How I Fired My Boss By the Age of 30 & YOU CAN TOO!

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Never in a million years would I have dreamed that I would be where I am today. You are reading the blog of a woman that many counted out; heck; I even counted myself out! You ever have so many people speaking against you to the point you start believing what they are saying about you?

Out of my mother’s two children, I was her problem child. I was always fighting, running away from home, stealing, partying, drinking, smoking; pretty much doing anything I thought I was big and bad enough to do. I also ended up pregnant at the age of 17 and should honestly have had AIDS by now due to the reckless life I was once living but by the grace of God I am still standing; alive, healthy and disease free (PRAISE BREAK)

I honestly didn’t care about my life. I was super disrespectful to my mom, was angry with my inconsistent Dad while spending much of my time trying to find him in the older guys I seemed to attract. One thing I’ve learned is that men can detect/smell a desperate, lonely and broken woman. But hey that’s an entire different blog I’ll have to write on a different day!

What does all of this have to do with me firing my boss by the age of 30? It was because of the things I had gone through that stirred up such a passion and desire to encourage others. It was out of my discouragement that I began to write a newsletter to empower others. Not knowing that newsletter would develop into a magazine which would evolve into a movement including me hosting annual conferences with women literally traveling all across the globe to attend.

Mind blowing right? It gets better…

None of this was intentional for me. I started with a fervent love for God and people and He did the rest. I know business experts want to focus on how to make money and all that but I say the reason why I am successful today is because money was the last of my focus. I was not focused on monetizing my message. I was focused on getting a message of hope out to the masses that later developed into books, training programs/courses, live and virtual events, my own consulting firm and publishing company.

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Holding my 1st book released in 2013: The Power in Waiting. Click here to grab your copy:
http://carlacannon.com/books/

In 2013 I wrote a book sharing a portion of my life and titled it, “The Power in Waiting: What Do You Do When What God SAID Doesn’t Line Up With What You See?” Within 24 hours this book (pictured above) became an international best seller and also led me to being recognized on the National Best Seller List for Black Christian Authors. I found myself in the same category as one of my favorite authors, Valorie Burton (Author of Successful Women Think Differently- one of my favs; you should definitely grab this book.)

Anyway, after publishing this book one thing led to another and then BAM I began to write more books but my passion began to evolve as I saw myself evolve personally as a woman who loves Jesus into a woman who became passionate about entrepreneurship. Which honestly shouldn’t be a surprise, my mom has ran and operated her own boutique for over 20 years.

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http://carlacannon.com/books/

What next? I wrote another book and it became an international best seller! I wrote another one after that and it became an international best seller! And another one..and you get my point. BUT…guess what? All of this did not come without the following:

  1. Focus
  2. Dedication
  3. Clarity
  4. Resilience
  5. Commitment

What I didn’t share is that I spent 4 years building my business while working my 9 to 5. By the time I left my job I had already tripled my income BUT I left with only $250 in the bank. HOW? Because as soon as the money was  coming in I was spending it right back out on websites, hard copies of my magazine, flyers; etc. I was very particular about my brand and I spend a fortune developing it (yes it was worth it)

Now, here’s the good stuff. HOW DID I FIRE MY BOSS BY THE AGE OF 30.

By doing the following:

