10 Mins… to a Braver You

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In her new book, Ex­treme You, savvy busi­ness­woman Sarah Robb O’ha­gan wants to make you the best ver­sion of your­self – and we’re tak­ing note…

‘Ex­treme you’ means...

‘Step­ping up to take the kinds of risks that will pro­pel you for­ward, tak­ing own­er­ship and learn­ing from the con­se­quences of these ac­tions, be­cause you know that your great­est po­ten­tial is not found in your com­fort zone,’ ex­plains Sarah. Here’s how to adopt her strat­egy now:

1 Check Your­self out

‘suc­cess is un­der­stand­ing who you are, how you are nat­u­rally wired and what moves you,’ says sarah. It’s also about be­ing open to change. ‘take an in­ven­tory of your year, look at your ac­tiv­i­ties, hol­i­days and plans.’ If it’s all the same, think about how you can switch it up.

2 Get out of line

If you want some­thing, how can you ap­proach it from a dif­fer­ent an­gle? Stop ‘queue­ing’ and get your­self no­ticed. If you want a new job, how can you go out of your way to get your­self heard? got a big idea? ap­proach your boss, to­day.

3 Get over Your­self

un­der­stand your strengths and weak­nesses, and how you can use them to drive you for­ward. In­stead of bitch­ing about your work neme­sis, think about what you can learn from them. ‘When you’re not lis­ten­ing to and learn­ing from the per­spec­tives of your col­leagues, you can grow lop­sided in skills and un­der­stand­ing,’ says sarah.

4 em­brace ‘Pain train­ing’

we all have set­backs in life, from miss­ing out on a pro­mo­tion to be­ing fired. Sarah says we need to fo­cus on the re­cov­ery pe­riod – this is‘ pain train­ing’ .em­brace flaws and er­rors and learn from them.

Be a bet­ter ver­sion of your­self…

ex­treme You: step up. stand out. kick ass. re­peat. (£14.99, Pi­atkus) is out now

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