Just about everyone procrastinates. Sometimes that’s good, but mostly it’s just a bad habit that causes stress, frustration, and anxiety. I'll show you how you can overcome this nasty habit and take decisive action toward achieving your hopes and dreams.
We have so much to be thankful for and the more we remember and realize our blessings and give thanks along the way, the more blessings come. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States and a wonderful reminder to give thanks each and every day. I hope your Thanksgiving Day is a joyous one!
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common
than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not;
is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full
of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination
alone are omnipotent."
-- Calvin Coolidge
Our 30th President of the United States
"Patience, persistence, and perspiration
make an unbeatable combination for success."
-- Napoleon Hill
Persistence. Without the ability to keep going, your mind will easily talk you out of making the trip. The people around you will talk you out of it. It might seem like no one wants you to succeed. That's why it is only you who can persist. No one can do that for you. The best they could do is encourage you, but the coach doesn't run the race, the runner does. You're the runner. Strong desire is the engine that runs persistence.
I want to complete the quote above. Here it is: "Leadership is not meant to be an all-or-nothing proposition. If being someplace other than the top has caused you great frustration, please don't throw in the towel. Why? Because you can make an impact from wherever you are in an organization, even if you face additional obstacles."
Skipping the next paragraph in John C Maxwell's wonderful book, The 360 Degree Leader, he goes on to say something very important: "I believe that individuals can become better leaders wherever they are. Improve your leadership, and you can impact your organization. You can change people's lives. You can be someone who adds value. You can learn to influence people at every level of the organization--even if you never get to the top. By helping others, you can help yourself."
I am a huge fan of this book. In every way, in every position that I have ever been in, I have endeavored to lead--to be a leader in that position that I have, regardless of how high up the ladder it was. In all of the organizations of which I was a part, I may have been high up the ladder, but was never in an ownership position until my own business; however, that has never stopped me from leading to the best of my ability from where I was, and even leading beyond my position from time to time.
I can tell you unequivocally that this concept is an excellent place to be and I encourage it within everyone in every organization I've ever been with. Every organization needs a wide variety of leaders. In fact, they cannot function without them. The more there are, often the better the organization can become.
What is also critically important to realize--and this was a tough one for me from time to time-- is that being at the top is not necessarily as good as where you are now. Often, I thought that I would be better in the top leadership position within companies that I was a part of, but now looking back, I'm not nearly so certain. This is partly because I now own my own company and I see a lot of companies in action in the position I hold now. Plus, I'm older and wiser now than I was then.
It is easy to take pot-shots at the top leaders when you're on the firing line and you know what needs to get done and it isn't getting done. The thing to concentrate on is what Teddy Roosevelt famously said so well: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." That is such excellent and timeless advice. Just focus on today, right now, with what you have, what you can do and then do it. Be the leader. It doesn't matter so much whether you're paid to do it that way or not. Leaders don't go around asking for money for every movement. They just move. Go for it. If money comes, great. If money doesn't come, great. At least you will have learned to be a better leader. That is something you can cash in down the road for sure and for certain.
If you're not already doing so, consider stepping up your leadership and your influence today!
Have you ever wondered how to increase productivity? Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner, or just trying to be more productive on any given day, I have 5 tips to help you become an all-around more productive person.
You might not realize it, but what you think about on a consistent basis becomes your reality. That’s because our beliefs become thoughts, which eventually turn into action. This can be incredible if you have empowering beliefs, or devastating if you give into negative, limiting ones.
If you’re looking to improve your life, the first step is to start by destroying your negative beliefs. Objectively examine how you feel about different areas of your life. Where do you stand financially? How’s your professional growth? What’s the state of your personal relationships? If you find that you have negative thoughts about these subjects, it’s time for a change.
Negative beliefs are often limiting and untrue. If you continually tell yourself you’re not smart or experienced enough to get a promotion, you won’t. Only when you reframe this thought into a more empowering belief will you be able to make true progress.
You can start working on this by questioning what’s real, and what’s a limiting belief. Why do you think you’re not experienced enough for a promotion, despite having the correct qualifications? Are there facts to support this, or is this coming from a place of fear and insecurity?