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  1. I was FOCUSED- I knew what I wanted and I worked hard to get it by any means necessary (legally both in the earth and Heaven- haha- seriously) I was a coach before I knew what coaching was. I was helping people strategize before I knew what a Breakthrough Strategist was. I simply did what came natural to me. I didn’t chase money, or what was popular. I did what was in my heart to do: help people.I coached clients on my lunch break.I conducted interviews with some of the leading influencers in the Gospel industry while on my lunch break; sitting in my car. (Such as Kiarra Sheard, Valorie Burton, Dr. Traci Lynn, Shirley Murdock, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Tasha Cobbs & more!)I did not make any excuses. I stopped listening to what folks in my neighborhood told me I couldn’t do and started focusing on what God had put in my heart to do! I drowned out the naysayers and became laser focused on what had now become my KINGDOM ASSIGNMENT which led to my birthing as a KINGDOM ENTREPRENEUR!
  2. I was DEDICATED– Instead of going to lunch with my gossiping co-workers I went to my car and did research on how to expand my brand and develop client attraction. I coached clients on my lunch break and responded to emails. If you are going to be successful in anything you must first be dedicated. Success takes time.
  3. I operated with CLARITY- Although I had no intention on learning how to establish a multi-million dollar company (in which I am my way to doing) I had clarity on what I was to be doing at that very moment. Often times we can focus so much on the future that we miss the opportunity to live in the moment and enjoy today. I remember reading a book by Joyce Meyer (another one of my favs & inspiration): Enjoying Where You Are While On the Way to Where You’re Going and within the pages of this book I learned that life isn’t about the destination but the journey.
  4. I was RESILIENT: A resilient man or woman is a dangerous individual because they have a predetermined mindset that nothing or no one will ever stop them. Despite my haters and naysayers I made a decision to keep pressing forward. I refused to allow my past or even current struggles to define me. As I experience turbulence I refused to quit. I studied the eagle and learned how it used the storm to lift it higher into the sky and it flew above it. I thought that was amazing. That’s what we have to do in the midst of pursuing purpose and our dream; allow the storms that rage in our lives to lift us higher. Never allow your storm to cause you to quit. It was designed to bring out the best in you; the best that you never realized was there that only the storm could have birthed. Once you learn how storms work for your benefit if you remain resilient you will become more thankful for them.
  5. I was COMMITTED to finishing what I had started. Nothing about entrepreneurship is convenient. There is never the right time to leave your job, or buy a house or new car because you never know what each day will bring. Your phone could be ringing off the hook and your email and Pay Pal blowing up one day or one week and complete silence take place the next week. In order to fire your boss and live the life of your dreams you must be committed and learn to marry the process. As long as there is breath in our bodies we will always be in the process of becoming. The day our purpose is fulfilled in the earth is the day we will breathe our last breathe. Be committed to doing what God has placed in your hands to do or better yet what you say you desire or feel called to do.

There is so much more I could share but I’ll leave these 5 principles with you and as you focus on them and begin to master them I’ll return to share 5 more principles with you more so in the area of business and what it takes to develop and maintain a profitable business.

If you desire to speak more one on one regarding your business ideas or to gain clarity regarding your life purpose or current assignment. I’d love to serve you. Click here to learn more about Trailblazer Coaching & sign up to schedule your one on one session with me today! CLICK HERE: http://carlacannon.com/trailblazer-1-on-1-coaching/

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5 Ways to Dream with Your Eyes Wide Open

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One of the keys to successful living is to be purposeful, intentional and focused on what it is you say you truly want.

In a current virtual training entitled, 13 Days of Power I share 5 Ways to Dream with Your Eyes Wide Open. So many are finding themselves living depressed and unfulfilled lives but I am a fervent believer that we have more control than we give ourselves credit for.

Sure, we may not be able to control what happens to us but we can partake and be responsible for what happens in us. In the midst of hurt we can choose not to be offended. In the midst of divorce/transition we can choose not to be bitter. In the midst of a job layoff we can choose not to be depressed but instead tap into a new level of creativity and turn the current obstacle into an opportunity.

Below are 5 ways you can position yourself to live the life of your dreams:

1. Surround yourself with people who are where you desire to be- Instead of being intimidated be inspired.

2. Change your routine- Study what successful people do: Wake up early, workout, be strategic, guard your time

3. Revisit your vision often- This will keep you motivated, inspired & activated (as well as moving forward)

4. Get a mentor- It is impossible to change your life without a spiritual midwife

5. Create declarations for where you desire to be-Write them in present tense and read them aloud daily.

Join me tomorrow for Day 4 for 13 Days of POWER on Periscope @CarlaRCannon!

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5 Things You Need to Live the Life of Your Dreams

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Do you currently find yourself living a life that you know is completely beneath your current capabilities?

Do you find yourself addicted to mediocrity rather than extraordinary living?

Are you ready to think and grow bigger?

As a Kingdom Entrepreneur for the past six years I didn’t always play big or think big. I used to self-sabotage a lot, make excuses or even shy away from large platforms. But the more my confidence grew the more I evolved and became comfortable in my own skin.

