The Haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. This dance is a world class example of how to activate a high-performance state before competition. I’m not even a Kiwi and this fires me up! Imagine if you could unlock and harness this much intensity before every day or new business pitch? #Fireup! #Results #Mindset
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What do a doctor, priest and CEO all share in common? As individuals they are all defined by their title.
What makes these titles and others like them so distinctive and influential is not necessarily the person behind the title, rather the perception and identity the title projects to others.
The social expectations put on a doctor are vastly different to that of a CEO. Imagine if all CEOs were encouraged to adopt a medical approach to business, that is to say, caring for and saving people? The business world would be a noticeably different and healthier beast.
My professional inspiration has no separation from my personal inspiration: it is people who will stop at nothing to make a positive difference to other people’s lives.
I am fortunate to come across quite a few of these game-changing people, and the desire to help (and keep up with them!) is what drives me.
As a society, we seldom encourage others to take a path of risk and unbridled adventure because this approach is untested and has the potential to break conventions and reputations.
Who is going to pay for true innovation anyway, your employer or your customers? Hmm—good luck with that.
Most of us are trained to do things based on what someone else has already done, and that’s okay, but being led to believe it’s the best and only way, isn’t okay. To drive change you will need to circumvent certainty into the dark unknown realms of possibility.
2013 is going to be a big year!
A year to be better. A year to be stronger. A year to shoot first and ask questions, never.
Be true to yourself. Laugh at the naysayers. Dance with failure! Forgive, forget. Leave your baggage at the door.
This is your year, seize it! This is your world embrace it. Life is not a rehearsal, so act!
When it’s all said and done, all you will have are memories, so make 2013 a year to remember, forever.
Happy New Year!
Dennis the management consultant arrived late to a public sales seminar I was conducting.
The rest of the participants arrived early for their 8.45am registration and had been chatting amongst themselves. He apologised for being late, rushed in and sat down. His body language was stiff and noticeably anxious. Although now behind schedule, for Dennis’ benefit, I asked everyone to again quickly introduce themselves and describe what businesses they were in. All were happy to oblige.
A couple of minutes into the introductions I sensed Dennis’ energy. He seemed disengaged and uninterested in the stories the others were sharing. I continued into the morning break paying extra attention to him but not at the detriment of anyone else. As soon as the other participants left the room for the break, he approached me and explained the seminar was not what he had expected.
Passion is a vital element to your success in business. Passion is also highly contagious, making it a key factor in how you influence others.
Let’s take some time out to measure your passion on the passion-meter. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest ― rate your level of passion towards your role over the past month?
Got a number? Now recall a time when you were the most passionate? Take yourself back to a time and place when your passion-meter was way up the scale, say an 8 or above? What were you doing? Where were you? Why were you so aroused? What was it that unlocked so much passion in you?
One of the most powerful things you can do for someone is truly be there for them during their time of need.
Anyone who has ever been in a dark place will attest; they will never forget the person that helped them see the tiny spectre of light flickering in the distance.
Your customers need your help, some more than others. Every potential or existing client needs you to genuinely care about them. By caring you educate and empower them with critical insights and information to help them find the place where illumination is formed.
For goodness sakes go on and celebrate if your end of financial year numbers stacked up! You deserve it.
For those of you that fell short, well, there’s always next year. Be sure to integrate plenty of key learning’s and insights into your approach this coming year.
If you missed your annual sales target, all is not lost, are you still improving? You must have a clearer and more refined process. Are you more skilled, efficient and confident? One thing is for certain, you’re 12 months more experienced. There are always positives to take away.
Hundreds of razor sharp teeth and dorsal fin are aimed directly at you.
You instantly feel your heart jump out of your chest. With your head bobbing just above the surface, you are left helpless, with thirty meters of froth and chop between you and the safety of the shore.
Your only hope of survival is to stay calm and composed and face the terrifying beast head on. As the shark draws nearer, your instinct for flight kicks in, you panic, ripping your head towards the beach and frantically kicking your legs and swimming without taking a breath. It’s a race to the shore, but in the back of your mind it’s a race you will never win.