Il n’y a pas de rêves trop grands…

…il n’y a que des aspirations étriquées. Et si on se mettait à croire à ses rêves, à ses désirs les plus fous ? Combien de fois a-t-on tué une idée folle car elle n’était pas possible ? Combien de fois a-t-on enterré un idéal car il n’était pas convenable ? Il n’y a pourtant pas de rêves trop grands, pas d’idéaux trop fous, il n’y a que nos décisions de les poursuivre ou pas…

Oh, si vous décidez de transformer un rêve en objectif, vous prenez le risque de passer pour un fou. On vous regardera comme un animal bizarre. La meute ne peut pas se satisfaire d’une brebis galeuse. Il faudra alors faire des choix et sans doute quitter la meute. Il est dit qu’on est la moyenne des cinq personnes qu’on fréquente le plus. Regardez autour de vous et décidez de rêver en grand !

Update – suis juste tombé sur l’update Instagram de Robin Sharma aujourd’hui:

Fill your brain with giant dreams so there’s no space for petty pursuits.

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Belle résonance avec ce billet posté ce matin. Remplissez votre esprit avec des rêves géants afin de ne laisser aucune place aux questions insignifiantes.

The one behavior that makes a huge performance difference

Recently Inc.com published a post entitled The Productivity Secret Behind Bill Gates’s Incredible Success. The title entices you with the idea that Bill’s success is a matter of just a productivity secret, which is, of course, not really true. However, it puts the finger on something that has now been demonstrated numerous times: intensity of focus is a game-changing behavior and increases performance.

Monotask

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For peak performance, the first to get rid of is distraction. Second, you need to concentrate on the one task you have to do. If you’ve ever been totally absorbed in what you do, like coding or painting, or any pleasurable activity, you should have been amazed at how time flies fast and how much you have done. This is the power of dedicating all your energy to one activity and one activity only. Of course our brain and body are multitasking: we breathe without thinking about it, we digest, we do all sorts of things without being conscious about them. However, dedicating our conscious energy to one thing only is what I’m calling monotasking here.

Concentrate

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When you are about to do something difficult, you often need to concentrate. This moment of deep thinking allows to focus our mind and energy on what we are about to do. Unfortunately, with all distractions, many people have lost the ability to concentrate and dedicate oneself to deep work. If you are prone to distraction, you may need to start with short period of concentration, like 10 minutes, and increase slowly to be able to sustain an hour or more of deep concentration. Concentration will bring you to the next performance level.

Meditation can help you reach your concentration goal. By bringing back focused monotasking in your daily work, you will soon be amazed at your results!

The only thing you can control is you…

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Today’s inspiration comes from Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s COO. During a presentation on Monday, he used this quote: “the only thing you can control is you, the only thing you cannot control is everything else”. When you reflect on this, you realize it’s common sense on one side, but really powerful when you’re interested in learning and growing. Do the Iowa results have an effect on what you do and think? If you’re in politics and your career depends on it, may be. Otherwise? Can you control what Cruz or Clinton will do? Probably not. Even Bill does not control Hillary! Joke aside, focusing on what you can control is the best, if not the only way, of creating a better you.

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Of course, you can argue that you can control any kind of machinery, your car or your direct reports, for instance. However, think for a moment. What if something breaks in your machine or car, what if one of your direct reports is sick? Can you still control them? The only thing you can really control is you, you are in charge of your actions and your emotions, and it’s within your power and decision to take control of your actions and emotions. Once you let go what is around you that you have no effect on, you can concentrate on what matters really: becoming a better you, to serve better others!

Your Hump Day Success Edge

You open a newspaper, it’s all about politics, war, and horrors. Between lies from politicians, finance institutions ripping off your savings, and big corporation making billions, it seems the world is going down to the cellar. However, there are millions of individuals who have understood the underlying forces of success, who are living successful lives, and who seem to go through difficulties with ease. This is what I’m interested in. As a successful entrepreneur and professional, I’ve gone through tough days, weeks, months and years, gone through tremendous successes, and leveraged all my experience to continue to strive in whatever I start and do.

