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Let’s Do the Time Shift

Shift – It’s Time to Move Forward.

Tracey Foulkes

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Time-Shift

Once upon a time, you attended a talk/workshop/coaching session/meeting/… (fill in the blank),  that left you riveted. You laughed, learned, made notes about all the new habits you were going to start and then walked straight back into your life and carried on exactly as before.

Then, like a stuck record, you’ve been repeating the same bad habits again and again, day after day, week after week, year after sodding year, while still wondering why you are not getting ahead and reaching for the stars. Exhale!

So what’s stopping you today from taking action or making that change?

Excuse #1: “I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME”

It’s not really that we don’t have enough time, 86 400 seconds per day is quite a lot to work with really. It’s more that we are struggling to make choices that help us use our time wisely and that boils down to planning and self-discipline.

Now this is a deep and involved topic, but we have to start somewhere … here’s what you can do to make a change:

  • Attend your next meeting with your to-do list. Instead of taking notes, add “I must action” or “Ideas to action” to your list. Before even leaving the event room, you can scan through and prioritise your list. This way, you don’t leave with a ream of notes that you never look back on but you do get to have a list (hopefully not too overwhelming) that you can work from.

Excuse #2: “I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START”

I could be cheeky and say “Check out #1” but overwhelm is a common saboteur and one of the main reasons we procrastinate.

  • Before you start to panic, list only the first 3 actions you need to do towards getting your task done. Set a timer for 10 minutes and get going. When the timer buzzes, decide whether you should keep going (it’s often the starting that’s what trips us up) or set the timer again tomorrow and work through the task little by little. Remember anything x zero = zero so make a start now!

Excuse #3: “I KEEP FINDING EXCUSES”

I bet you don’t really think you make too many excuses, but watch yourself today and you might be surprised. It starts early (think: rolling over and hitting snooze on your alarm clock) and then progresses in intensity throughout your day robbing your time, confidence, energy and actions. And then it’s late and you must get some sleep. Wash – rinse – repeat.

Self-discipline, according to Brian Tracy, is doing what needs to be done when it is due, whether you want to or not. Having clearly defined goals and an accountability buddy to keep you in check can certainly help keep you on the straight and narrow, but if that’s still not working, you might consider this …

  • Stop checking email in the morning … well not first thing anyway! Reserve the first hour of your work day for your high value tasks. Turn your phone to silent, close your door, de-activate all your email automatic receipt notifications, set a timer and work like crazy without distraction to get your most important tasks done.

So what’s holding you back from taking action on your great ideas now … what excuses are you still making?

Looking for more motivation? Download a copy of Get Organised’s e-book “Mental Clutter … It’s Crazy” with our compliments.

Tracey Foulkes wows audiences with her sharp wit, quick reactions and personable sense of humour. She speaks about procrastination, business productivity, personal motivation and time management. . If you want your team to be inspired to operate outside of the box, contact her for a complimentary productivity assessment, email tracey@getorganised.co or find her on Twitter as Tracey Foulkes or on LinkedIn as Tracey Foulkes.

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6 Mental Barriers You Must Tear Down To Succeed

The world has few obstacles as formidable as the ones in our own mind.

Timothy Sykes

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Have you hit a slump in your career? If you are finding it difficult to get ahead, it could be because you’re inadvertently holding yourself back in ways you don’t even realize.

Many of us have unhealthy habits and behaviors that stunt our career growth. By becoming aware of them, it’s possible to begin facing these obstacles head-on so that you can remove potential roadblocks to your future success. Here are 6 surprising things that are holding you back:

1. You don’t know the basics

What if you were to build a house on top of a weak foundation? It might be fine for a while, but one day, it would inevitably cause problems and affect your quality of life. Similarly in your career, if you don’t take the time to form a strong foundation of knowledge in your field, it may keep you from advancing and growing later on. Therefore, it’s vital to learn (and sometimes to re-learn) the basics.

There’s no shame in hitting the books and learning the basics or re-learning them, even well into your career. You know how when you re-watch a movie or re-read a book you pick up on things you didn’t notice the first time around? It’s very much the same in career education. So whether you’re a baker or an investor or a manager, make sure to develop a strong foundational knowledge of your field of work. It will serve you in many ways as your career advances.

