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Accomplish More Together

Last weekend we had 32 degrees and 7.5 inches of snow in north Scottsdale AZ. My husband actually measured how much snow was on top of a low dividing wall.  I felt like I was back in Chicago looking at a white winter wonderland as the large flakes fell softly to the ground.  In the 14 years I’ve been in this house, it’s been our fourth snow, but this one was the most and lasted more than overnight.  If you drove just 8 blocks south, there wasn’t even a drop of snow on the ground!  You could only see it on the top of the mountains. When we drive north towards our house, we always watch the temperature gauge on the car as it drops about 10 degrees from the main city, but rarely down to freezing.

As my daughter said, she didn’t have to take Max and Miles several hours north to play in the snow – just 40 minutes to Grammie’s house!  After a few sled rides over the back patio, we all went into the side yard (the only place with grass) to play in the snow and build a snowman.

My Fairy Garden buried under 7.5 inches of snow

The snowman was a group accomplishment. Max and Miles (7 and 3)  brought the snow over to our snowman location.  Padding the snowman into shape was mostly from the adults because the boys kept trying to put bulky pieces on top and the snowman would break apart.  That was mostly because the rain on Sat. with the cold temps had made the snow more like ice than fluff.  I really knew it was hard-pack when Max threw a snowball at me — it hurt.  As I suspected, the next day I had a black-and-blue mark on my hip.

Next:  Make the snowman look like more than a mountain of snow!

Since the snowman needed to look like one, we added features to our “mountain”:

  • The arms came from some red poles that were used for a game of horseshoes.
  • The face and buttons came from small rocks the boys found on the ground.
  • The gloves were donated by my daughter.
  • The hat was donated from Max since he had a hood.
  • I didn’t have any carrots, so I used an orange bell pepper for his nose.

I think the bell pepper was better than a carrot – more like a nose!


All in all, we had a grand time.  But it wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t all have the same goal – to build a snowman together. The boys couldn’t have done it themselves, as evidenced by their bringing huge pieces over and toppling half the body several times.

It only happened because there was a common goal and we collaborated.  We helped each other from carrying the snow, to padding it down, to adding the features.  When you collaborate, you not only get different ideas (the bell pepper nose and pole arms with gloves), but you also have more fun. 

What project are you working on that you could collaborate on with others?

Wrong Time or Right Time to Set Goals?

It’s holiday time and while that means going to family gatherings and holiday parties.

It’s a great time to relax and enjoy yourself.

It can also be a great time or the wrong time to do any type of real planning.

 

The wrong time:

Many people make New Year’s Eve Resolutions.  Do you?  Does this situation sound familiar?

You’re having a casual conversation with someone at the party and suddenly they ask you,

“What are your New Year’s Resolutions?”

Without anything pre-planned, you answer with something off the top of your head like

“Lose 10 pounds this year.”  or  “Grow my business.”

 

There was no real thought to the sudden announcement of your goal.  It just came out of your mouth.  The fact that you said it, means it’s probably a goal you have been consciously, or subconsciously, thinking about.  Unless….  you heard someone else say it and you were just looking for an easy answer—especially if you had no goals in mind.

 

Goals at New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve Resolutions are the worst idea for 90% of the people.

 

The right time:

 Eric Lofholm, a sales expert, does his yearly planning and even teaches free marketing and sales planning sessions in December of every year.

Either the days just before New Year’s Eve, or the first week after New Year’s Eve, are a great time to set your goals than on New Year’s Eve.   As long as you are thinking about your goals with some serious thought, it can be the right time for you. That means you take a piece of paper and write your goals down, seriously weighing them in your mind.  Or you can weigh them on paper by giving them a score of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest.  This can tell you whether a goal is something you really want to achieve this year.  If you are seriously thinking about your goals, then this might be the right time for you to plan your goals.

goals, New Year's Eve 2018

 

So if you like to plan in January, when will you choose to plan your real goals–

Before or after New Year’s Eve?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Energize Yourself – Jump Start your Fall Goals!

 

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With so little time left in the year, ask yourself –

 

“How am I doing with my

Goals for 2016?”

 

There are 2 different ways to look at the rest of the year:

 

1. We are in the last 100 days.

Did you realize we are in the last 100 days of the year?

There is still a little less than 100 days to complete whatever your

New Year’s Resolutions were. That’s 1/3 of the year still to go and

plenty of time to get things done before the winter holidays.

 

2. The New Year starts this week.

The Jewish New Year starts now because it is the Fall Harvest.

The Jewish calendar revolves around the seasons, and starts in the fall.

If you are Jewish or not, would a new start, a new year, be good for you?

 

Whether you are considering it as a new beginning or completing 2016,

the cooler weather often brings about more energy than the summer

heat wave and will give you a much needed jump start

to doing more in the fall than you did in the hot summer weather.

 

So which is it for you –

  • the end of the year

OR

  • the beginning of a new year?

Either outlook should push you forward with new momentum.

 

Jump past the summer heat and jump into the Fall energy!

 

What are the goals you are currently working on?  Let us know.

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