Monthly Archives: June 2010

Steve Jobs Is At It Again

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an
environment where excellence is expected.”
– Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple
Am I being my own example of the standard I expect?
Or am I ‘settling’ for something less?
Maybe i just don’t want to rock the boat or have to endure
the ‘hassle’ of explaining what I want.
Maybe I’ve just given up and can’t be bothered?
I remember hearing Oprah Winfrey give a fantastic
answer to this question:
‘How did you overcome all of the racial prejudices against
you, and succeed in your profession?’
Her answer by passed anything to do with race.
“I find that there is no discrimination against excellence”.

We are entering an age of authenticity.
Where people are fed up with ‘hearing’ from authority figures about what to do,
only to see them do the exact opposite.
The people around you will respond to your demand for excellence
if you too exhibit that standard.
So here’s a question for you and your teams this week
as you go about your work:
Am I putting ‘excellence’ into what I’m doing right now OR
have i dropped my standard?

The nice thing about achieving excellence is that it really
just starts with a decision.
Food for thought…
Have a great week,
There is no shortcut to excellence. You will have to make the commitment to make excellence your priority. Use your talents, abilities, and skills in the best way possible and get ahead of others by giving that little extra. Live by a higher standard and pay attention to the details that really do make the difference. Excellence is not difficult – simply decide right now to give it your best shot – and you will be amazed with what life gives you back.

Seeing Things As They Really Are!

Hi All,
Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:
“We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”
Anais Nin

So you mean…
if there are no opportunities, it could be because I see none?
(but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any)
if my team are annoying me, it’s because I’m annoyed?
if 2 people lose their jobs and one sees it as a chance
to start the business he always wanted while the other sees himself as a failure,
they’re both right?
if I’m living in fear, then fear shows up daily?
if i think i’m already successful, then i am?
if i believe i can do it, i’m already closer to achieving it?
I remember hearing a great analogy for how people see life.
Most people have a form of ‘filter’ over how they see life.
It’s like if someone is wearing red tinted glasses…
everything they look at is red.
But does that mean the world is really red?
Obviously not.
BUT, if you don’t know you’re wearing red tinted glasses you’re
probably inclined to believe that everything is red.
And you’ll argue that it is…

So what ‘filters’ might you be looking at the world through?
And are they supporting the things you want to create in your life?
Food for thought…
Have  a great week,
ps – mucho gracias to Jeremy Massey for bringing this quote to my attention.

Some Inspiration with a Punch..

Hi All,
Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:
(it’s short this week, but it packs a punch)
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental
attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth
can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Thomas Jefferson

Bottom line.  If the attitude is wrong, forget about it.
That’s why I believe in hiring for attitude and
training for competence.
So what’s your attitude like today?
Food for thought…
Have a great week,
ps –  i forgot to say thanks to Ed Wall of Pure Water for suggesting the Zig Ziglar
quote last week.  Thanks Ed!

Why Motivation Doesn’t Last

Hi All,

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:
After a speech one day, Zig Ziglar was approached
by someone in the audience who said: “Zig, it was a great speech, but…motivation doesn’t last.”
Zig said, “Bathing doesn’t either.

That’s why I recommend it daily!”That audience member was right.  For most people motivation doesn’t last.

We read the latest book, get buzzed up, only to ‘fall back’ into our
old ways a few days later.
The same thing happens after we do the ‘latest seminar’.
Or a few days after we get ‘pumped’ up by the next great ‘motivational speaker’
or the latest inspirational dvd.This is because mental habits take some time to change.

Hence Zig’s come back – they need daily attention.
What I find more fascinating is that most people don’t realise
they can influence their own motivational levels!
I think the key question here is ‘What influences our motivation?’
And to me the answer is our mindset, which ultimately affects our attitude
which determines our behaviour and actions.I ran a workshop for some retail staff last week about the
power of your mindset in sales and after we’d finished one of them said to me:

“I never realised that I have control over my mindset.  It’s really down
to what I allow myself to play in my head.  And if what’s in my head
is making me feel bad, it’s up to me to change it.”

Which is very true.

But there’s also very simple ways to boost your mindset, without

consciously changing one thought.  Here’s a few:- Listen to inspirational music (i defy you not to feel better after listening to
a few renditions ‘eye of the tiger’….:) )

– Exercise  (healthy body, healthy mind etc. etc.- even going for a walk close to nature helps)

– Meet up with friends and have a laugh

– Read something inspirational (that’s why I started these weekly emails)

– Stop listening or watching the news for a while – listen to lyric fm or something similar for a change.

– Watch an inspirational movie
– Do anything that makes you laugh!
I know one very successful CEO who goes for a walk up the hills or in the park
whenever he feels his motivation is being challenged.  He eventually returns
recharged like the duracell bunny.   He prioritised this above all because
he knows his motivation levels have to be high so that he inspires his team.
Bottom line – motivation is a daily thing.  And you are more
in control of it than you know.
What do you really enjoy?
ALLOW yourself the space to experience more of it this week
and watch your motivation levels change – for the better.
Food for thought…
Have a great week,