Are you aligned with what you want? Making day-to-day business decisions can be difficult if you don’t have your personal values aligned with your business. When making these decisions, try not to expect an outcome of a situation in advance. And, at all costs, do not let your business take over your life.
People who succeed take their goals seriously. They move their goals out of the realm of fantasy and turn them into practical objectives to be achieved.
One of the simplest ways to take your goals seriously is to turn them into mental pictures and movies that you can describe visually. If you can’t tell me what you’re seeing on the movie screen, it’s a safe bet that your goal is just an out of focus fantasy.
When you find yourself behind in life with a to-do list that seems miles long, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. When it seems like you have countless things to get done, just thinking about those tasks can drain away your energy and leave you ready to give up before even starting.
Write down two or three things you definitely want to be done for the day and just focus on those. Add additional things later, if you feel up to it. There is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment and you may be surprised how motivated you feel to keep your productivity going.
Giving yourself some time to sit down and really think about what you want to accomplish is just the first part of thinking big. Creating a plan that you can follow up on, and staying motivated while you tackle your goals a little at a time can help you make a big thought a reality.
Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring.
Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.
Creating a powerful action plan always begins with having a clear purpose, vision or goal in mind. It is designed to take you from wherever you are right now directly to the accomplishment of your stated goal. With a well-designed plan, you can achieve virtually any goal you set out to accomplish.
Developing the ability to stay calm under pressure situations means that you are less likely to suffer from the effects of stress, anxiety, and worry. Your calm approach will also lead to better health and higher levels of productivity. It will provide you with a sense of control over the events and circumstances of your life, and most certainly a better sense of control over yourself, your thoughts and emotions. On top of this, staying calm under pressure will help improve your ability to focus on the right things, at the right time, and in the right way. It will allow you to better communicate your needs to other people, and help you make more effective, intelligent and emotional-free decisions.
Rather than starting with 50 push-ups per day, start with 5 push-ups per day. Rather than trying to meditate for 10 minutes per day, start by meditating for one minute per day. Make it easy enough that you can get it done without motivation.
Instead of trying to do something amazing from the beginning, start small and gradually improve. Along the way, your willpower and motivation will increase, which will make it easier to stick to your habit for good.
If you want to create a pattern of success in your life, you can start now by learning the secret that successful people know. Successful people are only special because they are doers and follow through.
They are not smarter than others; in fact, it is entirely possible you are smarter on paper than they are. You just don’t follow through.
Creating a pattern of success requires knowledge of goal setting, and goal achieving, and an in-depth knowledge of yourself. Starting today you can gain that knowledge and create a real pattern of success in your life.
People who get sidetracked often have a very rigid approach to success. When their initial plans don’t work in the real world, they keep repeating the same ineffective strategies, stubbornly expecting that something new will happen each time.
Those who succeed understand and accept that their initial plans may not work. Each failure becomes a learning experience. Successful people surrender their ineffective approaches, so they can pivot towards new possible solutions.
Those who fail usually explore very little of the solution space. They hide out in a comfortable corner where there are few results to be had. Those who succeed almost invariably explore more of the solution space. Even after they get some success going, they keep exploring to further optimize their approaches, especially to improve overall lifestyle balance.
Make your environment an asset
Many of us spend more hours at the office than we do anywhere else. So it stands to reason that optimizing your work environment will affect how to be productive.
Not every aspect of your work environment will be under your control, but there are positive changes you can make locally. Studies show that a little greenery improves both focus and productivity. The same is true for enjoying a clean and clutter-free work area. Get into the habit of keeping it that way.
Surround yourself with tools that enable good habits
There are many tools out there to help with productivity, efficiency, and concentration. We’ve looked at many of them in more depth, focusing on their benefits for specific groups such as customer support representatives and people who work from home.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar
“Someday is not a day of the week.” –Denise Brennan-Nelson
“Hire character. Train skill.” –Peter Schutz
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs
“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman — not the attitude of the prospect.” –W. Clement Stone
“Everyone lives by selling something.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
“If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” –Bob Hooey
“The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” –Orison Swett Marden
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” –Napoleon Hill
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