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.

Ordinary People’s Superstar Insights

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  1. Find your own style. Be an original. Every superstar differentiated themselves from The Herd. And marched to their own drumbeat.
  2. Understand that when you play small with your success, you betray your potential. And the birthright you were born under.
  3. Eat less food and you’ll get more done.
  4. As you become more successful, stay really really hungry. Nothing fails like success. Because when you’re successful, it’s easy to stop outlearning+outOverDelivering+outthinking and outexecuting everyone around you. (Success is Beautiful. And dangerous).
  5. If you’re not overprepared, you’re underprepared.
  6. The only level of great manners to play at is “Exceedingly Polite”. In our world, this alone will make you a standout. And differentiate you in your marketplace.
  7. Remember that the moment you think you’re a Master, you lose your Mastery. And the minute you think you know everything, you know nothing.
  8. To double your results, double your level of execution.
  9. Invest in your personal and pro development. All superstars do.
  10. Get this year’s best Targets of Opportunity down onto a 1 Page Plan. Then review it every morning while the rest of the world sleeps.
  11. You don’t get lucky. You create lucky.
  12. When you push through a difficult project, you don’t get to the other side. You reach The Next Level.
  13. Smile. And remember to inform your face.

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.

Problem Solvers

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Our perceptions of situations are what determine ‘problems’. It’s our minds that make our perceptions seem real. If there is a problem it is our perception. This is hard to see in a world that celebrates and rewards the finding and solving of ‘the problem’.

When we decide that we will no longer perceive the problem, we will then see only the facts, a situation, an opportunity. Facts are just facts and any and every situation can always be improved, unless it is in the past, then it’s just a memory, and memories are never a problem, are they?

If we can cancel from the patterns of our perceptions, and the  idea of ‘problem’ –  reframing them as growth opportunities then we will not only be positive thinkers and positive proactive actors, we will be leaders.

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”…

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.

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.

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.

Problem Solving

problems

Our perceptions of situations are what determine ‘problems’. It’s our minds that make our perceptions seem real. If there is a problem it is our perception. This is hard to see in a world that celebrates and rewards the finding and solving of ‘the problem’.

When we decide that we will no longer perceive the problem, we will then see only the facts, a situation, an opportunity. Facts are just facts and any and every situation can always be improved, unless it is in the past, then it’s just a memory, and memories are never a problem, are they?

If we can cancel from the patterns of our perceptions, and the  idea of ‘problem’ –  reframing them as growth opportunities then we will not only be positive thinkers and positive proactive actors, we will be leaders.

Start Early

holding sun

The best time to awaken both body and spirit is in the early morning. We are fresh, in solitude, and the vibrations of the world are at their calmest. It is not surprising that you will find elite performers ‘up with the larks’- inviting the sun’s energy to shine into their hearts. The first half hour of conscious awareness will be the foundation for our day. Make an early start. Reflect, set the switch of your consciousness and calibrate your energy for the day. You’ll be surprised the difference it makes.

Peak Energy Levels

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Few people talk about the importance of managing your energy as a means to peak performance and business success.

Without high levels of energy, nothing great can happen. Neither a brilliant plan, scintillating opportunities or inspiring service can overcome low energy. Great energy produces great results. Each of us needs to manage our energy so that we can play at our best each day and realise the potential that lies before us (and within us).

With world-class energy levels you can get more done in less time (think Edison, think Mandela, think Branson, think Welch, think Andy Murray). With outrageously high energy your creativity soars and you unleash a torrent of ideas.

With boundless energy you have the stamina to persist when others wilt. Energy is contagious: when yours is soaring, your people feel it. When you are excited, they get excited.

HOT Leaders manage their energy like a prized asset-because it is.

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.

Speaking with Simplicity and Power

Malala-Yousafzai
The world has just received an unforgettable lesson from a sixteen-year-old – in both speechmaking and in courage.

