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How To Survive A Challenging Day

As weeks go, last week was a rather rubbish one.  Which wouldn’t be so bad… except that every single day contained its fair dollop of rubbish.
But don’t think this post is going to be a pity party… because it’s not!
I’ve actually learned a few valuable things, which I want to share with you in this post.
So if you’re having a bad day, hang on in there.
Hopefully, you’re about to feel better!

How To Survive A Challenging Day

1. Learn The Lesson And Apply It

In most things that happen – whether it’s good, bad or ugly – there’s a lesson to be learned.
My business coach Alex always bangs on about this.  And he should know.
He saw his business go from a ridiculously high (I’m talking tens of thousands of dollars) profit to absolute zero in the space of just one week.  Yes, you heard me… one week!
Now, Alex could have started his own pity party.  He could have started thinking he was useless, would never succeed and was doomed to nothingness.
But he didn’t.
He reflected on the differences between the two weeks.  He reached out to his customers to find out what was going on.  He looked at his data.
He sought out the lesson he needed to learn.
He learned it and then applied it.
And what happened?  The business regained momentum, he matched his peak profit levels again… and then crushed them.
I won’t even tell you what Alex’s profit is today, simply because many of you wouldn’t believe me.  But let me put it this way… his company just made it into the Inc. 5000.
And that’s because every time he hits a wall, an obstacle, a barrier, a disappointment (whatever you want to call it), he learns the lesson and applies it.
Last week might have been complete poo for me, but on reflection I’ve learned several very useful lessons which will serve me well from this week onward.
If you’re having a crap day, what lessons are there for you?
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4 Ways to Build your Credibility

Your Pit Stop Guide to Professional Credibility

Professional Credibility

What exactly is Professional Credibility?

The Oxford dictionary defines credibility as:

The quality of being trusted and believed in.

The quality of being convincing or believable.

It also defines Professionalism as:

The competence or skill expected of a professional

Putting the two together, Professional Credibility is basically the feeling of trust and competence that you inspire in others.

Why Credibility is so important

Credibility is key to your workplace survival, success and progression.  Credibility is what draws people to work with you and managers to trust you with important tasks.  Credibility is what makes you the “go to” person and lands you with a good reputation.  And credibility is what robustly platforms so many other professional skills, such as influencing and persuasion. read more

Why Facts should be your New Best Work Friend

Facts: Your New, Best Work Friend

Working Together

I once knew a manager who couldn’t have a conversation without using the phrase “start with the facts” or “starting with the facts”.  As much as I wanted to poke him in the eye back then, he’d actually latched on to a very astute approach.  Let me explain…

We’ve all probably been there: something’s gone wrong and all of a sudden… arms are flailing as people scurry around like the sky is about to fall on their heads.  But the sky doesn’t fall and tomorrow, well it’s simply business as usual.  Or perhaps someone identifies an issue… it’s catastrophic and could mean the end of the world as we know it!  Except it doesn’t and, well, everything carries on as normal. read more