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Plan to take action now!5/18/13
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Just being in motion will never get you to your Big. To do that, you need to be sure you're doing the right things, in the right order, for the right reasons.

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Today I did something I've been threatening to do for years: I took an archery lesson.


I purchased my electric-blue bow (no camouflage for me) several years ago, got a book on archery, and practiced on my own, since there was no place to get instruction near our house.  I was okay at it, but I got away from the practice. Then I unearthed all my equipment after our move AND found an indoor archery lane less than a mile from our new home.  Obviously, this was a sign to get back to shooting.


So I made an appointment with Laurie to get some actual professional instruction, then started kicking up my upper-body yoga work so I'd be strong enough to draw the bowstring.


As it turns out, I didn't do enough yoga.  Laurie had to crank down the weight on the bow a couple of times so that I could draw it without ripping my arm muscles to shreds.  Bummer.


Even with the reduced weight, I wasn't sure I'd be able to get through all 12 of my arrows, but I just kept shooting.  Not only did I end up with a remarkably tight grouping on the target, but I got a really nice surprise with my very last shot.


On the way home I realized how readily this whole shooting experience translates to business success:

  1. Set a deadline for your important goals.
  2. Be willing to do the important preparation.
  3. Be gutsy enough to ask for help.
  4. Persist.
  5. Remember that discomfort is not the end of the world. 
  6. Celebrate achievement.

When you're ready to get more on target with your big goals, take advantage of the following tools. 

Tip of the Week
Looking good is less important than getting good results.

As I headed in to my archery lesson, it definitely crossed my mind that I'd end up looking like a wuss if I found I could no longer draw my  bow.  As it turned out, being unable to draw the bow is exactly what did happen, but the only one that mattered to was me; to Laurie, it was nothing she hadn't seen scores of times already.

In the long run, not looking good in front of the instructor was of no importance compared to getting feedback that would allow me to shoot more accurately.
A Really Good Resource

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If you're looking for a way to focus your energies on important targets of any sort, you'll find really intriguing tools in The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing.
This wonderful resource by Esther and Jerry Hicks shows you how to identify what you want and how to do what it takes to have it show up in your life.  It's not a magic pill, by any means.  It is, however, a great way to start thinking and acting more consciously and from a place of greater personal power. 
How's This for Success?   


Okay, I've just gotta share this.


What you see here is my very last arrow of the day, and the reason the picture looks funky is not just because I'm a lousy picture-taker; it's because my last arrow split one of the ones already in the target.


I didn't know what the nasty noise was until my instructor looked at me said, "You Robin Hooded your last arrow!"


What a really neat reward for going on despite the trembling arm muscles and snapping the bowstring against my forearm one time!  I now have a permanent reminder - which will be hung in a place of honor in my office - of the rewards that come from pushing through discomfort.   


By the way, many thanks to Laurie at Affinity Archery in Cedar Rapids for her help! 

Thanks to my friend Flickr.


Here are this week's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Stepping Into Big
hamster on her wheel by Heindraus
light bulb by aloshbennett
The Bottom Line

How are you doing at hitting the bulls-eye going?  Are you dealing with so many distractions that it's hard to keep your eye on the goal?  Do you find yourself sacrificing results for comfort?

Maybe I can help.  My specialty is showing you how to clear away the non-essential stuff, creating action plans for the crucial stuff, AND holding you accountable for implementing those action plans. 

If that sounds like something that could keep your head from exploding, call or e-mail me to set up a let's-see-what-we-see, get-acquainted call. 

Wishing you joy on your journey into Big...

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