Malala Yousafzai was already a great communicator and already a heroine when she was attacked on her school bus in Pakistan’s conflict-riven Swat Valley last October.

After the attack Malala came to Britain for a multiplicity of life-saving operations involving a titanium plate in her forehead and an implant in her ear.

She has since left hospital and resumed her campaign for female education at a stratospheric level.

It was fitting that Malala celebrated both her recovery and her sixteenth birthday, not with the conventional wild teenage party, but with a speech to the United Nations in New York.

She has rare courage and determination, there are several ways that her UN speech is to be admired from a performance perspective.

For a start she had a clear message…something that all speeches need, but many lack.

Malala’s message was that education is not the problem – it’s the solution.

She didn’t want to retaliate  with the same crude kind of weapon that was used on her.

Instead Malala declared: “Education is the only solution.”

And she wrapped up her message in a powerful image with the simplest of wording: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”.

Many are fearful about giving a talk to a small number of people in their own company or to a panel of prospective buyers.

Malala addressed international leaders and the world beyond with a calm inner confidence based on the quiet unpretentious certainty which underpins the wisdom of her approach.

And rather than dwell on her own troubles and pain, she focused her attention on the challenges of others.

It was all done with positivity.

Malala spoke slowly with confidence, clarity and courage.

What message will you make this week with SIMPLICITY AND POWER?

 

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.

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.

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.

Leadership Presence

Jim Bennett  Global Leadership Speaker Scotland UK  speaking Jaipur, IndiaPresence is acute awareness – it’s what allows human beings to survive. With presence you encounter someone else, they know you and you know them – and somehow you are both changed.

Presence explains many successes on the conference speaking platform or in more informal and casual settings.

The Presence Highway Code

Stop: slow down, don’t rush to start speaking. The pause gives precious moments to “arrive” both mentally and emotionally.

Breathe: gently take a few breaths, without heaving your chest or raising your shoulders. Hold and count to 5 – this will slow the heartrate – reducing the discharge of adrenalin that causes the feeling of anxiety and excitement.
Look: in a small group briefly make eye contact with each person. The effect of silence and demanding visual connection can be amazing and convey unmistakeable presence. In a large group look for a friendly face. Continue making contact with a few chosen individuals across the entire audience.
Listen: for sounds that convey something useful about the people you are about to communicate with. Are they restless or is there a stillness suggesting they are ready for you to begin.
Feel: use all your sense, including your natural intuition, to detect what is happening around you. Give sense full reign to uncover subtle signs that can suggest how to best communicate at this moment.

Being truly present emotionally should help you convey what should be conveyed.

Riding the Wave of Change

Empowering wave of changeRiding the wave of change challenges us to think and act from a new perspective. In studying agile ‘athletes’ I have observed the following empowering strategies:

 

 

  1. Live your life versus society’s life “Some people are afraid to be different. Leadership is about being yourself. If you want your customers, your team, your friends, your employees to fall in love with you, then be yourself. There’s great power in expressing authenticity.”
  2. In your work, be so good at what you do that they cannot ignore you “Your work is a chance for you to express your genius.”
  3. Be a leader versus a victim“ Victims are frightened by change – leaders are inspired by it. The discomfort of change is always better than stagnation.”
  4. Be the best person you know “When you get to the last hour of your last day, I don’t think there’s anybody in this room that will regret having been kind.”
  5. The importance of working on yourself  “What prison are you in that is keeping you from expressing the gifts and the talents that you were born with? How can you inspire people to be fearless if your heart is full of fear?”

On visiting the the NASA Space centre I was inspired by the quotation emblazoned on the wall of the cafeteria:

“Man’s limitation is space travel is man.” 

What will you, your organisation, do today if it was impossible to fail?

The Present

The past is a place of reference not a place of residency.

Historic events do not determine our future but we need to recognise the impact people made to enable us to enjoy the freedom we have today.

