Wired For Success: Five Steps to Upping Your Mental Game

Wired For Success: Some people procrastinate, worry, and accomplish very little. However, other people get into action, have peace of mind, and achieve success.  What do these people do differently?

Wired For Success Five Steps to Upping Your Mental Game

Wired For Success: Five Steps to Upping Your Mental Game

Wired For Success: Some people accomplish very little. On the hand, other people get things done and find success.

How are these people different.  What are the things that successful people do to get wired for success?

Focus on the Present Moment.

Get out of your head and into the world around you.

Ruminating over the past is painful and unproductive.  Furthermore, fretting over the future wastes energy. Both clutter your mind.

Start with a Small Step.

Do you have trouble getting to that long-term project?  To say the least, you are not unusual.

Many people don’t start working on a large project until the day before the deadline.

First, don’t decide to tackle the entire project.  Just decide to do something simple.

For example, if you have a major presentation to give, just decide to write the outline.  Just decide to write one paragraph.

Overtime, things will come together.

Breathe

Just taking a deep breath will help you get back into the present moment.  Taking twenty minutes to relax and focus on your breathing will clear your mind and boost your energy.

Snap into Action

You see sports fans standing to cheer when the team takes the field.  The energy and the enthusiasm increase when the people in the crowd stand and cheer.  Clapping, smiling, cheering, laughing, and standing boost your energy and give you mental focus.

If you don’t feel excited about your work, act excited about your work.  Use body language and action to wire your mind for success.

Gratitude Lists

Gratitude lists wire us for a positive state of mind and gives us energy.

Make realistic yet simple gratitude lists.

Everyone has problems.  People wired for success enjoy life, even when tackling problems.  How do they do this?  They remember to see the good things in their life.

Mental and Emotional Burnout: When Self-Sacrifice Becomes Destructive

Mental and Emotional Burnout:  Do you look at your work and say, “I can no longer do this?”  How do you recover the energy and excitement to do your job?

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Mental and Emotional Burnout: When Self-Sacrifice Becomes Destructive

The term “burnout” in reference to job performance comes from an article “Staff Burn-Out” by Herbert J. Freudenberger, first published in January 1974  in the Journal of Social Issues.

In 1980, Herbert Freudenberger collaborated with Richelson Géraldine to write the book Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement.

The Adrenaline Rush that Precedes Burnout

Are you pushing yourself into job burnout? Do find that you are working on an adrenaline rush.  Are you working under constant pressure from your supervisor or from your working conditions?  Do you take shortcuts by eating at your desk, reading your email on your smartphone during breaks, and trying to do several tasks at the same time?

That adrenaline rush that comes from hyperactivity and super performance is often destructive.  Your efforts for high achievement can destroy your success.

Saving Your Career from Job Burnout

In Lifehacker, Alan Henry wrote,

“Once you recognize you’re burned out, you can pull yourself back from the ledge, but it’d be best to never get there in the first place. Luckily, the signs are usually right in front of you: you just don’t want to see them, or you’re too busy actually working to recognize them. If you keep an eye out, you’ll be able to cut off burnout before it takes hold so hard you can barely get up for work.”

Here are common symptoms of job burnout.

  1. You lose interest in your job.
  2. You procrastinate, or you simply cannot work.
  3. Your work has lost its meaning.
  4. A feeling of powerless dominates your thinking.
  5. After resting, you still feel exhausted.
  6. Depression and anxiety are symptoms of burnout. 
  7. People around you disappoint you easily.
  8. Perfectionist and judgmental mentality hijack your thinking.
  9. You work too long, because nothing is ever good enough.

Job burnout can come from several factors.  

  1. Doing endless hours of work that is mind numbing or stressful
  2. Working under constant criticism and correction
  3. Not taking regular breaks to eat or rest
  4. Failing to do things that give your mind a change in activity
  5.  Working in a job that is a mismatch
  6. Working too long each day and too many days a week

The solution for job burnout is change.

