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The Power of “Ding!” – What a Timer Will Do for You

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What a Timer Will Do for You

Do you have a list of “to-dos” and you’re having trouble maintaining your focus so as to get things done? Or maybe you find yourself jumping from one incomplete task to the other or skipping from one project to another. Have you tried setting a timer to help you in accomplishing your list of to-dos?

Well, a timer may just be the solution you need to help you stay focused and get done with, with your list of to-dos.

Most times our excuse for being less efficient is limited time. But the main reason why we’re often less efficient at getting tasks done is that we spend too much time on a single task or project. Setting an alarm could just be the magical solution you need to help you stay focused and spend limited time on a particular task from your list of to-dos. All you have to do is prioritize your tasks and decide how long it will take you to accomplish each of them.

Chances are, you’re most likely going to accomplish the task within the limit you gave yourself. If you were unable finish with that particular task. Or schedule a “meeting” with yourself on your calendar for another working session on that project.

Nothing can motivate you more to be more effective at accomplishing your projects than setting a time limit for yourself.

My timer for this article will soon be up. So, without much ado, below are three reasons why setting a timer is so effective

  1. It gives you speed

Without a timer, you can spend time which would have been enough to accomplish two tasks on accomplishing one only. For instance, I could spend more time developing this piece, but for the fact that the time limit I set for myself is almost up, I need to look for a way to round it up. The implication is that I’m getting this article done at a faster pace than I would have if I had not set an alarm for this task. So, setting a limit for yourself will motivate you to accomplish the task at an incredible speed while resisting distractions.  Since goal accomplishment is the primary objective in High Stakes Mastermind Groups, I not only have to help our members achieve their goals by coaching them to find solutions like this one, I have to model it myself.

  1. Work becomes more like a game challenge

Nobody can say he or she gets tired of playing and winning his or her favorite game. The moment you set a timer to accomplish a particular task, it becomes as though you are playing your favorite game of which your primary goal is to win. Beating the timer you set for a given task is like winning the game in the sense that you feel happy about it.

  1. You Work With More Focus

Setting a timer for 15, 30 or 60 minutes will help you tune out distractions; this is because you know you need to stay focused in order to complete your task before the time runs out. And since you already know what you need to accomplish during that time frame, you won’t waste time trying to multi-task.

Okay, my egg timer just went off, so I think it’s time to wrap up this productivity tip! You should try using a timer today and see how it goes. Personally, I use either a simple egg timer or the timer on my phone. And if there are so many distractions, then put your phone in airplane mode and get to work!  I also don’t allow my email to flag a notification, or make a sound for incoming messages.

So that’s it, now you know how beneficial using a timer can be – it really helps in keeping you organized as you’re able to check off each and every task on your to-do list.

Integrity-a Quality Above the Crowd

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To rise above the crowd you must demonstrate personal integrity.

At a networking luncheon we were asked to go around the table and do self-introductions. As part of our opening we were supposed to pick from a list of qualities, printed on a card, and discuss which one of them applied most to us. It was a great list and hard to make a decision.

I chose “live authentically”. I told the group that the reason that quality is so important to me is living authentically, and demonstrating integrity – in what I say, and what I do, is the cornerstone of who I am, and it is also crucial to what High Stakes Mastermind groups is all about.

High Stakes Mastermind groups does not function successfully unless every member is true and honest and committed to the success of everyone in the group – not just themselves. Honesty is extremely important to everything we stand for, and in the way we conduct ourselves both within the meetings and on the outside.

I said that comment at the networking luncheon because even in that networking group there are those individuals, and in fact one in particular I’m thinking of, who do not “walk the talk”. They make a good show of it, but I have several first-hand experiences where this was disappointingly not the case of “living authentically”, being truthful and demonstrating integrity.

I had a conversation with one of the people who was with me at the luncheon table, and I asked her opinion of what I said in my self-introduction.  I wasn’t ashamed in any way of what I said, just a little concerned that maybe my comments took the others by surprise.

But she said the most wonderful thing. She said if they were taken by surprise, at all, it was probably because they were thinking, “Wow, she went there. She was honest enough to say what she was really thinking.”

That in, and of itself, is what truth, personal integrity and living authentically is all about.
Where did I get the strength to do that? I, who was so shy as a kid I’d eat my bread dry before having the guts to ask, “Please pass the butter.”? I got the strength from forming and facilitating High Stakes Mastermind groups. Even as the facilitator, and not an active participant, the power of the groups gives me that kind of strength. And it is giving that strength to its members; the stories that my members have told me from the things they have been able to achieve, the business decisions they’ve made, even the partnership’s they’ve ended because of truth, integrity, living authentically and being served by the power of the Mastermind group.

If you’re willing to do your part, it will take you to the next level – the level that you need to achieve your goals. Goal achievers rise above the crowd, and they start by demonstrating integrity.

How Mastermind Groups Help You Solve Business Problems

How Mastermind Groups Help You Solve Business Problems

As you climb the corporate ladder, you’re also climbing a triangle to the peak. The higher up you get, the fewer people there are at the top. When things are running smoothly, all is well. Things just tick along as they normally do. But how about when you run into a problem? Then there are fewer people to share ideas with. That’s how Mastermind Groups help you solve business problems

It gets even stickier when you are self-employed – you have no corporate headquarters to rely on for advice, and you have no peers in senior management to bounce ideas off of and to ask advice from.

