Posts Tagged ‘success’

Get to Peak Productivity Fast

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Get to Peak Productivity Fast

What makes an elite performer isn’t how you show up when Plan A’s working. What reveals a true superstar is the way you deliver when your best laid plans are falling apart.

These are messy times. Days of intense volatility. A period of immense uncertainty. And one of the dominant themes in work + life these days is distraction (a constant stream of activities begging for our attention that in the end amount to nothing).

So the fight we face as Leaders Without Titles and as human beings on a mission to express our absolute best talents is to block out the noise so we get real work done. Here are some of my best strategies to help you do this:

#1. Get Great at Reverse Engineering: Engineers working with technology startups are masterful at taking a competitor’s product and breaking it apart – piece by piece – from the finished version to its initial components. After study, they then make their own product even better. Truly productive people do the same thing with their most valuable opportunity. They know the final result they are after and maintain acute clarity on it. Armed with this awareness, they reverse engineer this big goal into a series of small and actionable steps that they then put into a 1-2 page plan of execution. This strategy works for them. And it’ll work for you.

#2. Abhor Distraction: I fiercely fight distraction in my own life and teach the teams I work with at companies like Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Oracle along with the billionaires I privately coach how to do the same. Everyone’s fighting for your focus. And too many people are stealing your attention. Don’t be so generous in giving it to them – unless it’s for something that truly matters. So, clean out the distractions in your workspace and personal life. I just read that special forces on a military mission are kept in isolation from other teams and denied access to TV/Newspapers/Internet. Why? To PROTECT their focus so they deliver perfection on their mission. Pretty great metaphor for you and I, no? So please remember: Distraction is the greatest thief of time. And time is a non-renewable resource.

#3. Stop Multi-tasking: A recent case report shared a story of a medical resident who was using her cellphone to input data about the dosage of a patient she was attending. She was interrupted with a text message from a friend inviting her to a party. The resident replied and started a conversation. The only problem was she forgot to get back to her patient who then began receiving a near-fatal dose of the medicine. Open-heart surgery saved his live. But the larger point is that so few of us are fully present to the work/activity in front of us anymore. I see people on airport runways checking their Twitter feed. I see taxi drivers reviewing their emails. A huge competitive advantage falls to the 1 in 100 performer with the brilliance to develop the skill of becoming massively focused on the one thing in front of them. Truly a game-changing move.

#4. Build Rituals: Ok, this is another valuable tactic to unleash your productivity. When I studied the lives of People of Great Output like Stephen King, Winston Churchill and John Irving, I saw that they didn’t leave their productivity to the fleeting winds of inspiration. Instead, they instituted precise rituals into their daily lives that allowed their creativity to flourish. Stephen King, for example, sits down to work at 8 am every morning, in the same chair, with his papers set in the same way. His belief is that this obsessive consistency sends a signal to his mind to focus and deliver serious results.

#5. Launch at Beta: So many of us procrastinate by waiting for ideal conditions to get big things done. Here’s what I’ve learned from some of the software enterprises we’ve consulted with: launch at beta and then iterate to perfection. What I mean by that is stop waiting for perfect conditions or the perfect product before you get to market. Yes, I stand for ensuring anything you offer is best of breed. But sometimes putting off a project until it’s flawless demonstrates nothing more than your fear of success. And we both know you’re so much larger than that.

#6. Practice Productivity: When I was learning to ski, my instructor taught me about muscle memory. He made me practice many tiny moves over and over again sharing “this is going to build your muscle memory”, meaning that if I practiced the technique relentlessly, a time would eventually come where I could perform it swiftly, elegantly and unconsciously. Same applies to your productivity. Practice doing work that matters. Practice sitting in one place for many hours focused on a single result. Practice running rituals and elite performance routines that will lift you into the realm of world-class. Because as I know you know: Genius isn’t so much about genetics as it is about work ethic and sheer practice.

I hope these strategies have been of service to you. The world needs you at your productive best.

Stay Great,

Robin Sharma

P.S. Please mark your calendar for TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18. I’ve created a powerful training video sharing some of my advanced productivity techniques that will be uber-valuable to you that I’ll be sending your way. With my best wishes. Speak soon.

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6 Tools for Success in September

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Success in SeptemberMy goal is to help you make this month the most productive month of the year so far. To be of service to you, below please find 6 high-content resources:

1) The 3 Habits of Happiness
Excerpt From the Transcript of the Video: Well, I wanted to focus on the three habits of happiness or, maybe, not THE three but three habits that I know if you do them every day will make you a much happier person. Number one, gratitude. What I do, I have right¬† here, I’m just going to show you. I have my journal and almost everywhere I go I have my journal with me, and I write in my journal. A lot of what I write in my journal is daily gratitude. Here I am in South Africa. I’m at the Singita Game Reserve. …Continue reading

2) 35 Fast Tips to Make This Year Your Best Year Yet
Excerpt from the Article: I’m sitting on an airplane thinking about what the best performers and most successful people do to continually outperform everyone around them. I’ve come up with 35 Tips that I invite you to concentrate on. Share these tips, reflect on them, post them where you can see them – and allow them to infuse your mindset. …Continue reading

3) The Journey is the Game
Excerpt from the Article: One of the dominant values of our world is that we win once we reach our goals/objectives/mountaintops. We can only feel fulfilled when we get to the end of our quest and arrive at the place we’ve longed to reach. We can call ourselves successful only once we’ve done our dreams. Then we get to celebrate. Because we’ve arrived at our beautiful destination. But what if that value we hold so very closely to our hearts is wrong? …Continue reading

