Success Made Simple: Do These Things.

Success Made Simple: What are the things that successful people do differently?  How can you simplify your life to simplify your success?

Success Made Simple Successful People Have Successful Habits.

Success Made Simple

There are many things that successful people do.  Here are some of those things.

Success Made Simple: Act Once.

Some projects need extra effort and attention.  Sometimes completing those projects is frustrating, boring, or even annoying. It is easy to take up a distraction.

When you stop to talk with a co-worker or sneak in a little social media time, you lose your focus.  Returning to the task takes time to refocus and find the spot where you left off.

Act once by ignoring distractions and completing a task

Success Made Simple: Own Your Mistakes.

Mistakes happen.

Blaming other people may make you feel better.  But it does nothing to correct the problems from your mistakes.

You don’t always have to admit to others that you made a mistake.  However, you do need to be honest with yourself and own your mistakes.  With a little self-honesty, you can make huge strides in self-improvement.

Success Made Simple: Assess and Adjust.

Owning your mistakes is just one of the steps in assessing and adjusting your behavior.

Every day things happen that can thwart your plans.  Successful people don’t focus on the frustrations.  They focus on solutions. Immediately, they assess and adjust.

A simple way to assess and adjust is to ask some simple questions.

What is the new situation?

How practical is it to continue with the current plan?

What adjustments will lead to have a successful day?

Success Made Simple: Take Leadership.

Some people think about how great it would be if things changed or if projects got off the ground.  However, that is as far as many people ever get.

Successful people don’t wonder how things can change or how projects can get started.

They take leadership and make changes.

Success Made Simple: Organize.

Successful people have a place for everything. They keep the correct things in those places.  Saws and hammers go above the workbench.  Paper clips go in the top right drawer of their desk.

Successful people don’t waste time looking for the things they use once or twice a year.  They know where to find those things when they need them.  When the job is done, they return those things to the correct place.

Finding Confidence in the Face of Fear

Finding Confidence in the Face of Fear: Do you fear giving a presentation or job interview? Many people have those feelings. How do they deal with them?

Finding Confidence in the Face of Fear

Finding Confidence in the Face of Fear

You can have power over fear.  Furthermore, you can enjoy life more, and you can help other people enjoy life more.

We scare ourselves with own thinking.

Imagination plays a big role in creating fear.

Fear is future thinking.  On one hand, we fear that we will lose something we have.  On the other hand, we fear that we will fail to get something we want.

Fear of losing things or failing to get things does not solve any problems.  Furthermore, fear can cripple us mentally.  In this way, fear can block our success.

In the worst case, fear can become a reality by cluttering our mind and keep us from seeing solutions.

Fear is mood related.

If we are in a great mood, we feel less fear.

Thinking about the same thing when we are in a great mood feels very different from thinking about things when we are in a bad mood.

To see the connection between moods and fear, think about the effect of food on your fears.  When you are hungry, your blood sugar drops.  Your body becomes stressed.  You feel anxious.

An hour after you eat, you feel more calm.  Your mood changes.  Your fear becomes less intense.

Fear gets more power when we give it our attention.

When we focus on a scary thought, that thought grows in our mind.  We just suffer more pain.

On the other hand, we can do things to ease our fear and change our focus.

Finding Confidence: These Things May Restore Your Confidence

To overcome fear and restore confidence, some simple things might help.

Get Active.

Go for a walk, lift weights, or do some chores.  Simple motion is the way to overcome fear. Lace up your shoes and pull up your socks.

I try to remind myself to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so anyway. It’s good for the heart.

Meditate.

Meditation is a simple thing.  Repeating a mantra helps.  Focusing on your breathing helps.  Reciting prayers has a similar effect for many people.

Act.

Stop procrastinating and act.

Just getting into action of nearly any type can reduce fear.  Additionally, acting to solve the very problems that are frightening us is a healthier way of dealing with fear than ruminating.

To overcome procrastination, just take one simple action.  If you have 10 calls to make, just do the most important one first.

Get Professional Care

If you find that you suffer chronic fear, discuss the matter with your doctor or a mental health professional. Fear leads to stress. Then, stress leads to bad health.

Stay in the Present Moment.