Many desire to be successful which requires one to take the stairs and not the elevator. You can not copy people’s content because you notice they gain a lot of traction and think it will work for you. I have witnessed this so much in the industry of coaching, publishing and speaking.

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You have a unique voice and gift to share with the world and in order to be effective you must

a.) Establish your own voice
b.) Deny the copy-cat syndrome
c.) Be willing to DO THE WORK!

Your brand/business will excel the moment you make a cognizant decision to BE YOU! Many fall into the trap of becoming who others desire them to be but that will cause you to become a fraud and hypocrite.

Here are a few keys to finding your own voice:

a.) Identify things and topics that you are passionate about
b.) Develop an audience who share these interests with you
c.) Identify a problem your target audience is having.
d.) Solve the problem through a product or service you provide
e.) Incorporate your personal story in your brand

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Now that we have that out of the way there are 5 things I want to share that will help you live the life of your dreams:

1. Good Health- Taking care of yourself is a must. Many fail to add themselves to their calendar and have a tendency to put others before themselves. I know we are taught to do this. But if your body breaks down due to improper diet, lack of rest, or unresolved issues that lead to spiritual, physical, mental and even emotional depletion then what good are you to others?

2. Dedication– Marry the vision- no more one night stands with your vision and goals, but you must be committed to see what you desire to fruition and perhaps tweak your message, delivery or method while remaining true to who you are at the CORE.

3. Focus- Follow one course until successful. In my book, The Entrepreneur Blueprint I share this formula: Divided focus= NO focus. Let that set in.

4. Strategy- Ideas + Strategy = SUCCESS You can have a great idea but if you lack strategy and proper timing your effort will not be successful. Many do not lack talent, potential or drive but what is lacking is strategy. This is what separates US from THEM. US being Kingdom Entrepreneurs and THEM being worldy entrepreneurs who are only in their line of work for personal gain. Sadly WEs are winning because we carry the bread and butter (anointing + gifting) lack the key thing that is needed to be successful in any industry you may be in.

5. Resilience- Never Ever Give Up! In order to live the life of your dreams you must be willing to never quit. Now, I am not saying become a “hustler” and join the “no sleep/hustle hard” team. But I am saying is you must tap into your inner strength knowing that you have what it takes to be successful and keep pressing until you see manifested in the earth what God showed you in the spirit.

Remember skill alone is never enough!

DO YOU DESIRE COACHING? Coaching is a great way to transition from clutter to clarity as well as gain wisdom needed to get you to the next dimension in relation to accomplishing your dreams and goals.

By speaking with a trained professional who has already accomplished what you desire to do is a great way to get you moving at a fast pace.

If you are currently stuck, have lost your drive, or perhaps you have so many ideas running through your head but are unsure which to implement first, schedule a 60 minute coaching session with me TODAY and get ONE FREE! This is a great opportunity to speak with me confidentially allow me to hear your heart as well as share your struggles with someone who has been where you are and can help you overcome them!

Coaching with me will also help re-position you to dream with your eyes WIDE OPEN!

Click here to learn more & invest in your one on one coaching session today! I’d love to be your coach. Oh yeah and there’s no need to be nervous I offer a 100% money back guarantee on all of my trainings and coaching. Did I mention no one has never needed to use this option? Trust me, this is the answer to your prayers, now bust a move before this offer expires. I look forward to talking with you!

To Learn More About Trailblazer Coaching Click Here: 

https://carlacannon.com/trailblazer-1-on-1-coaching/

Carla R Cannon

Are You Executing or Making Excuses?

Do you often find yourself daydreaming about the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s? You know what these are. Perhaps you say to yourself, “I should of hired a coach!” “If I did I could be much further than I am now.” Or maybe you have said, “I would do _______ if only I had _____________.

