Give it Some Thought: Act Confident to Be Confident

Give it Some Thought: Act Confident to Be Confident

No one is ever assured of success. Every undertaking carries with it some risk. Yet even though there is no assurance of success, some people are confident enough to get started. Some of those are confident enough to keep going in the face of obstacles and disappointments. And some of those are confident enough to persist until the success is actually achieved.

Where does confidence come from? It comes from experience. Being confident comes as a result of acting confident. What would you do today if you were confident of success? Do it. What first step would you take? Take it. How would you sit, how would you walk, how would you greet other people, how would you act if you were confident of success? Act that way and the confidence will come.

Yes, confidence takes a little blind faith at first. Soon enough, however, that confidence becomes real, supported and confirmed by actual experience. Act confident and you’ll begin to be confident. Be confident and you’ll have what it takes to bring your goals into reality.

Give it Some Thought is a weekly inspirational message created by Ronald M. Turner, CME, former Vice President of Sales & Marketing Executives International. For more information about improving your sales and marketing performance please visit SMEI.

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Achieving Peak Performance Through Effective Goal Setting

Achieving Peak Performance Through Effective Goal Setting

Research shows that goals that are written are 80% more likely to be accomplished. Before we can set effective goals that are meaningful and motivating, we need to be in the proper mindset.

A peak performance mindset begins with changing your limiting beliefs into liberating beliefs. Research shows that 80% of our success comes from our mindset and 20% from our skills. Given that statistic, it is imperative that we understand some of the hurdles that stand in our way of that success.  The National Science Foundation has found that we have 60,000 thoughts each day, with 48,000 of them being negative. So, the negative mindset is paralyzing our ability to reach our goals day in and day out.

The question is, how do we overcome these negative thoughts to break through and reach our goals?   Author, Shawn Achor, outlines in his book, Before Happiness, that people with a happy mindset are 23% more energetic, 31% more productive, 300% more creative and sell 38% more!  For those of us who are in sales, and we all are in some way, this is great news.

In addition to finding ways to get into a happy mindset, we need to get into a growth mindset.  Dr. Carol Dweck, the leading authority on growth mindset, “the only thing that separates people who succeed from those who don’t is whether or not they have a growth mindset.” Therefore, you don’t want to get stuck in a rigid and repetitive mindset that keeps inhibiting your potential for success.  Those with a growth mindset are typically open to learning, embrace challenges, see efforts as a way to success and persist in the face of adversity, all of which are essential to reaching peak performance goals.

Since “goals are the pathway to your destination,” there are four steps to goal achievement.

  1. Visualize your goals. When you can visualize your goals, with a wall of dreams or vision board, your ability to define and reach those goals becomes infinitely more achievable.
  2. Write down your goals! – Goals that are written are 97% more achievable!
  3. Reflect \ After Action Report – Reflection, especially with a coach or mentor, is key in setting effective goals. Reflecting on why you are achieving allows you to understand the steps taken to achieve, while also reflecting on the reasons why you failed to achieve is key in learning the why behind the actions that lead to coming up short. In the business setting, you can use After Action Reports to reflect on the successes and failures in your business goals.
  4. Define the purpose for your goals. “The bigger the why the bigger the try.”  I usually recommend a personal brand statement, a family motto, or what you would want written on your tombstone.  As a proud husband and father of three boys, my personal purpose statement is “thank you, you showed us how to have fun, live life, love unconditionally and be respectful.”  For my business, G3 Development Group’s purpose is “planting seeds of emergence” in every customer interaction we have.  Meaning, everything we work on together will continue to emerge and bring value in time.

Finally, in the goal setting worksheet that I can send to you (emerge@g3developmentgroup.com), there is a space for you to list your talents (Gallup Strengthsfinder), so that you are always becoming the best version of yourself, there’s a place to paste your vision board, and there is a signature box.  Since everything that has serious consequences in life requires a signature, your goals should also. This is your way of taking ownership to your goal!

So wake up tomorrow, smile, embrace the challenges ahead of you with enthusiasm and reap the benefits of success!  You’ve got this!

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Give it Some Thought: A New Now is Arriving with Every Tick of the Clock

Give it Some Thought: A New Now is Arriving with Every Tick of the Clock

Give it some thought. There are things you will soon know that you’ve never yet considered. There are places you will soon go that you now do not even know are there.

How foolish it would be to ever give up hope or to turn loose of your dreams. For every moment that comes to you arrives with a fresh new load of possibilities.

What now seems to be impossible will be commonplace one day. The very endeavor where you face the most stubborn obstacles may well turn out to be the source of your greatest triumphs.

Those who expect the best of what’s to come, have a way of finding it. In all the possibilities that are now being born there’s surely one that’s just right for you.

Lovingly greet each moment as it comes. For in that moment are new opportunities for you to grow, to experience, to live fully and to move positively forward.

A new now is arriving with every tick of the clock. Jump in and make it the best one yet.

Give it Some Thought is a weekly inspirational message created by Ronald M. Turner, CME, former Vice President of Sales & Marketing Executives International. For more information about improving your sales and marketing performance please visit SMEI.