Motivational Quote: Conquering Fear

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“It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary, The first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Fred’s Fearful Encounter…continues

Here is part 2 of the story about Fred’s Fearful Encounter. To check out the beginning of the story click here: https://relmes.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=374

But it wasn’t until his owner carried him into the lobby of their new apartment building that the real trouble started.

You see, the walls on the lobby were covered with mirrors, and Fred being a naive little cat, who had very little exposure to other cats, and who was also used to being the king of his household, looked into the mirrored walls, saw another cat.

Well immediately his instincts took over, and he went into attack mode.

He dug his claws into his owner, who felt the searing pain and who dropped him and then Fred proceeded to attack the first cat he saw, who to his surprise was attacking him back with equal show of force.

Well Fred, who was not experienced in the art of cat fighting, decided that retreat would be his best course of action.

But when he turned to run what do you think he saw? You guessed it another attacking cat. Well this went back and forth, back and forth for several minutes until Fred decided to run down the hall and let his owner catch him up and help him out of the situation…

Now you may think that this is just a story about a crazy cat, but it more than just that.

Poor Fred is not that much different than you or me……….

To find out why he is not much different, check out my next post…

Motivational Quote: Vision + Action

“Vision without action is merely a dream.

Action without vision just passes the time.

Vision with action can change the world.” 

 -Joel Arthur Barker,  Futurist & Author “Paradigms”  http://www.joelbarker.com/

How to make your New Years Resolutions stick

Many of us who are looking forward to the future have made New Years resolutions.

You know those grand plans that we come up with, that if we follow-through, will make our life more fulfilling. Unfortunately, they are also the same plans that are usually forgotten by the 3rd week of January. If you don’t believe this just check the classifieds in February for used exercise equipment.

 

Common resolutions like “Quit Smoking, Lose Weight or Save Money,” may sound great, but they aren’t very successful. Using the following 7 steps will help you design more powerful New Years resolutions.

 

1. Develop S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions

Specific: You must specifically and clearly identify your target because you need to know what success looks like.

Measurable: Clear destinations and checkpoints along the way provide stepping-stones,  that are easily attained and provide victories that keep you motivated.

Action Oriented: Effective resolutions require action, they are doing resolutions, not being or having resolutions.

Realistic: You design resolutions to solve a problem or to achieve a dream. They should stretch you outside of your comfort zones, but if you make them completely out of reach, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

Timely: They need to be important to you at this time in your life, if it is not, you will not do the work necessary to succeed.   

 

2. Identify what’s in it for you: If you are going to follow through with your resolution you need to be excited about the benefits it will bring. Visualizing yourself fitting into those jeans that “shrunk” or driving that new car are powerful motivators.

 

3. List the obstacles that stand in your way: Knowing what the obstacles are can help you determine how to get around them.

 

 4. Consider who can help you: You need to carefully identify friends whom you can trust to share your goals with and who can check your progress and encourage you. These people enable you to maintain your focus and keep your eyes on the goal itself.

 

5. Consider what resources are needed: Knowing what tools and knowledge you’ll need to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chances of success.

 

6. Develop an Action Plan: There is something so powerful about putting your resolutions down on paper, but this is the step where most people fail. I think Denver Broncos football coach Mike Shanahan put it best when he said, “If you have a plan, and if you have your direction laid out. You can chart your progress to your dreams at each stopping point along the way. And just as important, all along the way you can see how far you’ve come”. Developing your action plan will give you the road map to your dreams.

 

     7. Set a deadline for achievement: Resolutions without deadlines are only dreams. Deadlines are another powerful motivator. Also when you are setting deadlines add the phrase “on or before” ie. “I will acquire 20 new clients on or before July 1, 2009”

 

So this year make those New Years Resolutions stick, and reap the benefits. Because the best way to predict your future, is to create it yourself.

Motivational Quote: Vision

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel Arthur Barker

How Leaders Strengthen Relationships

It hit me straight between the eyes, and I was blurry-eyed to begin with.

One of my morning rituals is to read for a few minutes before I get ready to the day. I do this in order to jump-start my brain. One of the books that I am reading right now is titled: Leadership Promises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell. http://www.johnmaxwell.com/

It is a daily devotional on Leadership. Here is a brief section of today’s message:

A leader can’t connect with people only when he/she is communicating among groups; he/she must connect with individuals.

The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will help the leader.

Successful leaders always initiate; they take the first step and make the effort to continue building relationships.

Connecting with people isn’t complicated, but it takes effort.

Your people are more willing to take action when you first move them with emotion. When you give first, your people will give in return. When you connect with individuals, you gain the attention of crowds. When you reach out to your people, they will reach back toward you.

Whether you have just taken over a leadership position or are well established, you must connect with your people if you are to succeed.

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Well said, just one more thought on this subject:

“Remember we do business people to people, not business to business.” – Richard Elmes

Taking Action

Here are a couple of interesting quotes I found on the topic of taking action:

“You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

“Sitting still and wishing makes no person great. The Lord sends the fishes, but you must dig the bait.” – Author Unknown