Something that I love to talk about on stage is the importance of embracing awkward and uncomfortable. And there’s no denying I get seriously uncomfortable with new technology.
But fueled by my desire to remain teachable, I have developed a healthy obsession with a few apps on my smartphone.
One of the best (and hardest) things about speaking on stage, is that it keeps me honest.
How can I stand up in front of hundreds of people and inspire them to make changes in their lives, if I’m not implementing those same things in my life?!
Step 1- Look for inspiration everywhere
Modern life can be stressful. Work is intense, family demands can be exhausting, and we’re bombarded by the news, advertising and social media always!
Sometimes we need to just stand back and strip everything back to basics. Enjoying each little moment for what it is.
Do you have the curse of assumption?
In business, people often slip into the trap of thinking they know a client, thinking they know what that client wants, what their budget is, and which service would suit them best.
But what happens so often is people make assumptions about their customers that are horribly wrong.
If you’ve ever been to Noosa in Queensland you’ll know how beautiful and sparkling the beaches are. On a recent trip to Noosa with my family, something incredible happened to me on my morning run.
At the very bottom of the martial arts tree is a white belt. That’s me. And off to training I go. As awkward and as uncomfortable as I was feeling, I trained the house down for three months, every morning and every night. At the end of the first three months my head instructor said “Pete, I think you’re ready to go for your first grading.” I walked into a room and onto the mats. There is a grand master sitting in front of me with a row of black belts on either side of him. I walk in, bang! And it’s show time!
I hope you understand by now that I’m not one of those people who say you just need more discipline and persistence. We can’t sustain change based on that sort of motivation. We need to play a game that is well designed and follow a process that is inherently motivational.