19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day!

In as much as the thought process is very important to success in life, every accomplishments is based on actions-not on thoughts. Achievements starts with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude.

Here are a few things remarkable people think about everyday, and how those actions have propelled them to success.

1.“If nothing else, I will succeed on effort alone.”

Jimmy Spithill, skipper of America’s Cup-winning Team Oracle USA, says, “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.”
“If nothing else, I’ll win on sheer effort.”

You may not be as experienced, as well funded, as well connected, as talented… but you can always out think, out hustle, and out work everyone else.

When everything else seems against you, effort and persistence can always be your competitive advantages — and maybe the only ones you truly need.

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2.“I’ll step up.”

Whenever you raise your hand, you wind up being asked to do more. Bummer, right?

Actually, no: doing more creates an opportunity to learn, to impress, to gain skills, to build new relationships, to do something that you would otherwise never have been able to do.

Success is based on action, so the more you volunteer, the more you get to act, and the more opportunities you create.
Raise your hand. Step forward. Step up. You’ll be glad you did.

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3.“There’s a lot more going on here…”

It’s easy to view the actions of others solely through the lens of how that behavior impacts us, especially if those actions impact us negatively.

Still, most employees don’t try to do a bad job. Most customers aren’t intentionally difficult. Most people aren’t out to get you.

Fail to look deeper and you miss an opportunity to make a bad situation better — for everyone.

4. “That wasn’t nearly as bad as I imagined.”

The most paralyzing fear is fear of the unknown, (at least it is for me.) Yet nothing ever turns out to be as hard or as scary as you think.

Plus it’s incredibly exciting to overcome a fear. That is the only time you get the, “I can’t believe I just did that!” rush, a thrill you may not have experienced for a long time.

Try something scary: physically, mentally, or emotionally. Trust yourself to figure out how to overcome any problems that arise.
You will.

5. “No one else would do that… so I will.”

Often the easiest way to be different is to do what others are unwilling to do.
Pick one thing other people won’t do. It can be simple. It can be small. It doesn’t matter.

Whatever it is, do it. Instantly you’ll be a little different from the rest of the pack.get it doneThen keep going. Every day, think of one thing to do that no one else is willing to do. After a week you’ll be uncommon. After a month you’ll be special.

After a year you’ll be incredible, and you definitely won’t be like anyone else.

6. “I can’t do everything today… but I can take one small step.”

You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something.

Every day we let hesitation and uncertainty stop us from acting on our ideas. Pick one plan, one goal, or one idea and get started. Just take one small step.
The first step is by far the hardest. Every successive step will be a lot easier.

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7. “I need to just shut up.”

Most people who talk alot thought they are insightful and clever and witty without knowing they were just been a hoot. Occasionally, very occasionally, you might even have been.
Most of the time you are not.

Truly confident people don’t feel the need to talk — at all. Sometimes you realize you are talking not because the other person is interested in what you have to say but because you are interested in what you have to say.

Never speak just to please yourself; when you do you end up pleasing no one..but ofcourse, yourself.

8. “I need their help.”

Everyone needs help. Admitting that isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of self-confidence and strength.
And it’s a great behavior to model.

Besides, asking another person for help instantly recognizes their skills and values and conveys your respect and admiration. And while that’s reason enough to ask someone for advice, for an opinion, or for a helping hand, you also get the help you really need.

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9. “They need my help.”

Of course the opposite is true, even though if you’re in a leadership position–or in a position to impact someone else’s life and career–other people may definitely see asking for help as a sign of weakness. And they’ll definitely hesitate to ask. So offer.

But don’t just say, “Is there anything I can help you with?” Be specific. Say, “I’ve got a few minutes, can I help you finish (that)?” Offer in a way that feels collaborative, not patronizing or gratuitous.

Then you make a real difference in another person’s life, and take a big step towards creating a genuine connection them.

10. “That’s not my responsibility… but I don’t care.”

Job descriptions are helpful–until they get in the way of getting things done. No matter what our role or what we’ve accomplished, we’re never too good to roll up our sleeves, get dirty, and do a little grunt work.

