Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow

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The problem with waiting until tomorrow—to do anything—is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, so the question is this: What did we do with its opportunity? All too often, we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday… and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.

Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.

Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.

Regardless of a person’s age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now—this very moment. We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives—moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.

We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances, lots of opportunities, lots of years to show what we can do. There will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month and a next year. But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply.

So as you think of your dreams and goals of your future “tomorrow,” take those very important first steps to making them all come to life… today.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

11 Ways to Build Trust

In my book Soup I discussed how trust is one of the essential ingredients to build a great relationship, winning team and culture of greatness. Without trust you can’t have engaged relationships and without engaged relationships you won’t be a successful leader, manager, sales person, team member, principal, teacher, nurse, coach, etc.

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In this spirit I wanted to    share some thoughts about how we can build the trust that is essential for great relationships. Many of the suggestions you are already know. Many ideas I share are common sense. However, I’ve found that so often amidst the chaos of life and work we forget the simple and powerful truths that matter most. So here are 11 thoughts about trust. Feel free to share these simple reminders with your leaders, colleagues and team.

1. Say what you are going to do and then do what you say!

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Frequent, honest communication builds trust. Poor communication is one of the key reasons marriages and work relationships fall apart.

3. Trust is built one day, one interaction at a time, and yet it can be lost in a moment because of one poor decision. Make the right decision.

4. Value long term relationships more than short term success.

5. Sell without selling out. Focus more on your core principles and customer loyalty than short term commissions and profits.

6. Trust generates commitment; commitment fosters teamwork; and teamwork delivers results. When people trust their team members they not only work harder, but they work harder for the good of the team.

7. Be honest! My mother always told me to tell the truth. She would say, “If you lie to me then we can’t be a strong family. So don’t ever lie to me even if the news isn’t good.”

8. Become a coach. Coach your customers. Coach your team at work. Guide people, help them be better and you will earn their trust.

9. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves “watch out for that person.”

10. Always do the right thing. We trust those who live, walk and work with integrity.

11. When you don’t do the right thing, admit it. Be transparent, authentic and willing to share your mistakes and faults. When you are vulnerable and have nothing to hide you radiate trust.

reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon

Sometimes we Win Sometimes we Lose

Sometimes we win the account, the game, the job promotion, the award and sometimes we lose the very thing we want most.

Winning matters. Losing matters. But in life what matters most is what we do with our wins and losses.

When we win do we become complacent or stay humble and hungry?

People often say that success breeds success but often it breeds complacency. After a win people think they can just show up and achieve the same result, forgetting the effort, determination and mindset it took to achieve the win.

To continue winning it’s essential to turn the euphoria of winning into a fire of burning desire that fuels your continuous improvement, passion, and quest for excellence.

Even more important than what we do after our wins is how we respond to our losses. Do we give up or come back stronger? Do we allow the loss to act like a cancer that eats away at us for the rest of our life or do we turn it into a learning opportunity that leads to our healthy growth?

Everyone loses but the key is to make the loss stand for something and in my family LOSS now stands for:

LOSS (Learning Opportunity, Stay Strong)

When we lose we ask what we can learn from this loss and how we can improve because of it. Then we stay strong and work harder to get better.

This leads to more wins in the future…and also eventually more loses…and more learning opportunities and opportunities to stay strong and develop our character.

Through this process of winning and losing we learn the greatest lesson of all:

No matter how hard we work and how much we improve there will be times when we experience the worst of defeats instead of the greatest of victories. But ultimately life is about more than winning or losing. It’s about the lessons we learn, the character and strength we build and the people we become along the way.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon author of ‘The Energy Bus’

Success Is Easy, but so Is Neglect

People have asked me how I became successful when, at the same time, many of the people I knew did not. The answer is simple: The things I found to be easy to do, they found to be easy not to do. I found it easy to set the goals that could change my life. They found it easy not to. I found it easy to read the books that could affect my thinking and my ideas. They found that easy not to. I found it easy to attend classes and seminars, to get around other successful people. They said it probably really wouldn’t matter. They neglected to do the basic, easy things that I made priority.

