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Here We Go Again

Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday we were saying it was too hot as the summer beat down on us? Maybe it was a week ago that we were excited to see the flowers blooming as Spring started? It couldn’t have been that long ago that we just celebrated the new year and yet here it is again. Before we know it, this new year ahead of us will have come and gone.

What can we do differently this time to make the next year even better than this one? Review it!

Review Most of the time we just press forward thinking that we can and should do the same things we have been doing and this time just do them better. That is rarely the case. If you could just do those things better wouldn’t you have already done that?

Before this year comes to an end go take an hour, a morning, a day and review this past year. Ask yourself some tough questions about the year.

Where did you spend your time?
Were you in your office space or were you elsewhere? Were you on Facebook or other websites too often? Were you with clients enough?
If you can figure out where you were, you can figure out where you should and shouldn’t be in the new year!

What did you do that worked and what did you do that did not work?
There were some events you hosted or attended that did great. There were some that in review were a clear waste of your time. There were some weeks that were extra successful and some weeks that you should have just stayed in bed.
What made these events work or these weeks so great? What was it that made you wish you could run and hide?

Who did you spend your time with and who should you have spent your time with?
Jim Rohn taught us that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Who was that for you this year? Did you choose wisely? Who do you wish you had spent more time with so you could grow into the person you want to be?

They tell us that history is doomed to repeat itself. The same is true for us as well because we are doomed to repeat ourselves unless we learn the lessons and make the changes that allow us to breakthrough and grow!

Take the time to review your year and learn from it. You deserve it!

 

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3 Life Lessons in 1 minute

The great news is this posting has 3 powerful life lessons found within it. The not as great news is that it will take longer than 1 minute to read. The 1 minute in the title refers to the amount of time it took to experience and learn these lessons.

OTFThere I was working out at Orangetheory Fitness for a 5am session and feeling pretty good. It was an endurance day and our trainer for the morning, Jay, had me on the treadmill to start.

Jay would push all of us on the treadmills to a 3 minute block at a pace that was uncomfortable and then reward us with a break at a pace that was more comfortable. He continued this cycle with the reward times getting shorter and shorter.

After 15 minutes it was time to finish this block of running and Jay asked for us to give him 1 minute at our best possible speed and finish strong.

For those of you that know me outside of just reading my postings you know that I am determined and competitive. That being said I cranked the treadmill to the best speed I have ever run at and began my 1 minute ALL OUT!

30 seconds into my sprint I realized that I bit off more than I could chew, as my dad would have told me, and I had to jump off the racing belt of the treadmill as I was unable to continue.

It was at that moment that our trainer Jay leapt onto the back of my treadmill and began to encourage (yell) at me. He told me to get back on that treadmill and not to stop for anything. He told me to stop looking at the clock and just run until he told me I could stop. He told me there was nothing I couldn’t achieve if I put my head down and just ran!

And then finally Jay let all of us that were on the treadmills slow down and walk it out.

In that  minute, to be fair it was in the minutes after when I could reevaluate what had just happened, that I found these 3 powerful life lessons that will change me forever. I hope they help you without the need to go for a run.

1)We all need help to grow

Many of us believe we can do anything on our own. We don’t need help from others. Many of us are right, to a limit. Some of us have strong natural abilities in certain areas of life. Some of us are very entrepreneurial. When we become purposeful and we have someone to push us, someone hold us accountable or someone to care enough about us to tell us what we don’t always want to hear we can achieve breakthroughs and accomplish greater heights than we ever believed. In The ONE Thing this is referred to as Going from E to P. Remember, no one succeeds alone.

E to P

2)You must earn the right to be passionate for someone else’s goals

Jay had built a foundation with me based upon his credibility as a trainer, his authentic nature and his willingness to share. Jay has become a mentor to me in the area of personal health. Because of this he had the right to leap up on that treadmill and demand more from me.

Had Jay jumped up on the treadmill with someone who was in the class for the first time, they probably would have never returned.

