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Vol 8, Num 1 January 2008

In this Edition
1. 7 Ways to Keep On Top of Your Game This Year
2. Inspirational Quotes
3. Recommended Reading

7 Ways to Keep On Top of Your Game This Year
1. Define what it is important to you
Time, they say, is our greatest commodity. I agree with that. As I say in my best selling book, Success is Not a Spectator Sport, the best way to optimize the time you have is to define what success means to you. Is it material gain, financial gain, making a difference in people’s lives, spending more time with your family, or being successful in your career or business, etc. Whatever is important to you, DEFINE it, then develop a plan of action to use your time wisely implementing it.

2. Practice “A.T.D.” (Attention to detail)
To keep ahead of the crowd and be on top of your game at all times, you must practice A.D.T. I do not mean you have to be obsessive, but you have to be organized, responsive to people in a timely manner, good at time management, and aware of the little things and how important they are to people.

3. Do not take rejection personally
I am as guilty of this as the next person of sometimes taking rejection to personally. After all, it is only human nature; we want everybody to like us, to want to our products or service, and to return our phone calls and e-mails. Unfortunately it does not work that way. People only get back to you when it is important to them, not when it is important to you. Learn to deal with rejection. It is not personal, it’s just business.

4. Be disciplined
Discipline is the fuel that ignites everything around us. It is the catalyst for focus, consistency, and commitment. Discipline is about doing what you say you are going to do and sticking to your goals despite adversity, and adjusting the plan in a focused way. Most people are not disciplined; they say they are, but are not. Become truly disciplined in everything you do, it will definitely fuel your success.

5. Devote yourself to life long learning
Vidal Sassoon’s, where I learned my craft of hairdressing and about life many moons ago, had a great saying: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Never-never stop learning! Keep reading, listening to CD’s and watching DVD’s of the masters in your field, attending seminars and workshops to help you develop in your chosen field, etc. Devote at least one hour of each day to develop your mind and keep on investing in your success. Be a sponge, soak it all up. Knowledge is power.

6. Don’t take yourself to seriously
Learn to lighten up. Give yourself a break. We have a tendency to take ourselves way, way to seriously, I admit life is not always easy, but learn to lighten up. Laugh a little more, especially at yourself. Relieve that stress from your life, improve your health, take the good with the bad, it evens out in the end. And, for heavens sake, take time to smell the roses.

7. Success and Failure
Success may not always be continuous, but by the same token, failure does not have to be final. Learn to have that resolve to fight and play the game each day to the best of your ability; to give it everything you have. There will be great days, with victories and excitement, and other days, where nothing seems to go right for you. When you think the world is conspiring against you, learn to fight another day. Each day is a new opportunity to learn from yesterday.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
It’s never to late to be the true person you have always wanted to be” Charles Marcus

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do” Thomas Jefferson

RECOMMENDED READING

Daily Inspiration from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Regular subscribers to my newsletter will know I am a very big fan of Robin Sharma and all his work. Check out his website also at www.robinsharma.com. This book contains a daily dose of wisdom and inspiration from Robin and has become one of the most trusted guides for those seeking a life of authenticity, success and lasting happiness. It is simple yet practical, spiritual without being over-bearing. It has actually forced me to reflect on my own life and shortcomings more than once and to focus on what is really important to me.

Date Added: January 30, 2008 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Newsletters



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