No job is ever too menial, no task too unskilled or boring.
In a world of relentless delegation, sometimes, “If it is to be, it’s up to me,” is still the best attitude to take.

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11. “I think I’ll try it their way.”

We should set our own courses and follow our own paths…most of the time. But sometimes the best move is to eliminate all the trial and error, eliminate all the anxiety, and simply adopt what made someone else successful…believe me, you will get there faster this way.

Try it. Pick someone who has accomplished what you would like to accomplish and follow that path.

Confident people are able to recognize excellence in others, because it does take self-confidence to admit someone else is smarter, better, faster, etc. than we are. Don’t feel the need to reinvent perfectly good wheels.

12. “I could have done better.”

We’ve all screwed up. We all have things we could have done better. Words, actions, omissions, failing to step up, step in, or be supportive.
Successful people don’t expect to be perfect, but they do think they can always be better.

Think about your day. Think about what went well. Then think about what didn’t go as well as it could have. Take ownership. Take the blame. Take responsibility.
And promise yourself that tomorrow, you will do a lot better.

13. “I shouldn’t… but I’ll still say yes.”

You’re busy. Your plate is full. There are plenty of reasons to sit tight, stay safe, and keep things as they are. But sitting tight also means that tomorrow will be just like today.

Say yes to something different. Say yes to something scary. Say yes to the opportunity you’re most afraid of. When you say yes, you’re really saying, “I trust myself.”
Trust yourself.

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14. “It’s not about me.”

We’re all servants (in a good way) and our customers, peers, bosses, and partners all have needs. Meeting their needs — on their terms — is more important than somehow “staying true” to ourselves.

Maintaining your integrity is vital, but there’s a big difference between staying true to yourself and “just being me.”

Recognize the things you do or say with the sole purpose of showing you’re an individual – and then vow to do those things on your own time (if at all.)
What you “are” is defined by what you do. Stand out through what you do for others.

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CALLED TO BUILD AND INSPIRE!

Then Almitra spoke again and said, and what of Marriage, master?

And he answered saying:

You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore.

You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness.

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a flute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart.

And the oak tree and the cypress stand not in each other’s shadow.

Culled from, ‘The Prophet’

Oni ‘Femi,

In the service of His majesty!
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POSITIVE NEW YEAR WORK RESOLUTION..PART 2!

9. Don’t overwork yourself-If you are already an overachiever, have been dubbed a “workaholic” or you are generally exhausted, then you need to slow down and break the habit of setting impossible goals for yourself in the New Year.

10. Volunteer to get involved with special assignment-The more you can help across other departments, the better. Leading expertise, time and effort to others will help you get to know other aspect of the organization as well as help you connect with people across the departments. However, remember that your current position and duties are the most important, so be sure not to bite more than you can chew.

11. See the big picture-There are many employees who only focus on what they’re doing which prevents them from seeing the big picture. You are just one piece of the puzzle and the puzzle isn’t complete until all of the pieces are in place. Find out what your co-workers are doing. By getting a better understanding of the big picture, it will become clearer to you why you’ve been asked to complete certain tasks. Additionally, it’s great learning experience which can help prepare you for a higher level position.

12. Invest in continuous learning-Many organizations encourage employees to go back to school and pick up courses that can help them do their job better, if you are pursuing an MBA, try to immediately translate your newly acquired knowledge into tangible action at work, as this can grab the attention of company decision makers and show them what you can do for the organization.

13. Ask the right questions-Aside from observing people at work, there is probably no better way of learning than by asking questions. Think about what you want to know before you ask about it and don’t ask so many questions that people will think that you’re taking up too much of their time. Of course, when you get answers to your questions, it could raise more questions but if you truly want to learn and better yourself, ask anyway.

14. Follow through on all tasks and commitments-One of the most important things you can do as an employee is to follow through on work commitments, do what you say you are going to do in a quality manner and remember the core values of your organization. Your co-workers and management will see a pattern of reliability from you, which should increase their trust and confidence in your work. Over time, this should translate into key leadership taking notice of the value you bring to the organization, and may lead to challenging, promotional opportunities down the road.

