Now we all from time to time have heard people tell us to do our best. It is great advice to do your best, but rarely does anyone suggest that you should first prepare to do your best or explain how to do that.
The most successful athletes, business leaders, entertainers, and other professionals all have practiced or prepared to give their best, so why shouldn’t you? Why shouldn’t you want to do and be your best? So let’s talk about preparing to be your best: Continue reading →
One of the key criteria for getting the right things done is that you maintain focus. Chris shares how to avoid those “self-imposed valleys of lost productivity” with these 5 simple steps to help you stay focused.
To be successful and use our full capabilities, we must drive ourselves to stand out, demonstrate our uniqueness and show our value. What guides us? Our own self-belief system. Chris shares the importance of self-belief and 5 points to help strengthen your belief in yourself.
Successful people expect to win. They create positive beliefs in their mind and use those beliefs to help them determine the right actions to take in order to achieve their desired outcomes. They create a “picture” of what success looks like in their mind first before their body actually gets there.
Successful people know it’s possible to experience big wins and successes, but they are more rare than one would imagine. It’s the consistent application of their skills that help them achieve success.
Successful people don’t make excuses when they experience a setback, a mistake or failure. They focus on what went wrong and what they can learn from it so that they can do it better the next time. They follow a simple and disciplined process: they own it, fix it, learn from it and then move on.
Successful people have the ability to control themselves (their thoughts and emotions). They’re able to evaluate situations as they occur; to stay in the moment and not allow the situation or others to control them or their destiny.
Successful people know that others will judge them regardless of what they do. As such, they don’t live their life trying to satisfy the standards of others. Rather they focus on consistently using their best habits and skills every day to help them achieve their goals.
Jack Welch, the famous CEO of General Electric, once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own and live the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion through effective execution.” If you thought those were just “words”, when Welch retired in September 2000 and GE had a $402 billion market value.
Today GE – after going through several Welch relationships – has a market value of around $100 billion. They are a mere shadow of the Welch era.
Learning point #1: Regardless of the size or scope of your business, do you have a clear vision and are you “seriously” passionate and committed to making it a reality? Continue reading →
I received some great feedback and comments from many of you regarding my last week wake-up call regarding the importance of saying “no” when appropriate.
During the week I had some subsequent conversations with clients about it and thought that it would be helpful to expand further on at least two areas where saying no is of critical importance to you, the development and the success of your company.
First, when you are working on something important to you and give in with a “yes” to the question “Do you have a minute?” you are basically giving up any control over your own destiny. Being a good leader doesn’t mean you are constantly available to everyone. It’s impossible to function effectively that way. Continue reading →