Boxing, Trading, Coaching, Business & Life: What are the commonalities of Success?

A very warm greeting to all my readers, :-)

When did you last do something new for the first time?

Have you ever experienced keeping a commitment that you knew would affect you in a negative way?

To celebrate the first year of my blog, I want to thank everyone who has been reading and sharing my articles! Having started it off exactly a year ago for just a few friends and clients and to see it grow to such an extent is wonderful! I would love to share with you a recent experience that shows that I ‘walk my talk’ as it forced me to stretch myself out of my comfort zone and to train my mindset to turn a negative situation into a positive one. ‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!’ – Milton Berle

As mentioned in last week’s blog ‘Raise the bar of your game!’, one of my fitness coaches, Dwayne, asked me to come along to a particular boxing event he was fighting in. Even though, I was surprised by his request, I did not want to let him down and I happily agreed. Rocky also happens to have a special place in my heart, and seeing the real deal for the first time was something I wouldn’t want to miss! I dedicate this article to Dwayne! Well done and keep going! Look forward to your next fights! :-)

Having seen all of the Rocky films I did not think it would be too different to a real fight …. oh how I was wrong! Ironically I had a fitness session with him just before his fight on the following day. In the final moments of the session when he provided me with the venue and the time, something strange happened to me. I really felt overwhelmed. I was going through some emotions and feelings I had never experienced before and I wasn’t sure of the reasons behind them. Well, I promised Dwayne that I would go to support him and as I am a person of honour, I kept my word. That being said, I could not sleep all night at the thought of watching my fitness coach getting beaten up in the ring.

The day arrived and I was feeling so sick I couldn’t drive and ended up taking public transport. After watching the first match, I really couldn’t bare it any longer. I really was feeling sick, my stomach was going all over the place, just seeing guys get beaten up, with blood going everywhere, I could not believe it! Fortunately, the guy next to me started a conversation which distracted me from watching the match. Then suddenly something happen to me! It was like, my mind would not accept what was going on emotionally and something switched – I started to watch the matches to find out how the matches were judged. I suddenly started to recognise patterns and similarities between boxing and trading. My next thought was if there were similarities between the two, then there must be similarities with business and life too. From then on, all my sickness and emotion disappeared and my analytical mind took over.

I started to ask myself these questions:

What is the commonality between boxing, trading, coaching, business and life?

Is there a formula, pattern or process that I can recognise and apply to all of the subjects above?

How can I transmit my discovery in an easy and simple way to others?

Well, the answer was a resounding ‘Yes’ which did not surprise me at all!

Here are the commonalities I have discovered during my experience:

Have a Coach, a Mentor and a Team

Before the beginning of every boxing match, the coaches/mentors were doing their due diligence in checking that the gloves, face covers, teeth protections, shoe laces, etc. were all up to standards, to allow the boxers to fight safely. Is this not something we do in business, trading, coaching and in life? For example, don’t we do our due diligence before commencing a marketing campaign, before we enter any trade, before coaching any clients and before we make decisions in our life? I’m sure you will agree this step is particularly important, as it can reduce the chances of negative consequences, such as investing in non-profitable businesses, employing the wrong people, entering the wrong trade, using the wrong coaching techniques, etc.

After each round the boxers would go back to their corner for feedback on their performance. Surprisingly the advice would nearly always have emphasis on the foundations, such as the basic moves in boxing i.e. how to breath and use combinations: straights, uppercuts, hooks, etc. This applies even more so in trading, in coaching, in business and in life: we need an external person such as a coach/mentor to analyse and provide us with crucial feedback on our performance to move us forward to our next level. Their input is invaluable to our growth and progress and most of the time they will remind us to go back to the basics, as it is usually these key fundamentals that are completely overlooked.

A strong team is also crucial to the success of the athletes. Often you do not see the full extent of their work at sporting events however they train directly with the athletes to prepare them for the competition. They help the athlete to practice to improve their techniques, to simulate the opponent, to provide a positive support network.

At the boxing event I noticed the crowd would be full of each sides teams, jeering their club along. Clearly this is important for motivation and support in the moment of setbacks, as it incites us to ‘keep going when the tough gets tougher!‘ – W. Churchill.

Training and Planning

As a rule of thumb, in trading, coaching, business and life, we need a lot of training in order to transfer our ‘classroom or course’ knowledge into the ring, live trading and in business. You will agree with me that training is different from the implementation. We need to put everything learnt together to make it work! For example, I was thinking that there is an insane amount of training needed in boxing, just to stand in the ring for 6 minutes (3 rounds for 2 minutes each)! As a result, simply training will not cut it. To ensure that time, resources and efforts can be used to the greatest effect, planning is also vital! ‘He who fails to plan is planning to fail‘ – Winston Churchill

How can you work smarter and not harder in business, trading, coaching and life?

