The first time I have ever held an Olympic Medal...wow what an honour. Anyway more about that later (see picture).
What an awesome week it has been so far. My 3 children are on school break for a week so it has been both fun and interesting spending time with them and keeping them occupied with various activities. Yes like most kids they have a lot of energy:)
Last week I was in Nottingham speaking at the Yes Group (thanks Ben Tristem), where I met Olympic & World medalist Bryan Steel. He was one of the speakers and went on before me.
He shared a very inspiring story about being an athlete with Team GB Cycling. His team's success at the Sydney Olympics paved the way for a lot of the successes we see with GB cycling now.
What inspired me most was what he said it takes to be a true Champion.
Here are some of the gems.
- He spent 16 years training and competing
- 50 hours a week training in all weathers
- Cycled 20,000 kilometres per year to be able to compete (practice)
- Competed in 2 Olympics
- 10 years of under achieving at major competitions
After all of that he had no major medals to show for it.
All of that changed with one major decision..........
The decision he and his team mates made was this.
"It is our RESPONSIBILITY"
They decided that they were going to take responsibility for everything that they did. From how they trained to what they ate.
That one critical decision changed everything. In that year they prospered and won the bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics.
He also shared his 4 keys to success:
1. Talent 2. Commitment 3. Belief & 4. Focus
On Thursday night I hosted my mentor, business partner & Rich Dad Advisor Blair Singer on his 'All Access Club'. It was both an honour and a privilege to do it. What a great call The theme was 'Selling Authentically'.
For tips on how to overcome some of the biggest fears people have in sales and to learn how to Sell Authentically, click here to listen to the call now (Let me know what you think). The call was also posted on the All Access club Member Dashboard in the membership section.
Tomorrow my business partner Kurt Won & I will be running our Income Explosion Event.
Details here: http://salespartnerswestlondon.com/?page_id=110
Until next time Dream Big & Be Big,
Phone: +44 844 549 9085
Last weekend I spoke at Samantha Sutherland's Young Entrepreneur's Bootcamp in London, alongside some other inspiring speakers.
As I prepared my talk, I came to realise just how important it is these days to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset at an early age.
There is no such thing as job security anymore. For years we've bought into the belief that the thing to do is to study hard, go to university and get a good job with a big company. But these days people are being laid off left, right and centre.
If, however, you decide to start your own business:
Taking this path is not easy of course for young people. Often, there's pressure from parents to take the route that they took in life.
I am not saying here that if you're a young person that you shouldn't try to get a good job, if that's what you truly desire to do. There is nothing wrong with that. My point is that it's not necessarily a secure way to go any more. If you feel you're more entrepreneurial, what I'm saying is you should feel empowered to take your future into your own hands.
Young people do not have the experience that older people do when they start a new business. But they do bring fresh thinking / fresh ideas and that's very important.
In my talk at the Young Entrepreneur's Bootcamp I made six key points. In order to succeed:
My final piece of advice was to attend my two-day Income Explosion Workshop on Thursday, 25th November 2011 and Friday 26th November 2011, where I will teach these six keys to success in more depth.
To your business success,
We left the house early, did some fun activities in the morning and had a nice lunch at a restaurant we hadn't been to for a while. We then made our way to the cinema to watch the film 'The Lion King in 3D'.
For at least a couple of days afterwards my children kept singing a catchy song from the movie called "Hakuna Matata". I asked Brandon (my 4-year old son) what the song was all about. "It means no problem, Dad," he shot back. And with that, he went back to singing the song again.
Brandon had listened to the lyrics and understood the message and I hadn't fully.
So I went online to research the phrase and to find the song on YouTube. "Hakuna matata" is a Swahili phrase that literally translates as "there are no worries". It is sometimes translated as "no worries", although it's more commonly used similarly to the American English phrase "no problem".
In the film, the song is sung by a meerkat and a warthog, who teach the main character, a lion cub named Simba, that he should forget his troubled past and live in the present.
Now here's the thing......
All of us have things we worry about at times. However it is very bad for our health and well-being if we dwell on them for too long.
Part of my morning routine is to do something called the Gratitude Process. It enables me to make sure those issues do not disempower me. I've been doing this for years with great results. We also teach this to our clients as part of our 6 week coaching program called 'Little Voice Mentoring'.
Amongst other activities, here's a small part on how it works. Each morning, I get out a pad of paper and one of the activities is to write down 10 things that I am grateful for in my life. I reflect on those things and realize how lucky I am. I also consider those people who are not so fortunate.
Doing this process allows me and my coaching clients to get our troubles into proper perspective.
I am now thinking that I can end the process by saying "Hakuna Matata" and get on with enjoying my day!
Have an awesome week!
Last week I attended Tony Robbins' 'Business Mastery' event as a guest. It was good to be back in that environment again. It's been about five or six years since I last saw the great Tony Robbins live.
The core message I took from Tony was the importance of thinking big. Be big, be bold and take big actions.
The second message that really hit home for me was that success in business is 80% psychology and only 20% mechanics. Most aspiring entrepreneurs get that the wrong way round. They focus most of their efforts on the mechanics. In other words, they focus too much on the 'how'. When you get your psychology right, the way to get the outcomes you're after becomes obvious.
You've got to get your psychology right first. At SalesPartners we take our clients through a six-week Little Voice mentoring program. We get their psychology in the right place. We get that little voice inside your head helping rather than hindering you. At the end of the six-week program our clients are not held back by their little voice saying things like: "You can't do that!".
Another piece of advice that Tony offered was to find yourself a great business mentor. Find yourself someone who can guide you and hold you accountable. Surround yourself with like-minded, positive, inspiring and motivated people. They will sweep you along with them. Don't listen to the advice of people who have never achieved success – even if they're close friends or members of your family. Take advice from people who have done it before.
Finally, Tony shared some staggering statistics. Did you now that only 1 in 20 small businesses survive more than 10 years? Did you know that only 1 in 10 achieve a turnover of more than $1 million?
We run an event once a month that helps entrepreneurs to achieve the kind of extraordinary sales numbers that Tony Robbins was saying that you should shoot for as you think big.
Our next Income Explosion event is on Friday 25th November 2011 – click here for details.
To your business success,