Setting Goals and Achieving Your Dreams – How Do You Do It?

In a recent post called New Year’s Resolutions that I made I wrote about setting some goals. In this specific post I was referencing some goals I had set for myself for my recommenced training as part of my New Year’s Resolutions for an improved health and getting back into shape. Well, if you remember or review this post, you learned that I really did not do too well in terms of reaching the goal for distance for my January run. In fact I only made about 55% of my distance goal. Now while the reason could have been that I was slacking off too much, the major reason for this specific lack of achievement was probably more due to the fact that my goal was unrealistic for the condition and personal fitness at the time. As you can read from the original post I had planned to do 300 km in the month of January, but actually only did about 165 km. Well, as mentioned I pretty much hadn’t done any run nor much of any other training for at least 6 months, so as I ramped up my distance immediately once we hit January 1st then I also asked for trouble straight away by overtraining and hurting myself, basically also putting me out of the game again, in requirement of rest days in greater quantity than I had planned or wished for.

The problem was that I did not set realistic, obtainable and achievable goal in congruence with the current state of me. My mental mindset was all there, but my physical state unfortunately did not allow it.

So I think it would be beneficial to look at how one should set goals. It might do me good to revisit the great goal setting techniques that has been advocated by many mentors for years and I suspect it might be good for some of the visitors to my blog too.  I have therefore posted an article on setting goals and achieving them which you can read here: Setting Goals and Achieving Your Dreams – How Do You Do It?

 

Professional Business Consultant Mikkel Pitzner Named One of America’s PremierExperts

Mikkel Pitzner, serial entrepreneur, has recently been named as one of America’s PremierExperts® in recognition of his outstanding business knowledge and training techniques.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PRLog (Press Release)Feb 06, 2012
Serial Entrepreneur, social media expert and consultant and small time investor, Mikkel Pitzner, has recently been acknowledged by America’s PremierExperts® as one of the leading experts in his field. America’s PremierExperts® recognizes leading experts, across a wide array of industries, who are willing to provide information and education to consumers as a public service.

Originally from Denmark, Mikkel made his mark in the business world by merging two companies; the combination created the fourth largest car rental company and doubled the size of its leasing company.

Mikkel recently owned and operated the largest limousine service company in Denmark, growing their profits by 3,200% during the first few years of ownership alone. He also quadrupled its size, growing it to more than 200 employees. The company has catered limousine services to high profile clientele including three different US Presidents.

Mikkel is one of the three partners of the very successful Freetrailer company that operates all over Denmark and Sweden, and may soon be coming to the United States. He is also a partner of several other entities and a board member of 9 different companies spanning Denmark, Sweden and the United States.

America’s PremierExperts® LLC is an organization that honors an exclusive group of celebrity experts who are dedicated to spreading knowledge and awareness in their field of expertise and making significant contributions to their industry and the marketplace as a whole.  America’s PremierExperts®, was launched by Nick Nanton, Esq., The Celebrity Lawyer and J.W. Dicks, Esq., the world’s leading expert on business growth through personal branding, authors of the best-selling books, “Celebrity Branding You®, “Big Ideas For Your Business” and “Shift Happens.”

For more information about America’s PremierExperts® please visit http://www.AmericasPremierExperts.com.

About Mikkel Pitzner:

Mikkel is a best selling author and speaker, using his experience to show entrepreneurs how to create a business that will provide them with the lifestyle of their choice. Mikkel’s business success and experience make him a well sought after consultant for businesses around the world. He is currently building 4 new business ventures simultaneously, while also using his expertise to help a local manufacturer in a struggling and challenging economy. You can find more information on Mikkel Pitzner on http://www.mikkelpitzner.com.

About America’s PremierExperts® LLC:

America’s PremierExperts® is an organization that recognizes business experts for their willingness to promote free expert content in their field of expertise to consumers and journalists alike, while offering business owners, entrepreneurs, professional speakers, authors, professionals and corporate CEOs exclusive, invitation-only, opportunities for further exposure and growth in the marketplace.  JW Dicks, Esq. and Nick Nanton, Esq., top agents to celebrity experts around the world, founded America’s PremierExperts® to honor entrepreneurs, CEOs, authors, professional speakers and businesspeople who are dedicated to spreading knowledge and awareness in their field of expertise and making significant contributions to their industry and the marketplace as a whole.  For more information about America’s PremierExperts® visit http://www.AmericasPremierExperts.com

Contact:
Jennifer Horner
America’s PremierExperts®
407.215.7564
Jennifer@dnagency.com

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America’s PremiereExperts® recognizes leading experts, across a wide array of industries, who are willing to provide information and education to consumers as a public service.

