Developing a strong mental flexibility and discipline is a very personal and delicate process that requires a personal touch, assessment and time. We have found that it is very important and we will share with you keys to developing a strong mindset, an eye to sort out opportunities, how to overcome challenges, and much more. We hope that this will give you a chance to see for yourself how important your state of mind is in any aspect of your life.
Developing a strong mindset will open your minds to explore the art of mind feeding and daily mental exercises. By applying the mental skills that you learn to your everyday life, it will lead you to deeper connections, success, and allow you to Make More and Work Less.
take with Conceptual Learning
One strategy to Make More and Work Less, is to have a forever learning attitude. All successful entrepreneurs have that in common, that they are constantly learning and implementing what they learn. You may be thinking that, that is pretty obvious, that learning about what you want to be successful in to be successful is common sense, not a strategy. The strategy comes from conceptual learning. Take what you see and experience from other successful industries and the apply and implement into your own business or applications. The faster you can implement what you learn from others the more likely you will stand out and Make More and Work Less.
More often than not we believe that we should only learn and increase our knowledge in what we are specializing in. Learning from others who are doing what we are doing. For example, if you are a part of a company which provides all the tools for you succeed where would you ask for more information, help or strategies to grow? You and most other people would likely reach out to those in the same company who are successful and ask them what they do. If everyone else in the company is being trained by the same material, learning from the same people, and asking the same people for advice, how would you be any different from those in the company? You would be using the same scripts, present the same way, and find leads the same way. In fact, not only are the other companies out there your competition, but those IN your company are also your competition.
Now, what if you reached out and asked other successful entrepreneurs what they do to convert sales? Or research other companies like Disney, Starbucks, and Apple about how they generate leads? What are the chances that their strategies would be different than those shared within your company? Probably pretty high. On top of that if you were to implement those strategies into your business, wouldn’t you say that you would be different and noticed more compared to others in your company? There are opportunities to learn everywhere and from anyone. The key is to take those learnings from all reaches of life and industries and implement them as if they were your own.
Learn From Everywhere
An exercise that I love to get my audiences to do is the following:
- Find a partner and decide who is ‘A’ and who is ‘B’
- ‘A’ will tell ‘B’ what their plan is for the weekend. However, the twist is, ‘A’ cannot tell ‘B’ in words. ‘A’ will need to spell out the sentences to ‘B’. For example: “I A M G O I N G T O L E A R N A B O U T B O O K W R I T I N G”
- After ‘A’ is done switch, ‘B’ will spell out what they are doing to ‘A’
Now, ‘A’s what did you learn? That you were as good a speller as you though? That you needed to think a little more? That you leaned in?
‘B’s, what did you learn while ‘A’ went? Did you find that it would have helped if there were more pauses between words? Did you find that you wish ‘A’ would slow down? Did you find that you made those adjustments for when it was your turn to speak?
The point of this exercise is to showcase that we can learn from anywhere and from anyone. Whether something went well or not well, is a learning moment and a scenario where we can decide whether or not we want to implement or avoid that in our business or application. One can always gain insight when he or she asks “WHY?” The more you ask why you like or dislike something, the more you will be able to alter and tweak your own style, adding what you like from others and removing or improving elements of your style that you found you did not like from seeing others do it.
A conference that we go to yearly Mega Success, is one where 2500+ people from all over the world attend. Highlighting the event is the opportunity to get photos with celebrity keynote speakers at the event. One can imagine the stress and the organization that goes into making those photo opportunities a success without causing the celebrity any hardship. One place where the organization looked for ideas and strategies to implement was Disneyland. Disneyland has attractions that are setup to accommodate 2500 guests per hour, and are known worldwide to have top notch customer service to enhance guest experiences. Sure enough, the photo op lines at Mega Success was smooth and well executed. Little do people know, Disney offers training and consultation to allow other businesses such as professional sports organizations, hotels, restaurants etc. to learn their systems so that they can implement it into their own companies.
So how can you do this from a day to day stand point? Let’s say you wanted to be a better speaker and a better storyteller. Well, television programs can be your teacher! What is even better is that you can now learn from something you enjoy! For instance, the television series The Flash is a very successful series. By asking why The Flash is so successful and why its storytelling is so effective, we soon found out that there is a rule that each episode of The Flash must have:
Humour, Heroics, and Heart.
If any episode is missing any of the three elements, that episode is not completed and will not be approved. Does each episode have an emotional element? Does each episode get you sitting at the edge of your seat? Do you laugh in each episode? If you said yes to each of these, you probably enjoy the show.
So how does this apply to us as storytellers? Well, to be an effective communicator, a speaker who connects with others, you may consider having those same three elements in your talks. When you tell stories have stories that: bring excitement, stories that have an emotional pull, and stories that bring comic relief to the audience. By doing so, you will retain your audience for a longer period of time, as you will not be providing endless stories with humour or stories with just excitement. The most effective stories are those that support your message while at the same time provide Heroics, Humour, and Heart.
The more you can implement successful strategies from different areas the more you differentiate from others and have a great advantage. Gaining this information and recognizing how to apply it is step one. The next step is to implement it!
Speed of Implementation
Imagine if you were the first to find out a great stock tip that will potentially have great monetary upside. Would you A) take action right away and get some stocks? Or B) wait until what you found out comes true and then buy the stocks? You would probably pick A. This is because you understand the importance of timing. This no different when it comes to business change strategies! When you find at a strategy that Disney is doing but has not been done in your industry, the faster you implement that strategy that fewer ahead you are from your competition who have no idea about the strategy. Hence speed of implementation is of utmost importance if you were to Make More and Work Less.
Flexible and Adaptable
The more you realize the opportunities of conceptual learning and implementation, the more you become flexible and adaptable. Your brain will constantly be looking for opportunities to grow and improve. You will become more flexible to change and implement strategies that you know will benefit you in the future. More importantly, when situations present themselves that you cannot control, you will look to see how others are adapting to the situations and in turn adapt yourself.
For instance, I once had the belief that when doing interviews for my podcast The PEAK Potential Success Show, that I had to do them in person. That, that was the only way to get the energy and the authenticity of the interviewee. However, during the launch of my podcast the world was shut down due to Covid-19, meaning face to face interviews were no longer feasible. I looked to what others were doing, television late night shows were doing interviews on zoom, other podcasters were skyping their content, and company meetings were being done online. Since these individuals and companies adapted to the situation, it was time for me to adapt, conceptually learn, be flexible, and implement online interviews for my Podcast. The results were amazing and in addition had opened up my reach of interviewees to guest all around the world! The more you adapt the more flexible you become and the more you will be able to learn conceptually.
Learn Conceptually Now
One can start training their brain to conceptually learn at any time and place. Next time you see a billboard, an advertisement, or a commercial. Ask yourself what do you like about it, what don’t you like about it, was it effective and how can you adjust it to fit into an advertisement for you and your services. The more you do this exercise the more likely you will be able to implement concepts very quickly for you to Make More and Work Less.
Until next time, today is the day to unlock your potential. I’ll see You later.
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