“Reflect,” he said to me. “Reflection causes awareness. Being more aware will lead to more success.”
What are some of the things that have happened in your life? How did you react to them? I believe our reaction to certain events depends on whether we are paying attention to the how’s and whys.
Are you paying attention to the events that are occurring in your life each day? If so what do you see taking place? Are these events a coincidence?
Or are these things happening for a reason, and if so why? What does paying attention have to do with it?
Is it possibly because we are not paying attention to the small things?
Why does performance improve or decrease? Paying attention
Why do customers stop coming? Paying attention.
Why do relationships deteriorate? Lack of paying attention.
Tony Robbins says, “Do what you did in the beginning and there won’t be an end.” I couldn’t agree more.
If there is one mistake I have made as a leader is not pay attention to the small things.
Why? Allot depends on the small things. The truth of the matter is that a person’s attention is usually taken up by bigger, more noticeable things. Many people do not like turning their attention on small things.
My mentor went on to tell me, the small things matter, but let me tell you: nothing will ever grow big, not in your home, family, or business, until you successfully pass through this test on the small things. You have to learn to appreciate every small things; everything that you think is insignificant or unworthy of serious consideration. It could be that birthday or thank you card. That small account, to the name of your child’s teacher, that one extra cold call. To the top performer who always get the job done. Paying attention to small things makes the difference.
“Treat the relationship how you did in the beginning and there won’t be an end.”-Tony Robbins
Here are 5 ways to Pay More Attention.
- Stop rushing! Learn to work conscientiously and assiduously
- Don’t be so focused on the big goal that you let small things that make big goal slip past you.A client once said to me, “Hey, where is my thank you card? Bob got one.”
- Schedule time to reflect, inspect, and redirect. At the end of day Ben Franklin would ask himself, “What “good” he did everyday because he was trying to become a more virtuous human being, the frame of reflecting on the good of your day is a way to train your mind to ensure that you’re always considering whether you’re moving forward rather than just moving. There is a lot of power to schedule time daily/weekly/monthly to reflect.
- Don’t despise small beginnings- Nothing started out big. Every champion began with taking one small swing. Two words- Be Grateful
- Be Accountable=Have a high say/do ratio. When you say you are going to do something. Do it! I told my son once no ipad/iphone at the table. Force of habit I was on my phone one night at the dinner table. He had said, “Dad,”at least 3 times until finally he said, “TONY!” I am talking to you, eye contact please we are at the dinner table. My son was 4 at the time.
Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the everyday things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon. Booker T. Washington
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