Recently, I have had a veracious appetite for information about what industry leaders and experts are doing. More specifically, what they are doing that is different from what everyone else is doing. I have this belief that successful people have a few core actions that distinguish them from the rest of the crowd. Among them are:
Here are some of the vital vows that I have been discovering in my research:
Today I Vow:
Some might ask, “aren't vital vows just hyped up affirmations?” Quick answer: they are not. Actually, they are far from it. Vital vows stem from, and enforce, the belief systems of successful people. Vital vows become the sifter through which successful people filter their activities, decisions, efforts and energies.
As you create your own vital vows to direct your thoughts and actions each day there are many categories you can address, here are just a few:
ALERT: But, here is the chief observation I have made. When we don’t consciously decide on what our Vital Vows are, our minds go into default mode. And, often, our default mental settings are marginal compared to our conscious, thoughtfully-selected, success-generating mental settings. All the successful people I have been interviewing and studying have made it a point to not allow default mode to kick in. Rather they have been scrupulously deliberate about selecting their vital vows!
The BIG Lesson: Don’t let your vital vows be driving you toward marginal living. Be purposeful and strategic in selecting and committing to your daily vital vows.
So, what are your daily “Vital Vows?” Feel free to share in the comments below.
The other day I overheard my two younger kids saying "press retry," "press retry." I went to look at what they were doing and found they were playing a video game...and apparently struggling to pass a particular level.
But, this made me wonder, wouldn't it be great if we could "press retry" for an hour out of our day...or even "press retry" for an entire day, and do something over...do something different...make different choices and decisions.
Then, it struck me. We can! Our "press retry" is every new morning we wake up! Each morning is a new opportunity to do better...be better...and make better decisions! You see, when my kids were "pressing retry," they were not going back through the level again and making the same decisions and choices. Rather, they were learning from their previous tries and making new choices, in an attempt to do better, and be better, then they were the time before.
We, too, can take this same perspective and apply it to our lives. All it takes is the commitment and courage to wake up each day and "press retry."
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Throughout the typical day in the life of a manager there are a multitude of issues to be dealt with, concerns to alleviate and proverbial fires to put out. At the same time, a manager is also trying to build a team of performance powerhouses through motivating sustained and optimal performance from his or her staff.
In the next few minutes we are going to uncover two questions that can absolutely slaughter the motivation of your staff. Two questions that are so common yet have an uncommon negative impact on the success of your staff member and your team. So, here they are, the two motivation-slaughtering-questions:
These seemingly simple questions are used throughout all industries, markets and business segments. These two simple questions are spoken from the lips of managers, directors and executives on a daily basis.
So, what is so bad with these questions? These questions instantly suck the motivational life out of your staff and immediately plunge performance. The reason these questions are so destructive to motivation and performance is because they have an undertone of, “you have not been able to solve this issue on your own, so now I HAVE to get involved…and now WE have to do this TOGETHER!” You are essentially telling your staff member that he cannot do it (he is incompetent), and this issue can only be resolved if you swoop in and provide THE solution (lack of autonomy).
There are two elements not being nurtured here. Two elements that must be nurtured if you want optimal performance from your staff: autonomy and competence.
True motivation and optimal performance stem from an individual’s perception of autonomy. That is, the feeling of being self-directed, self-determined and having a sense of freedom to choose among performance options. The more autonomous one feels, the more creative they are with solutions, the more effort they exert and the more persistence they express.
Also, true motivation and optimal performance stem from an individual’s sense of competence toward a given task. If you desire maximum output from your staff member, you must nurture their competence. Competence enhances effort and persistence, as well as taps into that staff member’s internal reasons for engaging in a task.
So, let’s revisit our two slaughtering questions: 1) What can we do about this? And 2) What can I do to help? Both questions undermine autonomy and competence. And, when autonomy and competence are low, so is performance.
Let’s close with a few alternative questions that will elicit the same solution-oriented-thinking you were looking for with your original questions.
There are many things I want to share with you now that you have reached this milestone in your life. But, knowing that if I wrote too much there is a good chance you won't read it, I decided to filter it down to 10 life phrases that will help in directing your life.
I encourage you to read these 10 phrases over and over until they are stuck in your head like a bad song. Because if these phrases are lived out, I am confident you will be a difference maker in this world!
I am proud of you... And will always be your biggest fan!