You can have the greatest idea or product, the best branding and market positioning, but if your team members do not fully believe in it, then your business will not flourish.

Just as important as whether your team believes in your idea or product, is do you believe in your team members? What you believe about yourself and your team will hugely impact your performance.

So be mindful of the beliefs you create – be it in your product and ideas or of you and your team.

Your beliefs supported by your actions will create your reality!

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Roadmap to a Wow Life!

First – Craft a Wow statement you would want to articulate to either your creator when you report back or to your loved ones so that they may share it when speaking about your life.

Second – Define your short, medium, and long-term goals by aligning them to your Wow statement.

Third – Execute and consistently evaluate your life based on your goals as defined above.

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Self Fulfilling Prophecy!

What you believe in is what you will ultimately invite into your life.

The universe is an open field of potentiality. What you can imagine and what you want to believe, you will start creating. Your intent; your approach, as well as all that you attract in your life, including people and situations, work towards re-affirming your belief. Once you make a choice, you give up your right to the choice which lies at the other end of the spectrum.

Ultimately, what we choose to believe is a decisive part of how we choose to experience life. So be careful of what you choose to believe in; it might just become a self fulfilling prophecy!

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Judging You!

Most of us judge others based on who we are, not who they are. We think we know a lot about others when we still have not figured out ourselves. It is so difficult to know oneself and almost impossible to really know others.

If we keep judging others adversely, we need to look deeper. We may find that what we are seeing in others, maybe a reflection of who we are.

Most people have a good side and not so good side. What do you notice more? If you focus on the good in others, it also reflects the good in you. When you see beauty, you are beauty!

The side benefit of seeing good in others is that we attract the good in them.

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Self Belief!

You have many unused gifts buried inside you. Some you are aware of, others you have yet to clue into.

Those you are aware of, you need to ignite by self-belief, discipline and continuous reminder. Those you are unaware of, begin the process of self-discovery through observation, reflection, and meditation. As you become aware of new gifts, optimize them by applying them at every opportunity.

The key is to remain steadfast in the belief that you indeed have these gifts. If you do not believe, they will be difficult to unleash, no matter what.

With self-belief in your innate gifts, you can spark success; one self-fulfilling prophecy after another!

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Winner’s Recipe

confident3Winner’s have many positive attributes. Here are some of them that you can emulate:

1. Take 100 % responsibility.

I have come across many successful people around the world. One quality they all have is they take full responsibility for their life. I have also come across people who always have an excuse for their shortcomings. For them, it is usually someone else’s fault. Taking 100 percent responsibility for your shortcomings and failures is the key to your success and happiness. When you take responsibility, you announce to the world that if things are going to change, you will be the catalyst. To create a winning attitude, take 100 % responsibility for your life.

2.   Decide and reinforce.

Once you decide what you stand for and where you are going, reinforce it in as many ways as you can. Emphasize it in your verbal, written, non-verbal and third-party communication. Go forward, and make decisions that help you implement your ideas. The more you reinforce them, the deeper your understanding and confidence will become. When people on your team see you in that mode, they start to increase the tempo, and you will see a positive effect. However, the starting point is you as the leader. If you waver in your actions or decision making, you signal a doubt about your intentions and plans.

3.   Value feedback.

Regular feedback and accountability can be very valuable. Being open and objective allows you to evaluate where you can do better. We all have blind spots and can miss some obvious errors we may be making. One of the qualities of successful people is inviting feedback and being open to it. There is always room for improvement, even when you have performed at your peak.

4.   Break it down.

When you are faced with a lot to do, there are three simple and valuable things you can do:

• Break things down into small pieces.

• Prioritize and put timelines around each task.

• Begin with the first item.

These tips seem simplistic, but they work. The alternative is anxiety and worry, which waste time and drain energy.

5. Do one thing at a time.

Finish one important task completely. Most people prefer to have a hand in many things at the same time in the name of multi-tasking and efficiency. The danger with this approach is that you will finish many things at about 80 to 90 percent instead of doing the few most important things at 100 percent. Sometimes the problem is that you do not know what the most important thing is; at other times the problem is that you are not able to focus. Multi-tasking can also mean that you are running away from the one most important thing that you “must do.”

One important task totally completed is worth more than a few tasks nearly complete.

6. Avoid unnecessary interruptions.

Interruptions can create an unproductive day or days. Some interruptions are valuable and need to be attended to. However, there are many interruptions which are not important. You need to be vigilant to differentiate between these two.

