When it comes to the great achievement of the Moon landing ‘One small step’ and ‘One giant leap’ are perfect metaphors.
The giant leap involved a huge amount of teamwork, leading from President Kennedy’s ambitious idea in 1962 to a an awesome achievement celebrated by President Nixon in 1969.
To realise the major goal of a manned Moon landing it was necessary to break down that ambition into small bite sized chunks, assigning tasks to physicists, mathematicians, engineers, pilots and a network of other specialists, Once the stages were set the milestones completed and the risks managed the results became inevitable.
And so the example of the moon landing is useful for all of us when we think about the goals we wish to achieve.
For instance if the ambition after this summer is to get a new job by year’s end, there are several steps to take.
- First take stock of qualifications and experience.
- Then identify gaps in either area.
- Next work out how to plug those gaps.
- Having done that hard work we can make a decision about the sorts of jobs that we want and the employers we would like to wok for.
- With that knowledge about what we want, what we offer and who we would like to offer it to ,we can make a strategic series of applications or at least establish a presence on the social media front aimed at connecting with the potential employers and people who would be interested in making use of our talents.
Doing this very important work, in bite sized chunks, makes accountability possible. Doing all the work means we can to stand up, breathe deep and reach for the stars.
What is your favourite way to achieve the biggest goals you face? Feel free to share this content, if you have found this post useful. You can Like or Comment too if you want.
Phew! We’ve made it through the first third of the year.
Hopefully there are more good days in those four months than there are bad ones. In case the next eight months don’t all go well here are 5 upbeat thoughts to remember when the going gets tough and goals seem out of reach.
- Our friends can give us great support, if we are not too proud to ask them for it.
- We can find new people who will understand what we are going through by using social media.
- We might have forgotten about today’s crisis in 6 month’s time.
- We have overcome hard times before, so we can definitely do so again.
- Once we have got past this problem we will be able to help others who are struggling.
Everyone is busy these days, although some of us have already enjoyed a few vacation days this summer. Some others are looking forward to their holiday in the sun. Here’s a thought: How many of us understand the stresses and strains we carry around while we are busy leading our 9 to 5 lives as leaders, managers, entrepreneurs or creatives?
Good news, there is a way we can achieve a better understanding of ourselves at work, at home, or on a mountain top.
How To Get Clarity Over Your Goals In 5 Minutes
I’ve found five minutes of mindfulness a day can help answer the question, what should I be doing next? What does my approach involve?
- Sitting with a straight back, eyes closed
- Breathing deeply from the diaphragm
- Relaxing shoulders, arms and legs
- Tuning out the sounds around me
- Noticing what I am feeling in my head, heart and gut
- Finding a way to use all that information after my five minutes are up and I feel refreshed
What would five minutes a day of mindfulness do for you today? How about over the next week? Take a moment to write down and share your answer. Feel free to message your discovery on Twitter @RogerD_Said You can Like and Share the post too, if it has been helpful.
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Blimey. There are only 122 days left in 2017.
That is still enough time to make progress on a goal which is important to you. So, here are 5 inspiring principles you can start using today, if you are motivated to take action and achieve more freedom and success by:
- Gaining a quick qualification
- Making an important contribution to your network
- Applying for and starting a new job
- Bringing creativity into your work
- Prioritising your needs as equally important to others’ requests
5 Principles You Can Use To Boost Your Success
A Man’s Reach Should Exceed His Grasp (Robert Browning)
Have A Clear End Goal
Start With The End In Mind (Stephen R Covey)
Change Is The Law of Life (John F Kennedy)
Share Your Success
It Is Literally True That You Can Succeed Best And Quickest By Helping Others To Succeed (Napoleon Hill)
Build Powerful Relationships
A Friend Is Someone Who Gives You Total Freedom To Be Yourself (Jim Morrison)
Thanks for reading this post. Feel free to feedback about the other principles that work for you by commenting below. You can always Like and Share this post if it helps you during the days ahead.
Speak to you soon.
You can achieve good results when you work on your own. You can achieve great results when you work with others. Your contribution adds value to what everyone else is doing. That’s the beauty of effective teamwork.
As the saying goes: There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team’.
The video contains 3 ways you can benefit from contributing to a team this week. So if
- raising your profile
- connecting to other activists;
- creating improvements at work or in the community
sound like appealing benefits, use team work to get going. Try one strategy and see how it works out. Use the comment section to share what worked well for you.
Want To See Teamwork In Action In November?
Do you want to see supportive teamwork in action? Are you are in North East London in the evening of Monday 14 November? Then why not book yourself a free place on the event welcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week at Waltham Forest Town Hall. It promises to be inspirational and motivating.
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There’s a good chance you haven’t thought about diversity lately.
Why would you need to pay attention to diversity after all?
Unless one of your goals is to meet the needs of a diverse group of customers (or you have a personal story which connects you to a disadvantaged group) you just get on with providing products and services on an equal basis.
However there is a risk associated with not showing inspired leadership. That risk involves failing to meet the needs of different staff within organisations / industries and not paying attention to different customers / clients.
We each have a different life story. Leaders who build on the range of talent available make their team members feel engaged in producing outstanding results since their unique contribution matters.
Diversity Problems In Hollywood Echo Those In UK Television
Follow the link in the Tweet if you want to check out my LinkedIn post on the Diversity Problem within the Hollywood film industry.
A similar discussion about the exclusive nature of an industry is taking place within UK public service broadcasting circles. What role will ethnically diverse staff and others at the margins play in that future? You can contribute to the discussion at www.futureoftv.org.uk
The Risk Of Staying The Same
If the people responsible for bringing new talent into organisations only hire people like themselves they aren’t helping solve the lack of diversity issue.
Staying the same within an organisation means it is likely the range of ideas, insight and engagement available to that organisation will remain limited. Customers won’t be served with the widest selection of offers possible.
More than that. If the sector stays the same don’t be surprised if in 5 years’ time award winners, Directors, Department Heads and senior staff still do not reflect the widest pool of talent.
A Better Way Forward
It seems to me there is a better way forward for media, or other business organisations.
I think that recruiting, retaining and supporting the progress of a diverse range of creatives (staff) can only widen the rich mix of broadcast output (products and services).
A greater mix of outputs makes it easier to achieve customer satisfaction.
3 Self Help Steps Toward Greater Diversity
So, assuming diversity matters to you here are 3 self-help steps which reflect my experience of supporting the development of women and men from diverse backgrounds since the 1990s:
- Present yourself in a way which highlights your present experience and future potential (don’t get defined by other people’s view of you)
- Record your achievements regularly using testimonials, feedback and a goal setting process (ensure those achievements count towards your next step)
- Support others pursuing their professional development and seek support yourself where necessary (be determined to make the progress appropriate to your ambition)
Visit www.experienceyourlife.coachesconsole.com to download a FREE tool to help you tackle your key presentation, achievement or support goals (just fill in your contact info and press the big blue button).
Thanks for reading this post (please share it with anyone who would find it useful). Also feel free to join in the discussion on the theme of diversity here in the comment section or on Twitter @RogerD_Said
Here Are Some UK Diversity Dates For Your Diary
LGBT History Month (February)
International Women’s Day (8 March)
Black History Month (October)
International Men’s Day (19 November)
Disability History Month (22 November – 22 December)