The poem below is not only for all the people that lost their lives but for everyone who is fighting their cause:

P2222622I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning..to the end.
He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears, 1964-2011
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth..
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars..the house..the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you”d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.”

Anonymus

‘The Daily Motivation Dozen’

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The Daily Motivation ideas to leave an impact:

1.  Do important work.

2. Lift people up.

3. Use the words of leadership.

4. Don’t worry about getting the credit for getting things done.

5. Become part of the solution.

6. Take your health to a level called superfit.

7. Commit to mastery of your craft instead of accepting mediocrity in your work.

8. Associate with people whose lives you want to be living.

9. Study for an hour a day. Double your learning and you’ll triple your success.

10. Run your own race “No one can possibly achieve real and lasting success by being a conformist,” wrote billionaire J. Paul Getty

11. Do something small yet scary every single day.

12. Smile more.

Add your own to this list – many others have found that once the ‘flywheel’ is in motion it is great fun experimenting.

BRAIN WAVE KNOWLEDGE FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE

Limitations of The Conscious Mind

Your mind can only handle 7 (+ or – 2) pieces of information at a time
Trying to remember too many things at once = danger
People new to the job or with a lot on their mind are more likely to overload their minds and forget about something that can put them at risk.

Brainwave Activity

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There are 4 main brainwave activities:

BETA brain waves – aroused and actively engaged

 

ALPHA brain waves – state relaxation, daydreaming, ‘automatic pilot++’ – rely on habits. 2 hour cycles

 

THETA brain waves – drowsy, meditating, idea generating,

 

DELTA brainwaves – deep sleep, dreaming…

The ALPHA State

This is part of the Ultradiam rythymn process that happens for about 20 minutes every 2 hours.
The brain and body is in a more relaxed state and allows both healing and creative states of conciousness. However, the “downside” is that you may be unaware of any hazards that are exposed to (daydreaming). Your are more likely to have an “ALPHA Moment” when you can do your job or task without thinking., also when you are nder stress or unwell. The more competent and experienced you are, and the more comfortable you are with your surroundings, the more at risk you are.

Take ACTION – nobody can concentrate 100% of the time

Use worksite briefings (toolbox talks) to anticipate ALPHA Moments – stop repetitive work frequently to see if anything has changed
Let others be your eyes or sensors
Ask others to intervene with us as we know they may see risks we don’t.
Intervene to stop others from getting hurt.

When in a “safe place” the Alpha brain wave state can be used to great advantage for problem solving and unleashing your creative talent.

With conscious competence you can be aware of your current brain activity level and choose the most appropriate for peak performance.

Authentic Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Research has shown that to be a high impact leader it’s more about becoming a high impact person, making a difference in every aspect of our lives. We need no title to be a leader – having a wildly passionate need to make a difference.
  • Turbulent times build great leaders. Challenging times in both business and life give us great opportunities to learn and transform ourselves. Problems and difficult days allow us to ‘flex our creative muscles’ and use them as leverage opportunities.
  • The deeper our relationships the stronger our leadership. If we leave every person we ‘touch’ happier and more engaged than when we met them we create a wave of friendship.
  • To be an Authentic leaders, first become a great person. Training and strengthening our inner leadership will help us perform at extraordinary levels. The key is learning to lead ourselves in a healthy, safe manner.
  • In our world we we define success by the things we have – not by the people we’ve become. The more self awareness we develop the greater we grow. The greater we grow, the greater we can help others grow and find their voice of authenticity.

Peak Performers Tactics

 

TACTIC 1

TO GET THE RESULTS ONLY 5% OF THE POPULATION GETS, HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT ONLY 5% DO.
You can follow the herd or you can transform your world. But you can’t do both.
The majority of people have given up on living a “rare air life”.
They’ve been smacked down, told “no” to and hypnotized into performing at average so long they don’t believe in their genius any more.

