Success isn’t an accident. We know that to be successful you have to be willing to work, hard. That doesn’t always mean to work more or longer. It may just mean to to work smarter.
There are as many “secrets for success” formulas as there are successful people. I never met a successful person who was stingy with their knowledge. Brian Johnson in his Philosopher’s Notes distills it down into two simple, easy to answer questions.
Question #1+. Ask yourself, “What is the #1 thing I could *start* doing that would have the most significant impact on my success?”
Is it to get out of bed earlier? Live healthier? Be more positive? Be approachable? Keep your commitments? Make more phone calls? DO THAT! This is your #1 positive.
Question #1-. Now ask yourself, “What is the #1 thing I could *stop* doing that would have the most significant impact on my success?”
Is it to stop checking email every five minutes? Is it to stop being so critical? Is it to stop procrastinating? Is it to quit complaining? Is to stop watching so much television? QUIT THAT! This is your #1 negative.
ACTION ITEM: Grab something to write on.
Answer the questions.
#1+ I will start doing this every day _____.
#1- I will quit doing this every day _____.
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” Calvin Coolidge
Apply PI® to your #1+ and #1-
PI® is a great tool for developing self-awareness. Think about your own PI® and your strongest behaviors. What is your highest factor? Therein lies your greatest strengths and biggest obstacles.
If you are a High D you tend to be deliberate, disciplined, reserved, structured and exacting. These are your strengths. These strengths can cause you to be critical, rigid, defensive, intolerant or distrusting and those can be perceived as negative.
Okay High D, let’s say you decide your #1+ is to be more approachable. Do some reading and you tube video searches on what being a good listener does. Take some notes. Write out a process, a list of Dos and Don’ts. Practice some of those things.
Track your results. Whatever you are trying to improve, after having an opportunity to practice it, ask yourself what you did well. Write it down. Ask yourself what you could do better next time and write that down. It’s a process and takes time. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. If you want to talk through some of these, contact me.