Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars


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Prof. Steven A. Gedeon reveals the “Success Secrets of the Motivational
Superstars”. This presentation will show you the success habits of the Motivational
Superstars and teach you how to achieve high performance in your professional and
personal life by helping you understand and integrate your aptitudes, aspirations, and core
values to transform your dreams into concrete, reality-based goals.

Prof. Steven A. Gedeon, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), MBA (University
of Toronto), PEng is a professor in the Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department at the
Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He is a serial entrepreneur and
venture capitalist who has founded or led over a dozen private, public, venture capital and
non-profit organizations; published over 100 articles, reports and patents; and delivered
over 40 public speaking engagements and on-line videos on personal leadership,
motivation, negotiation, entrepreneurship and teaching.

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Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars

  1. 1. Steven A. Gedeon , PhD, MBA, PEng [email_address] Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars
  2. 2. Success and Happiness come from Harmony GOALS ACTIONS
  3. 3. Goals
  4. 4. Goals
  5. 5. Success and Happiness come from Harmony VALUES & BELIEFS GOALS ACTIONS
  6. 6. Success and Happiness come from Harmony VALUES & BELIEFS GOALS REALITY ACTIONS
  7. 7. Great Goals <ul><li>How much Success? </li></ul><ul><li>How much Happiness? </li></ul>Average Goals and Effort will Produce an Average Life
  8. 8. Harmony <ul><li>What you Do </li></ul><ul><li>What you Say </li></ul><ul><li>What you Think </li></ul><ul><li>What you Feel </li></ul>HARMONY VALUES & BELIEFS GOALS REALITY ACTIONS
  9. 9. Harmony <ul><li>Live “Without Wax” (sina cera > sincere) </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring Non-Contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>To Thine Own Self be True </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aptitudes – Your Goals Conform to Reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Become Great at what you are Good at </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honesty – Your Words Conform to Reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrity – Your Actions Conform to your Words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character – Your Actions over Time </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Greatness is Being Proactive HARMONY Self-Esteem Creative Visualization Time Management Responsibility Self-Control Adaptability Benevolence SUCCESS SKILLS VALUES & BELIEFS GOALS REALITY ACTIONS
  11. 11. Reality <ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You have to Work to Earn a Living </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aptitudes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Become Great at what you are Good at </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You Always Get Out what you Put In </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You Don’t Get Something for Nothing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You Can’t Have It All Right Away </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You Need to Balance Short and Long Term Goals – there are Time Constraints </li></ul></ul>REALITY
  12. 12. Core Beliefs <ul><li>Deeply held, typically non-verbal, Core Beliefs have a powerful effect on your self-esteem and behaviors. For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ My Life is Important” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What Other People Think of Me is Very Important” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I Deserve to be Happy” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Life is Unfair” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m Stupid, Lazy, Ugly…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Life Sucks and then You Die” </li></ul></ul>VALUES and BELIEFS REALITY
  13. 14. Values and Beliefs <ul><li>What are Your Core Beliefs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do You Agree with ALL of Them? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How did they get there? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Because we Believe them to be True, we will Act as if they are True </li></ul><ul><li>What are Your Primary Values? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you Consistently Act in Accordance with Them? </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Set Goals GOALS
  15. 16. Set Goals <ul><li>The Cheshire Cat </li></ul><ul><li>The Reason so many Fail to Achieve their Goals is that they Never Set them in the First Place </li></ul><ul><li>By Failing to Plan – They Plan to Fail! </li></ul><ul><li>The Mind is like the Homing System of a Torpedo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It will achieve your good or bad expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If no target set, it will wander aimlessly and self-destruct </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. The Well Balanced Life Mental Social Career Family Physical Educational Financial Community Long-Term Goals Yearly Goals Monthly Goals Weekly Goals
  17. 18. Set Clear Goals <ul><li>SMART Goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S pecific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M easurable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A ction-Oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R ealistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T imely </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Unwritten Goal is Merely a Wish! </li></ul>
  18. 19. Success Skills <ul><li>Reality-Based Self-Esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Visualization </li></ul><ul><li>Time Management </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Control </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolence </li></ul>ACTIONS
  19. 20. 1: Reality Based Self-Esteem <ul><li>Unconditional Love and Causeless Value vs Rational Basis of Lasting Self-Esteem </li></ul>Reality-Based Self-Esteem Event Control Productivity REALITY
