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10 Ways to Move From Good to Great

10 Ways to Move From Good to Great

I am reading a book that states that good work isn’t good enough anymore. I find this topic fascinating. How can you move from good to great in an effective way? How can you impact others greatly by your work, products or services? Something great makes you think about it after the fact. It impacts you in a way that helps you gain a new perspective on your work.

The following pointers will bring out the greatness within you.

1. What is most important to you? Your purpose? Your why?

Develop a vision and clarify what it is you truly want to accomplish. 

“You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing the small things so that all the small things go in the right direction.” Alvin Toffler

2. What skills, talents, and passions are you living when you are being your best self? What are you really great at? What do others say you are great at? Offer your greatness to others with your full presence and engagement in whatever you are doing. 

“When you are good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” Walter Payton\

3. What positive habits can you practice today? Set your mind, heart, spirit and body up for peak performance. Tell yourself things that support your best self. Eat healthy food. Find ways to connect with others, loving and noticing what they do right. Get connected to a larger whole. Take time for stillness. 

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” Horace

4. How can you bias yourself toward action and learning? When you do something can you notice what goes well and what needs to be improved? How can you follow-up on the improvements? How can you line up the action with opportunities for improvement? Sometimes doing things that are uncomfortable can line you up with the improvements or the goals and performance levels you want to achieve. Diving into strategic action can help you get the desired results.

“Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought.” Henry Bergson

5. How can you ensure that your time is productive? Loehr and Schwartz say we can be productive for periods of about 90 minutes and then we need to take a break. Our focus is better after we take this needed break. When you are working be sure to limit interruptions by focusing on the task at hand and leaving the phone, emails and social media alone. Dealing with one focus at a time can enhance your productivity. 

“What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.” Aristotle

6. How can you ensure you get things done? Can you break the project down into actionable steps? Some people get support from makings lists and taking notes. Writing down the next actionable step in your project or process before putting a task away helps you focus quickly when you come back to it.

“Work smart. Get things done.” Susan Wojcicki

7. How can you be sure to stick with it? Being able to complete work tenaciously builds muscle. 

“Doing stuff I don’t want to do is greatness.” Joe De Sena

8. How can you team up for increased impact? Can you talk with someone who is helpful in your support system? Can you hire a coach or talk with your mentor about you plans and goals? 

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Helen Keller

9. Can you look for opportunities everywhere? Can you turn adversity into an advantage? 

“A crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel

10.  How can you be of service to others as you move through your process? 

“Greatness is impact and impact is service.” Keith Ferrazi

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