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Habits of (SME) Champions…Pt2

We will continue our 3-part article on “Habits of a Champion” written by our Dr. Cel Iwendi by focusing on habits 4 through 7.

To recap, habit 1 talked about prioritizing and time management, where success essentially depends on our ability to focus attention where it is needed most, and be ready to remove all forms of self-sabotage and Dr. Cel Iwendiself-doubt. Habit 2 dealt with  organization, ie organisation of space and resources, especially information, on a personal basis. Otherwise useful time can easily be lost searching for misplaced information, telephone numbers and the like. According to Dr. Cel, keeping both living and working spaces organised is crucial. Habit 3 then delves into critical thinking and information analysis, where it important to note that we are living in the information age and while we are being constantly barraged with information – written, audio, video – we must be able to sort out the “valuable from the trivia”.

Number Four: Logical, informed decision making – Decision making simply knowing what to do based on the information available and totally dependent on Gods wisdom. Being able to respond quickly and effectively with the information you have in your head is essential to accomplishing anything.

Number Five: Using Google proficiently for online research – You don’t have to know everything, but you should be able to quickly and painlessly find out what you need to know. Google is a gateway to nearly infinite knowledge; it has indexed websites containing information on just about everything and everyone. If you’re having trouble finding something using Google, it’s time to learn a few new tricks. When I forgot how to knot a tie, I went to YouTube and saw an example and practice it. It was fun.

Number Six: Basic accounting and money management – It’s a simple fact that our modern society is governed by the constant exchange of money. Money allows you to maintain a roof over your head and put food on the table each night. Knowing how to properly manage your money – tracking and recording your expenses and income, saving and investing – is not only an important skill for thriving, it’s an important skill that helps you survive.

Number Seven: Effective communication and negotiating – Give the people in your life the information they need rather than expecting them to know the unknowable. Don’t try to read other people’s minds, and don’t make other people try to read yours. Most problems, big and small, within a family, friendship, or business relationship, start with bad communication. Speak honestly, and then give others a voice and show them that their words matter. And remember that compromise and effective negotiating are vital parts of effective communication.

This is the second of a 3-part article written by Dr. Cel Iwendi. The original article was first published in http://www.thecomfortzone.se

 

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