Learning More to Achieve More

To double your income, triple your rate of learning. I coach this idea from the Boardroom to the Boardwalk. Zegendary performance is less about natural talent and more about out-studying, our-practicing, and our-learning everyone around you. Almost nothing yields the return on investment that investing in workshops, conference, on-line courses, audiobooks/books and coaching does. Follow your Passionthe learning will naturally flow.

Leadership Insights

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Let’s distil some practical insights on leadership that helps people do great things:

The Job of a Leader is to Grow more Leaders – if you are not building more Leaders the you’re not leading, you’re following. Your job, whether you have this title or not, is to help people do work they never dreamed they could do.Your job is to inspire people to own their talents, their gifts and do their very best work. This is part of what it means to lead.

Nothing Happens until the First Step – Start small, dream big,  start today. nothing happens until  you take massive action. Procrastination is a defence mechanism by unsure people.  If we did our goals and acted our visions we would become ultra successful. Spectacular success brings responsibility – that frightens many of us  and we put off getting great things done.

Our Behaviours Reveals our Beliefs –   we tell the world what you believe by how we behave. If we complain all day long we reveal a deeply ingrained set of beliefs that we are powerless. when we present work that has typos and poor wording we express a belief that average is okay with us. Mistreat others and you reveal that you’re selfish and disconnected from the beautiful humanity that surrounds us. Great news is that when we wire in the beliefs of leadership (versus victimhood) our behaviour changes automatically.

Who can you Grow today?

Within your work, family or community…..

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Legendary Leadership

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Success is really, really simple. It’s not easy, but it’s really simple. [It all comes down to the execution].

1. Making no decision is a decision. To do nothing. And doing nothing always brings you to nowhere.

2. The way of performing that got you to where you are today is not the way of performing that will get you to where you’ve always dreamed of being.

3. Making excuses donates power to the very things you are excusing.

4. If you’re not being laughed at a lot you’re not doing very much.

5. If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.

6. Investments in your personal development are the smartest investments you’ll ever make.

7. What you focus on always gets better.

8. All great achievement begins with a single act of brave commitment.

May I share the wisdom of  great thinker – “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back… 

…Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too… 

…All sorts of things occur to help you, that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events from the decision…come your way. 

..Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Goethe.

Empowering Beliefs

Jim Bennett Global Leadership Speaker

Our deepest beliefs drive our daily behaviour. We can re-wire them if we reflect on them regularly.

Research has shown peak performers have the insight that:

1. No idea works unless you do the work.

A lot of winning starts with beginning. Ideas are awesome but you absolutely must start the process of acting on the ideas you learn we get the results. Otherwise, it’s all just a fantasy.

2. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

Often, we start to install a new habit and then quickly retreat on the first sign of discomfort. But please remember that our growth and mastery is built around our discomfort, not our ease.

Change is hard at the beginning as we tear away old patterns and ways of being. And then it gets messy as you’ve let go of all you were yesterday for the sake of someone even better tomorrow. But after 66 days (remember The 66 Day Rule of habit installation based on the recent research at University College London), you’ve reached automaticity. And the habit becomes automatic.

3: The finest way to get respect is to give respect.

This  ‘strikes a chord’ with many.

It also speaks to a beautiful truth: treat people incredibly well and you’ll give them a reason to treat you incredibly well.

4: To have what few have, do what few do.

To rise to world-class, each of us on this path we’re on must leave the cult of mediocrity and enter the world of Mastery – to think, behave and live as very few are willing to do. The world may call us eccentric and different – all progress depends on those of us with the guts to pursue our own paths.

We need to aim for iconic in our fields, sweat the details, pursue a singular vision, be filled with optimism, passion and integrity. And be utterly devoted to our personal development and professional education.

Our Drumbeat

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  • Every time we do what scares us, we take back the power that we gave to the thing that scared us – so we become more powerful.
  • A problem is only a problem if we make the choice to see it as a problem.
  • Our business and personal life was made by ourselves. No one else is responsible. To make it better, let’s make better choices and new decisions.
  • We can lead wherever we are ‘planted’. Let’s not wait to get a position to stand for excellence and peak quality.
  • We can find our own style. Be original. Every superstar differentiated themselves from The Herd and marched to their own Drumbeat.

3 Keys of Change

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It is in moments of decision that our future is shaped. In order to create change, we must do two things: raise our standards, and turn our ‘shoulds’ into ‘MUSTS.’ When used together, these two tactics form an unstoppable force for taking our life to the next level. When we commit to using them our life will never be the same again.

Raise our Standards 

If we’re going to have lasting change in our life, we must raise our standards. The standards we set for yourself are the difference between getting okay results and getting extraordinary results. We shift our life forever the moment we raise your standards – so, right now, let’s consciously decide there is a higher standard for ourselves.

