3 Simple Steps to Create Change Today
I wanted to write this blog post due to more of a pet peeve than anything. Far to many times people wait until its too late to create a positive change. The story presented is that they will start on Monday, or on New Years Day, or after my birthday. So what’s the problem if they have a plan? Below are three simple steps to create a change the right way, right now.
1. Create a Plan
Sit down and outline exactly what you are looking to change. The first step to any improvement is to identify the problem and expose it. What is wrong and what can improve? What does your ideal state look like in 30, 60, 90 days? Do you need help, if so from who? Do not be embarrassed or scared, everyone has challenges. Remember, you could have a problem with a product you are ready to release, a drug problem, a eating disorder, financial problems…Your problems are no different than your bosses or your role model. There is no reason why you cannot create an impact on your life. No EXCUSE.
2. Start Now
Wait, like right now? YES! This very second… you have just started your plan whether you like it or not. Are you looking to quit smoking cigarettes? Guess what, you just did and you will not have one more..You will not quit after this pack. Get up right now and throw them away. This is the MOST IMPORTANT step. If you wait for 5 minutes you are already failing yourself. Is your “problem” different from someone else? NOPE, drop what you are doing and fix it now. The element of change does not exist by waiting. Change happens when you allow it to and its happening now.
3. Evaluate & Measure
Evaluate what you are doing and measure the success. Is there something you can do different to create a larger positive impact? This is a great time to evaluate your plan and identify if you are meeting your goals. Along with that, re-plan for your next goals. Measure and execute.
Get out there and make a difference today. Remember you put your pants on the same way as everyone else and can do anything you set your mind to.
This post was written by Sean Gibbons.
4 Simple Ways to Make A Difference
Greet Them with Enthusiasm
Set the tone for the day by being vibrant and enthusiastic. Keep it simple and sweet and make an impact.
Take a few moments to compliment your peers or even just tell them what a good job they are doing, it will go further than you think.
Hold the Door for Someone
Not everyone should be in a rush, take the extra couple of seconds to hold the door open for the person behind you.
Don’t overlook the power of this. Your smile sets the pace for your mood, make sure you are in front.
This post was written by Sean Gibbons
3 Reasons Why Self Esteem is Your Biggest Obstacle
1. If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?
Self esteem is one of those topics that isn’t talked about enough. Most individuals fail not because their idea didn’t work out, but simply because they didn’t believe they could carry out an action before they even starting it. Can you image how silly it sounds for someone to buy something from you when you don’t even believe in the product or yourself as a representative. Convince yourself before you convince others.
2. Don’t beat yourself at your own game
This really ties in to our points above. The idea is to give yourself the opportunity to win. Discrediting your idea before it starts doesn’t even allow your boss or customer have the opportunity to shut it down. You have already lost before you have begun. Dianne Sawyer once said, “Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.”
3. Fear is just a feeling
I’ll reference the quote in the previous point as the basis of my argument. Every single person in this country has an equal right to success in anything. There is always this pre-conceived notion that there are privileged individuals who have a better chance of success. I cannot say this is true or not, but what I can say is that the CEO of General Mills and the student at a local community college put their pants on the same way every day. I cannot stress the importance of not fearing your peers. You can & you will succeed as long as you believe it, have the will to work for it and never quit.
BELIEVE YOU CAN. TRUST IN YOURSELF. WORK HARD.
This post was written by Sean Gibbons.
3 Easy Steps to Kick Your Stress to the Curb
1. Clear Your Mind
Not everything we do qualifies as a life-or-death experience. Let’s be honest, some things can just wait. Typically people believe that stress is born due to having too much work, or perhaps something going wrong or potentially wrong. Now, I can’t stop any of these things and typically neither can you. So how can we reduce the pain that this causes. The first is to write down your total work load down daily. Each morning I spend 5-10 minutes creating a check list of all the action items I have due. This could be overwhelming, but I do not stop until I get everything on my piece of paper. This exercise allows you to remove the clutter of thought from your brain which prohibits the process that makes you feel overwhelmed.
