Are You A Good Kisser?
By that I mean, “Are you good at Keeping It Simple Stupid?”
Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for some passion tips. I write about career advancement, management, leadership and business success here. That’s a passion of mine. I couldn’t resist the catchy hook right after Valentine’s Day!
Has it ever been harder to keep it simple than it is today? We’re surrounded by distractions, literally swimming in them now, with our “smart” phones, 24/7 work email, instant porn and non-stop breaking news. It’s so easy to get stuck in the muck.
On the other hand, it isn’t difficult to stay focused, either. It’s a matter of will power and choosing good habits. Pretty much the big “secret” to happiness in general.
Why then is focus and discipline so rare? It’s the oldest story in the book. In fact, it’s just about the entire story in The Good Book. It’s obviously a challenge to our human nature.
Were You A Bitch And Moan Victim?
So much of our attitude about work depends on how we were raised. Most people do not get this message as children from their parents and their families.
During your childhood, were you surrounded by adults that loved to bitch and moan about work? About how stupid their boss was? About how they hated their jobs? If no, jump directly to #1 below.
If yes, you need to know that you were imprinted with a “Victim” mindset, and that this mindset can be discarded and replaced. You couldn’t leave home when you were a kid, but now you can. You must understand that you are responsible for your life and your choices. You must learn to take responsibility for the life you lead.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to change your mindset, a great book to start with is “The Road Less Traveled,” by Scott Peck.
But I want to keep this simple and focused on work success, so here’s a quick quiz to help you remember what’s important.
#1 Do You Know The Law of Threes?
The “Law of Threes” is the greatest KISS tool I’ve ever seen. I learned this from my guru, Brian Tracy.
“This law says that 90% of all of your results and eventually, your income, come from only three of your daily activities,” Tracy says.
Basically, you can count your most important priorities of all areas of your life on three fingers.
We can use this as our guide to gaining control of our work and career. Nice and simple!
#2 What Are My Top Three Priorities at Work Today?
If I could do only one thing today at work, what would have the greatest impact on my success? Write your answer.
If I could do only two things today at work, what else would have the greatest impact? Write your answer.
If I could do only three things today at work, what else would have the greatest impact? Write your answer.
Do this first thing every day at work. Some very disciplined executives do this every night before they leave so they have their goals for tomorrow all set when they arrive. Great tool for those who can’t seem to leave work at the office!
Now that you have simplified your day, write the following:
#3 MyTop Three Priorities at Work This Week
#4 My Top Three Priorities at Work This Month
#5 My Top Three Priorities at Work This Year
As you develop this focus on your Top Three Priorities and do it every day for a month, you’ll make it a habit. When you make this a habit every day at work, you will have separated yourself from the herd. You will unleash real power for career advancement and success. I’m not exaggerating at all.
Hey, you can kiss that victim goodbye forever. That’s simply awesome stupid!
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