Where do you want your business, your trading and your life to be in the next three or five years?

Keep the momentum going

This is connected to the coach/mentor and team concept. When the boxer went back after each round, he got some techniques and feedback from his coach/mentor to implement in the next round. What I noticed was that immediately after it, the boxers implemented the suggestions given from their coaches but after 15/20 seconds they went back to their previous techniques and habits. Is this not the same in trading, business and life? We get tips, suggestions, tools, new ideas, techniques from our coaches/mentors and teams and we are excited and enthusiastic at the beginning. We keep the momentum going for a little while, until we go back to our usual practices and habits. The consequence of which is of course poor results, we end up blaming others for it! It’s sad but it’s a cruel reality and this is the main reason why people don’t accomplish their goals as they get stuck in a catch 22 especially if they want to do everything by themselves!

Employ the right strategy, technique and tools to succeed

I have noticed that boxers that were taller and look stronger seemed more confident on winning at first but this was not always the case. In fact during the boxing event, most of the time the opposite occurred. In life this has always been the case for me too. I think this is probably because the shorter and less strong among us have to learn to adapt to keep up with the rest of the crowd. They grow up being more self-aware of their abilities, which allows them to maximise their strengths and talents more effectively.

In the case of boxing it appears that victory is awarded to the fighter who employs the best strategic approach, capitalises on the competitions weaknesses, trains harder and plans in advance. Often, being taller and stronger will make you feel overconfident and therefore may play a negative effect on preparation, training and assertiveness.

What gives us a better edge in trading, coaching, business and life? Clearly it is the same as in boxing. Having the best strategy, technique and tools to complete our objective will allow us to capitalise on our strengths more effectively than our competition.

Social proof and external environment

How do they affect our decisions and actions? They have a great weight on them. For example, even if I have personal proof and experienced that Dwayne, my fitness coach is a very good boxer, I only had confirmation of this when watching him in the ring. The guy next to me, who also happened to be a boxing coach, added to this and complimented his superior techniques. At that point, I just concentrated on analysing his techniques and to see if ‘he walked his talk’ and honestly speaking, he fully did. I have to say I am very proud of him!

What about the external environment, does it affect us? Well, to relate to my boxing experience, the audience was shouting all sorts of advice to the fighters in the ring i.e. get your jabs going, straight punches, uppercuts, hooks, double jabs, jacks, duck, stay back, don’t give space, put him in the corner, double pin – pin, on your toes, etc.

How would you feel if you were in the ring listening to all these different advises?

Confused, right? Is this not exactly the same thing that happens in, business and life? How many times have you experienced someone who has shared new trading or marketing strategies, new advises and new self-help books with you? We are bombarded by them aren’t we?

What can we do in cases like this?

I have asked Dwayne if he could hear what the crowd was shouting at him during his bout. This was his response: ‘To be honest, I don’t hear anything. It’s all a blur. The only thing I can hear is the odd instruction from my trainers. I love it because I feel in the zone and at peace. Like I’m not worrying about work, money, problems, anything. Just fully concentrating!’ With his answer, Dwayne beautifully summaries the same type of mindset that is required to become successful in trading, business, coaching and life. This applies even more so in trading, our mindset needs to be in the zone, focused and at peace with no emotions involved! Easier said than done, I know that’s what you are thinking right now! :-)

Performance

Performance doesn’t lie. In boxing, you know when you have had a good performance as you can physically feel how well you have done! It allows you to identify what’s working and what isn’t.  It’s the proof of the effectiveness of our efforts, skills, abilities, training undertaken, strategies employed and accomplishments.

Likewise, success in trading, coaching, business and life is based on our performance. What is it that investors, clients, potential prospects are looking for in business? If you run a business, you know the answer: investors are looking for past and present performance of the company and the projection of future performance based on the actual one. Improving our performance also has a positive impact on our confidence which can further perpetuate better results in the future.

Results and review

Based on my personal experience on running my dad’s business, my own business and the experience working with client companies, results and reviews are both some of the most important factors if you want to take yourself to the next level.

In boxing you can measure results based on the feedback from your coaches/mentors and team as well as the tangible results of your training and performance in competitions. The quality of the feedback received is also important. For example, due to the rules in amateur boxing usually the outcome of the fight is left to the judges. Should one boxer triumphant over another, the referee will announce one of the two options: ‘unanimous or by majority’. Is this a significant piece of information to receive as a feedback of the boxer’s results? Definitely, if unanimous it meant that his performance was judged by all 5 different judges to be superior to his opponent’s – if it was in majority it meant that 3 or 4 judges thought that his performance was superior to his opponent’s. Clearly wining with majority shows that there is room for improvement.

How important is feedback to trading, coaching, business, and life?

In trading I personally found that nothing is more valuable than some objective tips and advice from your coach/mentor, particularly after reviewing your trades and past performance. I believe this is just as vital in business and life, don’t you? So don’t mislead yourself thinking that you can skip this step – I personally treasure feedback as the most valuable information to be given, and certainly thrive on them. People around me know what are the questions that I will always ask them: ‘What can I improve? What can I make better and more efficient? How can you benefit more? How can I make it worth of your time? What information and resources do you need to step up to the next level?’

So there you have it. All of my learning lessons I picked up during the boxing event. After reflecting on my list of discovers, I looked for some connection between them. I realised that the real commonality of all of them is they all contribute to the 4 Stages Journey that starts from the point of learning a new skill and ends at the point of unconscious competency.

What do I mean by unconscious competency?

In terms of a skill this means to be able to do it without thinking. Think about driving a car, when you first started you had to think about what you were doing. Now the process is effortless right? In next week’s article I will elaborate more on competencies, why it is important to know level you are currently at and how you can use this to your advantage.

The reason we often hear that the mastery of things can only be achieved by making errors is that mistakes shape our subconscious quickly – in other words there is a difference between knowing what to do and automatically doing what we know. ‘Mistakes are painful when they happen. But year’s later collection of mistakes is called experience, which leads to success.’ – Denis Waitle. I invite you to ready a blog written by my dear bro on this very subject: ‘If you are not making mistakes, try harder’.

So when was the last time you have done something for the first time?

As you can see from my experience It may reveal some new skills to you as it did to me! Embrace them and turn the poison into medicine to benefit you and make you grow! :-) ‘For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist to survive but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.‘ – Arnold Schwarzenegger

It doesn’t matter where we are in life, if you have the right tools, techniques and especially a coach, a mentor and a team, you can accelerate your journey to your next level of Success! :-)

….and to conclude, who said that boxers are aggressive?

Based on my experience, they have a lot of respect to the point of hugging each other during the match! :-)

Remember: Today is the perfect day to start. Why? Because you will never find ‘the right time.’ You’ve just got to do it. Get the ball rolling. Take one small step every day in the direction of making your dream a reality. Make TODAY your SOMEDAY. It’s worth it and you know it! :-)

To your life journey success!

Viv :-)

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Raise the bar of your game!

Hello readers,

Hope my article finds you well! :-)

 

Have you ever experienced any of the following?

  • Have you put a lot of effort into a project only to bring in measly returns? Did you feel stuck and were you tempted to give up?

 

  • Have you been in a situation where you felt you weren’t earning what you truly deserved?

 

  • Have you been stuck in a job that does not allow you to shine?

 

  • Do you want your name to be valued and respected and to live a life more wholesomely connected?

 

  • Do you long for positive change in your life? Are you longing for an opportunity to show your worth?

 

…… or perhaps it’s time for you to step up and raise the bar. Maybe you are after that salary, that contract, that client or there is something inside that tells you there is more and that you are borne to be great.

If you have experienced any of the above, you are not alone. In fact, I have recently felt connected to some of them too and even today I have received one of the most painful news ever. I was really looking forward to cooperating with one of the most inspirational guys that I know on a a project very close to my heart and today he informed me that he would not be able to as he is too busy with other projects. Did I despair or give up? Not a chance! Although I am downhearted by this news, I am a strong believer that I am the creator of my own path. I’ll do whatever it takes to make things happen, and raise the bar of my game to take my life to the next level!

During this period, the concept that really strengthen and resonated with me was that when we feel overwhelmed, discouraged and downhearted, we need some external support. Above all guidance, motivation and inspiration from someone that has walked the same path before us. For those of you who have read my article 10 Essential Truth to take yourself to the next level’ you will notice that this highlights my second strategy, to have a coach, mentor and a team.

 

How important is a coach/mentor to your success?

An experience I recently had beautifully answered this question. It all started when one of my fitness coaches, Dwayne, invited me to attend his boxing match which took place last weekend. Unknown to me at the time I felt very strange about the whole ordeal. Seeing boxers get beaten up with bloody noses …. oh it was very uncomfortable to watch! I definitely picked up a lot of learning lessons and don’t worry I’ll share the whole experience in my article next week … so stay tuned.

Now back to the subject of coaches, mentors and teams. I’ve listed some main observations I had during the boxing matches below:

1.       Coaches/mentors share their own experience

One thing that you might notice if you’ve watched boxing matches before, is during the breaks the boxer speaks to their coaches/ mentors for feedback and most importantly for tips and techniques to implement in their next round. Being there in person I could really see how heavily they relied on their coaches feedback. Based on the body language in these breaks, I could literally tell which of the two boxers was going to make the first move …

Something more intriguing was the way the boxers adapted to each other as the rounds went by. You could see how each coach/mentor would try to pick out the other teams weaknesses. Moreover how to overcome their sides bad habits. Have you ever tried to overcome one of your bad habits in the past? Challenging wasn’t it? Now imagine trying to overcome a bad habit when you are in the firing line of a boxing match.