I created this blog after the financial crisis of 2008 (if you are still wondering what happened, go and watch The Big Short) because I was fed up of all the negativity that was floating around. Yes, the financial system is rotten. Yes, politicians are corrupted. Yes, we can see the world is killing itself. Or we can be optimistic while not delusional, we can build on positive thoughts and actions, we can put a brick in the wall of the new world. And this is what I want to help people with, through this blog and my new resolution for the year: the hump day success edge.

For non-English natives, hump day is Wednesday. Why hump day? From urbandictionary.com, hump day comes from “the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week”. Therefore, the hump day is the best day of the week, because the weekend gets closer. However, I see this has the pinnacle of the week, the day of hope, of maximum energy. And because I want ultimate success, this is the best day to stop for 15 minutes and reflect on our lives, loves and craft. So this year, I will, every Wednesday, write on what can make each of us more successful in every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Simple no non-sense ideas, easy to execute, and game-changing.

Get ready for the Hump Day Success Edge! Live February 3!

Le développement personnel, pour qui, pour quoi ?

yogaNous sommes tous plus ou moins à la recherche d’outils, de méthodes ou d’astuces pour se sentir mieux, être plus efficace ou développer ses capacités. Le terme “développement personnel” est devenu de ce fait un fourre-tout. Véritable industrie de nos jours, on y trouve autant de charlatans que de véritables professionnels.

Matthieu Ricard nous interpelle dans cet article intitulé le développement personnel, pour qui, pour quoi ? inspiré par le livre qu’il a co-écrit avec un philosophe, Alexandre Jollien , et un psychologue, Christophe André.

Il remet en perspective ce fameux “développement personnel”, dans la dimension de notre rapport aux autres et des efforts à entreprendre pour devenir un meilleur être humain. Un texte tout court, qui fait réfléchir par delà les religions, les philosophies ou techniques de développement personnel.

Can 100% focus be an option?

J 659 - 2Day 659. It cannot! Either you’re in, or you’re out. Either you’re committed, or you’re lying to you and to others. Either you’re ready to deliver beyond expectations, or you are just average, and therefore disposable. If you read this post, there is a large chance you are living in a country that offers you all possible opportunities. If you read this post, there is a chance you’ve travelled and have gone to countries where a majority of the population is not offered those opportunities. So if you read this post, you have no choice but to 100% all-in, 100% committed, 100% focused. Not being as such is the biggest fraud you can be to you and to others.

Even, if you feel a cog in a monstrous machine, you’re doing a disservice to you, your company and others by not being the best you can be. It’s only by being the best you can change the world for good. Doing average work, lying, or only looking for your own comfort is just sad. Some may laugh, may think I’m a dreamer or a stupid blind, but I truly believe that whatever you do, you have to do it to the best of your ability. You have to give 100% of yourself. The world is the best it can be at present. We can always wish it were better, but wishes are for the average, realizations are for active dreamer who know they can change the system, they can enhance lives, and they can live fully.

The price to pay to make the world better is just to be your best. So 100% focus is not an option, because you cannot deliver 100% value if you’re not 100% focused. Simple, not easy!

La résistance est l’indication de l’importance

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Jour 652. Dans « The War of Art », Steven Pressfield parle de la résistance comme étant un indice de ce qui est important. C’est une sensation que tout le monde ressent un jour ou l’autre. On peut appeler ça la peur, le fait est que c’est une sensation très intime qui vous force à ne pas agir. C’est la manifestation de la « petite voix salope » qui vous conseille de ne surtout pas faire ce que vous devez, qui vous trouve toutes les circonstances atténuantes pour ne pas agir. Depuis que je l’ai découverte, cette idée de résistance dirige nombre de mes actions.

