Over the next couple of weeks I will be blogging about my new book “Reach YOUR Peak! Become CEO of Your Success!” and sharing excerpts of the 16 chapters with you. RYP is the culmination of four years of research and training that I have done and I’m very proud of the result!
The book can be read easily in a weekend but I encourage you to read each chapter and then reflect on the note section and “to do list” that you’ll find. Many of the suggested activities involve you talking with others who know you well and with peers in your workplace or industry. Treat each chapter like a mini-workshop and fully complete it before moving on to the next. RYP is built like a house – foundation, walls, roof, interior completion and finishing touches. Follow the plan, grow your knowledge and then move ahead to the next phase.
Today, we’ll take a look at Chapters 3 and 4:
Chapter 3 – “Attitude”
This chapter begins the in depth discussion of each of the VOWELS – the seven habitual characteristics that start with A,E,I,O and U. I would have made Attitude the first VOWEL even if it didn’t start with A because it is the engine that drives the entire train of great habits.
One of the major points about Attitude is that it’s not what happens to you during the day, it’s your reaction to what happens to you that determines a positive or negative outcome. In fact I encourage the reader to start each day with an important 5 word phrase – “Each Day is a Gift”:
“I believe that Each Day is a Gift and that you get a box to open each morning. Inside it may be the best day of your life (you truly inspire your team to succeed or close a big deal). Inside it may be the worst day of your life (I have a mother in her eighties with health problems. I probably have a bad day box on my way at some time in the future). Or it might be just a normal, mundane Tuesday in the box.
Whatever is inside the box only lasts for 24 hours.It has nothing to do with yesterday (unless you want to bring positives with you from the day before!), and it has nothing to do with tomorrow. Inside the box is God’s gift to you – this day –right now! The question is what are you going to do with it? Will you take this lovely gift and sprinkle negativity and pain and disappointment on it, changing the molecular construction of a perfectly good day into one fraught with dark thoughts and contempt? Or will you decide to have control over this day, and that your gift to God is to live it to the fullest degree possible? I hope and pray you choose the latter!”
Chapter 4 – “Energy”
In chapter 4 I continue the VOWELS examination with the first “E” – Energy. Energy is the fundamental source of everything in the universe and to reach your peak you must fully grasp and understand how harness its power in your life. When you get tired, you make bad decisions and cut corners. The goal with Energy is be the same person at 9am Monday morning as you are at 5pm on Friday afternoon – that’s almost impossible unless you learn to grow and maintain your energy reserves.
Energy has become a subset of our society and we buy it from and sell it to each other all day long. One of the aspects I find most interesting are “Energy Coaches”:
“If you want to do something fun, Google the phrase “Energy Coach.” You’ll get hundreds of responses from folks who claim to be “The Energy Coach,” “the original Energy Coach,” “YOUR Energy Coach,” and many more! These “experts” have stepped in to fill the psychological void of how to manage your energy reserves. They give you practical tips on how to stay focused during a long day, how to break out of the rut of routines, and even how to work exercise into your workday and keep your mind sharp.
While for some people using one of these coaches is an option, I believe that you can control this side of your life on your own! I can’t give you your energy strategy because it’s very personal – it’s your own “secret formula.” While I don’t know your formula, I can share with you one of my energy tricks.”
In the next blog, we’ll take a look at Chapters 5 and 6. To order the book or the E-book now, go to my website at www.BradRaney.com and look for the link on the Homepage or go to the Products page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at Brad@BradRaney.com.