Saturday, May 30, 2009

You Get What You Think About

There seems to be this mental law that we tend to get what we think about most of the time. In general, successful people think about what they want all the time and unsuccessful people think about what they don't want. Never desire what you don't expect and never expect what you don't desire. Choose the thoughts and desires you decide to dwell on with care!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Everything Starts With An Idea

Ideas are powerful seeds. You mind probably is your greatest asset. When we think about it, everything you can see, all businesses and every initiative started out as an idea in someone's mind. Is it true that you can create something out of nothing? No, you create something out of an idea. I read somewhere that the average person generates at least for brilliant ideas every year. Capture the ideas! Don't lose them!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Passing The Persistence Test

Many times when people say no at first it is not a complete rejection of your proposition. They may want to test your conviction and persistence or just use their "no" reflex for convenience or protection. When interviewed 83% of customers saying "no", admit that they could have been convinced to say yes if asked again. The problem is sales people only repeatedly ask for the order again 7% of the time. Don't give up! If you don't take no for an answer, you will eventually pass the persistence test.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pick A Great Team

In order to create greatness you need a great team. In essence leadership is the organization of specialized knowledge or skilled labor. When we look throughout history nothing great was ever achieved without a team. Explorers like Christopher Columbus, Marc O'Polo or Neil Armstrong would never have reached their goals without the teams behind them. When you set out to build something great, pick a great team!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Honor Your Commitments

A lot of people, including professionals from whom you would expect more, often promise to do things and to call you back or provide you the answer in an e-mail, but don't. They fail to honor even their most basic commitments. This seems to become more common by the day. I find it fascinating! It makes it easier for you to stand out in a crowd; the only thing you need to do is to be true to your own commitments. When you say you will call someone back; do!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Somatic Responses To Stress

I recently read an article on stress where the author suggested that somatic responses to stress can give you an indication of underlying problem areas. Headaches and migraines related to thoughts of self doubt, heart symptoms to problems with relationships, stomach problems connected to emotions of fear whereas pain in back and shoulders were related to heavy workload. I have no idea about the scientific merit but found this an interesting hypothesis. What do you think? How does your body react to stress?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Strengths Come From Struggles

We have to allow for mistakes as a part of our growth and development program. Kids have to learn the hardships of life by doing their own mistakes. In organizations where mistakes are not allowed people don't grow as much. Arnold Schwarzenegger said: "Strength doesn't come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths." Don't be afraid of temporary setbacks, be afraid of never trying.
About the Author

Urban Gavelin a native Swede with more than twenty five years of business experience. He has held positions as director of sales- marketing- and business development on Nordic, European and World Wide levels. Urban has lived and worked in Stockholm, London and New York, now works primarily with leadership development and sales training and is a credentialed coach. He has studied Executive Management at Lausanne Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

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