Related: Purposeful Work: The Six Barriers To Fulfilment In The Workplace

2. Vague goals

Setting clear and specific goals is one of the major building blocks of career success. On the flip side, without specific goals, you’re more likely to suffer from lack of motivation and aimlessness in your career.

Want proof? Consider the work of Dr. Edwin Locke, who released a still-relevant article in 1968 entitled “Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives.” In this research-based article, he determined that employees were most highly motivated by clear objectives and specific feedback.

Working toward extremely specific goals provided a major source of motivation to actually reach the desired end result, which improved performance. Moreover, specific and difficult goals led to better task performance than vague or easy goals.

3. Caring too much what others think

According to Aristotle, “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Are you too much of a people pleaser? If so, this tendency could be holding you back from finding the success you deserve.

No matter what you do, you’ll never please everybody. Yes, you should always make your best efforts in any endeavour, and you should always try to be respectful of the opinions of others. However, don’t let other people’s opinions affect your every move. If you do, you’ll constantly operate from a place of fear and will never achieve great things.

4. You’re trying to figure out everything without a mentor

 Bill Gates, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey. What do these people have in common? They’re all crazy successful…and they all had mentors.

Many people suffer from the belief that to become successful, they have to do the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest alone. However, this mindset is likely stunting their career and slowing down success. Truthfully, seeking out the guidance of a mentor is both a brave and smart career move. A mentor who is further along in their career than you can help advise you, point you in the right direction and help you avoid common pitfalls. There is so much to gain from having a mentor; why hold yourself back by trying to do everything alone?

5. Poor time management

Without a doubt, pursuing a new career or business endeavor takes time. Many people claim that it’s impossible to work toward their dreams because there’s just no time. But is this really true?

The fact is, nobody’s ever going to gift wrap extra time and give it to you like a present. It’s your responsibility to make time. It might involve changing some of your habits like bingeing on Netflix or getting lost on Facebook for hours on end. Or, it might mean that you wake up early in the morning like Apple CEO Tim Cook, who gets up at 3:45 so he can answer emails and take some time for himself before the responsibilities of the day descend. There are always ways to make time for what matters if you’re truly driven to succeed.

Related: Is Your Business Prepared For The Worst? How You Can Stress-Test Your Business

6. You stopped learning

Lifelong learning is a trait of the most successful people. Don’t you want to be one of them? If you think you know everything, then there’s no possible way for you to continue moving forward in your career or even your life.

As Malcolm X famously said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” When you approach the world as if you can learn from every experience and every person, you’ll reap many benefits. You’ll be able to keep improving, you’ll be able to remain mentally nimble, and since you won’t be a know-it-all, people will probably like you a lot better. Never stop learning if you want to keep growing.

Are any of these things secretly holding you back?

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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(Infographic) How 9 Creative Minds Got Their Ideas

From doing headstands to drinking 50 cups of coffee a day, check out the quirky things that these nine creatives have done.

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Coming up with new, creative ideas can be tricky. That’s why it’s important to find a way to get inspired. After all, it’s our own unique rituals that can bring mental clarity and creativity. That could be a quirky habit or routine such as doing headstands or wearing lots of hats.

Igor Stravinksy did headstands, which he believed helped to rest his head and clear his brain. Author Dr. Seuss felt that wearing lots of crazy hats helped inspire his creativity and overcome writer’s block. However, those aren’t even the strangest routines that some of the world’s most brilliant minds have utilised. Steve Jobs bathed his feet in toilet water to reduce stress levels while Honore de Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day.

Check out Business Backers infographic below to learn the weird ways that nine creative minds got their ideas.

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This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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15 Traits Of Unstoppable People

Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful.

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Unstoppable people are like warriors. They are always ready to take on the world. They are guided by a light from within, full of boundless energy and unwavering in their goals. They have learned to activate their natural talents and develop the skills necessary to achieve whatever they aim for.

How do they do this? Where do they find the stamina and strength to keep going? Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful. Here are 15 traits that will help you go from being a solid achiever to being a truly unstoppable person.

Do you have any yet?

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