In this episode, I'll share the two secrets to Michael Jordan’s legendary status. My hope is you'll use this basketball legend’s experience, to aim for similar success in your business and life.
After getting kicked out of the playoffs in 1995, Michael’s trainer, Tim Grover, asked him, “When do you want to start working on next season?” Jordan’s answer? “Tomorrow.” On his fourth championship attempt, Michael was met with the same question from his trainer. His answer was once again, “Tomorrow.” The very next day, he started training without rest and without break.
The first secret that made Michael Jordan the legend that he is today is his determination. He wanted to win at all costs, and he pursued his goal every day.
The second success secret is his commitment to his practice. He followed his schedule and stayed on his routine no matter what. That's the very thing...
In this episode, I will introduce you to two simple things that you could be doing more regularly to increase your courage and to increase your courageous output. With every bold action you take and make, you are improving your process and you are getting ahead further and faster with a lot less effort.
In every business or project, you might find yourself sticking to the safe side and shying away from making a bold decision. While this is common, there are ways that can help you be more courageous and make the decision that your project needs.
The first thing to help you find your courage is to ask yourself on a daily basis, “What is one bold action that I can take today?” You can write it down, take note of it, and after that, schedule that one bold action into your day and make sure that it gets done. Just by thinking about the answer to this question, you are taking one step towards a more courageous mindset that will help you make...
In this episode, I am going to teach you a simple coaching framework that will get your team performing at the level that they need to be playing at. How do you approach the conversation with your team when they are not making the progress needed for a project? How will you frame the conversation and have actionable plans at the end of it? The GROW coaching model is a simple yet effective way of making sure that everyone achieves a higher level of performance. What does GROW stand for?
The G in GROW stands for goal. When sitting down with a team member or with your team, you want to ask them what the goal is. What are your objectives for this particular project? What are you trying to achieve by doing the plans you’re currently on? If a team member has a slightly different answer to what the goal is, make sure that you correct them in what the goal is. This simple question makes sure that everyone is aligned, which makes working easier and more...
In this episode, I'll teach you a very simple technique to help you reach a flow state and work efficiently without being distracted. Do you find yourself unable to achieve everything you want to accomplish in a day because you couldn’t focus on the things you need to do? A flow state, which is the feeling of being in the zone, at your most creative and most productive, is what you need.
Before you enter a period of work, the first thing you need to do is close your eyes and take your first set of three deep breaths. This is for your relaxation. You breathe in through the nose, out through your mouth, and release the tension in your body. These three deep breaths are you telling yourself that you are relaxed. You can go ahead and tell yourself “With these three deep breaths, I am now relaxing” to kick-start your flow state.
The next set of three deep breaths is for letting go of the past. At that moment, you will no longer identify with...
In this episode, I'll share with you the two strategies that will help increase your ability to handle and learn from the unexpected. As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
How do we develop our anticipation and our learning ability when it comes to the unexpected? Whether you are alone or you work with a team, there will always be things that will come up that you might not have prepared for. How do we avoid those things, and if we cannot avoid them, how do we make sure they don’t happen again? The answers are the pre-mortem and the post-mortem.
The pre-mortem is asking this question, before you start a project: what are the reasons why we might fail? Listen to yourself and listen to your teammates, then list down all the reasons.
After you list down the reasons why you or your team might fail, try to answer and solve those problems. Have a plan of action to avoid and to lessen the...
In this episode, I share six different types of break that will help you increase your productivity. For a time, I used to think that productivity was only achieved through a lot of input but over time, I realised that approach diminishes productivity in the long run. After I added these six different breaks, my productivity went through the roof.
The first break is called the micro-break, the 16-minute 40-second break. Most people don’t take a break after a few hours, and what they don’t know is that it actually slows down their thinking. So every 16 minutes and 40 seconds (a total of 1000 seconds) get up and move around for just a minute or two. The idea here is that you are not constantly in a seated position for hours on end.
The second break is the macro break, a 50-10 hourly break. After 50 minutes of working, you get up and take a break for 10 minutes. That might seem like a waste of time but from my...
In this episode, I'll give you the two simple techniques that will help you live a happier and more fulfilled life. People say that happiness is a choice, but I want you to see happiness as a feeling that you experience day in and day out.
In the book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware, the number one regret that most people had was that they wished they allowed themselves to be happier. While we know happiness is a choice, do we really make sure that it happens?
My first tip is, when you get out of bed in the morning as your feet touch the floor, tell yourself, “Today is going to be a great day.” It might sound simple, but saying that to yourself changes your mindset. You'll start the day with a smile and it completely changes the trajectory of your day.
The second step is to ask yourself this at the end of the day: Did I do my best to be happy today? Then score yourself from 1 to 10, 10 being that you did your absolute...
In this episode, I'll give you the one simple technique that will help you zero in on what matters most to you and one effective way to continuously improve that important thing in your life, no matter what it is.
The first thing that you should do is ask yourself, out of all the things that occupy your time and all the things you want to improve about yourself, what is the one thing that you think will have a ricochet effect on everything else? What’s the lead domino that will knock the rest over?
When you’ve identified the most important change you need, turn that change into an active question. As best-selling author and leadership coach, Marshall Goldsmith says, we can turn these things into daily active questions starting with “Did I do my best to…”. Did I do my best to exercise today? Did I do my best to listen to my family today?
After identifying the thing that matters most and turning it into a daily...
In this episode I'm going to talk about how you can be better at not overthinking and taking more bold, consistent action. Number one, whatever it is that you’re working on, you got to break it down. No matter what the project is, it can always be broken down into three or five things. It relates to our tendency to procrastinate. When something is too far off into the future, we are far more likely to procrastinate on whatever that is.
Number two, as part of breaking things down, you need to focus on what's most important. Where's the 80/20 in that? There's 20% of the things that you could do for 80% of the result. You can't do everything. Focus on what is the highest leverage activities or the highest leverage accent actions.
Number three, it's the pro versus amateur thinking. A professional versus an amateur, what's the difference? An amateur needs to feel like taking action, whereas a professional takes action whether they feel like it or not....
In this episode I want to take you through some simple things that you can do to adapt more boldly into change, with positive results. This is really split into two sections: Section one is going to be all about how you can get better at letting go of the past, and section two is all going to be about how you can build a better antenna for the future.
The first section is about letting go of the past. One of the first things that you can do is think through the habits, the strategies, the successful traits that have gotten us to where we are today, but then in a very contrarian approach, are we able to discard those? Are we able to experiment with new habits, new strategies, new ways of doing business? Because if you're not, you won't be prepared to adapt boldly. You have to be willing to let go of what got you to where you are today, because what got you here isn't necessarily going to get you to where you're going.