In mythology salmon is often looked at as a creature of wisdom and knowledge. When thinking of the salmon you are probably wondering what does this have to do with business, right? Well the salmon takes a journey that we can all learn from.
Every year salmon make a trip from their homes in the ocean to the freshwater streams where they were born. To make this trip salmon must travel hundreds of miles upstream against strong currents and large rapids. Salmon endure this journey for one reason, they must reproduce, its what the live for, it is in essence what they are passionate about.
The salmons journey to say the least is not an easy one; as with the journey to success. There are often obstacles that can get in the way or push us to give up. Always have in mind what you are passionate about and do not loose sight of what you want to accomplish in the end. The salmon is known for its wisdom and knowledge for a reason.
“If you make average great your dreams and goals will become reality”
~ Suze Orman
Work ethic doesn’t mean: you do what you are asked of and nothing more. It is working hard and having the diligence to go above and beyond. Taking the extra steps to make sure everything is done not only correctly but to the best of your abilities. Companies today aren’t just looking at one’s education level and experience; they want someone with a positive attitude and a great work ethic. The person with a drive for bigger and better results and who will not stop at anything to get there is more likely to succeed over the person who does the bare minimum just to get by. So how is your work ethic? Are you showing up to work right on time or are you arriving early to prepare yourself for the day? Are you feeding into all the negative conversations outside of the work place or are you putting your positive outlook on things? Work ethic is extremely underrated these days, so what are you doing to showcase your work ethic?
Summer is almost here, and if you are looking for some books to fill your reading list this summer take a look at Matt Sileno’s top 5 reads:
- 50 Success Classics by Tom Bulter-Bowdon
This book showcases 50 of the top-selling success books. Whether you are looking for a personal change or to find success in your work life, this book can help you discover what you are looking for.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter
This is a great starting point for everyone looking to gain financial control. Whether you are getting ready to start college, just finished your college career, or well into your experience in the work field, you will find what it really takes to be financially stable.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This is a step-by-step self-help book to get you on the right path for goal setting and accomplishing those goals. After this book you will be embracing the changes and challenges you face not only at work but in life as well.
- Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
If you are looking to become a more effective leader, business owner, or manager this is a great quick read for you. You will learn strategies to help not only you, but the people around you become successful.
- The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley
If you are inspired to become a successful entrepreneur and you’ve been told that you are not smart enough or good enough, this is the book for you!
“Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier – certainly no more difficult – than small ideas and small plans.”
~ David J. Schwartz
Do not sell yourself short by thinking small or going after what you perceive to be the easy route. Challenge yourself, come out of your comfort zone, and think BIG!
The following article, How to Set Realistic Goals-A Must Read (written by Mr. Self Development), will help you set more attainable goals so you can reach the success you are looking for. Goal setting is crucial when trying to move from a point that you are at to a place you want to be. This article has been extremely helpful to us, let us know how this article has helped you!
How To Set Realistic Goals A Must Read
On today, I want to briefly discuss the importance of “setting realistic goals,” specifically in relation to the concept of a “12 Week Year,” although this article will still be applicable if you’re not using a “12 Week Year.”
When I say “set realistic goals” I’m not saying that you should set small goals. When I say “set realistic goals” I’m saying that you should set goals that can be achieved by attaching a “reasonable plan” to the goal.
Your “plan” determines if your goal is reasonable or not!
…Let’s say you’re a car salesman, and in the next 12 weeks you want to sell 24 cars. There’s this temptation that says, “It’s okay if I don’t sell any cars in the first few weeks.”
You somehow expect that at some nebulous point in the future things will progress more swiftly for you. You assume that you will begin to sell four cars in a week at some point, although nothing has changed except the passing of time.
This is a trap!
Avoid depending on time “in-and-of-itself” to assist you in achieving your goals. In order for things to get better, you have to work harder right now, today; don’t just hope for a better tomorrow!
