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Conquer Your Challenges

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Unformatted text preview: October 24, 2011 Whenever I’m discussing a challenge — oh, all right, whenever I’m whining about something — my wife only lasts about 30 seconds before she says, “Okay, I get it. What are you going to do differently?” Hearing the same thing time after time could be pretty irritating… except she’s right. The only way to overcome a problem is to do something differently. But here’s an even better approach: Instead of waiting until you’re forced to make a bad situation better, why not turn a decent situation into a great one and tackle your challenges head on? Let’s call this business — and personal — strategy The Five As of Awesomeness . (Then again maybe not; I might have just gone all Tony Robbins on you.) All you have to do is pick a few of these to do differently: Analyze • Switch measurements. Over time we develop ways to measure our performance. Maybe you focus on time to complete , or quality, or end result. Each can be effective, but sticking with one or two could cause you to miss opportunities to improve. Say you focus on meeting standards; what if you switched it up and focused on time to completion? Measuring your performance in different ways forces you to look at what you do regularly from a new perspective. • Shift benchmarks. If you create apps it’s fun to benchmark against, say, the runaway success of Angry Birds. Setting an incredible goal is fine — since if you don’t aim high you won’t reach high — but failing to hit a lofty goal can kill your motivation. Choose a different benchmark; look for companies (or people) with similar assets, backgrounds,...
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