The Continuous Improvement Formula

Japanese symbol for Kaizen. "Literally means improve for the better" (Loosely translated: continuous improvement)

NOTE FROM COACH O: My friend from Twitter, Coach Bob Starkey, has really renewed my interest in ALL THINGS BRIAN TRACY! Brian is a great thought leader & has helped my personal growth in amazing ways!

As coaches/leaders who want to grow, we are always striving for continuous improvement. I found the following in his archives & immediately sparked some new thinking in me and I share with you! Enjoy…

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The Continuous Improvement Formula

By: Brian Tracy

  • Put Your Career on the Fast Track

There are many things you can do to put your career onto the fast track. You can set clear, specific goals for each area of your life and then make plans to accomplish them. You can plan your work and work your plan.

  • Ask For Greater Responsibility

You can accept 100% responsibility for everything you are and everything you become. You can refuse to make excuses or to blame others. You can tell your boss that you want greater responsibilities and then when you get them, put your whole heart into doing an excellent job.

  • Utilize Your Inborn Talents

In the parable of the talents in the New Testament, Jesus says, “Oh good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over small things. I will make you master over large things.”

If you too will carry out every assignment to the very best of your ability, you will be given larger and more important things to do and you’ll be paid more as a result.

  • Dedicate Yourself to Continuous Improvement

The key to long term success is for you to dedicate yourself to continuous improvement. If you become one tenth of one percent more productive each day, that amounts to 1/1000th improvement per working day. Is that possible? Of course it is!

  • Improve A Little At A Time

If you become one tenth of one percent more productive each day, that amounts to one half of one percent more productive each week. One half of one percent more productive each week amounts to two percent more productive each month and 26% more productive each year.

The cumulative effect if becoming a tiny bit better at your field and more productive amounts to a tremendous increase in your value and your output over time.

  • How to Double Your Productivity

Twenty-six percent more productive each year, with compounding, amounts to doubling your overall productivity and performance every 2.7 years. If you become 26% more productive each year, with compounding, times 10 years, you will be 1004% more productive over the next decade. That is an increase of ten times over ten years.

  • The Reason For All Great Successes

This is called the Law of Accumulation, or the Principle of Incremental Improvement. It is the primary reason for all great success stories. By the yard, it’s hard. But inch by inch, anything’s a cinch!

  • Become A 1000% Person

Make a decision, right now, to be a 1000% person. Commit yourself to continuous personal and professional development. Read, listen to audio programs and take additional courses. This process will completely transform your life.

  • Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do to put these ideas into action immediately.

First, make a plan to become a little bit better every single day. Learn and apply one new idea each day to help you to become more productive and effective at your work. The incremental affect will amaze you.

Second, be patient. Don’t expect overnight changes or instant results. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. Become a little bit better each day and your future will take care of itself.

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Since Brian already gave us action exercises, I won’t post my usual “3 Pointers”… BUT …

I WILL say: GET TO WORK!!! 

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I’m your partner in the pursuit of excellence!

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Persist

Brad Stevens, head coach Butler men's basketball

Stubbornly persist,

and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness

go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.

~Robert Brault

*** NOTE: Brad Stevens (above) REFUSED to accept the “mid-major” tag the so-called “experts” were trying to hang on his team. He continued to persist in his belief that:

 “There is NO such thing as mid-major when the game starts. It’s just two basketball teams”

Very quietly and confidently he has led his team to

the 2010 Final Four!

His “stubborn persistence” outlasted the “limits” of others!!

Don’t let ANYONE’s limits keep you from achieving your goals!!!

Persist Until You Succeed

Coach Bob Starkey, LSU Associate Head women's basketball coach

 

The following is from Coach Bob Starkey’s blog: http://hoopthoughts.blogspot.com. He shared Brian Tracy’s thoughts on discipline and persistence and I share them with YOU! I have already mentioned how great Coach Starkey’s blog is (more info on ALL his blogs below)…so read and apply to your life:

Many thanks to Coach Starkey!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 A wonderful writing from Brian Tracy that is a great read for coaches, players and everyone else in all other walks of life:

The most important single quality of success is self-discipline. Self-discipline is having the ability within yourself, based on your strength of character and willpower, to do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution after the enthusiasm with which the resolution was made has passed.

Persistence is Self-Discipline in Action
Perhaps the greatest display of self-discipline is persisting when the going gets tough. Persistence is self-discipline in action. Persistence is the great measure of individual human character. Your persistence is, in fact, the true measure of your belief in yourself and your ability to succeed. Each time that you persist in the face of adversity and disappointment, you build the habit of persistence. You build pride, power, and self-esteem in your character and your personality. You become stronger and more resolute. By persisting, you become more self-disciplined. You develop within yourself the iron quality of success, the one quality that will carry you forward and over any obstacle that life can throw in your path.

Get Going and Keep Going
Orison Swett Marden wrote in his book, “There are two essential requirements for success. The first is ‘go-at-it-iveness’ and the second is ‘stick-to-it-iveness'” Referring to the quality of persistence he wrote, “There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor, the conquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back.”

Persistence is Your Greatest Asset
Perhaps your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay at a task longer than anyone else. B.C. Forbes, who founded Forbes magazine and built it into a major publication during the darkest days of the Depression, wrote, “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeat.”

Adversity is What Tests Us
Throughout history, great thinkers have reflected on this paradox and have concluded that adversity is the test that you must pass on the path to accomplishing anything worthwhile. Herodotus, the Greek philosopher, said, “Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in its absence.” The very best qualities of strength, courage, character, and persistence are brought out in you when you face your greatest challenges and when you respond to them positively and constructively.

For more from Brian Tracy visit:

http://briantracy.com

http://briantracy.com/blog

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