The main reason most people are not doing as well as they could and should can be summed up in a single word: neglect. Because it is not for a lack of money—banks are full of money. It is not for the lack of opportunity—America, and much of the free world, continues to offer the most unprecedented and abundant opportunities in the last 6,000 years of recorded history. It is not for the lack of books—libraries are full of books, and they are free. It is not our schools—classrooms are full of good teachers. We have plenty of ministers, leaders, counsellors and advisor’s to guide us. Everything we would ever need to become rich and powerful and sophisticated is within our reach.

Neglect is like an infection. Left unchecked, it will spread throughout our entire system of disciplines and eventually lead to a complete breakdown of a potentially joy-filled and prosperous human life.

Not doing the things we know we should do causes us to feel guilty, and guilt leads to an erosion of self-confidence. As our self-confidence diminishes, so does the level of our activity. And as our activity diminishes, our results inevitably decline. And as our results suffer, our attitude begins to weaken. And as our attitude begins the slow shift from positive to negative, our self-confidence diminishes even more… and on and on it goes.

So my suggestion is that when giving the choice of “easy to” and “easy not to,” that you do not neglect to do the simple, basic, easy—but potentially life-changing—activities and disciplines. 

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

20 More Great Lessons Life Has Taught Me

1. Our biggest enemy is our own self-doubt. We really can achieve extraordinary things in our lives. But we sabotage our greatness because of our fear.

2. Join a mastermind group. It’s just remarkable what being in a room full of people who are smarter than yourself does for your performance.

3. Related to the above, remember what Dennis Kimbro once said: “If you’re the smartest one of your friends, you need new friends.”

4. Dopamine is the elite performers’ best friend. [I really dug deep into the neurobiology of high-achievement in this past year and discovered that this neurotransmitter is the key to motivation…and it is released when we push our envelopes and do things that are difficult].

5. Writing learning down works so much better than typing things down on a computer.

6. Become one of the rare people who don’t know how to quit (unless it really is time to quit).

7. Smile. It truly makes a difference to the people around you.

8. Just because excellent manners are not so common doesn’t mean that excellent manners are not incredibly important.

9. Always remember that there’s food on your table thanks to the customers you are privileged to serve.

10. It’s so much better to fail trying than to not even get into the game.

11. Music just makes life a whole lot better.

12. You can change the world or you can worry about fitting in but you just can’t do both.

13. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and beautiful at the end.

14. The real key to getting great things done is stop doing so many good things.

15. Spend time in nature to renew and refuel.

16. Less entertainment, more education.

17. Gratitude is the antidote to misery.

18. We become happier not by accumulating more things but by creating richer experiences.

19. The more you serve, the more joyful you’ll become.

20. Life’s short. Have fun.

 Reproduced with kind permission from Robin Sharma

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20 Great Lessons Life Has Taught Me

It all starts with these 20 lessons–some of the BEST lessons I’ve learned in my life. I first shared them last year and everyone found them so valuable I wanted to send them over to you today…

And so… …

Here are the first 20 insights to help you fly (share them so we uplift all around us too)…

1. Success has less to do with hard work and more to do with massive focus on your few best opportunities.

2. Why resist change when it’s the main source of your growth?

3. The more you invest in growing and developing your mind set and way of seeing the world, the more everything you touch transforms in a breathtakingly positive way.

4. Pursuing perfection really does matter (in a world highly accepting of mediocrity).

5.Doing something super-nice for at least one stranger a day gives them a gift and an even larger one to yourself.

6. Adore your parents. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

7. The smartest thing you can do to grow a great company is to first sweat getting A-players only onto your team and then sweat training and developing them so they play their A-game.

8. Have the discipline to clean out all the energy-draining people in your life. You really do rise or fall to the level of your associations.

9. Doing huge dreams we have never done can be frightening. Yet when we push to the edges of our limits, our limits expand. 

10. If you don’t make the time for yourself to get inspired, no one around you will ever be inspired.

11. Your diet affects your moods. Eat like a superstar.

12. Talk less. Do more.

13. Integrity is more valuable than income.

14. When your dominant business focus is to deliver outrageous amounts of value to your customers every time they do business with you, they become fanatical followers who tell the world about what you do.

