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Fast Forward through Feedback

Fast Forward through Feedback

Posted on 14. Jun, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

Fast Forward Through Feedback

We engage in a process of personal development and growth in order to become more productive in life, to achieve our objectives, to operate with greater wisdom, to be more effective and fulfilled.

One of the great principles of personal development is learning how to Fastforward through Feedback! Successful people have learnt how to process feedback and fastforward their personal and professional success.

Guess what’s going to happen … Once you begin to be more proactive with your life and take positive steps to develop and achieve your objectives, you’ll start getting feedback about whether you’re doing the right thing or not. You’ll get all sorts of advice, help, suggestions, direc tion, and even criticism that will help you constantly adjust and move for ward while continually developing your knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and relationships.

‘Feedback is the breakfast of champions’ – KEN BLANCHARD AND SPENCER JOHNSONCo-authors of The One Minute Manager

Receiving feedback is really only the first part of the equa tion. Once you receive feedback, you have to decide what to do with it … you have to evaluate it honestly … you have to be willing to respond to it.

THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF FEEDBACK … you will encounter – negative and positive. We tend to prefer the positive – that is, good results, praise, a raise, a pro motion, satisfied customers, winning awards, increased happiness, inner peace, etc. It all feels better. It tells us that we are on course, that we are doing the right thing.

We tend not to like negative feedback – lack of results, little or no money, criticism, poor evaluations, being passed over for a raise or a promotion, com plaints, strained relationships, unhappiness, inner conflict, loneliness, etc. However,there is as much useful data in negative feedback as there is in positive feedback. It tells us that we are off course, headed in the wrong direction, doing the wrong thing. That is also valuable information.

In fact, it’s so valuable that one of the most powerful changes you could make is to change how you feel about negative feedback. Negative feedback is information about “improvement opportunities.” The world is telling you where and how you can improve.

Denis Waitley: “When you seek support and feedback, be sure it is from people who are truly interested in seeing you succeed …Get feedback from someone who is on your side but will still be objective and brutally honest with you.

Motives and fears run deep. Study them in others. The manager who supports you and comforts you when you’re down may like you best when you are in just that state: down and dependent. When you start succeeding beyond his expectations and comfort level, he may be among the first to get you to back off, limit your horizons and lower your goals. Recognize this feedback for the insecurity it is. It will rarely be objective or well-intentioned.

Even parents and significant family members aren’t immune to emotional conflicts that can pollute their feedback. Many relatives and siblings have difficulty accepting the success of others in the family or encouraging further success.

Ultimately, nobody is responsible for your life but you. Nobody is accountable for your actions but you. Therefore, nobody’s expectations for you and opinions about you are as important as your own. So make sure your opinions take precedence in your mind over all others, and when you do need to consult with someone else, think very carefully before you choose exactly who.”

Fastforward through feedback …

1. Give the feedback honest evaluation.

2. Make a realistic response to the feedback.

3. Analyse the feedback from different points of view.

4. Assess the accuracy of the feedback.

5. Make strategic changes where the feedback establishes the need for that.

…. then, move on!

Don’t stay camped around negative feedback, ‘navel gazing’.

Until next time …


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Winning in Your MLM Business

Winning in Your MLM Business

Posted on 14. Jun, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

To win in your MLM Business there are many different things that you can do and many different things you should not do.

Over the upcoming weeks I will be touching on each of these things.  Winning is an interesting word and will mean different things to different people.

The first thing you need to acknowledge is that everyone is different.  Yes that is right so what represents winning for one person is going to be different for another.

To win may mean recognition and presentation with a trophy or medal.  For another it can mean overcoming obstacles or bumps in the road and getting to the other side.

What does winning mean to you?  Leave a comment below.

Here are some examples taken from the dictionary below.

Definitions of ‘winning’
1. (adj) winning
succeeding with great difficulty
“winning is not everything”

2. (adj) victorious, winning
having won
“the victorious entry”; “the winning team”

3. (adj) fetching, taking, winning
very attractive; capturing interest
“a fetching new hairstyle”; “something inexpressibly taking in his manner”; “a winning personality”

1. (adj) winning
attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming; as, a winning address

2. (noun) winning
the act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition

3. (noun) winning
the money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; — usually in the plural

4. (noun) winning
a new opening

5. (noun) winning
the portion of a coal field out for working

6. winning
of Win

Look forward to catching up again soon.