OTHER EASY WAYS TO BE BETTER AT YOUR JOB
Pay more attention to details; stop complaining; become more of a team player; and go above and beyond. From an employee perspective, the more you show your dedication, commitment abilities and potential to your employer, the more it will help you when it’s review time next year. Doing better at your job can lead to more sizeable monetary rewards, as well as stretch assignments and promotional opportunities. Employers may think about where your skills and abilities can be leveraged around the work place, not just in your current position.
The better you are at what you do, the more people notice and the more opportunities may arise for you at work in the long run.

Have a most blessed week!

In the service of His majesty!
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POSITIVE NEW YEAR WORK RESOLUTIONS, THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

Work is usually a big part of you, no one has a perfect work life and there is always room for improvement. Most people aspire to be better at their jobs because it results in increase happiness and personal satisfaction. Most employees have had their year-end performance review at this point, and they now have a “clearer view of their strengths, weaknesses, and goals laid out for them by their employers.” Others will take time off from work throughout the year, work tends to be a big part of the year.

When you read ‘January 1’ on your calendar, it’s just a numerical and psychologically a fresh start. We spend most of our waking hours at work, so it’s natural that you’ll reflect on your work life and career from a broader perspective and strive to be a better employee in the coming Year.

HOW TO BE BETTER AT YOUR JOB
Here are a few things you can do to be better at your job in 2014:

1. Anticipate your department’s need-Being a reliable source for your department leader and seeing opportunities for your department to improve are great ways to be better at your job. Take tasks, seeing this initiative often help them understand that you can handle responsibilities pro actively. and things will not be falling solely on their shoulders.

2. Get to know your boss better-Your boss controls your destiny at work so it’s in your best interest to get to know them better both personally and professionally. “It doesn’t mean you need to be friends with them, hang out or gossip with them, but you do need to learn what makes them thick. The more you communicate with your boss, the better it is for you.
“While you at it, get to know your bosses boss as we’ll!”

3. Assume success-Your positive attitude can be seen in your facial expression, posture tone and speed of your voice. Be confident in your work. You’re uniquely qualified to do exactly what you do.
Imagine that everything you contribute helps the bottom line. Even when things are dicey, you can challenge yourself to use setbacks as opportunities.

4. Study your organization-Your work place is constantly changing and you need to keep up with what’s happening now, most organizations have new innovations and ideas, it is important you get yourself acclamatize to them so that you are well informed and can discuss recent events and changes with your co-workers, supervisors and management. Information is power.

5. Always come to the table with a solution-Offering solution or idea is only half of the equation and many heads of departments feel that an idea without an action plan will only create more work for them. Share ideas with context and a clear path for implementation for the leader to evaluate. The more you present any issues with recommended solutions and then implement those solutions in a timely manner, the more the leadership team will rely on you and think about you for future projects and new responsibilities.

6. Find a mentor-Everyone needs someone to teach them the ropes; to guide them through their career, Teach says “find someone at your disposal that you respect and want to learn from” You don’t need to directly ask them to be your mentor, just keep the communication lines open and take them out for lunch once in a while. You can also talk to them about non-work interests as well-but when you need work advice, they’ll be there for you.

7. Improve your communication skills-One of the most common mistakes made by both managers and employees today, is that too often, both are afraid to come to the table and talk about underlying issues, fear of confrontation so overwhelming, but if you communicate boldly, more frequently, and honestly in 2014, and you are not afraid to work through conflict, you will likely reduce your stress and be a better worker. Too much time is spent on dwelling on misunderstood employee communications, which, if left unaddressed, eventually leads to conflict. And an ever-tempting, over-reliance on technology with its benefits of brevity and immediacy can exacerbate that.

8. Work harder and smarter-Some employees set limits and boundaries for themselves as far as the number of hours worked or how much work they’re willing to do. It’s important to go outside these boundaries and go with the flow, Having said this, working harder is not enough. The key is to be able to work smarter so that you’re maximizing your abilities and making the most out of your time.

Do your best to implement these tips..and watch out for the remaining part in a fortnight. Its going to be a hitch free 2014!

“Strength stands you out and what really makes you who you are and a capable being is your ability to overcome your weaknesses, turning them to your strength.” Tim Lahaye

In the service of His majesty!
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