Once you’re able to replace your negative beliefs with empowering thoughts, only then can you make progress and find fulfillment in life.
In an article in Success Magazine by John C. Maxwell titled What Your Office Says About You, he talks about meeting so many leaders from all around the world and visiting their offices and how things in their offices spoke volumes about them as leaders, and he goes on to talk about his own office.
At the end of the article, he asks some questions: "What's on your wall? Are there words of wisdom that keep you on track? Photos of someone who inspires you? Reminders of what's most important in your life?" He suggests finding things if you don't, and he ends with this line: "What you have on your walls communicates a lot to you and says a lot about you to others."
We can choose the quality of our life (our outcome) through our responses to events.
Jack Canfield created this very helpful formula: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome). Highlighted from his book, The Success Principles, Jack says this:
"You can blame the event (E) for your lack of results (O), or you can instead simply change your responses (R) to the events (E) --the way things are--until you get the outcomes (O) you want." Then he puts it very succinctly by stating that "if you don't like your outcomes, change your responses."
That is really where our power is, isn't it? So often it may seem that we are not in charge of events, or at least some of them, and maybe we've seen outcomes that were not as we wanted. But, one thing that all of us have full authority over is how we choose to think, to respond or react, to consider, and to discern. So as our outcome is not to our liking, the place to focus is not on the outside, but the inside, not what is happening, but what we are thinking and feeling.
The difference between victim and victor is perception and perception is always 100% in our field of control.
Remember the great formula that makes it so simple: E + R = O.
Please join us as present a 45-minute lesson on how to mentally get ready to sell 20 plus per month. This is the 4th in a series of free webinars where I will mix in mental and physical tactics for massive growth and results
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 31, 2018, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (the US and Canada)
There is a short dialogue from the movie, A Hologram For The King, with Tom Hanks, where Tom Tykwer was the screenwriter. It is a short conversation between Tom Hanks as Alan Clay, a U.S. businessman, and Alexander Black, as Yousef, his guide, interpreter, and mentor in Saudi Arabia:
Alan: Are you thinking of joining the army?
Alan: Nah--No don't--don't.
Yousef: Why not?
Alan: You should go to college and finish and give yourself some options.
Yousef: There are no options here, Alan. You know that.
Alan: Well. . . then leave.
Yousef: I prefer to stay here and have things be different.
This is a perfect demonstration in very few words of what goes on all the time all around us and probably also within us. We want things to change, but we are unwilling to change, or we expect the world to change, or the other to change, or circumstances to change.
James Allen said, "Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they, therefore, remain bound." He said this a different way also by saying, "As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains."
But, the most telling quote by James Allen I think is this: "A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses."
Of course, things are always changing every single minute, hour, day; albeit, they may certainly be changing to the same thing that was, as our thinking may also be. I think it is fair to say that absolutely nothing changes for us without a change in thought. It need not be a major thought leading to a life-changing movement, but it must change. As well, and again, we certainly have the option of rethinking the same thoughts, doing the same things, reliving the same patterns.
It is all choice. For Yousef to stay or leave is his choice, and to change his thinking is his choice also, but the only way things will be different is if he would change his thoughts, which will lead to a change in activity. Then things will be different.
How many times do we think the same way as Yousef? I want things to be different, but I don't know what to do. Not knowing what to do is okay. There is nothing wrong with not knowing, but it pretty much guarantees that things will not be different any time soon.
The first step for things to be different is to think different thoughts. Sorry, it's the only way. I have to change my thinking first in order to change my circumstances. I like how James Allen says, "Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself." And, if circumstances are not to our liking, the place to look first is our thinking.
Please join us as present a 45-minute lesson on how to mentally get ready to sell 20 plus per month. This is the 3rd in a series of free webinars where I will mix in mental and physical tactics for massive growth and results
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 24, 2018, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (the US and Canada)
When it comes to selling, posture is about having the right attitude and behavior. How you show up in the eyes of the buyer is one of the most important things you can master. This workshop breaks down the 4 things that can make or break your sales results. We will cover:
What is sales posture and why it matters.
How (and why) a positive attitude can make or break your ability to win a potential client’s trust.
How your belief drives and influences your behavior (and the behavior of your potential clients as well!).
Why establishing rapport and relationship with the potential client should be your #1 goal.
Upon completion of this training, participants will receive a certificate.
"No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here's a shortlist of people who accomplished great things at different ages
1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn't stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on "Bright Eyes."
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul McCartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4-minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the Tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures "David" and "Pieta" by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech "I Have a Dream."
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and 49 years old when he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver's order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games"
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote "The Cat in the Hat".
39) Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
40) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
41) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
42) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
43) Jack LaLanne at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
44) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President"
Take your leadership to the next level. Knowing the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is great practice for any leader. Yet, getting a deeper understanding of the laws and learning to apply them daily is for next-level leaders.
Based on John C. Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, this two-day workshop experience will provide you with the practical tools you need to address the leadership challenges you encounter daily within your profession. Experience each of The 21 Laws of Leadership from several vantage points through relevant case studies, fun activities, fierce competition, and ongoing development of a personal plan of action.
During this interactive workshop, you will:
Learn and grow from the shared experiences of others in a challenging, but safe environment.
Understand the four leadership disciplines and behaviors.
Assess your leadership strengths and weaknesses.
Develop and practice the behaviors required to effectively lead yourself and others.
Identify ways to incorporate and apply the laws in your life and business each day.
Begin the process of creating a leadership legacy by developing others into great leaders.
Upon completion of this training, participants will receive a certificate.
See more here, or call Bart at 480-327-8751 to set up your class today.
Leaders embrace change as the key to growth. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is your handbook for growing and developing yourself and others. Through this study, you will learn to apply practical leadership lessons based on John Maxwell’s nearly 50 years of leadership experience. We will cover timeless laws of leadership such as:
Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the foundation of leadership.
The Law of Addition: Leaders add value by serving others.
The Law of the Picture: People do what people see.
And 18 Other Relevant Principles to Improve Your Impact and Influence!
Learn what it really means to be a leader. The true measure of leadership is in influence. Through this mastermind experience, you will learn how to improve your influence with others and lead them with confidence. You will also understand how to use your influence with others to help them accomplish their goals which in turn will help you achieve yours.
Upon completion of this training, participants will receive a certificate.
See more here, or call Bart at 480-327-8751 to discuss this and other leadership training.
Sometimes, I think we might have an illusion that we accomplish things on our own. Often, people are singled out, whether in history, or in current affairs, or big businesses such as Steve Jobs and Apple, so that many think they were the creators when in all actuality, they may have been very influential, but not one, including Abraham Lincoln, did it alone. They all had help, and many of them had a great deal of help, though naught may be recognized as providing such.
A better way is to understand this from the start and not only accept the assistance, but embrace it. Probably, with many, recognition alone is sufficient reward, to others appreciation. What an inexpensive way toward accomplishment.
Some may contribute in tiny ways, and others in grand fashion. In any case, it is well to acknowledge and appreciate all in the best ways suited to the volume and quality.
Being a leader is not nearly as lonely a job as it might seem to be.
If you are going to be successful at moving others from prospect to paid client or customer, you must be aware of four things you are selling. These four “sales within the sale” are present in every sales conversation, whether you know it or not. This workshop will show you the importance of:
Understanding what you are actually selling during the sales conversation.
Confidence and competence: Believing in yourself and what you bring to the table.
Connection and collaboration: Helping the prospect visualize what it would be like to work with you (and why you are their best choice).
Upon completion of this training, participants will receive a certificate.
To find out more, click here, or call Bart at 480-327-8751
THE MAXWELL METHOD OF SELLING
SALES SKILLS FOR EXECUTIVES,
MANAGERS, TEAM LEADERS & ENTREPRENEURS
"Want to build your client base and have a constant flow of business? Learn how to sell using the Maxwell Method."
