• Mind-Set Change: for Business Growth

    Change mindsetThere are many different reasons why business growth strategies fail. A common one is having an organisational or team mind-set that doesn’t match the strategy you wish to pursue.

    An organisational mind-set or paradigm is made up of the collective conscious and unconscious thinking and beliefs of the people who work there: about themselves, their colleagues and the company itself.

    If business growth slows or stalls, it’s often an indicator that the current mind-set is not aligned with of the organisation vision and goals. This can pose quite a challenge, since our mind-set is often buried in the subconscious, and like a computer operating system with a virus, if there is a poor mind-set this can sabotage your efforts.

    When this happens, it’s time to face the reality:

    What got you here isn’t going to get you there.

    When you first established your business you had certain beliefs, thoughts and a mind-set that enabled you to grow your business to where it is today. The thing is this: to get to the next level of business growth, your thinking and beliefs need to evolve and change because your current mind-set is not going to help you reach the next level of success.

    Two things must happen in order for business growth to continue:
    1. The thinking/mindset of all involved must shift. Old beliefs in the organisation need to be uncovered and replaced with a new empowering mind-set that matches the business vision and goals of the company. Creating a new mind-set requires that everyone involved changes their way of thinking—and this must start with changing the thinking of the senior management team. When thinking changes at the top, change and growth can occur throughout the organisation.

    2. Everyone involved needs to believe that those shifts will cause positive changes. Many times, when a vision is big, people first adopt the belief that they can do it…but then very quickly they start doubting themselves and others, fearing failure and entertaining uncertainty at every turn. These limiting beliefs lead to a focus on negative outcomes and turn into realities. To get positive results, those limiting beliefs need to be identified and then changed.

    In life and in business, when we aren’t getting desired results, we try to do something different. Often, that “something different” doesn’t work either. Then what? If new actions aren’t delivering the results you want, you must dig deeper to uncover what you and your team really think about the situation. Are fears, doubts and uncertainties holding you back or delivering the negative scenarios you are focussing on?

    In order to create new results, you need to start by thinking differently. When you change your thinking, you behave differently and take different actions. We all know this because we have experienced it at some point in our lives.

    The same is true in a company. To deliver your business growth strategy, you need to think differently, as a collective unit. Every successful business has undergone changes as it grew—it altered from what it once had been. And of all the people involved in growing the business had to think in new ways because…

    Changes in Beliefs  =  New Actions  =  New Results

    Before you decide to take any different action, look into the following:
    1. your mindset (your beliefs)
    2. the team mindset (collective set of beliefs)

    Do those beliefs support your business vision and strategy? Will they lead to success for your current-day business goals…or were they only effective for the goals your business once had?

    The beliefs that are holding back your business strategy and its growth are made up of a number of things, including thoughts that have gone unspoken, paradigms that are considered unchangeable and subconscious philosophies that have been long-held. Excuses are symptoms of these limiting beliefs, so where an excuse exists, a belief needs to be changed.

    Awareness brings its own rewards. If you start to recognise your own and your organisation’s limiting beliefs, this means they can be changed. You’ll find that when you shift your mindset to support your business goals, you’ll have an easier time thinking positive thoughts and believing in yourself and your team’s potential.

    Of course it can be difficult to see the ways in which you’re holding yourself back from the inside. If you would like to find out how you can shift your limiting beliefs to deliver your business growth strategy, contact me via email or phone to have a free 30-minute consultation that will impact your results.

  • How To Create Extraordinary Results In Your Life In Under 500 Words!

    How To Create Extraordinary Results In Your Life In Under 500 Words!

    Since we are all so busy in life trying to cram in as much as we possibly can, we don’t stop to take the take the time necessary to think and make the behavioral changes required to create different results in our lives.

    I thought that in this blog I would condense down the key elements of making transformational change into 500 words or less – thus by keeping it short leaving you time to actually take the actions necessary to achieve the results you desire!

    Here goes….

    Listed below are the key steps for creating change in your life to help you to achieve the success you want. Follow the practical steps listed below and you will be on the way to creating extraordinary results in your life.

    1) Create a Vision that Compels you and Fulfills your Personal Core Values – this is a blue print for how you want the future to look like

    Practically how to do this:
    a) Take at least one hour to reflect and answer the following questions:
    i) What does success look like to you?
    ii) What does your ideal day(s) would look like?
    iii) If money was no object what would you be doing right now with your life?
    iv) How do you want to be remembered when you are gone?

    b) Write out your inspiring vision for your life touching all areas of your life.

    2) Create Internal Alignment – align yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually

    Practically how to do this:
    a) Review yourself on how well you take care of yourself in terms of your:

    i) Physical well-being, (how well you sleep, eat, exercise, take care of yourself),
    ii) Mental well-being (how well do you focus, get things done, have fun),
    iii) Emotional well-being, (how well you connect with others, take time to experience joy, love, gratitude, appreciation, etc)
    iv) Spiritual well-being (how well you live your values, live life with passion and purpose, enjoy boundless energy, give to others)

    b) Create daily habits and rituals in each of these areas to improve your current score in each area.

    c) Measure each month how you are doing in each of these areas to move towards greater alignment.

    d) Examine your limiting beliefs that don’t serve you any longer and change them for new empowering beliefs.