En effet, dès que je ressens cette résistance, c’est pour moi une indication d’importance. C’est la chose que je dois faire. Non que je fasse la chose en question immédiatement. Il m’arrive parfois de repousser au lendemain, ce qui, du coup, va me hanter. Et c’est à partir de là que démarre un de mes autres principes d’action, qui est que même une petite action est préférable à une longue réflexion. Là encore, je ne dis pas qu’il ne faut pas réfléchir, mais quand la résistance pointe son nez, c’est que le temps de l’action est arrivé.

La résistance devient donc la manifestation du besoin d’action. Et celle de l’importance de l’action. Importance pour moi directement. Cela peut impliquer d’autres personnes, d’autres actions, mais cela implique surtout une décision ! Mon expérience m’a généralement démontré une chose importante : plus l’action est faite vite, mieux cela est. En effet, dans le cas où la résistance se manifeste fréquemment sur un problème particulier, plus elle a un impact négatif sur votre moral, à l’image de ces gouttes d’eau qui creusent même la roche la plus dure à force de régularité. En agissant, à l’opposé de ce que voudrait la résistance, vous en supprimez l’effet. Cela parait simple, et pourtant, ce n’est pas toujours facile, mais toujours efficace.

La résistance peut donc devenir votre allié. Et quoi de plus gratifiant que de transformer un ennemi en allié. Cela met fin à cette guerre que chacun mène avec soi-même au quotidien. Et cela nous recentre sur ce qui est important pour nous. Mais au final, cela a un effet encore plus important : cela vous permet de réaliser vos rêves et vos objectifs. En acceptant de danser avec la résistance quelques pas de valses, on avance vers le futur que nous souhaitons, tout en vivant au quotidien.

Aspiration, motivation and the art of living

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Day 651. Whatever you do, are you motivated? Do you go to work with a smile on your face on Monday morning? Last week, we came up with an interested idea. Here it is. We all have goals in life. It can be a trip to make, a budget to reach or a just somebody to please. Now, here are two simple question: does this goal motivate you? Is it something you aspire to do? Delivering a goal may not be motivating, it’s just, sometimes, doing what you are paid for or what you can do without much effort.

With this in mind, if you were to miss that goal, you may not be sad. And if you were to reach that goal, you will be happy but may be not completely fulfilled. Now, imagine you define the goal as something to exceed by an amount that excites you. Let’s take an example. You have a sales target of x. You know that the real potential of your market is ten times your target. Your aspiration could be to reach twice this target. This would put you as one of the best sales person and will help your career tremendously. What will you do? Will your aspiration motivate you more than the target? If you decide to reach your aspiration, will you maximize your opportunities and strategies? Will this be force you to go out of your comfort zone?

Of course, if you do not have a sales related job, you can apply this to your own measurements. The fact is you can apply this to all areas of your life. Going beyond is the whole idea. Finding the motivation to do more, to be excited by what you do on a daily basis. With the right motivation, you will do more, with ease and pleasure, and you will ultimately find fulfilment. So next time you set a target, look beyond. Find the right increase of this target to increase your motivation and live better! This is one of the ways to create a life that will be like no others.

Acteur ou victime ?

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Jour 650. Une simple démonstration à faire avec vos collègues ou amis. Debout, un stylo en main, vous ouvrez la main, lâchez le stylo et demandez à l’audience ce qu’il vient d’arriver. Deux groupes se formeront spontanément : celui de ceux qui répondent que vous venez de lâcher le stylo et celui de ceux qui vous diront que le stylo est tombé. Les premiers sont acteurs, les seconds victimes. Les premiers reconnaissent spontanément la responsabilité de celui qui tenait le stylo. Les seconds ne voient que la conséquence.

