Stephen Covey

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Precious Asset

Precious Asset

Time Is A Precious Asset Don’t Let It Dwindle Away

I started out today wondering what to talk about but looking at my in box it became obvious, time is a Precious Asset and if we are not careful it just dwindles away following promises that don’t deliver and plans that never quite put into action

So why was I inspired by my in box or maybe even driven to write by the sheer amount of e mail that arrives daily, I could easily use my Precious Asset pursuing all of those offers but I know it won’t help me achieve what I set out to do this morning

Simple really, like many of you I receive a lot of blog comments, a lot of them are genuine with a range of interesting and constructive observations but increasingly the spammers are moving in with their adsense covered junk pages and worse,my Precious Asset like I know yours does gets taken up dealing with this instead of focusing on other activities

On the one hand you want to feel close to your readers but on the other hand you don’t want to spend a couple of hours a day weeding out the genuine ones from the shower trays, online gambling and the adult stuff, sorry but I don’t want to know about the doll you bought a few months ago, I have more important things to invest my Precious Asset on

Utilize Your Precious Asset By Maintaining Focus

So with all these distractions going on it’s critical to maintain focus, otherwise your Precious Asset, your time just gets away from you and you look back thinking what have I actually achieved from my to do list, today, this week or even over the last few weeks, yes we can do it tomorrow but let’s be honest here tomorrow never comes does it

This leads neatly onto why you are doing this, is it a business? in which case treat it like one, take it seriously and ask yourself a critical question, am I just creating work for myself or am I actually achieving anything both in terms of return on investment and in terms of participation because otherwise you are squandering that most Precious Asset

Clearly with anything there will be growing pains as you learn the best solutions for a given situation and here it’s important to refer back to your Mastermind Group for support and ideas, making best use of your Precious Asset is critical in your success or it will be the architect of your downfall

Given that time and focus are your most Precious Asset how do you go about making better use of your time and getter laser focused? I would say it all starts with planning, having an accountability partner is really important, remember the Michael Gerber comment, the problem with the boss is the boss doesn’t have one?

Resources To Develop Your Most Precious Asset

So what resources can you use to develop your most Precious Asset? well I think the most important resource you must pull down is your Outsourcer if you are struggling with technical issues, time issues or just simple capacity issues you need to put the day to day operations in some bodies capable hands and make them an extension of your team

Next on your list for developing your most Precious Asset is this Free report on Time Management we all start out with the same amount of it but some people make much better use of it, by developing your skills in this area you will get 3 to 4 times the amount of work done that a non productive person will

Lastly on developing your Precious Asset would be this Audio program, Stephen Covey clearly explains the difference between urgent and not important, his teaching is really profound and I would urge anybody who hasn’t heard his work to listen to it and those who have to listen to it again

So I started out earlier talking about my in box and ended up talking about the profound work of one of today’s greatest thinkers and educators but as always I’d like to hear what you think, how do you keep on track, manage your time and make use of your Precious Asset

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Positive Thought

Positive Thought

Is Just Positive Thought Enough To Make You Extra Money

I attended our monthly Mastermind group on Saturday, something which usually inspires me, the chance to get together with your peers and catch up on the latest ideas has to be valuable, this one I thought was going to be different, our speaker was one of the worlds leading NLP guys and his message was based around the power of Positive Thought

Why did I think it was going to be different? well I went with an open mind to something I wasn’t completely sold on, I’ve tried those subliminal message type things where you sit down, close your eyes and wait to be transformed and I’m still waiting, maybe what I had wasn’t right, or maybe I just didn’t understand the Positive Thought message in it

The speaker soon turned his attention to me and my professional sport background and asked me about my experience of winning and finishing nowhere, I related my experience of feeling bomb proof one day and of losing interest when things weren’t working another day, he had demonstrated that Positive Thought is very powerful just by drawing that out of me

For those of you not yet in a Mastermind group I would suggest you read my post from Nov 3rd In it I talk about the motivating power of the group, the way it develops accountability, the ability to help and be helped, don’t reinvent the wheel somebody has already done and he or she will gladly help you to do the same, so a live example of positive thought

Do We Really Need More Than Just Positive Thought

So do we really need more than just Positive Thought? In a word yes we need action and lots of it, getting out of a negative state is essential but on it’s own it won’t do anything, you need a clear action plan and you need to follow through with it,I talked about Online Time Management on Jan 3rd speaking personally I view it as really important and you should too

In the end we are always going to need more than Positive Thought, it’s a vital ingredient and one your going to need help on if you’ve got yourself into a downward spiral thinking wise, as people we are very good at getting in our own way, if only I had more time, if I was just ten years younger, I just need to do a bit more research and so it goes on, they are all examples of us getting in our own way, justifying a lack of action

Sadly we all know that tomorrow never comes in terms of I’ll do it tomorrow, when Steel Magnate Andrew Carnegie set Napoleon Hill the task of spreading his ideas that Hill turned into Think and Grow Rich, perhaps still one of the most important business and motivation books ever written he said this, in my experience a person who cannot make a decision in 60 seconds or less cannot be relied upon to follow through on that decision,Carnegie knew from experience that Positive Thought leads to positive action