You might also be wondering: how much can a few bits of advice from a coach/mentor really have?

Even if the coach is suggesting a few tweaks here and there, they can lead to profound changes in the athletes performance. Just think about golf, if you hit the ball at slightly the wrong angle you are going to end up miles off course! Those of us who run businesses will know how one simple idea could very well lead to massive exponential growth.

2.       Coaches/mentors are committed to our success

Something else I noticed was commitment and trust between both the boxers and their coach/mentors. The athletes would continue to look to them for help throughout the three rounds. Imagine if it was you who was taking a beating and you were putting your faith in someone outside of the ring, who is probably out of shape and long past their prime.

How would you feel about that?What kind of trust would you have to have in that person to listen to their advice?

On the other side, imagine yourself now as the coach. You have 20 years of experiencing in training and your athlete is taking a pounding. You know what he needs to do to take the win but you can’t get in there and fight the fight for him. Imagine how frustrating it would be for you. Think about the type of patience you would need to have. Imagine the kind of dedication and commitment you must have in your boxer to continue to support and motivate him to be resilient, and enthused to keep going until the end of the three matches. ‘The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win’. – Anonymous

3.       Coaches/mentors revitalise us to keep going when the going gets tough!

Something else I noticed was that the coaches/mentors were spraying water on the boxers’ faces and body. The reasons? Dwayne’s answer was that it cools the boxers down from their previous round and refreshes them for the next one. Isn’t it true that we get tired and sometimes burn out from our everyday dealings from both business and life? How do we feel when someone gives us a refreshing thought/idea or we spend time with someone that motivates us to keep the momentum going? Well, this is what the spray of water from the coaches/mentors does to the boxers. In terms of personal and business coaches/mentors, while I’ve never seen any spray water on their clients they do use techniques to help rekindle enthusiasm. Remember this kind of action is necessary to motivate and to support you in the moment of setbacks, it’s your raven fan and it will incite you to ‘keep going when the tough gets tougher!’ – W. Churchill.

 

How can a coach/mentor make us raise the bar of our game?

To find out the answer, please ponder over and honestly answer the following questions:

 

Who is the best person to plan and train Muhammed Ali to be on the ring or David Beckham to kick the ball on the football pitch?

                                                             

Have you ever heard of a boxer or a football team without a coach?

Why do the best athletes in the world still have coaches if they are already above their competition?

Let me ask you one more question:

 

Who is the person that always gets recognised by the winners?

 

Isn’t he the coach/mentor? This should make you think about how successful people raise their bar of their game to take themselves to the next level.

Now, here are the two real questions you need to ask yourself:

 

Are you coachable and willing to accept constructive feedback?

Are you willing to do what it takes to move yourself to the next level of success?

If the answers of both questions are positive then it doesn’t matter where you are now in your life journey. If you have any goal or it’s time to step up and raise the bar of your game you will need clarity, a set of actions to follow, the right tools, strategies, techniques and especially a coach, a mentor and a team to accelerate your journey to your next level of success!  J ‘It’s only by doing things others have not that one can advance.’ – George Patton

I take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart, every past and present coach, mentor and everyone who is part of my team as you are very invaluable to my personal and business growth! I will not be where I am today without you as you have all played a big part in my progress :-)

A very special thanks goes to two guys who actually used to be my coaches and I dedicate this related article to them, Tom & Jit. :-) They have really touched my life and allowed me to become the person I am today, ‘they are my life turning point’, I hope I make them smile with this sentence. I have noticed so many of my self-liming beliefs eliminated since working with them. In particular one that was holding me back from writing this very blog! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, words cannot express my gratitude to you both. I will always feel very honoured and privileged to come to know and be coached by both of you and I really miss you. I wish you all the best in life, business and hope that all of your goals become a reality. Jit & Tom, may all the success of this world embrace you to become the best you can ever be! Here are the links to their blogs, I warmly invite you to get in touch with them as both really are very inspirational, talented and special guys with the extra edge of having beautiful smiles :-) and deserve a lot of recognition. Tom’s blog is Springboardyourself.wordpress.com and Jit’s blog is Trader Focus.

What are the reasons to have a coach and a mentor?

 

You’ve got to wake up every morning and ask yourself: ‘How bad do you want it? How much work are you willing to put forth for the things and people you want and need in your life?’ Nothing great comes without effort. But I promise you that if it’s something of great meaning in your heart and something you need in your life…every RISK, every STEP and every DROP of SWEAT will be worth it, I have experienced it so many times in my life. The more energy and effort you put in, the more reward, satisfaction and appreciation you get out! :-)

Are you ready to begin your journey and raise the bar of your game to the next level? Are you ready to make your mark on the world and demonstrate to yourself you were always born to be great? I am ready to help you on your journey to success and would be honoured and privileged to do so. Please do contact me when you have answered this question with a resounding YES!