Before you can help drive people towards their goals you must earn the right!

3)You can do anything for 30 seconds

If you have seen the movie We Bought a Zoo you heard Matt Damon playing Benjamin Mee tell his son that “sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

I believe that courage isn’t what is needed. Embarrassing bravery isn’t what is needed. All that is really needed is commitment. Commit to something for 30 seconds can attain it. Some things you might need to commit to for longer. For now, start with just 30 seconds!

Jay, thank you for the push, the all out, and the life lessons!

 

 

If you are ready to learn more about going from E to P,  you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

 

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7 ways to read more books in one year

The new year is upon us and many people make resolutions. Here’s hoping you did not as studies have shown us that most of them have sadly failed already.

Instead, during this year just make changes in your habits and your choices.

stack-of-books

One of the choices many people make at the start of the year is to read more. Reading is a great way to learn from the masters, escape on a vacation, solve a crime, improve your skills and focus your thoughts.

 

Here are some suggestions on how you can read more this year…

1)Read in the car.
We know that you shouldn’t text and drive, so you probably shouldn’t read and drive. What do we mean by this then? Listen to audiobooks when you are in the car.
The average person spends 25 minutes each way commuting each day. That means at least 1 chapter a day could be listened to. That means over the course of a month you could easily listen to 1 more book.

2)Read while working out.
Again, this is a hard one to do with an actual book while you run on the treadmill, lift weights or however you choose to work out. Once again then, plug-in to an audiobook and your cardio will pass by quicker and your weights won’t seem as heavy. A 30 minute workout means another handful of books over a year.

3)Read before bed daily.
Leave a book at your nightstand and read for  at least 10 minutes before you turn in for the night. If you are the person talking to this article right now and saying, “As soon as I lay down and read, I fall asleep” then don’t lay down in bed. Read in a chair, read sitting up, read in a different room.

4)Learn to speed read.

  • People that run fast seem to run more.
  • People that eat fast seem to eat more.
  • People that read faster seem to read more.

Sign up for a class to learn how to speed read. Even if you aren’t reading a page in 10 seconds, you will probably still read faster than you are now.

5)Leave a book in your bathroom.
We might not want to talk about this, and yet it is a room we visit in our home daily. Leave a book there, read 3 pages each time you are there. Before you know it, you will be hiding in your bathroom because you want to read more.

6)Carry a book with you.
You will end up waiting on someone daily. This might be the person making your drink at Starbucks, the appointment that is running late or on hold with the cable company. Have a book with you at all times and fill your wait, reading. Don’t want to carry a book everywhere you go? Use an app on your smart phone and carry hundreds!

7)Sign Up for Book Summaries
Some people might consider this cheating, although it is a fantastic way to get more information in less time. Let someone else read the book for you and share with you the 3-5 page review. This is just like using Cliff Notes in school. Nobody will know you didn’t read the full book as you will be able to explain all of the key points.

Using this suggestions and tips will have you reading more books this year. This will lead to the next challenge, how to remember all that you read.

Get a journal and write a ONE page review of each book when you are finished. At the end of the year, you will be able to review and read all of those books again in moments.

There is only one question left…what book will you read first?

 

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Chadalyst – Pick one topic and read multiple books on it this year. By the end of the year you will become an expert on the topic of choice. Choose wisely!

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Overnight Success, or is it?

Success can be yours and it can be easier than you think to achieve it.

The biggest challenge that we have found people face when they are looking to become an overnight success is that they want it to actually happen overnight. There is no such thing as an overnight success. There is always work that must be done.

  • Overnight SuccessThe star athlete that comes out of nowhere probably put hours and hours of training in before you ever heard their name
  • The movie star that was discovered has probably been in acting classes at school or has some small parts on their resume
  • The business person that takes their idea to success, probably has had many jobs helping them get where they are overnight

The overnight success is rarely what it seems.

To achieve success, which you can, all you need to do is find the person a few steps ahead of you and follow them.