Turn our  ‘SHOULDS’ into ‘MUSTS’ 

Anyone who achieves something magnificent in their life turns their ‘shoulds’ into ‘MUSTS.’  The difference between ‘must’ and ‘should’ is the life you want and the life you have. When something is a must, you find a way. How do you do this? Get unreasonable. What’s unrealistic to average people is just unreasonable to extraordinary people. Let’s be extraordinary, get unreasonable and everything becomes possible. 

Walk the Talk and Cross Pollinate

When we make the commitment to follow our ‘MUSTS’ by walking the talk – we, by our immense energy and passion, make a fantastic impact on everyone we ‘touch’ stimulating cross pollination of energy…

Let’s use the keys of change NOW.

Learning from Business Athletes for Peak Performance

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Here are some insights from my business athletes’ research.

They learn:

  • How it’s essential to surround yourself with people performing and living at dramatically higher levels so that their ways of thinking, producing and living influenced my mindset and achievement levels. Just having a few conversations with the right people can be the event that triggers a tsunami of excellence for you.
  • The importance of having a  system to plan out and then schedule  annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals in the way that gets them done unbelievably effectively much earlier.  So much of ultra-success comes down to the time management tool you use. Please take the time to experiment and get the system that dovetails with you motivational preferences.
  • How to build elite project teams of fanatically focused and passionate people who deliver superb safe results (I took them many years to crack the code  but once they did, their business transformed…you can’t build a great company with a merely average team). And you’re wasting your talent if you’re trying to do everything yourself.
  • That “the key to energy is recovery” and the way to have rare-air stamina is to learn how the brain and body needs to be refuelled – maintaining bubbling health and vitality.
  • That the best way to get more done is to work less. It’s truly is about smart work versus hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. That’s just not true.
  •  How to “retrain” their brain so as to clean out negativity and toxicity so they feel better, stronger and faster than when was first starting out.  That when totally focusing on problems they lacked the full-on inspiration that you absolutely must cultivate to achieve extraordinary results in your life.

Olympic Business Conditioning

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Let me share some Olympic business conditioning tips to maximize your performance:

  • Turn off all technology for 60 minutes a day and focus on doing your most important work.
  • Work in 90 minute cycles (Ultradian cycle science).
  •  Start your day with at least 30 minutes of exercise.
  •  Don’t check your e-mail first thing in the morning.
  • Turn all your electronic notifications off for your ‘work blocks.’
  • Take one day a week as a complete recovery day, to refuel and regenerate (that means no email, no phone calls and zero work).
  • Work in blocks of time. Creative geniuses all had 2 things in common: when they worked they were fully engaged and when they worked, they worked with this deep concentration for long periods of time.
  • Drink a litre of water early every morning. We wake up dehydrated. The most precious asset of a HOT Leader isn’t time – it’s energy. Water restores it.
  •  Invest in your Continued Professional Development so you bring more value to the hours
  •  Keep a “Stop Doing List”.
  •  Get up at 5 am

There is an old saying “laughter makes the world go round.”

Remember to smile…

BEING BUSY vs BEING PRODUCTIVE

EngineerThere’s a giant difference between being busy and being productive. Many people are busy being busy. Many people have ‘over-scheduled’ schedules. Many have a ton of ‘To Dos.’ Few amongst us, however, are genuinely productive. Few of us stay masterfully focused around the “vital few” – those pursuits that yield outstanding results and move you towards world-class.

“Focus” is one of my favourite words. The best of the best are wildly focused around their highest leverage activities. To them, being busy isn’t the name of the game – getting good stuff done is. They’ve made the leap from being busy to creating results. They focus on the worthy. They stay stuck on the things that truly count.

Make the time to think about which things, that when you do them, give you a wonderful return on investment. Which things actually move you closer to both your organizational and personal goals? Which things are the best – and wisest – uses of your time? And then have the courage to say no to the rest. Stay productive. Let the competition be busy.

Small actions spark BIG change

Jim Bennett Global Leadership Speaker and Adventurer

FIVE  One minute productivity techniques based on the Japanese principle of Kaizen:

1. Have the courage to get great at saying “No Thanks” to any activities that don’t advance your priorities.

2. Take 60 seconds every morning to do a written game plan for a productive day. “The things that get scheduled are the things that get done.”

3. Take a few seconds each day to turn off all your technology and work deeply on a key project with zero distraction.

4. Take 60 seconds to breathe deeply and focus on your progress. This will re-energise and refuel you.

5. Take 60 seconds to un-clutter your work area so you create space for your creativity to flow.

Today take the first noble step in continuous improvement.