Every day of our life brings circumstances that require us to adapt, to change. The world around us continues to change, whether we like it or not. Problems, or potential problems, will arise as a result of that change. The question is, how are you choosing to react? Here are 25 lessons that can help you to maximize your growth in Year 2011.
Lesson 1 : The past does equal the future. You can predict the future in a general way. Steve Pavlina says, “If you want to know where your current path is taking you, look to your past. That’s the best way to predict where you’re headed.” According to Steve, “The truth is that past performance is in fact the best predictor of future performance, not just with individual human beings but with teams, companies, technology, political bodies, and other time-bound entities.”
Lesson 2 : Balance self-acceptance and personal growth. Accept the now, while you grow to who you want to be. Steve Pavlina asks the question, "Why not fully accept yourself as you are and also be totally committed to lifelong growth?" It’s an oscillation along a spectrum — "The more you accept where you are, the less motivation there is to grow. And the more you push yourself to grow, the less satisfaction you derive from your current position."
Lesson 3 : Call it an experiment. Steve Pavlina says, “Whenever you come up with a new idea for increasing your effectiveness, test it to see what effect it has. Don’t dismiss any ideas until you’ve actually tried them.
Lesson 4 : Find the sustainable path. If you take care of yourself first, you can take care of others better. Don’t ignore your own needs or you won’t sustain your journey. Steve says, “This made it clear that if I wanted to effectively serve others, I had to make sure I was also meeting my needs, or my work wouldn’t be sustainable.”
Lesson 5 : Shape your personal brand. You can influence and shape your personal brand, by being mindful of how what you say, how you say it, and what you do. Steve Pavlina says, “I think the best external image to project is the one you believe best reflects who you really are. Being yourself simply means being honest.”
Lesson 6 : Use creativity to serve you. Use creativity to get results in your health, relationships, finances, personal productivity, motivation, and happiness. Use creativity to overcome boredom and as a competitive advantage. Steve says, “If you’re not very bright, then following the masses is generally a good idea. But if you have a half-decent intellect, then you can do much better than average, so hold yourself to a higher standard.”
Lesson 7 : Free up your inner-change artist with “What if?” and “What, then?” questions. Dr. K says, “What matters is, where do you want to go, and what is one small step forward that you can take in order to get there. To create positive change. And the beauty of life is there is always a next step. How is it possible to find that small step forward? Well, change artists do it by asking themselves ‘What if? and ‘What, then?’ questions.”
Lesson 8 : Expand the scope of your input. Dr. K says, “Change the stations, read watch or listen to something that you disagree with. Challenge your views in order to gain access to information that exists outside of your comfort zone. This way you can expand the scope of your input. You can bring into your awareness other options, other interpretations and possibilities. These other possibilities provide you with what you need to better understand your world and give you sufficient information to influence it for the better.”
Lesson 9 : Dream it and do it. You can move mountains when you put your mind to it. Direct your life like a blockbuster and make things happen.
Lesson 10 : Imagine a wall of water This is a technique for how not to let negativity make you weak. For example, if people are being judgmental or negative, you can imagine a wall of water. Imagine yourself standing in the center of water. The ater is full of light energy. It surrounds you 360%. Picture the water like the fountain in front of the Bellagio. The water rushes up, full force and it lifts you up.
Lesson 11 : Don’t let what you know get in the way. Sometimes it’s not what you don’t know; it’s what you do know that gets in the way. Your beliefs can limit you. The Cliff Young Shuffle is the story of an old farmer who set new records for a 7 day race. Cliff Young set a new record because he ran at a different pace (the Cliff Young Shuffle) He ran right by everybody who knew better. He didn’t know anybody so he didn’t have any limiting beliefs in his way.
Lesson 12 : Demand side vs. supply side. When it comes to delivering value, there’s a supply side and a demand side. On the supply side, it’s what you’re “pushing” out the door. On the demand side, it’s what people are “pulling” for. To be relevant, know the demand side. If you can tap into demand, you can streamline your supply to be relevant and valuable in the eye of the beholder. To know the demand side requires customer empathy. It also means knowing where the growth is.
Lesson 13 : Everybody has flaws. There are no great people. There are people that do great things. Heroes fall. It’s the “feet of clay” scenario. People aren’t heroes, they do heroic things. The point is, don’t miss the good because of the bad, and don’t get caught up in putting people on pedestals.
Lesson 14 : Simple is always better. The simplest explanation is the best. When you have an option between simple and complex, always go for the simpler one. It’s the one that will succeed in the long run.
Lesson 15 : The “How” Trap. Don’t get stuck in the “How” trap, arguing over how something should get done. Get the “what” right, first. Stay focused on the goals, and stay flexible in your approach.
Lesson 16 : Get rid of processes that don’t work Processes should support people, not the other way around. Get rid of processes that don’t work or get in the way. Provide enough process to go from chaotic results to more predictable impact.
Lesson 17 : Balance between people-centric and system-centric. A people-centric leader focuses on the people and makes the most of the people at hand. A system-centric leader drives through policy, processes, and procedures, focused more on the system, than the people at hand. The ideal is a hybrid, blending the best of people-centric and system-centric to enable and support the people for the best impact, in a sustainable way.
Lesson 18 : Connection and conviction. This is a helpful model to think about balancing connection with people, with a conviction to business results or some idea. The sweet spot is in the middle where you stay connected with people, while having conviction and courage to bring an idea or change to fruition.
Lesson 19 : Create asense of urgency. There’s no time like the present. A sense of urgency leads to inspired action. When there’s no sense of urgency, there’s no compelling reason to take action and ideas and change die a slow crippling death or get lost in analysis paralysis, or you get bored and move on to new things.
Lesson 20 : Win the hearts, the minds follow. Connecting with people’s passion and creating a compelling future. To start with, “How is the world going to be different?” If the vision isn’t compelling, let’s not even start. If the vision is compelling, then let’s find a way to carve it up and make it happen. Let’s not kill great ideas out of the gate before exploring how we can make the world a better place for our customers.
Lesson 21 : It’s all about impact. First make impact, then you can optimize it. Otherwise, you’re optimizing things that might not matter. When you drive from impact, you inspire yourself, and you inspire others. Small wins snowball into bigger successes and this creates momentum. Your momentum feeds your passion, and the cycle starts all over again.
Lesson 22 : When you know the frame, you self-correct. When you know what success looks like, and you get effective feedback, you can self-correct. Part of an effective frame is co-creating goals so that people buy in. When they don’t buy in, they vote with their feet, and go somewhere else, or they drag their feet and slow everything down.
Lesson 23 : You put yourself in your own box. It’s easy to box ourselves in, either by our thinking or our actions. Own the box you put yourself in. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t let others box you in. Expand the box.
Lesson 24 : Ship it! This characterizes the emphasis on getting results and making impact. We should learn that a rhythm of shipping produces results while failure to ship is how you fail at work.
Lesson 25 : Planned abandonment. Plan an ending. Determine how long the commitment will be for, and create some boundaries around it. If you won’t have enough time to finish it, don’t take it on. Build in a review mechanism so you can determine whether to continue or change course or stop. When you stop something, you make room for something else.
By applying these 25 lessons to maximize growth in year 2011 to your life, one better thing to do is to simplify how you do things and cutting out a lot of irrelevant – or less relevant – stuff. If you don’t cut out and simplify, you will probably never find time, energy and the necessary focus to do and enjoy what is most important to you. I wish you prosperity and success. SompongYusoontorn