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Never Peak

December 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

Never peak, never settle or max out! I want to encourage you to strive to reach your peak every day. Have you ever known anyone who still lives in their high school days? Someone who always speaks of the past? It can be sad to see or hear. A person who has already lived their best days. Today provides a new opportunity and a new chance to create your future.

 

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Far too often when someone is successful early in life or their career they become stagnant. The stagnancy comes from listening to the applause a little too long or thinking a little too much of the adoration which accompanies success. Wanting that same appreciation this person will try and replicate the action or behavior that created their early win. Don’t get me wrong it is good to identify what has worked in the past but the danger comes when it stunts the growth or maturation in a person or their skills.

 

 

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Keeping this phrase in mind, will always keep you forward looking. Being a standout in your early years can either be a blessing or a curse; It all depends on your motivation and desire to continually improve. An intentional approach to your personal growth ensures that you will continue to be creative. A creative person will always be focused on new or innovative ideas. Innovation is the antithesis of being stagnant or re-living the past.
Wisdom certainly comes from examining our past actions, behaviors and their outcomes. However, a focus on the future and all that God has planned for you will allow you to live the life that you desire.

Your future is bigger than your past, if you take action. Now go out and get it!

A creative person isn’t always someone who comes up with cutting edge graphics or new technology. There is creativity in how well we explain ideas or concepts. There is creativity in the ability to inspire and motivate those around you.

So, is it possible to run out of creativity? Can you reach the end of your ability to be innovative? No more fresh ideas?

 

I would suggest that it is possible to reach the end of your creativity if you aren’t open to refilling the brain with new ideas. If you aren’t consistently learning, your ideas are only derivations of your old ideas. Leaders who aren’t refueling their mind can certainly become stale. It is possible to be a fifty year old who is stuck with the ideas and innovative abilities of their 20 year old self.

 

Whenever our team at Drive Planning shares our Personal Development or Leadership Development courses with businesses or teams it is our goal to deliver ideas which are fresh. More importantly it is an opportunity to allow each employee in an organization an opportunity to hear a message that they may not ordinarily cross paths with in their busy schedule. Think about the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized Leadership Influencers like Andy Stanley, John Maxwell, Michael Hyatt, Kelsey Humphries, Seth Godin, Robert Kiyosaki or Lewis Howes; What a gift! These are some of the brightest minds and thinkers of our generation.

We often see business owners insist on doing all of the training and teaching within their company. Which is admirable, but that leader better be constantly refueling with new ideas. Even with the most voracious reader or continual learner it is still a good idea to introduce your team to different presenters. Even presentation style introduces a new element of creativity and inspiration.

Leaders be diligent in your learning. Take an intentional approach to your personal growth. Be open to spending your time and money on:

  • Books
  • Podcasts
  • Events
  • Classes

Are you guilty of ignoring your personal development?

 

Don’t bump up against the end of your creativity. Being engaged in your personal development will allow you to keep your message, delivery and ideas fresh. Share with me the ways you continue to refuel your creativity on Facebook or twitter.

 

 

Success leaves clues.

Having assisted families and business leaders on their success journeys for 20 years there are trends that I have noticed about successful people. The following items aren’t revolutionary by any means but are intended as a reminder to each of us. We all get busy with life and it can control us; as opposed to us being intentional about creating the successful life which we desire. I want to encourage you to not only gloss over these 7 Habits but take each of them and create a plan to implement some or all of them into your routine.

 

Successful People……

 

Plan Their Day In Advance

Last minute Lucy is rarely a nickname which is associated with a truly successful person. Most successful people plan their day in advance. Planning your day in advance allows you to have margin or time where you can think through the tasks, meetings or projects which are ahead of you. This allows you to be more insightful and impacting during each segment of your day. Items that a successful person will typically plan in advance:

 

  • Financial Transactions – Their Spending Plan for the Day
  • Their Quiet Time – Possibly a time for prayer or even self-examination
  • Their Diet – Planning ahead allows you to eat healthier as opposed to caving in to extreme hunger and making poor dietary decisions
  • Their Exercise – Successful people make time to exercise.
  • Their Meetings – Planning ahead for meetings ensures that you will be at your best. It lends to creativity and additional solutions or ideas.
  • Family Time – Remember love is a verb; so be intentional and plan activities and dates with those who are important in your life.
  • Rest – Successful People get ample amounts of rest. Sleep allows your brain and body to recharge keeping you at your best.


Read Books

Successful people are lifelong learners. Reading and acquiring new viewpoints and ideas from others is critical. If you choose to “go it alone” you will likely run into The End of Your Creativity. I frequently run across leaders of organizations who spend little time learning new ideas from others. They try to train and inspire their team with the same knowledge base that they had when they left college. Allow others to impact you through books and other personal growth environments.

Make Health a Priority

One of the best habits that will impact your longevity on this earth is paying attention to your health. So naturally if you are on this planet for a long time you will have more opportunities to succeed. The Founder of Chic-fil-a, the late Truett Cathy, lived a long and meaningful life. One of the interesting facets of his story is that at his age 65 there were only 2 Chic-fil-a locations. His longevity allowed him to see over 1800 Chic-fil-a locations.

 

tweet-graphic-1Tweet This: Time is your friend but you must take care of your body to enjoy it.

 

 

Focus on Things They Can Control

Successful people rarely get caught up in pointless conversations which they have little impact. Successful people focus on areas which they can control, thus their control often times leads to creating the output which they desire. I see too many people who are overly concerned about the weather, taxes, the economy, the president, celebrities etc. The successful people in the world focus on their response to taxes, the economy and stay out of the fray about other frivolous matters. Follow this link to an infographic about Focus and Control.

Empower Others

Successful people rarely try to do everything themselves however, they empower others to act and make decisions. Allowing others to be empowered and gain recognition creates a stronger organization and more loyalty from your team. Providing your team with the ability to make decisions allows great leaders to focus solely on what they do best.

The great Zig Ziglar said, “If you help enough people get what they want, you can have anything you want.”

 

Zig knew the power of building a great organization through others flourishing.

 

Measure Their Financial Progress

One must know if they are making progress on their goals and objectives. Successful people know this all too well. Personally I like to see people measure their Net Worth. As a reminder your Net Worth is

 

Everything You Own – What You Owe = What is Left Over or Net Worth

 

A simplistic view but this one doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Successful people measure what is important to them and it is usually automated or they have team members that deliver the information to them on a consistent basis.

Have Faith

Successful people have faith in something larger than themselves. They recognize their place on earth and that there was someone who came ahead of them as the creator. Faith also allows a successful person to make decisions and feel confident that plans will work out for the ultimate good. Faith also encourages people to live a generous life which leverages their success for others to benefit. I do recognize that Faith isn’t a habit, therefore I would suggest this more in line with the “clues” that I mentioned in the opening paragraph.

 

 

There isn’t just one path to success. The 7 Habits mentioned above are merely the clues that I have recognized over the years. Take these ideas and implement them, accompany them with real accountability and now you have a recipe for living a life that others will notice and benefit from.  That is a worthy goal in itself!

 

Let me know on facebook, twitter or LinkedIn your thoughts, ideas and personal story. I can’t wait to hear from you!