7 Steps to Success

22 12 2009

We’re just about done 2009. On January, 1, 2010, you get a fresh 365 days. A new chance.  To create the single best year of your life to date. Most will waste this opportunity and make the new  year a repeat of the one just past. Sad. But true. But a few will wake up to the possibility and do 7 things that will ensure 2010 is the most unforgettable twelve months they have experienced yet. Want to be one of the fortunate few? International speaker and business leadership coach, Robin Sharma, offers 7 steps you can take to ensure this year ahead of us will be your best one yet. Enjoy.

– Quinton

 Step #1: Evaluate 2009. Do a written story recording what went well this past year and, even more importantly, what areas you could improve on. Also list all your wins and as many high points as you can recall. Get a clear picture of how you showed up.
 
Step #2: Set Your Theme. Come up with a theme for 2010. It may be “The Year of Financial Freedom” or “The Year of Work Excellence” or “The Year of Fearlessness”. But get a theme into a document you can start reviewing every week.
 
Step #3: Create a Mission. The next step is to develop a one paragraph mission statement and put it into this document. Clarity precedes mastery so the more clear your ultimate mountaintop for 2010 is, the greater your focus will be. And the most positive results you’ll see.
 
Step #4: List Your Big 5. OK, now ask yourself this powerful self-coaching question: What 5 things need to happen between now and December 31, 2010 for this to have been the single most successful year of my life to date?” Write down those five goals as simply and clearly as possible into this document.
 
Step #5: Sequence Your Big 5. Now break your Big 5 down into quarterly goals. Set 5 core goals for the first/second/third and fourth quarters of 2010 to ensure you nail your Big 5. Review these every week. Reflect on them everyday if you really want to win. Make these strategic objectives the sole focus of your life.
 
Step #6: Refocus Every Morning. Life’s job is to distract you. Your job is to stay staggeringly focused on what’s most important. Take 15 minutes during your morning resetting period to reflect on your goals, to envision your best moves and to track out a day that’s productive, passionate and fun.
 
Step #7:  Get Devoted to Learning. The #1 skill of super successful people is that they are relentless learners. While others are wasting time on low-value websites or watching mindless reality tv shows, they are listening to audio programs, studying books on leadership and success and basically creating a rich, beautiful and meaningful life. As you journey through each day of 2010, make the time to fuel your brain with ideas on excellence and creating your absolute best. Nothing’s more important than that. And please remember that all it takes is a single idea to transform the way you lead and how you live.

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Are you busy?

21 12 2009

“Are you busy?” This is the standard work question I hear people asking one another. Or, to reverse it, the standard work answer to the question “How’s it going?” is “Busy”.

But it’s not enough to be busy. So are ants, bees, and snails. The important questions are: What are you busy about? Who are you busy being?

– Richard Sauerman





Do Epic Sh*t

18 12 2009

This one will be a short one. Taken from Life Coaching website www.productiveflourishing.com.

Enjoy!

Quinton

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I recently heard a presentation called “Try Making Yourself More Interesting,” by speaker Brian Oberkirch. In his discussion, he presented the following, easy guidance:

Do Epic Sh*t

Many of us aren’t doing epic sh*t because we think we’re not big enough to do it. Or that it’s better to start with something small and that smallness defines our ambition indefinitely. Or that epic sh*t is stuff that epic people do.

Wrong. Everyday people do epic sh*t and then become epic. They weren’t born that way.

Okay, so you may not like “Do Epic Sh*t” as a mantra. You might prefer to think along the lines of “Create Something Remarkable” a la Seth. They’re saying the same thing, though.

What are you doing that’s epic? Why is it worth talking about? Why should other people care?

Rather than do something small and work like hell to build a story around it, do epic sh*t and let it speak for itself.





How to THRIVE, not just Survive

17 12 2009

One of the most watched television show today is Survivor. We admire those who survive! We tune in every week to see who makes it next. But even better than being a survivor is to be one who thrives! What are the differences between someone who survives and someone who thrives? Here are a few:

– A survivor gets by, a thriver gets ahead. Do you feel like you are just getting by? You don’t have to. You can actually get ahead! You can be out front! You can thrive!