The three things I have witnessed so many women fill that last line with is: support, time and money. As a business coach I often hear women say, I would pursue my dreams but I don’t have a good support system. Or I would work out but I just can’t seem to find the time. Or I want to hire you as a coach but I do not have the money.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who watch things happen and those who make things happen. The word “make” here doesn’t mean that these individuals hold all power in their hands but what it does mean is they take intentional steps and make intentional sacrifices in order to make their dreams a reality. This is what I want to encourage you to do today. Refuse to allow another year to pass you by while others make time to pursue their dreams which in turn helps them provide a better quality of life for their family.

What if I told you there was a way you could still spend time with your family or at your local church as well as pursue your dreams? What if I told you that the excuses you are making will only cause you to remain stagnant while others move forward in purpose tackling giants that arise in their life head on? What if I told you life is about choices and we can choose to make excuses or we can choose to execute!

Truth is everything you need to live a meaningful life has already been presented before you. What you have to do is experience a change in your perspective. You have the money you need to get started. You have the support you need to launch out. You have the time needed to create a legacy for your family but it’s up to you to realize it.

Choose today to no longer allow lack to be your portion. So often we say, “I can’t afford this” or “I can’t afford that.” Meanwhile, our hair and nails are done. We eat out with our co-workers on a consistent basis and we are always rocking the finest apparel. Truth is, we pay for what we want. The Good Book tells us that where your “treasure” is there your money will be also.

I can assure you that if it is coaching that you need or to hire a new graphic designer to assist with marketing a virtual event you want to host, you have the means to do so.

Coming to this realization begins with one thing: How bad do YOU really want it? Some things in life we simply do not want bad enough. Because when you want something bad enough you are willing to eat oodles and noodles, hot pockets, beanies and weanies for months if that’s what it takes for you to pursue your dream! Unfortunately success will cost us our time and money. Although it doesn’t take money to make money you can definitely generate ways to use what you have to produce the income you need.

Grab a pen & pad & answer the following questions:

  1. What are 3 things I can do without right now for the next 6 months in order to pursue my dream?
  2. What do I offer for free that I could and should be charging for?
  3. Am I willing to sacrifice picking up a 2nd job to pay for the coaching/training I need to position myself to live the life of my dreams?
  4. What is ONE thing I can do now that can change the trajectory of my life?

Take a moment and answer the above questions and answer them honestly. Next, I want you to pull out your check book or log into your banking account online and make a list of all of the unnecessary transactions you’ve made just today or the previous week, or last month. How much of that money could have been used toward having your website created? How much of that could have been used toward the creation of a new product?

Now put your pen down and reflect. Do you see how you have had everything you have needed all the while? You actually CAN afford to pursue your dreams. You CAN afford to hire a coach. You CAN go back to college to further your education. You DO have time to work out. You DO have time to spend with your spouse and your loved ones while doing what you love professionally.

Always remember, when you are serious about your future others will work with you but no one is handing out freebies. Matter of fact you shouldn’t even want a hand out! Statistics prove that individuals who invest in themselves tend to be more successful than those who are handed a free pass. If everything in life were handed to you and I we wouldn’t value anything.

So what is it that you need to do right now? Regardless of what it is or how much it cost, determine if it is worth the investment by asking: (1) Will doing this one thing help change my life? (2) Am I willing to do the work? (3) Am I really sick and tired of being sick & tired?

Once you answer these questions truthfully you will know if you still want to play around or if you are desperate for change and are willing to do what it takes to see it manifest in your life! To experience success it will cause you to have to experience temporary discomfort as you are creating the life you desire or deserve. All of the greats from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates even to Warren Buffett had to experience uncomfortable circumstances as they took the stairs to success.

Make a decision to minimize and even eliminate all excuses and position yourself to EXECUTE!

2017 is the year to UNLOCK, UNLEASH & ACTIVATE! You have what it takes you just need to get out of your own way!

*If you are ready to snatch back your life and get on a path to discover your purpose in the fullness of what God intended I’d love the opportunity to mentor you. Trailblazers Coaching Academy was strategically designed for individuals like you who are sick of self-sabotaging behavior and are finally ready to get out of their own way! If you are serious and in desperate need of permanent change visit http://www.trailblazerscoaching.org and sign up today!

