For many of us, being `good’ isn’t really good enough. We want to make the very best we can out of our lives – to achieve all we can achieve and be the best we can be. We want to be Brilliant. There are many tools to find out what point you are at now, understand where it is you want to get and develop strategies and powerful methods to get you there. As quickly as possible and as economically as possible with as much fun as possible. 

In this article (Part – 1), I will review 25 tips (out of 50 tips) to help you discover your own way. it is organized to be short and determined. If you want more plans and details about how to be Brilliant in your life, I suggest to read books like (How to be Brilliant by Michael Heppell). The uses many clear examples and stories to show you how to overcome barriers that hold you back.

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1- DECIDE

Decide. You’ll never look back.

Decide

Decide to be so. To be kick-ass, stadium-rocking good at what you do. Be it fishing, presenting, parenting or fixing cars. Decide. You’ll never look back.

2- DO IT BETTER

Whatever. Do it better, simply because you can. You will get noticed.

Do it Better!

Do it better. For no other reason than you can. Answer the phone more promptly and with an even friendlier manner. Craft an even better report. Give them even more value in your training module. Make an even more perfect doppio espresso. Whatever. Do it better, simply because you can. You will get noticed.

3- DISCOVER

Discover and work to your strengths.

Discover and work to your strengths

They come ‘easily’ and hence you can become really, really good at them. Nurture your nature. But along the way, fix the potential critical weaknesses. You may be a cool designer, but you need to turn up on time. Sure you are a wonderful band but you need to be able to price your gigs. And you are a wonderful presenter but can you follow-up on actions after the pitch? Discover.

4 - LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

Allow yourself to get it wrong. Look after yourself.

Look After Yourself

To be the best version of you, to be brilliant, it’s (literally) vital. Do less and achieve more. Take quality breaks. Take a retreat. Spend time re-charging. Get enough sleep. Read for inspiration. Spend more time with those who encourage and support and less time with those who are negative and criticise. Allow yourself to get it wrong. Look after yourself.

5 - BE CURIOUS

Get out on the street. Read widely, discuss broadly. Be curious.

Be Curious

Fanatically, absolutely curious. About your subject, about the periphery of your subject and of stuff outside your subject. The future belongs to The New Renaissance Man. Over-specialisation got us into this mess: so hunkered down in a silo, we didn’t notice the impact elsewhere. Get out of the silo. Get out on the street. Read widely, discuss broadly. Be curious.

6 - INVEST IN YOURSELF

Invest, invest, invest. Once you have got that skill nobody can take it away from you. You are constantly becoming more valuable.

Invest in yourself.

Always have a book on the go. An audio version in the car, a pod-cast on your iPhone. Immerse yourself in that new skill until you have got it. Discounted cash-flow, unplugged presenting, copy-writing. Invest, invest, invest. Once you have got that skill nobody can take it away from you. You are constantly becoming more valuable. Invest in yourself.

7 - HELP OTHERS

Why not help others? It’s fun!

Help Others

Why not help others? It’s fun. You learn a lot about yourself. And some, in return will help you. And in a tough, turbulent world everyone of us needs all the help we can get. Help others.

8 - WALK REGULARLY

Sure it’s good for your heart and lungs. But it’s remarkably good for your brain, too.

Walk Regularly

Sure it’s good for your heart and lungs. But it’s remarkably good for your brain, too. Get out of the office, leave ALL technology behind. Walk to the deli a couple of blocks away and as you do: enjoy the weather (rain or shine) and think. When you come back you will be better. Refreshed, thoughtful and a couple of problems in perspective. Walk regularly.

9 - FOCUS

Once you have decided, focus. Give it time.

Focus

Once you have decided, focus. Give it time. Swimming will be hard the first few times, nobody will want to speak to you about your new initiative initially. But hang on in there. Others will want to ‘do something new’. Not yet: give it the proper amount of time. Focus.

10 - TAKE BREAKS

Take regular, real (no technology) breaks during the day.

Take Breaks

Working long and hard causes the body to seek refuge in reptilian or fight/flight behaviour as it suspects the worst. All well and good but our greatest asset is then lost: our human ability to think and make choices. Take regular, real (no technology) breaks during the day. Get into the fresh air, leave the phone, walk and stretch. Notice true productivity (being effective) soar. Take breaks.

11 - REST

Sometimes, just let it go. Rest.

Rest

Sometimes, just let it go. Rest.

12 - CONSOLIDATE

Every so often: stop and think.

Consolidate

Every so often: stop and think. How’s it going? Where am I making progress? What needs a re-think? What can I build upon, what do I need to change? Consolidate.

13 - HAVE A PLAN

If you have a plan for your presentation, interview, meeting, product launch, journey, book ...you are so much more likely to be successful.

Have a Plan

The plan may or not be fulfilled. It may or may not execute as you would wish. But there is absolutely no doubt about it, if you have a plan for your presentation, interview, meeting, product launch, journey, book ...you are so much more likely to be successful. Have a Plan.

14 - BE DIFFERENT

Be different. Not weird: that alarms people.

