I recently shared a TEDx talk from Dandapani on How to Concentrate.  This is a follow up post, with 3 specific steps to improve your concentration (here Dandapani refers to it as willpower).

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Image: A recent Dandapani workshop with the EO Organisation.

3 Steps to Practice that Will Improve Your Concentration

Dandapani tells us that there are 3 steps to practice that improve our concentration:

  1. Finish that which you begin
  2. Finish it well, beyond your expectations
  3. Do a little more than you think that you are able to do

Use these 3 steps in every area of your life: from making the bed in the morning, to tidying the kitchen, to reading to your child, to writing emails, to writing blog posts…

And so, how do I do “a little more than you think you are able to do” on this blog post?…

A Little Bit More…

I could embed a tweet:

I could embed a facebook status:

I could ask a question:

Have a great day.

I came across a TEDx talk today by Drew Dudley about Leadership. It is called “Creating cultures of leadership”.

He explains his first ever class on leadership. After the class, a participant came up and said “I thought I understood leadership, but now I don’t. Could you explain exactly what you mean by leadership?”

He could not explain it simply. It was too complex. (He used the old teacher trick… he asked her “well, what do you think leadership is?”)

After years of thinking, he can now explain leadership simply. For him, it is answering these 6 questions every day.

If he answers these 6 questions every day, at the end of a year there will be 2,190 moments that he deliberately makes people better.

The 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day to be a Leader

  1. Impact – What have I recognised in someone else’s leadership today?
  2. Continuous Improvement – What have I done to make it more likely I will learn something?
  3. Mentorship – What have I done to make it more likely someone else will learn something?
  4. Empowerment – What positive thing have I said about someone to their face today?
  5. Recognition – What positive thing have I said about someone who isn’t in the room?
  6. Self-respect – How have I been good to myself today?

Drew Dudley’s TEDx Talk

You can watch Drew’s talk on the blog post here:

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 13.50.41Here’s a video I shared recently on my YouTube channel.

What is the underlying structure of your life?  What habits are made easy because of the layout of your home, your office, the friends you hang out with?  How might you change the structure of your life in order to make certain positive habits more likely to happen?

Our surroundings affect us more than our intention and our discipline.

Making Changes that Stick, Building Good Habits

Right or wrong? 😉

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Me and my 7 Habits

This is a great summary video of a book that had a great impact on me back when I was 23 years old.  I was working for Accenture (in those days, Andersen Consulting) and the organisation shared this book with all employees.  There’s a photo there of me there on the right with my leather bound edition of the book.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books in self-development.

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People

  1. Be proactive.
  2. Begin with the end in mind.
  3. Put first things first.
  4. Think win-win.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the saw.

About the Creator

You can follow the creator Malkash Geldashvili on twitter.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

Show me your daily habits and I can describe your future.

Discover the habits of successful people as opposed to the habits of unsuccessful people in the infographic created by SuccessStory.com.

Habits of Successful People vs Unsuccessful People
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How’s your daily habit checklist?