Forget discipline (at least in the way most people understand it)!
Discipline is an important element for any success. However, as most people understand it, it is not enough to ensure lasting success.
It helps to imagine that discipline has three levels. The most successful individuals and companies are disciplined in all three levels, the average only in the first.
Level 1: Task discipline. You have the discipline to carry out planned actions and comply with agreements. In other words, you and others can rely on you.
Level 2: Growth Discipline. You consistently implement growth plans. This means you systematically develop your personality, invest a certain amount of time every day in your education and consciously change habits towards more success.
Level 3: Success Discipline. You set goals for yourself (and your team) that are extremely challenging...
What am I talking about? That you want to become better, no matter with what.
If you want to become healthier, slimmer, fitter or whatever, you must do something about it every day. It is simply not enough to eat healthy food once a week and otherwise stuff junk food into oneself. Or just brushing your teeth once a month and relying on the forces of nature.
Here is the exciting thing: When it comes to mental fitness and a strong mindset (i. e. what we need in every team to achieve outstanding success), most people think it's done with an annual workshop.
Here are three powerful areas (from a variety of others) that you have to train every day:
I have to keep thinking of that old wisdom when it comes to new technologies and approaches.
"Siri? I tried it and it did not understand my question. Forget it!"
"iPhone? It’s only an extended MP3 player. Business people will never use that! "
"Online Language Translation by Google? That's just nonsense! "
Stop! Do you notice something? Yesterday I had a complete presentation translated by Google online from German into English (for free by the way). The result: 95% correct and meaningful content, even with content that is not easy to interpret. It needed the odd improvement here and there, but that's it. Fast and cheap. When did you last try it?
My questions to you:
The year is now a bit more than four weeks old, and many people are already getting exhausted. Not you? That’s great!
Because today I have an important tip for you in my series "how to make 2018 outstanding".
This is it: spread high energy! As a leader, this is one of your most important tasks. Unfortunately, I often see the opposite.
What do I mean by that?
From my observation, there are 3 groups of behaviors in the new year:
Your brakes consist of mindset, habits, and fears. In other words, it's your mindsets and habits, as well as your fears (yes, we all have them!) that keep you and your colleagues from achieving outstanding results.
There is a common cause for both growing success and greater fulfilment and enthusiasm in life. Can you guess what it is? Yes: the speed and clarity with which you decide and then implement those decisions.
Asked the other way around: Do you know someone who decides and implements quickly - and at the same time is unhappy and unsuccessful? Probably not!
"Yeah, but ..." you may think now, "it's not always that easy!" No, it's not! Because what's in our way is our mindset.
Well, here's the solution: Answer inquiries from customers, colleagues and other people in your area quickly and clearly. If you sometimes (or often) simply procrastinate on answers (or observe this behaviour from people around you), then here is the key to how you can (and must) change this NOW!
Let’s not fool ourselves: Bad response behaviour has substantial collateral damage, such as double work, lower productivity, frustration, lost customers, decreasing reputation and much more.
Rule of thumb: If you do not respond to normal inquiries within 24 hours (even if only with a confirmation), you have a problem - and your environment with you!
And “busyness" is not an excuse! I know extremely productive and successful people who always respond swiftly, while others do not respond even...
Regardless of whether you read this post at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018, this is the ideal time to set things straight for the next 12 months. Let’s keep this one short and crisp.
The Christmas Season is traditionally a time of reflection and conclusions.
In this somewhat unusual video I explain three important thoughts that we keep forgetting, but which are extremely important in order to have a positive effect on others and their success and happiness.
I also read a short text that is not just a little journey into ourselves (and our barriers), but also opens our eyes to what's really important.
I wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays,
Places are limited! More details in the video.
“Your world is what you perceive it to be and how you interpret this perception." This insight was not invented by me, but verifiable psychology knowledge.
If you want to be more successful in the long term (for yourself, your team or your company), you have to change your perception and your interpretations ("stories”). If it were easier, you would already be where you want to.
The key insight: If you want to become more successful, you MUST change your interpretation of reality and success. This is exhausting, highly uncomfortable and almost always needs external help. That is why only a few (just the outstandingly successful ones) do it.
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