Advice on How to Achieve Your Goals — Part 2

blog Feb 11, 2011

In the last few weeks when I was thinking about my own goals, I really tried to swallow my own medicine, buy what I was selling, or whatever cliché you want to put in there. I looked at my own behavior and tried to make as formal as possible. First, on the girlfriend front, I decided to email no less and no more than three girls every day my manager comes in. Also, I pick out three articles and have Kristi put them into a Word document so I can read them later as opposed to just saying “yeah, I should do this or that.”

The surreal part of all this is the fact that since I put my first blog post up earlier this month, I felt a duty to do everything on the list. Because I put it out on the Internet, I feel an obligation not only to myself but to everybody that reads my blog to keep my word. It’s not that I owe you any explanation but I just feel more accountable this way. It’s weird, I know. As a matter of fact, after I put the first blog post up, I got...

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Advice on How to Achieve Your Goals — Part 1

blog Feb 02, 2011

For the last couple weeks I have been talking about goals. I started by defining my own goals for 2011 and then followed up by looking at the problems people face on the way to achieving their goals. So, I decided not to leave you guys hanging by giving you everything that could go wrong with your goals and give you some words of encouragement towards achieving them.

The main thread of these three blog posts is the fact that goal setting and goal achievement needs to be more methodical and structured. It is paramount to make the goal as tangible as possible. Make the goal real really ask yourself why do I want to achieve this goal…what impact would it have if I actually achieved the goal? One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Great goal, right? But what would actually achieving that goal mean to a person? Would that mean that they could fit in their favorite jeans? If so, why not put those jeans out where you could see them every single day?...

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Why Goals Fall Flat

blog Jan 25, 2011

Last week I posted my New Year’s resolutions and ever since I posted that, I’ve been thinking about why most New Year’s resolutions fail.  I have been going through in my head my own behaviors as well as the behaviors of people that I know.  I tried to talk to as many people as I can about their successes and their obstacles; as much as I give you my own stories in my books and in this blog, I want to see if my random thoughts are unique to my situation or if they apply to a vast array of people. (I try to write about issues that apply to most situations.)

When people set goals one of the issues is that they bite off more than they can chew.   It’s great to have long term goals.  In fact, I think that the more long term thinking you have, the more likely you are to achieve your goals.  With that said, people don’t break down their goals.  Sometimes they don’t even know where to begin.  When you have a lofty...

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New Year Goals

blog Jan 10, 2011

With the New Year come new goals. In my last post, I recapped 2010 and, to say the least, I was thrown for a loop. I am trying to figure out what that big windfall means for my life, my business, and my identity. The fact is that my personality has two halves when it comes to my business. One half is a creative person that loves to write and just wants to focus on the creative side of the business. The other half is a hardcore business person that needs to have a plan and wants to know how everything is going to work out. I am happy to have both sides because I feel that it is necessary to be both creative and business-minded. I do not want to be one of those people who throws things against the wall and sees what sticks. On the other hand, I don’t want to be one of those people who is so married to a plan that I don’t see the opportunities in front of me. So much of my work is based on happy accidents.

There is part of me that does not like New Year’s resolutions...

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2010 Rewind

blog Dec 22, 2010

If I had to define 2010 in one word, that word would be surreal. It was definitely the most interesting year of my life with some of the most extreme highs and lows I’ve ever experienced.

In the middle of February, Rich came to me and said that he got a job offer. We discussed it for a while and I encouraged him to take the job. My thinking was that in order for me to get to the next level, I needed to hire a manager. So Rich took the job but remains my speaking partner. I hired my manager Kristi Walter in early March and we have had many discussions about where I want to go and how I want to get there. Meanwhile, my parents’ equity on the house was drying up in order to fund my company, which was tearing me up more than I can explain. I could see the day coming when I would have to give up on my dream and I was scared. There were a few bright spots. I got approached by Looking Beyond and they wanted to give me the Soaring Spirit Award for 2010. They held an exclusive...

