself you can do it. Tell yourself everyday that you’re good enough and you’re smart enough and you will succeed at the business or dream you have! This is called Self-affirmation, and is a powerful tool for change. You need to lift yourself up and believe in yourself.  Know that you can do anything you set your mind to! Don’t think of it as being boastful or bragging, it’s just that you have to lift yourself up and not wait for someone else to do it for you.  Just do it and be consistent with it. In no time at all, you’ll see a big change in yourself for the better; in your attitude, mood, and confidence levels. You’ll be well on your way to achieving more of the things you want out of life!

Learn how to be more productive and you’ll find yourself buzzing through the day happy, content and accomplished. With the number of distractions that come at you left and right, many find it easier said than done. And it’s doable! It’s just different then what you’re doing now and it works!

In this article I’m going to show you how to be more productive in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Chuck Out The 3 Time Wasters:

Emails, Twitter, and Facebook are three of the most unproductive time wasters you could ever come across.

Check your emails only twice a day (once in the morning and one in the late afternoon), that way you’re not being interrupted every time a new email comes in.

Avoid using Twitter, Facebook, or any other social networking web site during productive work time hours. I know it can be hard to pry yourself away from these addictive past times, and unless you’re being paid to update your status or check how many followers you have accumulated since the last time you logged in, it’s not something that should be taking up your prime time. Even just one tweet can derail your whole schedule, so stick to the no social networking rule during your productive time. You can always go on there once you’ve accomplished the priorities you’ve set out for the day.

And I hear you, “what if I am using social media to network for my business or drive traffic to my website? Isn’t that productive use of my time?” Only when done correctly and purposefully with specific criteria laid out in advance. So my advice, do it right or don’t waste your time.

Step 2: Remember Your Goal:

If you want to learn how to be productive in your life, you must keep your eye on the prize. You can only hit a target you can see. What is the reason you’re doing this or want this? What is your Why? You need to have a motivating factor and see it on a consistent basis. When you do this (and you happen to get off track or find distractions getting in your way of accomplishing what you’re wanting), you can quickly get back on track.

Step 3: Give Yourself A Deadline:

One advice I always give to those who seriously want to know how to be productive in their life is to set a deadline. By doing this, you become consciously aware of your decision to do your tasks efficiently. For tasks that don’t have an obvious deadline (get dinner tonight) or a built in deadline (taxes due), create one. When you do, create a deadline that is reasonable and yet make sure it is a stretch for you. Also, give yourself a reward for a job well done and learn lessons from the instances that you miss your personal deadline.

By learning how to be productive during your day, you’re paving the way to your own success. Your accomplishments today will be worth your weight in gold in the future. Besides, by being productive, you are not only developing your professional skills, you are also preparing yourself to take on bigger projects in the future – which are sure to come!

“Don’t worry, be happy,” so goes the popular song from way back. Indeed, why worry?  Usually, worrying stems from living in the past, trying to prevent future regrets/mistakes from happening again, or even concern with what the future may bring.

For you to stop worrying now, you need to:

1) Stop living in the past:

We’ve all made mistakes, misdemeanors, regrets, follies of our youth, etc. It’s already done and in the past.  There’s nothing you can do about it now.  It’s time to move on. What you can do now is to learn from the experience so you can do it differently next time.

2) Stop worrying about the future:

To stop worrying about the future is to realize that you can’t predict what will happen tomorrow or the day after. Still, it’s important to note that in almost all areas of your life, you are in control of your own life. So stop blaming the outside world for your own woe–like other people, the traffic, the government, the weather, etc.  Believe that in your hands lie the power to choose how to act or think.

3) Choose to be happy:

In order to be happier and less worrisome, just choose to be happy! Too often people think that they need more stuff to make them happier. But actually, it’s so much easier to do it the other way around. When we choose to be happy, then things fall into place. Today, make a list of the things you’re grateful for, or the great things that have happened to you. Yes, it can be all the small things; like the food that you enjoyed, bonding with friends, being healthy, a sincere compliment you received.  There is so much to be grateful for!

This is a life worth enjoying.  So start living, stop worrying, and enjoying your life!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s from the Finck Family. YES – It’s the Christmas season once again. It’s the season to be merry and give gifts.  We have everything done; the decorations set, the presents purchased, gifts wrapped. And speaking of gifts, realize – you give your family, friends, and loved ones gifts in the spirit of this season and yet you may overlook someone else very important in your life – yourself? This holiday season; give yourself something effortless, the gift of being nice to yourself.

Here are some simple things you can do now to treat yourself:

1) Treat yourself to living a healthy lifestyle by watching what you eat. Go easy on the junk food, or removing it completely from your system (better yet).  Eat healthy stuff like fruits and veggies.  Also drink as much water as you can. When you want to treat yourself, you know that your health always comes first.

2) Cheer yourself up — buy some flowers for yourself or treat yourself to a special treat during the day. Yes, you read it right — why wait for other people to buy these items for you? Flowers, for instant, always brighten up any day! Instead of waiting for others to cheer you up, you can have the initiative of having your own quick fix-me-up.

2a) How about the ultimate – enjoy a spa day! Yes, this is the ultimate “me-time” wherein you get to pamper and relax yourself at the hands of the experts.  It doesn’t matter if your male or female we all need to get pampered from time to time.  At the spa, it’s just you, yourself, and well, the masseuse to bring you some rejuvenating glory.

3) Start (or maintain) your daily journal. In your journal, you have the ability to be yourself, uninhibited and revealing. You have the liberty to edit, censor, or disclose all your personal thoughts and feelings, and powerfully track your glorious journey.

