Awareness…

Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to
do, everything you want to be, starts here. To be a successful visionary, you
must be as aware as possible. At every moment, many paths lead forward.
Awareness tells you which is the right one to take.” – Deepak Chopra

It’s key to…
– good leadership
– good followership
– your team
– your customers
– your work
– your future
– your legacy.

Coaching with Heart

“Giving high-quality feedback doesn’t have to do with a skill or technique; it has to do with caring enough about people to tell it like it is.” 

-Robert Hargrove, Masterful Coaching

The best coaching comes from the heart.1280_Family%20Of%20Penguins

As does the best sales technique…ask from the heart and the sale will be right.

As does the best leadership…lead from the heart and others will follow.

As does the best relationship…trust your heart to find the one.

As does the best art…

As does a good belly laugh.   :-)

Build Your Own Foundation

time-and-patienceIt’s good to look to others for support, guidance, affirmation, and praise so we know how well we are doing…that we are moving down the right path…finding our confidence…maybe saving time and energy by drawing on the success of others.  Looking to others too much though can be problematic.

It takes a strong foundation to build a home, or business, or anything that we want to endure.  That foundation is made of building blocks consisting of our core values, our convictions, our work ethic, our accomplishments…these blocks are strongest when they come from within.

Building blocks from others can be good and useful.  However, if the support or praise that was once positive and given freely is now retracted or turns negative, we may find ourselves with a weakened foundation…less sure of our path…less confident…facing fear and doubt…and poor performance.

Look to others for support and guidance but build your foundation from within…prepare, be self-aware, define your values, walk your path…with confidence…and find your success.  It may take longer.  It may be harder.  But it will come from within and it will be strong.

Rock on!

Easy is where you are now…

Motivational Quotes for running… and for life…a path

1. Live with no regrets:

“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.” – Priscilla Welch.

2. Easy is where you are now…success is on the other side of hard:

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!” – Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own. 

3. In all things, find balance:

“If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.” – Robert Pirsig.

Rock on!

Success Starts with Getting Out-of-the-way!

Success starts with getting out-of-the-way!

Most of us walk around working hard at being busy, doing more, getting better.  We want to win, take it to the next level, go for the gold.  But all too often, we get into our head and let the doubts set in, do the old woulda-shoulda-coulda routine on ourselves, beat ourselves up.  We spin a whole lot of negative energy around in our head.

That spinning is us getting in our own way.  Where does it come from?  Much of it from our past…getting picked last for the neighborhood ball game, told by a grown-up we wouldn’t amount to anything, maybe a supervisor gave us an unflattering employee review…but in reality, where it came from doesn’t really matter.

What matters is what are we going to do about it right now!  Step left, step right, get out of our head and we can do the things we need to do to succeed.

Instead of saying, “I can’t,”  “I’m stuck,” “They did this to me,” we can say, “I can,” “I have options,” “I can do this!”  We get ourselves off the negative spiral and on to a positive spiral.

Positive speak generates more positive energy and that gets us positive behavior getting positive results…because in reality, we have everything we need to do all that we want to do.  It’s about choices in this moment right here right now.  We can choose to wallow, fall behind or give up.

Or, we can choose to step-up!

So, if there is something not working for you, something you are not happy with…ask yourself one of the most powerful questions you can ever ask yourself, “What am I going to do about it?”

Then do it!

Rock on!

 

Leadership and the Platinum Principle

Effective leadership by way of the Platinum Principle…

Way back in 1995, I heard management guru Dennis Waitley speak about the following principle that still rings true today:  The Platinum Principle – Treat everyone the way they need to be treated to accomplish what they need to do.

As managers, leaders, and business owners we must be stewards for our employees, organizations, and even our customers to make sure they have everything they need to do the best job they can.

The question we must constantly ask ourselves is, “Am I being a good steward?”

Motivation – the Start, the Finish and Everything in Between!

runningIf you’ve ever participated in a race of any kind, or a big or long term project, you’ve probably experienced the motivation effect. That’s when at the start of the race your adrenaline is pumping, the starting gun fires and off you go! Typically, you go as fast as you can and sometimes too fast because you are so excited and pumped up!

After a while, you start to get tired, your energy lags, maybe your legs start to cramp.  It gets harder and harder to keep going!  You just want to sit down.  Your inner thoughts start to spin, “What was I thinking?” “Why did I ever sign up for this?”

Then you see it!  The finish line is just up ahead!  Your adrenaline starts pumping again and your energy comes back.  You pick up the pace as the cramps start to subside and the fatigue fades away!  You cross the finish line moving just as fast as when you started!  Woohoo!

The start and the finish are almost always great.  We’re moving well and fast, gettin’ it done!  The problem is the stuff in between.  That time when our energy lags and we slow down is what pulls our performance down more than we realize.  And it’s exactly that time we often can pay attention to for the best opportunity to optimize performance.  If we can keep our energy up and maintain a more consistent pace, our overall performance will be much better…faster finish time, less cost, fewer mistakes, improved customer satisfaction.

Keep your motivation and energy up with sub-goals…don’t just run a 5K race but pay attention to how you run each mile.  Add rewards along the way…get a massage after each month of back-breaking labor for that huge construction project.  Visualize the end…bring the sense of accomplishment from being ahead of schedule and below budget from way out there to the here and now!  Woohoo!

Tell me…how do you keep your motivation up?
Rock on! – E

Building Trust Through Systems

How do you build trust?  The simple answer is “Do what you say you are going to do,” and then keep doing it.  In business, consistency is key to building that trust but finding consistency amongst a number of employees or across departmental boundaries can be difficult.

Customers and employees alike don’t like surprises.  We like things to work smoothly, efficiently and effectively every time.  That’s one reason the fast food industry works so well…supposed to at least.  A Big Mac is pretty much the same in every McD’s across the country.  What makes that possible are the numerous systems that are in place to do everything from making those addictive french fries to taking out the trash to actually making a Big Mac.

Systems allow us to complete tasks and provide products and services in a consistent and (hopefully) cost-effective manner.  When we create and follow the systems, employees and customers can “do what they say they are going to do,” and thus no surprises…we get our needs met and everyone is happy.  Every time the system is used and works, we build trust in each other, in the organization, and in the brand.

Some systems are more important for building trust than others, i.e. receiving a pay check on time and accurate would be higher priority for most people than managing the recycling in the company lunch room.  If you are having trust issues, take a look at the systems you have, or don’t have, in place and whether they are working properly…it just might make a difference!

What systems do you feel are important for building trust?

Rock on!

When You Are Ready…

blog2When you are ready to see the whole picture, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place…

Business will be good.

Your relationships will grow.

You will be strong.

Take a step back to see what you do not see…

Step Back

Rock on! – E

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