The only moment we have in life is the present moment.  In that moment, we see and hear the things around us.  Our brains use different pathways and create different, healthier feelings.

Enjoy life.

In conclusion, find freedom from fear.  It is your life.  There is no reason to let fear steal joy from your life.

Creating the Story of Why You are Great: It’s Not About You.

Creating the Story of Why You are Great: What makes people want to hear or read about great people?  How can you make people want to hear or read about you?

Creating the Story of Why You are Great

Creating the Story

Think about the simple tools of advertising.

Advertisers use images.  They include music.  They create a message to try to appeal to you.

But why does advertising work? When does it become effective?

Strip away the images.  Turn off the music.  Delete the advertising copy.  Start with a blank sheet of paper.

What is the story that advertisers want you to know?

The Meaning of the Message

Of course, advertisers are presenting a product or service.  Advertisers are giving a sales pitch.

But the message is not just about the product or service.  The story is about what the product or service does for you.

Advertisers want you to see how the product or service will surround you with attractive people or take you to beautiful places.  They want to show you how the product or services make you feel safe or prosperous and popular.

Advertisers make their story about you.

Creating the Story of Why You are Great

Your story of why you are great works when you present like a rock star.  Rock stars become stars when they create a great experience for the audience.  The performance is not about the rock stars.  It is about the experience of the audience.

Of course, your story is about your accomplishments.  The story is about your work and your challenges.  It is also about how you turned your work and your challenges into success.

In fact, the audience may care about your success.  They may be happy for you.

However, what makes your story effective is how it makes the audience feel and think themselves.  Furthermore, telling your story correctly creates positive expectations from your audience.  You story will tell people why they should connect with you.  It will tell people why they should hire you or buy your product.

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.

How Leaders Create Powerful Teams and Reduce Turnover

Powerful Teams: Leaders use different methods to create powerful teams and reduce turnover. Here are some simple steps that any leader can use.

How Leaders Create Powerful Teams and Reduce Turnover

How Leaders Create Powerful Teams and Reduce Turnover.

Leaders use different methods to create powerful teams and reduce turnover.  Here are some methods that simply work.

Keep an open door with your team members.

It is one thing to ask your team members to respect your time.  It is quite another to block them off just because you can’t be bothered.

Encourage your team members to give you feedback and updates.   Set up a list of things that they must tell you about no matter what.

Give directions that can’t be misunderstood.

Tell the people what you want them to do.  Then ask them to tell you what they understand about what you have told them.

Having your team members do work that does not achieve your goals, only to have to do it again, frustrates them.

Giving them clear direction helps them be more successful and feel engaged and successful.

Text and Email with a Purpose.

Before you send a text or an email, write down the purpose of the message.

Make the purpose of the text or email the first sentence in your communications.

Use Critiques to Increase Competence.

Finding fault just discourages your team.  Take a minute to ensure that they understand what you expect them to do.

Criticism creates stress.  Helpful, clear direction creates engagement and increases competence.

Give Progress Updates and Interim Encouragement.

Check the progress your team is making on projects.  Update the team members with changes and corrections as work progresses.  Encourage team members to continue the good work they are doing.

Delegate, but don’t abdicate.

Empower team members to make decisions.  State clearly how much authority that they have and how you expect them to use that authority.

However, don’t just assume that they will do everything the way you expect.  Check in them frequently to encourage them and to keep them focused.

Use Emotional Intelligence as a Tool for Success.

Emotional Intelligence is the process of responding with intelligence and giving direction based on the best interest of the business.  It is easy to let your ego take over and run roughshod over your team members.

Sometimes you must be firm.  However, angry outbursts don’t work effectively with every team member.

Carefully gauge how you respond emotionally based on the conditions and based on the emotional intelligence of the team member.

Winning Made Easy: How to Simplify Success

Winning Made Easy: How do you simplify projects?  When do you measure your progress?  What methods do you use to transition to the next phase?

Winning Made Easy: How to Simplify Success
Winning Made Easy: How to Simplify Success

You have an idea.  You want to dive right in.  How can you know whether your idea has any chance of success?  One method is to start with a plan.

Before you start a new project or even go to a job interview, put together a 30-60-90-day plan.

You can write the presentation in Word or PowerPoint.

Some people use a calendar.   Some people like excel.  With excel, they can spread the plan across a table.

At a minimum, write your plan on a plain document.

With a 30-60-90-day plan, you accomplish several things.

Before you start a new project, you can see the final shape of your idea.  You can begin to see the costs.  The risks become more apparent.  Your opportunities for success begin to crystallize.

When interviewing, you can use your plan to see whether your plans fit the company and whether the company fits you as a person.

Whether starting a new project or interviewing for a job, you can show others the merits of you project or qualifications.

In the first thirty days, you begin the learning process.

Thomas Edison reportedly said that he had invented 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb.

If you are doing something you have done many times before, you might have the experience to move ahead quickly.  Nonetheless, the plan helps you look for things that you may have not considered.

In the first thirty days, you break things down into learning steps.  Ask questions.  Listen to feedback.  Research all angles.  Discuss with your team how the project is progressing.

A dangerous pitfall for experienced people is to do things the way they did them on previous projects or at their former employer.

Treat each task as though it is new. Ask yourself whether you know how to do your new job or whether you are doing what you did at your old company.  If the two are different, you can fail to do your new job well.

After the first thirty days, you should work with more freedom.

Your confidence and comfort are higher.  When you speak with your supervisor, discuss your activities and plans.  Ask for feedback.  If there are things that you need to have finished during your first thirty days, add those things to your daily schedule to get them done as quickly as possible.

After sixty days, measure your progress and move ahead.

Your work is up-to-date.  You have successes you can show your team or your supervisor.  You have scheduled your activities into the weeks and months ahead.

After ninety days, your skills and knowledge are high.  You can add a matrix to your presentation to show how you will manage your job and future projects beyond the first ninety days.

SWOT SUCCESS ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

 

WEAKNESSES

 

OPPORTUNITIES

 

THREATS

Winning Made Easy

If plan with this amount of detail, you will know whether you are working on things that are worth your time.  You will build trust with the people on your team or with the hiring company.

Furthermore, you will simplify success.

Successful Leaders: What is the one thing a leader must do?

What is the one thing a leader must do? There are all kinds of opinions on what leaders must do.  But what is there is one thing that all successful leaders have in common.

Successful Leaders
Leadership Gold by John C. Maxwell

Successful Leaders: What is the one thing a leader must do?

There are countless articles on leadership. These articles seem to miss one critical point.  This point is on the things that leaders do.

Many articles define leadership.  These articles ask the question between a leader and a manager.  The answer to that question seems simple.  Leadership is a trait.  Management is a job function.  Manager is a job title.  However, some leaders who have no title at all inspire people to follow.

Common Views on What Leaders Do

Some leaders are inspirational teachers.  Other leaders are practical teachers.  There are leaders who micromanage.  Some leaders delegate.  They leave all the decisions on how to do things to the people who are doing them.

Each one of these practices is important.  But none of them is essential to the one thing that makes leaders successful.

Successful Leaders State the Mission

A successful leader states the mission.

Build the bridge.  Create the product.  Design the ship.  Write the plan.  Seize the city.    Whatever mission a group has, someone first must state the mission.  Making that statement is the job of the leader.

From the mission statement, all the work can follow.  How to build the bridge, create the product, design the ship, and seize the city all follow the mission statement.

If teams do not know the mission, how can they become successful at accomplishing the mission?

Missionaries

Some people wonder at the incredible power of the teachings of Christ.  No matter what your feelings about religion, the spread of Christ’s teachings is one of the most influential events in the history of the world.

How did this event happen?  Through missionaries, that is, people charged with fulfilling the mission.  The Book of Acts has instructions from Christ to go out to nations across the world and teach people what he had said.

Revolutionaries

People marvel at the incredible history in the creation of the United States.  How did this history begin to take shape?  When Thomas Jefferson penned The Declaration of Independence.  The Second Continental Congress appointed five people to draw up a declaration.  It was the leadership and penmanship of Thomas Jefferson that stated the mission.

Successful Leaders: Know Your Role

In a leadership role, you may have many responsibilities.  Remember that your most important responsibility is to state the mission.