An excerpt from Blair Singer's Book, The ABC's of Building a Business Team That Wins.  

"Greatness doesn't happen by chance, nor does it occur in a vacuum.  Greatness comes from, first, a passion for what you do; and second, a clear understanding of what you can and want to be best at.

The third component involved in any great story about someone going from rags to riches, overcoming adversity, achieving success in any area of life is a personal Code of Honor, a set of personal rules and agreements that they are unwilling to compromise.

Do you have a Code of Honor for you?  What are your rules?  To what do you hold yourself accountable?  Who the heck are you?

You see, because when all the smoke clears, they can take away your money, your possessions, your friends and even your health, and what you are left with is your honor.

In those terms, what is your Code of Honor?  I have found that the most powerful people are not always found on the cover of Newsweek, Fortune Magazine or Sports Illustrated.

Sometimes they may be sitting in the office next door.  They are those who have decided in life to take a stand about who they are, what their standards are and who the want to be without regrets.

My suggestion is this:  If you haven't don so already, sit down and look at your financial life, your health, your relationships and your values, and create your code.  What are you willing to commit to for yourself and your family?  What do you stand for?"

Try this exercise.  Answer each of the following questions in the form of a list:

What am I most passionate about?

What can I be best at?

What do I want to be best at?

What do I stand for?

What do I want out of life?

How can I achieve my goals?

Who do I know that has what I want (or admire?)  Why do I admire them?

What do I see as unacceptable behaviors for successful people?

What do I dislike?  What would I like to avoid?

What are my necessities in life?

What should every person try at least once before they die?

Can you think of any more questions?  Use your answers to begin to form your personal code.  Once you have your code you will find a new level of focus and a more defined path to achieving your life goals.

For more about creating a Code of Honor please refer to Blair Singer's book, The ABC's of Building a Team That Wins or his Code of Honor Training Kit.

In business the best way to ensure that your staff is motivated and giving their best effort is to hold them accountable.

That means that you should have a clear set of rules (or code of honor) and you should have consequences for breaking the rules.

 It is also very important for your staff's morale that you, as a leader, hold yourself accountable to the same set of rules so as not to seem unfair.

 If you don't hold your staff accountable to a clear set of rules then you risk hours of wasted time in employee reparations and even a mutinous attitude amongst staff members.

Being accountable really boils down to three things:

 1.  Willingness to admit your mistakes - be willing to look in the mirror and admit both mistakes and wins.  Be willing to own it.  You've got to be able to admit when you screw up.  This is not about beating yourself up; it's about owning your actions, good or bad.

 2.  Being thankful for what you have.  Be thankful that you are living and breathing and for your ability to actually admit your mistakes, and your ability to do something about them.

 3.  Committing to good deeds or acts that you will perform, today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.

 So admit your mistakes and own them.  Be thankful for what you've got - all the good things that surround you, and the resources and opportunities to correct mistakes.  And finally commit to doing something good with your gifts.

 Remember consequences for broken rules should not necessarily be punishments.  Just hold a meeting to retrain and correct behavior.  You are not looking to attack or hurt anybody, but rather solve the problem for future instances.

 What good things will you do for yourself?  For your family?  For your business?  For your community?  For your planet?

 For more information on establishing a self-governed set of rules please refer to our Code of Honor Training Kit.  For more inspirational words from Blair Singer on accountability please refer to his book "Little Voice" Mastery.

In Blair Singer's book The ABC's of Building a Business Team That Wins Singer speaks of three keys that every team needs to aspire to greatness.

They are as follows:

  1. Pressure builds great teams in all arenas.  Embrace it and don't run from it.
  2. Find constructive ways to release stored emotion so that the evolutionary process can proceed - exercise, sports, discussion, whatever works.
  3. Use a code of honor to hold the team together under pressure.  More than ever, if you stick by it in the heat, you will emerge more powerful, with better results and with a sense of incredible pride and accomplishment.
Here is a drill that you can do with your team to help them release stored emotion and bond simultaneously:

Describe moments of high pressure and how they were handled - well or not so well.

How could they have been handled better knowing what you know now?

Make sure that you encourage participation by all and are open to every idea.

 Once you have incorporated the three keys above into an automated system you will be well on your way to massive success.

If you would like to know more about strengthening your team with a code of honor please refer to Singers book The ABC's of Building a Business Team That Wins.

The following is an excerpt from Blair Singer's book "Little Voice" Mastery.  Today we are featuring technique # 7 of 21 proven techniques to re-programming the Little Voice in your brain in 30 seconds.

How to Overcome the Fear of Making Mistakes

Adapted from Joseph McClendon III, co-author of Unlimited Power: A Black Choice with Anthony Robbins.

"I'll call this stage fright, because anybody who presents, and anybody in sales, will know that unless you get a little knot in the pit of your stomach before a presentation, you're just not normal. 

I still get it after all these years, and I think everybody does.  But I have an interesting way to deal with this.

Even Barbara Streisand, who would get nauseated from her stage fright, or world-class tennis players who get the butterflies use this method.

It's called celebrating mistakes.  I know it sounds silly, but it's a total reprogramming or rewriting of your brain.

So (when you feel nervous) take both hands, thrust them in the air, and shout, "Yeah!" to celebrate.  It's simple - just put yourself in a quiet place, thrust your arms out, and yell, "Yeah!"

Pretend it's a win and celebrate.  Do it a few times.  I know it sounds a bit Looney Tunes, but if you repeat it enough times - and it only takes about 30 seconds - you're wiring your brain to celebrate whenever you get nervous.

Think about the repercussions of that.  It means that you're learning to love taking risks."

For more on overcoming your fear of making mistakes and the rest of Singer's 21 life changing techniques please refer to his book "Little Voice" Mastery.