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7 Habits Of Highly Effective Winners Winning the race like the hare and the tortoise!!!
We all know the story about the tortoise and the hare. It concerns a hare who ridicules a slow moving tortoise and is challenged by him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, decides to take a nap midway through the course. When he awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.
Do you wish for more success in your life? Whether it is professionally or personally we all wish we could master success. We have to want to change. Perhaps it might help to consider the story of the tortoise and the hare. This familiar children's tale can be easily applied to the field of personal development success if we only consider 7 habits this story teaches us.
Habit # 1 : Have Goal In Our Life The hare deserves to win because he is the fastest. However in the end he does not win, the race does not go to the fastest at all. In the end, the race goes to the tortoise who simply wants it more. We should never make assumptions about who is going to win in the long race of life and why they will win. We have to focus on what we want and continue to work very hard for that goal.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. ~Lawrence J. Peter
Habit # 2 : Focus On The Finish Line The hare is easily sidetracked from the goal of winning the race because he believes the outcome is sure. He is not in the race for the long haul because he does not think he needs to be. If anything is worth having, then it is worth it to you to be in the race for the long haul. Do not get sidetracked by short-term delights and distractions. Focus on the finish line and the sweet rewards of victory.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford
Habit # 3 : Go With Dogged Persistence The tortoise suffers the taunts of the hare and faces the same distractions and disturbances the hare does. However the tortoise works through the difficulty because he is focused on the end result. He knows his path to victory will not be easy or smooth. However accepting the troubles that comes his way and continuing to plod forward means that eventually he will succeed where others fail.
The 1st round of the race, the tortoise won the hare, because it kept walking while the other was careless. The moral of the old story is that slow and steady wins the race.
But sometimes, more often that not, we found out that we are busy for nothing, and all over the places without primary focus. Slow and steady sometimes is good, as long as we are moving ahead. Therefore DON’T GET FRUSTRATED if you think YOUR PROGRESS IS SLOW, as long as you making the PROGRESS FORWARD!!
Habit # 4 : Fast and consistent If you have two people in your organization, one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fast and still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliable chap will consistently climb the organizational ladder faster than the slow, methodical chap. It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable. Work smart, fast and reliable!
The 2nd round of the race, the hare won the tortoise, because it ran as fast as it could. The moral of the story is that Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable.
Everyone makes mistakes, it’s how much you learn from the mistake and how fast you bound back is the most crucial. The Hare, realizing his mistake in first race, admit that he was negligent and willing to face his own mistakes and bound back from his mistake. He doesn’t hide away or cry somewhere deep in the wood in humiliation! He faces his mistake and asked for rematch.
Habit # 5 : Work On Our Core Competencies More specifically, you need to determine what core competencies are needed to meet your specific goals and objectives. Once this “wish list” of core competencies is developed, you need to identify gaps and overlaps, and resolve the gaps by developing yourself. Continued effort is needed to make sure those competencies and skills are being leveraged.
The 3rd round of the race, the tortoise changed the situation and overcame the hare, because the hare could not swim across the river. The moral of the story is that First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency. Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed, but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement.
When we feel competent, we can greet new environments with calm and confidence. Our competency helps those around us feel more comfortable and secure and it inspires them to seek knowledge and skill in their own domain.
Habit # 6 : Ask The Others To Help You Achieve Your Goal Pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers.A team building success is when your team can accomplish something much bigger and work more effectively than a group of the same individuals working on their own. You have a strong synergy of individual contributions.
The 4rd round of the race, they work as a team. The tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. The moral of the story is that unless you're able to work in a team and harness each other's core competencies, you'll always perform below par when comparing to good working team.
Don't miss opportunities to empower your employees. Say thank you or show appreciation of an individual team player's work. Don't limit yourself to negative feedback. Be fare.
Habit # 7 : Think Like The Winner People who never achieve success usually fall in love with their excuses. It isn't the truth about yourself and your abilities that hurts you; it is the negatives you consider to be true that hold you back. Abandon your excuses and learn to overcome the obstacles to success ... one oil drum at a time. Think like the winner!!!
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. - Larry Bird
You can always tell what your true values and beliefs are by looking at your actions. It isn't what you say or wish or hope or intend that demonstrates what you really believe. It is only what you do. It is only the behaviors that you engage in. It is only the actions you choose to undertake. And out of your actions come all the elements of your life. These are moral lessons of this story we should know.
Many of us spend too much time and energy focusing on our limitations and weaknesses - our "pimples." We all have talents and, by the same token, we all have flaws. My advice is to find the things you're good at and the things you're not. Then immerse yourself in the ones that make you shine. Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn