Friday, November 22, 2013

6 Great Ways to Boost Your Energy BY TOM SEARCY

Want to be a world-class leader? Here are a few simple lifestyle changes that can help you improve your game.

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Over the years, I have spoken to more than 6,000 company CEOs and have worked with hundreds directly. One trait that all of them share is an enormous amount of energy.
Energy comes from all sorts of places--personal passion and commitment, good genes, youth, goals. Over time, though, long hours, travel, and the aging process can eat away at your energy reserves.
So how do you keep the energy level of a world-class competitor in order to lead your company?
I have no miracle answers for you. Yet there are some simple ways to adjust what you are doing now to get more energy--and sustain it over the upcoming decades.
These three tips gave me a big lift in energy (and overall performance):
  • Commit to an hour of exercise a day: In the book Younger Next Year, I read about a plan calling for an hour per day of exercise, six days per week. I started this plan a year ago, and the payoff has been an extra one and a half to two hours of peak energy per day, which keeps me focused and productive.
  • Set your priorities: You're a leader; you know how to get things done. So decide what your real priorities are, and then make sure you make time for those--and skip the less important stuff.
  • Eat better, whenever you can: You may not always eat well, but you probably know already which eating choices you should change. The trick is to avoid the "all or none" mental trap. If you can't sustain an eating regimen for the rest of your life, then by default it is a fad diet for you. Better to make better choices that you can make forever.
Now here are a few additions to take your performance to the next level.
  • Hyperhydrate: Water is a known way to combat fatigue. I drink more water--I shoot for 100 ounces a day--to sustain my energy for me. There are plenty of other good reasons to drink more water, but it was the energy lift that changed my behavior.
  • Travel smarter: When you're on the road, it's worth paying a little bit more to get a good bed, a quiet room, and workout facilities. One more hour of your top intensity is probably worth more to you and your business than the incremental price difference to get a hotel that gives you what you need.
  • Meditate: This may be a challenge for you, but I will tell you that the studies are irrefutable on the value of meditation--it gives you mental clarity, stress release, and improved focus. To make it easy on yourself, buy a meditation CD, and listen on the plane or in your office, following the instructions.
I'm not a doctor, so if you are going to make a radical change in your diet or exercise, please talk to one first.

My broader point is this: Your personal performance is your top priority. Make sure you have the energy you require.
Author, speaker and consultant TOM SEARCY is the foremost expert in large account sales. With Hunt Big Sales, he's helped clients land more than $5 billion in new sales. Click to get Tom's weekly tips, or to learn more about Hunt Big Sales.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Four Steps to a Super Attitude by Brian Tracy

Unexpected circumstances can be thrown at you, but what is the thing that counts most in these situations? What counts most is how you react to what happens to you, especially when you have unexpected problems of any kind.

Here are four things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, under all circumstances.

Focus On the Future
First, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on the future.

Think About the Solution
Second, whenever you're faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem. Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become a positive and constructive human being.

Look For the Good
Third, assume that something good is hidden within each difficulty or challenge. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, once said, "Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem." The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive. But the wonderful thing is that if you look for the gift, you will always find it.

Seek the Valuable Lesson

Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow.

Decide to Be Positive
A Positive Mental Attitude is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people.

Action Exercises
Here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, become solution-oriented with every difficulty you face. Make a habit of looking for the answers to your questions, the solutions to your problems.

Second, seek for the valuable lesson in every adversity. Make a list of every idea or insight you can gain from every setback or difficulty.

Third, think on paper. Take some time to write out every detail of the problem, and then take the most logical next step to solve it.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Gauge your Star Power by Mike Lipkin

If you’ve ever asked yourself if you have what it takes to succeed, you’re about to find out. 

This tool has been designed to help you understand your personal evolution towards being a Star. 

A Star is someone who thrives on change and instability. It’s someone who grows in direct proportion to the challenges facing her or him. It’s someone who proves it can be done. It’s someone who is a model of what’s possible. 

You’re going to evaluate yourself on 45 statements relating to what determines the way you feel, the way you think, the way you interact with others and ultimately what you become. 

Rate yourself spontaneously on each statement. Don’t overthink your response. There are no right or wrong answers, just your answers. 

You’ll receive an extraordinary payout for a very small investment of your time.


Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Create Your Ideal Career by Keith Rosen

Are you truly happy and fulfilled in your career? Do you wake up with a sense of excitement when heading off to work? Are you making the money and the impact you want to make at work and with your customers, given your experience, skills and talents? If not, maybe it’s time to reinvent your career path and actually design your ideal career. Yes, it is possible because dreams don’t have a shelf life. - read more here