In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom faces the dreary task of whitewashing his Aunt’s fence. Bored with the thought of ‘work’ he promotes the opportunity as ‘play’ to his friends managing to enlist a willing workforce to replace him.
The key motivational principle that Twain highlights here is that work is behaviour we are obliged to do, whereas play is behaviour one chooses to do.
Read on to learn how to implement “The Sawyer Effect”…
I was talking to my great friend Mark about how I had started a little experiment where I introduced micro-bursts of exercise whenever I could throughout the day. Just taking the opportunity to walk and move.
Mark turned casually and stated – “I call that incidental exercise”.
We then went on to speak about a small actions can address a major modern problem.
Are you an individual who generally assumes the positive intent in people, situations or opportunities?
Or are you more skewed towards distrust and believing a negative intent is at play?
A positive or negative mindset are not your only options though are they? Today we explore either end of the spectrum and the middle ground that allows us to be our best selves while not getting burnt in our business dealings
Anxiety, life and business challenges are omnipresent. Particularly as life becomes more challenging with children, ageing parents, debt, managing our personal health and the myriad of issues facing a business owner.
Anxiety doesn’t spare anyone.
No-one is immune.
But it works out that things are rarely as bad as they seem or as good as they seem.
The New Year is a great time to de-clutter your life. Marie is a Japanese woman who authentically loves organizing space to remove clutter, disorder and create an optimal environment for true happiness. Marie’s motto in deciding whether to keep items or discard them is “Does the item spark joy?”. If it doesn’t, ditch it. But how do you go through all your stuff?
I encourage you to introduce a Customer Care Model. The Customer Care Model plans the frequency and activities or ‘touch points’ you make with customers throughout the year. Discover how it can help you analyse customers now.
There are many National Days now allocated each year. While some of these are important, many merely offer some humour from the serious world we live in. So I want SME Owners to declare your own Day – Catch Up Day.
When I published my book The Fourth Moon, I was introduced to a Social Media Consultant who taught me about setting up a Digital Media Calendar. Think of your digital media strategy as a TV guide. The guide schedules when the content is to be broadcast by the various stations and the viewer simply tunes in to view their favourite shows. Everyone understands a TV Guide. What she said next was brilliant.
Business can be tough. But it is even tougher when you don’t see the signs of mental health issues creeping in and fail to take action. It gets much worse before it gets better. So what are you doing about your mental health? How do you monitor, protect and seek help on mental health issues?
Implementing business strategy needs to be fluid. It rarely works immediately. Strategy is tricky. The key is to not get stressed and lose motivation when it doesn’t stick the first time. Adopt theGoldilocks Principle.