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Change – Are you ready for it?

Woody Allen is known for many things and credited as being the person that first said…If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans.

Ever plan a trip? What happens just before you leave? You get busy!
Ever plan a big event? What happens? The weather gets in the way or you find yourself under the weather.
Ever think you have it all set and ready to go? If I may be so bold as to quote God “HA HA that’s what you think”

This isn’t all bad and usually finds us in a place that we should have been instead of where we thought we were going.

Have a goal. Have a target. Have a plan. Just be ready for changes to come your way.

These changes, these challenges and these moments are what develop our character and help us to find out who we really are.

Are you the person that is calm under pressure or the one that breaks down and ends up in the corner not sure what to do? Are you on that thrives on the unexpected or one that needs things to go as planned? Are you someone who can be truly counted on by those that would need you?

Are you ready for your plans to be changed at a moments notice? Here are a few things you can do to be as ready as possible…
1) Take a moment to tell those in your life that are important to you how you feel. This way you will never regret if something is taken from you
2) Forget about your Bucket List – that is a list of things you will do “one of these days” Instead look at your list and figure out your Carousel Rings on that list and grab them! Not sure what your carousel rings are just check out this past posting

3) Journal all of it! Your thoughts, your feelings, your memories. Capture them someplace that you will have them forever and be able to share them with those closest to you.

Do these things and when your plans are changed be it a little thing or a big thing you will be able to deal with it better!

Chadalyst – Be ready for change – if it can happen, it will happen when you are least ready for it. How will you prepare?

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8 Things You Should Think Twice About Before Doing on Social Media

It is amazing the things we learn in school and how they can help us in our business life as we grow.

This is a challenging time for many adults as social media was not around as we were in high school and college. There was an article the other day about the 12 Things Students Should Never Do On Social Media and it was interesting how many of those things could apply as lessons in life that adults should learn as well. Future employers and future clients will want to know who they are working with and as of now social media is the place they can quickly check on you.

We have taken the 8 from the student’s list that you should keep in mind. The other 4 can stay in school.

1)Post Illegal Activity
You would think this would be a given and we see many people posting things that could get them in trouble one day. Maybe it is that photo of your speedometer as you attempt to break speed records in a school zone or maybe it is something else that you should think twice about.

2)Bash Your Boss
Just don’t do it! If you are working somewhere why would you bash the person that can make or break your life in the office? If you just lost your job and think who cares anymore, your next boss cares, that’s who.

3)Bullying
This is a concern in the adolescent world right now and the problem doesn’t end there. You might think you are posting generically and all that time people know whom you are posting about and bullying. Think twice.

4)Post Confidential Information
Ever see some of the things that people are posting today? Photos of their driver’s licence, photos of other forms of id and photos of things that they should think twice about. People are posting their confidential information such as their Social Security Number without thinking about it. Pay attention!

5)Lie
Everyone makes their life sound amazing on social media and the challenge is that you can’t keep up the lies. Remember that many of the people you work with, spend time with are also probably your social media friends and followers. Play sick and then post from the golf course…not a good idea!

6)Ignore Company Policy
Depending on where you work you might have a company policy that you should be aware of. Topics you cannot post about, images you cannot share and other restrictions. Learn these!

7)Don’t Trust the Privacy Settings
About 4% of the social media world understand privacy settings properly and even those people can get in trouble. Post an image or a comment to a group that you believe you are safe posting to and see what happens when one of those people downloads, saves or accidentally openly shares your image or posting? If you don’t want your parents, spouse, children or boss to ever see it, don’t post it! Be safe.

8)Post While Emotional
This is the worst mess we can all create. When you are worked up about something many people now turn to social media to vent…once it is on social media it is always on social media so take that moment and breathe…think about it…rethink it…then post if you are still sure.

Follow these 8 simple rules and when you do post you can feel confident that you have learned your lesson without having to go back to school.

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Chadalyst – Figure out which of the 8 things you are challenged with and focus on changing your habits.

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QR Codes. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

People love to use the “new thing” as much as possible. One of the trends that is still considered new, even though it has been around for a while, are QR codes.

QR stands for Quick Response and click if you want to learn more about the history of QR codes, otherwise stay here and learn how to use them and more importantly how NOT to use them!

Let’s look at this technology out-of-order and start with the BAD. There are many ways to use QR Codes incorrectly and it seems that everyone has those figured out. Some of these misuses are seen in all industries and some can get specific.