Cause Sometimes Two Is One And One Is None

I love scuba diving. It gives such a wonderful sensation to move yourself through the water column in three dimensions, having left behind you cell phones, emails and all the chores leaving you with heightened senses just for your diving and your thoughts, along with the sights and incredible adventures that sometimes unfold right before you.

Starting back with my first Open Water course to get my first certification for scuba diving, back in 1999, along with my introduction to my diving I began acquiring knowledge and reading material on scuba diving from any source I could get and it wasn’t long before I got acquainted with a pioneering and technical wreck diver by the name of Billy Deans. Now, Billy Deans always had a saying, with his Southern accent, which was: “Cause Two Is One And One Is None”.

What Billy Deans was referring to is the need for a scuba diving to have redundancy in case of something going wrong, such as in case of equipment failure or similar. As an example a scuba diver would be wise to have with him/her on every dive two lights, in case one didn’t work, got flooded or the batteries died on you, two masks and two buoyancy compensators. You would also bring a primary regulator (this is where you breathe off) and in addition a secondary regulator. Should one malfunction you would have another in reserve in your secondary which could get you safely out of the dive. Along the same line a wise diver would always bring at least one buddy who would in fact have the same equipment requirements, in which case you would actually have redundancy in each other. As an example, should one of you run out of gas for what ever reason, the other diver should still have able gas remaining for the two of you to get out of the dive safely.

Billy Deans also talked about bringing a small mirror with you on your dives, so that in case you got hung up in something and you would not be able to see what was going on. An example of this could be that you might have gotten hung up by example filament left overs from fishermen which might have snapped on your regulator posts behind your head (can easily happen on wreck dives) – well, then you could bring out your mirror and use it like you use your mirror in your car to see what was going on behind your head so that you could fix it or possibly cut the filament and get unhooked. So while I never brought a mirror with me on my dives, I certainly can appreciate bringing redundancy and back up.

Recently, when I went to the Bahamas to support the sea trials of the new Triton submarine, the Triton 3300/3, I got reminded why back up is a great thing as I was unpacking my dive gear getting ready to get in the water to video-film one of the submersions of the submarine and unfolded a completely shattered dive mask.

 

Cause Two Is One And One Is None

 

Fortunately, I usually bring with me at least two dive masks, so I could carry on my diving. Now, I was also among several other divers who each had their gear with them and not everybody was in the water at any one given time, so I could have borrowed a mask had I needed to, but the situation still illustrates the point: The need for Redundancy & Back Up.

A few weeks later and I travelled to Bimini, another part of the Bahamas. Upon arrival with a small airplane we continue by car for a few miles and then jump on a small ferry ride. Upon de-boarding said ferry, just as one foot is still on board and the other is on terra firma, the buckle that keeps the strap on my expensive Canon camera breaks and the camera drops, hits the railing and bounces right off into the water perfectly hitting that small gab between the boat and the land. The camera including my favorite lens sinks to the bottom and gets completely submerged and a few minutes later we could see through the crystal clear water how the last air from inside the camera and lens bubbled out, meaning salt water was now completely in the system.

Fortunately I had brought another identical camera with me as I really wanted to bring home with me some great shots from above and below the water surface of the beautiful scenery that Bimini can offer. I had redundancy. I had back up. Only problem was that I was being completely stupid the following day when I was going to use the dry camera for underwater photography, as I forgot to have in place the all important o-ring of the underwater housing. I had actually not brought with me an o-ring at all as I had grabbed an underwater housing that I haven’t used yet and that I really hadn’t prepped either. So as you can imagine shortly into my dive and after having snapped a few shots, I wanted to check what I had gotten so far. I looked at the housing to view the review pane, but noticed that it was foggy. I turned over the housing to view the large dome and saw this was foggy which did not spell good things. Tipping it upside down, yeah, there is was, loads of water. I had managed to flood my back up camera too!

So Sometimes Even Two Is None!

So my best cameras and my two favorite lenses flooded and an underwater housing with no o-ring. No underwater photos to bring home with me (and yes, we saw great things, from sharks and beautiful fishes and even hand fed stingrays). I did have, believe it or not, a few extra cameras with me on the trip (I’m adamant about getting my photos), so I did get some nice top side photos with me home from the trip. But imagine getting the chance of playing with submarines and exploration vessels and cool dives and great locations and scenery, and then not be able to participate or bring home with you the documentation that you wanted due to mishaps along the way. What a blow. Therefore redundancy and back ups are great. Which bring about the question; “What are you to set yourself up with redundancy and for back up for your business? For your income stream(s)? What if something should happen to you and you were incapable of working? What would your situation look like? What emergency plans do you have in place?

