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It’s your job to know your job


Have you ever said these words: “Well, I really don’t know what to do in my job.”? Guess what? It’s your job to know that. So walk into your supervisor’s office and say this. “Hey, boss, I want to rock my job. I think my top priorities to get done this week happen to be these things, and I think the numbers I need to hit this week happen to be these numbers. Do you agree?”

Find out by being proactive and bringing to the plate a whole plan that he or she can react to. That’s the game you want to be in is making sure you’re bringing ideas that they can respond to. The last thing you want to do is say, “My boss never tells me what to do. I don’t know how to win so I’m just putting in my time.” Your job is to know how to bring the most value. Be the person who decides to get that information so you can rock your job.

How you do anything is how you do everything


I believe that how you do anything is how you do everything. Why that’s important is because in an organization, if your customer walks in and they see dirty windows or trash or messy desks or they see people who are bickering or not showing that they really care about each other, it sends a message. It sends a message that says do not buy from us.

At every moment, it’s show business. Your prospects and your customers are making decisions about you and whether they want to do business with you. Guess whose job it is to make sure that trash is picked up, that desks are clean, that greetings are warm, that people are followed up with immediately? Yup, that’s it. You. Not the other person. Be that person who sees the field and see how you can add value to make the customer experience so much better every day. Be that person.

Is someone really bugging you at work?


Is someone really bugging you at work? That happens, doesn’t it? It’s happened to all of us. Okay, I’m going to tell you something you may not want to hear. According to Carl Jung, who basically is the founder of modern psychology, he says that whatever bugs you about somebody else speaks more about the work you need to do on yourself. He says it’s a displaced part of you. Hmm. I know you didn’t want to hear that part.

You see, we all have all good things within us, and we all have the bad things within us. But if someone is driving you crazy and every encounter with them is kind of like fingernails going down the chalkboard, know this: It probably has to do a lot more with you than about them.

So the last thing you want to do is complain about them, because you’re just revealing your own stuff. Instead, go have a productive conversation and ask for a behavior and listen to their responses with kindness in your heart and an opening in your spirit for a better relationship between the two. It’s your fastest path to your personal growth. What an opportunity to see people in the best light and realize that it’s okay to be human and imperfect. It’s part of the deal for everyone.

How to develop extreme focus


What if you brought extreme focus to what you did? You see, I recently read a study that showed that people who have their cellphones on at work are 37% less productive. 37% less productive! That’s a lot. The problem is you cannot be a servant to two masters. When you’re at work, guess what? All in for work. But not only that, all in for the few things that matter and rapid completion of things. That’s focus.

Now, we live in a world where, oop, a shiny thing, oop, a squirrel. That’s the world we live in. It’s a distracting world, and yet you need to figure out how can you bring more focus to the few things that matter. Your ability to focus is so predictive of your ability to be successful at what you do in whatever you do.

Create systems immediately for how you will keep yourself focused on those few things that really matter and stay away from the squirrels. Yes?

Do you see the world as easy or hard?


Do you see the world as easy or hard? It’s going to make a difference in your results. You see, I grew up on a dairy farm. We milked cows. We came home from school and had chores that would go until late evening. We worked all through the summers, through the heat. It was hard, hard, hard work. So now, when I’m working in an office and somebody asks me to do something, I think, “That’ll be easy,” because in contrast, I haven’t worked a day in my life since I got off the dairy farm. You see, it’s how you perceive the world, whether it’s hard or easy, that will make it either hard or easy. Our worldview shapes our results.

So I’ll never forget a time when a friend of mine taught me this. She said, “Every time someone asks you to do something, ask yourself this, What would I do after I hit the easy button?” Brilliant! You see, all of us can ask ourselves, “Instead of complicating this in my head and instead of feeling burdened by something, what if I interpreted this as being in the flow, and creating the results, and making it happen?”