Your Mental Preparedness for Success

Watching the Masters makes you wonder why some people actually thrive under pressure while others seem to crack when they most need their mental strength. Is it something you can prepare for? Can you train your mind to cope, to react in a particular way as events unfold. Most sports psychologists would have you believe that this is the case and in fact most sports superstars would agree. So why do so many business owners not train their minds for success?

If your brain is not trained for success in business, the biggest challenge you will have will napoleanhillbe from yourself. We often call it self sabotage. Have you ever started to doubt your success by saying “I do not deserve to be here, I do not deserve to make a profit, I’m not good enough to be where I am, How come I am suddenly responsible for all these people” And this self talk will have emanated from years of other people telling you the same thing. So what can you do about it?

Alot it would seem. We call is IVVM and we practice it and encourage others to practice it as often as they possibly can. IVVM stands for Idealization, Visualization, Verbalization, Materialization. Sounds Crazy? Yes it does, and it feels crazy too. But remember this… Your brain will believe whatever you tell it to believe and you will achieve a great deal more of what you focus on rather than what you do not focus on. And IVVM addresses this.

Idealization – this is the process of determining exactly what you want to achieve with your life, your business, your family, your friends. In an ideal world what would your life look like?

Visualization – Have you got a visual of this ideal life – We recommend that people get pictures that represent all the things that they would like to achieve in their ideal life and attach a significance to that. If you would like to attain a degree from a top university, get a picture of that university and put it in your line of sight every day. If you would like to visit somewhere in the world, get the picture and start the focus.

Verbalization – This is the key – What do you need to say to yourself every day to combat the negative self talk. What I AM statements do you need to write which will have a positive affect on your life – start with a small list and build it up. Then say it to yourself at every opportunity.

Materialization – Watch what you have started to focus on becoming a reality.

This is not magic, this is not wishful thinking. This is about preparing your mind in a methodological way each and every day – just like you see the golfer in the master do, at every shot.

PS Well Done Adam Scott – Masters Champion 2013!

Dealing with Insubordination

It can be very frustrating for business owners when team members simply will not do what is asked of them. This frustration is compounded even more when this attitude spreads to other team members and the business owner is fearful of the the team. This happens often – its a form of bullying. And the team member uses the threat of Employment Law as a tool to beat up on the owner.

So what can be done about this? The answer is lots but it does require some learning, some discipline and a measure of assertiveness.

Step 1. Understand the law and how it is also there to protect you. Take the time to read the Employers Guidelines that are written by ISME (Irish Small & Medium sized Enterprises Association) or the SFA (Small Firms Association)

Step 2. Make sure that every employee has a written Job Description that allows you some scope to change the role as your business changes.

Step 3. Give people clear goals and objectives either weekly, monthly or annuallly or all of the above.

Step 4 – When asking someone to do something in the business, be very clear with the instruction, set a timescale for completion and request that any problem with it be flagged early

Step 5  – Introduce accountability and check that work is being done

Step 6 – If the work is not being done having completed all the above, start issuing verbal and written warnings and make sure that the employee understands the seriousness of their actions.

Your objective is to drive the business in a particular direction. Your teams objectives should reflect this. If they choose to drive the business in a different direction you must take immediate action.

Sounds Simple – It is, but its not always easy. It gets easier if you persist and get outside your comfort zone. If you need help – call me – 087 222 0720