– A survivor is tired at the end, a thriver feels full of energy. When you are finished do you feel tired? You can thrive and be filled with energy! You can thrive!

– A survivor has barely enough, a thriver has an abundance. Do you have more month left over at the end of your money? You can have more money left over at the end of your month! You can thrive financially!

– A survivor is always on the edge, a thriver is on firm ground. Do you feel like you could fall over the edge at any time? You can get back on solid footing! You can feel firm about where you are. You can thrive!

So how do we shift from being a survivor to becoming a thriver? Here are a few steps to put you on your way!

First, start with some good input. Subscribe to as many good magazines and Ezines that will change your outlook and inspire you to thrive! And don’t just subscribe to them – read them. Devour them. Get great audios and videos and listen to them and watch them. The principle here is to renew your mind to become a person whose mindset is one of a person who thrives.

Second, get around people who are thriving. Join clubs and groups filled with people who are already thrivers. Develop friendships with them; take them to lunch or coffee. Pick their brains and learn from them. Mimic their habits of thriving.

As you commit to these first two, you will see the time you spend watching and listening to junk go out the door. You will see that you are spending less and less time with those kinds of people who just want to survive. This will be the launching pad for your success.

Third, make a personal evaluation of your skills. What areas do you need to grow in? Now, get to work on those skills. Skills are what take you to the top. An old quote says that the race isn’t always won by the fast or the strong, but that’s the way to bet! I’ll take the person with skills to be the one who thrives every time. It won’t work like that every time, but it will most of the time.

Fourth, make a commitment to a long-term, tenacious outlook. We have to do this in order to turn the ship around. If you are just a survivor, you can be a thriver, but it may take some time. Remember, this is for the rest of your life. There will be times of weakness. There will be times of hardship. If you are tenacious, you can, and will, thrive!

Fifth, understand that thrivers are almost always people of methodical discipline and order. They know that they have to have order in their lives and the order is what produces the ability to thrive. They thrive financially because they discipline themselves to save and invest rather than spend. They thrive physically because they are disciplined in what they eat and in how they exercise. Discipline will make you thrive!

Yes, you can THRIVE! Take the above and get to work. Make these principles a part of your life and they will create in you an ability to thrive in everything that you do. You will no longer just survive. Instead, you will thrive! And that is going to feel great!

– Chris Widener, Motivational Speaker & Author of Made for Success and Extraordinary Leaders





E N R I C H M E N T

16 12 2009

We are all on a search – a search for more meaning in our lives. Through choosing to enrich other people’s lives, you add meaning to both their life and your own. Here are some simple steps to follow, suggested by Rajesh Setty, entrepreneur, speaker and author of Life Beyond Code.

1. Commit: Commit to lifetime-relationships that span events, companies, causes and geographic boundaries.

2. Care: Care for the concerns of others as if they are your own.

3. Connect: Aim to connect those who will benefit and enrich each other’s lives in equal measure.

4. Communicate: Communicate candidly. Tell people what they should hear rather than what they want to hear.

5. Expand Capacity: Aim to expand people’s capacity to help them give and get more from their own lives.

The Litmus Test: If you are truly enriching someone’s life, they will typically miss you in their past. They think their lives would have been even better if they had met you earlier.

You are only as rich as the enrichment you bring to the world around you.





Make a LIFE, not a living

14 12 2009

Story of an old man……

“I recently picked a new doctor. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age (60).

A little concerned about his comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, ‘Do you think I’ll live to be 80?’

He asked me, ‘Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?’ ‘Oh no,’ I replied. ‘And I’m not doing any drugs, either!’

Then he asked, ‘Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?

‘Not much’ I replied. ‘My former doctor said that red meat is unhealthy!’

‘Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?’

‘No, I avoid the sun as much as possible,’ I replied.

He asked, ‘Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?’ ‘No,’ I replied. ‘I’m being extremely careful.’

He looked at me and asked, ‘Then why do you even give a damn?’ “





Make a LIFE, not a living

11 12 2009