Integrity

Integrity. A quality we often speak of yet don’t always fully grasp its full meaning.

In short we hope and expect people to do what they say they are going to do when we make agreements with them. It’s an essential factor in moving both our personal affairs and businesses forward.

How often do we consider what it means for our own actions? It would seem reasonable if we expect these things of others that we should offer the same respect in return, not only for the other person, but ourselves as well.

Keeping in integrity with ourselves, in seeing challenges through regardless the personal inconveniences not only demonstrates to others character they can expect and trust, we increase in our own values and personal assessment. We know we are capable of greater things by staying true to the smaller things. As we grow in trusting ourselves we indeed accomplish more.

As we grow in character we need fewer rules because they are no longer a question. We just do the right thing and our lives and businesses expand accordingly.

Obsessed

“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” Les Brown

A desire with no energy behind it is just a wish. It takes energy to bring our ideas to life and it’s the willingness to put in the effort that separates the doers from the wishers.

Anything worth doing is going to take effort, laser focus, and will require you to get outside your comfort zone because that’s not where growth happens. And when you’re that dialed in others around you are going to call you obsessed. As if it were a bad thing!

Learning to keep laser focused on your goals no matter what’s going on around you will reveal strengths you never even knew you had. You’re going to find a tougher version of yourself capable of handling difficult things until you realize difficult is just a concept inside your head.

Your obsession will make you harder to distract from your goals. The right people you need in your life to help you accomplish what you’re after will magically start appearing and those that limit you will naturally drop away.

Obstacles no longer discourage you. They instead turn into one more triumph awaiting you to conquer. It’s not that they get smaller, but you get bigger, stronger, smarter.

Words like obsessed and passionate will take on new meanings for you. The powers your heroes hold no longer seem quite so mystical as you tap into the same sources that helped them get to where you want to go.

So go on. Keep your eye on the prize and get to work. Get obsessed. Let the others say what they will. They’re already accepting their moment, which is fleeting at best. But you… Your moment is almost here and it’s going to be glorious.

You know what to do. See you at the top.

Go For Great!

Settling for less than the best is a dangerous game. It can creep in from the simplest areas of our lives and make its way into the bigger, more important parts.

The Walmart cookies instead of the Oreos might be an okay compromise, but let’s think more on what we’re willing to settle for in the kind of work we do, the relationships we keep with others, and how we take care of ourselves on a daily basis.

For example, are we really willing to throw away the bulk of our waking hours in a job we don’t like? Working for little more than a paycheck while we leave the things most important to us get left behind? FAR too many people do this and it’s no wonder so many people express their distaste for life. They hate the boss and take that energy home with them to complain to the spouse and kids and then get up the next day to do it all over again. It’s madness!

Or maybe we keep a few “friends” nearby even though they pull us down because we’re afraid of being lonely for a while. Loneliness can certainly suck, but alone time can be used to develop ourselves and our skills can make us into far better people. Then we start attracting people to us that help us grow rather than keep us down.

What about our personal habits? Maybe we developed a habit of grabbing a slice of pizza and a soda on the way home because it’s easier than cooking or skipping out on exercise because we feel tired. We all do this once in a while because life really can be a bit crazy at times, but to fall into a habit of this can wear down our bodies until our health isn’t good anymore and then everything gets harder.

SO…

Decide today, right here, right now, that just good enough is no longer acceptable. Make the decision that you’re worth more than you think and move in that direction.

It’s totally worth it.

The Power of Gratitude

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

Gratitude is about being thankful for what we have and how far we’ve come. It sets aside the challenges and struggles we may be facing and taking a heartfelt look at where we are in life. Of course there are going to be crazy times we go through, yet if we take an honest look at what’s going on, odds are good you’re either reading this on your smartphone right now or it’s within reach. It wasn’t that many years ago that the only way you could read the words of another came from something that was printed or came in the form of a letter. It’s pretty amazing we have this opportunity and is worth our gratitude.

Or how about the fact that you can even read this at all! There are areas in the world in which the literacy we take for granted is still a gift not all can partake in. Let’s be grateful we have this magnificent ability to read.

Are you wearing clothes today? Do you have friends and family you can speak with? Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Do you know how to walk?