Most people are happy to have someone following them, as it pushes them to be better and makes them feel good to share. These same people will be happy for you as you continue to grow, even if that means passing them by. Remember, your level of success might not be the same as their level of success.

Here is an easy way to understand this concept…

Having grown up in a city that experienced snow 10 months of the year, or so it seemed, and never had a snow day from school we learned how to walk to the bus in knee-deep snow. We followed in the footsteps created by the person in front of us even if we couldn’t see them. Once we finally caught up to them, because it was easier for us then it was for them, we passed them and let them follow in our footsteps. If we were smart, we just looked for the next set of footprints to walk in and repeated the pattern.

This is how you create overnight success:

  1. Look for the person heading the same direction as you
  2. Follow in their footsteps until you catch up
  3. Pass them
  4. Find the next person heading in the direction you are now intending to go

Before you know it, you are an overnight success story and there is a line of people walking in your footsteps.

snow footsteps

 

 

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Need help? Recruit it!

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are at something, you still need help to reach the next level.

Bruce the squirrel is one of the most focussed animals I have ever had the chance to observe. Bruce hangs upside down to work the bird feeder and get what he is after. You can learn more about Bruce by reading Focus Found in This, Squirrel.

We solved our Bruce challenge as we moved the bird feeder to a place that no matter what he did he could not reach.Squirrel in tree

  • He jumped and fell
  • He hung upside down and stretched
  • He even bounced on the tree branch hoping to shake the bird feeder loose

Then Bruce finally found the solution he needed. He recruited talent. What does talent look like?

  • Talent has drive of its own
  • Talent has a skill set that you are needing
  • Talent has the ability to think and resolve issues without you

Bruce, found Robin. Robin the Chipmunk came to work with Bruce on solving the challenge of accessing all of the food in the bird feeder. Talent was found.

  • Robin has the same drive to find food and to eat as much as possible
  • Robin was lighter and smaller which allowed him to land on the bird feeder and not fall off
  • Robin was able to figure out the best way to the bird feeder after missing once or twice

Robin is talent and just what Bruce needed to succeed.

Now Robin jumps down from the tree branch and lands on the bird feeder and is light enough and small enough to slip onto the feeding platform without tipping it over. Robin eats until full and then spills extra food to the ground below.

As Robin does all of the hard work, Bruce sits below and waits for the food to fall and eats his unfair share without doing any of the hard work.

What is it in your life that you need to recruit help for?

  • Someone to read books and create summaries for you?
  • Someone to run daily errands and maintain your home?
  • Someone to work with your abundance of clients and make sure your customer service level is kept high?

Talent is out there for you to find. Just remember, talent is probably not sitting around reading online posts for job openings, talent is probably working and if you need help you will probably have to recruit it!

 

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What do you mean?

Have you ever said one thing and it was taken in a different way?misunderstanding

Maybe it was the wording you used or maybe it was the tone you used?

Fights have begun over simple misunderstandings that come from different interpretations of what is said and what was meant. Make sure you know your audience and are clear on what you mean.

Here are some simple examples of how one message can have different meanings depending on the people involved.

 

It’s all downhill from here. 

To some people this is a horrible term leading to the end of the ride. This is often used in a situation like a birthday milestone and telling someone, it is all downhill from here. Many people will hear this phrase as a negative.

On the other side of the coin

The origination of this phrase comes from climbing a hill and working hard to get to the top. Once at the top of the hill, it is all downhill from there. This could be the same for anyone looking to get over an obstacle.

 

I am saving my money.

We sent out an email to a large group of people about an amazing event that was coming to town and had an admission fee for this event. The email reply we got from one of the people we sent the message to was, I am saving my money.

Meaning that they were putting coins in a jar, digging through the sofa, buying less and saving their money so they could attend the session?

On the other side of the coin

I am saving my money could have meant that they saw no value in the course that was coming and they were saving their money by not attending. This must have been the case, because they never registered or showed up

 

I am grateful for nothing.

