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Planning For Success Planning For Success

• Building Your Story • Extracting the Elements of Your Story • Setting Your Goals • Moving from Goals to Vision • Developing Your Vision Statement • Moving from Vision to Mission Statement

Laser Focus Coaching 396 Cumberland Street Westbrook, Maine 04092 207.318.9940 info@laserfocuscoaching.com www.LaserFocusCoaching.com

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Working on making your vision clearer, stronger, and more personal. You will move from your dreams and desires to your vision by the following steps:

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Many entrepreneurs go into business with a dream, a vision, and a skill set, wanting a flexible schedule, and tired of growing someone else’s business. However, if this is all they bring, they have made a fatal mistake: They have not identified themselves as the leader of their business. In other words, they are in danger of going to work IN their business rather than working ON their business. Being clear about your part in the company — your leadership role — allows you to manage all aspects of the rest of the business, including job descriptions for employees, your product or service, planned growth in the company, and the systems you will implement will all create a platform for success and profit. Personalized and individual coaching will take place between you and your coach and consultant. We move you through the awkward stages of leadership — from where it is uncomfortable to where it becomes comfortable and, finally, to where it becomes so integrated into your regular routine that your leadership skills are second nature. Take the action to locate and use the resources you have available to you. As a client, you are able to take advantage of our other public Coaching Forums, trainings and seminars to refine your skills. We have developed a unique system in business-to-business management that helps build leadership skills and foster change. By meeting regularly with other business owners and their teams, our clients learn to force change. They learn the information and skills to take charge and be responsible. Peer support and pressure move them forward.

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Each month, we select a book that we ask you to read with your team. How you manage this group effort is up to you. One way would be to establish am/pm huddles and weekly meetings. We’ve found that meeting for an hour at the same time each week is most effective. Determine how many chapters must be read and discussed each week in order to finish the book in a month’s time. You could assign a specific team member a chapter to discuss with everyone. Spending 10-12 minutes discussing what everyone got out of the information gives different perspectives on the information.

Our first book is Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.* First printed in 1938, it is one of the most popular books of all time, and it’s often quoted by major movers and shakers today as one of the most influential books they ever read. If you’ve read it before, please read it again and assign yourself a chapter to discuss with the rest.

*Mr. Hill presenting the basic ideas, learned from Andrew Carnegie, that changed his life and the lives of many who have read his book. To see that video again on YouTube, here is the URL: http://youtu.be/1GCaEZscfvA.

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Building Your Story

Tell your story. Your story provides the foundation for everything we will do together. With an exciting story in place, it is a short step to the next level—and so onward and upward. The bigger and more powerful your story, the greater will be your success in the program. From your story, you’ll determine your desires and your ideas, your vision and your goals will become clear, and finally you will develop the personal and professional mission statement that will drive the rest of your life. We encourage you to make your story as big and as powerful and as exciting as you can possibly imagine. You can do this because there will be nothing holding you back. No one will be telling you that you can’t be the “you” in the story. Here’s some advice from a woman who, a hundred years ago, gave evidence of her understanding of the power of the subconscious mind:

You never can tell what a thought will do In bringing you hate or love; For thoughts are things, and their airy wings Are swifter than carrier doves. They follow the law of the universe— Each thing creates its kind, And they speed o’er the track to bring you back Whatever went out from your mind.

You are telling your story to yourself more than anyone else. You are pulling ideas and dreams from your subconscious that you may not even have known you had. By getting them into the open, they will have power greater than you ever imagined.

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Your story will be yours alone, and it will contain all the details that will allow you to create a world of success joy, and prosperity. Ultimately, your story will empower your vision and your life—if you let it!

Here are some pointers to consider as you create your story. They are provided only to help you think as BIG as possible. Ignore any or all of these suggestions if they slow you down in any way. Do be sure to write your story in a journal, spiral bound or leather, but something that can be kept for reference through the years.

Brian Tracy, author of The Psychology of Achievement, says, “According to the best research, less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals, and less than 1 percent review and rewrite their goals on a daily basis.”

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1. Title your story. It can be as simple as giving it your name: Chris’s Story. Or more focused like Cookie Maker to the World.

2. Put yourself at the heart of the story. You need to see yourself as the main mover and shaker. What is it that YOU have always dreamed of doing?

3. Stay focused and be descriptive. You are creating a world. Fill it with the things that you want to see in that world starting with YOU. Are you wearing that pink dress suit you bought at Nordstrom’s last week? Are you watching a spectacular sunset from your corner office in a lofty skyscraper? Use as many details as you can. Lavish lots of thought and attention on what you are building here. As your story grows, it will become reality for you, and you don’t want any gaps.

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Note: As we move from your story to your vision, we will be working with six specific areas of your life: spiritual, physical, professional, social, financial, and family. If you can add details that are relevant to these areas, it will be easier later on to develop a complete vision of your life.

4. Don’t try to be fancy with your writing. Use the language that you’re comfortable with, write as if your were talking to a friend, and capture everything that comes to mind. Skipping back and forth is fine, if you forget something. You can go back later and rearrange your story. The point now is to get everything out of your head and onto the page. EVERYTHING!

5. Feel your emotions as you write. The more you write, the more excited you’ll become. You might not feel much at first, but, if you’re really telling your story, the feelings will come. Capture that excitement. Use strong words. Do you walk or do you stride? Do you feel good as you land a major

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client or are you elated? Dream about how you feel as you build the world you want—and write it down.

6. Read your story aloud as you create it. At first, you will be your best audience, because you (probably) don’t intimidate yourself. Are you inspired by what you hear? Do you need to add some more details or emotions? As you realize how big and exciting this new world is becoming, find someone to read your story to, someone who can travel with you on this journey and share in the excitement you’re feeling.

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7. Make your story be NOW. By locating your story in the present, you’ll see that you’re building the world you can start living in today. The more immediate things feel, the stronger their influence on you, and the easier it is to move into that next phase of your life.

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8. Make your story part of a larger picture. We may be in a recession right now, but that’s not the business climate you want in your story, so build a world that is thriving. And if you want to sell your widgets to the world, create a world where even the remotest locations are recognizing how much they need your widgets. THINK BIG!

9. Once a week, take out your story and read it. Add details that help your story grow bigger and better. Reimagine things, if your original ideas were too small. And stand in front of a mirror and read your story to yourself. Watch yourself grow stronger and more inspired—and inspiring— right before your eyes!

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Your Story...Your Life