First Steps to Writing a Book

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Are you interested in writing a book but have the first clue as to where to begin? I personally know how that feels because when I set out to write my first book two years ago entitled, The Power in Waiting I had no clue what I was doing. Actually, just like you may have done, I also sat down and just started typing until I ran out of words for that day then when done I would put it down and pick it back up the next day.

What I did not know was that just like anything else in my life I needed strategy. I knew I desired to write a book but in order to make this dream a reality I had to put my faith into action and execute! I like to say it like this:

A goal without a strategic plan of action is simply a wish!

Anything you desire to do in life you must first have a game plan! One of the key things I teach in my company, Inspiring Hearts Coaching Institute (where I teach aspiring authors step by step how to become published authors) is that before you can write the book you must first identify the following:

  1. What do you have to say? Before you can write a book you must first identify what you have to say and why should anyone care? I know that may sound cold but it’s quite the opposite. These are hard truths that you must answer BEFORE you set out to write a book. Always identify a solution you are providing to a specific problem. Now sure, you can provide several solutions to multiple problems but be careful not to be too vague that you are unable to identify your target market specifically.
  2. Know who you are talking to- Who is your target market? What are their demographics (statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it)? What are their psychographics (the study and classification of people according to their attitudes, aspirations, and other psychological criteria, especially in market research.)
  3. Identify the strategic plan of action you will implement in marketing this project- Too often I see authors who have a great story line or content, phenomenal graphic design for their book site and a website you just love visiting but yet they aren’t selling any books. Why is that? Because they waited until after the book was written to develop a marketing strategy. This is a big no no!! You do NOT wait until your book is complete before you are talking about it, hosting live readings about it, teleconferences; etc. That is just like a film director waiting until the movie comes out before they advertise it. No! The reason we run to the movie theater is because we have seen the same commercials over and over and each time our anticipation grows stronger and stronger. What is this called? Marketing strategies. Now the only way you don’t have to market a project prior to release is if your name is Beyonce’ and you have half the world who already knows and loves your stuff. I know that was pretty cool when she did this back in 2013 and her fans went crazy and she sold millions of records in a matter of hours when she released it without a warning.

The only way you don’t have to market a new project is if your name is BEYONCE’!

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If you enjoyed this tips head over to http://carlacannon.com/bsb7program/ and check out my upcoming Write the Book Already Two Hour Writer’s Intensive Teleseminar in I will be hosting for the first time ever on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7-9pmEST.

During this tele-seminar I will be taking you step by step on how to write, publish and market your book as well as teaching how when you write a book you actually launch your business!!! I also teach you how to prevent writer’s block FOREVER! I’ve been writing for over three years professionally and have NEVER ran out of words to say or drew a blank. Don’t miss it! It’s going to be epic!

When you sign up you receive full access to this one of a kind teaching, my book: Write the Book Already absolutely FREE (that I am only offering via this program) along with a 30 minute Breakthrough Coaching session with me absolutely FREE! Head over to http://carlacannon.com/bsb7program/ now to learn more and sign up! Trust me it will be well worth the investment!

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Did You Know You Were a Trailblazer?

SuccessWomanSuit620480When you think of the word “trailblazer” what comes to mind? I’m sure you thought of the word “innovator”, “pioneer” , “trendsetter” or even “ground breaker” which all make up the sum total of what a trailblazer is. Do you know that now is the time for you to come forward with your ideas, dreams and visions.

How would you like to dream with your eyes wide open rather than when you are sleeping? The only way to do this is to make your dreams a reality which is by getting laser focused on your overall vision and break them down into short and long term goals.

One thing I’ve noticed about women is we are great at nurturing the gifts, talents and abilities of others but when it comes to us doing our own thing we struggle, we suddenly can’t bring our own ideas into execution. Why is that?

Do you feel guilty for focusing on your God given assignment? Do you feel that others will talk about you if God begins to raise you up? Can I tell you that whether you step out on faith and begin to live life on purpose or not, people are going to talk!

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I remember before I began writing books, coaching women or hosting events people talked about me negatively. Guess what? As I began to experience success in ministry and my business nothing changed. As a matter of fact, it was intensified!

