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TipsForSuccess: Success with Thanks

 

 

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Boost Your Success By Thanking People

"Approval and validation are often far more valuable than material rewards and are usually worked for far harder than mere pay." -- L. Ron Hubbard

In a Gallup Organization poll of 2,000 workers, 69% said praise and recognition from their bosses is more motivating than money. Four out of five workers said recognition or praise motivates them to do a better job. Despite this, most workers feel they are not properly recognized nor praised.

Studies by the US Army show soldiers improve their performance 90% of the time when praised and 30% of the time when criticized. But officers in the US Army still prefer to criticize and rarely praise anyone.

This principle proved itself once with a failing business that could not pay its staff. Instead of laying off employees or borrowing money to cover payroll, the new owner used validation and acknowledgment as "pay."

Every staff member stayed on board without financial pay for nearly two months. The morale of the group was tremendous. The operation became profitable and the staff was rewarded with money.

Thanking employees is an effective management technique. Every manager and executive must know how to show appreciation to deserving staff members. Good acknowledgments encourage better behavior and increased production.

Workers can boost their success by properly thanking their bosses and coworkers. If your leader and teammates do better, you do better. For example, successful sports teammates are constantly approving and encouraging each other, the louder the better! Enthusiasm is contagious.

Thanking people in your family or your friends can also create interesting results.

You can thank people in many ways.

Eight Ways to Thank People

1. Verbally and directly thank the person. Stop the person, look them in the eye, get their full attention. "Pat, thanks for straightening out those files."

2. Explain why you appreciate what the person did. Be specific. "I liked how you used the colored folders to make it easier for us to find files." "I'm amazed how you got little Bill to calm down and clean up his room." "Ever since you upgraded my computer, I get my work done much faster!"

3. Expand your compliment. "The way you organize everything really makes it nice to work around you." "Ever since you came home, everyone in the family gets along better." "If you help me with my computer in the future, I'll get a raise!"

4. Give indirect praise. For example, compliment one person about another person. "Bob sure did a good job fixing my car!" "You know, Mary is one of the best friends I've ever had." "I think our boss is a fantastic manager."

5. Defend the person. "You said Chris is too much of a perfectionist, but no one can organize things like she does." "If one of us was the boss, we'd have to be tough too." "Maybe you should say that to his face and not behind his back."

6. Ask for the person's help, opinions or ideas. Asking for advice shows that you value the person's intelligence. "Where is the best place to eat lunch?" "Could you give me your ideas about the parking problem?" "Any ideas of how I can earn more pay around here?"

7. Compliment their achievement. Become happy, even excited, about the person's accomplishment. "This dinner is really fantastic!" "That fish tank has never looked cleaner!" "Mrs. Jones was very happy after you met with her."

8. Physical contact. Hand shakes, shoulder pats and even hugs can communicate your appreciation quickly and effectively.

Give it a try and thank someone today!

 

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TipsForSuccess: Interested in Life?

 

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Interested in Life?

Everyone is looking for happiness. But many people make the mistake of thinking their happiness comes from other sources.

"As soon as the weather warms up, I'll be happy."

"If my friend would come visit, I'd be happy."

"I would be really happy if I could move to a new house."

Fortunately, you can make yourself happy.

"The clue to happiness is being interested in life." -- L. Ron Hubbard

For example, why does a sunny day make you happy? Maybe because you become interested in the outdoors? Because you can participate in interesting activities?

Do you feel happy when you're around a certain friend? Perhaps you are also interested in what he or she has to say? Perhaps you do interesting things together?

What makes you happy about a new house? Is it interesting to be there and to live there? Maybe you can take more interest in your current home?

Five Simple Exercises to Increase Your Interest

1. Look around your desk or work area and find a few interesting items. Take a moment to enjoy each of them.

2. Think about your spouse or family. Write down three or more things about your spouse or family that you find interesting.

3. Think about your job. Write down three things that are interesting about your work.

4. What were three interesting things you did yesterday?

5. What are three interesting things you will do today?

If you do not feel happier after doing these five exercises, do them again until you do!

Three Tips for Making Others Be Happy

Now that you know the clue to happiness, you can use it to make others happy as well. Here are some ideas.

1. When children are upset or unhappy, find something in life which brings out their interest.

For example, a small girl falls and scrapes her knee. After you clean her up, she is still crying. So you say, "Do you like this picture of a kitten?" "Where's your doll?" "Will you help me make a snack?"

2. Your friend is depressed because he lost his girlfriend, Sheila. How could you get him interested in life?

"Let's take a walk." "Have you seen this new website?" "Who is the most interesting person you know?"

3. If you want people to be happy when they talk to you, find out what interests them.

"What is your favorite food?" "What's the most interesting vacation you have ever taken?" "What was the last book/play/concert/movie you really enjoyed?"

 

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TipsForSuccess: Joy for Your Job

 

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Joy for Your Job

"Work is only as good as it's enjoyed, not as it's paid." -- L. Ron Hubbard (from The Problems of Work)

When you do what you love, your odds of success are much greater. You have more passion, more energy and more fun.

