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In Like a Lion…

Maybe you have heard the saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?”

What does that saying mean? The official answer, it is referring to the weather and how March usually starts cold and windy and ends with spring all around us as the weather gets warmer.

One thing that I hope is that this saying never applies to you. This saying should never apply to your business life or your personal life. Please do not let a month come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Instead let’s always be working to make sure that your month starts with a roar of a lion and ends up as a pride. For those wondering a pride is a group of lions.

  • If your month starts strong, keep going and build on it.
  • If your month starts average, then step it up.
  • If you month starts with a whimper just remember that at anytime with some effort you can turn that whimper into a big ROAR!

Stop for a moment and imagine what your business, your relationships, your bank account, your whole life could look like, if each month was a slightly louder roar then the month before. (This is where you stop and imagine before returning to read more…just be sure to come back and finish reading)

It doesn’t take a lot to raise the volume of your roar. Check off these 5 simple things each day:

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  1. Make 1 more sales call or customer follow up call before you leave work for the day. You will walk out feeling like you did your job and now and then you will walk out with an additional success.
  2. Send a thank you text before during the day to 2 people that you are grateful for from that day. You will see more happiness around you, you will be bringing happiness to other people and you will fill yourself with more happiness.
  3.  Help 3 people a day. These can be things such as holding a door, to buying coffee for the person behind you in line, to things like helping someone move. Do these things without looking for something in return and you will get something in return!
  4.  Take a moment each day and remember what you are doing it all 4. OK we know we reached with the for/4 thing, just go with it. Without knowing your purpose and remembering your purpose you will get derailed.
  5. Read 5 pages of something that will help you grow. One must always be continuing to learn to develop a larger roar!

These activities will keep you working a little harder, thinking a little bigger and becoming a better person. Do these simple steps as a part of your daily activities and your roar will continue to grow and grow until everyone can hear it!

Let your roar be heard!

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Chadalyst – Even if you aren’t ready to do all 5 of the simple steps to raising your roar, pick one and start with that for the next week and watch your volume grow anyway!

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Keep the spirit alive!

The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to “it”. Whatever “it” is for you.

It is time to set new goals for the new year and get focused. It is time to be all about business once again…or is it?

Why can’t the holiday spirit continue all year long? Why can’t we benefit from that energy that we are surrounded with, without the hefty price tag the holidays can sometimes bring?

Imagine the difference in your life if you could find yourself whistling a Christmas carol in April as you dealt with taxes, in August as the heat was making you crave the winter months or even as the kids return to school (isn’t that like a holiday for adults anyway?)

The holiday spirit is not something found in a store, under a tree or wrapped in any size package. The holiday spirit is your mindset and you can change that whenever you desire.

Did you notice between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve that people seem to have a little more patience with each other? Were you more patient this past holiday season?

Did you notice that people smiled more often and offered greetings to people they passed with the holiday energy in the air? Did you find that you were smiling more?

How can you keep the holiday spirit with you all year?

  • Remember to say hello and thank you to those around you.
  • Give small gifts to those that matter.
  • Make some time to help someone in need.
  • Spend a few extra moments with family in person or with video or a call.

The holiday season energy could be just the thing to power you through the tougher times of this year.

The holiday season is just an excuse to be nice, and that is one excuse we don’t need. Be nice all year long and you will be amazed with the results

 

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Chadalyst – The best way to keep the spirit alive is different for each of us. What is it that the holiday spirit means to you and how can you keep it alive outside of holiday season? Great, whatever you just thought about, go do it!

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What is a leader?

There I was sitting in a room with people with the title of leader. These leaders are getting ready to work with others that also have a title of leader. This made me ask the question, what makes a leader?

  • Is a leader someone who helps others figure out what to do or figures out what to do and let others witness it?
    Is a leader someone who goes first or goes last?
    Is a leader someone who tells others things or listens to others about things?

The answer to these questions is a simple one…yes.

A leader helps others figure the path and leads by example.
A leader sometimes pulls in the right direction and leads the way and other times pushes in the right direction and follows others.
A leader has answers and is always finding new answers.

Still confused? Here it is summed up in 3 simple points of what a leader does.vision

  1. Set a vision
  2. Clearly communicate that vision consistently
  3. Recruit a team to that vision

1. Set a vision – a leader should have an idea of where they currently are and where they want to go.

2. Communicate that vision – a leader should be able to share the destination with others so they want to go there as well.

3. Recruit a team – through communication a leader should be able to find others that see the same vision, hear the same vision and want to join on the journey to the final vision.

Some visions need a large team to achieve. Then there are some visions the only person you need to recruit is the one looking at you in the mirror!

You might not be a leader in title. That shouldn’t stop you from leading. In the different areas of life, we can all be leaders.

  • Maybe you are a leader in the business world.
  • Maybe you are a leader in your health choices.
  • Maybe you are a leader in the way you parent or the type of spouse you are.

The hardest person to lead is yourself so remember that YOU are a Leader and start there!

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Chadalyst – The best way to lead others is to lead yourself. Find one thing that you can lead yourself to success at, and do it! Then do it again! Soon enough people will be coming to you for the lessons you have learned and the leadership you display!

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Halloween, the scariest of days

For years now Halloween has been the scariest day of the year in my opinion. What is it that makes it so scary?

  • pumpkinIt isn’t the adorable kids dressed as spooky ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
  • It isn’t the calories waiting to get us in the bag of goodies that our children bring home and we raid while they sleep.
  • It isn’t the giant spider decorations people put on their homes. (ok this one might scare me, although it isn’t the main reason)

The thing that scares me the most about Halloween is that it is the beginning of the holiday season. In other words, it is the beginning of the end for many independent contractors.

