There is a debate between either working harder or smarter, but I believe you can combine the two and work more efficiently when you tackle a task. Working harder in shorter bursts, and focusing completely for a limited time, is far more productive than dragging things out to fill time. Surely you want to complete the task and still have time left to do all the good stuff that you enjoy.
Try this for yourself. Take a task that you normally do and write down the process that you need to follow. Be very clear on the steps required and what resources you will need to complete the task. Now write down how long you would normally take to complete the task. You have now completed a plan of attack to complete the task.
What I would like, is for you to do it in half the time. Create and deadline that can’t be broken. Convince yourself how important it is to complete the task in the new allotted time. Failure to finish by this deadline is not an option. You don’t have time to think about what can go wrong so you will tackle the challenge with military precision. You won’t have time to procrastinate or get distracted, you just need to go for it and do what you need to do.
Your competitive nature will drive you to succeed. You will focus on winning the race, the race against your most valuable commodity, time. You will gain the same euphoria winning extra time as you would win any other challenge. It will leave you with a sense of achievement and give you a spike of happiness in your day.
Now challenge your competitiveness and do the challenge again taking off another fifty per cent. Push yourself to complete it as efficiently as you can as quickly as you can. Don’t think about it just do it. Hone your skills and turn yourself into a well-oiled machine just for that moment in time.
I found this a great way to complete all the tasks which I hated but needed to be done. The jobs that always went to the back of the queue and never got finished now became a challenge. I reframed something boring into something exciting and gained time for me in the process.
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 194-196 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/
Isn't it strange how one person sees a task as a chore, whereas someone else sees it as a challenge, yet it is the same task?
Isn't it strange how one person sees a task as a chore, whereas someone else sees it as a challenge, yet it is the same task? Attitude controls our perception and installs our passion. It will either make us receptive or defensive.
We generally consider the word "attitude" to be a negative trait, but if you take attitude in the correct context, it can be a very powerful motivator to strive and achieve. Someone with a positive attitude will drive forward taking obstacles in their stride, creating opportunities and changing outcomes. Someone with a negative attitude can create barriers to be defensive and sabotage change.
Naturally in our daily life we sit somewhere in the middle. Circumstances, stimuli and emotions, can all be factors that determine our attitude at any specific time. Being mindful that we have the power to affect our attitude, it will ultimately determine the outcome. It is interesting to consider that we can control our attitude rather than letting our attitude control us. Are we a passenger in our vehicle of life or are we the driver? The choice is yours.
I believe emotion to be a reactive state brought on by what has happened. Therefore attitude is our conscious effort to make something happen. It is proactive and within our control to change the future. Everyone must have a reason to do something, whether that to be through choice or necessity but attitude creates our passion and our desire.
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 149-151 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/
The fear of what could happen generally holds us back far more than what really does happen. We tend to find more evidence to support our negative beliefs than our optimism. Therefore we learn to live in a safe bubble. It’s appropriate when it serves you well but once you have out grown it you resent the orb around you.
I’ve taken a lesson from my martial arts and used the principle in my life “it’s the action that gets the result.” If you wait for the perfect time it will never happen. I often see my martial arts students waiting to execute their practiced technique only to find their timing is wrong and it doesn’t work. Although they are honing their skills in a gym, when they are presented with a scenario on the street, it has to work first time.
When I started my three peaks challenge I learnt more from my first step than the map I was reading. I had to be prepared to stay safe, I had provisions, I had direction and I had a support network on the end of the phone. The only thing that would have stopped me completing my challenge was not to take the first step. What was I frightened of, apart from failing?
What would motivate you to overcome your fear?
If you had everything you needed what would stop you?
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 166-167 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/
A great quote from the American founder of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got" and it is so true. If we want change then we have to change something in our life. If you change one detail then it’s surprising what a difference it makes.
A friend of mine always left home at 8.30am to take the children to school before work. He would get frustrated by the queues of traffic on the school lane. He would then struggle to get parked at the school gates, and then once again fight his way through the traffic to get to work on time. The whole episode was a stressful experience and would put him in a bad mood for the rest of the day.
He decided to change his routine. He began to leave his home at 8.15am, park his car at the end of the school lane and walked the children to school. He enjoyed the exercise and smiled at the other motorists stuck in the mayhem. He would take the children into school, then walk or sometimes jog back to his car, before the onward journey. He would still get to work at the same time, but he felt refreshed and ready for his working day. His mood was different because he did something different.
If you could do just one thing different today, what would it be?
Can you make this a new standard in your life?
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 114-115 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/
One thing that did have a huge impact on my life was to change the language I used. Rather than say something was good, I changed it to say it was great. Rather than saying my day was okay, I changed it to say it was brilliant. Just by changing the words to carry a stronger emotion made me believe that it was true.
If you tell yourself that something is bad enough times you believe yourself. The subconscious part of the brain can’t rationalise language. It believes what it is told. The conscious part of the brain allows logic, how we interpret and process facts. Therefore by using more positive emotion words, you can lift your mood and your subconscious brain believes it to be true.
Try it the next time you speak to someone and they ask how your day is. Rather than saying that your day is okay, tell them with enthusiasm how brilliant it is and watch their reaction. Generally people will influence the behaviour of others around them. The words you use can be the catalyst for something better.
Body posture had a huge effect on my attitude and persona. A song that constantly played through my head until my subconscious brain believed it. It was a song from my childhood sung by Val Doonican called “Walk Tall”.
“Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye. That’s what my mama told me when I was about knee high. She said son be a proud man and hold your head up high. Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye”.
Whenever I stoop and hide my face, whenever I drop my glaze and try to hide in the crowd, good old Val starts singing to me from his famous rocking chair.
Next time you read a book try the same posture. Read a section hunched over the pages and then again with your head up and shoulders back. Although the words are the same it’s amazing how you will interpret the text in a different way. You will change your task from a chore to a pleasure and register the content more easily.
Now try the same thing when you talk to other people. Allow your back to straighten and forehead to lift. Pull your shoulders back and smile. There are so many books written on body language and posture, yet we all fail to adopt these techniques in our everyday life. Even when you talk to people on the telephone, your posture determines your tone and how your message is received by others.
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” by Mike Bowden pages 103-105 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/