Answer these 10 questions to determine if you are conditioned for success.
1: When you have a great idea, do you
A: Get excited and tell everybody then lose that level of excitement quickly
B: Get excited at first but fail to follow through with consistent action
C: Feel less excited and create & follow through on an action plan
2: When you get knocked down on your quest of success, do you
A: Feel depressed, feel sorry for yourself and give up
B: Need some time to recoup but move forward with uncertainty
C: Find it, Fix it and forget about it and move forward with confidence
3: When asking for something you believe in and you get a No, do you
A: Accept the NO and drop what you believe
B: Keep trying a few times but then drop it.
C: Understand that NO means “not yet” and figure out a way to get a YES,
4: When an opportunity presents itself that you weren’t expecting, do you
A: Move pass it, without evaluating it, because it doesn’t fit into your initial plan
B: Evaluate it, but with an attitude of why it won’t work
C: Evaluate it with an open mind that your initial plan may need to be adjusted
5: When being around people more successful than yourself, do you
A: Feel out of place and uncomfortable
B: Feel OK, but keep from interacting
C: Engage with them with confidence
6: When someone challenges your point of view, do you
A: Argue with them and really don’t listen to them
B: Listen to them but you are really not open to change
C: Listen to them; question them to see if it has merit
7: When someone doesn’t meet your expectation, do you
A: Get angry and take it personally
B: Take it personally but find out why it wasn’t accomplished
C: Re-evaluate what you could have done or said better
8: When you have that break out moment, (such as making the biggest sale), do you
A: Get excited, celebrate and then sit back to feel how great you are
B: Get excited, let others know how special it was and then re-focus
C: Feel good, but know it’s just a marker you should expect and move forward
9: When trying to make a point, do you
A: Go on and on using stories and other references
B: Explain until the other person gets it
C: Make sure they commit to the objective of your point first, and then explain why your point works
10: How much is Luck involved in success,
A: Very much. You need luck to be successful
B: Luck helps but so does hard work
C: Very little, it’s about understanding how to be successful
A= 10 points, B=5 points, C=2 points
Under 30 = Congratulations, you have a high level of certainty.
30 - 90 = You need to raise your level of certainty.
Above 90 = You are under-conditioned for success.
How to Condition your Mind for Success
Great, you just completed the questionnaire: “Are you Conditioned for Success?” The answers you choose and the score you received is a way to measure the symptoms that determine the level of an ingredient that must be present and is present in all Successful people. That ingredient is Certainty.
Certainty is the driving force that pushes you through those barriers we call fear. Certainty allows us to get back up when we are knocked down and helps keep our focus intense and our approach efficient. Certainty creates those powerful feelings of Confidence, Trust, Faith and Positivity.
Look at the level of Certainty to the strength of the muscle of a weightlifter. The stronger his or her muscle is, the heavier (or more successful) they will be.
The enemy of Certainty is the opposite ingredient which creates fear, anxiety, stress, anger and self-doubt: Uncertainty. Unfortunately, we are surrounded by and influenced by uncertainty more than certainty.
“When we condition our mind correctly, we are increasing the level of certainty to the point of positive action towards a large goal that we have not conquered.”
A long distance runner must condition their body to run long distance. Yes, many can run a shorter distance but our bodies grow tired and we stop. The same exact thing happens to our mind. We are able to push forward and have great days, weeks, months or even years. Yet, we grow mentally tired and become complacent.
In fact, Certainty, as powerful as it is, has a little nasty side effect called Comfort aka our comfort zone. We make our current situation comfortable and use certainty as a way to create comfort. The correct way is to develop inner certainty which creates any new situation, which is uncertain at first, certain without letting up.
How we condition our mind has a lot to do with first controlling the behaviors we don’t even realize. When I created the Peak Performance Manual and utilized it with top Professional Athletes, Olympic Athletes and top CEO’s, they were amazed at how effective it was to create success. The reason is, the process is a simple and straight forward way to develop true inner certainty. I want to give you a jump start to developing a higher level of Certainty, which will start the conditioning of your mind. Here are some simple things you can do right now:
• When you accomplish anything great or get a compliment, accept it rather than explain it.
• Limit your emotional reaction. Emotion is uncertainty, so let’s keep that ingredient away.
• Focus on the moment and what you can do now to affect a better outcome.
• Know why you are great. Whatever you know, you will become certain with and use.
• Know where you are going in your mind first. Visualize it, feel it and start to surround yourself with it.
• Dare yourself to do something you have been avoiding.
These simple steps are a very powerful way to start to condition your mind. I am Certain they work!!!
Believe it not … small amounts of stress is actually good for you. Having said that, Cortisol (The Stress Chemical) is released from your adrenal gland for physical protection. If you were in a burning building and the stress level spiked, releasing the cortisol in your system would give you the burst of energy you need to get out of harms way. The benefit are two fold, one being the burst of energy, the second being the physical exercise that should proceed from the cortisol spike. The danger comes when we have mental stress, and worry about things that we can’t control. The cortisol gets released into system, increasing our heart rate, blood sugars levels spike and blood pressure rises. This can trigger a host of problems from depression, over eating, and a lack of energy. The excess cortisol will also make you crave unhealthy carbs, whichtriggers a fat storing function in the body.
