It Starts With You!

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Do you desire to better yourself or situation?  It all starts with YOUYOU must believe in yourself.  YOU have to believe what you are doing is going to work.  YOU have to believe opportunities will arise that are FOR YOU.  Trying to better yourself or situation is never easy.  It always requires leaving our comfort zone.  It involves the risk of failure.  What follows are 3 strategies we can use to ensure we have the proper mindset needed to stay on that sometimes rocky, but rewarding, path of self-improvement.

  1. Believe In YOU. First and foremost, you have to believe that what you are doing is going result in success in some form or fashion.  You can’t rely on others to always spur you into action.  It is great to have a support system, but it is meaningless if you don’t believe in yourself.  Others can encourage, but you have to act.  Everything starts and ends with you!
  2. Tune out the Noise. Many will not understand.  Some will flatly say you can’t do it.  Some will think you are crazy.  Some will ask why would you want to make yourself so much trouble, why not just go with the status quo?  Get used to it.  You are going against the grain.  It is pretty likely that the majority of people are not doing what you are trying to do, whether it’s starting a business, improving your health, growing spiritually, etc.  It’s only natural that they may not throw their full support behind you.  Expect it & accept it.
  3. Keep an Open Mind. Do your research.  Continue to learn about the area you are seeking to improve upon.  We are in an age where we have an ability to access limitless information at our fingertips.  There are usually several ways to accomplish a particular goal and, through your own research and observation, you may find your own way of doing it that works well for your situation.

Empower yourself by realizing you can make your goals a reality!

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Talk Is Cheap!

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Talk is cheap!  It really is.  Think about it.  It costs you nothing.  It takes extremely minimal effort to do.  Talk is important for communication, but the communication must be followed by action.  How many things can be accomplished by simply saying that you are going to accomplish them?  None come to mind off right off the bat.  What good is it to state you are committing to a healthier lifestyle if you do not exercise or eat healthier?  What good does it do to state you need to quit _________ (smoking, drinking, spending money, etc.) if you choose not to change?  We live in a world that respects action.  Talk with no action undermines credibility.  What follows is 3 strategies to make sure your “talk” is not cheap!

  1. Make yourself accountable: Utilize formal and informal support systems if you struggle with being accountable.  When we know we have someone to answer to, it helps us to fight through those times where our motivations may be a little low.  Your support systems can include family, friends, groups, and social media networks.  Documenting your actions or progress toward a certain goal on your social media account is an excellent way of staying encouraged and accountable.  Those who comment will likely be very supportive of you.  Plus you may unknowingly inspire someone.  Allow it to be a positive tool.
  2. Change your people, places, or things: Granted, in many cases, it is hard to make wholesale changes due to certain circumstances in our lives.  However, we typically are able to change an aspect of our lives to some degree.  For example, a person who is dieting may drink water or tea instead of soda.  A person who is quitting smoking or drinking may avoid bars.  The downside to this is that when we make changes to our people, places, and/or things, in many cases, those closest to us are the least supportive or understanding.
  3. Have a plan: You want to have a plan in place for change.  Your plan is your foundation.  It will likely need to be adjusted; that is ok.  Plans provide a vision.

Doing these 3 things will ensure that you are more than just talk!

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Follow the Leader- 7 Qualities of Effective Leaders (original post)

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What qualities make great leaders?  This is an important question, especially in this election year, since we will be electing a new president for our country.  Leaders are faced with significant challenges, temptations, and responsibilities at any level.  Here are a few qualities I have observed and appreciate of effective leaders:

  1. Ability to listen and value input, regardless of person or position. Great insights can come from all directions.
  2. Provides reachable goals and a vision that incorporates the concerns of all.
  3. Prioritizing– understanding what needs attention and what actions will yield the greatest positive impact. Everything doesn’t need the same time and energy.
  4. Being pragmatic. A leader must do what is practical, sometimes deviating from the ideal, in doing what is needed.  They do this while treating people fairly.
  5. Does not overreact or make impulsive decisions. Great leaders have an intuitive ability to “wait it out.”
  6. Positioning people to take advantage of their strengths, like a good coach.
  7. Builds leadership capacity. Great leaders aren’t insecure about empowering those they lead.