  1. Take breaks.
  2. Find emotional support through friendships and family.
  3. Try new things.
  4. Make a list of your work priorities.  Do one thing at a time.
  5. Get regular physical exercise.
  6. Learn techniques for resting your mind from work: meditation, pleasant and interesting reading
  7. Watching or listening to television, radio, or video programs that are relaxing, motivational, or inspirational
  8. Change jobs.

The danger of job burnout is that you ruin your health, and you ruin your career.  Having a successful career begins with you taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Further reading on job burnout.

Isaac Asimov: Creating a Lifetime of Success

Isaac Asimov: What are the things that Isaac Asimov did that enabled him to become a writer whose productivity and creativity increased throughout his life?

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” Isaac Asimov Quote

 

Isaac Asimov: Creating a Lifetime of Success

Continuing to learn is fundamental to success for a long career.  Industries change.  Tools change.  Opportunities disappear. New opportunities are not always available for a particular skill set.  Furthermore, creativity that is critical to solving problems requires occasional resets to solve new and unique problems.

On this point, successful people continue to learn and grow as the world changes.

Eleven different companies publish the books and essays of Isaac Asimov.  Amazingly, he wrote over 1600 essays and hundreds of short stories and books.

Here is a list of his bestselling books:

The Naked Sun
I, Robot
Foundation
Second Foundation
Prelude To Foundation
The Caves Of Steel
Foundation And Empire
The End Of Eternity

“I couldn’t possibly write the variety of books I manage to do out of the knowledge I had gained in school alone. I had to keep a program of self-education in process. My library of reference books grew and I found I had to sweat over them in my constant fear that I might misunderstand a point that to someone knowledgeable in the subject would be a ludicrously simple one.”  It’s Been a Good Life, Isaac Asimov

Beyond this statement, another famous quote from Asimov stresses the importance of taking responsibility for continuing to grow through personal effort:

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”

The Principles of a Lifetime of Success

In conclusion, the principles that Asimov followed apply to success in any career.  For example, Bill Gates’ website “Gates Notes” shows Gates’ belief in this principle.  The site is a blog about the people he meets and the books he reads to continue to learn and grow. Specifically, the subjects in his blog include

  • Agriculture
  • Foreign aid
  • HIV-AIDS
  • Polio
  • Toilets/Sanitation
  • Vaccines
  • Saving lives
  • Energy
  • Big History
  • Education

For Asimov, Gates, and other people, the joy of learning creates a life of success that far exceeds the life they might otherwise have had.

Isaac Asimov: How Did He Create a Lifetime of Success?

Isaac Asimov: What are the things that Isaac Asimov did that enabled him to become a professor, writer, and speaker whose productivity and creativity continued to grow throughout his life?

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” Isaac Asimov Quote

 

Isaac Asimov: The Power of a Lifetime of Learning

Continuing to learn is fundamental to success for a long career.  Industries change.  Tools change.  Opportunities disappear. New opportunities are not always available for a particular skill set.  Furthermore, creativity that is critical to solving problems requires occasional resets to solve new and unique problems.

On this point, successful people continue to learn and grow as the world changes.

Eleven different companies publish the books and essays of Isaac Asimov.  Amazingly, he wrote over 1600 essays and hundreds of short stories and books.

Here is a list of his bestselling books:

The Naked Sun
I, Robot
Foundation
Second Foundation
Prelude To Foundation
The Caves Of Steel
Foundation And Empire
The End Of Eternity

“I couldn’t possibly write the variety of books I manage to do out of the knowledge I had gained in school alone. I had to keep a program of self-education in process. My library of reference books grew and I found I had to sweat over them in my constant fear that I might misunderstand a point that to someone knowledgeable in the subject would be a ludicrously simple one.”  It’s Been a Good Life, Isaac Asimov

Beyond this statement, another famous quote from Asimov stresses the importance of taking responsibility for continuing to grow through personal effort:

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”

The Principles of a Lifetime of Success

In conclusion, the principles that Asimov followed apply to success in any career.  For example, Bill Gates’ website “Gates Notes” shows Gates’ belief in this principle.  The site is a blog about the people he meets and the books he reads to continue to learn and grow. Specifically, the subjects in his blog include

  • Agriculture
  • Foreign aid
  • HIV-AIDS
  • Polio
  • Toilets/Sanitation
  • Vaccines
  • Saving lives
  • Energy
  • Big History
  • Education

For Asimov, Gates, and other people, the joy of learning creates a life of success that far exceeds the life they might otherwise have had.