  20. 21. Earning Self-Esteem <ul><li>You MUST Earn Respect of Others </li></ul><ul><li>You MUST Earn Your Own Respect </li></ul>REALITY
  21. 22. Your Self-Esteem Must Ultimately Come from Within <ul><li>Seeking others’ approval often pressures us into behaving contrary to our deepest values </li></ul><ul><li>When we seek external validation, we lose control over our lives </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t behave according to someone else’s values rather than your own </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever we accept someone else’s prejudice against us, we give them a degree of control over our lives </li></ul><ul><li>You can be happy and successful regardless of other people’s opinions </li></ul>REALITY
  22. 23. 2: Creative Visualization
  23. 24. 2: Creative Visualization <ul><li>You become what you think, say, and believe about yourself (your self image) </li></ul><ul><li>The Mind’s Guardian (Reticular Activating System) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your info filter – be careful what you give importance to </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most negative values and beliefs are stored, through habitual repetition in our right-brains. You can “re-write” these with Self-Talk </li></ul>VALUES & BELIEFS
  24. 25. Creative Visualization <ul><li>The Power of Visualization, Affirmations and Self-Talk to “Re-Write Your Beliefs” </li></ul><ul><li>Who you see in your imagination will always rule your world </li></ul>
  25. 26. Self-Talk <ul><li>Self-Talk Statements Concerning Each Major Value, Goal or Core Belief </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Personal Pronouns (“I”, “mine”,”me”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present Tense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short and Concise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive Goal Seeking, not Avoiding Negatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-competitive, don’t Compare to Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strive for Improvement, not Perfection </li></ul></ul>VALUES & BELIEFS
  26. 27. 3: Time Management <ul><li>You Cannot Control Everything – Sometimes you Must Adapt, Roll with It </li></ul><ul><li>Think “Event Control”, not “Time Management” </li></ul>No Control Total Control Sunrise, Death, Boss Earthquakes, Tides Other people… What I Eat, What I Wear My Reaction to Events… GOALS
  27. 28. Taking Control <ul><li>There are Events we Can NOT Control, but we Believe we can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We Cannot Control what Other People Do! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are Events we CAN Control, but Believe we can’t </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interruptions, Time Robbers, Procrastination… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Being Busy vs. being Productive </li></ul><ul><li>Being “Efficient” vs. being “Effective” </li></ul>GOALS
  28. 29. The 4 Quadrants of Time Mgt I III II IV Important Not Important Urgent Not Urgent GOALS
  29. 30. Planning Properly <ul><li>Find a place that is free of distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Review the long-range goals – Put Big Rocks in First! </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the number of tasks and time is achievable </li></ul><ul><li>Set specific daily goals for tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize your tasks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List all your tasks – especially non-urgent ones! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a Value to Each Item on the List (A important, B, C trivial) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a numerical Value to Prioritize (A2, B3…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Character is doing what you say you will do </li></ul><ul><li>Character is the ability to carry out a worthy decision after the emotion of making that decision has passed </li></ul>GOALS
  30. 31. 4: Responsibility <ul><li>Take ownership of our failures and weakness </li></ul><ul><li>We become what we do </li></ul><ul><li>Character cannot be counterfeited or put on and cast off like a garment </li></ul><ul><li>Our rewards depend on the quality and amount of work we put into it </li></ul><ul><li>Delay immediate gratification for long-term goals </li></ul>
  31. 32. 5: Self Control
  32. 33. The 7 C’s of Self-Control <ul><li>We Control the Clock </li></ul><ul><li>We Control our Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>We Control our Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>We Control our Communication </li></ul><ul><li>We Control our Commitments </li></ul><ul><li>We Control our Causes </li></ul><ul><li>We Control our Concerns </li></ul>
  33. 34. 6: Adaptability <ul><li>These are “The Good Old Days” </li></ul><ul><li>Problems are Normal in any Era </li></ul><ul><li>Successful people develop Mental Toughness, Strength of Character and Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Stress is a Normal Part of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Many Types of Stress – It’s how you Take it that Counts </li></ul>
  34. 35. 7: Benevolence <ul><li>The World is your Oyster (What Pearl can you find today?) </li></ul><ul><li>The Explorer’s Premise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover New Goals and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Abundance Mentality </li></ul><ul><li>Think Win-Win </li></ul><ul><li>Be Nice to People! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take Time for Empathetic Listening </li></ul></ul>
  35. 36. Greatness is Being Proactive HARMONY Self-Esteem Creative Visualization Time Management Responsibility Self-Control Adaptability Benevolence SUCCESS SKILLS VALUES & BELIEFS GOALS REALITY ACTIONS
  36. 37. Personal Greatness <ul><li>Greatness is Ultimately about being Proactive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated Values, Beliefs, Goals and Actions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Balanced Living </li></ul><ul><li>Greatness is a Journey, Not a Destination </li></ul><ul><li>You Always Get Out what You Put In </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sow Seeds of Greatness! </li></ul></ul>