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."