Goal setting is as important in your personal life as it is in business. The most common denominator in all the self-help literature and books is the importance of goal setting.
Despite their obvious value, our experience with goals has shown that some are good at setting goals, sticking to them and achieving great results, while others can’t keep a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking for two days in a row.
Here is the key point to keep in mind: winners have specific goals. Without specific goals, there is no way you can determine the most important tasks. There is nothing more powerful to your workday than knowing your purpose and executing it in an effective manner. Your life will take on a real meaning once you begin to adopt a goals mentality and focus. Continue reading →
Some view resolutions as statements of intention. However, to be meaningful, resolutions require action.
Success in business (or for that matter anything else) requires action in the form of hard, focused, disciplined and committed work. There are no shortcuts to success.
We can all agree that to be successful requires the proper use of certain knowledge and skills. However, without the proper mental foundation there is no way you can use that knowledge and skill effectively. I refer to this foundation as your “mental toughness”. Developing this mental toughness is a choice. Here are 3 key steps that will get you going in the right direction: Continue reading →
We all make the choice to suffer from procrastination. Procrastination is born from one, or a combination of, the following:
Trying to be a perfectionist.
A lack of self-discipline.
The inability to fight off distractions.
A lack of specific goals and fear.
How many times do you start the day knowing what you want to do, but eventually come up with a reason why you just can’t get started and so you put it off? Whatever your reason might be, the fact is, you are procrastinating.
Left unchecked, procrastination can be a career and/or business killer. Here are 3 useful tips to help you overcome procrastination: Continue reading →
Well, I thought it would be appropriate to kick off 2016 with one of Yogi Berra’s famous quotes because for some of you it sure seems like you’ve been here before.
Yup, it’s that time of year when you “announce” your plans to make 2016 better than 2015. You probably went through the same exercise last year around this same time. Did it work? Did you accomplish all of your goals in 2015? Or did your 2015 results look very similar to what took place in 2014? Are you going to make the same old promises or resolutions to yourself without making the hard and needed changes to who you are and who you need to be? If not, don’t be surprised 12 months from now if your future looks a lot like your past.
You can waste time and be mad at yourself about lost opportunities. None of that matters. What really matters is the answer to this question: “So, what are you going to do now?”
Here are 5 suggestions to guide you:
What are you going to do in 2016 to avoid doing more of the same things that just don’t work? Learn from your past mistakes don’t repeat them.
What are you going to do in 2016 to stop playing the blame game and coming up with excuses that point to something or someone else (other than you)? 2016 should be the year that you start to look inward to solve some of the challenges that you will face.
What are you going to do in 2016 to implement a practical self-development plan for yourself to help you grow and perform at a higher level? What new skills do you want to learn and use consistently and effectively? When you get better, everything around you gets better.
What will you do in 2016 to raise your personal level of tenacity and passion for your career or business? You may have a vision, but a vision without tenacity and passion is like trying to start a fire with wet wood: it flickers for a bit and then goes out!
What will you do in 2016 to eliminate the distractions that prevent you from working on the right things at the right time? Or do you like spending all of your time solving problems for everyone else?
At any point in time, we find ourselves having to deal with a variety of problems. Some are big; others are small. Some we create and others land in our lap as a result someone else’s actions (or lack of actions). Some are valid while others are just unnecessary distractions. Regardless of how it is described, in almost all of the problems we encounter, we are paid to solve them.
To effectively solve a problem, you have to have a clear understanding of its cause and impact. However, many of you spend way too much time and energy focusing on just the problem – its cause and its impact – and not enough time and emotion on taking action to get to the solution. In essence, many find themselves “obsessing” about the problem leading to detrimental results for the individual and their organization. It’s almost like digging a hole and pulling the dirt back in on top of you. Your frustration, stress and negative emotions grow unchecked. As this occurs, you basically eliminate any chance you might have to get past the clutter to find a way forward to a solution.
So, what’s the lesson? Problems need to be solved. And the solution starts with some type of action. In fact, in most cases, any initial action will do. Maybe it’s small and directed at one aspect of the problem. Nevertheless it’s action that will help you take your mind off of the negative emotions or frustration building within in you.
Look for something to act on that would be a simple clear “win” or positive step forward. If you follow this simple process, your confidence will grow, your focus will become clearer and you’ll be motivated to take the necessary additional actions until the problem is solved.
Bottom-line: when it comes to eliminating the negative effects of emotions associated with confronting and solving problems, replace the negative focus with an orientation towards action – one small step at a time.
Are you really that busy or does it make you feel good to hear yourself say that?
Whenever I hear a stressed out, overwhelmed business leader make that claim, I usually ask, “Really, doing what?”
Whenever I ask that question, I get the same response every time. First, I get an annoyed, “I can’t believe you would even ask that,” quasi-angry look. Then, they start to recite everything that they believe is making them busy or offer to give me a personal guided tour of their “to-do” list or lists.
Then, showing no fear whatsoever I ask, “But what are you really getting done?” Followed by “Are you getting the right things done and are those things getting you the right results, or are you just filling time in your day?” In most cases, the conversation ends at that point.
Many of you approach the day with the passion of a crusade or holy war and you measure your success by how long your “to-do” list is; or the number of hours you work; or the number of dinners you miss or eat cold and alone; or the number of family or important business events you miss for no good reason other than “I am so busy”. And in some cases, you compound an already bad situation by adding more (and usually not that important) tasks to your daily to-do list. Continue reading →
Well, we’re about midway through the holiday season with the beginning of the New Year only 3 days away. Let me suggest that to make this holiday and next year more meaningful for you – instead of making resolutions or promises that you probably will not keep – that you ask and answer the three questions that follow. Why? Because the answers to these questions will help you identify specific actions you can take to use the knowledge and skills you have to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
The 3 Questions:
What’s the one or two things that you’re really good at (it’s okay to acknowledge what you do well, really, it is)? How and where can you use these attributes in your business, your life or to help someone else?
What’s one thing you want to be better at or learn how to do? Now, identify the first three steps you have to take to get started and the date by which you will take the first step, and the date you will have completed all three.
What are at least 5 things you do that allows you to offer value to or help others—family, friends, customers or clients? Use this list as a periodic reminder (make it as long as you want, the longer the better!) that you are a valuable person and that the things that you do, actually do matter. Sometimes we allow others or circumstances to make us feel less valuable than we really are. This list will help you remember that you are valuable and maybe even pretty cool! Look for ways throughout the year to add more things to the list.
I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all a healthy, safe and prosperous New Year!
Looking for easy days or approaches isn’t always the best approach. Chris explains the meaning behind this Navy Seals motto and how it can be applied in our personal and business lives.
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As I look at the most successful clients I have worked with, the one common link between them is their ability to make timely – and even quick decisions – even in the face of incomplete or imperfect information. They know that decisions result in action which can lead to the growth of their business. Hence, the quicker they make the decision and act on it, the faster they will be able to put their business on a growth path.
Given how quickly the competitive landscape changes, taking too long to make needed decisions can be a business killer. Some will justify their reason to decide and act slowly as their need to “get it right”. In fact, they are really showing their aversion to risk and their need to want to be perfect. Trying to be perfect is also a business killer. Continue reading →