Julia Mitchell

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How Much Are You Worth?

How Much Are You Worth?

Posted on 14. Jun, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

1943 Silver Penny - Made Out Of Steel, Coated With Zinc, To Save Copper For War Efforts At The TimeI always find it interesting watching and listening to people as they gather around a resource table at the end of some seminar or presentation. They come to ‘check out’ the Speakers resources. The question that seems to be uppermost in people’s minds is, “Is this CD, DVD, Book or training worth the asking price?”

While it’s a valid consideration, it reveals a flaw in peoples thinking. When it comes to personal education or development, the question is not, “Is this resource worth what they’re asking?” the real question is, “Am I worth this investment?”

It isn’t what the book costs; it’s what it will cost if you don’t read it.

How Much Are You Worth?

It has been well said, that to earn more, you have to learn more!

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you are not happy with some area of your life … your finances …your marriage … your health and fitness … your relationships … your business, and you want that to improve, it means you either have to learn something you currently don’t know, or you have to apply something you do know but are not applying.

Wisdom is the application of knowledge … the world is full of educated derelicts … people who know all sorts of things but lack the wisdom to apply them in day to day life.

Achievers – whether in business, sports or the arts are committed to continual improvement. If you want to be more successful, you need to be committed to ongoing personal development and that means investing in yourself.

The real question is not can I afford that resource … is it worth it? But rather, What will it cost me NOT to invest in this resource? What am I missing out on today because I didn’t invest in my self-improvement yesterday?

“No one limits your growth but you. If you want to earn more, learn more. That means you’ll work harder for a while; that means you’ll work longer for a while. But you’ll be paid for your extra effort with enhanced earnings down the road.” —Tom Hopkins

How much have you invested in personal development over the last year … five years?

We ALWAYS have time and money for what is important to us.

I remember that recently while speaking at a seminar, I mentioned a personal development course that costs around two thousand dollars and seeing the shocked look on the faces of some people … the idea of investing that sort of money in their personal growth had never entered their mind … they thought they couldn’t afford it … it wasn’t worth it … reality is that often people are frustrated, living with unfulfilled dreams and just ‘hoping’ ‘something’ will work out BECAUSE they don’t invest in themselves.

In the light of the rest of your life, I would suggest that YOU are well worth the investment of two thousand dollars!

If you haven’t got that sort of money available right now, start with where you’re at. Start buying good books … read a good personal growth book every month … start attending some seminars that will help you grow in areas that you need to develop … go on, you’re worth it!

“If you want to be truly successful, invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere, your success will blossom.” - Sydney Madwed

It is only an investment in personal growth that will help you identify your passion and purpose … you have to learn some things … you have to evaluate some things … you have to have some tools and processes to assist you do that.

I recently heard Dr Dave Martin refer to the two most important days in your life … the day you were born … and the day you discovered what you were born for! The journey to that discovery often takes people much longer than we would think … it is a journey of personal discovery … a journey of personal development … a journey of learning.

Because of family circumstances, I left school after only two years of secondary education. The majority of my learning has taken place after my formal education came to an end. I never got to College or University but I have devoured books, attended countless seminars and training events, went to ‘night-school’ for years, studied subjects by ‘correspondence’ (as it was in those days). We have invested thousands of dollars in personal development and learning.

We recently moved house and while I have a large office and book shelves in another room, I still had to give away seven large boxes of books … our church librarian thought it was Christmas! I have had to do that twice before … Why? Because we have an insatiable desire for learning and growth.

To be more effective and productive … to maximise our achievements we must invest in personal growth … How much are you worth?

“We have an innate desire to endlessly learn, grow and develop. We want to become more than what we already are. Once we yield to this inclination for continuous and never-ending improvement, we lead a life of endless accomplishments and satisfaction.” - Chuck Gallozzi

I have come to the conviction that spiritual growth on its own is not enough … we must grow holistically … in every area of life … we have too many Christians that can pray and prophesy and quote Scripture but who don’t do life well … don’t make good decisions … don’t look after their health and fitness … don’t build a stable asset base … always dreaming but never living in the dream … it is ALWAYS a matter of personal development … there is something we need to know … something we need to learn … some wisdom we need to gain.

Whenever you set out to improve your skills, change your behaviour, or better your family life or business, it will ALWAYS require an investment of money, time and effort.

So, How much are you worth?

Until next time …


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The Value Of You!