Selling is essential for any business or profession. Whether you are looking for new business or applying for a new position to advance your career, unless you know how to sell, you will not have a successful outcome. Put another way, “nothing happens until someone sells something”. The Maxwell Method of Selling introduces the fundamentals of selling and marketing – skills that are essential for every leader, manager, business owner or professional.
From understanding your value proposition and the power of branding to knowing specifically who to target for your services, this material is useful for those who are brand-new to the art and science of selling, as well as to those who are experienced in selling. The following sales skills training will equip you with the strategies and techniques to become comfortable with the sales process, conduct sales conversations with confidence, win business proposals, and increase revenue.
See more here, or call me today at 480-327-8751 and let us discuss your needs.
What's the secret for seeing huge results right now? This is a question I get all the time. But let's get one thing straight. When you look at the life of a successful person, too often you don’t really consider the effort (and the time) that it took to get there. In this video, I’ll share a few simple practices with you that will help remain grateful, reflect on what IS working and continue to take ACTION!
Unfortunately, many of us are not great at asking. For any number of reasons stemming from childhood conditioning to traumatic rejections later in life, we have become afraid of the word “no.” To be successful, you have to be willing to ask for what you want!
the organization, harm employees, or cheat customers,
you have a responsibility to try to resolve them;
no matter how messy, costly, or difficult it is.
Leaders at the front don't have the freedom to
neglect what their position allows them to see."
-- John C Maxwell
In John C. Maxwell's wonderful and insightful book, The 360 Degree Leader, Developing Your Influence From Anywhere In The Organization, the main theme of the book is that you can choose to lead and be a leader regardless of your position in the organization.
What happens within an organization, if you as a leader within it, see something that is a real problem? Maybe something unethical, illegal, down-right stupid, hurting the organization, something happening to cause issues with personnel, or any number of other things like that? Do you ignore it and think that it isn't your place? Isn't your job or position to be able to address that? Or, do you do something about it?
What if by doing something about it, you put your position at risk? Do you still do it, or wait for someone else, or find infinite ways to justify that it really isn't any of your business?
I love the last sentence in the quote above to shine some light on what to do or not do. He said, "Leaders at the front don't have the freedom to neglect what their position allows them to see." No, to neglect that authority would be to choose not to lead, wouldn't it?
Taking the risk of being a leader wherever you find yourself in an organization can only benefit you and those around you. There is no such thing as one leader in an organization. There is a multitude of leaders that make a valuable company work. This is true right down to the person who answers the phone. In fact, I think that this first contact is more important than any communication with the president of the company. Don't you agree?
Choose To Lead. Take The Risk. It Will Be Worth It.
The Law of Attraction is the most powerful law in the universe. If you focus on lack and negativity, then that is what will be attracted into your life. Here are a few common affirmations that you should stop using immediately and some replacements for them. http://bit.ly/2kUG97k
Click the link above to discover how to use affirmations to re-create your self-image, replace your limiting beliefs, and achieve success!
One of John C. Maxwell's newer books is titled, Intentional Living - Choosing a Life That Matters. In the first few pages, I found some short gems that reached out and grabbed my attention. The quote above is one of those.
As I looked at it, the amazing truth of that statement made me laugh. Of course, when you try and fail, you cannot fail to learn, so it is not really a failure then, is it? It is a learning experience. Parlay that into thought and activity renewed and adjusted, and you cannot help but eventually succeed, whatever idea you have of success. However, making excuses for why you can't get going or keep going is the failure. Which reminds me of the title of a movie I like called, Failure To Launch.
John C. Maxwell is an amazing person. He has written over 60 books and sold over $25 million worth, which for a non-fiction writer is way up there is the stratosphere. He has a way of writing that brings the subject to life, and he is considered the Leadership Expert. He has certainly taught me a lot about leadership. In addition, he travels and does seminars, interviews and much more. He's a very busy, in-demand guy, who is a prolific writer and lifelong teacher. And, I'm proud to be a John C Maxwell Team Executive Director and to teach John's great ideas.
He said, "People ask me all the time for advice about how to write a book. I tell them to start writing."
