Welcome to 2019 What are your needs for 2019? How will you define success this year?
Maybe your success is within your organization right now. Maybe it’s working better with your team. Maybe it’s working better with your boss. Maybe it’s working better with the C suite of your organization. Maybe it’s the fast track to something you want to do personally. You’ve got a business idea that you want to run with quickly and you know that there are certain steps that you need to be able to take, and you’ve taken the first one already. Maybe you just want to be happier in your personal life. Maybe it’s about bringing your family together more. Maybe it’s about getting yourself in control.
We’re going to talk about dozens of things this year: difficult people, communication skills, credibility, influence, assertiveness, and on, and on. We’re going to give you action steps with each week so that you know exactly what you need to focus on this week, so you stay on the fast track.
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Speaking of action steps, we’re going to start right away with them. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re absolutely right.” I’m going to challenge you to follow the action steps on each video you receive each week, but certainly, the first one to make sure that you put yourself on the fast track. Let’s start by looking inward. What type of person are we on the inside versus the person that we are on the outside? Are you authentic?
Someone once told me recently I needed to get rid of my curls. I thought about it, and I hemmed and hawed about it for a long time. They said the curls aren’t that professional. I thought about it as I said. I went to a hairdresser, had it all checked out, and I went, “You know, it’s not authentic.” In order for me to be successful, I have to be who I am, so I need to be authentic.”
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Whatever your definition of success is, make sure that you’re looking on the inside first, and then you make sure that the outside matches. While you’re looking at the outside, it’s good to occasionally look at what do other people see, and are they potentially judging you by what they see.
I hate judgment. I wish that we lived in a world where people didn’t judge us on our height, or weight, or color, our language, our religion, or any other visible thing, but they do. While I’m not going to excuse any of those things on me, nor should you on you, I want to make sure that I’m delivering what they want to see, what they expect. I want to look like a professional, I want my office to look like a professional, I want my voicemail to sound like a professional, and when you call my company I want you to feel like you’re dealing with a professional. Do people see the image that you are projecting? Is that putting you on the fast track to success or the fast track to oblivion?
Look at the appearance that you have online. Look at the appearance that you have visually. Look at your desk. Look at your business card. Look at all of those things to make sure that they’re congruent with who you are and what it is that you’re trying to be successful with as well.
You want to know specifically what it is that you want. There’s something beneficial to being very clear and focused on what your goals are. What are you looking for? If you take just a couple of minutes and write down “Here’s what I want to get. Here’s what I want to improve. Here’s what I want to maximize,” You’re going to find that going through each of our weekly videos, you’re going to be able to find something exactly for that.
Once you’re clear on why you want to be on the fast track, then you have to make that known to other people as well, so share your intentions. If I’ve decided that I want to go to the gym a couple of times a week, the best way for me to go to the gym a couple of times a week is to tell my husband, “I want to go to the gym a couple of times,” because, by Friday, he’ll say, “Weren’t you supposed to go to the gym this week?” By sharing what your intentions are, you certainly will put yourself on the fast track. Feel free to send me a message. After you’re done listening to this video, send me an email and say, “This is what I’m looking for. This is where my fast track is taking me as well.”
Sometimes your fast track will take you in a direction that doesn’t go exactly where you want. Who knows why? Sometimes we do things that were not the right things to do, the right choices. When we mess up, because we all do, we need to own responsibility. From this point forward, stop blaming anyone else for things not going your way. Don’t blame the economy. Don’t blame the government. Don’t blame your boss. Don’t blame your kids. Don’t blame your neighbor. Take responsibility, and you’ll find so much personal control, and you’ll feel so much better when you own when things don’t go right. When things do go right, make sure you say thank you. Thank you to the people that helped you get to where you’re going. Thank you to the people that are allowing you to listen to the video right now. Thank you to the people in your life that are making your life enjoyable.
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I’m thrilled you’re going to be on this fast track journey with me. I’m really excited about what we’re going to cover over the next few months. Good luck. Buckle up your seatbelt. Take notes. Let’s get on the right track.
Article By, Rhonda Scharf