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On 16th June, members and guests of the Wow Network met for the annual Wow Summer Celebration. Martin Palethorpe from The Pragma Group delivered a rousing and thought-provoking speech on 'High Performance Lessons from the Arctic' and gave motivating insights from his 2007 race to the North Pole. Martin has a deep-rooted passion for challenging and inspiring himself and others to achieve extraordinary performance, which made him the perfect speaker.
Preparation and Development:
Never underestimate the aggregation of marginal gains. Are you making tiny improvements to your business each week.... and ensuring they add up to a big difference?
What is the 20% that will make the biggest difference to you and your business?
Read 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins for further inspiration.
Belief & attitude:
Have a positive mindset & an empowering paradigm. What paradigms do you have about:
It's important to have your end goal in sight. Here's a few quick questions to get you thinking:
Is your end goal challenging, specific, compelling, shared, time-bound and deep-rooted? How could you make it more so?
Discipline and focus are the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Ask yourself:
And remember... “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got…”
Establish a set of rules, which everyone works within. Do you have rules for yourself, your company, your team?
No matter how well you prepare, sometimes s*** happens! All you can do is do your best to overcome it and.... enjoy the journey!
Martin's talk is summed up nicely with the following quote:
'The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.' Benjamin Mays