2. Organize & Prioritize
Your check list is written and your mind is clear. Your next step is to prioritize your action items by most important to least important. The items that get worked on first WILL NOT be the items that have the closest due date. You will focus specifically first on the items that will create the greatest impact to what you are doing. If you are in sales like I am, I focused on my largest accounts first, then move down my list.
When starting a task, place 100 percent of your focus solely on that activity until it is completed. By now, you are probably asking how the heck this will reduce stress. You are probably asking why multi-tasking isn’t more effective. This exercise is not a diaper for your stress, it is a solution to kick stress to the curb. By religiously following this exercise you will start to realize the return on your investments. You will learn not to sweat the small stuff and life will move on. You will spend less time “fixing” problems, and more time executing plans.
Get out there and win.
3 Steps to Beating Anxiety
1. Identify the Triggers
The most important thing to know before tackling anxiety is to understand what anxiety is (not just understand the feeling). Anxiety is a form of fear when there is no immediate threat to ones life. Essentially, it is fear of the UNKNOWN. The first step in battling your anxiety is to understand what causes it. I challenge you to carry a notebook for one week. Each time you start to feel anxious, analyze what your day looks like and get a feel of the most challenging topics/subjects/tasks of the day – document it. By the end of the week, you should have a decent amount of notes to reference back on. Where are the trends? What do you see that repeats itself? For example, my anxiety triggers are: getting a call from an unknown number, receiving a challenging email I just don’t have the answer to, and sometimes leading up to an event where I will have to speak publicly. As you can see, when you take a step back and analyze my triggers, it is fear of the unknown! Who is calling me and why? How can I answer this email honestly with the correct information? What happens if I forget the topics I am speaking about?
2. Flip the Script
Flip the script means change your perspective. This is extremely difficult for people due to the need to over-analyze a situation, so I am going to make it really simple. Anxiety is pessimistic, excitement is optimistic. While you may feel fearful about what comes next, try shifting your perspective to a form of excitement. Who is calling me? The president! How can I answer this email honestly with the correct information? Ask for help and give your honest answer – life rolls on! What happens if I forget the topics I am speaking about? I get the opportunity to speak because I have earned it, and I provide valuable information even if I miss a few small points. Life is about opportunities and being excited about those opportunities.
3. Shift Your Energy
Eliminate dwell time in your life. Try turning your TV off and do things you love, preferably active things. I really don’t have much to add other than live the life you want to live. Enjoy your life in a way that you want to enjoy it. Do the things you want to, because YOU CAN.
This post was written by Sean Gibbons. Sean is a visionary set out to challenge the thoughts of today’s generations. You can follow him at:
2 Simple Ways to Maintain Good Character
1. Don’t Talk Negatively About Others
Talking down to others directly reflects the way someone else perceives you. Not only does it degrade your character, but it shows a lack of respect for your peers around you.
2. Be Humble
Let your actions speak for themselves. Keep your mouth shut and be proud of your work on your own. There is no need to push it on someone else, it will be recognized.
4 Easy Steps to Get Ahead
1. Do it Now
What ever it is that you were planning on starting or finishing, always do it now. Tomorrow is life’s biggest excuse and if you take a look at it closer, when has anyone accomplished anything “tomorrow?” NONE.
2. Define What Success Is
Most people view success as this dreamy wonderland they will arrive at in 10+ years. Redefine what success is by setting one, three and five year SMART goals that are realistic and achievable. See what SMART goals are here.
3. Realize What Holds You Back
The number one excuse I hear is that people don’t have enough time. Success doesn’t wait for you, you must create it. Remember your favorite show you watched for an hour? Guess what, thats one hour of time that you could of missed the opportunity to be successful. My favorite motivational video for this is by Eric Thomas, I highly recommend you watch this (all of it).
4. Stay Consistent
Long term results don’t stem from one-hit-wonders. If you can be consistent in all that you do, you will significantly improve the quality of your life.
This article was written by Sean Gibbons. Sean is visionary and entrepreneur seeking to make a difference one person at a time. Join him on his journey through life.