The Magic of Repetition

People who can never seem to grab the brass ring are often guilty of nothing more than overlooking the basics. By basics, I’m talking about fundamental skills and activities such as time management, reading, organization, and developing an accurate perception of reality … the list goes on and on. But perhaps the most consistently overlooked basic of all is an innocuous little item called “repetition.” Repetition is how you become good at any sport, artistic endeavor, math, writing … just about any activity one can think of. We’ve all heard, many times over, the truism that “practice makes perfect.” Repetition is how I became a certified Microsoft Word expert. In the late nineties, I spent a year and a half writing a Microsoft Word reference guide, a project that required my learning, then repeating, every conceivable Word function hundreds of times. As a result of all that repetition, today I can perform most Word functions very quickly and without consciously thinking about it. My Word expertise is not because I’m a computer whiz, but because of the enormous amount of repetition I invested in the program. It’s the same with writing. I’d like to think I’ve improved a great deal as a writer over the past twenty-five years, and I attribute that improvement to having written millions of words during that period of time. In this regard, I often quote Mario Puzo, who summed it clearly nicely when he said, “Rewriting is the whole secret to writing.” An interesting paradox of repetition is that if you practice something slowly, you’ll actually learn it more quickly. I can think of...

Two Things You Need to Get on Track

It’s actually pretty simple if you implement these two practices: deadlines and accountability. Now wait a second before you have a knee jerk reaction to the word “deadline.” I’m not talking about the crap we used to suffer at school. I never did homework and I’m not about to shove it on you either. I’m talking about deadlines that YOU set in place because you’re working on a goal YOU want to achieve. Deadlines force you to get serious, to meet your targets, and to own up when you’re not staying true to your plan. Without firm deadlines it’s too easy to make excuses, to get caught up in endless email checking loops, or to sidetrack yourself with busywork that has nothing to do with your goal. The thing about deadlines, though, is that you actually have to mean it. It’s no good setting deadlines if you’re going to fluff them off every time. “Your word is law.” If you commit to it, you get it done. It doesn’t matter if you have to walk across the Sahara. It doesn’t matter if your friends get upset that you just can’t be available for bar hopping on Friday. It doesn’t matter if you have to lick the road clean with your tongue. You’ve committed to it. Now do it. And that’s where accountability comes in. You need a way to keep yourself accountable. I’m not saying you’re going to lie to yourself and dream up all these great stories about things you’ve never really done –although I’ve known a few people who fall into that trap. I’m saying memory is...

How To Get Promoted – Tips

Some career experts say that the day you joined a new job you should start planning for your next job. And you know what? You should! Just make sure that you stay focused enough on the job you were hired for that you succeed and excel in that position before looking for the next one. Here are some tips on how to get promoted:- Figure Out Your Goals – Do you want to get involved more deeply in business management? Are you interested in vendor management or focusing on architecture and governance? These 3 areas offer the strongest opportunities in growth moving forward and determining early on what you want to focus on can help you tailor your approach. Maintain a Professional Demeanor – No matter how stellar your work is, a surefire way to sabotage your chances for promotion is to act unprofessionally. That means you should never bad-mouth your coworkers, show up to work with a negative attitude, or offer criticism without a solution in mind. Demonstrating leadership is an essential part of being promotion-ready. Pride, Passion and Belief – People who get promoted are those that have a sense of pride in their work. And they take pride in their work. They are driven by genuine enthusiasm and desire to do their best no matter how small the job. In Conclusion – Promotions are not a given. It used to be that workers progressed along specific career paths during their careers. Thanks for...

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