Good, Better, Best!

I am sure you are familiar with the headlines “make this your best year ever!” So how do you make 2009 your “Best” year ever?

I think you can learn a lot from how Dad would prepare his speeches. He would invest hours and hours studying (for many years at least 3 hours every day) and then he would spend three or four hours preparing for and “fiddling” with his next speech. What amazed me is that his next speech would appear to me to be just like his last speech, but if you listened close there was always a slight change.

No matter how good the reviews from his last talk, Dad always tried new things and customized the next talk. Without realizing it Dad was benefiting from the 5% difference. Every speech, short or long, was always about 5% different and new from the previous one. Some of the changes became permanent while others only got prime time once.

So how do you make 2009 your “Best” year ever? Determine the three or four things that you do that have the greatest impact in your personal life and your professional life, and every day study how you can make them better, and then put in an extra 5%. Now you have set a new standard for yourself! As the shampoo instructions say: Repeat!

Simple things that demonstrate the 5% Difference

     1.  Write your spouse or child a love note

    2.  Go one more minute in your workout

    3.  Prepare three minutes before your big phone call

    4.  Get to work ten minutes early

    5.  Trade a bad food choice for a good one

    6.  Write a list of 7 things you can do this week, and then do one each day

     What is your 5% difference? Leave a comment and let us know!
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6 Comments on “Good, Better, Best!”

  1. successforrealpeople Says:

    My 5% difference is spending 15 minutes every day focusing on something positive either by reading, meditating, writing in my gratitude journal, listening to a podcast, etc. I have discovered that 15 minutes a day makes a HUGE impact!

    Make it a great year!


  2. I have found adding 20 mins to my morning to spend time working on my web2.0 stuff is making a difference over my competition.

    Yes, I had to wake up 20 mins earlier but this is something I can do over my coffee at the same time. My major objective is to spread good news vs. bad news out there in the real estate industry.

    Make it a great day it is over every second that goes by.

  3. Susan Says:

    I am going to be proactive about one thing each day rather than putting things off because they are not pleasant or seem too big. Even if I just take a few extra minutes do one small thing toward fixing a problem, I am one step closer to it no longer being a problem and weighing on my mind.

    This was very helpful!

  4. Manish Kamdar Says:

    I am now into the habit of waking up at 0430 consistently and then I spend time doing my work (lap top) and then making my To do list for the day. Want to get into my goal setting exercise (thanks to the Performance Planner) and review goals on a daily basis.

  5. Since I’m age 68 years young and am on “permanent vacation”,(retired that is) I’m free to set my own hours—so from 5 to 7 AM each day, I spend that time with the LORD–per II Chron 7:14. I do what I call “Dynamic Poetic Prayer” (it is like poetry–not boring at all)–and that is like a rocket booster for my creative day! Could write a ton more but as the LORD says, prayer will “heal the land”–and the water, and the air, and the fire (spiritual fire, that is.) If a few million would heed II Chron 7:14, we (God) will show us a way out this financial tsunami that is rolling into our $hores. What we need is an “Honest Money System”–one based on GOLD and the Golden Rule! endsend.

  6. Carol West Says:

    I am going to spend one hour a day with personal development.
    I really need to improve my sales skills

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