2014 Outstanding Graduating Senior, Elin Nordegren, Commencement Speech

Source: msn.foxsports.com

Usually a person who takes nine years to get an undergraduate degree may not be the apropos commencement speaker, but in the case of Elin Nordegren, Rollins College didn’t care.

Yes, the famed ex-wife of Tiger Woods took a while to get her degree, but she finished with a 3.98 GPA and was named the most outstanding senior in her class.

Nordegren’s degree is in psychology. According to PEOPLE:

Nordegren started college courses at Rollins in 2005, when she was married to Woods and did not yet have children, chipping away at her degree sometimes one class at a time. She took a semester off following the birth of each of her children – Sam, now 6, and Charlie, now 5 – and again in 2010, in the wake of the spectacular revelations of infidelity by her then-husband. That period she referred to Saturday as “the wild storm of my personal life.”

We all know the Nordegren, who divorced Tiger Woods in 2010, was probably a little sidetracked over the course of the time that spanned her degree.

“Yes, nine years is a pretty long time,” she said. “When I received the honor of speaking today I was happy. I was also a little surprised. I have been called a ‘woman with no words’ in the media and criticized for not talking very much.”

She spoke about how far she’d come since coming to the U.S. as a married 25-year-old.

“Today, nine years later I’m a proud American and have two beautiful children. … But I’m no longer married,” said Nordegren, which elicited laughter and applause from the crowd.

“Your actions inspired me to keep on going to the finish line. We walked the talk,” she said.

If you want to hear her full speech, watch above.

Plan Prioritze and Produce

Plan out your day the night before so that your brain is already taking action. When the brain believes you can achieve is a real – so by planning out your next day the night before you’re the brain has engaged and when you awake it is not up discussion , you jump in and take action.

Writing this down will re enforce this “command” even better? When we write things down we commit to ourselves – it is like setting up a contract with oneself. You are also over 70% more likely to remember it because you wrote it. Write it don’t text it to yourself or type in into your computer, actually write it down and make a schedule for the next day. Putting it in a planner is a great way to measure your progress, while making that goal for the following day.

Prioritize what you do! I was taught a great acronym that I will share with you IPA. Income Producing Activity – is what should be planned and executed first. Why? So that it gets done and if “life “gets in your way which it will the most important things for your business will get handled, and over time you will have the success you are seeking. That consistency in doing your “IPA’s” income producing activities will get you to the success you are seeking!

Produce make it happen, work towards your goals don’t make your goals to work!
Give yourself a result, an outcome, what do you want? You have to be very clear on what your business is and is it producing – this must be the top priority and over time and it really will not take long if you have a “routine” you will see measurable results. It’s consistency and persistence that achieves success always, so setting up the system to achieve that will make your business, your time, and you’re successful as well as balanced.
The ability to get distracted is understated and then adds to it the “chatter” that we cause in our minds to provide evidence of why we are not succeeding. By planning, and prioritizing you will be productive and have a balance in life. There are so many ways we are being “pulled” and so often when we work from home we let that “pull” direct our day. This is a recipe for failure in your business. IPA’s will get you excited and change your “state” as you continue to see more and more good things happening that affect your business in the way you want .

What IF…

For a couple of weeks your plan out the night before Sunday thru Thursday nights plan your work schedule . . . record these plans by writing them down in your planner starting with first things first – planning your income producing activities for the first hour or two of your work day. Visually see what you are doing and record the results you are achieving by each activity. Make sure you record the amount of time you spend on the IPA’s – why? Because you can affect your growth or lack of . . . Moe IPA”s more results – less well there is the evidence however it is fact based and not based on emotions. This will keep you running an amazing work day and accomplishing the important things no matter what happens in the course of the rest of your day, business or not- makes sense, right?