Setting realistic goals mean that your plans and your goals are aligned. As an example, a realistic goal for a car salesman may be to sell 24 cars in the next 12 weeks. However, this is only true if the car salesman can expect to sell two cars a week.
A realistic goal with a solid plan means that time is “evenly allotted” to achieve the goal, all things considered equal.
As an example:
- In Week 1 — 2 Car Sales
- In Week 2 — 2 Car Sales
- In Week 3 — 2 Car Sales
This is the sign of a realistic goal, that’s not to say that the car salesman won’t get three car sales in one week, or one car sale in another, but it is to say that your current actions will determine what you will achieve.
Why is this important? Why did I spend my time writing this article?
Because if you know this…you can avoid the misleading notion that things will “magically” get better in the future. You can avoid postponing your destiny into the future, depending on time to advance you in spite of your efforts.
When you understand this concept you begin to realize that if I’m going to see progress, I’m going to have to start working right now! I can’t postpone my dream until tomorrow, I cannot depend on time, I can’t just hope for the best, I have to make it happen, and I have to make it happen right now!
When you get to that level of thinking, then you are ready to set realistic goals and watch those goals get achieved.
A young woman was complaining to her father about how difficult her life had become. He said nothing, but took her to the kitchen and set three pans of water to boiling. To the first pan, he added carrots; to the second, eggs; and to the third, ground coffee. After all three had cooked, he put their contents into separate bowls and asked his daughter to cut into the eggs and carrots and smell the coffee. “What does this all mean?” she asked impatiently.
“Each food,” he said, “teaches us something about facing adversity, as represented by the boiling water.” The carrot went in hard but came out soft and weak. The eggs went in fragile but came out hardened. The coffee, however, changed the water to something better.
“Which will you be like as you face life?” he asked. Will you give up, become hard or transform adversity into triumph? As the “chef” of your own life, what will you bring to the table?
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
Anything in this world is possible; only if you have the drive to do what it takes to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. The actions and choices you make daily weigh greatly on your success. If you can commit yourself entirely to doing whatever it takes to accomplish your goals, you will succeed in reaching them. The successful people in this world started out just like everyone else. You will find the only difference is their willingness to do the things everyone else might not want to do. They did not cut corners or say to themselves “I can get by without doing that”. Take a look at the following tips to help improve your follow-through. Remember your success relies on having the courage to stay committed throughout the entire process!
7 Great Tips on Follow-Through
1. ATTENTION — the things we pay attention to tend to be in great shape. The things that we don’t pay attention to tend to be a mess.
Of course, you can’t pay attention to everything, but you can choose which goals are the priorities. The one that you just keep putting on hold, the one that frustrates you and disheartens you when you think about it – that’s the one you need to follow through on and pay attention to.
2. ACTION- THE 15 MINUTE ROUTE TO FOLLOW THROUGH.
Dedicate at least 15 minutes of action toward your goal everyday. This keeps the momentum and consistent action happening. Even a few minutes a day will get you re-energized and you may find yourself putting in far more than 15 minutes.
The 15 minutes work. Try it!
3. RECOMMIT — Get re-inspired; remind yourself why you set this goal or intention originally. Did you think it was possible then? Do you think its possible now? Most likely the answer is, yes.
4. VISUALIZE — Visualize it as though it’s already done, imagine it’s already happening and take action from this heightened emotional place.
5. JOURNAL – Yes keep a journal; use it to hold yourself accountable. Before you go to sleep at night, write what you did toward that goal and what you plan to do next. Write in that journal your action plan and be ok with revising it. Use it to hold yourself accountable and to keep your goal in sight.
6. ASK FOR HELP — Ask another person to help hold you accountable. Tell a friend what your goal is.
It could be, I really want to learn Spanish by the end of the year. Ask your friend, “will you help to hold me accountable? Will you speak Spanish with me? Will you make me recite it to you?”
Come up with your action plan and enlist others help. Maybe you can help them with their goal, hold them accountable for their aspiration.
7. REDEFINE - Be open to revising your goal or action plan. Maybe you need to re-define your goal into smaller goals.