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.
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.
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?
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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.
I have worked for many great leaders in my career. Some of them had this trait but most did not. But they were still good leaders. The ones that had it are the ones I am still close to today. The ones that didn’t I don’t hear from. Which is understandable. If you wanted to take your leadership to a level that most never do you need to work on your benevolence.
Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence and your impact to improve your leadership.
What is benevolence?
Have just finished reading this book. It’s a quick read but full of useful practices and strategies for any team and leader. Highly recommend this book as well as any of Patrick Lencioni’s books. This one is by far one of my favorite books. Be sure to check it out. Let me know what you think too.
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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.
Do your mornings start like mine? You get into the office, boot up the computer, get a cup of coffee and then the first thing you do is check your inbox. Let the urgency begin!!! Immediately you get overwhelmed by all the messages. All the questions. All the needs. The need to put out all the fires. Many times somebodies urgent task for you is because they failed to plan. So you start your day out on the wrong foot.
What if you ignored your email inbox for the first two hours of work? You would be able to:
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.
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:
I talk to so many people who think personal trainers are too expensive. I have even felt that in the past. Health problems that can follow are more devastating and way more expensive if you ask me. I have a background in health and fitness. My dad started having heart problems. I realized that I needed to get other peoples input to help me grow and increase my knowledge. The cost of a personal trainer as great as it might seem is such a great return on investment. I know some people that charge up to $250 per hour and I know now they are worth every penny. No wait… I am worth every penny. The money I give to a personal trainer that is going to help me achieve my goals and increase my health is well worth it.
Did you know that even the smartest people in the world use coaches? The fittest people in the world use coaches or personal trainers. I have a background in bodybuilding and even the top bodybuilders in the world have coaches. The greatest athletes in the world have coaches. There is a reason why even the greatest and brightest people in the world use coaches. They work! But why do they work? Here are 9 reasons why hiring a personal trainer is worth it.