Personal Life Contracts – Being Accountable To Yourself
Posted on: September 30, 2015
Interview Date: 5/28/2015
Contracts are used to lay out expectations and responsibilities of the parties involved. We take them very seriously in business and law. Fotinos believes that we should take our own goals just as seriously and create personal contracts to hold ourselves accountable in our pursuit of excellence. His philosophy is that once we make clear the responsibilities for our part of the contract, we set success in motion. “Energy follows action. We can say what we want all day long, we can yearn, we can hope, we can read, we can understand it intellectually, but until action happens, nothing happens.” Fotinos shares his methods and ideas for committing to a Personal Life Contract, such as finding a group or person to connect with throughout the process. He further explains that there are different components in a contract and we can only control our part. When we do that, life or spirit will do its part. “Our side of the contract is to decide what it is, to get clear and then to make a decision, take action, be consistent and persistent.” He suggests that when we let go of control of the “how” and the “when” the results happen more quickly than we expect. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Joel Fotinos is a vice president at Penguin Random House Publishers and publisher of the Tarcher/Penguin imprint. He’s also a licensed minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living.
Joel Fotinos is the author and coauthor of several books including:
◦The Prayer Chest: A Novel About Receiving All of Life’s Riches (coauthor August Gold) (Doubleday Religion 2007)
◦Multiply Your Blessings: A 90 Day Prayer Partner Experience (Hampton Roads 2012)
◦Little Daily Wisdom: 365 Inspiring Bible Verses to Change Your Life (Paraclete Press 2009)
◦Think and Grow Rich Starter Kit (coauthors Napoleon Hill, August Gold) (Tarcher 2014)
◦The Think and Grow Rich Journey: Enhance and Enrich Your Path to Success (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013)
◦My Life Contract: 90-Day Program for Prioritizing Goals, Staying on Track, Keeping Focused, and Getting Results (Weiser Books 2014)
To learn more about the work of Joel Fotinos go to http://www.joelfotinos.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
◦ What is a Life Contract
◦ How can we create a Life Contract
◦ What is a Mastermind Partnership or Group
◦ What is the difference between your purpose and life’s purpose
◦ Why is it important to prioritize
◦ What is a contract map
◦ How can we stay on track and take the right actions
◦ What does it mean to be consistent and persistent
◦ What do we have to do every day during our contract
◦ Is the path to success linear
◦ What does it mean to be accountable
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