7.   Build on momentum.

Beginning something new is harder. It requires much more energy and commitment. When things are in motion, it is easier to keep them in motion. Usually I go to sleep early and wake up early. But one time I got up around midnight, bursting with ideas. I decided to act on them and implement my thoughts. By 2:30 a.m. I was able to put together material that I had been struggling to complete for the past few years. I could not believe how clear everything appeared. I learned that when you have momentum you want to go all out. Whether the momentum is in an idea or an insight, you want to act on it right away—whether it is midnight or midday. Ideas come from the highern, and by acting on them right away, you express gratitude for the blessing. If you procrastinate, you lose the momentum and the intensity of the idea.

8. When winning takes over

When you notice things falling into place, you may be tempted to say “I am lucky.” However, usually things fall into place because you:

• are becoming more clear and focused

• are becoming confident of your success

• have accelerated your work rate.

The above combination results in luck and synchronicity.

9.   Don’t let the past dictate the future.

It does not matter where you start; it is where you finish that counts. Bill Gates was a college dropout who at times enjoyed playing poker in lieu of going to classes at Harvard. He started Microsoft in 1975, went public in 1986 and became one of the richest men on earth with his belief in the power of digital tools.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple in 1976 in Steve Job’s garage. In 1996, Apple was struggling. Today, Apple is one of the most dynamic and creative success stories. Albert Einstein had challenges with some of the most basic daily activities but was one of the eminent scientific geniuses of the 20th century. The past does not equal the future.

Positive Change

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In stable times, habitual patterns work for you. They become your preferred patterns of reacting. It gives you a sense of control.

A customer delays payment. You then send in the standard follow-up letter. You take the same route to work every day. You don’t have to map it out in your mind every morning. It’s almost as if every turn were programmed into your car’s steering. Taking that route is an involuntary choice.

Your life seems to be on auto-pilot and your story seems uneventful enough. The plot thickens when certain things around you begin to change.

A new thoroughfare opens up and makes it easier and more convenient to take another route. But you still find yourself habitually going the old way until you consciously establish a new pattern. For a while, you have to map out the new route mentally and force yourself to take it instead of the old route.

Change stops the process of involuntary actions and forces us to reconsider. It disrupts the pattern and demands that we respond appropriately. So our focus is invariably on adjusting to the change or fighting it. But change is not always about adaptation, it can also signal an opportunity for creating something better. Uber did not disrupt the average taxi service because it used technology for online booking. It succeeded because it created a better experience for the customer. In the same way, the invention of 3D printing could very well disrupt the way we approach manufacturing. These changes ended up creating a better experience.

Next time, instead of fighting change or surrendering to it, find out how it can help you to create a better outcome for you and others.

How to work with change:

1. Believe it holds promise for you – Every change usually holds a potential for improvement. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t exist. Therefore, however unpleasant it may seem, look for the lesson contained in it; know that you can learn to work with it, use it to learn something valuable, or better still, help it propel you in an altogether new direction.

2. Write a journal – Writing is probably the best way to make sense of life. We are often sleepwalking through important experiences in life and writing forces us to pay attention to unconscious patterns or repetitive ways of thinking. It gives voice to our intuition, fears, and insights, providing greater clarity and understanding about the situation at hand.

3. Commit to learning one new activity every week – Get out of your comfort zone. Make it a point to try one new experience or activity every week. Even trying a new dish for a start is good enough. The goal is not monumental change, but daily progress.

4. Change one habit every month – Make a list of behaviors and habits that become the cause for discomfort or regret in your life. Write down how much time you are wasting on them daily; how do you feel before and after indulging in them and what will you gain by letting go of them?

5. Use your principles as an anchor during change – Principles are not a casualty of change, rather they are revealed through change. They form the foundation of any great endeavor. They reveal the bigger picture behind the change and deepen your understanding of it.

6. Eliminate the blame game – As long as we play the victim, we become part of the problem. Once we stop the blame game, we free our energy to focus it on taking the next step.

7. Build a Solid Belief System – “Be a servant of your conscience and a master of your will,” wrote Dr. Marcus Bach. That’s good advice. To follow it, you’ll need a solid belief system based on your principles.

Your belief system will provide you with a set of core values that mature with your experiences and knowledge. You may adjust your systems as you grow, holding onto precious values that retain meaning.

Occasionally, you must reassess values to see if those rules of old still fit your current situation. Old values keep you safe and get you started on the next leg of the journey. They also allow you to process information and categorize and file it away in your head. Such values keep you emotionally, mentally and physically strong. As you grow and mature, you can handle more of life. Then you have to assess old unnecessary rules and put new ones in place that allow you to move forward.

During the change, you feel a fear of the unknown, because you’re venturing outside safe and known limits. Your values and belief systems will keep you from feeling lost or unbalanced. You can overcome the fear of change by accepting the fact that your beliefs might change over time, but that you can control the change so that it occurs at your pace.

8. Practice is the key – You can learn and hone any new skill only through practice. And that is true for anything you want to accomplish in life. Over and above raw talent, it is sheer commitment and practice that separates a world-class tennis player from a rookie.