There is an old Chinese proverb that states: The best time to get started was 20 years ago, the second best time is now!
Now is the best time because you cannot go back and change what has passed. Tomorrow never comes, as my parents used to tell me daily, so why are you waiting for that day to get started? The best, and to be frank the only, way to get started, is by taking action today.
Nike use the tag line, Just Do It, and I want you to add a word to this - Now! Repeat the mantra, Do it now, over and over until it becomes a habit. When you have an idea or you need to make an important phone call say to yourself, "do it now", and then take action.
Procrastination is the killer of dreams and taking action now is the catalyst so be intentional and take control of your life - Do it now!
Whether you are running a team or you are an individual contributor it is common for most of us to focus on the numbers. In other words we are given a target, whether this be a financial return for the period or a number of sales required. The challenge is that when we focus on the numbers the vision tends to get lost.
The ideal situation is to remain focused on the vision and then the numbers will be be achieved.
Why? Because this is another indication of a growth mentality rather than a goal mentality. When keeping the overall vision top of mind everyone involved is aware of what is expected and buys into the vision. This will ensure that the goals (numbers) are aligned to the vision and therefore will be achieved.
Think about this as you go through you day and see where your focus is being directed.
As you go through life and complete your daily routine it is important to keep your eyes open. Now, you may be saying to yourself that you always have your eyes open otherwise you would bump into things!
Of course this is true, but I am talking metaphorically, in other words be aware of what opportunities are in front of you. Most of us go through life with our heads down, making sure we complete the tasks in front of us and therefore miss potential opportunities. This is when we tend to bemoan our "bad luck" and the fact that other people always seem to get the "lucky breaks".
Keep your head up, your eyes open, and be aware of what is being presented so that you can take advantage.
When someone disagrees with a statement or stance that you have made what do you think and how do you react?
I believe that most of us have a tendency to be defensive when this happens and maybe come out fighting with a response. When you are on a growth journey you will find your mindset around this situation changes, I know it did for me.
It is important to remember that there are always two sides to every story and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As my thinking expands I find myself asking why other people think differently to me in circumstances as noted above.
Maybe they, or I, do not have all of the facts and therefore the opinion may change once these have been clarified?
Maybe we just have different opinions, and that is OK too. We live in a world where freedom of speech and thought is encouraged so we should not expect everyone to agree with us all of the time.
When someone disagrees with you do not take it personally and attack them. Instead take time to work...
Have you ever wondered thy some people are easier for you to communicate with than others?
There are 4 personality profiles, according to DISC, and we are all a blend of these with at least one being our Primary communication style. To be able to communicate with everyone effectively we need to learn how to recognize these profiles and adapt our messaging to fit the intended recipient.
This does not mean that we are changing ourselves, on the contrary, it is merely saying that how we say something is more important than what we say. Therefore we can say the same thing to each of the four profiles and get four different responses. The video below gives more of an overview - if you are interested and want to find our more you can email me at [email protected]
I heard a story today about us having an imaginary influence that has PMA on one side and NMA on the other. If you choose to use the PMA side you will attract good things and if you choose the side with NMA engraved on it you will repel good things.
I am a firm believer in PMA - Positive Mental Attitude. NMA is the opposite - Negative Mental Attitude.
As Henry Ford famously said: Whether you think you can, or you think you can't you are probably right.
I am celebrating 3 years with out any alcohol today and I could only have made this possible by adopting a positive mental attitude. I talk about this more in my course and other material but for now I simply want to ask you to maintain a PMA and see what good things are attracted to you.
When you give you will grow - Chris Baker
Personal growth is a term that indicates it is about you (personal) but I don't believe that is the case. Personal growth should be more about what we contribute to how other people feel about themselves than making us feel better about ourselves.
I do what I do because it benefits other people and seeing their growth and development is my satisfaction.
My why statement is to: Add value to other people so that they can become the best version of themselves.
You see, by adding value to others and contributing to their development has a positive effect on me too. This is my growth, this is the difference I am making to the world.
Make a difference to someone today and let me know how it feels.
Throughout my career I have found that most people are reluctant to ask for help. I will add that I was one of these people, even though I didn't realize it at the time.
So why are we so reluctant to ask for help?
I recently asked one of my team this same question and the answer was one that I suspect many people would give. He said that he felt like he should know everything and by not knowing what to do he was showing a weakness. Does this sound familiar?
An interesting fact regarding the answer above, is that this gentleman wants to become a trainer, so I followed up by asking him what he would think if his students didn't ask for help when they didn't know the answer? I could sense the cogs going in his mind and he gained a new perspective.
The truth is, we are not expected to know everything. I teach that we should learn something every day and if we already know everything this wouldn't be possible.
Growth is a journey that takes time. It is not always easy and sometimes it...
How do you determine whether you are receiving criticism or advice?
There are a few factors involved in this process and the first one starts with your own mindset.
If you mindset is closed to ideas, what you hear will always be criticism. When your mindset is open to criticism, you will be open to hear advice. I include this statement in my overarching theory that you should have a growth mindset as when you do it allows for constant learning and sharing of ideas.
Another factor to bear in mind is who the comment is coming from. Are they someone who is constantly finding fault and only provides a problem, never a solution? In this case it is probably criticism that you are receiving. If, on the other hand, this is someone that you trust, someone who always has your back and provides solutions rather than problems, you are probably receiving advice.
The moral - maintain a growth mindset, associate with the right people and be open to criticism.
As I walked the dogs this morning a thought popped into my head that I wanted to share with you.
We are all affected by our environment and being aware of this can help put things into perspective. I walk the dogs on a trail by our house every day that backs onto Lake Apopka. The lake is huge and I often marvel at how different it looks, based on the weather.
This morning was a beautiful calm day with hardly a cloud in the sky. As a result the lake looked like glass. Later today it will almost certainly be stormy here in Florida and as a result the lake will look completely different.
My point is this: The lake remains the same yet it's appearance changes and therefore so will people's perception of it. We are the same. If we are in a negative environment, the chances are higher that we will become negative ourselves so choose your environment.
You are the Captain of your soul, the master of your fate.