Therein lies the success potential, or you could even call it the key to success. We have to get started. We must bust a move. "I'm gonna" is a statement of failure. "I wanna" is a dreamy statement. Nothing really happens until we make a move. We can think it to death or we can start without everything we think we need.
We don't need much to get started, but I do think that the key to success is actually getting started.
Become an Inverse Paranoid
Hi, it's Jack Canfield here with another Success Principles tip for creating the life that you want... and this principle is...
Become an Inverse Paranoid
My earliest mentor, W. Clement Stone, was once described as an "inverse paranoid." Now, what does that mean? It means, that instead of believing the world was plotting to do him harm, he actually chose to believe the world was always plotting to do him good. So, instead of seeing every difficult or challenging event as negative, he saw it for what it could be -- something that was meant to enrich him, empower him or advance his causes.
Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you an opportunity. Now successful people do just that -- they look for the opportunity in everything, no matter how negative or challenging it might seem.
So, if you take the approach that everyone and everything that shows up in your life is there for a reason -- and that the universe is moving you toward your ultimate destiny for learning, for growth, and for achievement, you will begin to see very event -- no matter how difficult or challenging -- as an opportunity for enrichment and advancement in your life.
So make a small sign or poster with the words "What's the opportunity that this is?" and then place it on your desk or above your computer, or on your bathroom mirror, so you will constantly be reminded to look for the good in every event.
You might also want to start each day by repeating the phrase. "I believe the world is plotting to do me good today. I can't wait to see what it is."
And then look for the opportunities and miracles to unfold...because they will!
This is a valuable idea for most people in sales, and especially auto salespeople, and that is that they would be best served and have the best possible results if they would realize that they don't have a job working for a company, but that they are in business for themselves, but not by themselves.
Of course, when you do it by yourself, you have capital outlays, and all kinds of logistics and a long list of expenses just to get to the point of beginning, but as a commissioned salesperson working for any company, even when treated as a business, there is very little of that in comparison. However, there would need to be some legitimate business expenses, yet they would be small.
The advantage of being in business for ourselves is tied to the idea of freedom. We get to control our own destiny as it were. The bigger advantage to the salesperson is that the company puts up most of the capital, supplies, buildings and furnishings, phones, often even computers, and so much more. In reality, it is often a far better business to go into business as than if one were to go open their own business because of these things.
The other thing is that there are people who support us in many different ways from accounting to filing to personal assistants. Not so much in business by ourselves, but with a team already in place. How cool is that?
Need more? More can be arranged. When we start out with this attitude and design of our own sales career, convincing others to help us do even better is relatively easy from this perspective.
If you would like more ideas please call me at 480-327-8751
We have to make so many decisions throughout the day, some small and trivial, and some life changing in nature. Here are five tips on how to make your intuition speak louder, so you can more easily understand what it’s telling you – and make the choices that have the greatest positive impact on your life.
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock gives an important life lesson - don't think that what you always want is the best thing for you. If something that you think is good doesn't happen, it can lead to greener and better pastures. Keep grinding.
My favorite line from this that is so inspiring is this:
"The best thing that never happened." When one door closes, another opens, but sometimes we get so hung up on what we think we have to have, be, or do that we can't see the forest for the trees. Pause. Give thanks. Reflect on what you have and have already accomplished. Make a new decision even if it is only to be okay with the way things are for the moment.
The best thing that never happened could be the place behind you while the newly opened door awaits your crossing the threshold.
in relation to the number of failures, they've had.
One of the ways to counteract this phenomenon is
to consciously focus on and celebrate your successes."
-- Jack Canfield,
Principle 26 of The Success Principles
I love Jack Canfield's book, The Success Principles. It contains 64 principles to success and all are short enough to read in a few minutes, come back any time, or just open the book where ever you might like and pull out a gem of wisdom. My copy has post-it notes all throughout of places I want to visit again and again.
This one is great because he says that we are trained in this pattern early with our parents and in grade school. A lot of people get upset if we don't perform properly and punish us or yell at us to help guide us to do better, but what really happens is we become more emotionally involved in the failures and that makes it seem sometimes that we have more failure than success.
