Creating change may entail learning a new habit or skill. Yet simply learning something new generally does not correlate to a change in behavior or performance. In its training, Rapport Leadership applies proven practices for creating true performance change. Below are ten practices you can incorporate into your plan of action. Consistently applying these practices will result in immediate and ongoing impacts on your behavior and help you achieve successes.
1. Self Awareness
Learning begins when you become aware of your own strengths, opportunities for growth and self-limiting behaviors. In its training Rapport Leadership provides the opportunity for you to “look in the mirror” and assess your performance. Start by taking a one hundred percent honest look at yourself and assess your performance. Ask yourself, “How am I doing?” and “What will I do differently?” You must be self-aware in order to make meaningful and lasting changes.
2. Practice and Experience
Just as in sports, athletes practice skills and techniques in order to improve performance. Through practice and experience, performance is enhanced and continues to improve over time. Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Sometimes getting started may be the hardest part and once you get started, keep moving in a forward direction letting your experience enhance your performance and propel you toward your goal.
Receiving feedback will provide insight into your behavior. Feedback will empower you and move you forward to your next level of performance. Great coaches in sports, business, and training have the power to unleash the potential of individuals by seeing traits or behaviors they may not see for themselves. It is not enough to rely on your own perspective. Assign an accountability partner to keep you motivated, help you stay on track, and provide you with honest feedback.
The key to motivation is not necessarily to motivate someone, rather it is to allow him/her to discover, uncover and tap into his or her own internal motivations. It is necessary to find out what is important to you in order to achieve your goals.
Anchors are words, phrases or movements used a prompt to recall a behavior, an emotion or past experience. At Rapport Leadership, anchors such as “Just Focus and Do It (JFDI)” are used so that after training, participants have quick easy ways to recall and apply specific leadership competencies. Use an anchor that will help keep you focused and motivated.
6. Focus on What You Have
In a CNBC television interview, actress Suzanne Somers was asked about the sequential successes of her books, made-for-TV movies, and array of wellness products. Her reply was that she shifted her focus from her what she did not have to what she did have. Many successful leaders achieved success by focusing on what they had and how they could leverage it—whether it was a certain talent, a particular type of knowledge or people within their circle of influence.
7. Believe in Yourself
Napoleon Hill, author of the classic Think and Grow Rich, said “You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Musicians, scientists, inventors and countless others have attributed their successes to the consistent application of this principle.
8. Work with a Coach
We know that successful leaders put their goals in writing. Another powerful strategy for achieving success is to participate in a coaching program. This strategy has been called a secret of the successful because personal or executive coaching will help you clarify your strengths and purpose; create action steps for achieving your goals; and keep you focused, to name a few benefits. Rapport Leadership provides coaching to its course graduates.
9. Acknowledge Your Successes
In his book The Success Principles, Jack Canfield references a management study which revealed that 46% of employees left their company because they felt unappreciated and 88% said they did not receive acknowledgement for the work they did. Like these employees, it is important for you to recognize your successes, no matter the scope or scale. Without acknowledging your successes and appreciating your strengths you will find a reason for not sticking with your plan.
10. Just Focus and Do It
According to Jack Canfield, “winners take action.” Action is what makes the difference between those who achieve success and those who do not. By taking steps toward achieving success, you will learn by doing; you will get feedback that will empower you to move forward; people around you will recognize that you are serious about your plans—you have decided to stop talking and start doing. Once you begin to take action you will realize you are no longer putting off your plans, you are actually doing it. JFDI!
Achieving success involves creating behavior change, staying focused on your successes, and taking action. Success also involves focusing on what you have instead of what you do not have.
Consider hiring a coach to help you determine your goals, visions, and action steps. In today’s competitive world a coach is as indispensable to you as he/she is to an athlete.
Remember to always believe in yourself because whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve!
Canfield, Jack. The Success Principles
Conversations with Michael Eisner, CNBC
Hill, Napoleon. Think and Grow Rich