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One of the challenges business professionals face is making their day as productive as possible. Sometimes it seems like your day is so busy and when you get to the end of it you find that you didn’t accomplish any of the things you wanted to. You were busy, but did you really get things done?

A lot has been written about time management. I’m going to tell you right now I don’t believe in it. Even though time is a human construct, there is no way humans can really to manage it. It flows like a mighty river and nothing can stop it. No dam can stop it. No technique can harness it.

What you can do is manage your activities. What you do and how you do it is more important than anything that you may “try” to manage time. A simple training technique used by Ironman Triathletes is the answer to the “time factor.” I call it “SPRINT.”

Here’s how I came to develop this technique. The training involved to prepare for an Ironman Triathlon can approach 25 hours a week. One one the training tools to maximize training time used by this elite group is High-Intensity Interval Training.

High-intensity interval training is when you alternate between high and low-intensity exercises with a short period of rest. For example, a short sprint up a flight of stairs followed by a walk back down is interval training. High-intensity interval training allows athletes to reduce the time spent on exercising while increasing their stamina and overall fitness levels.

You too can use this training technique to increase your daily productivity. Just like an Ironman Triathlete, you’re going to focus your attention on a small period of time and push as fast and hard as you can. People who use SPRINT technique find that they can accomplish more in 90 minutes than the average business professional does all day long. And if you are reading (watching, listening) to this I suspect your thinking and performance is far from average!

Here are the steps to use the SPRINT technique:

  1. Schedule a 90-minute block of time on your calendar to SPRINT. Reseach has found that 90 minutes is the optimal time period for focused attention on a task because once you get started, it can take as much as 15 to 20 minutes before you reach a good pace on your project. Because of this “start-up” period, 60-minutes is usually not quite enough time to achieve maximum productivity. At the other end, the two-hour mark, mental fatigue begins to set in. Because of these two points in time, 90 minutes seems to be the optimal time-slice to dedicate to your task.
  2. Decide what activity you are going to work on. You may have a project that is comprised of several activities. If that is the case, this next piece is very important; you must work on only one activity at a time. Do that one activity until you’ve completed it. Then, and only then, can you move onto the next activity. The whole concept of multitasking is a misnomer in that it doesn’t make you more productive. Quite the contrary. It can make you up to 40% less productive!
  3. Give 100% effort to the task at hand. This means to treat your SPRINT like an important appointment that is not to be interrupted. This means no checking email, texts, or answering the phone. For many people, this may be difficult. But if you stay disciplined to this rule,  you will be able to place yourself in the elite category of high productivity people. A good strategy is to temporarily disconnect your PC from the internet and shut off any notification sounds on your phone. This way, you’ll not be bothered by email, phone, or text alerts and you can fully concentrate on the task at hand.
  4. Rest and recover. Just like any athletic training, you need to give your mind a break to recover and prepare for the next SPRINT. This period should be a minimum of 15-minutes, with 30-minutes being the optimal rest period.

Using SPRINT as a productivity tool is going to take some effort. It is a success habit that will serve you well if you can perfect how you use it. Your ability to use it effectively will move you from the category of engaging in lots of activity to actually getting things done!

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

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It’s Not all About Attitude…or is it?

your vision affects your attitideAttitude is everything!

Prolonged success (in other words, not a fluke) is only relegated to those that know how to harness the ability to have a positive mental attitude (PMA).

 
Here’s what PMA is not. It’s not something taught by some self-help guru telling you to think nice happy things. Having a positive attitude is not a simple case of repeating positive affirmations to yourself to temporarily make you feel better, and it is not, as some call it, “fake it till you make it.”
 
Don’t get me wrong, those things are important tools. But by themselves, they will not create an environment of sustainable success. However, paired with the right skills, you can use affirmations or positive self-talk very effectively to create a PMA that will help you face any challenges life deals you.
 
The key element that is often missing in this process of developing a PMA is the ability to see things as they really are. I’ve heard people say that you can create your own reality. Quite frankly, this is a crock of you know what.
 
Reality is reality. It’s as simple as that. The only thing you can create is your own perception of reality. Often people delude themselves or are unwilling to accurately identify situations as they really are. Instead, they create a “perceived” reality of what they want as opposed to what really is. They are happy to create a fantastic reality where everything will just get better “if this happens or that happens” or if someone else stops doing things to make them fail.
 