 

‘Let others lead small lives but not you.

Let others argue over small things but not you.

Let others cry over small hurts but not you.

Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands but not you.’ – Jim Rohn

Remember: you are born unlimited and ready for your greatness. It’s now your time to rise and shine and ignite your brightest spark. It’s time to make your mark and set your wealth and talent free. You were born to shine like the brightest star on the clearest night and now it’s your time to step into the light! :-)

 Well Done, Dwayne!  :-)

If you have any fitness goal to achieve, he is ‘your guy’ and he is waiting for you! :-)

To your success and to raise your game by having your coach and mentor,

Viv :-)

6 Techniques to train Your Mindset for Success!

A warm greetings to all my readers,

Hope my article finds you well. :-)

Last week I spoke about the 10 essential truths to bring you to the next level in life. If you haven’t read it already please take a look here: https://catalystinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/10-essentials-truths-to-take-yourself-to-the-next-level/.

For the rest of us, as promised I will follow up each of the 10 truths in detail. You might remember that the first one was to “work consistently on your mindset.” As you already know mindset/psychology is my favorite subject. With each passing day, it becomes clearer and clearer to me that having a positive mindset is imperative to success as it gives you the extra edge for taking yourself to the next level.

You might ask: What exactly is a positive mindset?

A positive mindset is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favourable results.

 

So how exactly can we get a positive mindset?

 

Let me first ask you this question:

 

Have you ever experienced thoughts that eventually became your reality?

Don’t worry, you have not been gifted with special powers. It happens because whatever you think and believe defines the way you interpret life. You will search around to find evidence to support your stance to the exclusion of all alternative points of view. As a result your life becomes an extension of what you believe in, just like a self-fulfilling prophecy. So to obtain a positive mindset we need to search for evidence to support our stance.

As always some work and actions need to be involved to get the best of any situation and having the right mindset is not any different. This will apply to any fields of life. Check out this post Trading Affirmations: for the Successful Trader’s Mindset to find out more on how their set their winning mindset.

Here are 6 Techniques to train your mind for success.

 

1. Wake up Early and Embrace Carpe Diem

One of the best ways to help you maintain a positive mindset is to create the habit of waking up early. Waking up early allows you to get ahead on important projects before the rest of the world is awake to interrupt you.

My favourite motto is Carpe Diem, seize the day. From the moment I get up I start visualising what I truly want to achieve and what I truly am grateful for in my life. I then prioritise my daily tasks. This makes me more productive and efficient and allows me to adapt more effectively to things that might pop up later on. So in my first hour I am already filled with positivity and ready to seize the day!

To learn more about embracing Carpe Diem I recommend reading my dear bro’s recent article on this very subject here: http://springboardyourself.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/carpe-diem/. Also if you would like to read about what successful people do in their first hour, my bro’s inspirational friend, wrote an article on this topic. Here is his link: http://qitrading.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/what-successful-people-do-in-first-hour.html.

 

2. Exercise

Very few things in life leverage your time as much as exercise, as such this is my second action of my day. Obviously it makes a difference to your physical well-being  but it also has significant benefits to your mental health. Exercise is useful to improve your overall positive mood. Further, if you exercise early in the morning you can go through your day knowing that you have already completed the most valuable activity you had to do! It really gives you an extra edge to your day and your mindset when you exercise first thing in the morning. Your energy levels are so high and positive that hardly any bad news or unforeseen occurrences will bring you down! :-) If you don’t believe me, give it a go and let me know!

3. Read Positive and Inspiring Books and Listen to Podcasts/audio books/music

One of the best ways to maintain a positive mindset is by reading positive books, or listening to podcasts/audio books and music.  They serve to encourage you, inspire you, and teach you. They embody your life in positivity, you will notice how your words change in conversation, or how you now have a more optimistic outlook in life. The added bonus of listening to podcasts or audio books is that you can listen to them on the go. For example while hoovering the house, driving your car and doing your early morning exercise.

Music is magical, it can change your state in less than a second, I can guarantee it! Whenever I am working late, as I have done recently, I get very little sleep and find music is the perfect remedy to kick start my day! The morning I started playing my favourite tunes as an alarm, I just couldn’t help it – I started dancing in the bed. In fact I jumped out! I was so surprised as I barely had 2 hours of sleep!

What are your favourite tunes? Obviously the music that makes you feel happy and energised. It’s important that you select this type of music over your preferred music. For example I really love classical music, but unfortunately it doesn’t exactly kick start my day!

I have recently mentioned this technique to a friend of mine and she changed her alarm too.  She could not believe the difference it made! I suggest you give it a go and see for yourself! :-) Please do comment and share your experiences.

 

4. Change your negative thoughts into positive ones

Once a negative thought enters your mind, you have to be aware of it, and endeavour to replace it with a constructive one. Should the negative thought try to enter your mind again you need to be ready to repeat the process and a technique called positive self-talking.Positive self-talking is essentially repeating positive thoughts over and over again. For example if you are faced with a negative situation, you might say “you’ll be twice as good if you can beat this problem!” It is one of the most powerful tools that I adopt to self-motivate myself to take prompt actions! It is as if there are two pictures in front of you, and you have to choose to look at one of them, and disregard the other.

What do you see? Is the glass half full or half empty?

Persistence will eventually teach your mind to think positively, and to ignore negative thoughts. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favourable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. If you persevere, you will transform the way your mind thinks. It might take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they will.

 

5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

Positive and negative thinking is contagious. As a result the people around you have a big impact on how you think. All of us affect the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through our thoughts and feelings, and through body language. Think about when someone smiles at us, we subconsciously smile back at them! People sense our auras, and are affected by our thoughts, and vice  versa. Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and prefer to avoid negative ones? People are more disposed to help us, if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity. Negative thoughts, words and attitudes bring up negative and unhappy moods and actions. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment.

6. Be Thankful

Take some time to be thankful about what you have, who you are, and what your life is like. Think through all of the things that you can be thankful for. Even if you are in a tough time in life there are many things you have that you can be thankful for i.e. you are alive, have a family, friends, etc. You need to look for them and recognise them. The very act of focusing on what you are thankful for will help you maintain your positive attitude.

Now that I have shared the 6 techniques to train your mindset for success it’s now down to you to apply them. Remember, knowledge without implementation brings no difference in our life, it doesn’t serve us at all. Without taking action now,you have wasted some of your precious time!

 

Also remember that having a positive mindset is a journey and it starts with self-awareness. Being the best has nothing to do with size, education, or ancestry; it has everything to do with decision, commitment, action, persistence and mindset. Zig Ziglar gets it right when he says, “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” Sure you need skills, but you can learn skills – in fact a positive attitude/mindset will make it much more likely that you will learn the skills necessary to succeed.

Focus on getting the mindset you need and get your priorities in order. You create success by taking action NOW and seriously applying yourself to something in a persistent, dedicated and focused way.

I want to leave you with a powerful quote to decide if you are up for the challenge to take yourself to the next level:

‘Who are you now?

Who have you decided to become?

Make this decision consciously.

Make it carefully.

Make it powerfully.

Then Act upon it.’ – Tony Robbins

Now, it’s up to you to make the decision to take yourself to your next level and most importantly to take immediate action to achieve your goals and move forward in your life and in your business!  :-)

‘A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.’ – Tony Robbins

Don’t delay in making your decision as time is the most precious commodity that we have – once it’s gone we can’t get it back! So, ACT NOW and join me in the challenge to take ourselves to the next level! It won’t be easy but you will not regret it and your results will definitely make it worthwhile! :-) I’m ready, how about you?

To taking yourself to the next level by working constantly on your positive mindset!!!

Viv :-)

 

10 Essentials Truths to Take Yourself to the Next Level!

A warm greetings to all of my readers! :-)

Have you been stuck in the same routine for some time and want to take things up a notch?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get to the next level of your life and your business?

I have been thinking about these questions too. It was during one of my fitness sessions about a month ago, where things started to un-wind. This might have been due to the change of routine I ended up doing with my fitness coach that evening. Usually I train based on what my fitness coach tells me to do and he checks my posture, speed, etc. Instead we actually trained together…we were doing the same exercises at the same time and guys, it was hard to beat him…(we actually finished together but for me this was a win) and it was well worth the effort, aches, pains and muscle burning I experienced in the following days… ‘You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last.‘ – Kobe Bryant

You might be thinking, well that’s great Viv, you had a wonderful coaching session but what about getting to the next level in your life and business?

You see, whilst I was training so hard, my ‘little’ brain was working and thinking… The training session acted as my muse for new thoughts and helped me to realise some important learning lessons.

These are the questions I was asking myself during that hour training:

Was I giving as much energy in my life and business as I had done with this fitness coaching session?

Why was it in this session that I decided to push myself the extra mile?

 What do I need to do to get to my next level?

When we ask ourselves questions we automatically go searching for them, and these are my 10 essential truths that came up as answers. Ironically they presented themselves to me in a series of events I happened to attend just last week, as well as yesterday’s fitness coaching session!

1. Work consistently on your Mindset! – Mindset is everything in life, the way we think will affect the way we feel and consequently the actions we will take! Based on this truth, if we want to take different actions, we need to change the way we think! Therefore the real secret of life and business is Psychology to seize every opportunity in life with the positive mindset – ‘Carpe Diem’ has always been my motto since I was 6! 

2Have a coach, a mentor and a team!  – If we want to get to the next level, we need        to be accompanied on our journey by these three characters:

A coach to push us over our limits and believe me we really have no clue what they    actually are. They also provide us with the motivation and the mental metal necessary to carry us through our setbacks.

A mentor provides us with their experience, knowledge and social proof required to move us forward faster.

A team could be a single buddy or a bigger team of people (don’t forget that our coach and our mentor are part of it!). They act as opportunities to share our setbacks, successes and most importantly to celebrate our wins together! Don’t underestimate the power of a team!

3. Invest in yourself and your education!‘An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest’ – Benjamin Franklin. As suggested by the quote, if we want to improve ourselves, we need to invest firstly in us and in our education to avoid pitfalls and recognise opportunities. We also need to have clarity and direction in our life and business to avoid being distracted by the limitless information now available.

4. Get serious about your goals and have fun! – We will make progress only after we commit ourselves and get serious on getting results. If not, setbacks and obstacles will slow us down and cause a lot of frustration! It’s not a secret that serious professionals play to win, have fun and always finish successfully. ‘Make sure that people are having fun. Fun is not about acting stupid. It’s the feeling you get when you’re on top of things.’ – Richard Branson

I had experienced this truth just yesterday, when I approached one of my fitness coaches and told him my fitness goals. He looked at me and asked only one question: ‘How committed are you?’ Believe me, he did not even get to the end of the sentence before I responded that I was very committed and I would do whatever it takes to achieve them! Only in that moment, I knew that now I took my fitness seriously and I would get tangible results! Now I know that I’ll fight for it, I won’t give up, I’ll reach my goals and absolutely nothing will stop me.

5. Be Self-Aware, Honest, Prepared and Keep it Simple! – This is the check-up moment of how much we know ourselves (strengths and weaknesses), how much we are honest with ourselves (I know it’s painful at times but it’s needed to get results and to move forward – ‘no pain no gain’ applies not only in fitness but in our emotional state too) and how much we are prepared to succeed! ‘You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.‘ – Zig Ziglar. Secondly, I never say it enough, simplicity is the key to success! When is the best time to prepare ourselves? An inspirational friend of mine beautifully articulated this very subject in his blog by his personal experience. Read his blog if you want to get inspired and get some very invaluable tips, here his link: http://qitrading.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/what-successful-people-do-in-first-hour.html.

6. Establish Deadlines and Accountability! – I speak from personal experience, I’m a deadline person. I work on numerous projects at the same time and I found that what makes me successful is that I have deadlines to meet. This means I have no choice but to get things done by setting crystal clear goals, raising the bar, setting up my game and embracing a take-no-prisoners attitude. Also I need to be accountable to someone else externally to get the job done! Having coached a lot of entrepreneurs and people, it is clear that those whom hold the greatest accountability to me with strict deadlines, achieve the greatest results. Guess what I’m known as now? ‘The Accountability Coach!’.

7. Acquire the 3 C’s to Results: Confidence, Consistency and Commitment! – I believe these skills are very clear and go hand in hand. When we are confident and committed to achieve our goals, we are consistent in our actions and approaches to life and business.

8. Employ the  7 D’s to Success: Discipline, Drive, Delegation, Direction, Decisiveness, Determination and Dedication! – These feed from each other and need to be used all together to get to the next level. When we have direction of what we want to do, it will provide us with the drive, decisiveness and determination to succeed in achieving our goals. Discipline ensures we stick to our plan. Dedication enables us to get motivated during our setbacks and delegation enables us to accelerate our results and to focus on our priority tasks.

9. Have Reliable Social Proof! – It is essential to provide us with the certainty that our goal can be achieved. Take for example marathon runners and the time they employ to run one! They show us that it is possible!

10. Review your progress and your success with your Coach! – Honestly speaking, there is a huge difference between reviewing our results by ourselves and with a coach. We can find any justification to take specific course of action and achieving certain results but when we review our progress with a coach, he/she will challenge our reasons and unveil our excuses to make us move forward faster…these are not the only benefits. Knowing that someone will check on our results will intensify our commitment and accountability and strengthen our focus and motivation to stick to our plan. If you don’t believe me, you have to experience it! :-)

I just gave a quick summary of each of the essential truths that will take you to the next level in your life and business. In the weeks to come I will be breaking each step down in further articles that will help enhance your knowledge and ability to implement them into your life. Keep this quote in mind ‘You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it!‘ – Unknown. So if you are ready to bring yourself to new levels of success watch this space!

Remember: ‘Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit!‘ and ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.’ – Martin Luther King Jr

Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results. ‘Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.‘ – Robert Collier

Today, I want you to ask yourself these questions: ‘Why not you?’ Why not you to do something that you love? Why not you to have a healthy body? Why not you to be, have or do anything you have ever dreamed? We are so quick to think others are deserving over ourselves. So why not you to take it to your next level? The true is that we are all deserving and we owe it to ourselves! :-)

Are you NOW ready to take up the challenge to take yourself to the next level?

It’s up to you to take up the challenge to take it to your next level and to share it with me as I am super ready! :-)

To your achievement to the next level!

Viv :-)

8 Benefits to finish the year Successfully!

A warm greeting to all my readers,

Hope this article finds you well! :-)

My previous article covered the 10 strategies to finish the year successfully. I have received a lot of positive feedback and I am glad that it has been useful to many of you. If you haven’t read it yet I do invite you to do so by clicking on this link: https://catalystinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/433/. It will provide you with the practical tips to achieve your goals. As always you need to implement them into your life if you want to see the results.

A question that I was actually pondering on for a while was the following:

What are the benefits of finishing the year successfully?

When faced with setbacks, understanding why we have chosen a certain course of action will help act as an internal driver and motivate us to keep going. If we don’t understand the reason and above all the benefits of having a successful ending of the year, we will not apply any of the strategies that I have suggested last week.

Let’s examine the benefits in more detail to eliminate any remaining excuses that might be holding us back from implementing the strategies suggested.

Let’s ensure we finish the year successfully!

1. Fixed Deadlines. Having a fixed non-negotiable deadline makes us watch how we use our time. Knowing that the clock is ticking is one of the best motivators for taking action. It represents our Commitment, reinforces our Accountability and creates a Sense of Urgency!

2. Chance for redemption. If we are below target and our back is against the wall, it will provide us with a last chance for redemption. Look at this as comeback time! If we are below target, I suggest to GET MAD! Pain, failure, loss and embarrassment are such great motivators. You should allow adversity to force your hand to make new choices and take new actions. Use the pain as fuel that drives your comeback. It will become the fuel that perpetuates your current situation. ‘A Champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.’ – Jack Dempsey

3. Set an Inspiring Example. Our performance could be seen as the sad consequence of neglect, poor character, lack of direction and ambition or it could be an inspiring example of talent put to use in the intense pursuit of clearly defined year-end goals. To reinforce this subject, I invite you to read a post of one of my inspiring friends. Here his blog link: http://qitrading.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/the-only-source-of-knowledge-is.html.

4. Build Momentum for the New Year. This is one of the smartest things we can do as it provides a powerful platform for a fast start from January next year.

5. Intensifies our Focus. Knowing that both options and time are diminishing assets. Our ability to focus on high pay-off activities becomes an obvious priority for securing a successful finish to the year.

6. Close Execution Gaps. This is the opportunity to close the gap between the goals we planned for ourselves at the start of the year and the actual results we have achieved to date.

 7. Character Defining Moment. Our ability to finish the year by achieving our goals is all about character. It’s about turning a flashlight to our soul to inspect ourselves for will, courage, conviction and pride. To see what we are really made of. Don’t wait for life to hand you things, anything worth having is worth fighting for! ‘Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life’Sylvester Stallone

8. Throw Down a Challenge. There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned challenge to test our limits, is there? Exceed quotas and expectations to keep our teeth sharp and see how far we can go by finishing this year successfully. ‘Life is meant to be a challenge, because challenges are what make you grow.’ – Manny Pacquiao. To emphases this benefit, my dear bro wrote an article on how having a positive mindset will bring positive results even though challenges are along the way. Enjoy reading his real life article by clicking on his link: http://springboardyourself.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/attitude-trumps-aptitude/.

Did I take you by surprised with the reasons listed above? I hope not and at the same time, I hope I gave you enough good reasons to make the decision to review your goals set at the beginning of the year. Now that you know them, it’s your call for action and you know that only you can do what’s needed to be done to achieve them, nobody else can live your life for you. This is the gift of life so treasure it and live it to the fullest! :-)

How far away are you from your intended targets?

Take action now and close the gap by creating a specific set of tasks for us to complete with non-negotiable deadlines….it won’t take much time before we start seeing amazing results as any task and goal takes as much time as we allow it to take. We will be constantly challenged to perform and expected to complete tasks and activities on deadline. The discipline of deadline enforcement ensures rapid and ongoing goal achievement. This is why we will be putting these 8 powerful strategic benefits to good use. Do the work necessary to finish the year successfully. Remember that ‘if you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.‘ – Michael Jordan

If we focus on problems, we’ll have more problems. When we focus on possibilities, we’ll have more opportunities. ‘Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.’ – Michael Jordan

There will never be a day that does not require dedication, discipline, good judgment, physical vitality and the opportunity for improvement. Each and every day provides you with the opportunity to get better, to stand out, to answer the call, to prove your greatness and demonstrate excellence to each and every turn. As a result ensure everything you do counts as it does! :-)

To your successful achievements!

Viv :-)