Thought of the Day: The Philosophy of “Quality”

Thought of the Day: The Philosophy of “Quality”

As a leader,  learn to adopt the philosophy of quality.  One of the most important and frequent decisions you’ll have to make is the choice of quality vs. quantity.  We choose the level of quality we will experience in life.  Now don’t think for a second that I’m only speaking in regards to materialistic things such as clothes, houses, or cars.  This philosophy has more to do with the intangibles such as education, support, and motivation.  However, this is also not to say you shouldn’t prioritize upgrading the level of quality in the material as needed.  Let me repeat this one few more times.

as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  

This concept isn’t actually about the materialistic, most people have that down already.  However, the intangibles… not so much.  Where people take the time to invest their money in buying bigger houses; it’s mind boggling to think about how many people fail to invest time in their marriages.  While people are ecstatic with the idea of dropping their hand-me-downs for the newest name brands, it’s strange to see how they can’t stand the idea of dropping their drag-me-down friends for the ones the push you further towards your goals.  Again, this isn’t to bash upgrading what you buy, but if you aren’t, it’s a “what’s the point” type of situation right?

Then again, that’s how I see it.  What’s your perspective?  Drop it in the comment section below and let’s start a conversation.

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A Resolution for Your New Year’s Resolution

A Resolution for Your New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year!!

With the start of the new year, I know it’s an exciting time and we’re all ready to hit start and attack 2018 for all it’s got.  You and probably 108% of the world have at least a couple of new year resolutions that you want to achieve this year.  And with the year just starting, you’re probably as motivated as ever to make sure it happens right?  That’s not a problem,

Make it Action Oriented

The first step to making sure you actually define your goal and make it happen is by making it clear and actionable. Really ask yourself, “what do I want?”  Don’t make it vague, you need to have an idea of when you’ve finally achieved.  Let’s leave the goals no with no endpoint in 2017.  Instead of saying “I want to get in shape”, say “I want to run a 5k marathon in November”.  Since you have to be in shape to run a 5k marathon, you know that if you can run the marathon you’ve achieved it.  After you specify the goal, create the action plan. What are you going to do to make it happen?  What benchmarks do you need to hit to let you know you’re on the right track?  If you’re running a marathon for example, you might want to ask yourself, “what exercises do you I need to do?” or you run a 3k in May to see how you’re improving

Stay Accountable

Define your why for chasing a goal.  Accountability is generally used in the instance of having others keep you grounded in your goal and keeping you motivated to achieve your goals/objectives. However, that doesn’t mean we should keep ourselves in check as well.  One of the best ways to keep a goal in your head is to define your “why”.  Assigning your goal a purpose increases the importance of getting it accomplished.  If you have friends or mentors that wish to see your succeed, then you should tap into that! Have a sit down with your accountability partner, and full explain to them your goal, objective, and benchmarks. Ask them to check in with you to make sure that you stay on track.  I think it’s easy to let ourselves down but let others down is a completely different story.

 

 

 

 

Setting SMART Goals

Setting SMART Goals

 

Hey family! Sorry for the hiatus I’ve been working on a lot of new projects and a lot of work that’s been keeping me fairly busy.  But I’m back, and hopefully I’m back for good.

I’m blessed to have a circle of people that love to talk about goals and the things that they want to accomplish.  What are your goals?  What are the things you’re willing to go the extra mile to get accomplished?  I love to hear about other people’s goals and ambitions, but the one thing I notice is that most of the time when I hear a goal, they lack structure & clarity.  They are usually vague, have no clear endpoint, time frame or a combination of three.  This sense of false clarity makes it impossible to get anything done because 1.) it isn’t specific (Ex: I want to lose weight) or 2.) It doesn’t specific when exactly the goal has been accomplished (I want to be a better public speaker).

If your goals are like this, there’s an useful acronym I’d like to introduce to you.  Following these simple guidelines will instantly evolve your goals from basic to SMART.

 

  • Specific – Make your goal specific and make what you want to do crystal clear
  • Measurable – This goal should a have a tangible endpoint
  • Attainable – While you do want your goals to force you to stretch, you should still be able to actually achieve them
  • Results-Oriented – Your goal should measure an outcome, not an activity
  • Time-Bound –Your goal should have a specific date to create a sense of urgency

Following these guidelines make your goals more defined and specific; and this will make them to focus on.  Having a better idea of what exactly you want and need to do, makes it easier on the mind to focus on the things that do matter and to remove the things that don’t.

