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It's often said that money is the greatest asset in a business. When you think about it, your time is a far more precious resource. You can always replace money, but once time elapses, it's gone forever.
And yet so many people bemoan the fact that they haven't enough time to achieve their dreams. The reality is that they have exactly the same time as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or even Richard Branson. They are just not using it in an optimal way.
That's the purpose of this course. To share with you the mindsets, the routines and the practices of those who have succeeded in creating a rich life - financially, emotionally and physically.
What's different about this course is that it recognizes that effective time management is first and foremost an attitude of discipline. Before you begin learning new planning techniques you first need to commit to disciplining yourself in 6 key areas.
On the program we talk about the power of asking good questions. Two good questions for you to consider now are:
1. What differences would it make in my life if I were to double my productivity?
2. What will the cost be to me - emotionally, physically and financially - if I choose to do nothing about it?
Tony Robbins has said that 'it's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.' Make an investment in your destiny by signing up now for this practical and positive and life changing course.
This 15 minute Introduction introduces you to the three part formula for success for anything you desire in life.
You've known about it most of your life and it's simple. Every baby that's ever walked or talked or learned to tie their shoe has mastered it. But as Jim Rohn said 'the things that are easy to do are also easy not to do.'
In addition, learn to apply the six levers of productivity to your business, career and life.
The fascinating thing about your conscious mind is that it can ever only entertain one thought at a time. The immediate implication of this is that you can choose your thought which in turn governs how you feel and how you act. You therefore can consciously substitute a negative thought for a positive thought or a non-productive thought for a productive thought. The application of this principle alone can immediately begin to change your productivity. Think productive thoughts and you generate productive results.
Life is a series of choices .You are choosing from the moment you awaken in the morning. The reality is however that for the most part you are unaware of the choices you are making. The great news is that you can begin to become more conscious of your choices and when you do your productivity will begin to soar. For example, when you awaken in the morning you can choose to hit the snooze button or you can choose to sit up in bed and meditate or choose to get out of bed and go for a run. Each choice will have a completely different impact on your productivity. The key point however is that choices accumulate or aggregate. Over time the sum of your choices will be what determines your output in life. The choice fortunately, is yours.
Psychologists estimate that 60,000 thoughts a day enter your mind. Even whilst you sleep there is an ongoing internal dialogue incessantly informing your productivity. Like both thoughts and choices you have influence over your self-talk. By becoming aware of your dominant words - both internal and external - you can begin to change your results. For example if you catch yourself saying 'I'm exhausted' do not be surprised if you are constantly tired. Productive people affirm frequently that they are 'enthusiastic, alert and positive.' Try it.
In order to change the quality of your life try changing the quality of the questions you habitually ask yourself. The process of thinking is nothing more than a process of asking questions. Like thoughts, choices and self-talk however, we rarely stop to 'question our questions.' Learn how to ask empowering questions as opposed to limiting questions. For example ask yourself 'what are five great ways I can solve this challenge?' as opposed to 'why do problems always happen to me?' The choice of question will dramatically impact your result. You can then double and quadruple your productivity by asking better questions of your family and your business and your community.
Learn for yourself, at first hand, one of the great mysteries and secrets of results in life. Your subconcious mind is incapable of distinguishing between what is real and imagined. Try the exercise in this lecture and you will be convinced from now on of both the power and destructiveness of your imagination. By imagining positive results and outputs you will instantly give yourself an unfair advantage in every facet of life from love to wealth to health. Highly productive people are not necessarily harder workers. They are however, harder 'Imagineers.'
To paraphrase Henry Ford, 'whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.' In this lecture you will be introduced to Iolar the Eagle. The story is told in every town throughout the world of the eagle chick who was raised with chickens in a chicken yard. And when one day, an eagle descended into the chicken yard, Iolar was left with a choice. To stay with the chickens who were her friends and who she'd grown up with when she'd been abandoned. Or, to elope with the handsome eagle, and to try flying for the first time. This lecture will challenge you to confront the chicken yard beliefs of your mind. The result could easily double your productivity.
This lecture draws together the disparate but connected strands of your mind and how you can use it to absolutely double your productivity.
One of the quickest ways to change your state of mind is to use your physiology - your body. In this lecture you will be introduced to three separate forms of movement.