TACTIC 2

PUSH YOUR BOUNDARIES TO THE LIMIT – IF YOU’RE NOT FAILING A LOT YOU’RE NOT DOING VERY MUCH
Failure is part of the learning process. It’s valuable. It’s helpful. It’s massively instructive.
But society teaches us that failure’s a mistake. It’s not. Da Vinci and Picasso and Jobs and Meg Whitman all understood that you can’t make progress without “beautiful setbacks.”
Understand that failure’s a kind teacher. Just leverage the data it delivers for even more success.

TACTIC 3

CHANGE IS HARD AT FIRST, MESSY IN THE MIDDLE AND GORGEOUS AT THE END.

At the beginning of any change (from losing weight to stopping worry to multiplying your sales to saving more money), you’re fighting the gravitational pull of your old habits.

And if you’ve practised those habits every day for decades, how can we expect them to be replaced in a day (the latest research from University College of London says it takes 66 days to install a new habit).

So it’s hard at first. And so most of us give up. But if you stay with it, you get to stage 2 and that’s where your old habit starts to crumble. And your new one begins to form. It’s messy at this point. Confusing. A little scary. And completely normal.

And then, with grit and devotion, the new habit becomes your new normal. This is a great time on the journey to unleashing your potential. And life’s never the same.

TACTIC 4

SMALL DAILY IMPROVEMENTS OVER TIME LEAD TO STUNNING RESULTS

An amazing life isn’t constructed via  one bold act on a sunny Tuesday that makes you great.

No!

All exceptional achievement (whether it’s chess mastery, entrepreneurial success, athletic championship or financial wealth) is the result of daily, consistent actions that over time creates explosive results.

It’s all about the hard work.

It’s all about the steady practice.

It’s all about the insane levels of persistence.

And if you do it (and start saying no to all of those time wasting activities so many of us are seduced by in this Age of Dramatic Distraction), you too will get to your mountaintop.

And if your life isn’t working, it’s not because of anyone else or anything else. It’s because of us. Our beliefs (that drive our behaviour). Our fears. Our habits. And our actions.

Peak Performers know that the moment you wrap your brain cells around this idea and accept APR (Absolute Personal Responsibility), life is NEVER the same.

Transformational Leadership

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Transformational Leaders understand the quality of the practice determines the caliber of the performance. Let’s explore some of the practices:

  • The Olympic Athlete Protocol: Prepare Yourself Mentally, Physically + Emotionally
  • Bureaucrats talk about people and problems Transformational Leaders talk about possibilities and solutions.They focus on results and get things done. What’s the opportunity here? How can we leverage this situation. Focus on possibilities.
  • Transformational Leaders understand they are paid not just to work, but they are paid to be scared. The best Leaders play out on the edges and take calculated risks. Challenge the way you performed yesterday. Take calculated risks.
  • The empowered Leaders do what’s difficult, what causes them to stretch and requires commitment. Be committed. Be willing to do what the few do. Develop the leaders around you. Go into silence. Work on your customer experience. Have acute clarity on your 90 day goals. Work on your goals. Build relationships and trust. Persist.
  • Bureaucrats are threatened by change, Transformational Leaders are inspired by change
  • The informed leaders understand that change is required to get to the next level of  success and fulfillment.
  • Bureaucrats have jobs, HOT Leaders have crafts
  • Develop your talents and make a dent in the universe. Do something you are proud of. Elicit the best within. The best Leaders aren’t in it for the money, they’re in it for the pride they feel on creating world-class products and doing genius-level work.
  • Bureaucrats wait until they get the energy, Transformational Leaders understand that to get the energy you must first do the work
  • When you do the Work You Will Receive the Transformational Gifts:
1. Release of more motivation 2. Release of confidence 3. Release of energy
  • Transformational leaders understand the bigger the dream the more important the Team
  • Leadership is about influence – moving others to action by example. Leadership is about impact – less talk more results. Leadership is about inspiration – growing other leaders with dignity.
  • Transformational Leaders are obsessed with giving – ask not what can I get, ask who can I help?  It’s about producing outstanding value for as many as possible.