Do you have 5 goals that you need to make SMART?  Hopefully this helps you out in your own personal life and journey.

Until next time,

Nahum

Forming Your Entourage: The 7 People You Need in Your Circle

Forming Your Entourage: The 7 People You Need in Your Circle

Everyone of us has heard at one point or another to “watch who you surround yourself with”.  However, if you’re like myself, you never really paid much attention to it because the people you were with were cool people, and knew how to have a good time.  So why not surround yourself with them right?  Surrounding yourself with people who want to better you isn’t only beneficial, but crucial to your success.  While the quality of people you choose is certainly important, the type of people you choose is equally important.  Rarely, will you find an “all-in-one bestie” that can do it and be it all whenever you need them to be.  Nobody is perfect. Always be mindful of that.  So who are the “necessaries” who should be in your entourage? Let me walk you through it.

Loyal Best Friend

The loyal best friend is the one who allows you to really be yourself.  You don’t have to hide anything, you can open up to them, they’re non-judgmental and they’re usually the ones that are still there when everyone leaves.  If you have more than 2 of these you’re blessed.

The Fearless Adventurer

This person pulls you out of your comfort zone on the regular.  As future leaders, we have to learn quickly that the solutions to all of our problems are usually outside of what we know or are accustomed to.  I personally think that a lot of people lack someone like this; find them quick!

The Brutally Honest Friend

Not too many have someone like this in their life because the culture today tells us that, if someone goes against you and tells you that you’re “wrong” or “no”, they are a hater by definition.  The problem with this is that a lot of times we NEED that. The person that is willing to tell you no or push you in another direction in order to see your succeed is priceless.

The Mentor

This is one of the most crucial aspects of your circle.  In order to learn, you have to do one of two things: learn the hard way, or learn from others that learned the hard way.  Having someone that passionate about seeing your plans come into fruition is must.  If you don’t already have a mentor, get one.  You will never regret it.

The Challenger/Rival

Always have someone that will challenge you to do your best.  If you’re working to be something or working on something, a true friend wouldn’t distract you rather than helping you.  You might not like it at first, and it may annoy you at times but results are results.  You’ll be thanking them for all of it later.

The Informant

The informant keeps you aware of everything going on.  The most important tip I can give about them is to have MANY of them. You need at least one or two for every aspect of your life.  They are your information sources; never neglect these people!!

The Role Model

Ahhhh.. the role model.The role model is the person you look up to.   No matter what you want to do, or what you want to accomplish there is a someone who has done it before, find that person, and learn from them.  Be mindful of who you follow, and how far you want to follow.. All that glitters isn’t gold..

It wise to keep your circle tight, but make sure it is big enough to fit these people into it.  The problem usually is not in the quantity it’s in the quality.  Do you have all of these people in your circle? If not, I would highly suggest you do so. Keep adjusting your circle until you are well rounded!

How to Learn a New Skill

How to Learn a New Skill

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do?  Ever been interested in learning how to play piano, how to snowboard, or how to deliver a great speech? These things to do take time, but they may not take as much time as you think.  In order to grow, you need to continually update your skill.  Overtime, you need to be constantly updating your skills so you remain valuable while the times change.  At first glance, learning a new skill looks daunting and seems like it will take a lot of work that you may not feel like investing. But by breaking it down to three smaller steps, you’ll see that it may not be as hard as you once thought.

 

Get Over the Mental Hump

Before even attempting to learn a new skill, or trying to adopt a lifestyle of just learning new things you need to have the proper mindset first.  The first thing you need to understand and fully accept is that learning a new skill is not easy.  In fact, it can be very challenging. But you have to accept and take it on straight on.  One of the best things you can do is pre-commit.  Mentally commit yourself to dedicating however much time it takes to learn the skill.  If you go in with a “dabbler’s mindset”, you’ll always seek the easy way, because you always had.  It’s better to assume the worst for yourself.  Plan to learn as if you know future is going to be lazy, unmotivated, and unwilling to put the work in.  By committing yourself to putting the work in and setting up your environment in a way that promote success; you’ll prevent failure.