One of my business partners and great friends recently and quite unexpectedly to himself and everybody else, discovered that he had a serious heart condition that needed surgery. Yes, one of those surgeries in which your heart will actually get stopped for a little while and in which they cut your whole chest open including through the breast bone. We never expect situations such as these happen to us (perhaps to someone else, but never to us). But all of a sudden you find yourself there. Or in my case, all of a sudden my good friend was right there in such a predicament. It certainly got us all thinking. What if? How well are we set up? How well have I set myself up? How will my family be catered for in case..?

Perhaps you should ponder the same questions and get squared away with your back up plan. Better safe than sorry.

 

Sunset In Bimini

Sunset In Bimini

New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it is January 31st – the end of the first month into the year. If you are like me and most other people, chances are that you set some New Year’s resolution on New Year’s Eve. The question now then beckons, “How well are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions?”

I recently heard one of my mentors, Brian Tracy, say that 78% of New Year’s resolution already fail within a month. Wow, how about that? That is a scary statistics. While I am unsure about what the statistics really say and how you would get a real measure of that it certainly seems true that most New Year’s resolutions either get ditched almost as rapidly as the so-called decision for them was made on the New Year’s evening or quite rapidly fades away in awareness and execution of the individual.

 

So as for me, I set out a few resolutions for myself and in particular for getting back into shape and to lose some of those excess kilos. My plan for getting the results in this area entailed recommencing doing my runs, whether on the treadmill or outside and getting the mileage up, while really trying to cut away some of the unhealthy calories that I had a nasty habit of consuming every day. That’s right, my daily visits to Starbucks would usually result in my standard order of a double tall cappuccino and a pumpkin loaf. And when you go there every day and sometimes several times a day, then you do actually take on something extra that you don’t really want; excess pounds.

I joking mentioned last year, when I set out similar resolutions (oh, yeah, I’m just like most other people. I set resolutions and then I wane off them again after some time), that now would be the time for you to sell any Starbucks shares you might own, since their sales were bound to drop as a direct result of my visits to them were about to end.

So now a month into my little program let’s review just how well it has gone so far. Well, I kinda set out a plan to run 300 km during the month of January. I figured that I would do 10 km a day and if  I skipped a day I would just have to make up for it another day. Yeah, right! You have to realize that I went from pretty much a sedentary state of activities, doing zero physical work outs for at least 6 months, to jumping right into it from day one. Well, it only took me 4 days and then my knees and calves were complaining and hurting. Obviously this is no way of doing any training. Your joints and ligaments need to get built up over time using relatively slow progression. I believe a common factor would be to increase your mileage by maximum 10% per week. So obviously I had to stop a bit and get some recovery in. I am actually not very good with this. A rest day for me often turns into two and then three and so on. I’m usually better at being really stringent or not doing anything at all. It’s a case of having a STOP and a GO button, but nothing in between. No gears, just full blast or complete stand still. I often go from doing absolutely zilch to go all out and then ending up hurting myself again, so that even if I wanted to, I would not be able to do my training. Hmmm, no so good.

Well, I have come to the realization that perhaps my results and my chances of success with this may be heightened by changing the formula a little. I may need to run one day and then intermix the routine by jumping on the bike the next day and possibly put in some strength exercises the third day and then start over or at least some interchanging of what I train and how I do it. As I have signed up for a few triathlons this year too, then I kinda should get on that bike again and perhaps really also should look at doing some swims, so it may make good sense after all.

Looking at the first month, this is what I accomplished: 165.99 km on the treadmill. Well, that is a far cry from the 300 km that I had in mind.It’s in fact just over half of the outset. While this is not terribly satisfactorily, then I am not too displeased. My original goal for the very first month was probably not too realistic. Will it be realistic to do in a monthly period? Of course, but I would have to be in a condition in which I am already pre-disposed to be able to do so. Meaning my legs, joints and muscles are better prepared through more consistent training over a little time to get me there. In terms of kilos, I lost 3.1 kgs and dropped my BMI number by 1 and my fat percentage by 1.8%. This is quite a bit less than what I had in mind as I pretty much had in mind to accomplish more or less what I did last year in January, which was losing 10 kgs in less than a month. But, and there is a but here. I believe that my course now is on the right track opting also for something more sustainable for the long haul rather than the stop and go that I have had a bad habit of doing.

