This week I am in Lake Tahoe, and when in places as naturally beautiful and peaceful as this, it allows for some things along with the known vacation bliss. One of which is a vacation from everyday thoughts. The space, disruption of routine, and time out can be an opportunity. And sometimes, when I light this kind of fire in my own thinking, I feel compelled to light a fire under you guys. To remind you that this is not a dress rehearsal...I also want to provide you tools to help leverage your brain for success. The following is a worksheet that I use with my clients. USE THIS FOR YOURSELF! It will help become focused on next steps.
Like most of us, I’m pretty much full go (full speed) all the time. But then times like these show up that demand so much more. When full go is all there is in every area: career, relationship, life, spirit. I’m in the throws of one of those times, so I thought it could be helpful for when life comes to sit on your couch for a while.
I am overwrought with thought. While I’m executing, my brain is sifting through the mental
What makes you, your business, your company unique? What sets you apart from your competition and creates your raving fans?
Is it framed on the wall and on the 'About Us' tab on your website? That's a start...but more importantly: Do you have systems and accountabilities in place? To ensure that your uniqueness happens in the day to day?That's the level of commitment needed...to model what you have determined 'it' is...what makes you who you are.
I don’t want to alarm you. But we are more than halfway through 2018.
How is your business, your team, your personal and professional goals coming along? Do you feel as inspired as you did when the New Year kicked off? Are you hopeful? Are you seeing or feeling progress? Has there been more ups than downs?
Probably a good time to take stock of those things.
If you have been tumble-weeding a bit, if each day is the same or if it has become a half-hearted attempt to rally the troops, then it’s time to stop doing what you are doing. Try a different approach. A different tactic.
Freedom rang this week. It's hard not to contemplate the meaning of independence this time of year...to this very day, wars are still fought over independence. It speaks to how truly human this need is. Whether it's a nation or yourself...we all want a say over our lives. At work, we often worry that giving someone independence will result in them taking advantage of the situation, that they won't do it how we would do it, or it just is plain worrisome that someone else has control and we don't.
Let's look at what independence leads to, what it results in, and see if we have a valid reason to be worried when we give this away:
How much more energy, time, and progress would you have if every time you looked at a problem you knew exactly what to do?
When you are not confident in your ability to make decisions, you become very fearful of making the wrong decision, so we put it off until 'later'. This indecisiveness becomes mental torture, for ourselves and those that are looking to us to make these decisions.
There is a clear cut, super simple framework for you
I am 12# fatter from when I left my 9-5 job. It’s one of the costs associated with leaving an active job for creating a business.
About a month ago, I finally had it. I became determined to get back into my workout routine and stop the madness. Just this week, as May-grey/June-gloom left Orange County we had our first break of 70 degrees, I was quite nervous as I went to the dreaded ‘shorts’ drawer. (I hate the first weeks of wearing shorts, I am self-conscious and feel like a pasty white stuffed sausage.) I held my breath as I pulled shorts up, voíla…button-able. (Insert victory dance).
"Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom." - Boyle Roche
I've had my fair share of disappointment, some much worse than others. When I go to the freezer to attack the Moose Tracks ice cream only to be left with a blank spot where it should be and an empty container in the trash: mild to medium level of disappointment depends on the day.
Taking the top sales performer, the one who has cracked the code, is the best at what s/he does, give them the opportunity to lead others...