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Mastermind Course: Communicating to connect

July 28, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Project Management

If you can connect with others- one-on-one, in groups, and with an audience – your sense of community improves, your ability to create team work increases, and your influence skyrockets. People who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who cannot connect. Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers.

Learn how to improve your results, increase team performance and connect better with those you lead. 

Eventbrite - Everyone Communicates, Few Connects Course
Only 25 Seats Available

Join us for this 10-week course starting on August 15th, 2012 and learn the "how-tos" of connecting while we discuss the following principles and practices:

  1. Connecting Increases Your Influence in Every Situation

    Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers. You will only be able to reach your potential, regardless of your profession or chosen path, when you learn to connect with other people. Otherwise, you’ll be like a nuclear power plant disconnected from the grid. You’ll have incredible resources and potential, but you’ll never be able to put them to use.

  2. Connecting Is All About Others

    Before you can add value to others, you must first learn to value others. Instead of trying to conform others to your agenda, position yourself to see from their vantage point. As you gain awareness of the needs and hopes of others, you will be able to craft messages that connect with them emotionally.

  3. Connecting Goes Beyond Words

    You can’t merely pass along information; you must model the message you want to deliver. A vision cannot materialize through you until it has taken root within you. Owning a vision enables a communicator to move from informing others to inspiring them.

  4. Connecting Always Requires Energy

    To make the most of your communication opportunities, you must expend energy proactively. Leaders have responsibility to initiate the connection.  It’s also the leader’s duty to prepare so that he or she can communicate clearly when the opportunity arises. Preparation consumes time and energy, but its benefits far outweigh its costs.

  5. Connecting Is More Skill Than Natural Talent
    People aren’t born with the ability to connect, nor does it develop by accident. Connection happens when people hone their skills and mine their experiences. Great communicators make the most of their background, personality, natural abilities, and knowledge in order to engage an audience—whether in conversation with one person or when speaking to a gathering of thousands.

    Eventbrite - Everyone Communicates, Few Connects Course
    Only 25 Seats Available

  6. Connectors Connect on Common Ground

    Connecting with others is a matter of choice. Good leaders and communicators don’t isolate themselves, and they deliberately keep their people informed. They decide to make themselves available, to listen when their people speak, and to show others that they care. Over time, their thoughtfulness and humility attract people to their side.

  7. Connectors Do the Difficult Work of Keeping It Simple

    Being simple is hard work. Great leaders grasp the nuances and intricacies of tough issues, and condense them into simple statements that easily can be communicated to their people. To keep communication uncomplicated, leaders quickly get to the point, use plain language, and repeat their primary message.

  8. Connectors Create an Experience Everyone Enjoys

    In the Information Age, attention spans continue to shorten, and you have a limited amount of time before people choose whether to tune in or tune out.  Do everything within you power to engage your audience early. Once you’ve drawn people in, hold their attention by telling stories, showing pictures and inviting participation. People remember what they see and do much better than what they hear.

  9. Connectors Inspire People

    Vision without passion is a picture without possibilities. By itself vision doesn’t inspire change. It must be supplemented with visible passion on the part of the leader in order to compel people to act. Leaders set the tone for the entire team by the excitement and energy level they bring to their work.

  10. Connectors Live What They Communicate

    People buy in to the leader before they buy in to the message. You are the best advertisement for your cause. Whether you intend to show them or not, your true colors eventually shine through—onstage, at work, or at home. If you want to connect well with people, you must become the kind of person with whom you would like to connect.

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN YOU AND SUCCESS.

It isn’t experience; it isn’t talent. If you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some people are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection.

Join us for this 10-week course starting on August 15th and learn how to improve your results, increase team performance and connect better with those you lead.

To be more effective, we're limiting the group to just 25 participants. Hurry up and secure your seat today.

Eventbrite - Everyone Communicates, Few Connects Course

How to turn dreams into reality – July 26 Virtual Seminar

July 24, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

What if you had a magic wand to make all your dreams come true? What if a fairy godmother were to come along and grant you not three, but six wishes? And what if that magic Wand were YOU?..?

Come join us to learn the secrets of tapping into the magic that lies within you, one step at a time, setting yourself up for what you want most in life and then pursuing them relentlessly until they come true!

