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Mice Net : December 2008
business coaching and life goals reaching business STORY BY peter bLiss Peter continues his countdown to the number one strategy for reaching your goals. 15 Learn to identify your most creative time of day – and don’t waste it We all have higher energy levels and are more creative at different times of the day. It is not possible to be “up” all day every day unless you are on something – and I don’t recommend that. Work on the important and relevant things – the priorities - when your energy levels are up. I am an early morning person – that’s when I do my best, most creative work. Good employers will even allow for this and be a bit flexible in your hours if they know about it. 14 Look for the good things that others do – especiaLLy your team members or staff Kenneth Blanchard wrote a great book years ago called “The One Minute Manager” – and one of the key messages in it was to have the totally opposite attitude that many poor managers have. Many inexperienced managers spend all day trying to catch you doing something wrong and can’t wait to tell you. So instead of this, his philosophy was “try and catch them doing something right” – even if it isn’t exactly 100 per cent correct. Giving genuine praise to people is very difficult for most people to do and much harder than being critical. Try and shift your focus from what’s wrong to what’s good and right. 13 surround yourseLf with good peopLe If you surround yourself with negative people with their negative thoughts and energy all day then they can have a huge impact on how your day and everything pans out. Start by employing good people – people who have the skills but also are enjoyable to be around, people you like. Also choose friends who are positive, are good listeners and are encouraging. Set up a network of contacts and a support group who have similar values to you. Don’t expect or rely on just one person to be and do everything for you – share the load and the burden with a network. The Sydney Swans “no dickhead policy” is a good example of this in practice. 12 you are what you think You create your next moment by what you are thinking about right now. What are you thinking about right now? What do think about most of the time? Are you in control of your thoughts and therefore your day, your life? If you’re not who is? Latest research suggests we have about 65,000 thoughts every day and 70 – 80 per cent of these are negative. Are yours out of control? Do they wander 40 mice.net all over the place? Can you sit in a meeting and concentrate fully on what is happening or does your “monkey mind” take over? Are you fully efficient being able to focus for long periods? Stressed thoughts, busy thoughts equals busy mind, busy life. Calm, positive thoughts equals calm, positive day and life. Garbage in, garbage out. You are your thoughts – when you fully realise this you become real careful about what you think about. 11 you are what you eat – or put into your mouth I’ve learnt the hard way by experiencing most things and I’m still learning. I have a family history – my father died of a heart attack at 57 from high cholesterol. I smoked cigarettes for 15 years and drank alcohol for 30 years and I worked in both these industries for 15 years so I know what I’m talking about. Think about and plan what you put in your mouth each day and think of it as fuel for the day. If you don’t feed it right you’re not performing at work to your capacity. We hear everyday in the news what to do but we still consume too much sugar and fat and not enough fruit and vegetables. What did you eat today? 10 take time to recover Learn to switch off and recharge the batteries and learn what really works for you and what doesn’t. If you want to keep performing at a high level every day then you need some downtime to recover properly, and not just physically but mentally – this is what elite athletes do. In fact one of them, Andrew May has written a fantastic book about this called “Flip the Switch”. Having a massage, yoga, Qigong, swimming, gardening and sex rate highly as activities that help you switch off. 9 intimacy – with yourseLf and then with others No that’s not what I’m saying! What I’m saying is question whether you really like yourself and what you are doing everyday. Are you being honest with yourself? I hated going to work for over 20 years and I didn’t have the guts or know-how to admit it and change it, and it nearly killed me. It is the most self-defeating thing you can do. Yes we all have bad days – but I’m talking about finding your real sense or purpose. This can be hard work but it is worth it and it will then help all of your relationships. But it starts with self. Peter welcomes your feedback and comments and is best contacted on mobile 0417 221 903 or email email@example.com.