Look in the mirror—that’s your competition.
It was so empowering for me, when I adapted these 5 strategies. That’s why I thought we would share it. It will help you achieve your full potential.
To reach your personal best, you need to learn how to challenge the person the mirror. He or she is your toughest adversary.
Discovering how to overcome your limitations, fears, self-doubts—and the tendency to write off those last two minutes in the pool (or phone calls etc) —will do more for your development than defeating a dozen competitors.
Here’s what to do to reach your Personal Best…
1. Beat Your Last Months Record.
I believe this is the key to making serious progress in your business. Every month, you try to beat your best previous month.
That means beating the total leads generated, total sales made and total net profit of the month before.
Most business owners are not keeping score with themselves. As a result, they can start to focus on the wrong things. Things which don’t make the biggest impact on growing the business – things which can be insignificant.
2. Be Growth-Minded, not Goal-Minded.
I love to win, and you probably do, too.
It’s natural to make winning your ultimate goal, like a sports team hungering for a championship ring or a an Olympian that wants to set a World Record. But you have to be careful about directing too much energy into one goal.
If you obsess over a singular event, what happens if you lose?
Or for that matter, what happens after you win?
That’s why I like to concentrate on growth rather than goals: That game is never over. We’re not distraught if we’ve lost, and we haven’t peaked if we’ve won. There’s always room to improve.
Met Your Goal and then Set Another.
3. Emphasize Gradual Progress.
Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows fixating on the big number is a sure way to fail.
Yes, emphasizing growth over Goals is critical, but goals do have their place in a competition. I think of them as milestones on the journey of growth. Set incremental ones—as with the weight-loss example—and celebrate each time you achieve one before moving to the next.
Developing Small Disciplines that are Done Daily Helps. As part of my daily work routine, for example, I read or listen to someone else’s teaching with a goal of capturing at least one idea. T o use in an existing or future marketing campaign, article, strategy session, daily habit… you get the drift.
More Gradual Process Examples:
Salespeople make phone calls daily, touching base with past clients and reaching out to prospects; the most successful ones have the discipline to make a set number of calls daily, with an occasional challenge day in which they push themselves to dial a few more.
Big Success Tomorrow depends on the little things you do Today.
4. Develop Your Strengths.
When I was growing up, my parents trid to encourage me to find the one thing I did best and channel my energy toward it. This was incredibly liberating.
I didn’t have to worry about being all things to all people. I could simply grow my given talents, pushing myself to be better and better.
Professional Athletes for example may have played multiple sports as kids. However they almost always give up a sport they play ok to focus on one in which they can become great.
The Same Applies to You: Identify your natural strengths and pursue them with passion.
Research shows us the advantages of developing strengths instead of trying to fix weaknesses.
One Finding: People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the task. You won’t push yourself to new heights if your heart isn’t in your work.
5. Partner with Other Winners.
Learning to push yourself is critical. But it’s easy to lose sight of how well you’re doing or pinpoint your weaknesses if you depend only on your own perspective.
The solution? Get a Mentor or three.
I’ve had the privilege of being coached by some of the brightest people in their fields. It is amazing how much difference their insight and advice make.
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“Never, ever give up”
To keep achieving your Personal Best we must all live by these words.