Want some relief during the stressful, chaotic times we are experiencing on a global scale? It helps me to remind myself that chaos is the catalyst for great opportunity, to strengthen strategic focus.
We can choose to be creators or reactors in life. A creative life is a joyful, expansive life. A reactive life is a stressful, diminishing life. When I find myself feeling emotionally and physically exhausted, I take a break from the chaos to refocus my attention onto something more satisfying—energizing future positive possibilities. It comforts me to remember that this too shall pass, so why not plan a rendezvous with the spectacular!
We feel most alive and energized when we are moving toward an intention/goal. This is a great time to reimagine our businesses and lives. For instance, like you, I am learning new ways to serve my business consulting clients virtually during COVID-19.
This is a good time to invest in strengthening the C.O.A.R. of your business and life by creating a new intention, project, or solution. Let me guide you through the four-phase C.O.A.R. process that I have discovered during my lifetime of business consulting and project management (adapted from my new guidebook).
Phase 1: Clarify Your Focus
“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand.
It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”
~ W. Clement Stone
Every new creation first begins in your imagination with an inspired idea and an intense desire.
We live in a world full of an infinite number of contrasting of experiences and opportunities. An abundant smorgasbord of possibilities. We get to choose which is most satisfying to pursue.
When you have a burning desire, any limiting beliefs, doubts, and fears will dissolve. You’ve got to believe it to see it.
Start building potential energy and commitment for your intention by clarifying your big “Why.” Why…
- do I desire this intention?
- does this intention need to exist?
- am I the one to do it?
- do I deserve to achieve it?
Phase 2: Organize and Prioritize Commitments
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
~ Napoleon Hill, author of Law of Success
Next, identify “What.” Envision your intention with vivid and sensory-rich mental imagery and the same feelings you will have when you have achieved it. Successful athletes use this visualization technique to boost their performance and magically transform their dreams into reality.
Identify as many pieces of the puzzle that you can. Then, begin organizing them into a clear picture and concrete strategies.
Organizing leads to feeling energized, confident, and satisfied, which strengthens your belief. Potential energy increases, much like water rising behind a dam to generate hydroelectric power. Resistance, fear and doubt diminish. Commitment builds.
Phase 3: Act with Conviction
“Arrive at a decision—and then act on that decision.”
~ Dale Carnegie, author of
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Next, decide “yes” or “no” to act on the intention. If “yes,” spring into action to do whatever it takes to accomplish it. A wishy-washy decision will produce wishy-washy results.
Take a leap of faith even if you don’t have all the answers. Step into your fear. Strong desire overcomes fear and doubt.
Focus your attention on your intention. Think, speak and do more things that inspire and satisfy you. Trust that the universe is always conspiring to fulfill your desires—to surprise and delight you.
Action transforms potential energy into kinetic energy and boosts commitment to conviction. Create a flexible action plan that propels your creation forward while being fluid like water, flowing along the path of least resistance. Be open and receptive to attracting new opportunities and collaborations that are satisfying and move you closer to achieving your intention.
Phase 4: Realize Success and Fulfillment
“Timing really is nearly everything. And what it isn’t, circumstance makes up for.”
~ Steven Van Zandt
Timing is everything. When something is meant to be, nothing can stop it from materializing.
Practice patience, perseverance, and purity (being purposeful). Know that things are lining up for you all the time.
Be an open conduit to receive what materializes. Mold your action plan to changing circumstances.
Don’t dwell too much on what’s not manifesting. Instead, be grateful for what is unfolding. Appreciate all who are contributing to the process and your mutual success.