As most people celebrate Halloween and flip the calendar to November they unconsciously begin the act of unplugging for the rest of the year.

First, there is the long weekend to launch November as we celebrate our Veterans. Now let’s be very clear, our Veterans deserve to be celebrated daily not just once. The point is that with this day comes a day away from work and aids in the holiday mindset. The fact that it is on a Wednesday this year it now has the chance to mess up a full week of focus.

Next there is the 4 day weekend that Thanksgiving has become. 4 days might not be enough for some of you that make it a full week break and maybe longer if you work some travel in there.

Next thing you know you change the calendar and all of a sudden it is December. Before we know it the kids get out of school again and the rest of the holidays show up and rush past us.

And then the biggest holiday of them all…New Years Eve. Time to finally flip the switch back on. Here is some advance warning…please skip New Years Resolutions this year and just create good habits instead.

Remember, as Halloween approaches and the year rushes to a close ask yourself these questions:

  • If you were running a race, wouldn’t you push harder and sprint as the finish line got closer? Then why do we let up with the final days of the year ahead of us?
  • If you had to climb a mountain, wouldn’t it be a nice bonus if you could start at least halfway up? That is what finishing strong will do for the start of the next year for you.

Look around the stores you visit, notice anything? That’s right, they skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are up already. To them, the year is over. How about to you?

 

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Chadalyst – Time to sprint for the finish line and finish strong so you can start strong next year. Ignore the calendar and remember that much of your competition has started to celebrate the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity!

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It’s NOT one thing

Many of us hear something, then we latch on to it, and then we run with it. Have you ever stopped to wonder if what you heard was accurate?

  • How many times have you heard “it” incorrectly, like a game of broken telephone?
  • Have you ever heard “it” just how you wanted to hear it?
  • Do you believe that you might have heard “it” in a way that is slanted by the person telling it to us?

Have you read the best seller, The ONE Thing? Did you take that to mean ONLY one thing?

That is a thought that can be overwhelming! That will cause paralysis in most people before they are able to move forward. How can ONE thing sum up everything in your life? Simple, it can’t.

It isn’t ONE thing, it’s ONE THING AT A TIME!

The book shows us that there are 7 areas of our lives to focus on. Even though we understand and accept this, we will still attempt to find one thing to fit them all. The 7 areas of focus are:

  1. Spiritual Life7 areas of focus
  2. Physical Health
  3. Personal Life
  4. Key Relationships
  5. Job
  6. Business
  7. Finances

Within these areas we have our ONE thing for each and again, it is one thing at a time.

Maybe your ONE thing with your job is being focused on lead generation. Once that is complete you move on to your job’s next one thing. This might be customer follow up, it might be your website development or maybe it is to meet with a client. Whatever it is, that is what you do next and with the same focus.

Maybe your one thing is to have dinner with the family. If that is what is important for your Key Relationships, then be at the table and be present working on that ONE thing. After dinner you can go check your email, the scores or whatever you just had to check on your phone. Then move to your next one thing with a key relationship. That might be a walk with your spouse, or working on a puzzle with your kids or even some alone time with a book as you change your focus to your Personal Life. You are the only one that can choose what your one thing should be.

While doing whatever it is, be there and be focused on that ONE thing! Once you are finished, then, and only then move on to your NEXT one thing and remember it is ONE THING AT A TIME!

 

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By finding out what your ONE thing is in each area of your life you will find clarity and focus that you have never had before.

 

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Chadalyst – Take some time to yourself and write out the 7 areas and then write down what your ONE thing is for each of those areas. Start there and then you can figure out your next one thing as needed.

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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!

 

 

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Chadalyst – Go find that person in your world that has earned the right to push you and will do so for your own good. Ask that person to watch over your shoulder and encourage, support and challenge you today!

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Playoff Lessons

This year the NBA Finals brought me a very powerful AHA that I hope you found as well and it has nothing to do with the basketball.

I am not much of a basketball fan although the competitive nature in me has me interested in championship rounds of almost any sport. The NBA season might be too long, might be filled with interesting stories and might be exciting, although it is only the NBA Finals that gets my attention.

NBA Finals

While speaking with a friend during the first 2 games he was convinced that the Cleveland Cavaliers would pull out the win against the odds. Why was he so sure, “because LeBron James has a WHY that is so big he will put the team on his shoulders and win this series.”

LeBron James did have a big WHY and spoke about a secret motivation that was powering him to take his “best player in the world” (his own words) ranking and win it all.

A big WHY is a must if you plan to breakthrough challenges and have successes.

Here is where the AHA came to me.

It doesn’t matter how big your BIG WHY actually is if you don’t have the support system around you. You could be driven by your BIG WHY to be better than you ever thought you could be and still come up short. The real question is, does your environment support your goals?

LeBron could not win the NBA Finals on his own no matter how powerful his motivation or how great a player he is. LeBron needed to have help and support and so do we!

No one succeeds alone.

  • Who are you surrounding yourself with?
  • Do you have the support staff in place to assist you in achieving your goal?
  • Do you have the ability to focus on your most important task while others accomplish theirs?

The most important question to ask of the people around you…Do they have a BIG WHY as powerful as yours or will they easily get distracted?Big Why

Make sure you get your BIG WHY in place or figure one out.  Then make sure you have an environment around you to support you in achieving your goal.

Then, nothing can stop you!

Good luck next year LeBron.

 

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Chadalyst – Take a moment and look at your team (at the office, at home and in your network) and evaluate if you have a team that can help you win. If you do, check your BIG WHY and ask yourself if it is BIG enough!

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