I’ve always encouraged clients, readers and audiences to control their daily destiny by owning the first 15 to 20 minutes of each day before they “officially” start – you know, answering e-mails; text messages and responding to missed calls. These first 15 to 20 minutes are really designed to help you get the right mindset in place for the day. I believe that your mindset will determine the type of day you will have. Hence whatever you can do to put in place the right one, you should do. Right? So here are 7 very simple steps you can take. As you will note, they represent positive and specific “self-talk.” Continue reading
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
At one minute past midnight on January 1st, we all had the same opportunity presented to us. We all were given a clean blank canvas to use to draw our future success. So with the New Year now 9 days old, let me ask: What did you draw?
- Did it show more of the same or a bold picture of what you are truly capable of achieving?
- Did you draw a future that is below your capabilities or one that will offer you growth and success?
- Did your picture show your knowledge and skills getting stale or did you draw what it looks like when you truly invest in yourself and your future?
- Did your picture show you being victimized by distractions or circumstance, or did it depict you as a master of your circumstances?
- Did your picture show how you will be different in 2017 or did it show you “stuck in the mud” and re-living all of what you wish you had changed last year?
We’re rapidly approaching the halfway point for 2016. Time goes by fast, when you’re having fun and painfully slow when you’re not. So, the obvious questions are:
- Are you on track to achieve your business/revenue goals for 2016?
- Is your team properly aligned with your strategy and vision to give you a competitive advantage in your marketplace?
- Is your marketing working effectively generating new business as well as incremental business from your existing customers?
- Are you feeling stressed, frustrated or anxious about your current circumstances and what problems might lie ahead?
Depending upon your responses, it might be a good time to conduct a strategic review of the relationships between your organization’s strategy, structure, systems and people to make certain they are in sync with your profit objections. Or are you willing to allow an unhealthy status quo drive you into the worst business killer out there: Complacency?
It might just be time to do something different before you are forced into doing something different.
Do you find that during any given week you waste time and money, and miss opportunities? Do you find yourself involved in “fire-fighting”, moving from crisis-to-crisis? Are you very busy, running from task-to-task and meeting-to-meeting but still see no progress being made? Without specific goals, there is no way you can determine what are the most important tasks, and what you should be working on.
To be “The Master” of those things that distract you, use any one of these 5 tactics:
- Make sure everyone on your team knows what they must do, why they do it and how to do it. Make sure your team is trained and proficient in their roles. Set performance expectations, communicate them and then hold them accountable for meeting the standards you have set.
- Always have a daily plan, outlining what the top 1 to 3 things are that you must accomplish that day.
- Identify what barriers might stop you from achieving your goals for the day. Have ready a contingency plan if you get stalled.
- Do you find that nothing gets done, unless you do it? Are you properly delegating or are you just taking on other people’s problems?
- Schedule a 1-hour appointment each week with “yourself”. Put it on your calendar. You need the time to re-group and re-focus on the right things.
Noting more to add. Trust me, this “stuff” works. But, you must be committed to work the stuff. You have the tools to regain and maintain control. It only requires your commitment to get started.
About a week ago I traveled to Costa Rica for a fishing trip with two of my sons, a close friend and my 7 year-old grandson Jonah.
The food, condo, people and fishing were all “outstanding” and we had a great time. But, the best time was had by my grandson Jonah. He had what could only be described as an “excellent adventure”.
What made it an excellent adventure for Jonah was his “courage” to try something new…and new it was! His something “new” was to have the courage to head out into the Pacific Ocean, with no land in site, to try and catch his first Pacific Sailfish. He knew that in order to accomplish this goal he had to suppress any feelings of fear, and replace them with the excitement of doing something that would lead him towards achieving his goal. It was a great example of what I often describe of getting comfortable being uncomfortable. 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!
Goals – everybody talks about them, most think they have them, but very few do and even more have no idea how to set them.
All of the successful people I have met have one very important thing in common: they have goals. Now all of you are thinking, well I have goals. My response to the majority of you would be, “No, you don’t.” You have desires, wishes, hopes, and a fair amount of clutter bouncing around in the 7 inches between your ears. If you had real goals and worked at them consistently, you would be more successful than you are today.
We all have heard and read that in order to be effective and useful, goals must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time specific. You know: “SMART”. Continue reading
Marion Jones earned the title “Fastest Woman in the World” by winning a record-setting five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. At eight years old she wrote on a chalkboard in her bedroom: “I will be an Olympic champion.”
When she was in the sixth grade she wrote the following note: “My plans for the future are to be in the 1992 Olympics.” She missed her goal by eight years, but she did make the 2000 games and became a champion.
In the past, I’ve written that our beliefs determine our attitude, which in turn determines our behaviors or actions. So our beliefs set the stage for our actions. Changing your beliefs will change your actions and open the door for you to achieve your goals and dreams. Seems pretty simple, right? Continue reading
“The Captain” Derek Jeter is winding down his outstanding career with the NY Yankees. But, it wasn’t always the life of an all-star. Here’s a brief summary I recently read about his early days:
“Shortly after being selected 6th overall in the 1992 draft, Jeter was in danger of becoming a bust – his minor league career almost stalled because he couldn’t play defense.
In 1993 after his first season in the minor leagues, the future Yankee Captain’s baseball fundamentals were in need of significant improvement – he was athletic and smart, but his glove was a disaster; he had several bad habits that needed correcting. In 126 games he had made 56 errors – there was talk of moving him from shortstop to the outfield. The solution was what they called “boot camp” – Jeter would hit the field early and work until noon, ground ball after ground ball. Afterwards they would assess what worked and what didn’t – watch the films – and then head back on to the field to do it all over again, day after day for 35 straight days”.
And the rest is history, as baseball fans from everywhere celebrate his career, wish him well and thank him for giving it his all every day on the field and off it.
What made Derek Jeter different was that he wanted to be a great player and was prepared and committed to do everything he could to become a great player.
Now many of us will never become an all-star shortstop or even a professional athlete. But, we can become an all-star or a great player at whatever career or life choice we decide to pursue. How? Consider the following:
- It all starts with a vision of what you want to do – Jeter knew he wanted to be a great player. The picture of a great player was clear in his mind at all times.
- Let your vision fuel your passion and set clear goals on what you must do on a consistent basis to make that vision a reality.
- Work hard at what you know must be done, when it needs to be done – never give anything less than your best effort.
- Never give up on your vision (dream) and don’t let others talk you out of it.
- Learn from your mistakes, don’t dwell on them.
- Have the courage to push through the barriers and obstacles you will face.
- Keep your sense of humor and laugh at yourself now and then.
- Constantly look for feedback – constructive feedback, not the hurtful kind that we all occasionally encounter.
- Find a mentor who will guide you and hold you accountable.
- Never forget who you are – don’t let your career define you. When it’s time to hang up your cleats and glove, be remembered for who you are and not just for what you’ve done.