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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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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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Welcome to the Hall of Fame

I have been blessed to be able to visit the College Football Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame and of course in my opinion the hall of all halls…the Baseball Hall of Fame.

One thing is very clear when you enter a Hall of Fame, only the best of the best get to find a space to call their own. As of this year the Pro Football hall of fame only has 295 members and with over a century of baseball and thousands of players only 310 players, coaches and umpires have been elected.

The best of the best all had a few things in common.

1)Dedication
Top athletes don’t just wake up one day and find that they have been blessed with their arm being turned into a thunderbolt. They have dedication to what it is they are looking to master. They work at it again and again. On days where they really want to stay in bed and hide under the sheets, they get up and do it anyway!
Jerry Rice, one of the greatest wide receivers ever (that is a discussion for another time) even in practice always finished each play with a run into the end zone. In the off-season, he worked out 6 days a week in a famous workout that was just called “The Hill” and other athletes would attempt his workout and fail.
Jerry Rice had dedication. Athletes that make the Hall of Fame have dedication. Do you have dedication?

2)Determination
Hall of Famers don’t give up, they are determined to achieve their goal and will do what they have to so they can.
There were days that Cal Ripken Jr was hurt and had slight injuries and his determination found him in each game for 2,632 consecutive games (that is 16 seasons without missing a game)
How important are your goals to you and do you have the determination to achieve them?

3)Results

Those athletes that get honored in the Hall of Fame had results from what they did. They didn’t just show up and go through the motions and believe they should be honored. They worked for it and they produced! More importantly they produced when it mattered most.
Reggie Jackson was nicknamed “Mr October” for the way he produced in the clutch time of the baseball season. Joe Montana was knows as “Joe Cool” and lead 31 fourth-quarter comebacks and brought results when they were needed.
Do you create positive results from your activities and do you deliver in the clutch?

The different Hall of Fame locations are places to visit, to imagine what could be and to be reminded of what it takes to earn a space to call your own.

There might not be a Hall of Fame in your industry and that shouldn’t stop you from being remembered as one of the best and earning a spot forever in the hearts of others.

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Chadalyst – Begin earning your space in the Hall of Fame today and figure out why you are doing what you are doing and why it truly matters. Once you know that the dedication and determination will follow.

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Stupid or Smart…You Choose

“It takes no more hours in a day to be smart than it does to be stupid!” – Gary Keller

 

This sounds like something my dad would have said to me, and that is just the way that Gary speaks to anyone smart enough to listen!

 

While Gary was hitting us with this powerful statement at Keller William’s Mega Camp, what does this really mean?

 

It means that YOU get the choice of how you spend each moment of your life. Even when it feels like you don’t have that choice, you still have it! You can choose the positive outlook in a negative situation just as easily as you can choose to have a negative outlook in a positive situation. *Editorial note – Why would you do the latter?

 

It is up to you to fill your calendar with activities that help you continue to grow smarter instead of leading you down the path of stupid.

 

Are you filling your calendar with powerful growth opportunities such as:
  • Masterminding and Networking with SMART people
  • Goal setting for a BIGGER life
  • Reading for personal GROWTH
  • Focusing on growing your ONE thing to becoming a leader in your industry
Or are you choosing to fill your calendar with lesser choices such as:
  • Watching your favorite soap opera
  • Eating at unhealthy restaurants
  • Sitting around with no purpose or plan and just watching grass grow (another saying my dad always enjoyed to use)
Now, we are not saying that some of those things don’t bring value to your life. Sometimes we all need to unplug and there is nothing better than getting lost in a movie or a show. The real question is how much time do you need for unplugging and how much time are you taking for unplugging?

 

Are you finding your calendar filled by others and letting them choose what to put on there? Then you can only hope you are surrounded by people filling your calendar with smart time.

 

The only thing worse that having stupid time on your calendar is not even filling in a calendar to follow. If you don’t fill in a calendar, how will you know what you NEED to do instead of what you think you should do? When presented with that choice we always choose the easy way out.

