The critical importance of a lasting change process

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.

 


Nick’s Nuggets (getting stuff done) episode 2

November 21, 2012

Book appointments with yourself for getting your most important pieces of work done today.


Success is for everyone!

August 21, 2012

In line with today’s launch of the new Goal Setting Pack, I’ve been running through in my mind all the people I know who I think should buy one (and that’s just about everyone, by the way)!!

I’m also very much aware that whilst for some the idea of goal setting is already an absolute ‘must-do’, for others the very thought of such manufactured, dare-I-say ‘American-ised’ motivational nonsense is just not up their street at all.

So let me say a few words about why goal setting is for everyone.

A number of years ago a friend of mine was getting married in Hamburg, Germany. 5 of us piled into my old Peugeot 205 diesel and set out from London to Folkstone to catch a ferry headed for Ostend in Belgium. From there we drove through Belgium, Holland and Germany to reach our destination about 27 hours later, very tired, squashed but pretty pleased with ourselves for making it on time!

We were going somewhere we’d not been before and so the map (this was pre-SatNav days) was the most important thing we had with us, and we studied it continually throughout the journey to keep us on track.

Its easy to let life carry on, month by month, year by year, staying on the same roads, not growing, or at least not growing anywhere near as much as you potentially could, and therefore not living the adventure or making the most of the opportunities that are there for the taking.

I’m not even thinking at this point about setting huge goals like becoming a millionaire or climbing Everest (though this works just fine with that stuff). Right now I’m much more interested in the really down-to-earth stuff and helping to make life as we live it every day a little bit more like we’d like it to be. If you and I can keep making those small steps, consistently week by week, the cumulative effect is going to be MASSIVE!

Clearly identified, written-down goals are the road map to take us steadily towards the destination that we’d like to get to.

I’m privileged in my work to watch people setting and achieving these kind of ‘small’ goals almost on a daily basis. I get extremely excited when I see a business owner setting a goal to leave the office earlier to eat dinner with his family, or a mum who works and juggles all those demands, yet still sets a goal to invite an elderly neighbour round for dinner once a week.

See what I mean?

In LMI we define success as ‘the progressive realisation of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals’ or to put it more simply, Goal Directed Action.

On this basis, I strongly assert, goal setting is for everyone! Success is for everyone! Maybe you’ll agree.


One month can make all the difference

July 27, 2012

The experts tell us that it takes 28 days to form a new habit.

We already have some great habits and yet, I would hazard a guess, there are plenty of new habits – activities performed consistently, day by day, month by month – that if effectively formed, would make a significant difference to your life and mine.

I am running our latest Success Workshop today, or to give it its less marketable title, Effective Personal Management workshop! I love this course and I think EVERYONE should do it!

Why?

Because its all about identifying your most important goals, in all areas of life, and supplying you with the ideas AND practical tools to help you develop the necessary habits to achieve those goals. Having just conducted yesterday some one month follow-up reviews with participants from last month, it is fresh in my mind the massive impact this can have.

So, as the end of July approaches and we enter ‘holiday month ‘ – whether or not you’re actually away from work or not – what one or two new habits would you like to acquire?

Once identified, you could try following this process:

  • be crystal clear what your goal is i.e. the habit you want to develop
  • define the benefits of developing that new habit
  • identify possible obstacles to sticking with it…and come up with solutions
  • form a means of tracking your adoption of the new habit on a daily basis
  • use the powerful tools of affirmation & visualisation to remind you of the goal

As the common saying goes, its all ‘easy to do, and easy not to do!’ so if you’d like some assistance and an easy process that you can follow, this month and every month, get in touch and book yourself on the next Success Workshop, with the added comfort of knowing that at the one month review, if its not been worth way more than the cost of the course at that stage, we give you all your money back! Sound fair?


non comprendez

July 5, 2012

One of the key elements for organisations to perform to their potential is effective communication amongst its team members, as well as with clients, suppliers, associates etc, and yet its so often done poorly…with damaging results.

“They just don’t seem to get it!”

“Why don’t they do what I’ve asked them to?”

“Its like we’re talking a different language!”

We regularly find that investing in the establishment of a ‘common language’ when it comes to communication is a really simple and effective way to an easy win. Tools such as the Communication Styles profile, simple meeting planner and delegation planner documents, as well as a using the same system and terminology for the handling of calender commitments and task prioritisation can have a massive impact.

The result? Less misunderstanding and stress; improved productivity; enhanced relationships and team morale; improved company reputation; more profit!

Sound like this would help you? I’d wholeheartedly recommend the LMI ‘Success Workshop’, and if you quote ‘non comprendez’ when you book for the next July 27th date, you’ll get £50 discount…and this also comes with a 100% money back guarantee!


Togetherness

June 19, 2012

I’m sure there are many of you who, like me, are spending far more time than usual in front of the TV in the evenings watching the Euro 2012 drama unfold…and just as many of you who can’t wait till its all over and life (& TV schedules) gets back to normal!

The thing that always fascinates about team sports is the emphasis on success through togetherness, the importance of shared drive and determination, and the delicate balance between high levels of motivation whilst not being over-stressed and therefore underperforming. 

Teams that really pull together and prize shared success over individual brilliance always outshine and outperform those that don’t. In any team endeavour, be it sport, business, or just life, investing in the team dynamic, the ownership of shared goals and the ‘all for one, one for all’ spirit pays dividends a hundred fold. Just ask any Dutch supporter if they’d trade some of their superstars for a bit more of that!

 


The problem with productivity

June 6, 2012

I do a lot of work helping people become more productive – getting more of the right things done, in less time, to produce more of the results they are looking for.

There is, however, one potentially critical problem with a drive towards improving productivity. The problem is this: if you’re not careful, everything is reduced to being a thing to do, a tick off on a list, an outcome to be achieved. 

There are some things you do that must be done with feeling – your work is an art, an expression of your creative best. It needs to be paused over, enjoyed. The people involved – customers, team members, friends – need to be appreciated, engaged, earnestly listened to. The satisfaction of the work itself must not be missed in those things that you do where you feel like “I do this well”, “This is what I was born for!”

Be productive; strive for improvement; deal with the stuff, of course…in order to really enjoy the heart of your work. That’s when what you do will make the greatest impact – and you’ll feel great!