 

Well, let’s see now. Do you sometimes feel you are seeing the same picture developing for your results too? Whether it being your health or perhaps your wealth? Do you find yourself getting into better shape lessen the excess pounds and then suddenly realize you are back again or even at a worse off state than the point your started from. Do you sometimes see your results whether in business or earning do quite a bit the same? And do you perhaps realize that perhaps you waned off too on your actions, resolutions, decisiveness and commitment?

My guess is that most of us do.

Makes you think then also what’s wrong with your pattern? Makes you realize that perhaps there are things you need to change in your formula. Makes me remember words of Jim Rohn: “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are” and likewise “The most important question to ask on the job is not “What am I getting?” The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?”

Or in the words of Les Brown: “You must be willing to do the things today others won’t do, in order to have the things others won’t have”.

So how well are you doing with your resolutions? Are you moving forward with your goals? Are you moving forward in positive direction towards where you want to be? And if you are not, what are you going to do in order to fix that? What are you willing to do? And who are you wanting to become?

 

New York City Triathlon 2011

 

PS. I am raising funds for worth while cause called Team For Kids. I would love if you would consider making a donation towards the cause.

 

Team For Kids Fund Raising

I just got signed up for Team For Kids Fundraising today.

Funny how getting a child changes you. It really does. Thankfully for the better. Becoming a parent and experiencing the awe of such a miracle life is, seeing it develop and transform in your offspring right in front of your eyes certainly has made some really huge shifts in me. And when we had the scare of our little son’s kidney problems being revealed to us last summer, the preciousness and potential fragility of life also became more apparent and you suddenly realize that you really have to appreciate every moment you have and also just how privileged and fortunate you are. It also spurred in me a spark of wanting to contribute in some way back to the universe, back to great causes and back to those who are less fortunate less privileged. Suddenly it is no longer just me, me, me and me. Suddenly, you find that life is so much grander outside the me.

 

Gabriel being strapped in on the gurney before transportation from emergency room to another hospital

 

Arrival at the second hospital. We ended up being transferred yet to a third hospital.

 

Gabriel hooked up to all sorts of monitoring devices and drops

 

I cannot help but being in awe of how well Gabriel took all the commotion and unpleasantries at the hospital

Yep, there was a machine that said "PIIING" and there were all sorts of alarms all the time

 

My Most Favorite People In The Universe

Still Happy - Always a great kid

Finally out of the hospital and instead in a nice 5 star hotel, getting a real bath - in the sink

Gabriel these days - about 7 months later

 

So I started ever so slightly last year, contributing with minor means to certain causes of my personal choice. While I may have supported certain causes most of my life, there really was no real direction for it and certainly no real commitment from my personal side and it never contained much of a personal involvement. I still feel that there are limits to what I can give, but I realize that we all posses possibilities of aiding to some extend, some times with small or large donations, sometimes by spreading the word, sometimes by actually being involved in voluntary work for cause or by a multitude of other smaller of bigger ways of helping one or several causes.

I have always had my favorite causes that usually all involved animal welfare and I still would preserve a real emotional tie towards these, but once I received my beautiful son into this world, my affinity for children and humans dramatically changed for the better and became vastly more positive. Last year I was introduced to a couple of really great organizations and projects that I certainly will revisit again and have ideas for and personal commitment set up in my plans for roll out this year, but today the choice went to Team For Kids.

From Team For Kids website, www.tfkworldwide.org you can learn the following:

Team for Kids is a committed group of adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds on behalf of New York Road Runners youth services…Funds raised by Team for Kids members allow NYRR to provide free or low-cost school- and community-center based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have little to no access to regular physical activity. Currently, our programs serve nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools and community centers in New York City, nationally, and in Africa.

So in other words, I have just started my personal involvement in the fund raising for Team For Kids. So if you are reading this and wish to be part of this and show your support, it will be greatly appreciated not just by me, but most certainly by some children whose lives will be improved by the efforts of the work done by Team For Kids . Donating is super easy, just visit my fundraising page and donate there. Oh, and as you will see from the fundraising page, I’m running the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. I am adding meaning to my miles.

 

And in terms of Gabriel. Well, I am glad you asked and to be able to report that I really see all his former problems with the kidneys are past us and that he will suffer no more complications from this or anything else.

 

 

See also http://mikkelpitzner.com/please-help-me-achieve-my-goal/

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A Note From The Bahamas

I consider myself a very fortunate guy and sometimes this seems to shine through in more vivid colors than I could ever have imagined, revealing to me a true magical life and wondrous experiences.

Recently, I had the great opportunity to go to the Bahamas to aid in the support of the sea trials of the new Triton 3300/3 submarines from Triton Submarines, Inc. Those who know me also know that I one of my big passions is that of scuba diving and you may also know that I work with a South Florida based dive equipment manufacturer called Brownie’s Marine Group. It is via my association with Brownie’s Marine Group that I got the chance to be part of the Triton Submarine event and I might add I have actually be fortunate in participating in such event on several occasions. But let me tell you more about this last time.