Everything is energy. The seat you're sat on. The clothes you're wearing. The thoughts you're thinking. And most critically, the people you're surrounded by. In Connemara, in the West of Ireland, we have an expression which says 'aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile.' Loosely translated this means that 'birds of a feather flock together' or in scientific terms, 'like attracts like.' One of the quickest ways you can double your productivity is to have the discipline to change your circle of influence. This lecture shows you how important it is to disengage or sever your relationship with toxic people or emotional vampires. On the contrary it behoves you to garner the discipline to expand your connection with high energy people. As Richard Saunders so memorably put it 'someday your network will equal your net worth.'
Where do you currently keep information regarding your time?
People tell me they store information in diaries, filofaxes, journals, scraps of paper, the back of their hand, their PC, their cell phone, desk diaries - and of course, their heads.
The problem with this is that if your information is scattered, so are you. Important details slip between the cracks and you are not in an ideal position to plan proactively.
The best strategy is to choose one planning system for your details and stick to it. It can be an A4 Diary or your cell phone. Problems arise when your information is duplicated.
One of Stephen Coveys most memorable exercises is his take on the 'Big Rocks.' He argues that if you fail to put your big rocks into a jar first, you'll make an awful mess. Check it out on Youtube.
The same holds true in your business and life. A great question to ask is 'What are the Key Result areas in my Life and my Business?'
This provides you with an instant 30,000 foot view of your affairs. From here you can begin to plan down towards the 10,000 foot view and right down to the runway - not the other way around.
Examples of KRAs for your professional life might be profit, sales, productivity, new product development, marketing, net worth, HR.
Once you have these established you can drill down into further detail.
This is a great workshop exercise in your effort to double productivity.
A project, loosely translated, is an objective with a beginning, a middle and an end. As such, everything from writing a letter to hiring a new recruit to building a multi million dollar organization is a project.
It stands to reason therefore that becoming a red hot project manager is one of the hottest productivity skills you can master.
In this lecture, learn the only project management skills you'll ever need.
Traditionally, many time management courses begin with daily planning. The issue with daily planning, whilst it has its merits, is that it's reactive. Planning on a monthly basis however, is infinitely more strategic. It enables you to connect with the bigger picture of your Key Result Areas and yet it enables you to respond quickly if change is required.
For years i have been retained by some of the worlds leading organizations to facilitate this simple exercise. Each month I simply ask the individual or group involved 'What would make it a great month for you professionally and personally?' Typically what emerges are somewhere between three and five objectives or outcomes for each area. These are highly achievable as opposed to the long lists of to do lists that many executives carry. I get the person or group then to apply the five components of project management as discussed in Lecture 17 to each task.
At the commencement of the next month I then review progress from last month. It's the perfect embodiment of the PDR Formula used in military circles the world over. 'Plan. Do. Review.'
Imagine if you could influence the quality of 167 hours with just one hour!
Now, you can. By taking a little time each week to plan your week you can easily respond to what some describe as the 'tsunami' that hits us daily. Of course, they are referring to the masse of distractions and details that incessantly batter us. The problem with this is that it distracts us from the main business at hand. It is possible each week to review your KRAs and agree goals and review performance. It's an essential prerequisite of high performance.
The best time to plan your day is the evening before - before you leave your place of work. The reasons for this are three-fold.
Productivity Guru's the world over are indebted to Rudyard Kipling for what I describe as 'The Kipling Six.'
'I kept six honest serving men.
They taught me all I Knew.
Their names are What and Why and When.
Where and How and Who.'
Those six key words should underpin every communication you ever articulate whether it be email, letter, phone call, proposal, sales call, speech or training presentation.
By taking a few seconds to apply 'The Kipling Six' to your habitual communications you will easily double your productivity in 30 days. I have witnessed meeting times reduced by hours a week simply by applying the 'Why' question.
'Why are we meeting?'
Some of my colleagues view 'Problems' as a negative and odious word and counsel complete avoidance of its use. On the contrary, I believe problems are synonymous with productivity.
The reality is that both life and business are a series of problems. You have a choice therefore. You can either bitch and moan about the severity of your problems. Or you can choose to solve them.
The latter is one of life's precursors to increased productivity, peace of mind and success.
The day you develop the discipline and habit of habitually confronting your problems head on is the day you begin to take control of your destiny.
