Who Are You and Where Are You Going?
Love this video and love, even more, the question:
Who are you?!?
When it comes to improving performance, in any area of your life, that question must be answered first. Who are you and who is responsible for where you are right now? The answer is, of course, you.
All of my clients come to me to improve their performance. As a business coach, my first task is to help myself and my client figure out where we are starting from...or, in other words, who are they? If you don't own where you are starting from you have a far lesser chance of getting to where you want to be.
There are a ton of different ways to answer the question and I usually start with these questions. What is the difference, as reflected by a percentage, between your potential and actual performance in Physical, Spiritual, Family Life, Business and your Community Involvement?
From there the coaching conversation begins. We go over the answers, in depth, discovering the emotional driver behind each answer. For you, coaching client or not, the importance of this is paramount. You not only have to 'know' logically where you are, you also need to understand what is driving that reality from an emotional viewpoint if you ever want to improve as quickly and sustainably as possible.
Once we 'own' it (you can absolutely do this on your own!)...we can then move to evaluating next steps. The conversation revolves around the concept of gaining and maintaining momentum. Where can you pick up some momentum with the greatest degree of certainty of success?
Often, that is physical. We have almost 100% control of how much we eat in the developed world (especially people reading blogs on social media) and this is a great place to start. I always challenge my clients (and you now) to examine your nutrition (not your diet) and exercise.
A personal example: at the time of this blog posting I weigh 218lbs down from 250lbs in Mid-May. In the space of three months, I have lost over 32lbs (over 10% of my starting body weight) of fat. My secret? I ate less and better. I also have added exercise, but, I emphasize that the workouts were short and not anything of note. I am 49 years old, a veteran of the U.S. military and deal with many different physical challenges...my success is completely based upon eating less.
The bigger question is this: How did I become able to eat less? I have multiple certifications in different disciplines, military experience and a lifetime of sports participation. I have read dozens of books on nutrition and watched hundreds of videos on the subject...but, I still got fat.
What changed from having the knowledge to actually being able to put it into practice?
Short answer: my father passed away from cancer in January of this year.
After grieving for several months I remembered what my father told me in the months before he passed. Pointing to a picture of the two of us at my graduation from Airborne School, he poked me in my ample belly saying "This isn't WHO you are!" and then pointing at the photo, "This IS who you are!"
The more I reflected upon that the more emotionally I came to believe it. All my knowledge and willpower was worthless to me until I could emotional decide to change.
I wanted to reduce my weight to between 190-200lbs and see how I feel and look. As a business coach, I want my physical appearance to reflect discipline, not the lack thereof.
I am NOT trying to look like this:
I can definitively share with you that there is a tremendous amount of momentum that this success in my physical condition has given me and that momentum is being shared with every other aspect I am seeking to improve within. The increase in physical fitness is now allowing improvement everywhere else in my life.
Does that mean you need to start with your physical health? That, my friend, is totally in your court. If you are already in excellent physical condition, what other area represents the most likely zone to get some momentum going?
Pick that area, set realistic goals that are based on emotion and logic and then GO.
One last thing: Nobody requires a coach to improve. The only thing that a coach does, without a doubt, offer to a client is the opportunity to improve faster and with more certainty. No coach can make you successful, and in fact, I explain to my clients that if they don't believe they can succeed without me...I am not interested in coaching them.
China's Push Toward Excellence Delivers a Global Robotics Investment Opportunity
Written by: Jeremie Capron
China is on a mission to change its reputation from a manufacturer of cheap, mass-produced goods to a world leader in high quality manufacturing. If that surprises you, you’re not the only one.
For decades, China has been synonymous with the word cheap. But times are changing, and much of that change is reliant on the adoption of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence, or RAAI (pronounced “ray”). For investors, this shift is driving a major opportunity to capture growth and returns rooted in China’s rapidly increasing demand for RAAI technologies.