The Value Of You!

Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

The Value of YOU!

One song can spark a moment;

One kiss can wake a dream;
One tree can start a forest;
One bird can herald spring;

One smile begins a friendship;
One touch can lift a soul;
One star can guide a ship at sea;
One word can frame the goal;

One vote can change a nation;
One sunbeam lights a room;
One candle wipes out darkness;
One laugh can conquer gloom;

One step can start a journey;
One word starts a prayer;
One hope can raise our spirits;
One thought can show you care;

One voice can speak with wisdom;
One heart can know whats true;
One life CAN make a difference;
You see – its up to you!

Yes … you CAN make a difference!
And that’s ALL of you!

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Home Based Business and Motivation Tips

Home Based Business and Motivation Tips

Posted on 05. Jun, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

Home Based Business and Motivation Tips

If you have done all that you have to do in setting up yourhome based business and motivation on your part is still low; there is no reason to panic.  After putting all that is expected to start your business: choosing the right product, advertising, blogging, writing out and implementing the correct business plan.  Look, you have even attended all the business courses you could and now you are expecting great results.  Here are some tips to help you along the way:

  • Tenacity and Persistence is the name of the game:when expecting a great harvest, you must exercise greater patience and faith, because great things do not happen overnight.  Dig in and refuse to be moved when you experience some set-backs. Remember to invest more time and effort for the business.  In the early stages of your business, just like all other businesses do, it will tend to demand more from you. It is very important to stay focused and steady, giving more of your time to the work in the beginning.  You might have started with good profits and sometimes noticed it dipping on occasions, but this should not worry you.
  • Have Faith and Confidence: it is true that sometimes all businesses, at one point or the other, will experience some hardship.  If such a time comes, a period where your business is experiencing temporary set- backs, it might affect you all round – emotionally, financially and physically.  Whatever happens, remember not to allow the business to control your emotions and to take over your whole life.  Remember your life is separate from the business.  Try to maintain your confidence, be of good cheer and live to fight again.  The rough patches will pass if you can manage to stay sane and calm through it all.  It is called the “teething period;”things are bound to change for the better with time and patience.
  • Exercise a balance between business and family: If you can strike a good balance between taking care of yourself, family and the business, you will avoid feeling the guilt that you gave too much to your work.  Work out a manageable schedule and routine for family times, meal times, outings, home chores and so forth.  This will enable you to live a full and happy life.
  • Stay Focused and Disciplined: Your business will give back to you almost exactly what you put into it.  If you have put in much time, much money and effort in advertisements, study and hard work; it will definitely pay you back sooner than later.
  • Patience and persistence will lead to breakthroughs: starting and growing a business is not for the faint hearted, for it is never easy.  The way might not always be smooth, as there is bound to be some hard periods, dry spells, the highs and the lows.  Take courage because this will not continue forever; your business will not fizzle out, it will thrive and give you great joy if you remain patient.  If you are able to hang in there for as long as it takes, the success will be all the sweeter as you will one day look back and be glad you waited.
  • Keep the eyes on the prize: even with home and family trying to pull you from the goals you set for the business, remain focused and your eyes firmly fixed on the prize.  You must try to achieve your targets by all means.  Refuse to be swayed by passing whims.  Your business deserves nurturing just the same way you nurture your family and your own body.  Feed it with tender loving care.  Give it your attention when it matters, set goals, schedules, targets, deadlines and stick to them.
  • Give the business a prominent place in your life: Do not treat your home business as a mere hobby to be attended to only when you feel like it.  Force yourself to appear at your work station and put in good work for the day, each new day.  Begin to picture your business as a success and refuse to give up.  Do not lose sight of your set goals and standards you desire for your business.  Write them down and strive to achieve them by evaluating your performance from time to time.  Reward your successes and do not rest on your laurels when you notice laxity.  Always strive for higher achievements.
  • Always give your best: Your business also deserves the best you can give it.  Nothing is more rewarding and satisfying than the sweet success that comes after hard work and a lot of sweat. If all businesses were easy, there would be more billionaires.  Know that as you keep striving toward success, your moment of breakthrough and success is just around the corner.

Running a successful home based business and motivation? run together together hand in hand.

When it comes to running a successful home business you will want to muster up as much motivation as you can to get you through the leans times that hit every new business. Doing that of course is easier said than done but don’t let that keep you from making it happen anyways. Your future profits depend upon it.

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