So, You Say You Want Better Results

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Okay. Maybe we are convinced that jumping into action to get desired results is problematic. Perhaps there is something useful in raising our buzz–that is, to feeling good–then acting as inspired to generate better results. But why does raising our buzz seem so difficult?

Mostly, it’s because we are fighting age-old, inherited habits. We are so used to (1) reacting to outside influences and (2) thinking that we have to figure things out and get into action to handle those outside influences. Any attempt we make to raise our buzz (that is, feeling good despite the outside influences) presses against those two habits. It is hard to do. But here’s the thing: saying it’s hard makes it harder. (See?)

So we need a way to gently, lightly move ourselves away from reacting to outside influences and toward an inner-generated, high-buzz perspective.

What works is starting with small, daily practice. Being playful about it also helps. It is especially useful to do this practice as we are going to bed and as we wake up. It takes just a few minutes each time. Within a few days, we will notice a difference. And inside a month, whoa!

Keep going.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Control Yields Crappy Results

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To get things done consistently well with a team, the correct flow or equation is Trust → Honest Discussion → Real Commitment → True Accountability → Desired Results.

If we don’t trust that they will do the work, we will try to get results by demanding, controlling, conniving, or micromanaging. Then the flow will always become Crappy Results ← Excuses ← Grudging Compliance ← Saying Whatever ← Distrust.

We must find a way to start with trust, not control. The good news is that it takes just one person to open up. One trust-building interaction leads to all the rest. Be that one person.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Fruits and Nectar

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Instead of worrying about what specific type of fruit, which tree, how to get to it, how to climb up, and what if it doesn’t work out, picture yourself enjoying the fruits and the nectar.

If we do this for less than 10 minutes every day, all the details will work out and we will be amazed at our bounty.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: If course, if you want something other than fruits and nectar, picture yourself enjoying that something.

 

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Let’s Be Like the Seed

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Business and life-in-general want results. As soon as we get the results, we look for what we want next. Despite what others might say to the contrary, there is something whole, natural, and good in this cycle of wanting and achieving. It’s like the quiet excitement of a seed as it looks to become a tree.

We can be like the seed or not. If we start from fear or struggle then try to make things happen, we will encounter more friction, drain our resources, and find it harder and harder to get what we want.

If we–ourselves and our teams—get and stay quietly excited about the results we want, we will find it natural and easy to know and do the right things at the right times with the right people.

Let’s be like the seed.

 

In your corner,

Mike

Enough of Productivity and Efficiency

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“Productivity” and “efficiency” are words that describe how we work, do tasks, get stuff done. Both words focus on increasing output per unit of resource. Fun, eh?

Let’s instead focus on “effectiveness.” It includes efficiency and adds judgment, balance, and a focus on overall desired results.

To your continued success,

Mike