A slight departure from my usual up-beat motivational content, but don’t worry it’s not a mid-life crisis, I definitely have my tongue firmly in my cheek as I’m writing this month’s article. I was reminded of these ‘commandments’ whilst preparing for a motivational speaking engagement that I delivered last month and thought they would be worth sharing with you.
It’s fair to say, I’ve been very fortunate throughout my 28 years career in people development, to have coached and mentored a large number of life’s winners. Whether from the world of business or sport; mountaineering or photography; charity fundraising or the armed forces; I’ve worked with and observed thousands of people from all walks of life, some high-profile and some not, but all considered to be winners in the ‘game of life’.
As a result I’ve witnessed first hand many of the behaviours and strategies that ‘winners’ apply on a day-to-day basis. Many of which I regularly share, as I mentioned earlier, in my motivational speaking engagements or, more recently, through the various social media outlets. Naturally over the years, I’ve also seen many behaviours and strategies that were not conducive to success. Some could actually be described as self-destructive, although I’m sure many of the people demonstrating the behaviours wouldn’t have seen it that way at the time!
So this month as a slight twist to my usual offering, I thought I’d share with you a brief summary of what I’ve observed to be the most self-destructive behaviours and strategies, entitled:
‘The 10 Commandments ‘guaranteed’ to accelerate business and personal failure’.
Commandment 1 – Stop taking risks!
Commandment 2 – Be content with what you’ve got!
Commandment 3 – Before you make any move, always ask yourself; “What would the founder have done?”
Commandment 4 – Rely totally on research and experts to make decisions for you!
Commandment 5 – Once you have a formula for success, never change it!
Commandment 6 – Gloss over or even hide your mistakes!
Commandment 7 – Be more concerned with status than with service!
Commandment 8 – Concentrate on your competitor instead of on your customer!
Commandment 9 – Put yourself first, ahead of your team!
Commandment 10 – Memorise the formula and repeat after me T-G-E ‘That’s Good Enough!’
In summary, whilst ignoring these ’10 Commandments’ will not guarantee success – based on my first-hand experience, I am convinced that adopting them will guarantee failure! So as you run through each of the above and on a slightly more serious note, ask yourself;
Which of these ’10 Commandments’ do I need to eliminate from my life in order to enjoy greater success?
Why not ignore Commandment 1 and take action TODAY?
Thanks for reading, until next time, onwards + upwards!
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