This delusive state is referred to as outcome transference. Outcome transference is blaming others for outcomes instead of yourself. It is this transference of responsibility that keeps most people in a state of life that is unfulfilled and with opportunities unrealized. It is this lack of an ability to properly perceive reality for what it really is, that relegates great tools like affirmations, visualization, and positive self-talk to worthless new-age mumbo jumbo.
 
Again, don’t get me wrong. I believe in the power of these tools and even wrote a book on them (The Science of Using Affirmations and Attraction Strategies to Get Everything You Want in Life). But without the ability to properly perceive the reality around you they are temporary “feel good” exercises.
 
So the big question…how do you pair those tools with reality perception to create “Unstoppable Success” in your life? You start by realizing that you have no control over others but you do have control over yourself.
 
You can only really control three things in life.  
  1. The thoughts that you think.
  2. The woods that you use.
  3. How you react to life’s situations and occurrences.
Understanding that the circumstances of life and the actions of others are not controllable is the first step. You can influence these things by your actions but you never have the ability to fully control them.
“Life’s challenges are not hurdles in the road but are instead part of the road.” 
 
Realizing that you have no control over external circumstances in life will enable you to have a more accurate view of reality and you will not be deluded by fantasies of some alternative universe. Once you have taken this step, will be able to use the other tools to create a positive mental attitude that can fortify you against all the challenges you’ll face in life.
 
Another key to accepting outcomes that you perceive as negative and using PMA to influence the situation is an understanding of the law of cause and effect. For every action, there is a reaction. For one action there is a counteraction to maintain homeostasis and balance.
 
This is simple science. So, if you perceive an occurrence to be negative, what is the positive counterbalance? Don’t say it doesn’t exist. Remember, this is science…it does exist. Sometimes the emotion of the current situation makes it difficult to immediately identify the positive side of things.
 
At first, this exercise will seem difficult. But the more you always look for the counterbalance, the easier it will get to find it. You won’t change the immediate reality of the situation. But, your increased ability to understand balance and create PMA by having a complete picture of reality will allow you to influence yourself in ways that help you create a successful and fulfilled life that is sustainable for a lifetime.
 
Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

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How to go From Ironman to Dead Man in Two Weeks

The Event
On July 29th, 2017 I crossed the finish line and completed my fifth Ironman Triathlon. It was a great experience and I had a record day. I beat all of my race plans and achieved a personal record. I ran a safe race and I finished feeling energized.

But, two weeks later I found myself waking up on the floor of hotel elevator surrounded by paramedics. Now…I know the title of this blog is a little deceiving and I apologize for that. Fortunately, I didn’t die. But, it might not have turned out so well.

In the course of two weeks, I went from wearing an “Ironman” bracelet to a “Fall Risk” bracelet! The red one meant that I was on top of the world. I was accomplishing something that only 1/100th of 1% of the population has done. The yellow one meant that I wasn’t allowed to walk by myself. I wasn’t even allowed to use the bathroom!

Ironman-Hospital Wristband

The Lesson
What happened? It’s simple. I didn’t pay attention to my every-day life the way I paid attention to all the details during race day. And, here is the lesson.

Operating at Peak Performance status is not a part-time job. It is a full-time endeavor. You can’t just focus a part of your life and be the best that you can be at that particular moment. You must strive to achieve the best performance that you can possibly put out in every part of your life, every minute of every day. What happens when you don’t do that? You end up lying on a hotel elevator floor 3,000 miles from home surrounded by strangers.

Now there are some other lessons in this as well such as “the reversal of fortune” or the “fragility of life” but there really is not a lot you can do about those things. What you can do is pay attention to what you put into every day of your life. As I noted earlier, I didn’t end up a dead man and fortunately, my health is pretty good. But it could have gone the other way and I think that’s the important point to note. I’m calling this my $10,000 lesson.

I haven’t seen the bill yet but an ambulance ride, two days in the hospital, and lots of tests…I think I can safely say that this is at least a $10,000 lesson. What did they find? Not a lot. At the end of all of the tests, they figured that eight hours of flying (dehydration) combined with a new blood pressure medicine made for a bad combination. I simply lost consciousness. But, the good news is that I feel perfectly fine now.

The attending physician said that it could happen to anyone. Well…I’m not anyone and if you strive for Peak Performance in your life neither are you. Peak Performers have a passion for detail. They plan they execute, they measure, they adjust, and they are always inspecting what they expect in life.

