Mindfulness Moments

Most of us are of sound mind, but many of us have trouble maintaining a note of harmony and peace. Most of us know how to think, but few of us are able to control our thoughts. We all have the capacity to be creative, to image new ideas, but few of us are able to do it together and co-create in harmony with each other at home and in business.  We could all do with some mental training so that we may use the most powerful energy in the universe, the mind, which is always at our instant disposal.

We can begin with mindfulness. It’s a simple way to gently help our mind go where it is best to go, do what is the best thing to do. It begins by simply being fully aware of what we are doing. Mostly we are not fully aware, as our minds wander into the past and then into possible futures. We spend most of our time watching others and so rarely fully focus on what we are actually doing ourselves.

Next time you sit down to a meal, watch your self. Be aware of only what you are eating. Every time your mind wants to wander, bring it gently back to the action and sensation of eating. Then do the same when cleaning, when writing, when working, when exercising.  The more we do it – the stronger and more focused and more rational will be our concentration. The more natural will be our actions, the more peaceful we will feel, and the more relaxed we will be – no matter what we are doing

Brain Tattoos From Billionaires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billionaire research has revealed the following brain tattoos:

  • Don’t Do it if it’s not fun
  • Be your own competition
  • Seek Forgiveness vs. Ask Permission
  • Innovate versus Impersonate
  • Leave your ego at the door
  • Master you entire business
  • Have a ‘Dream Cottage’
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Become clutter free
  • Do it for the art, not the money

From this – what ‘steps’ will you do today??

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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The Power of Why

Many people and organisations become focussed on ‘What’ requires to be done in the coming year – setting Stretch Targets/Goals for themselves and their Teams.

My research has shown, whilst this has merit, we find that ‘life happens’ and our circumstances can change on exposure to our dynamic world.

High Reliability organisations focus on the ‘Why’ first – this allows the strategic Purpose/Values to assist problem solving in our volatile world. It’s like the Disaster Response team’s Head Chef saying to his crew “We are in the Motivation Business (Why) not the cooking one (What). He explained that in the middle of all the devastation the Disaster Team and Volunteers were looking for an ‘oasis’ in the  middle of the maelstrom. Their job was to maintain and build their emotional resilience by the quality of food and the welcoming environment they were providing. All crew members on dynamic problem solving knew exactly where their priority lay.

Do you know Why you do what you do?

Extreme Achievers 20: 20 : 20 Rule

BIG Idea

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UCL (University College London) Research has shown it takes 66 days to change a habit. I have found that Extreme Achievers have habits of excellence, of laser focus, of mastery – many have ‘packaged’ this into what I would call a 20:20:20 Rule. This Rule is carried out 1st thing each and every morning. The early bird song before the world awakes. Surfing the sunrise in a Golden Hour: 20 minutes exercise; 20 minutes planning; 20 minutes learning.

20 minutes exercise: heart rate rising, dopamine surging around the awakening cells. Pumping wellbeing and learning to the agile body for a sparkling day of creativity.

20 minutes planning: Laser focus on mastery of their craft. The game changing planning for – today, this week, this month, this year, this decade. The ability to dream, dare, dazzle. Have that really stretttch target, the courage to take the necessary actions and dazzle themselves and their world on success. What we think becomes a belief, that stimulates action, that leads to a behaviour which can become a habit of mastery.

20 minutes learning: Extreme Achievers have a deep set yearning to learn and grow. A thirst for knowledge to take their craft to ‘hyper-speed.’ They are game changers that learn from everyone and everything. Every challenge is growth opportunity. e.g. read a book, watch a TED talk , practice your art….

ACTION

Today is an opportunity to take step 1 of UCL’s 66 Days to embed the Extreme Achievers 20:20:20 Rule. Pause for a moment, breathe the rare air of world class mastery of your craft. “Feel, see, do…”

 

Being Busy Versus Productive

smiling-workerThere’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.

Kaizen x 5 Productivity Techniques

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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.

Embracing the Dream Business

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A Dream is a complete moment in the life of a client. Important experiences that tempts clients to commit substantial resources. The essence of the desires of the consumer. The opportunity to help clients become what they want to be.

At times we can be stuck in the old economy, old product thinking. We must take pages from the likes of the Virgin Group and come to grips, ‘strategically’ with the fact that Winners will be Masters of the Dream Business.

It’s about the marketing of dreams – “Dreamketing” ….

Dreamketing: Touching our client’s dreams

Dreamketing: The art of telling stories and entertaining

Dreamketing: Promoting the dream, not the product

Dreamketing: Building the brand around the Main Dream

Dreamketing: Building “buzz, “hype”…

The Power Within

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All too often we wait until ideal conditions appear before we show up at our best. True leadership is about doing your absolute best under imperfect conditions – leading where you are planted…

Let me share a recent experience from when I was visiting Kuwait. As I walked into the washroom, I was greeted by a young man with a beaming smile. His job was clearly to keep the place clean. Some would call him a janitor. But to me, he viewed himself as an inventor… innovating and iterating within his sphere of responsibility.

“Welcome to my workshop,” he spoke, with a sparkle in his eyes. “It’s nice to have you visit.” His uniform was impeccable. His work-surfaces and floors were immaculate. And his manners, superb. He could have made excuses to deny his enthusiasm. Could have complained about his job, the lack of authority, the limited power. But he didn’t.
Instead, he assumed his power-to influence all those he met, to impact others by his excellent example, and to inspire all by transcending his conditions. This young man did his work like Rembrandt painted, Beckham bends the ball, like Colombus explored.

My true point? No job is just a job, unless it’s viewed as just a job. All work is a platform to express creative potential, offer value and make a unique contribution. But we each face a choice each day as we walk out into the world: we can play a victim or we can step up to leadership. And in this messy, disrupted world we now work within, leadership at every level has become the single best way to win.