No matter what challenges we may be facing, there is so much abundance around us at all times and all we need to do is shift our focus ever so slightly to see it. In fact a great exercise for you to consider in your down time is to create a list of all the things you’re grateful for. They can be big or small, just as long as they are yours and help you see how much amazing things there really are in your life.

This might seem weird, but it runs on the principle that we never get what it is we want, and always get what we focus on. And if you want to attract greater things into your life, start looking for the good instead of the bad and watch how your life transforms.

Rest assured you’ll be even more grateful.

Are you having fun?

You should be! Of course there’s plenty of work to do and we need to keep at it if we’re going to reach our goals. But work doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! It’s actually important to a balanced life.

There are two kinds of fun, one real and the other is an imitation. Imitation fun is anything that distracts us from facing whatever issues we might have before us, like drinking too much or smoking, or playing too many video games. Pretty much anything that alters our perceptions of the world around us.

Real fun can be time spent with family and friends, working on a hobby, or learning something new. It helps us maintain perspective, be more productive, and breaks up routine. And the more we can figure out how to turn our expertise into our business, the more likely it is for us to have fun even when we’re working.

This why I like helping people develop their expertise and businesses around them. It helps us be more excited about what we do each day and the world seems to just flow smoother.

So go for it! Figure out what you most enjoy doing, expand upon your expertise, and have some fun!

It’s All in Your Head!

Have you noticed how much mindset plays in all of what we do? It’s central to everything we ever do in life, from the things that entertain us, how we interact with others, and how we react to the the things that happen to us.

It’s our ability to keep focused that makes all the difference in whether we succeed or fail. The less we focus, the lesser our results. The more we tend to see things in a negative light because things don’t just happen for us. Eventually we slide backwards into a poverty mindset in which we let circumstances dictate how our lives turn out.

The greater we focus the greater our results. Learning to keep the goal in mind and the path to get there flexible helps us adapt to the changing outside conditions. We move forward and expand our minds, learning what we’re capable of and become better versions of ourselves. Outside circumstances no longer bother us the way they used because we’ve come to understand the real value comes from within.

It’s all in your head. What are you feeding your mind? What are you listening to? What are you reading? What are you watching on the TV? Why are you watching the TV? What are you focused on? Where do you want to go with your life?

Is It Compelling?

Com – pel – ling: adjective   ~ evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way.
Well, that’s according to Webster and his dictionary anyway.  But what does this same word mean to different folk?  And why does it matter?  And why does this word title my post today?  All good questions do I ask myself!
See, as a driven entrepreneur with a simple and clear mission of empowering other driven entrepreneurs my mind stays quite busy.  Now busy alone isn’t always enough, but what is the mind busy on?  So in a recent conversation and assignment from my coach this word “compelling” came up.  Now why did it strike me as such it did?  I don’t know.  But it did.
I’ve come to accept that it just sums up so much of the way messaging can be enhanced.  And while fully understanding the importance of the message that each and every one of us wish to share, should we take note?  And if we choose to, how can we implant a mental stigma of our message in our brain and use it in our day-to-day communication to great benefit?
What IF we evoke interest?  Grab attention?  Pull admiration?  While ALL in a powerfully irresistible way?
Would we be better messengers?  And if we were would it make a difference in our mission?
What IS your message?  Is it powerful?  Is it effective?  Is it compelling?
Stay tuned later this week for a message on YOUR message!  (Note: I go into a lot of detail about this in my upcoming eBook. Go reserve a copy right now!)

The Common Goal

 

It is so interesting, at times, what you pick up from any given situation in hindsight. For example, just today after weeks of planning on a very intense and focused project a few new things came to light within our team. As it all seemed obvious where we are going in the goal at hand, sometimes with delegated tasks it is easy to get lost in the moment. I often talk about the importance of being IN the moment, well, this case was just a little different. In fact quite the opposite. In this scenario getting lost in the moment was a demonstration of our INDIVIDUAL moments, as while being productive, may feel incoherent as to the common goal at hand. While in the near DISTANCE, it was getting blurred to the near VISION. At least from my eyes it so appeared. Turns out with just a little of the good old magic they call communication my vision was clear again. Temporary fog... no damage done... phew!!! And now it's that time, a good nights rest, and a little shut eye to recharge. Take Care!