You may have heard of ‘Made in China 2025,’ the strategy announced in 2015 by the central government aimed at remaking its industrial sector into a global leader in high-technology products and advanced manufacturing techniques. Unlike some public relations announcements, this one is much more than just a marketing tagline. Heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, the program is focused on generating major investments in automated manufacturing processes, also referred to as Industry 4.0 technologies, in an effort to drive a massive transformation across every sector of manufacturing. The program aims to overhaul the infrastructure of China’s manufacturing industry by not only driving down costs, but also—and perhaps most importantly—by improving the quality of everything it manufactures, from textiles to automobiles to electronic components.
Already, China has become what is arguably the most exciting robotics market in the world. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2016 alone, more than 87,000 robots were sold in the country, representing a year-over-year increase of 27%, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Last month’s World Robot Conference 2017 in Beijing brought together nearly 300 artificial intelligence (AI) specialists and representatives of over 150 robotics enterprises, making it one of the world’s largest robotics-focused conference in the world to date. That’s quite a transition for a country that wasn’t even on the map in the area of robotics only a decade ago.
As impressive as that may be, what’s even more exciting for anyone with an eye on the robotics industry is the fact that this growth represents only a tiny fraction of the potential for robotics penetration across China’s manufacturing facilities—and for investors in the companies that are delivering or are poised to deliver on the promise of RAAI-driven manufacturing advancements.
Despite its commitment to leverage the power of robotics, automation and AI to meet its aggressive ‘Made in China 2025’ goals, at the moment China has only 1 robot in place for every 250 manufacturing workers. Compare that to countries like Germany and Japan, where manufacturers utilize an average of one robot for every 30 human workers. Even if China were simply trying to catch up to other countries’ use of robotics, those numbers would signal immense near-term growth. But China is on a mission to do much more than achieve the status quo. The result? According to a recent report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), in 2019 as much as 40% of the worldwide market volume of industrial robots could be sold in China alone.
To understand how the country can support such grand growth, just take a look at where and why robotics is being applied today. While the automotive sector has historically been the largest buyer of robots, China’s strategy reaches far and wide to include a wide variety of future-oriented manufacturing processes and industries.
Electronics is a key example. In fact, the electrical and electronics industry surpassed the automotive industry as the top buyer of robotics in 2016, with sales up 75% to almost 30,000 units. Assemblers such as Foxconn rely on thousands of workers to assemble today’s new iPhones. Until recently, the assembly of these highly delicate components required a level of human dexterity that robots simply could not match, as well as human vision to help ensure accuracy and quality. But recent advancements in robotics are changing all that. Industrial robots already have the ability to handle many of the miniature components in today’s smart phones. Very soon, these robots are expected to have the skills to bolster the human workforce, significantly increasing manufacturing capacity. Newer, more dexterous industrial robots are expected to significantly reduce human error during the assembly process of even the most fragile components, including the recently announced OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens that Samsung and Apple introduced on their latest mobile devices including the iPhone X. Advancements in computer vision are transforming how critical quality checks are performed on these and many other electronic devices. All of these innovations are coming together at just the right time for a country that is striving to create the world’s most advanced manufacturing climate.
Clearly, China’s trajectory in the area of RAAI is in hyper drive. For investors who are seeking a tool to leverage this opportunity in an intelligent and perhaps unexpected way, the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index may help. The ROBO Index already offers a vast exposure to China’s potential growth due to the depth and breadth of the robotics and automation supply chain. As China continues to improve its manufacturing processes to meet its 2025 initiative, every supplier across China’s far-reaching supply chains will benefit. Wherever they are located, suppliers of RAAI-related components—reduction gears, sensors, linear motion systems, controllers, and so much more—are bracing for spikes in demand as China pushes to turn its dream into a reality.
Today, around 13% of the revenues generated by the ROBO Global Index members are driven by China’s investments in robotics and automation. Tomorrow? It’s hard to say. But one thing is for certain: China’s commitment to improving the quality and cost-efficiency of its manufacturing facilities is showing no signs of slowing down—and its reliance on robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence is vital to its success.
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