Be Different

Be different. Not weird: that alarms people. But a coffee shop that opens in time for the first commuter train, a book-shop which understands books, an insurance company which has your interests at heart, a doctor who believes lifestyle does come into it... be different and people will come to you. Be different.

15 - PRIORITISE

Be tough: what are the essentials in this part of my Life? Prioritise.

Prioritise

Yes: there is too much to potentially do. That’s because you have a great Life and you have imagination. Don’t solve ‘too much to do’ by working longer hours: you are simply pinching that time from another part of your Life, typically home/personal or health or all of those. No, be tough: what are the essentials in this part of my Life? Prioritise.

16 - BE POLITE

Those who are rude and don’t ‘deserve’ your politeness? Be polite anyway: you may well shock them into a whole new way of interacting with the world. Be polite and have fun.

Be Polite

It makes doing business so much more pleasant; it enables full and rounded communication; it creates trust rapidly. And of those who are rude and don’t ‘deserve’ your politeness? Be polite anyway: you may well shock them into a whole new way of interacting with the world. Be polite and have fun.

17 - BE ENTHUSIASTIC

It’s infectious. It’s good for your health. It gets stuff done.

Be Enthusiastic

It’s infectious. It’s good for your health. It gets stuff done. Nothing to feel enthusiastic about? Huh? You ended up on one of the very few habitable chunks of rock in the known universe. It has a breathable atmosphere, water and great music. You, too, can be enthusiastic.

18 - STAY HUNGRY

Learn from the greatest who lost that passion.

Stay Hungry

The first album, the first consultancy job, the first novel, the first sale and installation: they’re often your greatest work. You really, really wanted that work. Don’t let success and/or busyness dilute your efforts and distract you from your vision. Wake up every morning darn hungry to do a great job. Rain or shine. Stack of dollars on the bed-side table or not. Stay hungry: learn from the greatest who lost that passion.

19 - STAY LEAN

Don’t get slowed down. Don’t make it complicated. Stay Lean.

Stay Lean

Get rid of the baggage, physical and mental. Think cowboy: horse, saddle-bags and blanket roll. Think Anne Frank: a diary and her faith. Think Roger Bannister and the number 4. Don’t get slowed down. Don’t make it complicated. Stay Lean.

20 - LAUGH

Laugh. laugh, chuckle, guffaw, smile... It puts it all in proportion.

Laugh

Laugh. laugh, chuckle, guffaw, smile... It puts it all in proportion. It releases feel good chemicals. It bonds people. It flattens big egos. There’s always time for a smile, a chuckle and downright laugh-out-loud fun in the brilliant Life. Laugh.

21 - (1%)

Well, you’d be brilliant. 1%: that’s all it takes.

1 %

That’s all it takes. Say your helpfulness was upped by 1%. Or your creativity? Or your ability to pitch or close deals? Or if you had 1% more energy? And how easy is it to get just 1% more? Pretty easy. And if you multiplied a few of those ‘1%s’ together e.g. 1% more enthusiasm times 1% better closing etc. what would happen? Well, you’d be brilliant. 1%: that’s all it takes.

22 - LOVE THE NUMBERS

We can always decide to ignore it, but at least we ignored it intelligently. Love The Numbers.

Love The Numbers

Numbers are sexy. Forget the jokes about accountants. Get a grip on both talking numbers (cash-flow, P&L, the ratios...) and knowing what they are. In many situations numbers are power. Without them the gut, intuitive feeling which is in itself very powerful loses its qualifying and/or supporting edge. We do need to know how many, how much, what it cost. We can always decide to ignore it, but at least we ignored it intelligently. Love The Numbers.

23 - COPY

Find the best, build rapport with them and notice what the do. And copy it. You can build on that platform later. Copy.

Copy

Copy the best in your field. Golfers, copy-writers, tele-sales people. Who are the best in your chosen field and what do they specifically do to be so good at what they do? Get close to them. What exactly do they do-not necessarily what they say they do. E.g. top salespeople will say they close. They do, but in fact they are usually successful because of the questions they ask earlier in the sale. Top copy-writers say it’s their use of descriptive language. True but in fact it’s more than that: it’s sensory rich language which engages. Find the best, build rapport with them and notice what the do. And copy it. You can build on that platform later. Copy.

24 - LEAD

Leadership is a mindset, not a grade nor a permission nor a badge. Lead.

Lead

When nobody is saying anything in the meeting rapidly going off track: say something and get it back on track. When the last thing you feel like on a wet November morning is motivating your team: motivate them. When nobody is willing to squash the negative conversation in the canteen: squash it. When lead is in your job title: lead. When lead is not in your job title: lead. Leadership is a mindset, not a grade nor a permission nor a badge. Lead.

25 - BREATHE

Nice and easy. Steady and deep. Get the oxygen to your brain it so much desires

Breathe

Nice and easy. Steady and deep. Get the oxygen to your brain it so much desires. Sit comfortably up-right at your desk. Stretch regularly. Go for a walk mid-day. Notice how much easier everything is when you are really breathing. Breathe fully and properly to be brilliant... Breathe.

Resources:

Nicholas Bate – How to be brilliant : Nicholasbate.typepad.com

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