How is your mindset today?
Are you thinking positively or is everything a problem?
70-80% of people are not happy with their current job and if this is you, the good news is you can do something about it - starting today!
You are not alone so don't hide in the shadows waiting for something to change by itself. There is a better life waiting for you to claim it and it starts with you accepting your worth and believing in yourself.
We all have expectations and when these are not met, how do we feel and react?
This morning I had my car booked in for a service. I arrived right on time and was greeted and shown to the waiting area where my service advisor would come and get me. I have been using this dealership for over 3 years now so I know what to expect and they always deliver.
This morning was different though. I had been waiting in the area for 30 minutes so I went up to the receptionist and asked, politely, what was happening. She apologized and found my service advisor who, it turns out, had not been made aware that I was here.
I was disappointed and in a previous mindset I would have made a fuss. My new mindset and training made me think twice so I said that I was disappointed but it couldn't be helped now. I was polite and courteous and so was the advisor. If I had got upset it would have put me in a bad mood for the day. I cannot control what happened so I had to put it into perspective and move...
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" - Maria Robinson
You may be in the position where you are facing self doubts about your ability to lead the life that you really want to?
You may be thinking that it is too late for you to switch careers or climb the corporate ladder?
You may be thinking that you cannot compete with younger people?
You may be embarrassed about what other people will think and say?
These inner fears are all myths - fears are: False Emotions Appearing Real. You can break free from these myths and fears because they are not real, they exist only in your head so change your mindset and decide what you want from life, then go for it.
Ask yourself these questions:
What does Freedom look and feel like to you?
What would it mean to you to live a life of freedom?
What are you going to do today to make a difference in your life?
It is well known that nothing worthwhile comes easy and there are no short cuts to sustained success. One of the things that is required to get you to the top is self-discipline.
Self discipline enables you to keep pushing forward when things get a little tough.
Self discipline makes habits your servant in stead of your master.
Self discipline is most easily developed when you are working within your strengths and passion.
A lack of self discipline shows a lack of knowing what you want from life.
This is why I say that everything starts with understanding your purpose in life, what drives and motivates you to want to keep going uphill. Create consistency in your life and this will compound to generate results that most people can't even dream about.
People ask me what the difference is between a leader and a Manager and I have two answers:
1: Leaders go first, in other words leaders lead from the front and pull their team with them whereas Managers tend to lead from the rear, pushing their team.
2: Leaders lead people where Managers manage processes.
It is possible for a great leader to become a great Manager but it is not always easy for a great Manager to be a leader, let alone a great one.
If you have ambitions to be a great leader remember that your success is determined by the performance of your team. By definition, you cannot be a leader, let alone a great leader, without followers and people will not follow you if they do not trust and respect you.
My thought for today was inspired by a sporting achievement that demonstrates it is possible to overcome adversity. When Tiger Woods won the Players Championship today it was the first tournament he has won in over 5 years.
Whether you follow golf or not, you are probably aware that Tiger was the world number one for around 16 years before he suffered injuries and personal challenges that would have destroyed most people. It wasn't long ago that he could barely walk and had numerous back surgeries. He wasn't expected to play golf again, let alone win a major tournament.
He was determined to succeed. He had a burning desire to get back to his best and so he kept going through his adversity, resulting in his win today.
Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve something. If you want it badly enough you can work towards it. Will it be easy? No, but the result will be worth it when you prove the world wrong and live your dream.
Most companies have annual performance reviews that could determine your merit increase but how effective are these?
Do you conduct your own performance review, regardless of whether it is required by your employer?
Do you set your annual objectives in advance?
How do you monitor your progress?
These are questions that you need to be asking yourself and taking time to analyze and review your answers. You are in control of your destiny and therefore need to take responsibility for the actions that will take you there.
Look back at my suggestions for daily reflection as this is the first step in understanding where you are now and where you want to get to.
Change is the one constant in all of our lives, whether we like it or not. How do you identify when change is needed?
Daily reflection is a technique that I recommend as this will help you to understand what is happening in your life and take the appropriate action.
Schedule 30 minutes towards the end of your day to write down what has happened, what was good, what was not so good, and what are you grateful for each day.
As you consider what went well, think about what worked and how you can replicate that in other tasks. With the things that didn't go quite so well, ask yourself what went wrong and how you can overcome that in the future.
At the end of the week you can summarize your daily reflections and look for patterns. Do the same at the end of the month with your weekly summaries and then after 3 months, 6 months, and annually.
The important thing is to schedule the time and make sure that you do it - things will not change for the better on their own!
A topic that I would like to cover today is the main constant factor in everyone’s life, whether they want it or not, and that is change.
When I ask a group of people “Who wants change?” almost all of the hands go up. When I follow this question up with “Who wants to change?” almost all of the hands go down. So why is this?
I find that many people say that they want change but are not prepared to make the change in themselves to make this happen. There is an increasing sense of entitlement and a victim mentality in our society and this is one of the driving factors in creating my business to help people find themselves and grow.
What do you want your future to look like?
If you could design and create your ideal life, what would that look and feel like?
Now ask yourself, if I carry on with the actions and behaviors that I am living today, will I get this life that I dream about?
If the answer is yes, then I want to congratulate you as you are on the...