The Training Plan
As a business coach and expert in the field of human potential, I know that if you want to achieve extraordinary things in your life you don’t get lazy. You don’t take a break from the important stuff. Note the last sentence. I didn’t say that you never relaxed or enjoyed life. I said you never took a break from the important stuff. Managing your health is pretty darned important! In fact, it is one of the 10 Peak Performance success principles I teach to business executives.

For those of you who don’t know what goes into preparing for an Ironman triathlon, there’s a lot of detail. The first part is the training. There is a lot of training. Getting prepared for race day is at least a six-month plan with as much as 20-25 hours of training a week. But that’s not where the real detailed work is. The real detailed work happens on race day.

Every serious professional writes a race plan. It doesn’t matter if it is athletics or it is a business. The athlete’s race plan details right down to the minute when they will drink and eat, how much salt and electrolytes they will consume based on race day weather conditions, how much time each leg of the race will take, and lots and lots of detailed activities that occur during the race. This plan is so tight that even though for most armature racers will take 11, 12, 13 hours or more to complete the race, a well-executed race will usually come within minutes of the plan. Why is this so important? Because you are pushing your body to limits that most people wouldn’t be able to tolerate. And if you are not careful, injury or even death can occur…and occasionally they do.

How does all of this translate to your business? The success principles of an Ironman triathlete can benefit anyone who wants to live a richer, happier, and fuller business and personal life. Anyone who wants to be able to be all that they can be and produce massive value for others every single day of their life has that capability. 

Summary
A business professional that wants to operate at Peak Performance is a planner. You plan everything and leave nothing to chance. You execute on that plan and measure the results or outcomes. You adjust your plan as appropriate; developing new tactics or strategies but keeping the end-goal the same. And, you inspect what you expect. You don’t expect success unless you are diligently working towards it. Success doesn’t happen without all of those things. 

Finally, the key to achieving this is having a proven formula and then consistently working that formula. This last part is important…consistency. All the time…not part of the time. That was the lesson that I learned. 

At the top of the list of things that Peak Performers give attention to is their health. Sadly, this is an area that most people neglect until they are forced to face the harsh realities that decades of neglect can cause. It doesn’t matter what other successes you have had in life, if you don’t have your health, you may not be around to enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Please learn from my $10,000 lesson and apply consistency and attention to all parts10 Commandments of Peak Performance Book of your life. And, because I don’t want anyone to suffer or pay the way I did, I’m going to giveaway my success formula that I lay out in my book The 10 Commandments of Peak Performance. Just click the link to download both the eBook and Audiobook: www.PeakPerformerBook.com

I hope you use this information to help you find everything you want in life. And…take care of your health!

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

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Giving Isn’t Just About the Holidays

You Don't Need A Reason to Help PeopleGiving Isn’t Just About the Holidays
T
he holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It means so many things to so many people. First and foremost for many people it is about celebrating their religion. For others, it’s about celebrating with friends and family, giving, or helping others. For many, it’s about a new start and plans for what will come. It is a time that conjures up good feelings and a time where many feel generous to help others.

It’s a Universal Law
People that are “givers” or “help others” or practice “benevolence” that are success oriented do not do it once a year around the “giving time.” It is part of who they are and what they do on an ongoing basis. If you are a religious or spiritual person, you’ll find many examples of this precept of your faith. It has been said that “you can get anything you want in life if you help enough others get what they want.”

If you add the element of selfless giving to your mindset, you will have a complete philosophy that will serve you well throughout your life and your profession. You must help others without expecting an immediate return, or even any return at all! So, the amended statement should read “you can get anything you want if you help others get what they want and if you do so with no expectations of a return.”

Helping other people, giving of yourself, and generosity, are really a universal law that all successful people understand and employ. To be the best that you can be, you must learn to be selfless. When you help others, not only are you doing something positive, you are also creating mutually beneficial relationships. To put it simply, when you help others, they’re inclined to help you.

It’s Karma
Helping others is like karma; eventually, the good efforts you put out toward helping others willYin-Yang eventually circle back to you. Your acts of altruism will almost always have the unforeseen side effect of bringing benefits to you. You will find that people will be more inclined to help you achieve your goals and doors of opportunity will open for you.

The reverse also holds true. Unsuccessful people tend to be self-absorbed. Their only thought is reaching their own goals and they don’t think about the person to whom they are interacting with. From time to time, they may have some successes. But, these successes are not sustainable in the long term as their true selfish character eventually shines through.