15. Real leaders have the guts to have the hard conversations.

16. Reviewing your Big 5 annual goals every morning and working on your plan every day is an exceptionally powerful way to breed unbeatable focus and drive.

17. Measure your success via your influence and impact versus only by your income and net worth.

18. To become successful, first learn how to be happy. Too many think that the route to happiness is to get successful. Untrue.

19. Getting ultra-fit lifts every other area of your life.

20. Self-belief is so incredibly important. Because if you don’t believe you can achieve a vision/goal, then you won’t even start to do the work needed to achieve that vision/goal.

I sincerely hope you use these key lessons to electrify your mind set and your game plan so you start 2015 in an ultra-powerful way.

Look out for more next week!

 Reproduced with kind permission from Robin Sharma, author of ‘The Leader Who Had No Title

10 Unforgettable Quotes

1.  “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”

2.  “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.”

3.  “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

4.  “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”

5.  “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

6.  “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

7.  “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

8.  “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

9.  “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”

10. “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” 

Based on an article by Jim Rohn

Lets Get Real About Goals

Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that” – Nicholas Sparks

If you want to achieve a goal…any goal…you need to put in the time and effort.

“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” – Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

It’s simple maths. Time + Effort = Success

But let’s put this number into perspective…especially for those that think 2 – 3 weeks of hard work is actually a long time. If you break up 10,000 hours into your average 8 hr per day, 40 hr/ per week schedule. That comes out to 250 weeks or just shy of 5 years!

“Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.” – Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

As the old saying goes…“Nothing beats hard work”

Of course most of us don’t have that much time to dedicate to a specific goal, BUT I’m not talking 10,000 hours to become an expert. I’m merely talking about putting in the necessary amount of work it takes to achieve your goal. Some goals may take longer than others, but the bottom line is, you NEED to put time and effort to make it happen.

Before you ever take any physical steps towards your goal, here are 5 questions you need to ask yourself.

1. Is this just another fleeting thought? Or are you really serious about making a change.
2. Are you willing to make the time needed to achieve your goal?
3. Are you willing to give it your best effort, not matter what the outcome may be?
4. If things don’t work out the way you planned it (…because often times they don’t) are you going to quit? Or are you willing to find a way and make it work.
5. How many times are you willing to fail before you succeed?

These are some thought provoking questions that you should ask yourself, if you really want to achieve something great.

“Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness.” – Bo Bennett

Reproduced with kind permission from David Pike

5 Ways to Think Like a Champion

champion 2I meet and learn from Champions every day. Not just in locker rooms but in classrooms, hospitals, homeless shelters, homes and office buildings. I’ve learned that to be a champion you must Think Like a Champion. Champions think differently than everyone else. They approach their life and work with a different mindset and belief system that separates them from the pack.
1. Champions Expect to Win – When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. In fact they are surprised when they don’t win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. They win in their mind first and then they win in the hearts and minds of their customers, students or fans.

2. Champions Celebrate the Small Wins – By celebrating the small wins champions gain the confidence to go after the big wins. Big wins and big success happen through the accumulation of many small victories. This doesn’t mean champions become complacent. Rather, with the right kind of celebration and reinforcement, champions work harder, practice more and believe they can do greater things.

3. Champions Don’t Make Excuses When They Don’t Win – They don’t focus on the faults of others. They focus on what they can do better. They see their mistakes and defeats as opportunities for growth. As a result they become stronger, wiser and better.

4. Champions Focus on What They Get To Do, Not What They Have To Do – They see their life and work as a gift not an obligation. They know that if they want to achieve a certain outcome they must commit to and appreciate the process. They may not love every minute of their journey but their attitude and will helps them develop their skill.

5. Champions Believe They Will Experience More Wins in the Future – Their faith is greater than their fear. Their positive energy is greater than the chorus of negativity. Their certainty is greater than all the doubt. Their passion and purpose are greater than their challenges. In spite of their situation champions believe their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a champion, think again. Champions aren’t born. They are shaped and moulded. And as iron sharpens iron you can develop your mindset and the mindset of your team with the right thinking, beliefs and expectations that lead to powerful actions.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon