Keeping to the GRIND!
How many of you are still focused on the New Year’s goals you set for yourselves in 2015? Are you still excited about making those incremental improvements to reach personal and business goals and even surpass them?
Remember, your job – whatever it may be – is business. In order to run a business you need a winning mindset, an outstanding strategy, expertise and talent. Whatever part you play in that business, you have to make sure you are always constantly putting your best foot, idea and effort forward. In business, this applies to all levels of executives and employees, or in sports, the entire coaching staff and all team members. These rules apply even if you’re reaching for new personal goals (fitness, self-improvement and learning) because the process is the same. Stay focused on refining your strategy, applying your expertise and developing your talent to make continued progress on your goals in month #2 of 2015.
The Japanese word kaizen translates to “continuous improvement.” The Japanese built a business philosophy based on kaizen in order to become an economic superpower. Their approach was to work systematically towards small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. It didn’t take long for this idea to spread throughout the world, adopted by organizations seeking to increase their competitive advantage. This works at the personal level, too. Successive and incremental improvement in your personal and professional life will allow you to become better equipped for greater levels of success.
Here are your action steps:
- KEEP MOVING CLOSER TO YOUR GOALS – People have all sorts of excuses for not doing the work required to reach their goals. From fear of failure to simple things like not getting enough sleep the night before or being under the weather, these excuses just get in the way of what you truly want in life. These obstacles can sometimes seem insurmountable. But the actions required to break through are simple. Throw off the covers! Get dressed and get moving towards the next step in reaching your goals! Stay focused on what you must achieve today and keep moving forward! Every day you practice this habit, you improve your focus and ability to overcome other obstacles that might appear and to get the job done.
- WORK TOWARD THE REWARDS – Keep that ultimate goal burning in the back of your mind, while you continue to focus on the daily workouts, jobs and tasks with your greatest effort. Daily work (remember the “continuous” part of kaizen?) is what will enable you to reach your goals. Again, it doesn’t matter if you’re working on a personal goal, business goal or athletic goal…“small hinges swing big doors.”
- WORK WITH PAIN and PLEASURE – This is something I picked up from Tony Robbins and becoming certified in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). Learn to identify what brings you pain and pleasure. You’re drawn to things that ultimately bring you more pleasure. If deciding not to work out brings you short term pleasure but long-term pain (because you don’t reach your fitness goals), then you have to associate pain to the act of missing a workout. Only when you do that will you take the actions necessary to avoid pain. Instead, you will work out on a consistent basis, which will ultimately bring you the pleasure of reaching your fitness goals. Businesses, organizations and teams find themselves in the same situation. If the thought of not hitting your big goals upsets you, use that as motivation to do what it takes to meet your daily goals. Only through that daily effort can your team experience the pleasure of success that will come from achieving its long-term goals.
Anthony Robbins, Motivational Speaker, Best-selling Author
Ask yourself, “What are what the consequences if I fail to do my very best?” This is an effective way to keep yourself making those incremental improvements in your personal and professional life. Nobody likes to have to tell themselves (or a trainer or boss) that they didn’t succeed. It’s disempowering to have to say “I didn’t achieve the task set for me at work today,” or, “I skipped my workout today.” At this point, you still have almost 11 full months to strive toward your 2015 goals. What are you going to do about it today?
As a world champion athlete I speak for the sole purpose of helping people “Find the Champion Within.” If you are going to reach and surpass your goals at work or in your personal life, you first have to “Light the Fire Within.” And if you work with others toward a shared goal, it’s your responsibility to do the same for them, so that everyone can work as efficiently as possible and take great pride in their efforts. Do this and that torch will burn brighter than ever before! Get everyone to contribute at their highest levels, and your team can rise above the crowd to truly “GO FOR THE GOLD” and reach it!
Make it your personal mission to become unbreakable no matter how tough the economy or your competitors may be. The old saying NO PAIN, NO GAIN! is true and if you want to be more successful than ever before, you have to work your butt off every single day. You make that effort to jump out of bed because your torch is still burning brightly and you are on a mission to reach your goals for the next 11 months. Think about what “continuous improvement” looks like in every aspect of your life.
So keep getting out of bed and putting one foot in front of the other. Never fall into a level of complacency where life just happens. Instead, make each day count towards your life goals, and you’ll find yourself on a great journey. You’ll be on a mission where “continuous improvement” is the way to achieve success. Keep fighting the best fight of your life every day and keep GOING FOR THE GOLD. Here’s to 11 more months of taking purposeful action. Some people call it “the Grind”…I call it striving to reach new levels of excellence, achievement and possibility in everything you do!
Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.
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