The benefits of helping others are not just about getting good karma or feeling good about yourself. There are some real physical and mental benefits that you can also enjoy as a result of this behavior. A review of 40 studies published in the Journal of BMC Public Health on the effect of volunteering on general health and happiness found that volunteering improves both well-being and life satisfaction. I also found volunteering to be linked with decreased levels of depression and a lower risk of dying early.

Another study published in Scientific American examined cortisol levels in response to giving away money and choosing to keep more money for yourself. The study found that the more money people chose to keep in the experiment, the greater shame they felt. This corresponded to an increase in their cortisol levels. Chronically high levels of cortisol have been linked to a number of health ills.

3 Easy Steps to Be a Better Helper
It isn’t hard to incorporate helping others into your life. If you’re not sure where to get started, here are three things that you can to do to become a greater servant of your fellow mankind.

  1. Be a good listener: You have two ears and only one mouth and you should learn to use them all equally. That means you need to listen more than you talk. Take the time to get to know people.  Don’t just listen to what they are saying but listen to how they are saying it. What emotions are they using? If you are meeting someone in person, what does their body language say? Sometimes just words alone don’t really tell you what you need to know about a person and you will need to use your other senses to find out more information. Listening will help you understand the needs of others.
  2. Be Empathetic: Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and think about what may be going on in their life. You really can’t show empathy unless you know the person you are interacting with and you can make connections to experiences in your own life. Remember that people don’t really care about you unless they know you care about them.
  3. Have a good heart: Be committed to helping others. Some people call it servant leadership. Kindness and generosity will make people feel better about you as a person. It will also make you a happier and more positive individual, which can only help contribute to your successes in life.

If you want an audio version of this blog you can listen HERE.

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEBSITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: 

Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

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5 Steps to Success in Life

I am a huge proponent of using formulas to do things I’ve never done before. Let me give you an example, I don’t consider myself to be a great cook; just a competent one. I really enjoy good food and I view dining and the presentation of food as an art. But here’s the deal, I don’t have to be an artist to make a good meal. I can simply follow a recipe. If I don’t deviate from the recipe, chances are that I’ll make something that is pretty tasty. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe I’m a gourmet chef. But I can make a pretty wicked lobster bisque!

The recipe example I just gave can work with other things as well. There are plenty of examples of success in life that are solid. Some of you may have read my book, The Ten Commandments of Peak Performance. In that book, I focus on ten key areas that can significantly increase your levels of performance in life. In a sense, it is also a recipe for increasing your levels of performance so that you are operating at peak efficiency (you can get it free at www.PeakPerformerBook.com).

I think success works the same way. You can increase your chances of success substantially if you follow a recipe that others have used and that is proven to work. I’ve studied and researched the success factors of people in many different walks of life.

Here are five steps that you can take that I think are very powerful.

Step 1: Follow Your PassionsSteps to Success
We live in one of the greatest times. I truly believe that. Now more than ever, people have a greater chance of living a life fulfilled…whatever that means to you.

I’m a big believer in formulas. It used to be that you had to figure out what the formula for success and happiness was. If you didn’t have good role models or if you grew up in an environment that was not positive, encouraging, or growth-oriented, this made things even more difficult.

Fortunately, the internet brings you information, knowledge, encouragement, and stories of success from all over the world. If you have a passion or a direction you want to pursue, chances are great that there is someone else out there that has the same thoughts. That someone has made it and they can help you make it as well!

So…not knowing what to do is a poor choice for not following your passion. Even if you can’t find examples of exactly what you want in life, you are sure to find things that are similar. From that, you can extrapolate. Sure, it’s going to take some work. But everything is possible in life if you have the desire and passion.

The conventional wisdom of finding a job, slugging away for 20, 30, or 40 years, and hanging onto that job at all costs just doesn’t serve people very well. In fact, in most cases it never did. Research shows that 52.3% of people are dissatisfied with their careers or vocation.

Do what you love, and you’ll find that your life will work out. You will be fulfilled. You will make enough to pay the bills. You will make a difference to yourself, to your family, and to many others.

Step 2: Immerse Your Mind in Good Stuff
Napoleon Hill said, “you become what you think about.” The book of Proverbs says something similar; “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

A study recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology confirms that you are deeply shaped by the books you read. In fact, just as watching television can chip away at your contentment, the books you read can be negative influences in your life. What you read can reflect the negative aspects of your personality, or it can serve to elevate your thoughts and turn you towards that which is positive. 