At the end of the day, the best Christmas gift you can give yourself is to be nice to yourself all year long.

Enjoy the holidays and Merry Christmas!

Love Paul Finck and Family,

the coaches, and whole team of Mind Games, LLC!

Can you imagine what you could manifest if you had no resistance to your desires? “What?” you say “I don’t have any resistance to what I want. I really, really want it.” Unfortunately, when that is a true statement, you would already have your desires manifested – plain and simple. I’m definitely not saying this to attack you or blame you. I’m simply trying to expand your awareness of this idea. Believe me, I still experience some resistance, too. We all do at some level.

There are a couple basic steps for taking control of your mind’s thoughts that will move you in the right direction. The first step you need to do is become aware of the beliefs that limit your view of yourself or the world, as well as negative thoughts in general. The second step is to replace the limiting beliefs and thoughts with more positive ones. Most people’s challenge is their lack of awareness of unconscious beliefs and patterns of negativity that have ruled their lives for so long. They don’t even realize the existence of them. Imagine that you’re a fish trying to distinguish the nature of water.

Everything is energy, and everything projects an energy signature; your thoughts and feelings project and attract the same wavelength of energy that is sent out. So if you aren’t receiving what you desire, you have resistance in your mind. The reason why you have this resistance is likely an important limiting point in your consciousness that has kept you from being all you can be.

When you wake up, how do you feel? Are you ready to take in the day in its entire splendor? Or, do you think that it’s just another day on the calendar, with problems to solve and activities to get through? How do you end your day? Grouchy? Annoyed? Exhausted? These are the kinds of indicators I’m talking about. How you feel and what you think are the not-so-hidden messages that your brain gives you to tell you where your resistance lies! Pay Attention!

To speed up manifesting, you must be a match to your desires. How do you match what you want? Try this… right now simply imagine how you would feel if you had all your desires fulfilled. How will you feel when your beloved shows up? How will you feel when you’re experiencing great success in your career? Whatever you are thinking, the universe attracts more of it to you. That’s the Law of Attraction in action. Immerse yourself in those daydreams as much as possible and the universe will hear you. Now you’re an energetic match to your desire. In time, your desire will manifest. Take the steps now and watch for the results to occur!

Adventure…

Excitement...

Going After Something Larger than You…

Living Life to it’s Fullest…

No Fear…

No Holding Back…

Just some of the thoughts that run through my mind as I jump into yet another amazing ride… a ride I would love for you to take with me.

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I trust life has been good to you as well. I realized some time has past since we spoke so let me catch you up to speed. As a personal life consultant, trainer, and national speaker, I have been afforded some nice things, enjoyed the company of great people, and traveled the country from coast to coast. Through it all, I have helped hundreds of people and touched thousands… and yet it is not enough.

I know I can touch thousands and inspire millions… however I can not do it alone. It takes us all.

BUT FIRST… we have to get in position to do so… and Oprah is giving us that opportunity. Via the OWN show I have been given the opportunity to have my own TV talk show, however I need to prove we all care first.

So please show your support and lets create the adventure for us all by watching this video and NOW Voting for Paul Finck Today (and everyday to show your dedication).

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Thank you for spending the time to propel us forward. I look forward to making a difference nationwide through this show with your support. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Keep an eye out for new opportunities for everyone coming soon! Stay tuned!

I am going on vacation with the whole clan (Clan is as good a term as any for myself, my wife, my six kids, and more – if you have any suggestions on a better word, please speak up). So as we get ready to journey out together their is a ton of prep work… organizing the trip, buying the tickets, deciding where we are going and what we are doing, packing clothes, shoes, accessories, cameras, sun tan lotion, etc. On top of all that I have my businesses to consider. How am I handling calls and emails while I am gone? Did I take care of any “fires” that have been pending? Did I consider about any possible fires that may erupt while I am gone? What clothes do I need for the trip? What purchases have I been putting off that I now want for the trip?

It is the day before leaving and “all of a sudden” these things become top priority. I must write the list, get efficient, do the items of the list one by one, check them off and double check the list to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and somehow get it all done today NO MATTER WHAT! And I do! Don’t ask me how – but today, the day before vacation, must be – and so it becomes – the most productive day of the week, month and sometimes year.

So why can’t everyday be the day before vacation – the most productive day of the year? It can. Just treat it so. I want you today to act as if you were going on vacation tomorrow. I want you to believe all your errands, choirs, to-dos MUST be cleaned up today because you have no more time the rest of the week – you are going away. Act as if – really believe it to be true – and watch your productivity soar. Clear you desk so there is nothing left to do for tomorrow. Run all your errands because you won’t be here to run them tomorrow. Answer all phone calls even if it is to say no time now lets set an appropriate time and date for next week. Put all those things away that have been sitting out because if you leave them out they might get lost between now and when you get back. Today is the day to do it all.

So what do you do before you go on vacation (or everyday)? Here is a possible check list:

  1. List all the items to be done for the next week
  2. List all the errands that need to be taken care of
  3. List all the calls and emails you have to send or reply to
  4. List all the projects that need to be done
  5. Prioritize all the above lists A-B-C
  6. With your projects – what is the absolute next thing to be done and write that down and prioritize them as A-B-C
  7. Now ONLY do “A” items all day – PERIOD.

Go out and make everyday the day you want to create the life you want and begin to “Design Your Life” on purpose.

Make today the day before Vacation.

All the Power to YOU!

Paul Finck