Leaders at any and all levels should embody these qualities. If the person you support doesn’t embody these qualities, then you should reconsider.  Choosing a leader, whether it is in your local community or the president of the U.S., should not be taken lightly.

Arriving at your Destination

travelYou are instructed to travel to New York City from your present location.  What different modes of transportation can you use to get there?  You could fly by airplane, drive a car, or ride a train or bus.  You may use a combination of those forms of transportation.  The amount of time and directions will likely be different for each form of transportation, yet, the bottom line is you can get to NYC.

This same principle applies to our lives.  We all share the same destination:  a desire to have success at something.  It may be related to family, finances, relationships, etc.  Even though we share the same destination (success), the path to reach that destination may be filled with delays, detours, and construction when compared to others who are traveling to the same destination.  The great thing is, despite those obstacles, we can all reach the same destination.  You have what you need to get there!

5 Qualities to be Exceptional

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I once heard someone say to be exceptional you must be the exception.  Being exceptional means being a success.  We know success is a process, not an event.  To be exceptional, you must:

  1. Have a positive attitude. You must believe in what you are doing.  You must have a can-do attitude.  The glass is half full, not half empty.  Being positive doesn’t mean you are unaware of challenges or that bad things won’t happen to you.  You will have setbacks.  Exceptional people don’t dwell on their setbacks or do much complaining.
  1. Find your talent/passion. Unfortunately, talents in our culture seem to be connected to athletics or entertainment.  There are many talents outside of those areas, such as leading, educating, and trade skills, to name a few.  The majority of talents/passions take time to discover and develop; we may not have a clue what our talent is until we are far into adulthood.
  1. Be different. The majority of people will not understand what you do and why you do it.  People will have doubts; that’s ok.  You need like-minded people who can offer insight and support.
  1. Work hard. See numbers 2 & 3.  You will put in the work if you are passionate about what you want.
  1. Faith.  Believe in your higher power & yourself.

I am shooting to be exceptional by embracing these qualities; I hope you are shooting to be exceptional.  Please feel free to comment with suggestions or recommendations on how to be  exceptional.  Thanks for reading.

The Success Process

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We are all aware of the ease of making a goal compared to the challenge of actually sticking with it.  Our goals should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress.  Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal.   We have a much greater likelihood of sticking with our goals if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal.  Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals.  To be successful, we must consistently make progress.  Success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time.  Achieving success is a process and not an event!

Follow the Leader- 7 Qualities of Effective Leaders

Follow-The-Leader_sl11What qualities make great leaders?  This is an important question, especially in this election year, since we will be electing a new president for our country.  Leaders are faced with significant challenges, temptations, and responsibilities at any level.  Here are a few qualities I have observed and appreciate of effective leaders:

  1. Ability to listen and value input, regardless of person or position. Great insights can come from all directions.
  2. Provides reachable goals and a vision that incorporates the concerns of all.
  3. Prioritizing– understanding what needs attention and what actions will yield the greatest positive impact. Everything doesn’t need the same time and energy.
  4. Being pragmatic. A leader must do what is practical, sometimes deviating from the ideal, in doing what is needed.
  5. Does not overreact or make impulsive decisions. Great leaders have an intuitive ability to “wait it out.”
  6. Positioning people to take advantage of their strengths, like a good coach.
  7. Builds leadership capacity. Great leaders aren’t insecure about empowering those they lead.

Leaders at any and all levels should embody these qualities. If the person you support doesn’t embody these qualities, then you should reconsider.  Choosing a leader, whether it is in your local community or the president of the U.S., should not be taken lightly.