Monthly Archives: January 2013

How to Become More Successful

Everyone wants success, but not everyone has the organization or determination to get there. Although the concept of success is simple enough, there is a lot of work that goes into succeeding. At a basic level, it’s important to do things like actually setting a goal – you cannot achieve a goal unless you set it. At a more complex level, it’s important to do things like become more efficient at what you do.

How to Become More Successful

These actions sounds easy enough, but when put to the test are harder than many expect. Because of this, we’ve outlined a list of steps you can take to become more successful in whatever you do.

  1. Prioritize – this is the first and simplest step. Choose your goal, then set your priorities. Include personal and professional elements in your list so that your priorities will be accurate and try to your lifestyle. With your priorities in place, it will be easier for you to gauge what is important and what is not important on a day-to-day basis. Having priorities will ensure that important things get done, and will hopefully keep your sights set on your success.
  2. Be efficient – efficiency is a vital part of success. In order to be successful, it’s important to prioritize your tasks and goals, and even more important to accomplish as much as you can on a daily basis. Learning to do things fast – and well – will strengthen your work ethic and your value. Learning to manage your time is a key part of reaching goals and succeeding.
  3. Keep learning – there is no such thing as knowing everything. Most successful people make it a priority to never stop learning. By constantly learning and growing through reading books and listening to successful people, you will find that you will grow professionally and personally, simply because of the knowledge you seek. Your growth will shine through in all areas of your life as your surround yourself with people and ideas that you believe in.
  4. Don’t waste time – when you waste time, you waste your life. Every minute counts and it’s important to make the most of each moment. Time that you spend watching TV or playing video games is time you could be spending reading books or being around people who inspire growth in your life. It’s important to spend your time in a way that helps you reach your goal of success. Successful people aren’t couch potatoes – they are constantly going – meeting people, reading works and finding ways to work harder and be better.

Once you are aware of these steps, soak them in and apply them to your life. These steps are basic, but can make a huge difference in your life on a daily basis and long-term. Actively pursue success by molding your habits into the habits of successful people you admire. Successful people achieve success by working hard, and following their methods can only make you better.


The Power of Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Setting goals is a fairly easy task. There are things we all want in life, and saying that we want them is just plain simple. So how do you take the desire for something and turn it into a reality? There are a few simple steps that will help you achieve your goal.

The steps are simple, but it takes perseverance to work toward and arrive at your goal. Whether you have a weight loss goal, a relationship goal or a business goal, the process for achieving each goal is the same. Dedication is the largest element in achieving success, and without it, true success is nearly impossible.

While dedication is key to achieving your newly-set goals, it is not the only thing required to get you to your destination. Here is our list of steps it takes to reach your goals:

Goal Setting

  1. Set your goal(s): The first step to achieving your goals is setting them. This may seem like one of those “duh” steps, but it is very important. Be specific when you set your goals. Don’t set a goal to simply “lose some weight.” Set a goal to lose 40 pounds in four months. Give yourself a definite goal with a definite deadline. Be as specific as you can, so that you are working toward a specific number. Break it down week by week – to lose 40 pounds in four months, you would need to lose 10 pounds per month. Ten pounds over four weeks equals about 2 and 1/2 pounds per week. If you want to be promoted at work, what do you need to do to do that? Close 10 sales per week? That means you need to close an average of at least two sales per week day. Be specific, setting short-term goals within your long-term goals.
  2. Make a plan: Now that you have set your goal(s), it’s time to make a plan. Sticking with the weight loss example, if you have set a goal to lose 2 and 1/2 pounds per week, you have to make a plan for how you will do that. Will you substitute sugary snacks for fruits and vegetables? Will you vow to exercise three times per week? If your goal is to close 10 sales per week, figure out how many appointments you need to go on to do that. You have to make a plan that will make you achieve your goals. Continuing to eat Twinkies while watching TV will not make you lose 2 and 1/2 pounds per week or close 10 sales, for that matter, so be realistic with your plan! Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself!
  3.  Get to work: Now that you’ve made a plan, make it work! You’ve set your goals and made a plan, now you have to start working toward your goal. You’ve already taken two huge steps toward achieving your goal. If your plan is to start working out, start today! If you want to trade an unhealthy snack for a healthy one, start that today too! If your goal is to close 10 appointments for the week, schedule as many as you can each day, starting today! Your biggest enemy in this battle will be putting things off until “tomorrow.” The longer you put things off, the longer it will be until you achieve your goals. Get started today and make it happen!
  4.  Stick to it: This is probably the toughest step in the process. Attempting to stick to your goals can be challenging. After the first week or so, you will find yourself wanting to fall back into old habits. If you’ve been eating healthier or exercising, it will be even more tempting to eat that piece of cake or “take today off” from the gym. If you have been going on a lot of appointments this week and your favorite TV shows come on between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight (your prime appointment times), staying in and taking the night off will sound incredibly appealing. At this point, you have to stick to your goal. If your goal is be promoted at work, you have to work toward it and be dedicated to your goal. You can’t afford to take nights off when you are working toward your goal. You have to stick to it. The longer and more consistently you stick to your plan, the quicker you will reach your goal!