Watch videos, read blogs, read books, listen to podcasts. Immerse yourself in positive things. Be very conscious and intentional about what you focus your attention on and who and what you spend your time with. What goes into your eyes and ears goes into your brain and into your heart – and it becomes who you are.

Step 3: Associate with Positive People.
Remember when you were growing up and Mom and Dad wanted to know who you were hanging around with? The reason was simple yet very powerful. If you associate with negative people or people that are engaged in activities that are immoral or illegal, you’ll tend to adopt the same thinking and behavior that they have.

It doesn’t matter if you think you are a good person. Just associating with the wrong type of individual can have a negatively profound effect on your thinking…and possibly your behavior. It is important to take stock of who is around you. If you take an honest assessment, you’ll find that not everyone is going to be the model of what you want to achieve in life. This is where some tough decision making must occur.

You may need to disassociate yourself from people that don’t serve you well or are dragging you down in life. This may be painful. You might get judged. You might suffer repercussions. This may be difficult because these people may be close friends or even family. In the case of the latter, you might wish to start by simply limiting your exposure to those people as much as you can.

When you associate with people that are like-minded, that strive for the same type of betterment that you do, you’ll find that you will have very powerful allies. They will affect your success and happiness in life on both a conscious and a subconscious level. I call this very powerful action “The Power of Association.” Try it…it can be very effective.

Step 4: Have Gratitude
Successful people have gratitude. They are thankful for all that they have including all experiences; good and bad. They realize one of the keys to success is to “happily succeed rather than try to succeed to be happy.”

Dealing with challenging situations is just a matter of framing them the right way. Challenges are not meant to be seen as hurdles on the road, rather part of the road. It is the challenges in life that shape who we become because that is where the growth occurs.

Focusing on the things you don’t have in life serves no good purpose. There is a reason why one of the Ten Commandments in the bible says “You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods.” Because it will do nothing but make you unhappy. You’ll be focusing on what you don’t have instead of what you do have.

Living in a state of lack is a huge disservice to yourself. You only see the negative that comes from not having the things you want in life. A better focus is one of abundance. Being grateful for what you have, even when you have to go through pain and failure, allows you to live in an abundant state.

A great exercise to institute the habit of gratitude is to write three things you are grateful for in the morning and in the evening. You should write these things down as opposed to just thinking about them. Writing things out takes them from the abstract into reality. It sets off a chain of commands in the neurons in the brain that lend itself to experiencing something in an entirely different way than just thinking about it.

Step 5: Get a Mentor or Coach
Too many people, the idea of getting a coach to help take them where they have never gone before is not a consideration. Not because they are against it. But because they just don’t understand the power and the value that coaching can bring. Many people think of athletics when it comes to coaches. And, that’s probably a good example of what a coach can do. An athlete who has a coach is more likely to:

  • Recover more quickly and effectively from a bad performance
  • Learn more from a bad, and in fact every, performance
  • Develop more effectively during practices
  • Learn their talents and strengths more quickly and effectively
  • Create a strategy to leverage their strengths to their advantage
  • Achieve more during that season

Putting athletic performance aside…wouldn’t it be great if you could do all of those things as well in your life? Of course it would! Hiring a coach to help take you to places you have never been before is a very good investment.

If you are reticent to spend money on a coach you should ask yourself two questions: 1) What is the cost of failure? and 2) What is the cost of wasted time because you don’t know the best way to get what you want to achieve?

A good coach can listen to what it is you say and provide solid advice. They can be a confidential sounding board; a trusted advisor who can ask you provocative questions that help you uncover what your gifts, strengths, values, principles, true dreams, goals, and aspirations. A good coach can take all that information and help put you on the path to making those dreams become reality. Now, what’s that worth?

Like any recipe, formula, or set of instructions, these five steps are a guide. You have room for interpretation of how to execute them, but none should be discounted. They are all just as important as flour or wheat is to baking bread. If you leave those ingredients out the end result will be less than desirable.

Follow these five guidelines and you’ll begin to see a real difference as to the level of success in your life!

Rich 
“Create Unstoppable Success!”
Richard B. Greene

Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

© Copyright 2017 Amplifier, LLC.
WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEBSITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: 

Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

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The Most Important Appointment

stressed out businessmanWithout fail, almost every business person that I coach struggles with stress. Even the most experienced of executives feels at times like they can’t keep their head above water. It’s not because they aren’t competent. It is usually because things keep moving faster and faster and the time management and stress reduction skills that once served them well, no longer work.