    3) Relentless Execution – take actions until you have achieved the results that you desire

    Practically how to do this:
    a) Break your vision down into small chunks e.g. different roles and timeframes 3,6,12 months, 3,5 years from now etc

    b) Make a plan.

    c) Set SMART goals for all areas of your plan.

    d) Establish ways of measuring each goal.

    e) Track how you are doing with your plan every month. (You can’t improve what you don’t measure!)

    f) Get support in your life e.g. a network of inspiring friends, a personal coach to create accountability.

    4) Celebrate your Successes

    Practically how to do this:
    a) Spend time at least once a month reviewing your plan and highlighting all the things that have gone really well in your life. Note down what worked so that you can repeat this and do more of the things that work for you.

    b)Take 5 minutes every day to be grateful for the things that you have in your life and then acknowledge yourself for all that you are.

    c) Find someone to share your success with. Failing that, make sure you pat yourself on the back and do something fun to celebrate how amazing you are!

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  • Alignment is the key to High Performance

    Alignment is the key to High Performance

    The world we live in seems to be moving at warp speed, and one of the biggest challenges facing most of us is to feel a sense of alignment. Our lives are often composed of a demanding array of disconnected components all of which bid for our attention, focus and energy e.g. work, children, partner, health, fitness, friends, home, finance, leisure, spiritual practice to name but a few. With all these different areas of our lives competing for relentless amounts of our time, it is easy to be distracted, flitting from one thing to another, feeling slightly out of control much of the time and leaving us with a disappointing lack of fulfillment. Who has not wondered at some point: “Is this all there is?”

    Whilst the obvious solution to the problem of too many demands and not enough time might be to learn better time management skills, a more fulfilling and sustainable solution to creating a more harmonious, engaged and empowered life starts with looking inside ourselves. We feel dysfunctional as individuals because we are not aligned with our highest values and what is important to us. The key to feeling well, energised, and with a sense of purpose in life, is to create alignment in the four key areas of life: mind, body, heart and spirit.

    Most of us tend to focus intently on one area – often using mental energy at work and perhaps exercising obsessively or to extremes in our spare time. Whilst we are overusing our energy and flat lining in one or two areas, we generally under-use or ignore our needs in the other areas. All four areas need to be aligned for us to feel whole and connected again and to be able to function at higher levels of personal performance.

    Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in alignment.”
    Brian Tracy

    We have become misaligned as a result of a life time of poor habits, shortcuts, staying in our comfort zone, fear of failure and resistance to change. To feel aligned we need to spend time exploring what our values are, what is important to us, how we need to take care of ourselves and how we can return to our core, our true inner self.

    Creating internal alignment takes time in much the same way that re-educating the body through physio and exercise takes time after it has been stressed or injured. It has taken years of misalignment to get to this point so it is important to spend the necessary time and be patient to be able to realign all four areas of life.

    One of the first things we need to start the process of realignment is to shift old ways of thinking. The way that we live in the world has/is/and will continue to change dramatically. Collective ways of thinking are changing and with that new paradigms are being created daily.

    As individuals we need to create new paradigms for the way that we operate in life. The old mindset consists of beliefs such as:

    • We need to manage our time;
    • Reduce our levels of stress;
    • Be disciplined;
    • Work hard all the time;
    • Financial rewards and recognition drive performance.

    However to enjoy a more fulfilled and engaged life these mind sets need to be altered to encourage new paradigms along the lines of:

    • Manage our energy,
    • Enjoy intense but limited levels of stress,
    • Introduce habits and rituals to support us,
    • Take time for recovery,
    • Purpose is the key to high performance.

    The key to high performance is creating alignment in these 4 cornerstones of life:

    Mind – our ability to focus our attention and organise our lives
    Body – our fundamental physical well-being which is the key source of energy in life
    Emotional – our ability to manage our emotions, connect with others, access positive emotions and experience joy, challenge, excitement and inner calm.
    Spiritual – our connection to, and courage to live by, our deepest values and a purpose beyond self-interest.

    I will explore in further blogs what it means to be aligned in each of these areas and things that you can start to do to find greater alignment in your life.

    To be fully engaged in our lives, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.”
      Jim Loehr

    Creating high performance teams starts with creating highly aligned individuals. If you take the analogy of the body again, if you have an ache, pain or injury somewhere, the body will try to compensate for this but in doing so other parts of the body will become misaligned, leading to strains and pain elsewhere. The same is true for machines. If there is a part that is misaligned then the rest of the machine will not function in a coordinated fashion and damage and excessive wear and tear occurs.

    The most empowering condition of all is when the entire organization is aligned with its mission, and people’s passions and purpose are in synch with each other.”

    Bill George Peter Sims

    If you want to create great results in your organisation it is necessary to work with the individuals in the organisation to ensure that they are aligned in themselves and aligned as a team. It is hard to have one without the other. Creating individual and team alignment takes time and can be undoubtedly challenging. The rewards, however, are immense, not only in terms of the business results generated but also in terms of the creation of highly energised, motivated and engaged individuals. Who wouldn’t want to work in a team or organisation made up of people like this?

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