Sometimes things go well, and sometimes they don’t; we often don’t know how things will work out until we experience the reality.
This week could have gone well, or it could have gone badly, and in all honesty, I didn’t know which way it would go because there were so many elements involved.
I had an online delivery to Siemens Gamesa staff for their Global Mental Health team and an essential delivery to a Vistage Group in London. These two huge clients demand high-quality delivery, and the pressure was really on.
Two great clients
Siemens Gamesa has around 25,000 staff worldwide, and they have commissioned me to deliver my 1-hour Mental Resilience Masterclasses 1 and 2 to their worldwide staff on previous occasions. Both have been very well received, resulting in the booking this week for Masterclass 3.
It is so easy to assume that the next delivery will be just as good as the first two, but that can lead to complacency, resulting in an under-par performance. It is so important to view each delivery as a brand-new commission and give it everything you have.
During my basketball career, I would have a few great games in a row and then assume that the next one would be just as good. Then, to my dismay, I would have a stinker with nothing going well.
I became lazy and overconfident
When I look back on this, I remember taking things for granted, getting a bit up myself and, as a result, not training as hard and having the wrong attitude. I have taken this lesson into business life and never allowed a lazy attitude to enter my mind.
We delivered Masterclass 3 at 8am and 2pm to capture the two time zones worldwide. It was a live webinar with a countdown, introduction and delivery. There were 15 minutes of live questions at the end, and the result was fabulous, with several thousand staff attending.
I have just read the feedback comments, and they are impressive. I believe that my slight anxiousness and desire to deliver an excellent Masterclass was a critical factor in the high quality of the Masterclass.
This week’s second event was a trip to London to deliver my half-day Mental Resilience Masterclass to a Vistage Group in London. Vistage is the world’s largest executive coaching organisation for small and medium-sized businesses.
There is real pressure to deliver excellence
These Vistage Groups around the country meet monthly, and their members are Managing Directors of different organisations. Hence, the quality of their members is very high, and they expect outstanding value for their investment.
During the morning, speakers are invited to deliver various topics to their members, and I have delivered quite a few of these over the past few years. I arrived in London in the early afternoon, checked in early into my hotel and relaxed.
I then took a taxi to the venue, checked the room where I would be presenting, and ensured I was happy with everything for the following day. I then took a taxi back and had an enjoyable time in the hotel.
An important morning routine
Waking up at 5am after 7 hours of deep sleep, I went through my usual morning routine of deep thinking, affirmations and visualising my Dream Board images. I have had great success with my Dream Board, which has images of things I want to achieve in my life and by visualising them daily, they continue to appear in my life. This gets me into a great place of positivity and energy.
I then took the taxi to the venue and arrived at 7.30am. I set everything up ready for the group to arrive and had at least an hour to relax with a cup of tea before they arrived. We had a great time, and the feedback at the end was amazing.
There was great connection and interaction, and one of the members is now talking to me about using me for his organisation, which is very exciting.
The train back home was quiet and on time, and the whole trip from start to finish was extremely enjoyable. One of the keys to this success is making sure that I am early for everything and well organised. I arrived at the train station an hour early, had a cup of tea, and did some work before the train arrived.
I spend much of my thinking time working out how to reduce stress in my life, and outstanding planning and organisation are critical. I ensure that everything has its place and that I always arrive early with plenty of leeway for unexpected delays. Here are some benefits of being well organised.
Being well-organized can significantly reduce stress for several reasons:
Clear Priorities: Organized individuals often have a clear understanding of their priorities. They know what tasks are most important and need immediate attention. This clarity helps them focus their time and energy on what matters most, reducing the stress of juggling multiple, conflicting demands.
Effective Time Management: Organized people tend to manage their time more efficiently. They allocate specific time slots for tasks, set realistic deadlines, and avoid procrastination. This means they are less likely to feel rushed or overwhelmed by looming deadlines, which can be a significant source of stress.
Less Mental Overload: Disorganization can lead to mental clutter. When you have to remember numerous details, tasks, and deadlines, it can lead to cognitive overload and stress. Organised individuals often use tools like to-do lists, calendars, and reminders to offload these mental burdens, freeing up mental space and reducing stress.
Better Work-Life Balance: Organized individuals are likelier to set boundaries between work and personal life. This balance can reduce the stress of feeling constantly “on” and allow for more relaxation and leisure time.
Enhanced Control: A key source of stress is feeling out of control. Organised people have a greater sense of control over their lives as they actively plan and manage their responsibilities, leading to reduced stress.
In summary, being well-organized reduces stress by providing structure and order in various aspects of life. It helps individuals manage their time, responsibilities, and resources more effectively, leading to a sense of control, reduced clutter, and enhanced decision-making—all of which contribute to lower stress levels and a greater overall sense of well-being.
Thoughts for the week
- How much stress are you experiencing currently?
- Are you well organised?
- This week, think about organisation and if you can improve in any areas.
- Start with any small area in your life and see if you can organise one thing.
- Once you have done this, observe how good this feels. This will motivate you to organise something else.
- Then think of something else and organise that. You will be amazed at how good this feels. By doing this, you will start to reduce your stress bit by bit.
What you See and what you Say is what you Get.