All About Brain Dump…And Why You Need it in Your Day

Apr 25, 2016

 

 

I define a successful day as one where I get a lot of stuff done, I don't feel overwhelmed by it, and I have fun doing it. Simple in theory, very difficult in execution, right?

There is a great way I start my day which helps me clear my head and begin the day with a concrete idea of where I'm going. I'm talking about Brain Dump.

What is brain dump? Well, it's simply this. Taking 5-10 minutes every morning (wherever is convenient for you) and writing down everything that's in your head. Get it all out on paper and then have a good look at it. If you look at the list and aren't overcome with a tightening in your chest, then this list is a good indicator of your to-do list for the day. If you get it all out and panic sets in, then this enables you to see things in a concrete way and allows you to break down your items one-by-one so you can decide which items can be put off, passed on or delegated to achieve success.

Try it for a week. You won't be disappointed. And - if you need some help with planning in the long-term - check out our free 90-Day Planning tool to help get you started. Make it a great day ­čÖé

Business Lessons From the Bike Trail #1 – Knowing Where to Focus

Mar 30, 2016

 

 

There's a basic object to enjoying a safe ride on a mountain bike: Look where your going.

While the same can be said for business, it's amazing how many people focus on the obstacles in front of them instead of focusing on the track, but when you fixate on the obstacles which are in your way - they tend to magnify - which makes your changes of hitting one fairly high.

The same goes for them you start riding faster on the trail. The faster you go (ie: the more you grow) the further down the track you need to look. Just don't look so far down the track that you get blindsided from something you didn't see just up ahead.

Have a think about your business. How far down the track are you looking? What obstacles do you face that you could find the answer to if you just ventured to look a little beyond them? Are you getting blindsided by other things that are stopping you from making progress?

If so, you may need a growth check. Take our free 7-minute test to find out how to sail past the things holding you back and create the business you dream of.

The Secret to Managing Attitudes at Work

Mar 28, 2016

 

The number one stressors in business are (and may always be) money, and people. In fact, you likely know first hand how much emotional energy and loss of team synergy is wasted on a member of your team that just doesn't fit the bill.

It turns out - the key to managing attitudes in the workplace is as simple as communication and follow-up. Sounds easy, right? Well it can be more difficult that you expect to implement, but once the expectations are set, it can become remarkably easy to keep momentum in your team.

The tools we need start with creating our core value and culture. You see, if expectations for every member of your organization aren't clear, and we don't hold people accountable, you will always have an organizational culture that is driven by the quality of people within it.

A good starting point is to check out "The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business", by Patrick Lencioni it is a fantastic read about the concrete advantage that can be gained by having a healthy organization.

 

What’s Your Daily Number?

Mar 14, 2016

What if you had a friend who was trying to lose weight, but they never stepped on a scale and didn't know their weight when they started? I'm sure, being a good friend you would suggest they find our their true weight, so they could track their changes and get a sense for if they were heading towards their goal.

Now take that same principle but apply it to your business. Whether it be sales, marketing ROI, or employee turnover, knowing where you stand is a huge part of success, and knowing if you are (or will) meet your goals. Having those metrics in hand will also help you determine the time it will or has taken you to reach your goal and provide a critical baseline for further attempts to improve your numbers.

The truth is this - if you don't keep track of your numbers, you will always think your track record is better than it actually is, because our brains can sometimes confuse intention with action. Numbers don't lie. Creating a hard goal will allow you to be objective in its achievement and is easy to measure. This number should be shared in your daily, yes daily, meeting with staff so everyone knows where you stand. Why daily? Well, if you measure the important goals quarterly, or even annually, you deprive yourself of critical moments to adjust your course which could mean the difference of a goal exceeded and one which has fallen short.

All Performance is Driven by the Quality of Our Thinking – Interview with Damian McConnell

Jan 22, 2016

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Damian McConnell has been involved in Personal & Professional Development for the past 16yrs and now brings his message to the business world working with individuals and teams to elevate and improve how they think.

We dive into Goal Setting and how to go about it so that your goals are realized vs just being dreams. Damian has a unique view on this and some powerful ways to go about it.

You may have heard before that your goals need to be 'realistic' and 'achievable'. Damian likes to scrap this approach and his philosophy around this is worth exploring. You might be surprised.

Enjoy the conversation.

Notes: here are some links that were mentioned in this interview

Damian's website - http://www.mindstoretraining.com.au/

Napoleon Hill - http://www.naphill.org/

Gestalt - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_psychology

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