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The Power of Synch

In my opinion, one of the greatest advancements in computer technology over the last few years has been the synchronization of data between devices.

Having our data in the cloud has certainly facilitated this, but it’s clear that our various devices and our applications are better designed to keep our data synched and up to date across multiple platforms. It’s a huge improvement over the way things used to be.

Many people have a computer, a tablet and a smart phone. I have just a notebook computer and a “phablet”—a large smart phone (Samsung Note II). And I use Google Drive as well as MS OneDrive to store most of my data. I love having access to all of my files from virtually anywhere.

And I really like updating my MS OneNote notebooks from my phone or my computer. Most of my life (at least the information in it) is now in OneNote (the best program Microsoft ever came up with).

Because I use Google Contacts, when I make an address or phone number change/addition in my phone, it immediately updates online. If I were to lose my phone, or get a new one, my 2,521 contacts would still be on Google Contacts. It’s the same thing with my calendar and my eMail. And my entire audio, video and Kindle library is available to me from my phone or computer using Google Play and Amazon Kindle.

Operating this way means that we have largely protected ourselves from a hard drive breakdown or lost-device disaster. That said, we still do a nightly backup for all the computers in our network using Mozy and FBackup.

Another place I noticed the “power of synch” was when we configure a new computer. It used to be that the biggest expense in buying a new computer was the day or two you spent getting the new machine configured and customized to your liking. But now, with many of your settings residing in the cloud, upgrading requires much less time.

Perhaps you’re already using some of the the power of synchronicity yourself. Good for you. But if you haven’t yet taken advantage of it, I encourage you to do so. It makes for more simplicity, ease and mobility.

Update Your Technology
If your computer is over two years old, you should definitely consider upgrading. Hardware and software advances mean that you’re working with antiquated systems. Maybe they’re not obsolete, but they’re certainly not optimal. Everything has gotten more compact, faster, easier to use—and less expensive.

For most of you, equipment and applications are tax deductible, so especially before year-end, you should consider getting some newer technology. With prices low, the increased efficiency should offer a quick return on investment.

What’s Your Theme for 2014?

I usually have a theme for each year—something catchy and memorable to keep me focused on my most important goals.

And this year’s is the same as last year’s: “Lean and Green in 2014”. I’m lighter, earning more and helping others earn more than a year ago, but it’s still my focus. And because I’m committed to helping even more people generate more income, freedom and confidence, “Lean and Green” still works.

What’s your theme for this year? What would you like it to be?

Having a yearly theme has worked well for me and the many others whom I’ve recommended it to. And it will work for you.

We all need more focus and concentration. It’s the 2nd C of The 3C Formula (see The Achievement Code: The 3C Formula for Getting What You Truly Want). In fact, if you can accomplish your top goals without a lot of focus and intention, you probably don’t have very big goals. If so, you may want to re-evaluate.

All you have to do is select your top one or two goals and make them into a theme. It doesn’t even have to rhyme like mine ;-).

Let me know what your theme is for 2014. You can comment on this post below or comment on our FaceBook Fan Page.

PS: If you didn’t see my brief article on listing your Tolerations for elimination, it’s on our home page.

What’s Your Problem? Are You Sure?

Solving the REAL ProblemIt’s often said that very few people have clearly defined goals. I agree. And I also think that very few people are clear on what their problems actually are—the ones that stand in the way of those loosely defined goals. They might complain about what they perceive as the problem and they may even diligently work on solving it. But in my 35 plus years working with business owners and leaders, it’s rare to find that they have the problem clearly identified and unambiguously articulated.

Charles Kettering said, “A problem clearly stated is a problem half-solved.” The way we define the problem has a lot to do with how we approach the solution. Many times a re-definition will work wonders on opening new and different possibilities.

Working on solving a problem when it’s not really the problem will almost always create poor results. It might even be worse than doing nothing at all.

To get clear, we usually need to challenge our premises, drill deeper into what the problem is really about, and make sure we have it identified and properly and effectively defined it. Only then can we achieve elegant results.

Jack Sparrow ProblemAn erroneous belief of and a misunderstanding of the actual problem is a large and very common situation. So is an unproductive attitude or belief. Captain Jack Sparrow, the lead character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, used the line, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” Since he was a pirate, he most likely stole or paraphrased the line. But it does have some real truth in it.

We all have problems—some big, some small. And in most cases we must resolve them. In fact, that’s what we get paid to do. A business exists to provide for the needs and wants of its clients. It’s just another way of saying the business solves problems. As an employee, you’re paid to solve problems, too. But I’m guessing few people think of their jobs that way. And yet the better off you are at solving problems, the more value you bring to the marketplace.

So what are your biggest challenges? Are they truly the problems you think them to be? I would challenge you to question that. If you’ve been in a committed relationship for more than a few months, you’ve probably figured out that you rarely, if ever, fight about the things you think you’re fighting about. It’s almost always something deeper. And when you get to the real issue, it’s much easier to solve. It’s the same with understanding the real problem.

This idea of trying to solve wrongly defined problems and having erroneous beliefs and attitudes about them is a big subject indeed.

So on Tuesday, December 10th at 3 PM ET, I’m conducting a live training on how to identify, define and solve problems. It’s called Solving the REAL Problem.

I know you’ll find it helpful. And I’m confident it can make a big difference in helping you design, create and live your best life. In fact, I guarantee it.

Go to this page to learn more and register for this thought-provoking, problem-solving experience.

And I’ll give all attendees who qualify something worth in excess of $500.

When you register, we’ll make sure you get access not only to the live webinar, but also the recording in case you’re not able to be on the call live.
See more here . . .