Jack says, "the sad truth is that we all have many more victories than failures--it's just that we set the bar too high for what we call a success." He goes on to talk about a participant in one of his programs who told that he left Iran to Germany where he learned the language and became an auto mechanic. Then he had the opportunity to come to America, learn English and was learning how to be a welder, but he thought he was not a success. Come to find out, his idea of success was being at home in Beverly Hills and driving a luxury car! Yet, to many others, his life was an ongoing massive success.
Jack talks about creating a Victory Log, which can be a fancy leather-bound diary or a spiral notebook. It is just something that you record your successes or victories regardless of the size of them to later show how many you have. Success needs to be reinforced.
He adds to display your success on a success wall and look at it often. Make it so that your successes, however minor they may seem to get the attention they deserve, or rather, you deserve to create in each of us a stronger and more risk-taking self-esteem. It's not about bragging, it's about putting things in perspective. We may as well let our successes lead the way.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
"Your job isn't to fix the leader; it's to add value. If the leader won't change, then change your attitude or your work address." "No matter what our circumstances, our greatest limitation isn't the leader above us-- it's the spirit within us." "Your leadership is as much disposition as position."
-- John C Maxwell,
from The 360 Degree Leader
I've had several opportunities to be in the position of following an ineffective leader. In those positions, I used to complain every day, usually to my wife or some other poor unfortunate soul. I didn't mince words either. How could the owner have hired such idiots in the first place? They were so inept and lame. It's not that they were bad people, they were just bad at their jobs.
Of course, I was not in that league. I was good at my job. In fact, I knew their job better than they did and could probably do my job and theirs and have time left over--you know, me being perfect and all. . .
The more I complained, the more there was to complain about. Ever heard of the Law of Attraction? Duh! Was I trying to make myself feel better? Yes. Was it working? No. Was I helping my situation at all by this complaining? No. Was I hurting myself by this activity? Yes. Another self-inflicted wound!
Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
Recently, I've been re-reading and studying The 360 Degree Leader by John C Maxwell. It's a wonderful book about leadership and in particular, leading from the middle of an organization. I absolutely love the first quote above: It's not my job to fix the leader--it's my job to ADD VALUE, then it goes on to say, if the leader won't change (and you know they aren't going to. . .), you have two choices: One, develop a new attitude, or a new way of looking at things, or two, get a different job.
Now, if I like my job, what I do and where I do it, I have only one choice: choose better thoughts, learn to appreciate my boss more, maybe get to know them more, seek their strengths and accentuate them--in other words, stop complaining and start praising.
You know what happens then? They seem to change almost overnight. They all of a sudden have skills you didn't know they had, hobbies that are fascinating, they have the knowledge you were unaware of, and a previously hidden but pleasant personality. What an amazing transformation! It's a miracle! Who knew that people could change that quickly?
It's an amazing thing. . .
Some Of The People I Have Come To Respect Highly Have Been Previous Bosses I Used To Complain About. . . Many After I Left. Better Late Than Never.
The Maxwell Speakers Club is the world's first speakers club dedicated to helping leaders communicate & connect more effectively.
Now more than ever, it is important for you as a leader to continue to develop your speaking skills. Join our Speakers Club and we’ll help you thrive!
Join our club for weekly training, live speaking critiques, worldwide competitions and more! Participating in the Maxwell Speakers Club is the next best thing to being trained by John Maxwell himself.
Each week, we will watch and extract lessons from John’s live presentations and speeches. As your facilitator, I will guide you through practical exercises to help you master your communication and become a better speaker. You will experience the same quality instruction used by John and Speaker Trainer, Roddy Galbraith, to train speakers all over the world through the John Maxwell Team.
Here’s What You Can Expect:
Support and encouragement.
Teachings from the master communicator, John Maxwell.
Experiential learning through speeches, live feedback, and critiques.
Practical weekly topics and assignments.
Participation in World Speaking Championships.
Our Weekly Speaker Training Continuity Program means you can:
Start at any time.
Learn and grow through active participation and real-time feedback.
Receive weekly modeling and teaching exercises.
