Treadmill of Life

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know that I use the treadmill and on more than one occasion my 94 lb Doberman has tried to join me. Too bad there isn’t someone filming to catch the two of us flying through the air. Oh and did I mention that I text, tweet and email while walking? I’m very surprised my blackberry still functions AND I don’t have any broken limbs!

Yesterday I listened to a “webshop” by Dina Dwyer Owens, Chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group and Chairwoman of IFA (International Franchise Association). Dina shared a small portion of a workshop she conducts with her team and franchisees. Her approach is to set “target goals” by turning dreams into targets. She provided activities for us to distinguish our values, principles and character traits setting us on a course to write our own rule book for life.

I sat down with my homework and the first thing I realized is that I need to get off the treadmill of life that leads nowhere and set a direction. I preach to my franchisees about priorities, goals and time management when too often at the end of the day I am exhausted and I am too tired to spend time on me or my family.  I tell myself that I don’t have time to go to the movies, read a book, have dinner with friends or even make the bed in the morning! When in reality I haven’t carved out my life goals.

I know what my professional goals are now all I need  is align them with my life goals!

Secret for you: Dina does email when on the treadmill too! But she has a handle on her life and professional goals