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Press Release, November 6th 2011, CelebrityPress Signs Publishing Deal With Leading Entrepreneurs For “The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need”

Orlando, Fla. – November 6, 2011 – Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., of business and marketing book publisher, CelebrityPress™, recently signed a publishing deal with several leading business and marketing experts to co-write the forthcoming book The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need.

The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need will be released in early 2012 and will feature top advice from leading entrepreneurs, business owners and marketing experts from around the world. The authors will share their insights, tips and secrets to maintaining a thriving business through any kind of economy.

Some of the authors contributing to The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need include: John Souza, Erin Botsford, Karl R. Wolfe, Robert Allen, Chris and Janet Attwood, Leigh Steinberg, Greg Link, Brian Tracy, Ron LeGrand, Gregory Herlean, Julie Guest Alloway, Cindy Speaker, Olga Rickards, Meny Hoffman, Mikkel Pitzner, Kelly Borth, Lindsay Dicks, Greg Rollett, Chuck Boyce, Pat Rigsby, Nick Berry, William Benner, Andre Voskuil, Forest Hamilton, Edward Alfke, John Ledford, Christine Rae, Bill Kustka, Nick Rodriguez, Mark Cole, Larry Benet, Abdoul H. Diallo, Grace Daly, Frankie Verdugo, Bertrand McHenry, Bryan Sullivan, Joe Rickards, Mfon Ekpo, Paul Edgewater and others.

Other books recently released by CelebrityPress™ include:

Trendsetters: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Top Trends To Help You Achieve Greater Health, Wealth and Success!
Pushing To The Front: Front Line Strategies From The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs
The Next Big Thing: Top Trends From Today’s Leading Experts to Help You Dominate the New Economy
The New Masters of Online Marketing
More Than a Mouthful: America’s Leading Dentists Reveal How to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy By Taking Care of Your Teeth
Total Body Breakthroughs: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Proven Health, Fitness & Nutrition Secrets To Help You Achieve The Body You’ve Always Wanted But Couldn’t Until Now!
The Definitive Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle
The Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding® Agency has represented over 900 experts in 23 countries around the world, and CelebrityPress™ has helped launch over 400 best-selling authors to date.

To learn more about CelebrityPress™, please visit http://www.CelebrityPressPublishing.com

About Celebrity Press™:

Celebrity Press™ is a business book publisher that publishes books from thought leaders around the world. Celebrity Press™ specializes in helping its authors grow their businesses through book publishing. Celebrity Press™ has published books alongside Brian Tracy, Dr. Ivan Misner, Ron Legrand, Mari Smith, Kelly O’Neil, Alexis Martin Neely and many of the biggest experts across diverse fields.

If you’d like to learn more about Celebrity Press™ or to see if we’re a good fit for your book project, please visit http://www.celebritypresspublishing.com/contact-us

Great News About My First Book Collaboration: I Am Now A Bestselling Author

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of being invited to participate in a book collaboration along with some other great people in Matt Morris’s book series entitled “The Art And Science Of Success”. My participation would be in Volume 2 of this series. Volume 1 already had proved to be a huge success, so naturally we were hoping for similar success for the next one.

Well, today I received this wonderful message below:

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In The Presence Of Greatness

Brian Tracy

I have been excessively fortunate just lately and had the immense pleasure of being in the presence of greatness.

Last weekend in San Diego I received lessons and words of wisdom from no other than Mike Koenigs, Joseph McClendon III, Paul Colligan, Amy Porterfield, Haley Hill Hohengarten and Christina Hills and this weekend in San Jose by Brendan Burchard, Wayne Dyer, Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy and once more by Paul Colligan.

Great stimulation and exercise for my brain and mind blowing presentations and even some hip hop rap.

Also among the big crowds of highly successful entrepreneurs I had the great chance to meet some very awesome and cool people from all over the world including quite a few from my home country Denmark.

Great contacts were established, some business in sight possibly too and very hopefully commencement of some lasting new friendships.

So What Do You Do Mikkel?

People I meet naturally ask me what I do just like I ask them the same question. but lately, I have found it difficult to offer a simple and concise answer to this, possibly because I do not do just one thing that more or less would define what I do.

Currently, you might say that I am in between several functions and before I have narrowed it down or become more attuned to a specific function, I guess that you could say I will continue to have this challenge.

If, however, I was to let you know a little bit about what I currently do, then my reply would entail pieces of the following functions:

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