Connect with like-minded professionals for support and accountability.
Each week we will build upon the previous week’s lesson and help you master your style of speaking and delivery. Get valuable feedback from your peers, support others in their journey, and receive expert guidance along the way. The Maxwell Speakers Club is your place to become the best speaker, communicator and presenter you can be!
John is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 22 million books. His organizations have trained more than 6 million leaders worldwide. I am a John Maxwell Team Executive Director and have been trained to teach much of the wisdom and effectiveness of John Maxwell's leadership skills. See more at https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/bartnollenberger
The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game is a comprehensive game based on the teachings of John C. Maxwell. The game helps organizations improve their leadership intelligence and increase their effectiveness. Why? “Because everything rises and falls on leadership,” says Maxwell. These leadership principles carry consequences with them. Apply the laws to your organization and people will follow you. Violate and ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others. But there’s news: every one of the laws can be learned.” How? Play the game with 6-12 of your most influential leaders and find out! The game is also available for Teenagers, ages 12-19.
Find out more by calling Bart Nollenberger at 480-327-8751 or see more information here.
We have all changed someone's life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)
Talk by Drew Dudley.
When gratitude becomes a habit, you’ll feel true joy and contentment every day. And since the LoA states that like attracts like, you will naturally attract more into your life to be grateful for. Today, I want to show you how to cultivate gratitude through The Appreciation Game. http://bit.ly/2vK9Da7
Experience more joy, peace, and abundance by living in harmony with the vibrations of the universe. Click the link above to download my free guide to activating the Law of Attraction.
My coaching involves the ability to understand you: to think about how you think and understand your perspective. From this benchmark, I will place another perspective on top of yours – stretching and growing you to gently see a more empowering way. As a certified John Maxwell coach, I can see what you are going through now and what is up ahead. Coaching is foreseeing, paving the way, coming alongside you while helping you achieve goals and overcome limiting paradigms.
I offer two levels of coaching support:
Individual Coaching – one on one private and confidential coaching
When I am working with you one-on-one, it is my highest objective to help you reach your purpose, vision, and goals by working through John Maxwell's programs specific to your needs. Together, we will create a strategic, powerful plan for you to gain clarity through a weekly process including, interaction and accountability.
What are you doing to invest in yourself?
What are you doing to invest in others?
Group Coaching – small setting onsite or via webinar and video technology
When I am working in a group setting – although it’s not singular in nature – having the entire group’s input in thinking magnifies the richness of the discussions and results in developing solutions that are above and beyond what any individual can create. The cohesive bond that is formed empowers each person to develop the leader within and shine in a safe environment that nurtures the group as a whole. It is an experience unlike any other and follows the same premise as an academic think tank.
The Maxwell Leadership Assessment is an online based tool that offers a 360-degree in-depth view of an individual’s influence, based on Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership methodology. Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less. To grow in leadership, one must grow in influence. This tool is designed to assess the individual leader according to 64 important factors along with a self-assessment and anonymous feedback from supervisors, colleagues, direct reports, and others. Through this comprehensive 360-degree assessment, leaders accurately identify both their areas of strength and their opportunities for growth. This self-knowledge and team knowledge result in better teamwork, increased confidence, and more targeted leadership development.
Decide What You Want
Hi, it's Jack Canfield here with another Success Principles tip for creating the life you want... And here it is:
Decide What You Want
I know it sounds so simple, but here's the problem: I see plenty of people who are overly-busy yet who feel unsatisfied and unfulfilled in their lives.
They are physically tired, spiritually drained, and they're far from where they'd like to be—as if they've been running on a treadmill going nowhere fast. Why? Because they haven't clearly mapped out what they want and then taken the necessary steps to get there. Rather than identifying specific goals, the milestones toward the achievement of their goals, and their dreams (and I'm talking BIG dreams and goals here), they go through the motions day in and day out tackling unimportant tasks. They end up...you guessed it...going around in circles and wasting lots of energy. In the meantime, they grow increasingly uninspired and out of touch with their authentic selves. This, of course, sets anyone up to living a life out of balance.