The effects of higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:
Bear in mind that an appropriate stress response is a healthy and necessary part of life. One of the things stress does is release norepinephrine, one of the principal excitatory eurotransmitters. Norepinephrine is needed to create new memories. It improves your mood. Problems feel more like challenges, which encourages creative thinking, that stimulates your brain to grow new connections within itself. Stress management is the key, not stress elimination. The challenge in this day and age is to not let the sympathetic nervous system stay chronically aroused. This may require knowledge of techniques that work to activate your relaxation response.
Coming soon to Opus Workspace is Gary Parks; “Opus Maximize your Personal Performance” life Manual. Understand how to use Stress as your personal motivator, managing this could be the the one thing that has held you back.
Memory is a fought for resource. How many things in our lives are trying to get our attention, the media spends billions a year in marketing to get into our memory. So here are a few practical tips to remember the important things in our lives.
Reminders inside Opus Workspace
Reminders are located inside your task in the right menu.
Reminders are a great way to remind you about a task by sending yourself an email at a selected time and date. You can also use reminders as a start date. All your reminders show up in your calendar.
The Checklist is a timeless way to stay organized and on point when it comes to getting things done. Whether your using the list to plan a trip, or a checklist that sits beside your desk that is updated throughout the day. They are always handy and needful.
3 Tips for Great Checklists
Checklists in Opus Workspace
Checklist items are a great way to add small to-dos to any task or workspace. Conveniently located in the middle of your screen, just click and add items and press enter, and check them off as your done.
Note: Any user that has access to the task or workspace sees the checklist items
It’s hard to concentrate when you have a lot on your mind and there’s a lot to do. Here are a few tips to keep you more organized to better concentrate on the work at hand.
Tasks inside Opus Workspace
Tasks are located in the left bar menu under “My Tasks”
WHAT IS A TASK
Tasks are basically things that need to get done. They can be things you need to do for yourself, or things someone else has to do for you. Just like writing an item on apiece of paper, the more clear and actionable the item is, the better.
Example of a poor task name: Call George
Example of a better tasks name: Call George Re Sales Report
Just the name Call George will force you to try and remember what you’re calling him about. Poor task names will also tempt you to procrastinate because you’re not sure of the context of the task.
HOW TO ASSIGN A TASK TO SOMEONE ELSE
The Tasks section includes the tasks you have created for yourself, and also tasks that have been assigned to you, as well as tasks you have assigned to other Opus users. You can assign a task quickly by selecting Assignment in the right side menu inside your task. Tasks you have assigned to others will remain in your Task list so you can always see the status of the task.
TASKS INSIDE A WORKSPACE
Tasks can be added to a Workspace from within a Workspace, or can be added later by DRAG and DROP (simply click your mouse down on the tasks avatar, hold, and drag the task where you want it to go).
You can collaborate on your task to provide feedback, updates, and files or simply keep the team up to date on that task. Comments are always front and center inside Opus.
When your task is completed, be sure to complete it by selecting the checkbox beside the task name in the list, or selecting the complete button in the task details. If you were working on this task with someone else, that person will receive an email that the task was completed.
Starting Your Day Right
Starting your day off right is what separates many people from having a successful day.
When we designed Opus Workspace we had the start of persons day in mind. So we built the “LaunchPad”. The LaunchPad is the perfect way to start your day before you start working.
The LaunchPad is your home screen and it gives you a view of all your Tasks and Workspaces with end dates, and incudes your local weather and any video messages you might have received. It also has an inspiring wallpaper background that changes every week.
So don’t waste the beginning of your day, use the LaunchPad and find out what’s ahead of you, and plan your day accordingly. Your co-workers and clients will thank you for it.
The Differences Between Goals and Dreams
Don’t confuse your dreams with goals. Dreams occupy your mind, but goals change your reality.
Here is the differenece between Dreams and Goals:
Setting Goals with Due Dates in Opus
Due dates are located inside your Workspace or Task in the right menu.
If at all possible, it’s always a good idea to assign due dates to tasks or workspaces.
Here are some advantages:
“A Goal without a due date is only a wish”.
Prioritize Your Tasks with Drag and Drop
Don’t let everybody you work with determine your priorities. Manage your own list of priorities.
Your Email Is Not Your To-Do List
Most of us if we are honest feel the need to be more efficient and better organized at work. A common mistake people make when they are making changes to becoming a better worker is to use the same tools they already use for other new things.
Using a tool for the purpose other than it was originally designed for entails a very high cost in terms of efficiency and time, especially for the demand in daily maintenance.
There is an endless number of great software to help you be more organized and remain more efficient. Evernote, Google Calendar, Email, and the list goes on and on.
One of the most common practices, especially in the corporate world, is to use the email as a to-do list. If it is your case, let me give you some reasons why you should stop doing it now:
Separate your email from your task management. When you are checking your inbox, just capture the necessary actions in your task manager.