Problems, if viewed positively, are the source of your creativity, your strength and your wisdom. Productive people regard problems as necessary learning steps on their journey towards mastery.
In this lecture you will learn two invaluable lessons. Firstly you will learn the mindset of the buffalo. This was the mindset that sustained me when I first got news that I had a tumor on my heart. It is the mindset that the quickest means to solving any and every problem is to confront it early and positively.
Secondly, you will learn the ultimate five step problem solving process. This process can be applied to any and every problem from dealing with a life threatening prognosis in my case, to declining sales to to breaking bad news to a colleague. It instantly reduces your stress quotient and increases hugely the probability of you solving the problem and benefiting from the process of problem solving.
This lecture can change your life.
A lot of time is expended on traditional time management programs learning from the past and projecting clearly into the future. And whilst there is considerable merit to be derived from these assignments it is often at the expense of another equally important dimension in time - the Present.
There is a quotation credited to Bill Keane, but quite likely much older, that says.
'Yesterday is History. Tomorrow a Mystery. Today is a Gift. That's why it's called 'The Present.'
I believe the Present Moment is the Ultimate Time Management Tool because it is the one you have most control over. In The Present Moment you have absolute power to choose how to use it. You can choose to feel happy or sad; rich or poor; inspired or desperate.
This lecture shares six powerful strategies to connect more fully with The Present Moment.
Think about it. The Present Moment lived powerfully is the single greatest investment in your future.
I leave you with the words of William James, the father of modern psychology.
'To change one's life:
1. Start Immediately.
2. Do It Flamboyantly.
3. No Exceptions.
Way back in 1988 I heard a speaker address my local chapter of Jaycees International on the subject of Time Management. I was blown away at the idea that your results in business and life are largely determined by how you use your time.
After his lecture I casually mentioned to him that I'd love to teach time management techniques just like him. His reply would change the entire course of my life.
'What's stopping you?'
Of course I had dozens of reasons, not least that I was involved in my family business and that my Mother wanted me to continue this on to a third generation, and that frankly, I had no background or qualification in training or speaking.
Yet again, his reply was abrupt and direct.
'It's your choice.'
And for the first time in my life I realized you do always have a choice. And difficult as it was at the time, I choose to leave the family business and study the best time management material in the world. I connected with the top guru's on the planet from Stephen Covey to Brian Tracy to Tony Robbins to Bob Proctor to Dan Stamp. And I succeeded in creating what I thought was a wonderful course and I couldn't wait to unleash it on people who wanted to get better results.
The only problem was, whilst people loved the course, it failed miserably to change their lives in any significant way.
One day in desperation, I was watching my kids play football in our back garden. There was a largish rock in the center of the garden that was hampering their efforts to get a decent game going. Most adults would have given up and tried something else. Not kids with a burning desire however.
After failing a number of times to shift the rock with their combined strength it occurred to the youngest of them to try leveraging the rock with a long stick. The thing was he was unable to get any purchase. His brother then placed a smaller stone under the stick close to the boulder and with this they they began for the first time to budge the rock. It wasn't enough to move it however. They then recruited the services of one of their bigger friends to lean on the end of the stick and hey presto, the rock moved.
Out of the blue, I discovered the three components for getting the results you want in any area of your life.
1. You need a Burning Desire. We all have wishes but wishes are weak and wimpish and lack potency. Those kids had a burning desire to move that rock.
2. You need a Fulcrum to enable leverage to happen. Interestingly this fulcrum is also a mindset or an attitude. It's called Discipline. When you think about it nothing happens in life without Discipline. Babies know this instinctively. Otherwise no one would ever walk or talk or tie their shoe. And the great thing about Discipline is that you only need it for a short time until such time as the discipline becomes a habit.
3. You need Leverage. I learned six different levers that all truly productive people use.
By combining these three simple mindsets I began to generate awesome results for my clients. In the intervening time I have helped thousands of people to Feel Better; Look Better; Earn Better; and Perform Better. Many have gone on to lead their countries; their organizations; play sport at the highest international level; but most of all, to realize more of their potential, and in the process live lives of success and substance and significance.
If, like me, you've been frustrated with your results, and yet you're still ambitious to be and do and have more, then this course is a great beginning.