1) The first mistake is that people use QR Codes on a screen. We have posted one here to show you what a QR Code looks like. How many of you decided to pick up your phone and scan the screen? If you already have people on your website, in an email or in general on the computer, just give them the link they need!

2)The second place we see people using QR Codes when they shouldn’t is on your Facebook profile image. This is a similar to the first mistake and it is one of the 7 Deadly Sins of Facebook . Your profile image should be of you, not of a bar code that you hope people will want to scan to end up learning about you. Where is the logic in that?

3)Some professions, such as real estate, think that a QR Code is a great capture tool to collect information of potential clients. The problem is there is no information capture to a QR Code. All it will do is send people to your website and you hope that they submit information once they are there. Until a QR Code can capture information it is a gimmick

The UGLY of a QR Code.

Nothing is uglier than when you use a QR Code to send people to your website, and your website is not optimized for mobile devices!

With all of the bad and ugly there are still good uses for QR Codes and here are 3 ways they could be used for good…

1)On a Driver’s License. Imagine having a QR Code on your driver’s license that leads to a website with important information about you such as allergies, emergency contacts and medical history. People almost always carry their driver’s license and if something were to happen to you, this would be a great way for an EMT, a police officer or even nurses to act appropriately.

2)On belongings. Depending on your age and some of your life experiences you might remember your parent writing your name inside every article of clothing you owned. Imagine being able to print a QR Code on all of these items. Lost and found would be a thing of the past as through the QR Code they could learn who an item belong to and even have a way to contact the owner. While you might not want that t-shirt back that badly, maybe you add your QR Code to your pet’s collar or your suitcase. Maybe one day we are even adding these QR Codes directly to our kids.

3)This is the best use we have ever seen for a QR Code. It was etched onto a tombstone. This is a QR Code that will survive for decades and will always be there for future generations to scan the code and be linked to a place like YouTube to view a tribute to the person. The QR Code can be redirected at any time. The videos and photos can always be updated. This creates a history that can always be shared.

QR Codes can be excellent for consumers to gather information. As for the businesses using them, use them properly and don’t plan on them bringing you any more business than you already have!

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Chadalyst Figure out if you need a QR Code before you start using one and make sure you understand the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

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NO is a Four Letter Word

No No No No No No No No No No. How do you feel now? Are you bleeding from anywhere? Is anything broken? Should we get you to a doctor right away?

No cannot hurt you. It is just a simple word that most of us are trained to say since a young age. Think back, and no is the word you probably heard the most often in your life.

No don’t touch that
No don’t open that
No don’t eat that!

Many of the sentences that our parents and teachers and even friends used started with the word no.

Think about anytime recently that someone asked you something or challenged you on something. Was the first word out of your mouth a no?

It is time to stop looking at no as a negative word and think of it as the four letter word it should be – good

If you never heard the word no you would never challenge yourself to learn more and to grow. Everything would be a yes and life would be simple and you would be comfortable with whatever you had and stop there. A no pushes you and that is good!

If you never heard the word no everyone would be succeeding the same. A no stops some people and allows others to find the next step needed. As we know you are a success already, you want to continue to stand out from others right? When you have heard a no you have used that to find the next yes and that is good and what helps set you apart.

If you have ever heard the word no then you have had to made a decision in your life. A decision to grow or a decision to accept the no and go on a different path. Whichever you have chosen it is good!

A no is a good thing to hear. Make it a goal to get at least 10 no’s in a day. If you can get those 10 no’s the yes that you earn will be worth it!

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Chadalyst Get out there and find those 10 no’s today!

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Four Reasons You Should Be Using Foursquare

We have heard from many that foursquare is a game or that foursquare makes no sense to them. We hope that we can shed some light on how to use foursquare that make sense.

Let’s quickly start with what foursquare is.

According to foursquare they are a “…free app that helps you and your friends make the most of where you are. When you’re out and about, use foursquare to share and save the places you visit…”

An easy way to describe foursquare is an app that allows you to check in wherever you go to share information about locations.

Many people ask, why should they even use it. We are going to share with you the four reasons you should use foursquare. It doesn’t matter what you do for work all of these tips can be applied to help you grow.

1)Use foursquare to become a local expert.
Checking in is great and can earn you points, badges, mayorship and specials. The best thing you can do is take a moment and share a tip about the location where you are checking in.

