PATRICK BOOTH

by PATRICK BOOTH


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Happy New Year. Now Fire Yourself!

My dad taught me that it’s important to fire yourself at the end of the year, wait 10 seconds, soak up that horrible feeling, and then rehire yourself. Why in the world would my dad tell me to do this each year?

 

  • Give yourself a scare and new outlook.
  • It’s better to pretend to fire yourself before it happens for real. Now strategize!
  • What would you do differently if you were fired and rehired for the same job?
  • You can’t grow to greater success if you don’t look at your failures and change them.

 

Yes, my dad could have been a Jedi Knight because he motivated himself and others through mind games. Most of those mind games made him and others extremely successful. I thought he was crazy when I was younger. Now I try to do everything he taught me.

 

It’s better to pretend to fire yourself before it happens for real.

 

When people get comfortable, they can become lazy, which can lead to poor results. Poor results can eventually lead to one being fired. Don’t wait for that awkward and regrettable moment. I’ve never met anyone that enjoys losing. Go ahead and make that awkward firing moment happen on your terms. Write yourself a termination letter and put reasons behind it. Punch yourself in the gut(words not literally) and make it hurt so you can learn.

 

What would you do differently if you were fired and rehired for the same job?

 

It’s so important to motivate yourself to think about new strategies to prevent becoming comfortable. You want to drive in better results every year, but you don’t change anything. How is that working for you? Nothing changes if nothing changes! If you had a record-breaking year…good for you…now get over it. No one cares what you did yesterday, last year, or five years ago. Business is about what you produce month-over-month and year-over-year. People don’t get fired because they are growing. People get fired when they get lazy or stop taking initiative to learn. How can you continue to push yourself to prove to everyone you are not playing it safe? What must you do to grow your success?

 

ACTION ITEM: Take 15 minutes and make a strategic list. Make sure you put these strategies into practice by putting each one on your calendar.

 

You can’t grow to greater success if you don’t look at your failures and change them.

 

  • No Time Management
    • Your day is chaos. You feel no control in your day. You feel like nothing ever gets done that you want.
  • Poor Communication
    • You hold people to expectations that you did not share with them.
    • People don’t live in your head. Use your words!
  • No routine
    • Schedule your work duties, and don’t get distracted.
    • Give yourself time to think.
    • Make sure to take PTO and recharge your batteries.
  • Boring Meetings
    • No one is excited to be there. No conflict. Watching the minutes for it to end.
  • Talk Too Much – Poor Listening
    • Don’t dominate the conversation. Make sure you shut your mouth and open your ears to hear what others have to say. Show respect to others by listening.
  • Too Many Excuses For Missing Deadlines
    • Nothing is worse than a boss demanding deadlines but the boss lives by double standards. Get your work finished on time. Set the bar with your actions.
  • No Humility
    • Say the words “I’m sorry!” and “It’s my fault!”
    • No one wants to follow a leader who is arrogant and full of pride.
  • Lack of Passion
    • Zap your heart and get excited about your work.
    • No one wants to follow someone who is lukewarm or passive.
  • No Accountability
    • You need someone who will speak TRUTH into you.
    • Make sure to ask others how you are doing and listen to their advice.
  • Broken Trust With Failed Promises
    • Let your YES be YES and your NO be NO.
    • Follow through on your commitments, and show up in mind, body and spirit when you arrive.

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