Welcome to the world of High Stakes positions. Sometimes, it may feel like you are operating in isolation. But it doesn’t have to feel that way.

When you’re at the top, joining a Mastermind Group is recommended. When you’re part of a group, you’re instantly surrounded by peers who think big and act on their ideas, just like you. Let’s face it – when you’re at the top, it can be lonely. You’re working with people on the ground level – and while those people are useful cogs that are part of the machine and are needed to get the job done, they won’t help you to get ahead. They won’t give you ideas or solutions to the business problems your company is facing. They are looking to get ahead for themselves, to earn a paycheck, and to survive from day to day.

Realistically speaking, you are operating on a whole other level. In order to grow, you need to surround yourself with people who are smarter and more successful than you – that’s what will help you get ahead. They are vested in helping you to solve business problems.  Why?  Three reasons; 1. Because that’s one of the cornerstone reasons High Stakes was founded on, 2. When you succeed all members succeed, and 3. Your Mastermind partners know that you will do the same for them.  Win, win, win.

The question to ask yourself is, “Am I committed to my own goal achievement?”  If the answer is yes, read on.

High Stakes Mastermind Groups are made up of some of the smartest, strongest, and best thinkers and leaders in your industries. These people will help you to achieve your specific goals, come up with thoughtful, useful and timely information, teach you best practices and lead you to success. Ultimately, the members of these groups will add value to your life, and to the lives and careers of our group members.

These people didn’t get to be tops in their executive roles for no reason. They have much to contribute. Imagine if you had them act as each other’s allies, colleagues and collaborators? These people will give you ideas for solving problems in your business, energize you and give you the momentum to reach your goals, whatever they are. They will improve your communications skills, introduce you to other people and to new ideas and methods you can apply to your company.

If you consider yourself to be a High Stakes thinker, surround yourself with like people. After all, you become who you associate with. And it’s these people who will understand your issues, support you, provide you with ideas for solutions, help you with brainstorming, and challenge you to become a better version of yourself.


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The Benefits of Hiring a Business Coach

Amy Poehler Quote - business coach or mastermind

If you are thinking of hiring a business coach to help you grow your company or brand, you should be aware that a business coach is not an end-all solution. Business coaches are fantastic for many reasons, but you should know that there are limitations to the one-on-one interaction you get from a business coach. Sometimes, joining a collaborative team like a Mastermind Group can provide more benefit, like information, experience, support and accountability that you can’t get from one business coach alone.

The Benefits of Hiring a Business Coach

Business coaches do offer a wealth of benefit. This kind of relationship provides you with an expert opinion and individualized attention from a single person. They can help you overcome creative blocks and find new motivation. They can give you advice about the more technical, logistical and financial aspects of running a business. Having someone on your side, dedicated to your success helps you to improve on your strengths, work on your weaknesses and boost your confidence.

Running a business is extremely tough, especially if you’ve never done it before. Having the support of friends and family is great, but a business coach can offer a more objective perspective and help you see the reality of a situation in addition to rooting for you.

What a Business Coach Can’t Do That Mastermind Groups Can

While a business coach can be valuable to your growing business, there are limits to what you can get from an individual. One person can offer only one point of view, one opinion on a specific matter, a limited set of skills and experience as well as limited time. If they aren’t available or if you find you don’t like working with them, you’ll have to put in the time to find someone else.

Thankfully, there are Mastermind Groups.

Mastermind Groups offer an amalgam of support, accountability, education, brainstorming and information from a wide array of people. These groups aren’t classes, group coaching or networking groups. Instead, the main focuses are on:

  • Group brainstorming
  • Accountability between group members
  • Information passed from member to member, not from leader to members
  • Sharing thoughts and opinions over leads and resources

The main benefit of a Mastermind Group is that you have more than one person to help you. Everyone in the group is dedicated to the success and growth of everyone else. Instead of being told what you should do by one person, you can listen to the ideas and experiences of different people, take what you want and leave what you don’t.

Another fantastic benefit of Mastermind Groups is that, unlike a Business Coach, you have the opportunity to share your experiences and thoughts with the other people in the group. With a Business Coach, the knowledge goes in one direction. Mastermind Groups facilitate a balanced distribution of brainstorming among all members.

With a Mastermind Group, you not only get information from multiple people, but you have a whole village of people to support you and hold you accountable. It can be argued that multiple people rooting for you and helping you grow is a better system than only having one person in your corner. If you share your goals and business focuses with many people, that’s more people who will be asking you how things are going and for updates on your progress.

There is nothing wrong with hiring a Business Coach. In fact many people find them invaluable. But you may want to consider also attending some Mastermind Groups in order to increase the amount of support you are getting for your goals.



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About Stephanie | Stephanie Angelo, SPHR, SCP

Stephanie has been a Mastermind group facilitator for various professionals of a breadth of industries, from non-profits to counselors, physicians, financial planners, and college professors, and has been a member of several groups in her career. Contact her here.

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