So to follow the teachings of these great men we need Positive Thought, we need decisive decision making, we need a clear action plan and I would add from my humble input we need an accountability partner, we need somebody to share our successes and on occasions we need somebody to tell us like it is, to call us when we are in one of those, I’m to busy, I’ll do it tomorrow periods

Turning Positive Thought Into A Successful Business Model

Sometimes everybody has just wanted to give up, having tried to find a shortcut that hasn’t worked, we blame the plan, how is it then that whilst 97% fail the remaining 3% do very well, put simply they stay on track, we all have bad days that’s human nature but the captain steers the ship, he or she gives the crew Positive Thought or sells them a negative story, it’s our call and it’s our responsibility, nobody else will do it for us after all

So to quote on of my favorite personal development people mainly Stephen Covey we must start with the end in mind, if you are not familiar with his 8th Habit I would strongly recommend that you get yourself a copy, he demonstrates the power of Positive Thought and he discusses how to find your voice in a world where everybody is losing theirs, his ideas are so right for today and his message is very powerful

I wanted to finish where I began today namely about our speaker, a guy by the name of David Key, what did I learn from him about Positive Thought? I learned what I guess everybody already knew, words alone won’t do it, but I came away with some extra tools in my toolbag, I need to suspend my disbelief on NLP, to get out of my own way and use his ideas to drive me further onwards, we all know the day we stop learning we are in major trouble, I may not fully understand how but he demonstrated that it works, in sport, in business, even in politics, it’s in my hands now

In winding up today as always I’d love to get your thoughts, are you part of a Mastermind Group? how do you keep yourself on track with all those distractions and obviously how you use Positive Thought

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Online Resolutions

Online Resolutions

What Do Online Resolutions Tell Us About Ourselves?

With 2010 racing to a close it’s perhaps a good time to consider Online Resolutions, those promises that we make to ourselves, our significant others and sometimes to a much wider audience, why do so many people set out with good intentions and yet fall so short on their promises?

Personally I think a lot of it is a lack of proper planning, in the offline world I was brought up to believe that you cannot manage what you cannot measure, as time progressed and I became the boss I in turn tried to ensure my staff also understood the importance of this, in short I think it can be boiled down to the following thought, failing to plan is just planning to fail, that may sound hard but in my experience it’s true every time

When it comes to doing business the same rules always apply, the medium may change but that’s all, when people make Online Resolutions they often do so against the backdrop of wild claims and false promises of instant success for no effort, be under no illusion that the very people selling you that idea will themselves have worked very hard to produce the product

Perhaps most importantly is the huge gulf between what people want to achieve from their Online Resolutions and how little they actually get done, Michael Gerber described this perfectly when he said most people are technicians, just doing it, doing it, doing it, the problem with this is it never achieves the result they are looking for and yet the never step back and ask why

Really when we come down to it Online Resolutions are really about goal setting and goal setting is about breaking seemingly overwhelming tasks down into small steps, to do today, to do tomorrow etc, it’s also about measuring your progress on at least a weekly basis and not allowing yourself the luxury of excuses, after all you can kid everybody else but if your like me you can’t kid the person who is harder on you that anybody else, yes I’m talking about you!

Online Resolutions The Gulf Between The Dream And Reality

If we look at the majority of people the Gulf between the dream in their Online Resolutions and the reality is massive, let’s look at why that is and let’s start with how most people do things online, next let’s look at their ideal life they mapped out, it’s as though the two lists never saw the same set of ideas in the first place

This was recently described to me as a bucket test, those things you want to do before you kick the bucket, now relate this to the list of things you are currently doing and ask yourself will my current actions achieve my Online Resolution and I strongly suspect the answer will be no, put simply you have failed your own bucket test

So how do you make yourself follow through on your Online Resolutions? I have a few suggestions, accountability partners, a person or preferably people who know of your goals, write them down and record them and send an MP3 file to each partner and get them to send their goals to you, now you are both supporting and gently cajoling each other at the same time

Now this of course shouldn’t be all about sticks to beat yourself with, don’t know about you but every once in a while I want a treat, so try this, agree a once weekly get together to share your achievements, either in person, on the phone or by e mail and tell your accountability partner how well they’ve done, just remember every once in a while your going to be carrying the big anti BS stick and you need to call them on it

Helpful Resources For Your Online Resolutions

So what resources can you use to try and make better use of your time, I’m going to start with Spencer Johnson and a book called One Minute For Myself a word of warning however if your friends borrow it don’t expect to see it back, I brought his book Who Moved My Cheese when I went to Spain on a business trip years ago, the guy who borrowed it is no longer with us and we all miss him dearly

My next resource would be from Michael Gerber, it’s an audio recording called The E-Myth Michael explains why most people are good at being busy, just not busy doing anything valuable, he explains how to set yourself free from your business and to achieve the true success you deserve with your Online Resolutions

Now I could go on with this but this next man was recognized when he was quite young as an exceptional talent, we are very lucky that both he and the foundation that bears his name still share the message today, if you truly want to achieve your Online Resolutions your library is not complete without a copy of Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit

Stephen talks of a profound hunger for knowledge throughout the world, of people who have lost their voice and want to speak out, to find their voice, if you haven’t done so listen to this man, really listen, so in finishing up it just leaves me to wish you a happy and successful 2011, as always I would love to hear what you think, so why not send me your Online Resolutions

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