"If you want to earn more-learn more. If you want to get more out of the world you must put more into the world. For, after all, men will get no more out of life than they put into it." William J.H. Boetcker
You're EARNINGS (Revenue, Profits, and Income) are a reflection of VALUE DELIVERED. To increase your earnings, you must increase the VALUE you are delivering to your customers or employer. So, commit to becoming great at what you do! Join the top 20%!
Did you know that fully 95% of what you think, feel, do and achieve is the result of HABIT? Habits you've been learning since childhood that lead you to react, often unthinkingly to situations in life. The exciting thing is that all habits and skills are learned. Therefore, new, good habits and skills can be learned through conscious practice and repetition...while, old, poor habits can be un-learned. The KEY TO SUCCESS therefore is to LEARN AND PRACTICE SUCCESSFUL HABITS, ones you see other successful people doing.
And by practicing these success habits and making small incremental improvements of 1/10th of 1% each day (1/1000th), you could improve a full 26% in ONE YEAR. WOW! Maybe that would mean a 26% increase in your profits or perhaps you would go home 2 hours early each day.
What would it mean to your business OR personal life if you improved by 26% next year?
Then, by continuing to improve 26% each year (compounded year by year) you would double your performance in less than 3 years. And over a 10 year period, improving only 1/10th of 1% per day (1/1000th), 26% per year, you would increase your productivity and performance by a WHOPPING 1009%.
Consistently increasing your value does not have to be hard, but it does require discipline and successful habits.
Want to make CONTINUOUS, UNENDING IMPROVEMENT your mantra? Used in executive coaching, here's the FIRST of 7 KEYS GUARANTEED TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE BY 1009% over the next 10 years!
Key #1 to Increasing Your Value - Read Daily!
I was encouraged from a young age to READ, when my mother insisted I read twice as many books as my teacher required. And I believe to this day this is a large part of my continuing success.
Since then, I have heard practically the same message from almost every one of my motivational mentors, including Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, and Jim Rohn. And in the following video, Tom Peters, discusses his strong belief in the necessity of reading for success.
So, the FIRST KEY TO CONTINUOUS INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT: Read every day for 30-60 minutes. And be sure your reading materials motivate you, educate you and inspire you (thus ruling out the newspaper as a daily reading source).
Don't like reading...feel your skills are a little rusty...then here are a few strategies to improve your reading skill and maximize your time spent reading:
Always read with a purpose. Before beginning a book, read the front/back covers and flaps, read the table of contents, maybe even read the first and last chapter to decide (a) if the book is really worth your investment of time and (b) exactly what knowledge you want to gain from reading the book.
Always read with a highlighter or pen. Underline/highlight the phrases that mean the most to you. Then, if it is a book you decide to re-read in the future, you can more easily devour it by re-reading the highlighted parts.
Finally, you will improve your reading by almost 20% when you slide your fingertips along underneath sentences as you read them. This will help you focus and reduce the number of words that you re-read, therefore greatly increasing the speed at which you read.