Yesterday I sat in on a wonderful conference call. We covered a few in-depth and inspirational insights towards increasing our skill levels to a point where becoming obsolete as an employee is diminished. The speaker was Boyd Matheson who is a peak performance coach, so the topics he covered included confidence, goal setting, effectiveness, and habits.
I believe in the “Givers Gain” Philosophy, so I thought I might share a couple of key points that could possibly help anyone out who is looking to create more security for themselves by developing and optimizing their personal skills and talents.
Here is a brief summary:
1.) Be Sure to live with confidence: To do this we must first know what confidence is, (It’s never arrogance, It’s having respect for challenges, It’s having a vision for the future, It’s an emotional and spiritual certainty.) Then know where we are at. Assessing honestly our current situation (understand what behaviors are keeping us from success). When these aspects are understood it is easier to live confidently and go confidently in the direction of our dreams.
2.) Be sure to loathe mediocrity: We must understand what mediocrity is and what greatness/excellence is. Juxtapose the two ideas and then do the same for comparing the lives of people who have lived in either category in the past, then, assess their outcomes. Finally, assess how you want to live and figure out if living in mediocrity will grant it.
3.) Be sure to know your E.V.E Ratio: The E.V.E ratios is a tool that was provided for achieving a better grasp on our current direction as individuals related to growth. A high E.V.E Ratio indicates mediocrity and a low E.V.E Ratio indicates a momentum in a direction of excellence. The Ratio is calculated using hours spent on Entertainment compared to hours spent on Education/Edification. (Entertainment Vs. Education). A ratio can be created using money spent for each area of focus as well. A key point to be made here by Boyd was that, generally, when we spend more time entertaining ourselves, the less chance we have of going out and doing something that will positively impact our lives.
4.) Be sure to focus on a strategy: Emphasis was on the thought that focus precedes success always. So it is essential that we are always focusing on strategy. Some questions that we can constantly ask ourselves to maintain this focus on strategy are; What did I do right today or in this situation? What did I do wrong today or in this situation? How can I do better next time? and to be sure to plan your week the week before, and to plan your day the day before.
5.) Be sure to take action: It’s important to understand that nothing happens unless we take action, and the biggest principle to remember regarding action was that Elephants don’t bite, but Fleas do. In essense, failure is subtle. Thus, keep a focus on the details, because when all is said and done, the winner is usually only a winner by a tenth of a second or a nose. We must be determined to do the little things exceptionally well and understand that they will make the biggest difference.
Hopefully some of these snippets of knowledge will provide a clearer idea on how you can ensure for yourself a future free of becoming obsolete. Don’t be the Atari of tomorrow!
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