Archive for May, 2011

Step Back to Gain Perspective

It’s been said that life is lived forward and only understood backward. I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but I do know that things sure look different a month, a year or a decade after the fact.

As I enter into the final days of my 60th trip around the sun, I realize I have a much different perspective on things that have happened over the years.

Even if you haven’t been around as long as I have, I’m sure you’ll agree that many events that seemed like a big deal weren’t, while other, seemingly insignificant things, turned out to be substantial. “Disasters” often became blessings and what we thought at the time was something good may have turned out to be not so much.

When we’re in the midst of things—when life is happening—it’s challenging to always see the big picture. It’s not easy to understand, to be fully aware and have the insight that comes from looking back.

In every business I’ve owned, in every relationship I’ve ever been in, there’s one common thing I would have done more of. I would have stepped back more often, taken more time off and gotten away from the busy-ness of things.

We often need to get away in order to see things clearly. We need to step back, take a break or see things with a fresh set of eyes.

Be sure that you’re taking time off on a regular basis. And I suggest planning part of that time off for reflection and introspection. Ask yourself questions. Journal about what’s happened—and your thoughts and feelings around them.

Having a MasterMind Team like our Diamond Club and Inner Circle is a big help in improving our perspective. And the process we use of reporting to one another with “what worked, what didn’t and what’s next,” goes a long way toward having a healthy reflection and positive and productive plans and expectations.

Of course you can do this on a regular basis without going away, and I certainly encourage you to that.

But in my opinion, getting away is best. There’s something about a different environment, away from the routine and maybe with new people, that provides the fresh outlook, the different viewpoint and the elevated clarity getting away from it all creates.

And that’s why Practical SuccessNet Principle #6 is Step Back to Gain Perspective.

Practical SuccessNet Principle #6

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New and Different vs. Tried and True

New and DifferentI see many people today looking for the latest, greatest gadget, idea, tool or tactic to achieve the success they want.

Some people feel like they’re missing something. Others want to get the edge on everyone else by having the new-fangled “killer” app or seductive trick.

Still others are bored with the basics—the tried and true principles of success that endure.

Sure, it’s fun to play with new stuff. We see people get new cars, new wardrobes—even new wives and husbands. And for awhile they’re novel, they hold their attention. But eventually everything becomes familiar.

Beware the seduction of new and different when it comes to investing your most valuable assets like time, money and energy. You may find some benefit—for a short while—but my money is on the solid, practical and time-tested principles and strategies for success and happiness.

Can you imagine a professional baseball team only trying new things and not working on the basics? They wouldn’t be winning with any consistency and the other teams would surpass them easily.

And that’s why they focus on the fundamentals like batting, fielding, catching, pitching, etc. It might not be exciting, but it’s how they get better and how they win games.

You see, spectacular accomplishment is always preceded by less than spectacular preparation. The will to win is nowhere near as important as the willingness to PREPARE to win.

And I’m not suggesting that you only prepare. You can’t just study and practice. You have to play the game. But you have to focus on the fundamentals—however unsexy or mundane they may seem.

Once you master the fundamentals, you can try some new things—as long as that’s not the ONLY thing you do.

Our Diamond Club and Inner Circle programs are designed and are effective at grounding members in the fundamentals of clarity, concentration and consistency. Most, if not all success principles, fall into these three areas.

We do try new ideas, tools and resources, but we mostly work on the basics. And it works. It works very, very well.

We encourage you to join one of these programs and see for yourself how much more progress you can make by focusing on the fundamentals and staying consistent with the help of a coach and mastermind team. You’ll also have more fun and not feel so alone in your journey.

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Practical SuccessNet Principle #5: Leaders Are Readers

Now that doesn’t mean that ALL readers are leaders. It’s just that in this day and age, all leaders are readers.

This principle is closely related to PSP#2 “You Can’t Learn Less”.

Reading a book a month may keep you in the game. Reading a book a day will put you out front.

Reading is a catalyst for great thinking. Consistently build your print and electronic library.

Read regularly. Journal and talk about what you’re reading.

In doing so, your knowledge, your clarity, your thinking and your success will surely grow.

Horace Mann wrote:  “A house without books is like a room without windows.”

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