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The Goal Booster

If you aim for perfection, you may lose the game.

There is a time and a place for perfection. When it comes to successfully achieving your goals, winning needs to be your top priority.

One of my most crushing defeats resulted from placing perfection as a top priority.

In my life as a national sales executive, I had the opportunity to bid on a multi-million dollar contract. The proposal specifications for the bid included a set-in-stone deadline.

After weeks of intense work, I was poised to take off for proposal delivery with time to spare for that unforeseen traffic jam.

Then….the proposal team lead noticed a typo. The team lead was adamant that the proposal did NOT leave the building until it was perfect.

After a flurry of activity I finally left for my trip. I now had no time to spare.

I broke speed records, double parked, and flew into the building. Standing in front of me was a tall, stone-faced gentleman who solemnly announced that I was 45 seconds too late.

I returned to the office with the perfect proposal in hand.

That crushing defeat changed the way I looked at life. I quickly learned that to win the game, I needed to shift my thinking from what is perfect to what is needed.

Take Action

Rather than perfection, winners set what is needed as their top priority. They know that they have a limited amount of time and energy. They make the choice to use that time and energy doing those things that most directly take them to their goals.

To start shifting your thinking from perfection to goal achievement:

1. Become aware of your daily habits. Ask yourself what purpose they serve, then ask how you can change or eliminate them.

Examples:

Some people labor over e-mails and reports, including every possible detail rather than selecting only those details that most strongly support the subject of the e-mail.

Some people do everything themselves rather than delegating or asking for help because they are afraid that the result won't be perfect, or won't be done the way they would do it.

2. Make a list of those habits you are committed to changing.

3. Select one of your commitments at a time and work at it until you have gained back time and energy that you can now use to achieve your important goals.

Although the rewards are great, shifting the way you think is not always easy. A coach guides you in making the shifts you need to get the business results you want.

Business wisdom says to invest in those things that produce results.

More than 50% of Fortune 500 companies invest in business coaching.

Should you?

Imagine having a business copilot who supports you in developing the strategies, skills, and accountability you need to get the financial results you want for you and your business.

That business copilot is only a phone call away. To find out if a coaching relationship is right for you, call today to schedule your complimentary coaching consultation.

Copyright © Melinda Condray 2005


The Goal Booster

"Thoughts are funny little things, they can make paupers or they can make kings." - Sidney Madwed

How we think, our perception of our world and our business, has everything to do with what we achieve. By simply shifting our perceptions, we can turn an impossible goal into an innovative success.

Here is a logic riddle to test your ability to shift your perceptions.

What is the reason for the logical sequence of the following numbers?

               8   5   4   9   7   6   3   2   0

According to business consultant, Alan Weiss, of the thousands of managers to whom he has posed this riddle, only 1 in 20 has correctly identified the reason within 5 minutes.

I am about to reveal the answer. So if you want to continue working out the riddle BEFORE you look at the answer, please stop here and continue reading when you are finished.

This riddle can only be answered by shifting your perception about numbers. Throughout our many years of education, we have been conditioned to think of numbers in terms of symbols. The hundreds of tests we have taken have conditioned us to automatically start looking for numeric sequences.

To shift your perception about numbers, ask yourself, "what other ways can numbers be represented?"

They can be represented as words.

The answer now becomes apparent.

They are in alphabetical order.

You are probably thinking, "OK, now what does this have to do with business?"

This can best be answered with an example. One of my clients, a long-term financial advisor, told me about a large manufacturing plant that had recently announced their closing. My client, along with hundreds of other financial advisors, wanted to talk to the plant employees. He attempted to contact the human resources department at the plant only to find that there was already a long, long line of financial advisors ahead of him.

He found the answer to his dilemma by shifting his perceptions about the plant employees. That, in itself, was the sticking point. He had been thinking of them as employees. He now shifted to thinking of them as people. He quickly realized that, as people, once they left the plant on Thursday evenings, they headed for the local bar.

My client first approached the bar owners to get their buy-in to what he would be doing. To make it a win-win for the bar owners, he offered tickets to be handed out at the door, "Free beer in exchange for 15 minutes with me."

The other financial advisors are still standing in line. By shifting his perceptions, my client is now meeting with prospective clients.

Thoughtful Question

Think about your goals and the obstacles that seem to be slowing you down or stopping you from achieving them. Ask yourself, "How can I change the way I think about my perceived obstacles?"

To shift in this way requires you to think from the right (creative) side of your brain. The best way I have found to shift to right-brain thinking is to use Thought Diagrams.

If you are unfamiliar with Thought Diagrams and want to learn how to do it, simply call me at 410-628-2722. All you will need is a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, and 10 minutes. Call now to schedule your 10 minutes.

Shifting perceptions is not always easy. A coach guides you in making the shifts you need to get the business results you want.

Successful professionals like Tiger Woods, Meryl Streep, corporate CEOs, and business owners have a coach for a reason ….. to help them focus on their goals, stay on track, and perfect their game.

Imagine having a business copilot who supports you in developing the strategies, skills, and accountability you need to get the financial results you want for you and your business. That business copilot is only a phone call away. To find out if a coaching relationship is right for you, call today to schedule your complimentary coaching consultation.

Copyright © Melinda Condray 2005


The Goal Booster

Change has gotten a bad reputation.

There are two sides to every story. Yet when it comes to change, we have been taught to see only one.

When I ask an audience what is the biggest cause of stress in our lives, I get a resounding response, "Change!"

The many studies on change that have been conducted bear this out. If a life event is good, such as a promotion or a vacation, the change it brings causes stress. If a life event is negative, such as a divorce or a layoff, the change it brings causes stress.

This is the side of the change story that we know.

There is a second side of the change story, an apparently well-kept secret. That is, that change is also the biggest cause of de-stress in our lives.

We can shift our thinking and understanding of how change impacts our lives by realizing that change has two stages. The first stage is the process of change. The second stage is the result of change.

What we long for is the de-stress that the results of change bring. How often have you:

  • Sat in the midst of a messy office and said, "Something has to change."
  • Looked at an unproductive relationship with a client and said, "Something has to change."
  • Thought about a chaotic staff meeting and said, "Something has to change."
  • Looked at a shrinking client list and said, "Something has to change."

We know the value that the results of change can bring to our lives. What we fear is the process of change. To reach the de-stress that change brings we must first go through the stress of the change process.

The good news is that there is an antidote for the stress we fear. That antidote is action.

"The perfect no-stress environment is the grave. When we change our perception we gain control. Then stress becomes a challenge, not a threat. When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable." - Greg Anderson


What are the situations in your life that you want to change? Write them down and ask yourself these thoughtful questions:

  • What stresses are these situations causing in my life?
  • How will my life be better if I change these situations?
  • Which situation do I want to change first?
  • Am I willing to do what it takes to change this situation?
  • What support do I need to change this situation?
  • What actions can I take to change this situation?
  • When will I take these actions?

Going it alone is not always easy. A Business Coach can guide you in making the changes you want to see in your life.

Copyright © Melinda Condray 2005

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