  • Are you at a restaurant? Leave a tip for the item to avoid on the menu, or the best server that people should ask for.
  • Are you at a park? Leave a tip for the best spot to watch the sunset.
  • Are you at the mall? Leave a tip for the best place to find a parking spot.

Become someone who is filled with helpful information and create personal branding and become the local expert. This will also help you increase your Klout.

2)Time to do something new.
We have all had that feeling of wanting to go someplace new and not knowing where to go. Use foursquare to help solve that challenge. Open foursquare and select “Explore” and find places near by that are for eating, that are offering foursquare specials and other categories.

Of course you will see the tips left by others (see point 1) and then find a new place to explore

3)Grow your own business.
With all of these people checking in and leaving tips you should make sure you take a moment and create and verify your own business. By having your own business on foursquare you are giving others the chance to check in at your location, share tips about you and earn specials. With the changes at foursquare you can now also push out information to your clients with news, deals and other information about your location.

4)Save save and save
The fourth reason to be using foursquare would be to save. Many businesses are offering a deal if you check in.

  • Get a free upgrade on your drink.
  • Get a free appetizer with your order.
  • Get money off your purchase.

How can a simple click on your phone to save money not be worth it?

There are other reasons to use foursquare as well. One of the fun parts is to steal a mayorship (check in most often at a venue) from friends and earn badge. Badges are like boy scout merit badges and you earn them for different activities. Learn more about badges.

Foursquare can’t hurt you and it can help you. Why wouldn’t you add this simple app to your daily routines?

Chadalyst – Start using foursquare and if you are using it, go leave a tip for someone at your favorite place to check in.

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6 pack of learning from one of the most inspiring sources…a dog

We all look to the so-called experts on self-improvement, leadership and mindset for help. If we just took a moment to stop and look at what is around us we would be amazed at what we could learn.

That is just what we did and as we sat to put this blog together. We found the greatest inspiration we could imagine…a dog! With just watching Whistler (our dog) for a short time we were able to take away this refreshing 6 pack of lessons.

1)Give love and get love
Everyone wants someone to spend their lives with. Even those of you reading this saying not me, when the right person comes into your life you will change that thought. This goes for a dog as well. They are just looking for the right family to become a part of and once they find it they will give unconditional love to that family forever. Excitement when you walk in the door. Kisses (or a lot of licking) when you just sitting near them. Putting their head in your lap and knowing that they are safe with you. What do you do when this happens? You return the love and start petting them, which is all they wanted, your love in return.
The lesson to remember – if you want to find love and continue to experience love, make sure it starts with you as you give love first

2)Bury your treasures
Many of us lose what we have because we just leave it where we can see it. We don’t mean that someone steals it from you, although that can happen, we mean that most of us don’t save for that rainy day in our life. Give a dog a bone and they are off chewing and enjoying that bone. When they are done with it they don’t just leave it lying around, they find a great place to bury that bone so nobody else can take it from them. When the day comes that they want that bone, it is hidden and waiting for them.
The lesson to remember – save! Put some of that extra money aside for a time when you need it or for a goal that you are working towards

3)Loyalty rewards
We shop at certain stores all the time and they give us points to keep coming back. They reward us for our loyalty. Is there anyone as loyal as a good dog? Your dog is always there for you at a moments notice and will defend you from strangers. A dog shows such loyalty that most people consider their dog family. At the same time many of us have family members ready to take advantage of us at a moments notice. Maybe a dog is even better than just being a family member.
The lesson to remember – be loyal. To a brand, to a store, and most importantly to friends, family and others that you have let into your life as it will all come back as a reward when you least expect it.

4) Don’t worry be happy
A dog isn’t worried about where their next meal is coming from or when their next bath might happen. They aren’t thinking about possibly having a meeting with the other dog in the neighborhood. They are living in the moment, taking a nap, enjoy the sun or whatever they are doing. As a person we have to deal with life and that we remember lesson #2  from our dog. This is not a reason to focus on the stress and we all need to the pleasure of the moment we are in.
The lesson to remember – enjoy the moment and don’t stress over things you will not be able to control

5)Energy Explosion
A quiet moment is interrupted by the excitement of a dog that has decided that now is the best time to run in circles around the backyard. You might think that Whistler is training to be a horse at the barrel races or that she can go back in time if she just runs fast enough. The moment passes and with no energy left in her tank she finds a quiet place to lay down and take a short nap.
The lesson to remember – don’t leave anything in your tank! Use that energy, give it your all, and then after, find your favorite way to recharge before you go for it all over again!