Reach Your Goal: If you follow the previous four steps and really work toward your goal(s), you will achieve them. Staying focused and dedicated will ultimately lead you to your destination. Even though the journey may be a struggle and may require a lot of hard work, when you reach your goal, it will all be worth it. If you create a solid plan and stick to it, you will get there! Once you have reached your goal, you can relish in the satisfaction of having reached it… and then, you can set a new a goal!


Life Insurance Industry Changes To Watch For In 2013

Change AheadThe New Year is upon us and as everyone is set to begin making changes in their personal and professional lives for 2013, the life insurance industry is also getting ready for some possible changes .

Life Health Pro has released the five things to expect for life insurance in 2013:

 

  1. The tax-favored status of life insurance products:  While industry watchers don’t believe that life insurance products will lose their tax-favored status as a result of the fiscal cliff and other reforms, everything is on that table and the COLI and BOLI product tax status can change.
  2. Evolving to respond to the changing consumer: The way consumers shop for life insurance may begin to evolve in 2013. Social media, digital marketing, and mobile distribution strategies could become the new way to purchase life insurance.
  3. Remaining Relevant:  Rebranding may become a priority in the New Year as many young people are not aware that life insurance can be used as an investment vehicle. According to an Ernst & Young report, the average household expenditure on life insurance has declined by 50 percent over the last decade.
  4. Entering developing markets:  International markets are being eyed as the next big opportunity, but with that there are a whole new set of cultural and political barriers you need to overcome.
  5. Awareness of international and domestic regulatory issues: Some of the largest carriers, such as AIG, Prudential and MetLife may soon be designated as systemically significant (SIFI) and they will have to get used to federal regulation and higher capital standards. Of course, SIFI designation has been on the horizon for these firms for the better part of a year, so they should be prepared for it already. The question is what happens if SIFI designation drops on a company not expecting it, LifeHealthPro.com reported.


Challenging Yourself to Reach New Goals

The Albright ChallengeNow that the New Year has come and we’re closing in on the third week of the year, most people have already forgotten their New Year’s resolutions. The hope for change has been discouraged by the absence of immediacy, so people have abandoned their goals to take the easier route.

Many people set goals and begin working toward them without establishing an outside source of encouragement. As with most things in life, people attempt to set and achieve goals without the help of others.

It is important to have others around you who will teach you, encourage you and hold you accountable. In school, you learned because you had a teacher coaching, inspiring and correcting you. Without that steady, reliable source of support, it would have been very difficult to remain determined to finish each school year, yet alone high school or college.

Setting goals and staying dedicated to achieving them requires a constant source of encouragement and challenge. Whether your source of encouragement is a mentor, a book or a workout video, it is important to make that encouragement a daily part of your life.

Ready to set goals, but aren’t sure where to look for your source of encouragement? Look no further. Andy Albright provides you with daily encouragement, leadership and inspiration to set goals, work toward them, and ultimately achieve them with the Albright Challenge. The Albright Challenge is a 90-day program designed to help you set goals and consistently work toward them. In this program, Albright offers advice, poses challenges and encourages you to keep working toward your goal.

Over the course of 90 days, you will see yourself change in a variety of ways. From self-image to personal and professional growth, the changes in your life will be impossible to ignore.

It’s amazing what a little encouragement can do for your goals and your life. It’s time to take charge of your life and commit to the encouragement you need to achieve your dreams. For more information about the Albright Challenge and to start today, visit www.albrightchallenge.com.


How To Achieve Your Dreams and Success in 2013

2013The champagne has been popped, the fireworks have exploded, the kisses have been smooched and the celebrating has ended, which means 2013 is officially here!

Now that the New Year is upon us, the question is, have you set new goals for your business in 2013?

You’ve got a clean slate, and now is the time to make new goals to conquer over the next 365 days. If you want 2013 to be the best year you’ve ever had personally and professionally, then you’ve got to set your sights on the next big thing.

It’s important that you set new goals to provide direction, facilitate growth and to cultivate success. Your business and team members depend on direction and the success of your business, and you can’t take your business anywhere unless you know where you want to go.

Make your commitment now to yourself, your business and your family—make the choice to commit to greater things in 2013.

Once you have set your goals, the next step is to become teachable, as Andy Albright advised in his best-selling book, “8 Steps to Success.”  Being teachable is all about being willing to learn from others who are smarter than you are and from those who are where you want to go.  By doing this you will speed up your growth, learn tips and tricks known only to those who have been there, and receive constant guidance along the way.

You can begin to be teachable and successfully achieve your goals in 2013. Andy Albright will work with you step-by-step through daily videos sent directly to your inbox to provide direction, guidance and support as you work toward your dreams. In fact, it’s like Albright pops into your life to personally coach you every day for 90 days.

To get started making 2013 your best year yet, sign up for the Albright Challenge at www.albrightchallenge.com.

We’ll even send you a free gift to help remind yourself of the commitment you have made.

Now get to work and make your dreams happen!


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