In any job, no matter how mundane, there are always goals, tasks, and areas of focus. The difference is in scope. A job may have three or four main tasks, and focusing on your job is merely a matter of concentration, staying on task and avoiding distraction. But once you start to set ambitious goals for yourself, staying focused becomes a much bigger issue.
A company works by delegating tasks, and low- to mid-level employees have a predetermined range of responsibilities that they execute. But not so for the manager, who has many more things to think about. Instead of the three or four tasks that an administrative employee may have domain over, maybe you have thirty or forty, and you have a constant stream of distractions. How do you stay focused in that type of environment?
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Growing up, my family always taught me to keep my commitments, no matter what. It was always a matter of honor to do so, and my father used to say, “A good man always does what he says he will.” Usually, he said it when I was trying to put off my household chores.
What I’ve found over the years is that success goes far beyond being simply a matter of honor. Is keeping your commitments the right thing to do? Absolutely, but we’re missing half of the argument. It is possible, at least in theory, to keep your honor simply by not making any commitments—if you make no commitments, then you don’t risk not keeping them. But that’s the lazy person’s way out. The act of making the commitment has value in and of itself, and getting into the habit of keeping them is what makes your life successful and satisfying.
Let’s look at what the essence of a business is—any business at all. A business is just a set of commitments made by a person or group of people to deliver a product or a service. Wrapped around that main commitment of delivering a product or service, are several related commitments—you commit to delivering your product or service at a fair price, in a timely manner, or in as many colors, varieties or flavors as the customer wants. When you go to an ice cream parlor that advertises “33 flavors”, that’s what you get—there are 33 buckets of ice cream in the cooler. That’s a commitment, and what the ice cream parlor’s advertising campaign is based on. If there are only 32, you have to dispatch your clerk to the back room to bring out a new one, or else you might lose a customer that wanted that 33rd flavor.
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Just “do the right thing.” It seems a cliché to say that these days. What is the right thing anyway? How do you go about doing the right thing? Because my work focuses on helping people with goal setting—especially setting bold, audacious goals—in the workplace and in one’s personal life, I will share with you 3 ways to focus on doing the right thing within that context.
1. Pursue Inner Peace
Although I would never recommend that you always trust feelings over logic, I ask you to think of situations where you felt totally at ease and peace with both yourself and those around you. How did you feel internally? When you do the right thing, that sense of inner peace follows and you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.
Do you think you can really just think and grow rich?
If so, you’re in for a rude awakening. I am sure that even Napoleon Hill would agree with me that you cannot merely think and grow rich. The Law of Attraction only works when paired with what I like to call the Laws of Action.
As a former manager of large building projects, I know that you can’t think a building into existence. That would be absurd. Yes, every project begins with a vision and inspiration. But you can only visualize for so long. For the building to take form you first need detailed blueprints. Then you need to assemble the right materials. And finally, you need to hire the right people with the right skill set.
Why would you think that’s any different to your business and life goals? I’ve talked to many people who visualize and use affirmations, waiting for the Law of Attraction to work, but they remain stuck in a rut. They’re sitting around wondering why they’re not making any progress.
Why Most People Fail to Successfully Achieve Their Goals
They are missing ACTION. They are NOT taking steps to achieve their goals. It’s like they’re waiting for results to come on a silver platter just because they’re visualizing success. I’m going to tell you right now – you get exactly what you put into it.
If you take action and you increase your speed of implementation, you’ll experience an exciting phenomenon. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to achieve more in the next 12 months than you did in the previous 12 years. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you know the number one reason you fail to achieve all your goals? Or fail to keep all your new year’s resolutions?
It’s very simple, and if you knew this one little secret, you could easily achieve ANY goal you set.
The reality is that most people create goals somewhat like this:
1. I’d really like to lose weight/get fit/look better/feel better.
2. Wouldn’t it be nice if I had more money, a bigger car, a bigger house?
3. I’d be so happy if my relationships with friends, family and co-workers were much better. MORE>>>
Today, I want to answer the question: can you really think and grow rich?
As you probably know, the concept behind the Law of Attraction is not new. Most ancient religious texts talk about the importance of how thoughts influence our actions. Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.” In the 1930s Napoleon Hill wrote the book “Think and Grow Rich” that has gone on to influence millions of people even today. “The Secret” is only the most recent variation on this theme.
I confess that I don’t really believe in the Law of Attraction. At least not as a law unto itself. The Law of Attraction works when paired with what I like to call the Law of Action.
Therefore you can’t merely think and grow rich (and I think Napoleon Hill would agree with that). As a former manager of large building projects, I know that you can’t think a building into being. That would be absurd. Yes, every project begins with a vision and inspiration. But you can only visualize for so long. You need detailed blueprints. Then you need to assemble the right materials and the services of skilled laborers. . MORE>>>
Welcome to the first post in my blog! The blog is based on my fundamental belief that each of us has a bright spark in us that has the potential to brighten the world – if only we let our inner light shine strongly. I hope to share with you success stories of real people just like you and me, so that you too can be inspired to let your greatness light up the world.
What will you gain from visiting the blog, or better still, subscribing to the RSS feed? I will start by sharing the stories, in the next few weeks, of the 12 ordinary-yet-extraordinary people featured in my recently published book, Keep Any Promise: a blueprint for designing your future.
These are people who have met great challenges, overcome obstacles, made fear work for them —and have gone on to achieve undreamed-of heights! MORE>>>
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