Resources for Thinking, Planning, and Being Amazing

As 2010 comes to an end, it’s impossible to not think about 2011 and wonder what the new year will bring. I will challenge you to believe that 2011 will bring to you whatever you focus on, plan for, and work toward.

And while I believe in the law of abundance, I don’t believe you can just wish things to come true. As we all know that requires pixie dust, which is really hard to come by. Which means you need some goals, you need a plan, and you need some discipline to follow through. 

At this point, your “duh” meter is probably hitting the red zone. It sounds so obvious and simple. So does eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Yet I’m still a few pounds on the heavy side, how about you?

So in the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share with you some resources that have really helped me and my business in our quest to adapt, create, and grow closer to the business we really want to be when we grow up. 

Oh, and in case you were wondering: I don’t make a dime if you spend money on these resources. These are just resources I really, really like (yeah, Oprah, I’ve got my own “favorite things”). That said, if using them makes you an extra million or two in 2011, you can send me a Starbucks gift card as a thank you. 😉

To help you design an amazing 2011, check out Darren Hardy’s very cool workbook: Design Your Best Year Ever

To help you get organized maybe better than ever: read Getting Things Done by David Allen

To inspire yourself every month to be your best: subscribe to Success Magazine.

To get your financial ducks in a row (i.e., get your butt out of debt, and your business, too): read Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and/or attend Financial Peace University at a Church near you.

To learn how to run and grow your business with a solid, simple system: check out EOS. You can get the overview of the system in the book, Traction. If you really want to know more, check out the upcoming Get A Grip on Your Business workshop featured below.

Finally, a few suggestions that will help you in any year:

  • Read at least a book a month in topics that teach you, inspire you, and challenge you to grow.
  • Attend at least 2 workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences related to your industry or discipline.
  • “Coffee Up”: invite people you admire to join you for a cup of coffee throughout the year. Ask them a lot of questions.

There are many, many, many more resources you can tap into, however there’s only one other essential tool you will absolutely, positively need in the coming year: it’s called hard work…on yourself.

Remember that recession is always followed by expansion, and the expansion is usually a lot bigger than the recession was. If we want to take full advantage of the coming opportunities, we’d better make sure we’re ready. Now is the time to start becoming who we need to be to rock the world in 2011 and beyond.

So, what resources would YOU recommend to help us all be more amazing? Leave a comment!


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