Month: April 2011

The Art of Thinking Big and in the Long Term

You stand to win if you clearly specify your long-term vision and goals. And to accomplish what you undertake, first identify what the impact will be of your actions, your decisions on your future goals in your life. This strategy is very useful to help you choose what will be the most positive changes compared to what you want from life. For example, if you decide to adopt a healthy eating weekly and more exercise sessions instead of just watching television, these decisions and actions of your health will give you great results. In the short to medium term, you will have more energy, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll be proud of yourself. In the long term, you avoid disease, suffering and increase your life expectancy! Whenever you think long term, you build a little more the future you want. If you decide to put money aside and invest it well, you not only avoid unpleasant surprises when you retire, you also will be richer than you could ever imagine thanks to compound interest. This decision may involve less usefulness in the present, but you will not regret it because you get a lot more in the long term. But to expect much of the future, we must develop discipline, which is not something very widespread. This discipline is being able to refuse a treat now to...

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Cultivate Results and Effectiveness

Did you know that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary? In our consumer society, though, it seems that advertising and media such as television have generalized the idea of the American dream. If we define the American Dream as the desire to succeed, there is no harm in that. But a skewed version of the American Dream is the belief that we can succeed without working or supplying much effort. Unfortunately, nothing is further from the truth! People who believe in this simplistic version of the American dream are quickly disappointed and discouraged because they get nothing. Just because some people have become exceptionally successful without giving too much effort doesn’t mean it is the rule! Further, when people tell success stories, they often forget to tell us all the work behind those successes, don’t they! I don’t mention this to discourage you, but just to show you that you can get success more easily if you provide the necessary efforts to work better. You can get more and more results as you work less and less. When you integrate continuous improvement into your life, you get results, many good results. And you are the only source of your success. So you must capitalize on your strengths and ensure you become a person who cultivates efficiency. Remember that efficiency is the extent of...

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How to Increase Your Performance

The person who prepares to go anywhere, usually achieves. Dale Carnegie It is very interesting to use powerful images that are easy to remember. Therefore I suggest you do a little experiment with me. Imagine you are in training or in conference with me and that I present to you a large, clear glass jar that I put before me. I then place gently into the pot, one by one, eight large stones. The stones fill the pot to the brim. The pot is full? Not really. Now I take out a bag of small rocks with which I fill the pot, taking care to enable them to fill the spaces between the rocks to the bottom of the pot. This time, is the jar full? I see there are many who doubt this time. Perfect! Indeed, the pot is still not filled. This time I present to you a second bag filled with sand. I empty the contents into the pot, taking care to leave no space between the pebbles and rocks. The pot is filled to the brim. Is it really full this time? I feel more ambivalence on your part than the last time I asked. But if you answered no, you’re still right! I finally get out a jug of water that I empty into the glass jar. This time, the pot is actually full!...

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Increase Your Income with the 80/20 Principle

Think your job and your income. To apply the principle of 80/20, you should concentrate on improving your work (tasks, relationships, responsibility, entrepreneurial initiatives, etc) in such a way that you improve your wages, and eventually free up more time you spend on your personal achievement. To help yourself start, answer the following questions: What are the most important dimensions to improve to advance my career, my business? Does my job allow me to go where I want to (in terms of passion and income)? If yes, what should I do to become a reference person in my area? What initiatives are most valuable to take? What is the best way to develop my passions while integrating into society? Can I identify people, contexts and resources on which my success depends (e.g. Who are my colleagues, partners, acquaintances that I can draw on)? What are the benefits for which my clients use my products or my services? Responding to these questions will help you identify the 20% of your activities that produce 80% better results; a better to focus your energy then. Remove Items that Generate Little Positive Effects This method isn’t just about focusing on the 20% of activities that provide 80% of your results. You also need to reduce the other 80% of activities that produce only 20% of results! Again, I suggest you concentrate on your...

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6 Tips to Unleash Your Efficiency!

Here are some strategies to help you unleash your efficiency by doubling your productivity in your work and other activities. 1. Develop a sense of urgency. If you do not decide that your success is important, you do not devote enough effort to achieve your goals. When you feel the urgency of winning, you work faster and lose less time. This is because you know that every time you waste your efforts, you’re further away the results you want. As you feel urgency, you’ll be surprised how much work you can accomplish just because you maintain the belief that it is possible (and urgent) to succeed. 2. Expand your attention to work. When you work to achieve results, work wholly! Whenever you are distracted, gossip with colleagues, or surf the Internet, you lose time. Instead, if you expand your attention to finish what you started, you’ll be less stressed and can enjoy more quality time to spend on what really matters to you and your family. 3. Choose activities for which you have better skills and experience the most fun to perform. The more you work in a niche in which you gain experience and skills, the more you will get results – and in much less time, too. We usually feel more pleasure and motivation to work on what we can do best. Nothing in the world is...

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