In our last feature, we looked at working hard, responsibilities, preparation, being original and those voices of doubt created by our own minds. This feature will continue on that theme with the ultimate objective of giving you ideas on how to remain focused, to persevere and, ultimately, reach the final goal.
- Remain optimistic: There will always be knock-backs, so go forth knowing this. Unanticipated encounters or setbacks are there to be embraced as learning curves. I love using the story of Thomas Edison who was allegedly approached by a reporter along the lines of “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?”, Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” (allegedly because depending on what report you read, the attempts vary anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000!). When you started on your path, the idea was as bright as Edison’s light so don’t let the light go out on you. Take each step and find the positives. No matter how many times you may feel that you have failed, remember, all the greatest achievers have marched on regardless of adversities.
- Don’t run, walk: How many times did our parents or teachers tell us this? There’s no difference here either. As a business coach, I help individuals and businesses set steps to reach their next objective so no matter where we feel our business is, remove negative feelings of not reaching a goal when setting the next! I would suggest taking a little time out to see where you have come from and where you are now. Understand the journey and welcome the next challenges,
- “What else?”: Any of my clients who are reading this will know this is a favourite question of mine when we search for options or ideas. This will also apply to that list of phone calls that need to be made or the large project that needs breaking down, just do one more thing and stick at it for another half hour,
- HELP!: Don’t go it alone. Pull in work colleagues, friends, family that will help you on your journey. Network with positive people who believe in you. As a karate instructor, I find helping others to learn also improves my own understanding as I then need to know more to help them become better in the art. The full circle becomes self-perpetuating.
- Rest the mind: Earlier in my management career, I found a member of staff worked much better than others during the afternoon. I also begrudged the fact that they were the only one taking a lunch break in a fast paced, demanding environment. It soon dawned on me that I was an idiot for not seeing it. They TOOK A LUNCH BREAK! This not only fed their body with energy but also their mind got a chance to relax and let go of the morning’s pressure. So guess what, I actively encouraged staff to take time out. Beyond this, look at what you eat, your levels of exercise. Your hobbies outside of work. Take care of yourself by looking after body and mind.
Well there we have it, 10 steps to help you persevere towards your ultimate objective. Don’t lose hope and always push forward with a smile and determination.
To help you along that journey, to set the steps and offer not only the motivation but also a confidante and someone to hold you accountable, contact Neil via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07761 187238 to arrange a free consultation on how Coaching to Success can help you.
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