“BE the Change you wish to see.” Mahatma Gandhi

Ordinary People’s Superstar Insights

  1. Find your own style. Be an original. Every superstar differentiated themselves from The Herd. And marched to their own drumbeat.
  2. Understand that when you play small with your success, you betray your potential. And the birthright you were born under.
  3. Eat less food and you’ll get more done.
  4. As you become more successful, stay really really hungry. Nothing fails like success. Because when you’re successful, it’s easy to stop outlearning+outOverDelivering+outthinking and outexecuting everyone around you. (Success is Beautiful. And dangerous).
  5. If you’re not overprepared, you’re underprepared.
  6. The only level of great manners to play at is “Exceedingly Polite”. In our world, this alone will make you a standout. And differentiate you in your marketplace.
  7. Remember that the moment you think you’re a Master, you lose your Mastery. And the minute you think you know everything, you know nothing.
  8. To double your results, double your level of execution.
  9. Invest in your personal and pro development. All superstars do.
  10. Get this year’s best Targets of Opportunity down onto a 1 Page Plan. Then review it every morning while the rest of the world sleeps.
  11. You don’t get lucky. You create lucky.
  12. When you push through a difficult project, you don’t get to the other side. You reach The Next Level.
  13. Smile. And remember to inform your face.

Lead where you are planted


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All too often, we wait until ideal conditions appear before we show up at our best. We promise to display more initiative once we get the promotion, become a superb teammate once we get the raise and do world-class work once we receive the applause. But true leadership is about doing you’re 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.

5 Great Ways to Start a Presentation

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We’ve all been there before: staring at the glow of your blank computer screen with no idea on how to open or start your talk. For starters, you should never be staring at PowerPoint with no clear objective (that’s a conversation for another day), but let’s be honest, we’ve all struggled with the best ways to open a presentation.

It’s time to get unstuck. Here are 5 great ways to start a presentation:

1. Use Silence

Most people won’t be able to pull this off very easily, but if you are feeling like a rockstar during your next presentation, opt for silence. Say a few words then be quiet. Say a few more words then be quiet. It’s a quick and easy way to own the room. Just make sure you can hold your composure.

2. Point to the Future or Past

I have two simple statements for you:

– Prospective (looking to the future): “30 Years from now, your job won’t exist.”

– Retrospective (looking to the past): “In 1970, Japan owned 9% of the market. Today, they own 37%.”

The reality is that looking into the future or past always sparks engagement since that’s where our hearts live.

3. Quote Someone

The easiest way to open a talk is simply to quote someone. Think about that last presenter you heard when they opened their talk with a quote from Albert Einstein or Napoleon. A quote equals instant credibility.

4. Share Something Extraordinary

I don’t know about you, but I love Snapple. Even more so, I love their bottle caps since they always share fun facts or extraordinary insight into ordinary things. Is my life going to be improved because I know how many times a bee’s wings flaps in a second? No. Is it crazy interesting? Yes.

5. Tell a Story

Here’s the amazing thing about stories: If your presentation is based solely on facts and stats then your audience is going to react in one of two ways: 1) agree or 2) disagree. However, if you tell a story, your audience will participate with you. Still not sold? Stories have been known to increase audience retention by up to 26%.

So, what are you waiting for? Experiment. Try something new. Step outside your comfort zone. You’ll see some amazing results by trying any one of these techniques.

Time 4 U

 

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Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with £/$ 86,400. Every evening whatever part of the balance you fail to use during the day is deleted.

What would you do? Draw out every cent and use it well, of course!!! Each of us has such a bank – Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Invest the day’s deposits well, or the loss is yours. How could you bring the most contentment, happiness and benefit to yourself and others? The clock is running.

Jim Bennett

Do your best work

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Here are some ideas to do your very best work:

  1. Do your best work by challenging the way you did things yesterday.
  2. Do your best work by allowing your passion to see the light of day.
  3. Do your best work by becoming part of the solution versus growing the problem.
  4. Do your best work by expecting nothing less than you playing at world-class.
  5. Do your best work by getting up when you’ve been knocked down.
  6. Do your best work by keeping your promises; to others and to yourself.
  7. Do your best work by delivering more value than anyone could ever expect from you.
  8. Do your best work by doing work that makes a difference and inspires others to do the same.
  9. Do your best work by working safely.
  10. Do your best work by speaking your truth.

SUCCESS – Step up to greatness

 

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Guts. Boldness. Bravery. Perseverance. Big, beautiful words.

That any great person+leader+entrepreneur needs to tattoo onto their brain cells.
Success is much more about staying true to your vision in the face of challenges/obstructions than being gifted or expressing some kind of Genius.
I’d rather have average talent with a fierce heart that inspires me to be unstoppable versus being brilliant – but frightened to do anything with it.

Here’s a challenging quote:

“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; there is nothing more common in the world than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

Be resilient, STEP UP to greatness.

Extreme Achievers Top 5 Tactics

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#1: APR: Absolute Personal Responsibility

Nothing in your personal, physical, professional and financial life will change until you start making your changes. Human beings are really really good at self-deception (lying to ourselves keeps us from pain).Giving our power away.

In the beginning of transformation is awareness. And the very moment we stop blaming others and conditions for what’s not world-class in our lives is the moment we take back our power to dramatically alter our situation.

APR is all about waking up to the reality that your current reality (in whatever areas are most important to you) have not been caused by your boss or by your spouse or by your childhood or by the world. You created them (via your thinking, behaviours and performance). And once you truly get this, you’ll be in the beautiful position to make the new choices that will deliver all-new results.

#2. NSI: Never Stop Improving

Study Jay-Z  or Lady Gaga. All extreme achievers have one belief in common: good enough is definitely not good enough.

To start seeing explosive gains in your achievement levels, I invite you to make the commitment to using every single day of the rest of your long life as a platform for improvement and a vehicle for daily optimization.

Remember: as you live this day, so you craft your life (the best way to predict the future is to create it in the present). Leave everything you touch 1% better. Never stop improving your mindset. Never stop improving your communication. Never stop improving your fitness. Never stop improving your productivity. Never stop improving your knowledge base…you get my point…

#3. BIW: Best In the World

The whole name of the game is to win. And winning is less about being better than others and a whole lot more about outperforming who you were yesterday (hint: you can’t get to be the extreme achiever you’ve always dreamed of becoming, stuck in the think and action patterns of the person you’ve always been).

And when you’re all about the hot pursuit of Mastery, Excellence and Exceptionalism (not so you become the best in the world but so you express your best), the inevitable result is that you become one of the best in the world.

You really were born into greatness. But the world may have schooled it out of you.

You really have something special within you. But life may have suggested it out of you.

Today’s an awesome day to make the choice that will change the game for you…and start standing for your highest and best.

#4. ABDOV: Always Be Delivering Outrageous Value

Your life comes alive when you devote it to service. The secret of happiness truly is helpfulness.

We live in The Generosity Economy…the person who helps the most will profit the most (not only in terms of your joy-levels but financially as well).

When you train your brain to focus on the mission “how may I help the most people?” and when you begin to see yourself as a walking talking living breathing value contributor, success, abundance and breathtaking levels of well-being beat a path to your front door.

#5. KMF: Keep Moving Forward

Study the excellent research of Angela Lee Duckworth and you’ll discover that the #1 factor that determines whether you’ll become an extreme achiever or an average person comes down to one thing…

…it’s not your IQ.

…it’s not your looks.

…it’s not where you live or where you’ve been.

