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Do you have a personal code?

Lorna Powe

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Greatness doesn’t happen by chance, nor does it occur in a vacuum. Greatness comes from, first, a passion for what you do; and second, a clear understanding of what you can and want to be best at.

The third component involved in any great story about someone going from rags to riches, overcoming adversity, or achieving success in any area of life is a personal code of honour: a set of personal rules and agreements that they are unwilling to compromise.

Do you have a code of honour? What are your rules? To what do you hold yourself accountable? Who the heck are you?

What do you stand for?

Because when all the smoke clears, you can lose your money, your possessions, your friends and even your health, but you will always have your honour.

In those terms, what is your code of honour? The most powerful people are not always the most well known.

Sometimes they may be sitting in the office next door. They are the people who have decided in life to take a stand about who they are, what their standards are and who they want to be, without regrets.

If you haven’t done so already, sit down and look at your financial life, your health, your relationships and your values, and create your code. What are you willing to commit to for yourself and your family? What do you stand for?

Determine your own destiny

Try this exercise. Answer each of the following questions in the form of a list:

  • What am I most passionate about?
  • What can I be best at?
  • What do I want to be best at?
  • What do I stand for?
  • What do I want out of life?
  • How can I achieve my goals?
  • Who do I know that has what I want (or admire?) Why do I admire them?
  • What do I see as unacceptable behaviours for successful people?
  • What do I dislike? What would I like to avoid?
  • What are my necessities in life?
  • What should every person try at least once before they die?

Can you think of any more questions? Use your answers to begin to form your personal code. Once you have your code you will find a new level of focus and a more defined path to achieving your life goals.

If you are an entrepreneur, business owner or manager, once you have started this process you will feel the value of how you can extend this into your business. Imagine how you could strengthen your business by strengthening your team.

Superior teams

Your business has a lot more potential than it’s currently delivering – and you can unlock it… Teach your team members how to survive, thrive and get to the next level in any economy with a formula for success. It’s about more than individual talent.

While talent is important, a superior team will typically win the day. The problem is that most business teams operate at sub-optimal or even dysfunctional levels. The formula for taking ordinary people and turning them into a championship team requires vision, rules, teaching, and accountability. It’s not magic, and it doesn’t happen by chance.

What would happen if you had a team that:

  • Holds itself accountable without you having to do it
  • Allowed you to focus on your vision and strategy as opposed to playing traffic cop
  • Was motivated and energized by something more than a mere salary
  • Is more attractive to money, resources, alliances and opportunities

What would your business be like if you had this kind of a team? If you start with yourself, you’ll be able to share those same values, vision and goals with your team, and the whole business will reap the rewards.

Lorna Powe has worked as an executive level business professional for over 15 years. She is experienced in leading business and technology change to ultimately meet strategies, and improve business performance. She is the Founder of SalesPartners RoseBankTM, a global sales and business development company that helps entrepreneurs and organisations increase sales and leadership, improve profitability, and build championship teams. Visit the Sales Partners Rosebank website for more information

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How You Can Make Failing Part Of Your Growth Strategy

Here’s how you can make failing forward part of your growth strategy.

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The concept of ‘fail forward’ basically means that it’s okay to fail as long as you learn from your mistakes. Once you shift your mindset regarding failure, it becomes an asset to your growth. What’s not to like about learning?

Here’s how you can make failing forward part of your growth strategy.

1. Take risks

If it’s okay to fail as long as you learn from it, then it’s okay to embrace the idea of taking more risks. Try new things and see if they’ll work. If they don’t, then at least you’ve tried and learnt.

Related: Flourishing Through Failure And Finding Fortune

2. Learn constantly

Failing and learning shouldn’t be one-offs or isolated incidents. They should weave together in a constant stream of learning that builds and rewards as we move forward. That way, we can improve and eventually succeed more often than we fail.

3. Search and reapply

Learn from each other’s mistakes. Marketing is a spectator sport — you can learn from watching each other’s brand activities — both the wins and losses.

4. Accept failure

This one is the hardest step. It’s not easy to fail. It’s not something we’re taught to do. It distracts us from our mission and it takes time away from being successful. Or does it? If you start failing forward daily, not only for yourself, but for your teams as well, you will create an environment where failing forward is accepted and embraced as part of a learning culture that seeks continuous improvement. That improvement includes actively learning from your individual and collective mistakes.

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Listening To These 8 Audiobooks On Success Is A Better Use Of Your Long Commute

Commuting is mostly just unpaid work, unless you make an effort to learn something along the way.

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Commutes are getting longer, and in some cities they’re up to two hours each way. I have a friend in Los Angeles who does this. He passes the time with audiobooks. Now that’s still a lot of time to be stuck in transit, but he doesn’t view it that way. He says it allows him plenty of time to feed his personal and professional goals.

I’ve spent years listening to literature in the car while commuting, but somewhere along the line I switched over to books on business and personal improvement. I mostly gravitated toward amazing people who built their success from scratch and who experienced tremendous hardship. It stands to reason that if you’re dealing with hardships like a long commute, it’s important to hear motivational words that can help you transcend the difficulties.

Here are eight audiobooks that will help grow your success, both personal and professional, on your next commute:

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3 Questions To Guide You To Success In 2018

Most of the goals we set have some external component to it. Some component that we cannot control. Yet, we act like we can.

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Goal setting as a concept makes perfect sense. At the most basic level you decide on the destination and then plot the way to get there. But as with many things, we like to overcomplicate that which should be simple.

Before you know it, you end up with 2 big goals in 15 different areas of your life and 100 micro goals that will help you reach your 30 big goals.

Complicating something simple. Some of the biggest obstacles to people in reaching their goals are:

  • The overestimate the effort it will take to achieve those goals
  • They want to go from 0-100km/h in the blink of an eye
  • Life is dynamic and static goals often do not make sense
  • They get so entrenched in the day to day running of things that goals get pushed aside.

What if instead of goals, we just focused on giving our best every day?

Of course, you still want to have an indication of where you are going.

But, if you are giving your 100% every day then you can forego the micro goals for a better way of calibrating your compass… using questions.

Related: Goal Setting Guide

I suggest you ask yourself these three questions regularly:

1. What does better look like?

The question at the heart of development and incremental improvement. This question allows you some creative space in which you can imagine a better future.

  • What does better health look like?
  • What does a better business look like?
  • What does better customer service look like?
  • What does better leadership look like?

By reflecting on this question, you materialise the gap between where you are and where you could be. Now, the only thing that is left is to align your daily actions with the better future you imagined.

2. What can I control?

Borrowed from Stoicism this question highlights the power of decision in your life. Epictetus said we should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?”

Once you ask this of yourself regularly you will feel more in control of your life and more in control of your business.

Why?

Because your focus is solely on the things that you can influence. It restores the belief that you can actually impact the world around you in a meaningful way.

3. Was I impeccable with my actions today?

One inherent flaw with goal setting is that the goal setter often feels judged. As if we need more of that. In addition to the constant negative self-talk we have to endure we now have an additional source of judgement – whether we reached our goals or not.

As we discovered in question #2 We cannot control everything. Most of the goals we set have some external component to it. Some component that we cannot control. Yet, we act like we can.

So, instead of judging yourself, commit to giving your best every single day.

Related: The Tim Ferriss Approach to Setting Goals: Rig the Game so You Win


Accountability

What I love most about these questions is that they provide a built-in layer of accountability. Use them every day.

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