Join us on Thursday, July 26th at 9:00 PM ET by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

About the Presenter:

Joyce Dias has enjoyed an interesting career spanning 4 continents and several industries, and has launched not one, but two businesses in completely opposite niches - one in Leadership Development, Team and Personal Optimization, the other in Website and Social Media Campaign Optimization. Daunted at first as she transitioned from an employed professional to a successful entrepreneur, Joyce has learned that the secret of having it all lies in setting dreams with deadlines.

Joyce is the Founder and President of Success byHeart, a Toronto-based Business consulting company providing individuals and organizations with  exclusive tools and tailored solutions to discover their unique driving instincts and to build their success based on plans  that maximize the impact of their natural potential.

As a seasoned Corporate and Projects Manager and a deeply insightful coach, she helps people and teams seeking guidance to achieve professional or corporate objectives and their most cherished dreams. Joyce strongly guides people to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shows them how “to eat the elephant in small bites” using their innate abilities.

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Skype Set up: The call should be accessible via Skype as well.  I’m hosting this call on www.FreeConferencing.com – so – add a contact of freeconferencing.7124320900 and the access code 252039# should work once you’ve dialed in.

Your Fave Five: Achieving Success Through Intention – 6/28 Virtual Seminar

June 20, 2012 in Business, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

How many projects are you working on right now? 2, 5, 10 or more? Are you always busy working? Do you find yourself saying, "There are not enough hours in a day"?

Or perhaps, after you have given in to so many distractions and unimportant tasks you wonder, where has the time gone?

We live in a world where there is competition for our attention more than ever before. You can't help it but get off track if you start minding all the things competing for your attention.

If you are not seeing the results you need after all the efforts you've put in or perhaps you have already given up because you thought you've had enough, join us on Thursday, June 28th at 9:00 PM EDT for this month's Virtual Seminar Call "Your Fave Five - Achieving Success Through Intention" by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

It's not magic nor is it a silver bullet. Join me and discover the secret the most successful people use to create their success. This seminar will raise your awareness to new levels and give you the tools you need to help you achieve success and have better results in your life.

About the Presenter: 

Michael Charles is a Founding Partner and Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team with a focus on leadership, team development and intentional living (Living on Purpose).  He has a passion for developing leaders and adding value to those around him. Michael is the founder and president of Light The World Foundation, a charity group he started in 2009 with a group of other professionals to educate children in Haiti as well as provide leadership training and coaching to youth and young professionals in the United States.

Michael started his career in a Leadership and Management Training program at JP Morgan Chase in 2000 and has worked as a Management Consultant and a Project Manager for over 12 years.  Some of the companies Michael provided consulting services to include: Bank of New York Mellon, Teach For America, Educational Testing Services, Con Edison, Verizon, DOITT/New York City Office of the Mayor and JetBlue.

Michael is also a contributing author to the Handbook of Business Strategy Series published in 2007 by Emerald.  He plays music as a hobby,  enjoys spending time with his family and shares insights on leadership and intentional living on his blog at www.leadingwithintent.com.

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The John Maxwell Team: Making a difference through leadership!

June 14, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Personal Growth

As a Founding Partner, Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, it's an honor to join forces with John and an excellent team of people all around the world on a mission to make the world a better place one leader at a time. Together we will surely make a difference!

"I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference."
? John C. Maxwell

Let me know if you'd like to learn more about this team or how we can add value to you or something you're working on.

You can also visit www.johnmaxwellgroup.com/michaelcharles for more details on our products and services.

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The writing on the wall – Do you see it?

June 13, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

A couple months ago, I started working with JetBlue as a consultant/business partner in a Project Management position. On the first day I stepped through the door, the first thing that greeted me in the reception area was a wall of art with several words written on it. This same identical wall was also visible all throughout the building. By the end of the day, I realized that the five words on all of those walls are the same.  Those simple but meaningful words beautifully painted on the wall are: Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion.

When I asked about the walls, I was told that they are the JetBlue values that everyone strive to live by as a JetBlue Crewmember. These values also drive many initiatives within the company from which the first project I worked on, a Reward and Recognition system, was birthed.

That same day it hit also me. Why don't most people define the values they want to live by and filter their decisions and actions through them?  Most of us have some fuzzy idea of what our values are and want them to be but we never really take the time get any clarity on them. Though I've thought of mine before, I've never really taken the time to write them down.  On that same day, I resolved to set some time the next morning to reflect on and clarify my values.

Now why is this exercise important?

Over the years, my values have led me to initiate several projects and allowed me to make many of my major decisions without any regret. Today, they serve as a filter and a guide when deciding what to invest my time in.  Since I know what values I want to live by I understand my priorities better and feel better making my decisions.

Do I falter and miss the mark some times? You bet!  But I strive every day to live by those values. In Michael Hyatt's article "12 Ways to Know you're a Leader", one of the characteristics he covered is "You Walk your talk [as a leader] - not perfectly but sincerely and intentionally". That's what I strive to do and I hope you join me in doing the same.

The writing on your wall cannot be fuzzy and unclear if you want to live and lead with intention. So today I ask you: What is the "writing on your wall"?
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I'm sure you're wondering what mines are.  I have four major ones. I want to keep it simple; so it's not a long list.
1. Integrity - Trust and Character
2. Continuous Growth and Improvement - Growing myself & others.
3. Passion - Enjoying what I do and why I do it.
4. Positivity - Keeping a healthy attitude in everything I do and all of my interactions.

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Fundamental Principles of Leadership – Webinar for 5/31 at 9pm EDT

May 24, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Project Management, Successful Living

In this new era of collaboration and constant change, more than ever before, our success at home, in the community or at work is largely determined by our ability to lead people.  Many times we find ourselves struggling to get results but cannot understand why the results we seek seem so distant and unreachable.  Consequently, we more often than not resort to manipulation techniques and scare tactics that often backfire.

This introduction to the fundamental principles of leadership presents you with an opportunity to learn the building blocks of sustainable leadership upon which you can build and achieve successes both in your private and professional life.

We will: 

  1. Explore 3 pillars/fundamental principles that will allow you to lead effectively
  2. Define true leadership
  3. Provide you with tools to help you to lift your leadership lid to new levels
  4. Underscore the importance of establishing a personal growth plan

Learn these principles and you’ll learn to lead. If you ignore them, then you're always going to struggle with leadership.

Join us on Thursday, May 31st at 9:00 PM EDT by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

About the Presenter: 

Michael Charles is a Founding Partner and Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team with a focus on leadership, team development and intentional living (Living on Purpose).  He has a passion for developing relationships and adding value to those around him. Michael is the founder and president of Light The World Foundation, a charity group he started in 2009 with a group of other professionals to educate children in Haiti as well as providing leadership training and coaching to youth and young professionals in the United States.

Michael started his career in a Leadership and Management Training program at JP Morgan Chase in 2000 and has worked as a Management Consultant and a Project Manager for over 12 years.  Some of the companies Michael provided consulting services to include: Bank of New York Mellon, Teach For America, Educational Testing Services, Con Edison, Verizon, DOITT/New York City Office of the Mayor and JetBlue.

Michael is also contributing author to the Handbook of Business Strategy Series published in 2007 by Emerald.  He plays music as a hobby,  enjoys spending time with his family and shares insights on leadership and intentional living on his blog at www.leadingwithintent.com.

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Change Your Life: 5 Steps to Creating Positive Habits

May 21, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

As mentioned in the last blog post two weeks ago, if you are seeking to lead a positive and successful life - whatever that may mean for you, you have to make it a mission to understand how your habits are either helping or sabotaging  you. Once you have gained that level of awareness, it's time to set your intention to start developing new habits that will help you achieve your life's goals or change your life completely. In this post, I'm going to break down the process of habit formation to help you understand how you can create positive habits.

We all go through this process of creating new habits at an early age for many of the tasks we perform on a daily basis. Some of those tasks include: standing up, walking, talking, etc... We have committed the mechanical know-hows to our subconscious mind and over time have developed the belief system we need to be able to perform those tasks and many other ones mindlessly.

A perfect example of this is learning to open a door.  You no longer have to think about nor struggle with opening a door. You also don't have to wonder what you need to do first or whether the door will open at all. You know it will open.  You learned and struggled with this once as a child growing up and have done it so many times after that it's become a habit.  All you have to do now is give physical self the order to open the door and you unconsciously (mindlessly) take all the steps necessary to open the door.

To succeed in any other endeavor, you need to apply this same process and effort to create positive habits.  Below are 5 steps that will help you with the creation of any habit.

1. Awareness

Change starts with awareness. And if you're ever going to succeed at making changes in your life, you have to know that YOU need to make a change. You have to know what to want for you to desire it.

2. Desire

Desire will drive you to see the change through. The desire you have to be a better version of yourself or to see the positive outcome that the new habit will yield is what's going to keep pushing you onward when things seems to get tough. This is certainly true when the results you seek doesn't come right away. This is a failure point for most people. Usually, the desire is not strong enough and so they give up half-way or just before they've committed this new task to their subconscious to allow it to work to their advantage.

Get emotional about the results. Paint a picture of your future as a result of the things this new habit can help you to achieve. If you're not willing to get emotional about it, you can stop reading now because all you have is a wish and the remaining steps will not help you.

3. Learning

I was tempted to leave this step out but it is necessary to the process. My temptation was purely out of concerns that you may get stuck in this phase that you never take action.  I don't believe your getting stuck is because you want to, but that society has taught us that taking action without knowing, in advance, every sequential detailed step is a risk. I say, once you've learned what the first step is, take action.  And in doing so, you will have a clearer picture of what the next step should be. The first step will expand your horizon and encourages you to take the next.

Suspend the requirement of knowing how and dive in. The only way you learn to swim is by getting in the water.

The utility of knowledge rests only in its application.
~Unknown

4. Action

You have to take action. You don't create a habit by meditating and contemplating the habit. You have to do something. It's the only way.

5. Repetition

The final and key ingredient to habit formation is repetition. If you're learning how to do something and you find it hard, keep on doing it. In the words of Thomas Fuller, “All things are difficult before they are easy”. When it's become easy, it's becomes a habit. You performed the task so many times until it becomes second nature to you. Your subconscious mind will have taken control of the mechanical know-hows and all you have to do in the future is give yourself the command to execute.

You can draw upon this process to create and develop new habits and beliefs system around the things you want to achieve in life.  To commit any task to your subconscious and create positive habits, keep repeating the action over and over.  Your physical being will submit to the authority of your subconscious mind and this will help you create the life you've dreamed of through your habits. The key point not to miss here is that you have to be intentional in creating habits that will serve you.

Your Habits: The Secret to Your Success or Your Failure!

May 3, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Many years ago, I heard one of my favorite Speakers/Authors share something that have had a tremendous impact on my life and I believe it will also impact yours if you take it seriously - because it is the determinant of success and failure in your life.  This is one aspect of Leading With Intent that I would like to share with you. Your life, my life and everyone else' in this world is run by habits: good or bad.

Some people are addicted to drugs - a negative habit, while others are addicted to taking time to read and reflect - a positive habit.

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Leading with your strengths: Virtual Seminar Call for April 26th

April 19, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

As we move into our careers, many of us can at times lose sight of what we do best and which part of the work places us in our 'sweet spot' - that place where satisfaction and strength meet. On this month's call with my friend and fellow John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker Deb Ingino, we will cover the best method to help you intentionally move from just ‘having a job’ to positioning yourself as a ‘Strength Based Leader’.  This is the only way you will get the most return (monetary or something of material value) and reward (personal satisfaction) for your efforts.

Join us on Thursday, April 26th at 9:00 PM EST by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

You will:

  1. Learn the advantages of leading with your strength
  2. Learn the 4 steps required to become a Strength Based Leader
  3. Hear real life examples of people who have made the shift and their successes

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About the presenter: Deb Ingino

Deb Ingino

As the Vice President of Global Brand Operations for a very successful Fashion Accessory Company headquartered in New York, Deb Ingino has enjoyed the kind of corporate job most people would envy-  traveling around the world, creating and developing teams that today service retailers in more than 80 countries. She has made substantial contributions to that organization facilitating the expansion from $50M enterprise to well over $500M in revenue. Her contributions have been recognized by LIBN as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in business as well as by her colleagues.

Deb attributes much of this incredible result to having successfully studied and executed a ground up leadership approach and by tapping into her strengths for the past twenty years. She has discovered that using the knowledge of each individual’s wired strengths provided her with the opportunity to develop and seed throughout the organization dozens of successful team members who today are flourishing while operating in their strength zones. Deb has executed successful organizational development programs in more than 14 countries in 7 languages all with the end result of people and organizations reaching their highest potential.

Today, as CEO of Strength Leader Development, Deb leads with her strength as a Coach and Speaker, helping businesses, organizations and individuals learn how to reach their potential by leading with their strengths.

To learn more about Deb's work and her company, visit www.StrengthLeaderMentor.com.

Join us on Thursday, April 26th at 9:00 PM EST by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

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  1. 4 Reasons You Should Strive to Be the Best at What You Do (leadingwithintent.com)
  2. Finding Your Leadership Strengths (gmj.gallup.com)

John Maxwell Team Youth Leadership Event – YouthMax 2012

April 12, 2012 in Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

YouthMAX Event: leadership skills for youth from the John Maxwell Team

Today's youth often struggle with identity, fear of failure, bullying and a need for strong personal character. From May 6-12, the John Maxwell Team presents YouthMAX, a free worldwide youth leadership event designed to give today’s youth practical tools and ideas to help them navigate life in four key areas.

"Bullying, failure, low self-image and poor character decisions are at the heart of many of the challenges facing young people today. We've decided to do something about it...."

~ Paul Martinelli, president of the John Maxwell Team.

In partnership with local schools and youth organizations, certified John Maxwell Team speakers will deliver four presentations developed and taught by John C. Maxwell: Stand Up & Be Counted (Anti-Bullying), Learning to Fail Forward to Success, Developing a Positive Self-Image and Developing Strong Personal Character. The presentations are given at no charge for students ages 14 to 18 and are available to any youth organization or school group.

Visit www.YouthMAX.net to learn more or send an email to Michael@Leadingwithintent.com to request a presentation. Speaker availability is limited, so be sure to sign up or contact me early.

You can also download a brochure with more information about the program here

The John Maxwell Team is a group of independent John Maxwell Certified Coaches, Teachers and Speakers, who offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to aid personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John Maxwell’s proven leadership methods.

YouthMAX gives me and the rest of the John Maxwell Team members an opportunity to serve our communities at no charge by helping youth grow and develop to meet the challenges of life in today's changing world.

Contact: Michael Charles
Phone: 917-531-1098
email: Michael@Leadingwithintent.com

Mastering the Art of Living – March 29th Virtual Seminar Call

March 14, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

It is with much pleasure and excitement that I announce our guest for this month's virtual seminar call, Vickie Roundtree - a fellow John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker and friend. Our topic of discussion for this month is "Mastering the Art of Living".  Vickie is also a #1 Best Selling Author and has co-authored Fight For Your Dreams with Les Brown.

Listen in and participate in the conversation on Thursday, March 29th at 9:00 PM EST by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code. 

Vickie will also take questions.  Come ready with questions of your own and let's make this call an interactive one.

Mastering the Art of Living

Leading yourself and others with intent require efforts in several specific areas.  Before you can lead others, you have to start with yourself first. On this call with Vickie, we will discuss the importance of living on purpose, share tips on how you can lead yourself ans start living on purpose.

Living is definitely and art and we each have to shape our lives and follow a path that's unique.  Come join us and learn how to design your own unique path by learning how to:

  • Rise above fear and adversity
  • Develop an unwavering belief in you
  • Put excuses & complaints on hiatus
  • Be grateful and enjoy life while doing it
  • Embrace change and maximize opportunities for success

About Vickie Roundtree

Vickie Roundtree graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She has worked in Corporate America for 26 years holding positions in the areas of sales, marketing, IT, and supply chain management.  Vickie also has a number of certifications in information technology (IT) and spent the last 9 years of her corporate career working in IT and Supply Chain Management.  During Vickie's years in Corporate America, she has led  teams of people to achieve great results as while inspiring and motivating them to  achieve their own personal goals.

Vickie made a career change in 2009 and launched her business as a public speaker, trainer & coach. She is a Les Brown platinum speaker in addition to being a Certified John Maxwell Coach and Trainer. Vickie has a heart filled with compassion and a passion to serve and to make a profound impact on the lives that she touches.  She is on a mission to educate women around the world with basic life skills. Life skills that allow those women to embrace their power and in turn create and spread greatness through the lives they touch.

A mother to three children, Vickie is an avid supporter of Operation Smile helping them to perform necessary surgeries for children around the world that have been challenged with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

You can learn more about Vickie and the services she offers by visiting her John Maxwell Team Website.

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The Big Rocks: Your Priorities, Your Success or Your Failure

February 25, 2012 in Business, Communication, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

"You are EXACTLY where you should be given the things you have done to get there" ~ Unknown

To follow last month's lesson from the Learn, Grow and Achieve Virtual Seminar with Rick Krug, "The History of Your Future", I thought it was appropriate to share this 10-minute video with you. This video will solidify the lessons from the call and also help you to see your world, your daily priorities and eventually your success from a different perspective.

During a training session I attended at JP Morgan Chase for new employees in early 2000, a trainer from Franklin Covey explained the concept of the Big Rocks. It made a lot of sense to me then and it still does today. Although I fail to put some of the lessons to use on occasions, I still strive to practice this principle everyday and its impact on my life has been enormous.

The Big Rock principle has helped me to focus on the things that really matter and also align my actions to my values.

Is this easy to do? No.

Can it be done? Yes.

Will you achieve more by taking this approach (focusing on the Big Rocks) instead of simply filling your day with the gravels or sands? Absolutely!

As you watch this video, put yourself in the lady's shoes and think about how you go about your day. You can almost feel the pressure of the many things in your life fighting for your attention, pulling you in many different directions. Most people live this way but when you ask them why, they say "I'm just living my life...taking it day by day". This is really just another way of them saying "my life has no purpose...it is meaningless". If that is you, I recommend that you read the "30 Days to Live" series. It will definitely help you put things in perspective.

"There are no real mistakes, only misplans, weak-plans or no-plans" ~ Unknown

When you live without a clear mental picture of who you are, who you want to become and what you want to achieve with your life, you become enthralled with the pettiness of daily occurrences and emergencies. This, in turn, creates stress which lead to frustration and sometimes a sense of under-achieving or "in-achieving".

Go ahead...Watch the video and Go Lead Your Life!

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The History of Your Future – Virtual Seminar Topic for February 23rd

February 10, 2012 in Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

I'm really excited to announce this month's topic for the virtual seminar: "The History of Your Future" presented by Rick Krug, a fellow Founding Partner, Teacher and Coach with the John Maxwell Team. Join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 9:00 PM EST by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

THE HISTORY OF YOUR FUTURE:

Every child has been asked at some time in their lives, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

When we do grow up, we get asked, "Where would you like to be in 10 years?"

What if we were asking the wrong questions here?

Instead of asking about the future, what if we explored the past? Not the actual past, but the past as if you were already in the future.

This is not a metaphysical exercise of imagined inner discovery, but a real plotting of a true pathway for your success. Many people literally change their entire future by creating a highly detailed mental picture of a preferable future. Could you live the future you dream of by doing the same?

Join us on Thursday 2/23 at 9:00 PM as we show you how to discover the History of Your Future

Access the recording and the handout via this link.

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Could you be sabotaging your success and screwing your life over?

January 10, 2012 in Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

At the beginning of every year, many people make resolutions that they even forgot making by the middle of January.  Statistics show that 97% of people who make resolutions fail to carry them out.  If there are no intentional actions behind those resolutions, 2012 will be just another year and nothing significant would have changed.  While making resolution and setting goals is a great practice, there is usually a gap that separates those who achieve their goals and those who don't. And that gap - the great separator between success and failure - is action.

Mel Robbins in the video below urges us to stop sabotaging ourselves and screwing ourselves over by understanding and using the power of activation energy. Lead your life instead of just living your life. Reduce points of procrastination and roadblocks preventing you from pursuing and achieving your dreams by putting some intentional actions behind those resolutions.

Here's to a successful and fruitful 2012.  Happy New Year!

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Commitments: They make or break you … What are you committed to?

December 13, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

"Success may mean many things, but it will never be an accident."

This is the third and last part of the series "Gifts, Choices and Commitments" - a speech that I made at a Toastmasters meeting last month expanded for this blog. This post is about how commitments can make or break you, their importance and how they can impact your life's journey. Mine certainly have shaped my life.

Commitments are major intentional decisions that we make at specific times in our lives that, if managed on a daily basis, help us to stay on a specific desired path.

We all have something or someone we are committed to. The question is not whether we're going to commit to something, but rather Read the rest of this entry →

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