#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: Doubt

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

What is the one thing that can derail any plan for change? What is the one thing that, if not overcome, will guarantee failure? What is the one thing we face every day as leaders and entrepreneurs?

DOUBT.

Yes, doubt is possibly the #1 challenge to achieve change, to lead, to setting a new course.

When doubt means our beliefs and our convictions are compromised. The end is now questionable. As a result, our decisions are no longer made with confidence.

People love confidence. We love knowing this will work. We thrive on consistency and predictability. When it’s lacking we hesitate to follow.

So, how do we overcome doubt?

We act. We keep moving forward. Avoid slowing down. Be smart, not slow.

ACTION is by far the best antidote to doubt.

What if Thomas Edison allowed doubt to get in the way of the light bulb?
What if Abraham Lincoln allowed doubt to cloud his decisions regarding slavery?
What if YOU allowed doubt to keep you from …?

#WisWed Tips:

  • Write down your desired goal, intention, dream. What you are aiming for.
  • Place it conspicuously
  • Read it, Read it, Read it.

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: 3 Tips to Improve Focus

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

Today there are countless messages, interruptions, distractions, and temptations coming our way every hour and it’s not going to get better anytime soon.

To be effective in this market we need to develop an essential discipline. Focus.

The ability to dial in on what you are aiming for and push aside all distractions long enough to hit the target.

Focusing aligns your energy and turns your effort into laser-like power. That kind of focus gives you the ability to cut through whatever you what to achieve.

#WisdomWed Tips:

  • Start slow and work up your disciple. Begin with 10 to 15 minutes 2-3 times per day
  • Make a list of what MUST be done each day
  • Use the Pomodoro Clock

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: You Don’t Belong Here!

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

Like most people, you want to make a difference AND be part of a community while doing it. You want to BELONG. We might even go as far and say we NEED to belong.

Can you recall a time when you DIDN’T belong? Maybe someone told you directly, “You don’t belong here,” or maybe things were said and done in a way to make you feel unwanted.

Like you DIDN’T belong.

If you are fortunate enough to not have had such an experience then image what it would be like for someone to treat you like you DON’T belong.

As leaders, managers, and peers we are either conveying “YOU BELONG HERE” or you “DON’T BELONG HERE.”

#WisdomWed Tips
– Take time to communicate belonging to someone
– If you are NOT in a place where you truly BELONG take action and do something about it.

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: In Harmony

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

Not matter what you do or how you do it if you want to make a difference it will come down to how well you work with other people.
Maintaining harmonious relationships with partners, superiors, peers, clients, direct reports and family members is essential to making a significant contribution to your work, home, community or to society in general.

The cost of fractured and broken relationships include stifled creativity and energy. As well as increased stress and general avoidance.

#WisdomWed Tip: 
Think about which relationships could to be re-tuned.
Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: Four Seats of Leadership

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

Everyone can be a leader. Not everyone will be, but everyone can be. That includes you.

All too often we look at leadership as one broad stroke. The word ‘leader’ and verb ‘to lead’ are used ubiquitously but rarely in a way that distinguishes the type of leadership in question. We can break leadership down into four seats from which we lead.

Four Seats of Leadership
1. The First Chair Leader – Holds capital ‘V’ Vision
2. The Second Chair Leader – Executes capital ‘V’, holds ‘v’ vision
3. The Peer Leader – Implements, manages and champions both ‘V’ and ‘v’ visions

4. The Personal Leader – Holds capital ‘V’ vision for one’s own life

Each seat has a dramatically different role and set of responsibilities and yet each seat offers the opportunity to lead.

#WisdomWed Tip: In order to lead from #1-3 you must first lead from #4

Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: Passion. How do you define it?

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

What or who are you truly passionate about? But, before you answer consider what it means to be passionate.

Often, we use this word to express strong emotions or sentiments within ourselves. However, they do not convey the ROOT meaning of the word “passion.”

A brief study reminds us that the word ‘passion’ is rooted in the Latin passio, ‘suffering.’ So, while we often equate passion to emotions or feelings this word goes much deeper.

Your passion is something for which you are ready and willing to endure pain.

#WisdomWed
Get clear on your passion… for only a few can endure the test of pain.
Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here

Dear Single Parent on Valentine's Day, You're Not Alone

by Jeanene, our Relationship Coach

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.” ~ Hafiz

We walk into the pharmacy to pick up some shampoo and there it is; an entire aisle of chocolate hearts and pink stuffed animals.  Or we stop by the grocery store to buy some milk only to be bombarded again with cards for “my sweetheart”, bouquets of flowers and heart-shaped donuts.

It is February 14th and it seems everywhere we look there is a constant reminder of our past failure in love.  Valentine’s Day can be one of the loneliest day’s as a single parent but, only if we focus on one type of love.  It can be hard to not focus on the romantic dinner we may be missing out on but, we have so much more love in our lives than most.

We have tiny humans that look at us like we are superheroes. We have the opportunity to experience unconditional love that is so pure and bright it could never be rivaled by another. And, we get to experience the ultimate joy of loving these little monster with our entire being, not just one day of the year but, every single day.

Because the bottom line is, as a single parent it is never really about us…it’s about them.

So, spend this special day not focusing on missing out on something you don’t have but, celebrating love with the most amazing and valuable people in your life, your children.

They are counting on you to give them kisses and hugs (and probably one of those dreaded bears holding a heart).  They look to you as an example of what love is and will learn give to others the same way you give to them.

One day, you will no longer be single and you will have someone in your life that loves you the way you have always longed to be love.  You will be able to share your love with them and the love of your children as well.

But, today you get to celebrate love with little ones who think you control the world. So, cherish every moment you get alone with them because one day soon, it won’t just be you and them anymore.

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#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: House of Mirrors

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

One of the top limitations in leaders today is obsessing with their flaws.

It’s like this… Imagine you are in a house of mirrors. Mirrors on the walls, on the ceiling, even on the floor. There you are lights on and every flaw is visible…. Kinda like public speaking… except you are focused on every flaw, every weakness, and every shortcoming there is about you.

In this house of mirrors, we disengage from the real world and use our shortcomings blindfold ourselves.

#WisdomWed Tip: Get out of that room and get into the real world!!

Which of the following flaws are you obsessing about?

– Not good enough
– Wrong Education
– No Network
– What if… I get rejected?
– No one wants to work with me
– I really don’t offer any value

Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here

The Secret to Building a Profitable Business

by Leisa, our Business Strategist and Money Coach

I wanted to share with you a story about my friend, Celeste.  She totally had me fooled.

From the outside, Celeste was living the life that most people aspire to.  She has a growing business with tens of thousands of followers, is regularly being interviewed by podcasters and radio shows, and recently launched a new book.  She’s great at coaching her health and wellness clients and they see big transformations as a result of working with her.  It has taken her several years to get to this level and she’s excited about the future.

Celeste’s online business allows her to work from home and she makes a solid 6 figure income.  Certainly, that’s most entrepreneur’s dream.

But appearances on the outside rarely tell the whole story.

When Celeste confessed she actually feels a great deal of frustration because no matter how much money comes in there never seems to be enough.  That the hundreds of thousands of dollars that flow into her business go towards paying bills to keep her business running and taking care of expenses.

And at the end of the day – she’s got nothing left to show for her hard work.

She’s pouring her heart (not to mention her time, energy & money) into her business and most days it seems to be working.

But with every level of achievement comes yet another investment.

And that moment, that feeling of having arrived remains just out of reach.

Many business owners find themselves in the same pickle as Celeste.  They are motivated, passionate and successful but still find themselves struggling to put the pieces together so they can reach their peak potential.

I’ve found that until we get clear by doing the inner work of knowing what we really want to achieve combined with the outer work around growth and profitability, we can easily end up spinning in circles with our business.  Plus no business can survive for a long time without solid profitability.

To shift things around you must begin to change your heart and mind around these critical areas – including the stories you tell yourself.  And delve into releasing the beliefs that hold those stories and less than savvy financial habits in place.  So you can finally begin to turn the dial towards gaining the things you most want in life including more freedom and more joy.

To be able to do that though you have to stop hiding behind outward appearances and ask yourself some important questions:

#1. What is holding me back from becoming consistently profitable?  When I look at my numbers, what are they trying to tell me? If you aren’t sure, this is a great reason to find a coach or mentor who can help take a deep dive look at both your financials combined with your overall strategy.  Bringing in a fresh set of eyes to explore what is working and what is holding you back.

#2. Do I know my highest and most important goals and if so, am I on target to achieve them?  If not, I have a helpful exercise called The Business Flower Assessment Tool that helps you get really clear on your objectives in your business.  I’ve found that when we ask ourselves really good questions, the things we most want start to get clear.  Part of the reason our profitability may not be where we want it to be could have to do with the products and services we are providing into the marketplace and the amount of leverage we are (or are not) creating in our business.

#3. What are the exact steps I need to take over the coming 90 days to ensure that my company is reaching its growth and profitability targets and also achieving my fulfillment goals?  Take time to write a detailed action plan that allows you to take incremental steps every day without procrastinating or wasting time doing things that don’t help your bottom line.

When you put these three steps together, you’ll likely be amazed at what you learn about yourself, your business and what steps to take next to create the profitable business of your dreams!

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#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: Activity vs Action

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

Activity is busy work. Reading emails, surfing the web, social media, chatting with co-workers, or plain goofing off.

Action is decisive and deliberate movement towards your goal. It’s making the phone calls, persuading your prospects, writing copy, signing the contracts, delivering your products and services.

#WisdomWed Tip: Replace one activity with a productive action.

If you don’t your competition will! 
Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here
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