5 Quick Tips for Self Improvement – Your Weekly Wrap-up; Saturday March 26, 2011

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” – Peter Senge; consider this quote the next time you’ve got to change a process or an unproductive behavior.

The trick is to identify how the “required change” is going to benefit the subject at hand, but don’t just sell them on the benefits, sell them on the “pain” that will go away as a consequence of their change.

This is your Weekly Wrap-up of the most relevant subject matter that had a significant impact on the success of past week.

Greatness Starts And Ends With Passion

A waste of time is anything that you don’t enjoy doing, everything else is suspect! Simon Sinek is one of those individuals who inspires me anytime I have to start thinking about “purpose” or “mission”.. be it organizational or the individuals that comprise it.

This week I loved coming across this quick clip 2m of Simon talking about the importance of passion!

Focus

“Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.” – Henry Ford; When you take your eye off the ball you drop it. When you take your focus off your goal, you become overwhelmed by all the supposed reasons you can’t succeed. Set yourself a solid goal.. create for yourself a viable strategy to achieve your goal.. and then focus on the end-game.. pausing only momentarily to check your progress & make the necessary adjustments to get you back on track.

Keep it real

Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline & inner peace. – Mike Ditka; How aligned with your personal passions are the goals that you seek? At the end of an intense week, are you drained of energy or invigorated by knowing that you’re that much closer? How hungry are you to achieve your ultimate goals? What’s driving that hunger? Make sure you’re on the path of your own plan instead of someone else’s. Even when we’re not self employed, how can you enrich your knowledge, develop your mind & grow as an individual by fulfilling on the work that’s asked of you? If you look closely, I bet you can find how you can get more out of your work by focusing on more than just the task at hand.

Don’t take anything for granted

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” – Albert Einstein; This has got to be one of the most classic mistakes that I see executives make time & time again!

When you expect a specific outcome, ask qualifying & validating questions to ensure your team knows what’s expected. The next time you’re ready to pull your hair out & scream.. the next time you’re ready to blurt out “but it’s just common sense”.. look behind what’s happening & determine whether it’s a lack of experience, or an over-simplification on your part. The person you see in front of you today is a product of an accumulation of experiences. Those experiences equate to habits.. breaking habits requires understanding & practice.. at least 21 times before it becomes a new engrained habit.

Face your fears & learn from your mistakes

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. – Eleanor Roosevelt; Being afraid is an instinctive self-defense mechanism. Embrace the fear & question it’s origin to the point where you understand the “why” behind it. Now question the benefit to be gained from overcoming that fear.

Many fears are derived from not wanting to be humiliated.. or limiting beliefs.. it has to do with our intrinsic need to “belong” & “be loved”. When you’re embarking on a new journey, you’re likely to make mistakes, but don’t them stop you. Instead, stop, look, measure & understand.. you can only learn from mistakes to become better at what you’ve just failed at. As you become better.. you gain confidence, added courage & strength.

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