It’s a world she calls “Grit”…your ability to persist, stay passionate and get your biggest goals done (in the face of being laughed at, bumping into obstacles and even being filled with self-doubt).

KMF is all about moving ahead–when things are easy but even more essentially, when times are hard.

You show us how badly you want your dreams when you press ahead in the most difficult of times. Remember: Victims surrender to adversity while Extreme Achievers exploit it to their advantage.

Transformational Leadership

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Transformational Leaders understand the quality of the practice determines the caliber of the performance. Let’s explore some of the practices:

  • The Olympic Athlete Protocol: Prepare Yourself Mentally, Physically + Emotionally
  • Bureaucrats talk about people and problems Transformational Leaders talk about possibilities and solutions.They focus on results and get things done. What’s the opportunity here? How can we leverage this situation. Focus on possibilities.
  • Transformational Leadership is understanding that Leaders are paid not just to work, but they are paid to be scared. The best Leaders play out on the edges and take calculated risks. Challenge the way you performed yesterday. Take calculated risks.
  • The empowered Leaders do what’s difficult, what causes them to stretch and requires commitment. Be committed. Be willing to do what the few do. Develop the leaders around you. Go into silence. Work on your customer experience. Have acute clarity on your 90 day goals. Work on your goals. Build relationships and trust. Persist.
  • Bureaucrats are threatened by change, Transformational Leaders are inspired by change
  • The informed leaders understand that change is required to get to the next level of  success and fulfillment.
  • Bureaucrats have jobs, HOT Leaders have crafts
  • Develop your talents and make a dent in the universe. Do something you are proud of. Elicit the best within. The best Leaders aren’t in it for the money, they’re in it for the pride they feel on creating world-class products and doing genius-level work.
  • Bureaucrats wait until they get the energy, Transformational Leaders understand that to get the energy you must first do the work
  • When you do the Work You Will Receive the Transformational Gifts:
1. Release of more motivation 2. Release of confidence 3. Release of energy
  • Transformational leaders understand the bigger the dream the more important the Team
  • Leadership is about influence – moving others to action by example. Leadership is about impact – less talk more results. Leadership is about inspiration – growing other leaders with dignity.
  • Transformational Leaders are obsessed with giving – ask not what can I get, ask who can I help?  It’s about producing outstanding value for as many as possible.

“BE the Change you wish to see.” Mahatma Gandhi

How can we motivate our staff?

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How can we motivate our staff?
Many managers reckon that motivation is like a packet of soap powder. When people need it, you tip it over them and it works. Then you put the packet back on the shelf until you need it again.
If only this were so, wouldn’t it be easy? Teams of contented, committed and enthusiastic people happily doing whatever the organisation wanted them to do, over and over and over again.
But the real world is different. People ought to be like that but they aren’t. All too often they seem to want to do what they want to do when they want to do it.
So here are some insights that might help you  create a learning, motivated organisation:

Beware of assumption error: Too many of us believe that everybody knows what we know. If this were true, they’d be doing our job!
This means that we need to think through every aspect of what we ask people to do. We need to explain what we want to happen, how we want it to happen, why it should happen and, most importantly, the results if it does… not only for the client but also for our company and the team member.
Too often staff are in the dark. Put there through  assumption error.

Know what they want: Whenever business people are asked what they reckon staff rate as most important in a job, the answer is invariably “good salary”. Yet the fact is salary rates way down the line.What people want most of all is an interesting job.
So, here is a question its worthwhile asking yourself everyday. “What have I done to make the jobs of my staff more interesting today?”
Sure they are paid to do what they do day after day but, like it or not, their enthusiasm and their results will wax and wane dependant on their interest from time to time. When a team member has extracted the same information from the same dull customer for the umpteenth time, it’s pretty hard to be interested. The HOT  Leader is going to have a store of “by the way” thoughts, ideas and activities that can be shared with the team just to add interest.

