I had the opportunity to hear Brian Tracy (of “Eat That Frog” fame) speak recently and he asked a very insightful question: “What is the #1 most important goal in your life?”
In other words, if you had to boil down everything that you’ve got on your plate to one overarching meta-goal, the one that would have the most impact on your long-term happiness and success, do you know what that would be?
Knowing the answer to that question and reminding yourself each day can have huge implications for how you prioritize and organize your day. It will help you be very clear on what to say “yes” to in your life and what to say “no” to. Taking that one simple, yet critically important step will accelerate your progress toward your most important goals. Read More→
We live in a world that has been optimized for distraction and short attention spans (squirrel!). Finding focus in this environment is definitely an uphill battle, but it’s the difference between being a lamp and a laser.
Focus is essential to becoming more productive, creative, and successful. When you hear the stories of the most accomplished people in the world, there are almost always two things that they have in common – focus and persistence.
In his book “Outliers”, Malcolm Gladwell identified the “10,000 hour” principal. Whether Bill Gates or the Beatles, to become a “master” you need to spend approximately 10,000 hours honing your skills. If you do the math, it’s clear that you’d have to focus on your craft for the better part of every day – to the exclusion of almost everything else – for many years.
So what are you focusing on? What priorities have your attention to the exclusion of others? Regardless of whether your goal is to be the best or just your best, applying a couple of simple focus principles will start improving your results and your overall ROE (return on energy) – immediately! Read More→
Everything you do – every task you perform, every problem you solve, every interaction you have – takes energy. On any given day you have a finite amount of energy. In Part 1 we looked at how you can create more energy every day. Now that you have created all that essential energy, let’s look at how you can get the most from it. Here are 4 simple steps you can take to maximize your “Return on Energy”:
1) Start by Prioritizing
Reviewing your 3-page task list is not really helpful. Make sure that every morning you know what your top 3 priorities are for the day – the things that have to get done – and make sure that you schedule time to knock those off first. You’ll be amazed at how much more effective you’ll be if you do that before getting mired in the quicksand of your email or voice-mail inbox.
For even better results, identify those priorities the night to allow your creative subconscious to do a bit of advance work while you are getting your beauty rest. Read More→
The number one most important thing you do is to create energy. That’s right, it is numero uno. Why? Because everything else you do depends on it. Every synapse that fires in your brain, every word you speak, every muscle you move – every beat of your heart – depends on it. Want to perform better? Want to get more done? Want to be more creative? Create more energy.
How Do You Create Energy?
Energy is something that most of us take for granted. We focus on time management, but not energy management. You cannot create more time. There are still only 24 hours in the day. But you can create more energy, and the better you are at creating energy, the better you will be at everything else.
In order to maximize your personal energy, you have to understand what works for you. The fundamentals are the same for everyone – sleeping, eating, breathing – but beyond that, everyone is a little bit different and you need to understand what makes you tick.
Habits are the most powerful tool you have to make positive changes in your life – by programming your behavior. Keystone habits are a special class of habit that you can use to turbo-charge your willpower and more quickly reach your goals!
Take a moment and imagine your life without habits. Imagine having to decide whether to brush your teeth every morning, whether to make coffee, whether to have breakfast, whether to let the dog out, what time to go to work, which route to take, and which store to stop at on the way home. Habits allow us to perform all of those actions automatically while thinking about other things – the new project you are working on or your upcoming vacation. How many times have you driven to work without remembering stopping at the lights, making the turns, or anything else about the trip?
Habits allow our conscious mind to delegate. Without habits, we would have to consider every one of the hundreds of actions we take every single day. It would be like the CEO of a large company having to consider and confirm the action of every singe worker! It would be exhausting and it would leave precious little time to dream, to think strategically, or plan for the future. Read More→
Most people who make New Years resolutions are not successful. In fact most resolutions never even see the light of February. If, like the majority of people who made New Year resolutions, you are seeing your goals and aspirations circling the drain or about to go on life-support, here are a couple of tips and insights that can help you be more successful in all of your attempts to improve yourself and create a better life.
So charge up the paddles and get ready to jump-start your resolutions.
Supercharge Your Willpower By Making It A Habit
Making changes in your life takes willpower. Unfortunately, willpower is a limited resource. Your best strategy is to create a new habit, or replace an undesirable one, because habits are automatic by definition and don’t require a constant infusion of willpower. Replacing habits is difficult though, unless you know what makes them tick. Read More→
Write down your goals!
This is the single most important step you can take if you are serious about reaching your goals or making changes in your life.
First off, writing your goals down forces you to articulate your goals. The probability that you will reach your desired destination rises dramatically as you add the clarity, definition, and detail that come through writing your goal down.
Writing down your goals also involves more senses – tactile and visual senses – and the more senses you involve, the more deeply that goal is imprinted in your subconscious. Read More→
I came across this quote from Gallup CEO Jim Clifton:
“Here’s what you need to know: Gallup research has found that the top 25% of teams — the best managed — versus the bottom 25% in any workplace — the worst managed — have nearly 50% fewer accidents and have 41% fewer quality defects. What’s more, teams in the top 25% versus the bottom 25% incur far less in healthcare costs. So having too few engaged employees means our workplaces are less safe, employees have more quality defects, and disengagement — which results from terrible managers — is driving up the country’s healthcare costs.”
Study after study is showing high employee engagement to be a very strong indicator of organizations that out-perform the pack, and low engagement indicating those that will under-perform. Read More→
Visualization has long been seen by some as akin to wishing on a star or a four-leaf clover-with a rate of return somewhere in the neighborhood of a Powerball ticket.
It turns out the odds are a lot better than that. In fact hard science has proven that it is a real and powerful tool that each of us can easily use to shape our lives and create better outcomes – personally and professionally.
There is now even more breakthrough evidence that indicates visualization has the ability to affect us and cause changes at our very core – right down to our genes and how they function or “express”. Read More→
Are relentless schedules, unceasing demands, and suffocating responsibilities making you feel like you are losing your mind?
Well here are a couple of simple tricks you can use to speed up the process:
- Lose your sense of perspective. Ignore the bigger picture, and focus just on your immediate situation.
- Take everything way to seriously. Especially yourself. Become more rigid in your thinking, and whatever you do – do not laugh at yourself or your situation.
- Blame others for not taking more responsibility for your success and happiness.
It is a very simple, effective recipe with guaranteed results.
If on the other hand, you’d like to get your cheese back up on the cracker and dip that other oar back in the water, the following suggestions may help: Read More→