Make it Specific

Why do you want to learn this skill?  Defining your goal will help you save a lot of time and energy every time.  There is a huge difference between the time it takes to become a world-class chef and being able to provide a quality meal for your family.  A great way to define this is by asking yourself, “What is the problem I’m trying to solve by learning this skill?” or “Why is the skill important to me?” Again if you’re learning to play the piano to play at your families next get together, you probably won’t need to put as much as work in as someone that wants to backup Bruno Mars on his next world tour.

Breakdown the Skill

Once you have your skill and you’ve made it as clear as possible, you need to make it even clearer than that.  Many big skills such as public speaking, playing the guitar, or even painting a portrait are just made up of smaller skills.  For example, I’m a blogger; however I don’t just blog.  I have to write, research, network, use social media, understand SEO, master WordPress, understand basic photo-editing skills, and apply basic development skills such as discipline and perseverance.  If you’re someone that wants to become a better blogger, focusing on each piece individually elevates you as a blogger in general.  The trick to doing this however is understanding that you don’t have to do everything.  The 80/20 rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of the work you do.  So, in the case of the blogger I would put a bigger focus on the 20% of skills that are more crucial to my success.

Practice!!!!!!!!!!

So you’ve specified the skill, then you broke it down into smaller skills.  What now?  From here, watch three videos online or read three books on the skill.  This will help you figure out what the most crucial skills/concepts are, then DROP THE BOOKS AND START PRACTICING.  You must understand that anything that stops you from deliberately practicing the skill is a distraction, and too much learning can be one of those distractions.  Your brain is muscle and like a muscle it must be worked and trained in order to perform better.  Like a muscle, you must also understand that you can’t get the all the results you want in the short-term. You must put the work in day-by-day and consistently and then you will get the results you are looking for. If you need assistance on creating the best days possible feel free to check out my previous post on daily planning here.

 

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Visionary 101: The 3 Parts of A Vision

Visionary 101: The 3 Parts of A Vision

I think a visionary is one of the most mid understood occupations in the world today.  Anyone can be one, but not everyone can do it well.  Webster defines a visionary as “a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like”.  A visionary can also be used as an adjective where it would mean, “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.”  Again, by that definition anyone and everyone is a visionary.  But a true visionary doesn’t live his life by just thinking about the future, but by also taking the actions to change it for the better.  As one of my brothers once said, “There’s no use in being woke if you’re the only one that benefits from it.”  While you may have your great ideas, concepts, and ideologies; it’s all useless if you don’t actually do anything with.

There are three parts to every vision:The vision, communication, and execution.  The vision part is self-explanatory.  I really wanted to focus in on the second two parts   A visionary not only sees the future, they make others see it as well, and with the help of others they make it come to life.

Look no further than Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech” to how much a well-communicated speech can move people to make change happen.  Prior to that day, there wasn’t one person know exactly what King’s picture for the future was.  However, after the fact it was clear as day to the 250,000 civil rights supporters that attended that day.  King was able to get his vision across to the supporters because he was able to do the five things you need to communicate as powerful as possible:

  1. Inspire
  2. Challenge
  3. Make it Clear
  4. Make it Task Specific
  5. Make it We Focused

When people understand your vision, they become inspired to do whatever it takes no matter whatever the challenge is.  By making it clear and making people feel involved; they go from hearing about it to becoming a part of it.  As Eddie Connor Jr. says, “Get to know people that are pro your vision because they will ensure your “provision”.

A vision & execution go hand in hand.  They stand together well alone, but when combined their effectiveness multiples.  Strategic execution is having everyone in your organization internalize your strategy in their daily thinking, actions and behaviors.  Think about the most influential people in history.  Their true power didn’t lie in what they themselves were able to accomplish, but with they were able to accomplish collectively with other people. As a visionary you must continue to remain focused.  Check out my blog post on how to improve your focus by clicking here to remain.  Once you have the vision and you have your team, it’s time to work!

 

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Goals. System. Follow Through.

Goals. System. Follow Through.

Money comes easy when you do two things

Simplify and organize. 

Allowing your money to  move beyond you and what you are able to control is a recipe for disaster. While life would be a lot better with a personal accountant who could just do all of that for us, majority of us don’t need that at all.  By knowing what you want to do with your money, with some simple planning and organization you’ll be able to get where you want in no time. Set Goals.  Make a System.  Follow through with your system.  Eventually, I’ll go deeper into this but until then eat, breathe, and sleep this statement. “Set Goals.  Make a System.  Follow through with the system.” Getting rid of the clutter, and clearing the path will make this journey a whole lot easier.