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May I have your autograph?

blog Dec 16, 2010

Last Sunday night, the Cowboys were playing the Eagles and after the game, Jesse Palmer asked for the autograph of Michael Vick, the Eagles Quarterback. This whole week, the media has been arguing whether that was a good move or a boneheaded move. I personally think we should admire our colleagues; Vick is at the top of his game, so I see nothing wrong with Palmer wanting his autograph.

I have been wanting to write a post about autographs for a while. I guess now is the best time. I never understood the value of autographs. Is it an excuse to get close to somebody you admire? Is it something that you can put in a bookcase? When I was 17, I saw Will Smith in the mall and my mom asked me if I wanted to go get his autograph. I said no. I have to admit I got Pete Carroll’s autograph the first time that I gave him my book but that was on a football and somehow a football is different than a magazine or a piece of paper. I still have the football in my showcase and it looks...

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Technological Woes

blog Dec 09, 2010

I love technology. In fact, I could be called a geek. (And I have been quite a number of times!) I got a cell phone in 1997 before most people. In marketing, I would be considered an “early adopter” (look mom and dad that USC degree paid off!). Lately, I have been having some technical difficulties. I’ve noticed that all the new cell phones have either touch screens or tiny little keyboards like the iPhone or the Blackberry. I have a hard time dialing a cell phone with big old numbers as it is. About a month ago, I dropped my cell phone on the floor and when I went to pick it up, I ran over it with my 300 pound chair (not including my weight). I saw that the screen was all funky. (And when I say funky, I mean screwed up!) I put up with my problem for another month when I ran over it again. Now…let me explain. I’ve had a cell phone since ‘97, and never once ran over it. Sure, I dropped it a few times, but never ran over it. On a side note, I have...

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blog Dec 03, 2010

Lately there has been much news about the new TSA measures to make us safer and many people are upset because they say that it violates their rights or they’re embarrassed.  Yes, going through forced security is a hassle, but that’s all it is, a hassle.  Being disabled is a hassle every day...but I get through it.

I travel quite a bit and I'm willing to wager that there's a good chance my travels might be somewhat more involved than yours.  (Notice I said involved not harder.)  I’m telling you this not because I'm trying to elicit sympathy or make you feel bad for me, but because I want you to say to yourself next time you’re in an airport and frustrated about security and delayed flights, at least I don’t have to go through what the guy in the chair goes through. Another thing: remember, I’m Middle Eastern.  Strike two!

After I make my reservation, I have to call the airport and let them know that I have an electric...

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Giving Thanks

blog Nov 23, 2010 Rich and I had a weekly column on the USC football blog in the 2008-2009 season.  Every Thanksgiving, I would make a list of everything I was thankful for; it was a good idea then...and I guess it’s a good idea now.  So, I would like to continue this tradition on both Random Thoughts From the Chair

This year was an amazing year and I have a lot to be thankful for.  So without further ado, here we go:

  • Buying my first house
  • My amazing trips
  • The California Lottery
  • My Mom’s friend and co-worker Thao, who bought the lottery ticket
  • My friendships
  • The Lakers, who won the Championship
  • My new manager Kristi, who puts up with me every day
  • My award from Looking Beyond
  • DVR service “ one of the best inventions ever!
  • All my friends
  • My sister Sanaz, who gets to get spoiled
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blog Nov 18, 2010

If I tell you, describe to me spontaneity, you would probably describe someone who is always ready to do something like drive to Vegas in the middle of the night, which by the way I have done before. (I had a bad day, give me a break.)

I have a unique interpretation of spontaneity. I believe the definition of spontaneity is doing what you want, when you want, and how you want. Often times my disability forces me to plan extensively. My friends can’t just call me up and ask me to meet them here or there. (By the way, why is LA the only metropolitan city without a decent public transportation system?) Also, the idea of being spontaneous for me is just being able to hop in the shower or get a glass of water whenever I feel like. Every night before I go to bed, someone has to put a glass of water next to my bed so if I get thirsty during the night I don't have to wake anybody up. It’s like putting out water for the dog. In my creative work, I can’t always get an idea...

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