One of the main reasons why most people don't get what they want is they haven't decided what they want. They haven't defined their desires in clear and compelling detail.
What does success look like to you? You know, not everybody's definition of success is the same, nor should it be.
Chances are, you're pretty clear about what you don't want, but if you're like most people I meet and work with, you haven't given much time and consideration to what you do want.
I'm here to tell you that in order to create what you want in your life, you must first take the time to clarify your goals, and be specific in the process. So stop settling for whatever just happens to come your way in life, and start to take ownership of the fact that you can actively participate in the creation of your ideal future by clearly stating your desires as written, measurable goals.
The bottom line is this: If you don't really know exactly what you're asking for, then how can you expect to get it? So it's imperative that you take the time to decide what you really want to create in your life, write it down, and be perfect and precisely clear about it. This is one of the most important first steps to creating the life of your dreams. So take it!
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SKILLS TRAINING IN SPEAKING, PRESENTING & COMMUNICATING
"Everyone communicates, few connect. We will show you how to connect
and make an impact through your speeches and presentations."
Want to know the secret to getting anything you want in your professional and personal life? Communication. Communication is the key that unlocks the door to effectively influencing others. Whether you are leading a team of people in your company, running a business, negotiating a contract, or seeking buy-in from others, if you know how to communicate, you will be much more successful than those who do not. I can help you master the art of communication so you can connect and engage with others at every level.
"Act normal, don’t be silly, don’t bully lots of people"
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Behind the video :
We brought together two people with a very large gap of 57 years between them and got them to ask each other questions about life and growing up. Our aim was to see if people from opposing stages of their lives could learn from each other.
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Take No Less than 100% Responsibility for Your Life
One of the greatest myths that are pervasive in our culture today is that you are entitled to a "great life" and that somehow, somewhere, someone is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, a nurturing family and blissful personal relationships, simply because we exist.
But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of your life.. and that person is you.
You see, everything about you is a result of your doing or not doing.
Your Income. Your Debt. Your Relationships. Your Health. Your Fitness level. Your Attitudes and behaviors... everything!
That person you see when you look in the mirror is the chief architect in your life.
You know, I think everyone knows this in their hearts, but the mind can play games, tricking us into thinking that external factors are the source of our failure, our disappointment, and our unhappiness.
But the truth of the matter is that external factors don't determine how you live.
You -- and only you -- are in complete control of the quality of your life experience.
Successful people take full responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images they visualize, and the actions they take. They don't waste their time and energy on blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and they take risks in order to create the life they want to live.
Now it's time for you to reclaim your power and take control of your results.
One way to begin is by simply responding differently to the events that occur in your life. That's right...you can actually change the outcomes in your life - and get better ones -- simply by changing your responses to the challenges and opportunities that occur.
You see, you only have control over three things that you can control in your life -- the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.
And how you use those three things determines everything you experience.
So, if you don't like what you are experiencing and what you are producing as results in your life, you have to change your mental, visual and behavioral response to the events that occur in your life. Remember this, nothing will change for the better until you do.
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http://www.ted.com In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you
As a Certified John Maxwell Coach, Trainer and Speaker, I offer customized presentations to fit your individual or team’s needs and budget such as:
“Lunch and Learn”
Keynote speech for your company sponsored event
Half day and full day workshop/seminar
In-house corporate training
Executive and personal retreat
I will provide effective team communication and structure that is important for forging relationships equipping your team with the proper attitudes to develop leaders within. We will work through goal setting and communication exercises that will bring cohesiveness to your group ultimately increasing productivity due to the positive influences each member will have on the group as a whole.
In addition, I will at your request, incorporate your organization’s meeting theme, mission/vision statement or build on your existing training schedule to best fit the needs of your group.
Creating a vision board is one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. Our minds respond strongly to visual stimulation, so by representing your goals with pictures and images, you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions. http://bit.ly/Law-of-Attraction-Guide
Your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. Find out how you can create your own vision board!
Discover how you can experience more joy, peace, and abundance by living in harmony with the vibrations of the universe, click the link above.