Ceci peut sembler caricatural, mais pour prendre un autre exemple plus « physique », si vous avez déjà fait du surf, du ski nautique en monoski ou du surf des neiges, vous savez que chacun à une jambe avant de préférence. Ceux avec la jambe droite devant sont appelés goofy et ceux avec la jambe gauche sont appelés regular. Quand on ne sait pas quelle est sa jambe avant de préférence, il suffit de se mettre à genou et de se lever sans s’aider des mains. La jambe dont le pied se pose en premier sur le sol, sans y réfléchir, est à coup quasi sûr sa jambe avant de préférence. Le cerveau a un câblage préconfiguré. Il est possible de changer ce câblage par la volonté et l’entrainement, mais inconsciemment, ce câblage existe. La position d’acteur ou de victime est aussi câblée par défaut. Elle est le résultat de notre éducation, de nos expériences et de notre hérédité.

Il n’est simplement pas possible, ou en tout cas beaucoup plus difficile, d’atteindre quelque succès que ce soit en prenant systématiquement une position de victime. Chacun est acteur de ses choix et des conséquences qui en découlent. Certes, il existe des facteurs exogènes non contrôlés dont on peut se voir la « victime ». Il est aussi possible d’accepter la présence de ces facteurs exogènes et se mettre en position d’acteur pour « faire avec » ou les contourner. La prochaine fois que vous vous trouvez en position de victime, demandez-vous qu’elle est l’autre possibilité qui vous est offerte et prenez l’habitude d’agir. Une chose certaine va arriver : vous allez vous rendre compte qu’une immense majorité de choses qui nous arrivent sont le résultat unique de nos propres choix ! La prise de conscience est le début du changement.

Il est beaucoup plus confortable de se mettre en position de victime et de blâmer autrui, le système ou tout autre facteur exogène. En étant acteur, on se remet dans le siège de conducteur, on repousse ses limites et on continue à « grandir » quel que soit son âge, sa condition sociale ou sa situation professionnelle. Il n’est alors plus étonnant qu’il y ait plus de brebis que de berger. Alors, acteur ou victime de votre vie ?

The power of curiosity, 4 unconventional ideas

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Day 649. With a world in transformation, ideas are powerful and necessary to invent the future. It’s ideas that have made progress real, it’s ideas that have made man grow and provide solutions to complex problems, and it’s ideas that have made what seemed impossible possible. Ideas are born in curious minds. Being curious is wanting to know, to discover, to be surprised. Curiosity allows anybody to learn, fail, succeed and grow. You would assume everybody is curious. Actually, no! Mostly because people tend to stay in their comfort zone. Being curious is accepting to step outside of this comfort zone to extend it and create a new one. Without curiosity, no growth is possible! However, curiosity can be looked at like a muscle. To avoid atrophy, muscles need to be used and to allow growth and strength, muscles need to be pushed beyond their current limits.

Curiosity can grow and enlighten your life. Here are four ideas to get more curious, not really the ones you would have naturally thought about, but four very easy to execute on.

  • Buy a magazine every month on a topic you know nothing about. This could be economy, boating, fishing or jiu-jitsu. There are so many topics we know nothing about. Right in front of us are hundreds of magazines written by passionate people for other passionate people, go discover a new world!
  • Take your car, the bus or the tube and go somewhere at complete random. You can change tube when you want, you can turn right or left at any given sign, just go and at a moment, stop and discover!
  • Browse the list of museums and exhibitions in your area, pick one and pay it a visit. Do this at least once a month.
  • Maintain a list of things you are scared to do and commit to do one item every year! Yes, I know, this may sound crazy. Whatever you are scared of, do it! There are no limits and as long as you do it in full safety, risks are limited. For a majority of risks in this life, risks lie mainly in our brain!

Being curious allows to put brain plasticity at work. Numerous medical studies have now shown that new neurons and neuronal connections can be created at any age. Being and staying curious will help the brain to maintain in good health and will minimize the risks of neuro degenerative diseases. If you are already taking care of your body by exercising regularly, add curiosity to your routine to take care of your brain. Curiosity is brain workout at its best!