Life is a boomerang: That’s right! We get back what we put out. Just like a boomerang. If you are an enthusiastic, happy and switched on leader, your team will tend to be enthusiastic, happy and switched on.
Try this simple test. When people say “Good morning, how are you” check your answer. Is it “not bad”, “alright”, “okay” or something similar? If so you’re going to have a less than motivated team. You’ll get back what you’re giving out.
Why not experiment? Maybe you could say “Great”, “tremendous” or “terrific” and really mean it.
Guess what you’ll get back. The same. The people around you will lift their levels of enthusiasm to mirror yours.
And remember, if you don’t feel fantastic in the morning you ought to. Around 80% of people who die do so between midnight and 6am. So if you woke up today, how should you feel?

Recognition is powerful: It’s incredible. People will do something to get recognition more often than they will for reward.
And the recognition doesn’t have to be earth shattering. It’s as simple as finding a reason to tell somebody that they’ve done something well or their idea was worthwhile or that their results are great.
Even better. Recognise them in front of their peers. Share it with the team. After all, there’s no point being told you are good if nobody knows about it!
Recognise too the special events in their lives. Like birthdays, anniversaries (of joining your company) and other milestones.
After all, it’s great to feel special.

Adults are just big kids: Work doesn’t have to be deadly serious. Nobody has to look like they’ve just sucked on a lemon. Life has to be fun.
And most people like a bit of fun. Adults are really just big kids… it’s just harder to get them started!
So every day, ask your team and yourself. “Are we having any fun?” Then make sure you are. Find time to laugh, to see the funny side of things. Be a bit zany, a tiny bit stupid occasionally.

When all is said and done about motivation, more is generally said than done. Motivation is an ongoing, constant activity you must work at. Motivators aren’t born — they are made. They are made by constantly looking for opportunities to share a positive, enthusiastic attitude with everyone.
Remember, motivation doesn’t bubble up from the bottom. It percolates down from the top.

Fundamentals of 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].

Fundamentals of Legendary Leadership:

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.

The Power of a Day

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How can you create a world-class career or a great life? The answer’s a strikingly simple one: Live Great Days.

Your days are your life in miniature. Just focus on making the day ahead of you your best yet. Then get up and do the same thing tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. These days will quickly become weeks. And the weeks will slip into months. Soon, you’ll have just polished off your best year yet.

The question then becomes how do we install the habit of living great days – days where we work at congruence with our values and days where we are positive/excellent and passionate?

Let’s look at a a concept  called “30 Day Challenges”. Say you want to grow the habits of  1 – daily exercise and 2 –  high performance visualisation in your life? Start by committing to these 2 new habits for the next 30 days, as it will take about 4 weeks before a new ritual becomes your New Normal. Then, start recording the fact that you followed through on these 2 daily commitments in your journal before you go to bed. After a few days, you will not want to break your track record. And seeing the victories of the past days fuels forward momentum. Giving yourself 30 Day Challenges to install new behaviours is such a powerful tactic for leadership and personal success.

Please remember, mastery and greatness doesn’t come from one bold act that then defines your life. Instead, they come from those small, seemingly invisible daily wins that over time amount to a Best in World career and a World-Class Life. So start today.

Resilience

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One of the cornerstones of Leadership is resilience.

Every single elite performer who has ever graced the planet before you has faced trials.  Nobody gets through life without facing hurdles, obstacles and even tragedies.

The question is not what happens to you but how you respond to what happens to you in life.

You can choose to give up when you face adversity and play a small life.  And if you do, you will be playing the victim.

Or, you can reach deep into your heart and use the apparently negative event to fuel even greater success.

You can use the adversity as a platform for growth and a chance to let more of who you truly are shine and see the light of day.

In doing so, you will be aligning yourself with the fundamental laws of nature and showing true leadership not only of your career but of your life.

“I believe we all have more potential inside of us than we have any knowledge of. And when a crisis happens, you can find out what you’re made of.”  Christopher Reeve