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Think about other successful people you know or perhaps even some whom you watch often on television. I want to use Nene Leakes as an example. Before becoming a hit star on Housewives of Atlanta, Nene was a stripper who admits to making several mistakes throughout life including her very public marital relationship with Greg. Folks talked about her before she blew up on television and they are still talking now that she is living the life of her dream! But guess what changed in the midst of the senseless chatter? The number of commas and zeros in Nene’s check!

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What’s my point? It’s time for you to move forward NOW! There will never be a perfect time. You  my friend will have to make time! We hear often that we all have the same  number of hours in a day as Beyonce’ and that is so true! But what we choose to do with our time is the difference.

Are you going to continue to watch people like Nene Leakes or even Beyonce’ live their dreams while you eat your popcorn and drink your soda pop making them rich because they get paid off of your views. OR are you going to get up and take action toward fulfilling your own dreams?

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You may be asking, well Carla how do I do this? I have great dreams and visions but no clue where to start! This is why I created Trailblazers Coaching Academy in which I am dedicating my time and attention only on women who are ready to go to the next dimension in their ministry, business (career), and overall life!

Here’s how you can get started TODAY! Join me for our Spring/Summer semester as we kick start this program on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8pmEST!

This program consists of (1) 60 minute coaching call with me per month,email access to me and accountability! This is not a system designed to take up a lot of your time but only to provide you with the necessary tools needed in order for you to be successful!

Come on, you owe it to yourself to be successful! You have spent countless amount of hours helping everyone else pursue their passion, identify their life’s purpose and execute their dreams. Now is the time for you to add yourself to your calendar and tell everyone, “I am finally taking time for me!”

Upon signing up at http://www.trailblazerscoaching.org I will send you an assessment form which is very simple and straight forward as it relates to who you are, what your goals are for 2015 and we will then begin to tackle your list one at a time!

Please don’t miss this opportunity and the investment is only $47/month! That is dirt cheap for the amount of wisdom I am going to be pouring into you! But I wanted to make it affordable and really help women eliminate all excuses and begin to live a more fulfilled life TODAY!!!! Remember excuses only satisfy those who make them! Now who’ s with me?

If you are interested in TBA click here http://www.trailblazerscoaching.org to learn more and sign up and please share this blog so other women can take advantge of this great opportunity as well!

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Prepare For the Best Year of Your Life!

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With only 22 days left until the New Year I’m sure you have found yourself with various emotions. Perhaps you are excited about what the New Year holds because you have accomplished all or the majority of what you set out to do this year.

Or maybe you find yourself slightly disappointed or even discouraged because things didn’t go as you had planned for 2014 and you find yourself praying that 2015 will be your year!

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What if I told you I could provide you with an action plan to ensure that 2015 was one of the best years of your life if you followed it? Now I bet your smiling! The key to your success is being teachable and developing a plan.

I know you’re probably like, “that’s it?” Yes! That’s it! I’m sure you have heard of the saying, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Implementing one simple change such as
a.) Identifying your goals and b.) Developing a strategic plan of action can make all the difference in your life!

Here are 3 key things you can do to develop an action plan:

  • Identify what it is you desire to accomplish– Knowing what you want to do is a prerequisite to actually doing it. In order to identify an action plan you must first identify what your goals are as well as your “why” for desiring to accomplish them?
  • Establish a time line in which you would like to reach specific goals– This key is two-fold: Number one, you must identify your goals specifically. For example: Instead of saying: “I want to lose weight,” you would say, “I want to lose twenty pounds within the next ninety days.” Number two, you must develop a realistic execution plan on how you intend to achieve those goals.
  1. Just Do It– Too often we spend entirely too much time talking the talk rather than walking the walk. It is past time to begin moving our feet as swiftly as we move our tongues. Many people waste a lot of time talking about what they are going to do rather than committing to actually doing it.Make a commitment in NOW to prepare for 2015 by talking less and doing MORE!

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Don’t get too caught up in the process where you are stuck planning for months and months rather than carving out a few hours in one day identifying what you would like to do with your life. Doing so will enable you to spend the next couple of months executing the vision which in return will set you up to live the life of your dreams!

For exclusive coaching with Carla R. Cannon please click here: http://www.CarlaCannon.com/Coaching!