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How to Create a Competitive Edge

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How to a Competitive Edge

We create our own competitive edge – each day – in the “7 inches between our ears,” i.e., our minds. It’s also the same place where we can derail our path to success.  The mindset each of us brings to our work each day is a critical component of how our day goes.

One key aspect of our daily mindset is something I often refer to as “quiet confidence.”

Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they have to do to achieve their goals.

It’s a fact that others are attracted to, want to be around, follow and buy from people who know “exactly what to do” to get the job done. Make no mistake, that’s a “competitive edge” for the person who possesses quiet confidence!

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You have “quiet confidence” when:

  • You approach your role with an organized and focused “get it done now” sense of urgency, keeping everything as simple as possible.
  • You focus on the outcome, not just the tasks or “to-dos.”
  • You know how to evaluate risk.
  • You ignore negative feedback based solely upon negative opinions lacking any constructive alternatives.
  • You don’t worry about things you cannot control; you focus on what you can influence or direct and you stay in the moment.
  • You accept the fact that you are human and will make mistakes but will learn from them to make yourself better.
  • You can laugh at yourself.

An individual who has mastered the skill of “quiet confidence” is in it for the long haul.

They know that one “win” is not the foundation for a successful career or business. They do the work required and challenge themselves to be better at every opportunity to meet their own standards and not those of others.

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