When you enjoy your job, you look forward to Monday mornings. Your days fly by. You make steady progress.

Work enjoyment is contagious. The people around you get along better. They follow your example and get more done.

So what if you do not enjoy your work?

The Parts You Hate

Every job, every profession and every business includes distasteful aspects--the complicated, boring, dirty or difficult parts of the job. Yet conquering these difficulties, and enjoying your job anyway, is how you succeed.

To get rich, simply find and perform an important job most people can't do or won't do. For example, drilling tiny holes in people's teeth or performing surgery on people's stomachs is very tough work, but it makes dentists and physicians wealthy.

If you have no love for your job, the difficult parts become unbearable. You hate going to work. You hate the people. You want to quit.

When you love the purpose and results of your work, the difficulties are easier to deal with. You take pride in conquering them. The benefits of the job outweigh the liabilities.

Five Steps to Getting More Enjoyment from Your Work

1. List what you like about your work. What makes it worth doing? For example, working with good people, improving your customers' lives, doing a technically perfect job and so on.

2. List what you dislike about your work. What makes you want to quit? For example, working long hours, customer complaints, health risks, mean bosses and so on.

3. List your purposes for this job. Why did you start? What is the big picture? Why do you do this work?

4. Review and add items to the above three lists. Continue until you feel more joy for your work. When the lists are balanced, your passion takes over and you love your job.

5. If the four steps above do not help you find joy for your job, you need to make some changes.

Change your routine. Work with different people. Do a better job. Transfer to a different department. Change directions, get a new job or learn a new profession.

Change a negative attitude. Learn to accept help. Stop cutting corners.

Keep making changes until the joy of your job is greater than its difficulties.

If you own a business that gives you no joy, change it as well. Make it into an operation that makes you happy. Replace difficult employees. Delegate more responsibilities. Improve the quality of the service or product. Make the operation bigger or smaller. Sell out and start another business.

Go!

When you love your work, you recognize opportunities and make better decisions. You know where you are going. You are on the road to your major, significant success.

Take your foot off the brakes and accelerate!

 

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FW: TipsForSuccess: The Power of Your Imagination (Part Two)

 

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The Power of Your Imagination (Part Two)

"The Power of Your Imagination (Part One)" shows how you can use your imagination to make an unpleasant existence into something more enjoyable. For example, while waiting in a long line, you can use your imagination to daydream about a morning hike along a mountain river. You can read Part One at www.tipsforsuccess.org/imagination1.htm.

Your imagination has several other powerful uses.

"Imagination could be classified as the ability to create or forecast a future or to create, change or destroy a present or past." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Increase Your Productivity

Your imagination can make you more efficient. Try this: List all the tasks you want to complete today. Before you start, take a few seconds to imagine yourself completing everything on time.

When you imagine the successful completion of a task, plan or goal, you are not easily sidetracked. You know how to make progress. It's like having a mental road map to follow.

Break Bad Habits

For example, you want to quit smoking cigarettes. So you create a future where you do not smoke. You see yourself enjoying a wonderful dinner in a fancy restaurant with no urge to light up. If you never change your mind, you work all day with no cigarette breaks. You watch your lungs clean up.

Dump Mental Baggage

Whenever an experience in your past bothers you, use your imagination to change it or destroy it.

For example, when you were a child, a girl named Wanda teased you about your big nose. She made you hate your nose and it still bothers you. Instead of getting a nose job, you imagine a different past. Wanda is now your best friend. Bang! You feel no need to change your big nose.

Understand Others

Use your imagination to understand how others feel. For example, your neighbor's barking dog wakes you up every night, but you don't know how to talk to your neighbor about the noise. So you imagine that YOU have a barking dog. Your neighbor wants you to keep the dog quiet. How should your neighbor discuss this with you?

Use your imagination to understand how your spouse, children, parents or friends feel. For example, you want to improve your marriage, so you imagine what it's like to be your spouse. How does it feel to be married to YOU? What must you change about your behavior to improve the marriage? You use your imagination to change the present.

Solve Problems

Write down a problem you currently face. Make a list of possible solutions. Imagine how each solution will work. Select the solution that appears to work best in your imagination.

Resolve Fears

For example, you are terrified of speaking in public, but need to give a talk to your church group. You see a future where everyone boos and throws rotten tomatoes at you. Using your imagination, you change this future and see everyone fascinated with your talk and grateful to you for giving them the information.

Then, just as you imagined, you get on stage and notice the congregation is smiling and interested in what you have to say. You notice that you feel no fear.

Improve Your Future

Perhaps the best use of your imagination concerns your future. What do you really want to happen? What will your future be like if everything goes well? Imagine this future.

You can imagine any future you like: happiness, money, justice, peace, love, prosperity and more.

You have an unlimited number of ways to use your imagination to change your past, improve your present and create a successful future. Use your imagination to discover them!

 

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