6)Training Pleasures
There are two types of dogs, the type that are not trained well and drive everyone crazy and the ones that are trained and learn to behave and are loved for it. A dog wants to please and that means understanding what you are asking it to do. Train your dog. Let them learn to not jump on people, not bark all night long and to sit, fetch and any other trick. As the dog does what you ask they will be happier for it and so will you. Often they will even end up with an extra pat on the head or a treat and enjoy the reward of having been trained.
The lesson to remember – it doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, a doctor, a salesperson, a stay at home parent or anything else, training matters. Get extra training in your area of specialty and you will be better at what you do and you will be rewarded for it.

Chadalyst – Pick the lesson that you should focus on the most and make a plan for what you are going to do over the next week to work on that lesson.

Share in the comments below what you have learned from your dog.

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The World Isn’t Fair

There were a few sayings that our dads always were ready to share with us as we grow up, such as:

  • six to one, half a dozen the other
  • the maid isn’t coming today
  • pull my finger
Hopefully we learned lessons from these words of wisdom.
  • Sometimes it doesn’t matter which choice we make, just make one.
  • Clean up after yourself because nobody else is going to do it for you. This means your physical messes as well as emotional ones you create (we don’t understand that second part until much later in life)
  • Be careful when something seems easy as it might not bring results that you desire

There were many other sayings that dads always have to share and my dad had his favorite one…The World Isn’t Fair! This might have been one of the hardest lessons for a kid to understand as we were always told to be fair and share and use our manners and then the world didn’t follow those same rules.

Maybe you were the most qualified for that job position or maybe you did work really hard on a project that someone else took the credit for. It might have been that you were planning a vacation that had to be canceled or you were rear ended in your brand new car.

Whatever it was that the world did to you, dad always seemed to have the same piece of advice…the world isn’t fair, and what are you going to do about it?

This was all captured well by the wonderful cartoonist Bill Watterson in this Calvin and Hobbes comic strip…

Wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin of course was overlooking the wonderful ways that the world isn’t fair did work in his advantage. How many other kids got away with the stuff he did? How many other kids had an amazing talking imaginary tiger/best friend like he did? We know Calvin is a comic and not real (you knew that right?) and yet we often act the same way.

Think about all the times you have claimed the world isn’t fair to someone. Now stop for a moment and think about all of the ways the world isn’t fair AND in your favor?

Maybe you have a great partner in your life or a wonderful job you enjoy going to. Remember that you might have a home to go to which puts you ahead of the estimated 100 million homeless people in the world.

The world isn’t fair, and while sometimes it might pull the rug out from under you remember, there are many times that the world seems to revolve around you.

Thanks dads for all of the words of wisdom!

Chadalyst – Write down the 3 ways that the world is not fair and seems to be against you. Now take a moment and write down 3 ways that the world is not fair and in your favor! You will start to see the positive and stop worrying about the smaller issues.

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Lessons from a Great White Shark

One of the most feared and powerful creatures on our planet is the great white shark. It is a killing machine that has survived evolutionary changes for generations. One thing to know about this magnificent creation is that if a great white shark stops swimming it dies. The shark must always be in motion.

The same thing in your life.

Are you always moving or are you standing still?

We are not only talking actual physical action, we are talking about your mind as well.

When was the last time you learned something new?
When was the last time you took a class?
When was the last time you researched a new topic or area or culture?

As children most of us attend school for 13 of our first 18 years of life. Some of us continue for years after that. Some of you might even be life long students. When we complete our formal education is when the real learning begins. We learn more and more about ourselves and the type of adult we are going to become.

What type of adult are you?

Are you the type of adult that is happy with the status quo? Can you go through your routine, fear change and find yourself happy and content with that?
OR
Are you the type of adult that is looking to grow at every opportunity? Learning new skills and finding people to help you grow in your life?

Are you standing still or are you moving and growing?

As the great white must continue to move so must you!

Stop standing still!
 

Chadalyst – Pick up a book that will help you expand your thinking and get reading! Don’t want to read a helpful book…sign up for a class to help you learn a new skill. Let us know what book you are reading or what skill you are learning.

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