Top Performance Disciplines to end the year well
As we wrap up the summer and look ahead to the last quarter of the year, stop and be still for a moment. Reflect on what’s gone right so far this year. Remember what your biggest sale was. What did it feel like to on-board that new client? Recall one visual picture that reminds you of the that "home run" deal. When you need top performance in your business life, bring that visual picture back to your memory and start remembering what it felt like to hit a "home run" in business.
All of us wear memories in our mind in the form of pictures. That’s why keeping a “what’s going right” mindset helps you keep a winning attitude.
My son Jake, who won a state championship in football with his buddies, said they went into every game thinking they were going to win. They kept finding ways to win even when the odds were against them. Yes, they had some great individual players, but they were all on the same page. They believed they were going out on the field to win.
How about you? When you enter the last quarter of 2019, where’s your head at? How can you get your head on straight to stay on top of your winning attitude and mindset of belief?
I’m going to share three things that help me get my head on straight every day to keep my edge as a strong leader. Ready?
First, I am rooted in my spiritual life. For me, I’m a Christian so what I read needs to fuel the deepest part of my heart and spirit. To remember who I am and who’s I am is so key. As a Christian, I find that reading the Bible roots me into God’s “plumb line” for my life and behavior. Reading the Bible connects me with Jesus and he builds belief in me that draws upon his power. When I read, I reflect and meditate on what it means for me today. This leads to a surrender of my life to His greater purposes. Prayer is all part of that deep and reflective meditation. Then I launch into prayer for others around me. Charles Spurgeon said that “prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of Omnipotence.” Picture your reading, meditation and prayer as plugging into God’s supernatural power, like plugging in a lamp before you turn it on.
Another important aspect to top performance is physical health through exercise, proper sleep, mental stimulation, reading books and eating clean, healthy foods.
Second, I have daily written goals. The latest tool that helps me is one developed by Michael Hyatt called the Full Focus Planner. It’s a written book to accompany my digital calendar. This helps me remember my daily start up routine, my pre-work ritual and my post-work discipline of preparing for the next day. When I keep up with this calendar tool, I walk into each day knowing what my “top 3” things are for the day and I subconsciously and consciously work towards accomplishing those things. The goals for the day are tied back to the goals for the quarter and for the year. As I plan my work it helps me work my plan.
Third, I try to make things scalable and create a repeatable process around my daily work. This comes through organizing human capital to serve client needs and wishes with genuine care.
If you are a creative entrepreneur like me, you really need lots of help. Not only do you need help implementing the vision, you need help creating the whole process. Most process-oriented thinkers are not as equipped with visionary skills required to create the process. This means that you need to go through the pain of working together to design an ideal plan and process to serve your clients the way you want to be served. Sometimes this phase doesn’t feel like work. Sometimes you feel like you are wasting time with all the necessary organization, but this is key to breaking through your current “ceiling of complexity” to make that ceiling your next floor of opportunity.
So there you have it, three ways to crush this 3rd quarter of 2019. Go for it! Have fun and finish the year strong.