Free Workshop: How to Avoid These 15 Business Mistakes and Triple Your Sales!

Free Workshop: How to Avoid These 15 Business Mistakes and Triple Your Sales!

Want to learn how to shorten your sales cycle? Want to triple your sales in the next 25 days? Want to be branded as the expert in your field? Then we have the FREE workshop for you! Ed Sykes will be your facilitator for this innovative, high content workshop, How to Eliminate Fifteen Actions That is Driving Potential Customers Away From Your Business NOW!. He will share the secrets to growing your business now!

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Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Gave the Most

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Memorial Day:  Remembering Those Who Gave the Most

While we are enjoying time with our family and friends on this special day, please take the time to remember and appreciate the sacrifice made for our country on this Memorial Day.

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Presentation Skills Training Event!

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Presentation Skills Training Event!

Want to create a powerful presentation in a matter of minutes?  Want to deliver the unshakeable confidence to give a presentation in any situation?  Want to learn how to give a presentation that engages your audience? Want to take your presentation skills to the next level?

Then join us now for our upcoming FREE Presentation Skills Training Event, Five Secrets to Creating and Giving Powerful Presentations that WOW Your Audience (In 30 Minutes or Less)!, on June 1st at 12 Noon EST.

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Goal Setting for Changing Times: Seven Steps to Achieving Your Dreams

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Goal Setting for Changing Times: Seven Steps to Achieving Your Dreams

goal setting, focus, setting goals, goals, Ed Sykes, successGoal setting is an important tool for our success in life.  Have you noticed that you’ve experienced much change over the past year, months, weeks, and even days? Your situation may have changed due to the challenges presented by these changing times, and you may ask yourself if you have achieved your goals of the past year.  How do we go about starting our goal-setting activity with all of this change happening around us?

The following seven goal-setting steps will help you successfully implement your goal-setting and achieve your dreams in the future in these changing times:

  1. Successful Goal Setting Requires Thinking About Your Goals – You are told how to think and what to think about each and every day.  From when we get up in the morning until we go to sleep at night, television, radio, personal computer, family, friends, managers, and colleagues tell us how to think, feel, and act.

Invest time fifteen minutes to an hour to think.  Turn off all the external distractions, go to a quiet place (home, park, etc.), and think about your goals and how you want to accomplish them.  Think about how you will feel when accomplishing them.

Your goal-setting thinking session should also include how you will benefit from these changing times.  What special skills do you have or need to acquire to take advantage of these changing times?

  1. Successful Goal Setting Requires Writing Your Goals – Nothing happens in goal setting unless you write your goals and put these goals on paper.  Put a pen to paper and you are ahead of all ninety-five percent of other people because they do not write down their goals and then wonder why they are unhappy in their business, their career, and their life.  Take the time to write down your goals.  It doesn’t need to be perfect the first time; successful goal setting is an ongoing process that will change as you accomplish your goals.
  2. Successful Goal Setting Requires Shorter Time Periods -Break the length for your goals into shortened time periods.  This allows you adjust as needed in changing times.  For example, break your goals into twenty-year, ten-year, five-year, one-year, six-month, monthly, weekly, and daily increments.  This will allow you to gauge whether you are on course to accomplishing your goals, or whether you need to make adjustments to get back on track.
  3. Successful Goal Setting Requires Flexible Goals -You need to be flexible when goal goal setting, setting goals, focus, flexible goals, success, Ed Sykessetting more than ever in the past.  As the world changes, planning for these changes is essential. An opportunity that is there today might not be there tomorrow.  What are you going to do with shifting opportunities?  When setting goals, successful people have a Plan A, Plan B, and even a Plan C for these changing times.  Take time to think about what changes might happen in your business, your career, and your life and develop plans to overcome these obstacles.
  4. Successful Goal Setting Requires Passion – Do your goals make you excited?  If they do not, you are not setting goals high enough.  Set your goals so that you are excited about accomplishing them.  When you are excited about your goals, you create positive energy, and the energy creates passion.  With this passion, you will find ways to remove any barriers to your success.
  5. Successful Goal Setting Requires Embracing Technology – Many times in our workshops, we run across students for whom technology is a barrier to their success.  Their jobs or industries have changed so that being proficient in technology is a requirement.  Yet, these students resist learning the new technologies required for their success.

Include a section on what technologies you will learn in your goal setting so that you are successful.  Overcome your fear and challenge yourself through these goals to learn how to master new technologies.

  1. Successful Goal Setting Requires Balance – In these changing times, you are asked to do more with less.  Whether in your business, your career, your community, or your family, you have ever increasing requests for your time and talents.  Unless you include balance in your goal setting, someone else will create unbalance in your life which leads to stress and possibly illness.

Take back control of your life with successful goal setting.  Make sure you set goals in the following areas:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Spiritual
  • Career
  • Community

I am sure you can think of some others; however, these form the foundation of your goal-setting activities.  Master these areas to be successful in achieving more in less time while staying in control.

Don’t delay!  Take the time to put think about what you want and deserve, then put a pen to paper.  Invest in yourself and the seven goal-setting techniques discussed in this article and you will be successful in these changing times.

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Motivational Quotes: Success Starts with Focus!

Motivational Quotes: It’s the Journey to Achieving Your Goals That Count!

Motivational Quotes: Success Comes Brick by Brick

Success Article: Three Secrets to Creating Success by Looking Up!

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Success Article: Three Secrets to Creating Success by Looking Up!

Success, achievement, achieve, motivate, motivation, Ed Sykes, the sykes group, motivational speakers, vaSuccess is all around us if we just look for it.  Sometimes we unintentionally block success from finding us by the actions we take in our lives.

Recently, I was invited to speak about success to the students at the business department at a university.  As I stood at the door to the auditorium, out of the first twenty students who walked by, nineteen had their heads down working with their smartphones, tablets, or other electronic devices.  Instead of embracing the opportunity to connect with someone who could possibly further their careers, they choose to stay engaged with their devices.

How many of you may be doing this every day?  Maybe you have seen others doing the same thing.  We are so busy looking down at our devices that we might be missing opportunities directly in front of us.  The opportunity could be the person you have been trying to connect with for a job or career opportunity.  It could be an event that will give you the idea to create a successful business.  You could be someone who might turn into your perfect mate.  You get the idea.

The following are three success secrets to being engaged so that more opportunities come your way:

  1. Make an Effort to Look Up – Always value people over things.  Whenever you have opportunities to be among people, put down the devices and engage with the people.  First, it is a sign of respect and says to the other person that they are important.  Second, when you are looking up and creating eye contact, it makes it easier for other people to approach you and engage in conversation.  Devices can give you the information, but people can make the decision on your future success.
  2. Focus on the Conversation – When you’re in a personal or business conversation, do not consistently sneak looks at your device.  It is rude and disrupts the flow of the conversation.  I can’t tell you how many times I have seen conversations where the it started off great.  Then as soon as someone brings out a device, the flow of the conversation becomes choppy, sentences are shortened or stopped, and potential opportunities are lost.  Keep your devices out of sight in your pocket.
  3. Take Time Away from Technology – Take a “technology time-out.”  Believe me, you can do it.  Whether it is an hour or a day, leave your device at home, go outside and reconnect with yourself or others.  You will recharge your batteries and become creative in other ways.  You will find solutions to opportunities you didn’t think of when you were using your digital devices.  Your stress level will decrease, and you will find success more enjoyable in your life.

Create your success by implementing the above tips.  Looking up and engaging with others will help you be more successful in your career, your business, and in your life!