A Deluge of Information Causes Stress
Technology was “supposed” to make life easier but instead has created more ways for us to do more things. And people get fooled by the power of that little mobile device they carry with them thinking that “always connected” equates to being more productive. This is a false narrative!

The distractions in our daily lives are enormous and they will only continue to grow. The average person sees between 4,000 to 10,000 advertisements a day. Do you remember seeing all of those ads? Of course not. But that doesn’t mean that your mind didn’t process and store all that information and at a subconscious level it is focused on some of those pieces of information. Your brain is always working overtime!

On top of the constant flow of media, you’ve got instant communication via text, instant messaging, or “always on alert” social media. That creates an expectation that you should immediately respond to any message you receive or social posting. Add your daily task list to the mix and sometimes it seems like you can’t keep your head above water. All of this deluge of information decreases your ability to be super productive and stress is the main factor.

Top Stress Reducing Strategy
The most common activity to deal with high levels of stress during your day is to practice reflection, meditation, or some other device that people use to calm their mind and recharge. The recommended time period for these activities is between 45 to 60 minutes. Here’s the rub. Most people will look at those time periods and say there’s no way they could fit that into their day. So what do they do? Usually, they won’t do anything at all. They continue to be stressed and like most people under stress, they don’t operate at peak performance.

As a business coach, one of the top areas I work with people on is their ability to deal with stress during their day. Maintaining a laser-like focus on that activity at hand isn’t going to happen if you are distracted by things that don’t serve you well. You will not operate as a Peak Performer.

My definition of a peak performer is as follows:

“A Peak Performer is an individual who strives for self-improvement in every facet of the their life, who is recognized for consistently maintaining high productivity levels, and who ultimately performs above and beyond self-set expectations.”

If you are stressed, you are not going to perform at your best and attaining high productivity levels will not be achievable. Fortunately, the solution to finding the time to “recharge” is simple. 

The answer is this – You schedule an appointment with yourself!

That’s right. You schedule an appointment with yourself to de-stress and recharge your brain. It is as stress reduction appointmentsimple as putting it on your calendar just like you would any other important appointment. Some people also refer to this as ‘calendaring.” 

Calendaring is a simple practice in concept but often difficult for people to employ because they gravitate towards other activities that they deem more important. But there isn’t anything more important than taking care of yourself. If you are not operating at Peak Performance you won’t be of any use to those that you work with or those people that are in your personal life. This is one of those rare occasions when it is okay to be selfish!

An Appointment is Meant to be Kept
Like any other appointment, don’t let anything interrupt you. This means no phone calls and no shifting of your schedule to tend to other matters. If you had an important meeting with someone you wouldn’t pick up your phone when it rang. Right? You would be completely focused on that individual and you’d deal with the phone call or voicemail later.

The same should hold true for an appointment with yourself. Remember that this appointment is your time to recharge. This means you DO NOT think about problems that you have or the things you have to do that are on your task list. During your “alone time,” it doesn’t matter what you chose to do as long as it is an activity that relaxes and recharges you. If you are not sure what activity that is, just think of the times in your life when you were calm, cool and collected. What were you doing? Where were you? The answer is a start to creating the optimal personal activity to refocus and recharge. 

Don’t underestimate the value of your time to reflect or meditate. There are over 3,000  scientific studies on the benefits of meditation and/or reflection. Many studies show that gray matter concentration increases in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, regulating emotions, sense of self, and having perspective. All around, this activity will allow you to have a more optimistic perspective and you will be more focused and productive.

There are many strategies that Peak Performers use to manage their day, get more things done, and feel less stressed. The top strategy is making an appointment with yourself to recharge. Try this strategy and watch your stress levels reduce and your productivity explode!

Rich 
Creating Unstoppable Success!

Richard B. Greene
Dr. Richard B. Greene, DBA, SSBB, CMPE
Speaker, Author, IronMan Mind Business Coach

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Dr. Richard B. Greene is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Executive Business Coach who helps business executives get to the next level in business, their careers, and their personal lives. Through his IronMan Mind acceleration program, he offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself development products to significantly increase levels of personal and business success. He’s been featured on radio shows and various new sites including KVCG Radio, The Miami-Herald, The Denver Post, Wall Street Select, Financial News Today, Fox, and ABC. Go online now to get free access to his acclaimed book, www.PeakPerformerBook.com.

 

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