As we pursue our goals, we often run into obstacles and trials that can turn into seasons of frustration. In those seasons, it can be difficult to feel like we are still moving forward and it can be a challenge to see the daily successes.If we are not careful, we may start to give up on our goals.
We often talk about what it takes to "Make it". But what does that really mean? The answer begins with how you define "it". We may define success as a lifetime achievement, a promotion, a financial goal, retirement, etc. The challenge is, we may spend our entire lives working toward those pinnacle moments which may or may not become a reality.
When measuring success and personal development we typically look at tangible and measurable outcomes. However, your greatest asset for achieving your desired results cannot be seen on a status report or spreadsheet. What drives results is your inner game.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In the same way, a team is only as strong as their weakest member. One person cannot build a strong team on their own. A truly great team is the result of each member doing their part and performing at their best.
Are you doing your part? Are you taking responsibility for your role on the team and working with excellence?
We have all experienced the power of a word of encouragement. On good days and bad, someone taking the time to share how they appreciate you can make all the difference. Regardless of our circumstances, we all face life's challenges better when we feel appreciated.
A question leaders often get asked is "Who has influenced your life the most?" At a recent speaking engagement, I heard the company president answer this question in a unique way. Instead of listing off people who had influenced his life, he share the qualities of people who shaped his leadership.
Every day we make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions. As a leader, your choices not only impact your business and life, but they also affect the lives of others. People are depending on you to make the best decisions!
It's the busiest time of the year! On top of the year-end demands at work, you have family to see, gifts to buy, and events to attend. As you think about the rest of your year, you may be excited for this season, overwhelmed by your to-do list, or even disappointed with how your year has gone. Wherever you are in that spectrum, these two words will completely change your perspective.
In basketball, players don't work hard for three quarters so they can take it easy in the final quarter. Any player or loyal fan knows there is a lot of game left to play in that fourth quarter. Most of us hope to spend the final quarter of our life in retirement. But too often we spend the first three quarters of life working hard in the hopes that one day, we can relax and enjoy life.
It is easy to get caught up in our to-do list as we work hard to achieve the goals we have set. But have you ever stopped to evaluate how you are spending your time? Are you chasing the things that matter the most? As you reflect on how you spend your day, your week, your year, and ultimately, your life, what impact are you making on those in your life?
If you have ever been to Disney, you have seen how their 'Cast Members' go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service. Their guest experience is proof that there is a difference between providing service and being a true service professional. Whether you are in customer service or not, there is much to learn from Disney's example.
We are not surprised that the seeds a farmer plants will determine what grows, but how often do we think about the seeds we are planting in our own life? Today's actions and investments will produce a harvest for the future. The future you want is determined by the decisions you make today.
We all have our favorite teams we love to cheer on. The recent World Cup proved how enthusiastic and even fanatic we can be when it comes to supporting our team. As fans, we feel the weight of every triumph and failure as if it were our own.
Expectations can be toxic. They build up our emotions which leads us to feel frustrated and disappointed when circumstance or people let us down. Expectations rarely, if ever, have a positive impact on your life. The reality is, expectations are a passive approach to hoping something happens on its own.
Have you ever waited for something with excitement and anticipation that didn't happen? Maybe you were passed over for the promotion, the raise didn't come through, your friends or family let you down. As you think about your response to these unmet expectations, I challenge you to ask your self, 'Are my expectations toxic?' Toxic expectations can be detrimental to your goals, career, and relationships. Check out the video above to learn how to identify toxic expectations.
Regardless of the industry you work in or the type of team you lead, you will never be successful if you are trying to do it on your own. You may often hear leaders compared to eagles who are always found soaring alone. The problem with this analogy is that great leaders don't fly solo. Leaders worth following are found right in the middle of the action, surrounded by others. Great leaders know, we are better together.
If you filled out a bracket for March Madness, there is a good chance your expectations were not met. A few buzzer beaters may have completely changed the outcomes you were expecting. Like basketball, life is filled with buzzer beater moments that completely change our plans. Regardless of how well we plan, unmet expectations are an inevitable part of life. And though life may seem out of control when our expectations are not met, the one thing we can control is our response.
Every January 1st a new year begins. We spend a few days or even a week wishing each other a happy new year. Most of us are filled with optimism and excitement for a new year. However, too often February rolls around and we are not any closer to our goals and we are definitely not feeling happy. This could be the year that changes. Learn how you can make 2018 a HAPPY New Year.
X+1=? This is likely the most important formula of your life! But unlike other formulas, the answer is not the most important element. Rather, it is the "1" that will change your life. That "1" could not only change your life, but it could change the world! Find out what we mean in the video below.
As we approach a new year, we all want 2018 to be the BEST year ever. You may have already started planning how you will make next year better. Maybe you have even started making resolutions or lists to help you increase your success, performance, and influence. While resolutions and goals are great, the secret to the best year ever is simple.
What is that thing you have been putting off? What is that project, task, conversation, or change that has been consuming your thoughts and stressing you out, but you keep delaying because of the energy or sacrifice it will take? Chances are you have built it up to be worse than it is. The best way to overcome these challenges is to get started. Do it NOW! Procrastinating only makes the task more difficult. Put an end to the excuses and start putting steps in place to start what you have been delaying …TODAY!
What if 2 words could help you reach your goals, achieve the results you are looking for, guarantee you success in your work, and ultimately bring you fulfillment? These two words can not only improve your work performance, but they can change your life forever. Watch the video above to start your journey to finding fulfillment today.
Have you been let down by unmet expectations? If you are human, the answer is: Yes! The more important questions is, "How do you respond to unmet expectations?" Do you allow disappointment to control you? The truth is, there are a lot of variables that are out of your control, but you can always control your response and your attitude.
We have a great capacity to retain information, but we are often forgetful when it matters most. The key is that we tend to only remember the information that we place a high value on. Be sure that you are focusing on the most important things. What steps can you take to remember the things and the people that are most important to your goals?
When you meet someone, do you take the time to learn their name? It is such a simple gesture that can leave a lasting impression on those around you. This week, I got to experience this first hand. I met a woman named Tammy who really took the time to get to know those around her and reminded me how kindness can make all the difference. (Check out her TEDx video here.) How can you say yes to kindness this week?
When was the last time you made time just to be still? Being busy doesn't make you productive and being still doesn't make you lazy. Sometimes we need to take a break from the routine and make time to rest, to reflect, and to dream.
It is no secret that teamwork makes us better and brings us greater success and bigger wins. We should be quick to celebrate those wins and the team members that made it possible, but we can't celebrate early. We still have to accomplish our goals and the results matter. Our celebrations can't take our focus off of our destinations.
Do we help people or are we just waiting for them to screw up so we can criticize them? We never know what small gesture will impact another person and make a difference. What can you do today to help someone?