Do what­ever works for suc­cess

Life & Style Weekend - - BUSINESS - with Car­ren Smith

I DON’T know about you but I’ve found this year to be both my most suc­cess­ful and my most stress­ful year in busi­ness so far. What on earth is 2018 go­ing to thrust upon us?

Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with my predictions or my pre­sump­tions for the next 12 months, but I do in­tend to give you a glimpse of how you can power through 2017/2018 and en­sure you rise above the pack.

Did you know that 90% of the world’s in­come is still go­ing to just 1% of the pop­u­la­tion? Mind­blow­ing isn’t it. When I look at sta­tis­tics like that, I think to my­self, “what is this 1% do­ing that I’m not?” And very quickly I an­swer the ques­tion with “what­ever it takes!”

Now here is the re­al­ity: we can only do what­ever it takes when we are in the frame of mind to be con­stantly ex­pand­ing and ask­ing more of our­selves and the value we are adding. So, with this in mind, I got to think­ing: “What can we do to en­sure we are con­sis­tently in the mind­set of do­ing what­ever it takes?” There is one sim­ple and very easy an­swer – re­ward and cel­e­bra­tion.

Now for some of you, those last two words would make this a wishy-washy ar­ti­cle, but hang in there with me, I prom­ise I’m go­ing some­where with this.

YOU are your most im­por­tant as­set, right?

You have to keep your­self in the right frame of mind to con­tin­u­ously im­prove and in­spire your­self, right? Let’s face it, if you don’t do it, no one else is go­ing to ei­ther.

So in­stead of try­ing to get blood out of a stone when you’re ex­hausted with your hands in the air, keep your tank full all year round by set­ting an in­ten­tion and a goal for every three months. When you get to New Year’s Eve, give your­self a mas­sive re­ward/cel­e­bra­tion for achiev­ing what you set out to achieve. Do the same thing on the March 31 and watch how the an­tic­i­pa­tion of the re­ward drives you to ful­fil your in­ten­tion and your goal. It will keep you feel­ing com­pletely em­pow­ered.

Now some have the op­po­site as a motivator. For ex­am­ple, if you don’t achieve your set goal, write a cheque for $5000 and give it to some­one who is guar­an­teed to post it to the per­son you like the least in the world, or to spend it on Match­box cars. This is a pretty pow­er­ful in­cen­tive to reach for your goals.

What­ever gets you go­ing – try that!

Next week, we will talk about the power of pos­i­tive mo­ti­va­tion, but in the mean­time try both in­spir­ing your­self with a re­ward and cel­e­bra­tion on a short-term goal and also scar­ing the be­jee­bers out of your­self by giv­ing some­one a cheque to hold. See which one works best for you!

Joanne is a neu­ropsy­chother­a­pist and re­la­tion­ship spe­cial­ist of The Con­fi­dante Coun­selling. Email jo@the­con­fi­dan­te­coun­ or visit www.sun­shinecoast­coun­

You have to be in the right frame of mind to con­tin­u­ously im­prove and in­spire your­self.

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