 

White SpaceYOU get to choose if your activities and situations are making you smarter or not. Remember that your calendar is your true boss. Make sure you get your goals to show up by the activities on your calendar and then each day remember to ask your calendar what you should be doing. Then, do THAT!

 

Time block well as you get to choose if those minutes, hours and days are going to be helping you become “more stupid” or smarter.

 

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Chadalyst – Get out a calendar, any calendar from a day planner to Google, and start filling it in. Remember to add smart time to that calendar today by putting exercise, reading and networking, with the right people. Don’t leave white space!

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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.

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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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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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Overcome a Large Challenge by Making it Small

Have you ever found yourself facing a large challenge and not even sure where to start?

  • Have your taxes piled up and it is April 13th?
  • Have you looked up at your annual goal and realized it is already summer and the year is half over?
  • Have you opened your computer to too many emails to even know where to start your day?

 “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” – Creighton Abrams

Most of us have heard Mr Abrams’ quote, although it doesn’t solve the question of which part of the elephant should we bite first?

The answer to that question is one that still challenges most people. We learn how to overcome a large challenge by making it small and still we just stare at the challenge waiting for someone to show us step one.

Step one has now been shown to you. It might not be a bright flashing arrow pointing you in a specific direction. Maybe it won’t be as obvious as the yellow brick road was to Dorothy and Toto. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan made it quite simple when they wrote the focusing question in The ONE Thing.

What is the ONE thing that I can do today, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

If you ask yourself this question at the start of your day or at the start of a project the place to start on the path to success should become clear to you.

Take your large challenge and break it down to the smaller challenges using the focusing question. Remember this might take a few steps to get it to the correct starting point.

As shown in this geometric progression a domino can knock over a domino 1 1/2 times larger. What that means is you can see that by knocking down one 2 inch tall domino you are able to knock over something as large as the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your 18th domino in the progression. Find your starting point by going small. Line up your dominoes correctly and before you know it your large challenge will be falling over!

Overcome a large challenge by making it small

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Asking the focusing question is the best way to clearly find the starting point of your path to success and help you overcome a large challenge by making it small.

 

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Chadalyst – Ask yourself the focusing question – What’s the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now ask it again in regards to the answer you received. How small can you go? Find that FIRST domino!

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REALationships

Anyone can go to a networking event and walk away with a stack of contacts. Anyone can attend a business function and meet new people. Anyone can fill a database with names. How many of you create REALationships though?

What do your relationships look like? Are they relationships or REALationships?

Friend RequestWould you say that you have a few really close friends and that is the limit of it?

Would you say that you have a lot of great friends?

Would you say that you have many Facebook friends?

RE is a prefix and listed at Dictionary.com as meaning; to return to a previous condition such as renew or retrace. It could also be indicating repetition of an action such as remarry

Are your relationships just a repetitive action that continues to return to a previous condition or are you creating REALationships?

When we search REAL at Dictionary.com we find that it means true, genuine and even can be defined as sincere. Another definition that comes with REAL is existing or occurring in the physical world. Again we ask you, are you developing REALationships with others?

A REALationship is one that grows. One that is true. One that is sincere. One that is not focused on what it can provide for you. One that is genuine. One you want to develop. A REALationship is one that is in the physical world, not just online.

It is important to have relationships in your life. These are the people who you know and yet don’t know. You know them from work and enough to ask about their kids, and that’s where it ends. These are the people who you contact when you are looking for sponsorship, helping your daughter sell Girl Scout cookies or looking to grow your business.

How do you create REALationships? You listen, you ask great questions, you come from contribution, you give to give and don’t give to get and you care about the other person. You lift your head up from a screen and give your attention.

Each of us can only have a handful of strong REALationships so make sure you give your time and effort to those that you want to help grow, assist and still learn from yourself. Remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.

Your REALationships are  the people you want to share with, celebrate with and mourn with. These are the people who reach out to you to sponsor you, buy your daughter’s Girl Scout cookies and are always thinking how they can help you grow your business.

REALationships will change in your life as people move, as people change and as people develop other REALationships that impact them. That means to keep it real you must work on it.

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