The tip for today: In addition to your motivational tapes, incorporate a daily routine of reading into your schedule. Choose a good book – there are plenty – and read for at least 30-60 minutes a day.
You already know how refreshing it is to take a break from the daily pressures of work and the stress that comes with it. Reducing stress makes us more efficient and what better way than to read a good book?
You will quickly find, incorporated into the daily routine, reading for a short while will provide both information and motivation while giving you a relaxing moment. You will also find that with each lesson learned your mindset will strengthen.
To become successful in any business you need the proper mindset. With the proper mindset, you can develop the key factors necessary to start generating more sales , referrals, traffic, leads and customers for life.
You can develop your mindset by listening to motivational books and tapes as well as books on wealth, finance, business, etc. These are great but there is also the often overlooked inspirational source of historical figures and the traits that made them great.
I just finished reading Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. I started reading it as part of my daily “stress relief” but finished it over a few days as I could not put it down.
While we all know of and probably have seen the movie “Patton” starring the great actor George C. Scott, very few know the character of Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Bradley, Churchill, Truman, and Stalin who were the major players of the time and impacted upon Patton in one way or another. This made for a fascinating writing and reinforced the events shaping the war.
Picking George C. Scott to play Patton in the movie was genius as Scott while detesting the character he played in the movie, exhibited much of the same independence in his chosen vocation. Scott refused the Academy Award making some choice comments about the event.
The reader is inspired as the character of Patton unfolds through his interaction with the personalities of the day. The entrepreneur is inspired through the reading as it quickly becomes apparent that George S. Patton walked to the beat of his own drum…as often is a necessary attribute of the entrepreneur.
I took away a mindset lesson from the book: Stay the Course. While this concept is talked about in several motivational tapes and books, having it brought to life by an historical figure(s) is great reinforcement.
I have no doubt that if not for Patton’s ability to “stay the course” and leadership, the Operation Watch on the Rhine launched by Hitler would have been successful and we would all be governed by the Third Reich. Instead, the liberation of Bastogne by elements of the Third Army under Patton’s command stalled the German advance and ended the last great German attack on the Western Front.
Throughout the book there are stories of heroism and determination, some by the world leaders and some by gone but not forgotten soldiers. All however, teach the lesson of “Stay the Course“: Set your objective and work through adversity to achievement.
To your success!