I made a posting on Facebook the other day and it simply said, I am grateful for nothing.

My phone started to light up as text messages started to show up asking what was wrong and was everything ok. It seems that those people heard a meaning that sounded like I had nothing in my life worth being grateful for, which is as far from the truth as possible.

On the other side of the coin

All I was saying was that my family had sat around the house and rested after a few days of go, go, go.  In other words we had done nothing for a day, and I was extremely grateful for it!

Be careful in what you say (or type as a Facebook posting and an email can create the same challenge) and just as importantly be careful in how you hear or read something.

Always remember to come from curiosity and ask if you are unsure.

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High Low Know Go

Have you ever been in a position where you lead others and are not sure how to get the best out of them?

Have you ever found yourself needing to host a job review?

Have you ever had to coach or consult someone and you weren’t even sure where to begin?

 

This is where the HIGH-LOW-KNOW-GO plan comes into play.

 

HIGH

Start the conversation off talking about the high point of the day, the week, the month, or the regular review period.

Ask for your client, staff member or team member to share what they believe is the high point and talk about it that for a few moments. See what makes them light up.

  • Was it  an interaction with a specific person?
  • Was it learning a new skill?
  • Was it helping someone solve a challenge?

As you learn about what they think was the high point you will learn even more about this person. You will understand their natural strengths and be able to help them end up in a role that will fit them like a glove.

After they have shared their thoughts, let them know what you thought the high point was for them.

  • What did they do that stood out to you?
  • What have you heard from other people they did well?

By starting the conversation with a high you will create a much more relaxed environment.

 

LOW

If we look at the high point, we should be honest and take a moment to talk about the low point. There will always be one no matter how great the person is we are talking with.

This could be many things such as:

  • a failure in communication
  • a lack of following up on something
  • not reaching a goal
  • maybe it is an outside issue like something happening at home that is impacting their work.

By taking the time to listen to them as they share their low point you will see where they feel they are currently failing. Do not attempt to talk them down from a ledge, just hear them and lead them on how to handle that situation better in the future. This will help your people grow and assist you as being looked at as someone who truly cares for them.

After they share their low point, you must follow and have the hard conversation of sharing your low point with them.

  • Did they miss a deadline or quota?
  • Did they gossip and cause issues around your office?
  • Did they not follow through on something you were counting on them doing?

By sharing your low point for them and hearing their low point you will find yourself developing a stronger relationship with those you work with. You will also allow them to clearly learn what you believe is important in their role.

 

KNOW

What do they need to know that they do not already? Some people will think that they know enough and if that is the person you are working with you have learned that they are not learning based and might not be what you want on your team. Someone in a role for a long time might need to learn a new way to do something, a new skill that has become required. Someone new to a role will have a lot to know as they grow into the position.

  • Is it a book they should start reading?
  • Is this a class they need to sign up for?
  • Is this a video they should watch?
  • Is this something they need to be asking many people to get different answers so they can know what could be done in a specific situation?

Help them again self discover what they need to know, and then help them figure out where to find the answer.

 

GO

Many consultations or reviews are places where people talk a lot and action is not always taken and our goal is to just get the meeting over with and make everyone feel good about themselves.

What is it that they should GO do after the meeting?

  • Should they  go complete a task they should have had done already?
  • Should they go and work on something that will help them fix their low point?
  • Should they go speak with someone?

Whatever it is that they should go do, help them self discover what it is for them and help them accomplish it. When they tell you what it is they are going to do, don’t take it away from them, just help them to make sure the go isn’t them avoiding a true task.

By now you are catching on to the pattern here and can guess that you should share with them what it is that you would like to see them go and do to move forward in their position.

To finish the HIGH-LOW-KNOW-GO you should challenge them to know something specific before your next meeting together

 

If you take your team, staff, family and clients through the HIGH-LOW-GO-KNOW system on a regular basis, your people will know you care, want to go through a wall for you and have your back through all of the highs and the lows!

 

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