We are over 3 months into 2021, but how are your actions aligning with your goals?
The tendency is to let motivation and actions decrease as the time since setting a goal increases.
If you are making progress, keep it up! If your traction has waned, let's look at 3 quick tips to get back on track.
Refocus On the Desired Outcome:
It’s normal to feel disappointed or even embarrassed when a goal goes unmet, but don’t let those feelings keep you from restarting. Refocus on your desired outcome of the goal, not just the actions. Get excited about reaching your goal again and create repeatable reminders of your desired outcome to consistently refocus on your why. Whether it's a vision board, writing on your bathroom mirror, or a note on your dashboard - make sure it stays front of mind.
Allow your goal to have time to develop:
'Rome wasn't built in a day' is the old saying. There are very few worthwhile goals...
One thing I know we all have in common is that we all have more than one priority in a day. We can all say we have full schedules and never enough time in a day to complete our to-do lists. I find myself with a list of things to complete and that list...never seems to end. The truth is, the list will NEVER end. It’s all about creating margin and recognizing that saying yes to something will result in a no to something else. We simply cannot do it all, ALL of the time.
Keeping margin in mind, I have learned to say, “No" to things I don't want to do or aren't a high enough priority, and realizing that saying “Yes” to something means “No” to something else. For instance, I know that if I plan on working late, that means I will be missing dinner with my family. I cannot add more time into the day, but I can make conscious decisions about things I add to my to-do list. For me, if it’s not a 'hell yes', then it should be a 'no!'
Margin is the unscheduled time...
The new year has started and most of us have hit the ground running trying to keep up with our plans to make 2021 the best year ever. One of the foundational ways I have learned to tackle my goals is by proactive weekly planning. The book 7 Habits highlights this in Habit #3: “Put the First things First.” If I don't set my calendar around what is most important at the beginning of the week, I get to the end of the week with a few of my top priorities tackled.
Most of us have more to-dos than we have time to accomplish them, and without making time each week to prioritize what should be done first, we end up crossing a lot of things off that don't really end up moving the bar at all. Proactive weekly planning is simply deciding in advance what is most important and what is not, and then locking your calendar to mirror that.
Everyone has their own way, but I start by taking the first day of the week (Sunday) and checking in with myself and the roles I play...
So here we are, we survived 2020! Planning for the future might have been a daunting task last year. We had many unexpected challenges and obstacles to navigate through that tested our health, relationships, careers, and finances. With the new year, we have a chance to press the reset button and begin again on a positive note. Many people focus on new year resolutions and often give up within a few weeks. I find that setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation so that you can make the most of your new year.
I have made a list of 5 areas of your life to focus on for the year 2021 that will help you start strong with a plan in mind. These 5 originated from Zig Ziglar's Wheel of Life.
Being healthy should be part of your overall lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle is more than just loosing weight, which is generally a resolution' ...
As this year comes to an end, I would like to thank you for being a loyal member of The Master’s Lawn Care community.
I just want to start by saying thank you this holiday season. Whether you're a team member, client, vendor, or member of our local community; I just want to show my appreciation for your support of our business and your contribution to what makes our community so great.
It’s so easy to forget how blessed I am to live in North Central Florida. There aren't many places on earth like Gainesville, that within a very short drive I can be at the beach, the gulf, the springs, the university, rural towns, urban cities, and world-renown theme parks.
The best part about living and working in Gainesville isn't the proximity to amenities though - it's the community of people. It's you. Rarely do you find people so bought-in to giving back to the community - whether you're here for a college education or putting...
It has been a long and strenuous year for us all. Many of us have faced new challenges that have changed our lives completely from 9 months ago.
As we move into the holiday where we are reminded of the importance of being thankful, it can be difficult to get into the season when considering how 2020 has gone.
Whether it is tangible or intangible, being thankful for everything we have is all about focus. That focus usually lies in comparison - and focusing on measuring this year to last year leaves me feeling many things - but thankful is not one of them.
However, changing our focus can absolutely change our mentality.
Although it has been a tough year, we thankfully have not seen the level of hysteria many experts predicted. Switching my measuring stick to those predictions - virally and economically - helps me stay appreciative.
Changing my focus to the positive side effects that have come from this year also helps. This year has reminded me...
In the past several months, we've had some interesting events in the world, and more specifically even, in our corner of it. We won't list them one-by-one, as we all know several that have made 2020 a year for the record books. In each of these unique challenges there has been a mixture of fear, stress, and panic that has gripped me - for my family, my health, my team, my friends, my business, my church, my community, and my country. I wonder how much less stressful these situations would have been if, instead of looking at the negatives and reacting with fear, I could have looked at things in a different way.
I speak with our team often about one of our core values, which is having an "Attitude of Optimism." One example is weather, of which can be brutal on our team in a lot of different ways. Hot and dry weather causes dehydration for the team, drought stress in the lawn, and a higher liklehood for chinch bugs. On the other hand consistent rain...
Rusty Thompson of The Master's Lawn Care vists the WHOA! GNV Podcast and shares how he keeps this labor-intensive business fresh and qualifies team members to ensure a terrific service!
5:30 - Rusty, tell us your story.
9:51 - Is The Master’s Lawn Care a franchise?
10:47 - What has been the biggest whoa factor in your business career?
13:02 - What got you interested in the lawn care business in the first place?
14:35 - Talk to us about the competition in the market?
17:00 - What is one thing you have experienced that you never thought would happen?
18:16 - Has more sales meant more profit for you?
22:09 - Does the team get paid per job?
23:06 - What is your quality control system?
25:09 - How often do you check each truck’s GPS on your crew?
29:29 - Have you experienced a spike with COVID?
33:03 - Did you have any clients cancel?
34:05 - Did the cost of the job change because of the virus?...
It’s been two months since our community started experiencing the disarray brought on by COVID-19. I know that for many of us, including some of the most vulnerable in our community, what we knew as normal still feels quite distant. And then for some of us, life is slowly settling in to some new sense of normalcy.
As we continue on this path towards normalcy, I have been reflecting a bit. It’s been a challenge, and one that we are still battling with, but I am encouraged by the many positives that I have seen and the lessons we can take from this experience.
Today, I wanted to share four of these takeaways with you.
Global Connection. Before this, I believed a pandemic was a thing that happened in distant times, faraway places, or in sci-fi movies. I have been humbled in seeing how something like this can effect so many lives across the world as we all weather the same storm. The speed that this pandemic moved across the globe has been...
When you've had enough of news, projections, stress, and worry; turning down the noise and turning up the music can be just what's in order.
This week we've put together a list of the songs that make our team smile. This list features a broad range of music, reflecting our diverse team, with a little something for everyone.
I've enjoyed listening to their choices and hope this might inspire you to put together a playlist including favorites from your friends and family as well! Here they are in no particular order:
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen - This selection by James will get just about any room singing along!
- Love on Top by Beyonce - This song I learned was the recessional song at Bren's wedding.
- Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson - This song of praise was chosen by Mike McGuire in our irrigation department. It's a song of peace, and trusting in God in those moments when we are in ...