3 Easy Steps that will make you more successful!

I have always been a person who needed to have a task list. A list every day that I would work off of to get my work done. Did not matter if it was personal or business I always had a list. It would be painful in the days before smartphones and have to copy my tasks every day in my Franklin Planner. For those that don’t know what a Franklin Planner is because I am showing my age, it’s a form of a Calendar, Notes, and Task list in a 3 ring binder. Those were the days… Ha. Things got so much easier when we switched to smartphones right? Wrong! I tracked everything in my smartphone in Calendars, Notes, and Tasks lists. My favorite was the tasks lists and it still is my favorite today. I had task lists for Personal, Work, and Business. I would have 30 – 40 tasks to complete a day! And they were setup to auto repeat. This by no means is the right way to track tasks. Any task list close to this is overkill and will not help you progress or succeed in moving forward. In fact it will prevent you from moving forward because you lose sight in what the important tasks are.

I have found a way that I would like to share with each of you that helps ensure you are succeeding every day! Every day if you do this will help you move closer and closer to your goals.
If you following these steps I am going to outline below you will move closer and closer to success. You will move closer to accomplishing the most you ever have in your life every single day. There will be days that you accomplish more than others but you won’t be staying in the level of mediocrity. You will be a winner! You will succeed! And you will be the best you that you can be.

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How Fast Should You Make Decisions?

And 3 Reasons Why

Do you know anybody or have worked for anybody that would not make a decision even to save their own life? How about somebody that goes back and forth between two decisions (A Flip Flopper). How about the person that wants data, more data, more data, and then puts it in a dozen different charts and graphs and still contemplates what decision to make? That is what you call “Paralysis by Analysis”.

Research shows most decisions don’t have to be that difficult. Most decisions in fact are decisions we can make by first instinct. Our gut by experience or first thought helps guide us. Have you ever been told that when taking a test your first guess is usually the correct answer? The same goes for decisions in our life and business.
Because of this leaders and people faced with decisions can usually make decisions quickly. Sure there will be those decisions where there is money or investments involved where we would typically take more time in making a decision. But decisions that impact projects, operations, daily work activities, and other areas can be done quickly.

Why should decisions be made quickly? Here are 3 reasons why.

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The Big Leap Book Cover

The Big Leap (HarperCollins Publishing, 2009)

If there is only one book you read this year this book should be it.  It does not matter what your career is or what your life situation is everyone could learn from this book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks.  I first learned about this book years ago at a Leadership Summit.  Recently I was listening to Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcast.  He had just discovered and read this book.  The last few weeks this has been the key topic on his podcast.

Since then I have listened to this book again on Audible and read the book cover to cover in a matter of days.  Even taking extensive notes.  This book will give you the motivation and show you how to focus on your greatest strengths.

In this book you will learn about:

  • The Four Main Operating Zones and where you are operating now and how to optimize your work and life
    • Zone of Incompetence
    • Zone of Competence
    • Zone of Excellence
    • Zone of Genius
  • The Four Hidden Barriers that hold us back
    • Feeling Fundamentally Flawed
    • Disloyalty and Abandonment
    • Believing that a Bigger Success Brings a Bigger Burden
    • The Crime of Outshining

These titles might seem a little weird and maybe uninteresting.  I know that is the first impression I had when I flipped through the book.  It sat on my shelf a good 10 – 12 months until I finally picked it up and started reading it.  While their are some obvious observations anyone could learn a lot from this book.  Take notes and reviewing them.

Have you read this book?  What were your thoughts on it?

Click the link above in the title to get your copy today.

Want To Become More Successful In Your Life And Business? Raising This Trait Will Help…

We don't always accomplish our goals but we always get our...

I have been studying goal setting and accomplishing more in your life and business for almost 30 years. I have seen people do and define goals many different ways. Some have worked and some have not. Some might say drive and determination contributes. Some might say that how you define a goal determines how successful you are. I still believe there is one more thing that out weighs all. I started studying Anthony Robbins tactics and principles when I was seventeen years old. I was a young entrepreneur and bodybuilder at that time. I took every opportunity to learn more in these areas of my life. I remember him saying one thing that stuck out more than others. One thing that when I started doing it I was unstoppable.

It is true there are ways that setting goals will help you be more successful in accomplishing them. One thing that stands out that when I have done it I have been success each time.

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Don’t let the word Impossible get you down or even used in your vocabulary.  After all the word itself spells I’m Possible.

The 5 Key Strategies To Becoming A Better Listener

Listening is one of the greatest strategies to being a Great Leader

Have you ever had that boss or friend who you swear loves to talk. Talk about anything and everything.  And when you try to get a word in they jump right in with another story or something about them? In Steven Covey’s book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” one thing you can do to win friends and influence people is listen. Not just listen but listen with a clear mind.  Understand and remember what the person is talking about.

Be An Active Listener

To become that great leader. That Level 5 leader that John Maxwell talks about in his books. That leader that everyone looks up to and respects at work. You will need to become a great listener. Become the best listener you know. It’s not hard. I have been told that I am a leader who cares about my people. That understands my people. That takes an interest in my people. That wants to help my people. I have been told this by colleagues, management, and my team members. I attribute this to becoming a great listener. When you listen and understand people something triggers.   They can trust you more than most.

I have not always been a great listener… Just ask my mom. I had to learn to become a great listener. For me there are just 5 simple rules to becoming a great leader.

The 5 key strategies to becoming a better listener are:

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Do This Exercise to Build Your Strength Profile for a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT Analysis is an Excellent Tool To Grow as a Individual or a Business

Last week we reviewed what a SWOT Analysis is.  This week we start to build a SWOT Analysis for you or your business.  This is a very good exercise to perform 2 – 3 times a year and revisit the results each time.

Know your Strengths

Strengths are what drive us in hard times.  Strengths are what brings us joy in our hobbies, family, and business.  It’s important for us as individuals or businesses to understand our strengths.  These are traits that make us strong, smarter, and wiser in our life and in our businesses.

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When you plant a seed of assumption in the soil of ignorance you harvest a field of confusion.  Don’t make assumptions, use knowledge to make your decisions in order to be productive.

3 Reasons to Set Goals or New Years Resolutions in November

And a Free Goal Setting Download

It’s getting close to the new year.  You know what that means…  Time for new years resolutions?  We also know new years resolutions don’t work.  Often they are last minute thoughts.  Not something we put much thought or planning into. Or maybe we are just doing it because everyone else is doing it.  I have never been much for new years resolutions but I have set annual goals every year.  I have been setting goals for myself for over 30 years.  I have found the best time to plan for annual goals (January – December) is in November of each year.

Hello November surrounded by pumpkins

Each November I sit down and use a spreadsheet I have developed to plan out my annual goals. I am happy to say that I have been success most of the time at all these goals.

Setting Goals In November are 10 Times More Successful Than Those Set in January.

3 reasons I have found planning your next years goals in November are:

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When I help others improve and grow in their career and life I grow and improve my career and life.  When you serve others you grow as a leader and you  accomplish more through what you learn.

Peter Szpakowski