4) The Garbage Collector With the Brain Tattoo
Excerpt from the Article: One morning I was working at home rather than at our office as I needed to go into some deep creative work and that’s a place that allows me to get the job done. I heard a loud noise that caused me to stop and I ran to the window to see what happened. The man who
collects the garbage was picking up what seemed to be a thousand pieces that had fallen into the street. Something had happened to the truck’s hydraulic system and all the garbage had fallen out. It wasn’t a pretty scene. …Continue reading

5) One of the Greatest Keys to Success
Excerpt from the Article: A key piece to playing at your absolute best as a leader (and as a person) is to ensure that your daily schedule reflects your deepest values. Anything less is a flight from integrity. One of the exercises I’ve been taking our clients through at my “Leadership in Turbulent Times” workshop is called “The 5 Main Values.” I take participants through a powerful visualization where they visit themselves, not as they now are but as they want to be at the end of their career. Then they record the main 5 values they will have wished they’d worked under. …Continue reading

6) Your Perfect Day
Excerpt from the Article: While nothing’s perfect in business and in life, recording what your ideal day looks like is a smart move. Because with greater clarity comes better choices. What was the best day you’ve had in the past 12 months? What made it so special – and unforgettable? What things were you doing that time that gave you those superior results? Once you know what works, you can set about doing them with greater consistency. And consistency is the generator of Mastery. Here are 4 recommendations for a perfect day. …Continue reading

As always, I’m grateful for your support of my message and work. Let’s make September WOW.

Wishing you all green lights,

Robin Sharma

P.S. To really make sure I over-deliver for you this month, here’s a link to 91+ training videos:  

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Start Creating The Way Things Can Be

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Every minute spent worrying about "the way things were" is a moment stolen from creating "the way things can be."



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A Gift of Reading for You – The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

After an intense 6 months of crisscrossing the globe and sharing the Lead Without a Title message in nearly 30 countries, I’m dropping into deep renewal for a bit.

And as I reflect and renew, I think of you. And your support of my mission to help people work at wow and build lives that matter – so we all make the world better.

As my thanks, I wanted to give you the first chapters of my latest book “The Secret Letters of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” (readers from around the world love it even more than the original Monk book).

Here are the chapters:

Click here to read The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

(click the cover to start reading right now)

Wishing you all green lights. Speak soon.

Robin Sharma

P.S. I’d also like to give you my 125 Page eBook “The Little Black Book For Stunning Success” that will keep you at your absolute best over the remaining months of 2012. Get it right here:

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7 Articles To Change The Game

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

7 Articles To Change The GameHope you’re great. For this month’s newsletter I want to help you refocus on what’s truly most important in business and in life. More than ever before distractions pollute our days and pull us into doing fake work versus the real work that changes the game.

So to be of service to you and your team, I’ve pulled out 7 of my most widely read articles for you to read, share and reflect on. Thanks for being a member of The Lead Without A Title Movement. Stay inspired!

1) The 50 New Rules of Work (20,800 Shares)
The global economy is in a state of acute disruption. Competition has never been more fierce. Consumers have never been so well-informed and loudly demanding. And what worked yesterday just might be obsolete today. But this time is also a great time, for the astonishing few who are ready to show leadership. …Click here to read the rest

2) How Remarkable Entrepreneurs Build Winning Teams (17,990 Views)
Building a winning team is essential to success. In this video I share with you the 5 best practices Remarkable Entrepreneurs use to build a team of superstars. …Click here to read the rest

3) 17 Tips To Double Your Productivity In 14 Days (6357 Shares)
One of the modules from The Remarkable Entrepreneur SuperConference is on “Doubling Your Productivity in 30 Days”, based on my work with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in business. I wanted to share 17 of the tactics I’ve learned that I know will help you lean into your productive best in this age of dramatic distraction. …Click here to read the rest

4) Create Great Relationships (3972 Shares)
The digital world is a beautiful thing. Apps boost our productivity and elevate our personal lives. eBooks make reading more accessible and elegant. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter connect us – and allow for the sharing of information in radically new ways. But along with the opening of new frontiers that technology brings, I’m witnessing a closing of something else. We just don’t personally interact in the same ways that we once did. Tempers have grown quicker. Conversations have become shorter. And good manners are becoming obsolete. …Click here to read the rest

5) 15 Ways To Do Your Best Work (3879 Shares)
1) Do your best work by challenging the way you did things yesterday. 2) Do your best work by allowing your passion to see the light of day. 3) Do your best work by becoming part of the solution versus growing the problem. 4) Do your best work by expecting nothing less than you playing at world-class. 5) Do your best work by giving away the credit (especially when you crave it) …Click here to read the rest

6) How Do You Define Success (3378 Shares)
Too many people are living their neighbors’ lives. So many amongst us are building our futures based on a definition of success sold to us by society+the media+our peers. That’s fine if you’re consciously choosing to live by those values. But what if – at truth – you have a different set of values. And the success you are currently chasing actually has little to do with what will make you happy when you review your life at the end? …Click here to read the rest

7) The 5 Big Opportunities of This Down Cycle (1118 Shares)
OK. We’re in some challenging times. Economies are shifting. Businesses are reconfiguring. And deep uncertainty dominates many peoples’ mindsets. But smart leaders get that crisis breeds opportunity. And so they train their brains to focus on nothing else. Here are 5 of the NBO’s (Nice Big Opportunities) I’ve been sharing with my clients. …Click here to read the rest

Keep Leading Without A Title.

Robin Sharma

P.S. Want to spend 2 days with me in Mauritius July 17-18 learning to be an elite performer in turbulent times? The Elite Performers Business Forum is your chance. Join me for 2 full days of learning on building a great team + company + life. For more details click here.

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