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban: Process Management

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have several things in common.  What are these things?  How have these things made them both so successful?

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban Process Management

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban both coached the Cleveland Browns.

From 1991-1994, Nick Saban worked as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.  Bill Belichick was the head coach of the same Browns team.

The two have had a long professional and personal relationship.  For a video of Belichick’s thoughts on their decades-long relationship, check on this interview with Bill Belichick. Belichick on Saban

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban Use a Structured Formula of Process Management.

I have seen more than one interview with Nick Saban.  He runs his team with a strict plan that each player follows.  I have heard Saban say, “We don’t run a play until we get it right.  We run a play until we can’t get it wrong.”

Bill Belichick follows a similar formula.

I have heard Belichick answer dozens of questions about his opinion on different subjects.  His answer is usually the same.  He will say something like this:  We don’t think about those things.  We just focus on what we are going to do in the game this week.

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban Win Football Games.

Bill Belichick has a boat he had named V Rings.  He changed that name to VI Rings after his team, the New England Patriots, went to their sixth Super Bowl.  His teams won Super Bowls 36, 38, 39, and 49.  They lost Super Bowls 42 and 46.

Nick Saban 5 college football championships: One with Louisiana State University in 2003;  Four with the University of Alabama in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban find what works and keep repeating it.

One of the things I notice about Belichick and Saban is their consistency.  During interviews Belichick focuses on the fact, but not the details, that the team is focusing on the next game.  Saban repeatedly discusses the way that he has players buy into the process and do the process perfectly.

For both coaches, they have a method of process management that follow.  They do not allow their players to think about the clock.  Nor do they allow their players to think about winning.  The coaches only allow their players about doing their plays the way they practiced the.

Business and Career Growth: Can a Business or Career Become Static and Survive?

Building a Successful Business or Career Never Ends

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Hardcover
by Eric Ries

Business and Career Growth: Can a Business or Career Become Static and Survive?

Building a business or a career is a continual process of expanding your goods, services, skills, and network.  The first day that I sat down to start my career as a recruiter, I had no contacts.  I had a telephone, an empty legal pad, and a box of blank 5 x 8 index cards.

After a decade, my contact management system contained tens of thousands of contacts.  I had personally tracked and created files for these people.  Most of them I have reached out to by phone, email, or professional networks.  I still make new connections every day.  Little has changed except that my file system has gone from paper to a computer.

I continually added clients.

Here is a partial list of companies where I had recruiting contracts:

  1. PepsiCo
  2. Pepsi Bottling Group
  3. Frito-Lay
  4. Coca Cola, USA
  5. Coca Cola Foods
  6. Mobil Oil Company
  7. Soft Soap
  8. Pillsbury Green Giant
  9. International Playtex
  10. Quaker Oats
  11. Dannon Corporation
  12. No Nonsense Fashions
  13. Coca-Cola Foods
  14. Del Monte Foods
  15. The Clorox Company
  16. Nestle
  17. Brach & Brock
  18. Catalina Marketing
  19. Health Resource Corporation
  20. Majers Corporation
  21. Welch Foods
  22. Softsoap
  23. E & J Gallo
  24. Sunny Delight
  25. M & M Mars
  26. Tambrands
  27. Nabisco
  28. News America Marketing
  29. El Dorado Marketing
  30. Imagitas
  31. ConAgra Foods
  32. ConAgra Armour Swift-Eckrich
  33. Polaroid Corporation
  34. Dial Corporation
  35. Dep Corporation
  36. United Vintners
  37. 7-Up
  38. Miller Brewing Company
  39. 13-30 Corporation
  40. Hain Celestial Group
  41. Q-Interactive
  42. Label Dollars
  43. Promo Edge
  44. Centiv
  45. The Sunflower Group
  46. PromoWorks
  47. The Wine Spectrum of Coca Cola
  48. Kaiser-Roth
  49. DSD Communications
  50. Black & Decker
  51. ActMedia
  52. Linkewell Health
  53. Bush Brothers Beans
  54. Marketing Technology Solutions
  55. Sunny D
  56. Twenty-Ten Corporation
  57. InStore Broadcasting Network
  58. Insignia Pops
  59. The Beecham Group
  60. GlaxoSmithKline – GSK
  61. Jacobs Suchard
  62. Cody Kramer
  63. SVP Worldwide
  64. Mauna Loa
  65. Garden Burger
  66. EAS
  67. New World Pasta Company
  68. Vacation Connections
  69. Lala USA
  70. Continental Promotion Group
  71. Kayser Roth
  72. Morningstar Farms
  73. Duracell
  74. Kiss Products
  75. Phillips Food Brokerage
  76. Unicous Marketing
  77. Kelley Clarke Food Brokerage
  78. Wizards of the Coast
  79. Oberto Sausage
  80. Fanfare Media
  81. Linkwell Communications
  82. Lindt
  83. Nurserymen’s Exchange
  84. Maybelline
  85. Advantage 360
  86. American Italian Pasta
  87. Warner Lambert
  88. Fuel Rewards/Centego
  89. First Flavor
  90. Potlatch Corporation
  91. Crossmark Food Brokerage
  92. RB (Reckitt Benckiser)
  93. Marketing Force
  94. J&J Snack Foods Corporation
  95. Cartera Commerce Inc.
  96. Alcon Laboratories
  97. Ray-O-Vac
  98. Naterra
  99. ICOM
  100. Slim Fast (Unilever)
  101. Potlatch Corporation
  102. Dean Foods
  103. …and others

Companies Come and Companies Go.

In the list are many companies that no longer exist.  In some cases, the brands still exist.  However, these brands are part of another company.  To stay in business, I had to continue to grow new business.

Companies come and go.  People come and go.  Processes change.  Opportunities are here today and gone tomorrow.  People who build new relationships and expand their relationships will build security.

Change is constant in business and careers.  The process of building a business and building a career never ends.

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Branding: When the Lowest Price Is Not Enough

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Branding: When the Lowest Price Is Not Enough

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, by Al Ries and Jack Trout

I worked as a recruiter in the consumer packaged goods industry.  Every day I talked with job seekers and hiring managers who sold consumer products through retail stores.

When I reviewed qualifications, I was assessing a job seeker’s ability to make brands successful.  I found that themes recurred in the profiles I recruited.  The hiring companies were seeking people who could design and carry out successful brand campaigns.

Interviewing

When you are interviewing, you might find some of these ideas helpful to show companies how you can make their brands successful.

Targeted

Wal-Mart, Costco, and Walgreens all sell pharmaceuticals.  Wal-Mart targets customers who want to buy sustainable quantities at the best price.  Costco, on the other hand, targets customers who can afford to buy larger quantities to get the better price.  Walgreens (and CVS) have stores in nearly every neighborhood.  They charge higher retail prices for the convenience of shopping locally.

Simple Calls to Action

Calls to action are statements that bring the customer to act.  They may be explicit like the statement “Save now.”

Or the call to action may be implicit: “Offer is good while supplies last.”  The statement implies that you must buy now to reap the benefits.

Consistent

Once you know your audience, you hit them with the same message over and over.  Advertising is like the Colorado river.  Even when navigating through the rapids, you are not likely to see the river eroding the walls and floor of the Grand Canyon.  Over time, however, the canyon becomes deeper, wider, and changes course.

Logos and Icons

The use of logos has taken on even more significance as social media has created icons an identity for their brands.  Just the following letters alone are enough for people to identify major social media sites:  in, f, G+, Pand t.  In order, those iconic letters represent LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Tumblr.  Twitter, of course, is the iconic birdie.

Slogans

Slogans are memorable.  Here are some examples.

Expect More. Pay Less (Target Stores)

“Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man.” (Ace Hardware)

“The Most Interesting Man in the World” (XX Dos Equis)

“Save Money. Live Better.” (Wal-Mart)

“Glasses in less than an hour.” (LensCrafters)

My favorite slogan is the iPod launch slogan:  “A thousand tunes in your pocket.”