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Attitude and High Performance

Attitude and High Performance

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One of the core ideas in my recent book, The Magic of Monday, is the impact our attitude has on our day-to-day lives and, consequently, the results we experience personally and professionally.

This presentation by Dr Chris Shambrook highlights this link perfectly. If you’re serious about performance and maximising your potential then watch this video.

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Win A Free Book!

Win A Free Book!

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The Magic of Monday: A Fable about the Winning Formula for Career Success“ arms readers with ideas and strategies to unleash the greatness within them for success in and out of work. (Click here to read some of the reviews)

To celebrate the recent release of The Magic of Monday we are running a competition. WIN an ebook copy of The Magic of Monday*

*The ebook can be read on the following devices: Sony® eReader, Kobo eReader, NOOK™, iBooks (iPad, iPhone, iPod), Stanza, Bluefire (iOS and Android), all versions of the Amazon™ Kindle, and all versions of the Kindle Reading App.

To enter: Simply mention this competition post on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. It’s that easy. You can get more entries by posting on more than one site. THREE winners will be chosen at random. Entries close: Tuesday 18th December 2012 and winners will be announced on Thursday 20th December 2012. Make sure you come back and post a comment here to let me know you have entered – that way I can contact you if you win… Have a magical day and good luck!

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Top Habits of High Achievers

Top Habits of High Achievers

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What separates high achievers from average achievers? I’m not talking about flash-in-the-pan high fliers, but the ones who actually go the distance and excel in their career or business venture(s). Is it simply down to natural talent? Luck? Education? Clearly, all these things can and often do make a significant contribution to your achievements, but none of them seem to hold the golden key.

Speaker and author, Jim Rohn, once said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” So what is it that they don’t teach you in educational institutions that could make all the difference?

This was one of many questions I put to the 75 business leaders, entrepreneurs, and senior executives during the research for my book, The Magic of Monday: A Fable about the Winning Formula for Career Success. As expected, the interviewees came up with a variety of responses; however, there were three habits or traits that unequivocally topped the list.

3) Number three was – “Focus”

At first, this seems a bit out of place, but the ability to focus, interviewees said, is one of the key differences between being active and being productive. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that activity equals productivity. High achievers have the ability to bring a tremendous amount of focus to whatever they are doing. They are focused on relentlessly executing the plans that will help them achieve their desired outcomes. They don’t just wish, they get out there and do!

2) Number two on the list was – “Engaging your passion”

You’ll struggle to find a high achiever, an enduring one, who isn’t passionate about what he or she does. There is a drive and a sense of purpose that keeps them hungry, energetic, and enthusiastic. Of course, we all have our bad days, but the difference between those who pick themselves up and then go on to perform at a high level and those who simply coast comes back to having a clear sense of purpose and passion.

1) Topping the list was – “Building Great Relationships”

This was much more than the ability to ‘get on’ with another person. It was about the ability to develop and maintain strong networks, the social dexterity to relate to people at all levels, the skills to communicate effectively, a gift for identifying and positioning unique talent around you, and the power to understand and know how to effectively and positively influence people.

Evidently, high achievers have a very clear understanding that they aren’t in a solo sport. Just consider Richard Branson, Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey, all of whom are high achievers and yet excel at building great relationships at all levels. They realise that success is about people. As one interviewee put it, “You’ve got to be able to work with people. You can’t just get to the top because you’re great. If you can’t take people with you, you’re going nowhere.”

So, what separates high achievers from average achievers? In short, high achievers are in the habit of building and maintaining great relationships and networks; they engage their sense of passion and purpose; and they have a ruthless focus.

Whether this currently describes you or not, the great thing about habits is that they can be acquired. Learn them, embed them, and you’ll certainly reap the rewards!

Here’s to maximising your true potential!

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Avoid mistakes by taking action

Avoid mistakes by taking action

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The best thing about learning from the mistakes of others is that you can develop and practice techniques to avoid them.  This was something that I was fortunate enough to learn early on in my career – a piece of advice I received that I’ll never forget.

So, that’s why in the Motivation Series 101 report, we’ve not only discussed what the 7 mistakes people make at work that limits their motivation, performance and success but we’ve also discussed ways you can avoid falling victim to them.

I’m not saying that you’re never going to make mistakes because mistakes are actually a good way to learn but, in the report, we’re giving you a heads up on what to be aware of to minimise the impact of these mistakes.

For instance, one way to avoid some of the mistakes is to “invest in yourself”.

I’m a big reader and supporter of ongoing learning. When you look at some of the most successful people in the world today (who are most fulfilled in their lives) they are constantly reaching out for more information. This includes learning from others – through mentoring, coaching or reading biographies – but also includes seeking out knowledge through engaging with people in their surrounding community.

By investing in yourself you’ll constantly learn new ways of approaching challenging situations and understand that most successful people have been through their fair share of ups and downs along the way.

This is just one of the methods you can use to avoid some of the mistakes mentioned in the Motivation Series 101 report.  Hopefully you can use the 7 I’ve included to better your career and life day-to-day.

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7 Mistakes – Raising ones awareness

7 Mistakes – Raising ones awareness

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Just when I started pulling together my thoughts, observations and findings for the Motivation Series 101 report, I realised that the first step in making a change for the better is all about raising ones awareness.

The report uncovered 7 mistakes people make at work that limits their motivation, performance and success but one of the elements that really structure me is that it takes that initial push or effort to take ownership for these mistakes in the first place.

One of the 7 mistakes is the whole concept of the “blame game”, blaming others for lack of performance.  In a work setting or even in our personal lives most of us can relate.  When something goes wrong, and something is always bound to now and again, as humans we often find it hard to actually take responsibility on how we contributed to that scenario. I can think of a number of times that I’ve done that myself.

In a working environment, when things aren’t meeting our expectations or we don’t feel fulfilled it is very easy to blame our environment or others for that. Although it may be partly true there is always something to making the best out a somewhat bad situation.  Raising our awareness to this fact and taking the control of the situation for our own happiness is important to day-to-day satisfaction, that’s for sure.

I’m really pleased that I’ve taken the time to compile this  report as I’m hoping it will make others realise (like it has with me) that we’re not all alone in these actions.   We are the majority however by raising one’s awareness to accept these facts as possible mistakes can help us to transform our futures for the better.

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