October 31, 2016
On the Foundations of Success workshop, I introduce four Success Foundations.
Number 1 is CLEAR DIRECTION or ‘having a crystal clear picture of what success looks like.’
This is a great starting point. Define goals clearly.
Are you aware though that you can significantly increase the compelling power of those goals to enthuse and energise people (including yourself) to give very best efforts, when you plan and communicate how you’ll celebrate when you get there?
My son’s Year 5 class knows if they’ve get a certain number of merit marks in a week, that means Friday afternoon Golden Hour!
Sports teams plan their open-top bus parades.
Marathon runners salivate over their planned post-race meal!
This can work with the big, hairy long-term goals and just as well with the small ones.
“When I finish writing this blog, I’ll reward myself by making a fresh pot of coffee.” [true story]
Try it this week. Define an aspect of success that’s achievable by the end of this week and be specific about how you’ll celebrate when it’s done.
Have a great week,
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September 9, 2016
We often define change that we’d like to see, even implement change in a positive way. But how many times do things waver or even completely disintegrate so that 2 years, 2 months, even 2 weeks later, the initial enthusiasm and adherence of the new way has evaporated and things are back the way there were before.
In this video, taken from the Foundations of Success Workshop, I share one of LMI’s foundational concepts – the critical importance of securing lasting change through spaced repetition.
September 6, 2016
Today is my kids’ first day back at school and my second day back at work after returning from our holiday some silly time in the middle of Sunday night!
After time away, do you ever experience the “who am I and what do I do here” feeling? I certainly do! There’s the horrible discomfort that comes from being out of the habit: the work habit or the school habit…or the exercise habit, or whatever. It’s why we can often feel like we need a holiday just a few days after coming back from one!
The trick is to get straight back into starting and ending well. If you do that bit, the middle will mostly take care of itself. Avoid the temptation to put aside all those good disciplines. Make a list – yes, physically write it down! – of all the positive actions that have helped you stay productive in the past and make a bigger-than-usual effort to make sure those things happen again from day 1.
Get straight back into your ten magic minutes habit – review your goals, make a plan, schedule important tasks. Set an end point.
Re-establish your end-of-day routine. Review what’s gone well. Record today’s victories. Transfer unfinished tasks. .
This start well / end well mantra works! In fact, it works like a dream and you can apply it not just to organising your day, but to almost everything you’re involved with – staff one-to-one’s, monthly team meetings..the list goes on.
Decide how to start and how to finish. Do that routinely and the bit in the middle goes better and better!
Have a great start to autumn!
May 10, 2016
Let’s say that I work 50 hours on average. Most work about 40. I often meet people who work 60.
In a working day it may not always be possible amidst the many and varied demands that come my way to carve out an hour or two to invest in some important new project, or to meet with an interesting new contact to explore exciting possibilities. In a week though, it’s always possible. That is why I love weeks!
Let’s say that I sleep 8 hours a night. I rarely do. Neither do most people I ask about this. Six or seven seems to be usual.
If I do sleep 8 though, that’s 56 hours each week just laying back and catching some zzzzz’s. And I work 50 hours remember, so that’s 106 of my 168 hours already taken. Blimey, I still have (quick bit of maths…sneak out the calculator while no-one’s looking…168 – 50 – 56 = ) 62 hours each week to do other things with that aren’t working or sleeping. Of course lots is spent doing all those things that need to happen just to keep life going, but can I find one or two hours amongst those 62 (or 52 if you work 60 hours….or 42 if you work 70 hours) to invest in something meaningful that will make my world a better, happier place? I definitely can. That is why I love weeks!
May 3, 2016
This is the start of a new topic that’s been on my mind for a while and I’ve just begun writing. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to join in using #Mission168 if you find it interesting and worth sharing!
There are 168 hours in a week. You may already know this. There are 52 weeks in a year. That’s 52 defined sets of 168 hours, every year for our entire lives.
This is why a week is my favourite block of time.
Months are good, but there just aren’t enough of them to create the same sense of rapid progress and achievement.
Days are good. There are loads of them. But they come and go so quickly, and there are so many variables on any given day that can lead to ending a day far from where you had intended to be.
Weeks, though, tend to be long enough periods of time to be reasonably predictable in the kinds of things going on and the amount of time I might have available to achieve something significant, but short enough to still feel like a new one is just round the corner, offering a fresh start and the promise of new opportunity.
This is why I think working in weeks is a good thing. I’d love to hear your thoughts too as this series unfolds.