Fear is Energy!

Feel fear, embrace it, and allow it to energize you! The problem with fear is that we run and hide from it, allowing it to grow and take over our lives. Once we bring our fear to light and face it head-on we can use it as an energy source. First, define where the fear…

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Mindsets

I know a friend who puts two $100 bills in his wallet so he never feels broke. He hides them in the back of his wallet and only uses them for an emergency, however, just knowing they are there makes him feel like he always has money. I never have money in my wallet, everything…

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“A Lifeguard Not Knowing How to Swim”

Imagine a lifeguard not knowing how to swim; having all the knowledge and training, however, when it comes time to jump in the pool, he/she can’t deliver (swim). The same could be said for all of us who do presentations and have all the knowledge and training, but can’t communicate our message clearly and effectively….

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“Shoe Dog”

I am reading “Shoe Dog” which is an autobiography by the founder of Nike- Phil Knight. “Shoe Dogs” were people who devoted themselves wholly to the making, selling, buying or designing of shoes. Lifers used the phrase cheerfully to describe other lifers, men and women who had toiled so long and hard in the shoe…

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Where your focus goes… Energy flows!

Where your focus goes… Energy flows*! What do you focus on during your day- work, “to do” lists, entertainment, news, politics, stock market or a combination of these? Most importantly, is what you are focusing on meaningful, impactful, and rewarding? Over the past two years I have tried to be laser focused on my businesses-…

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Getting Off the Script

Getting off the script (breaking patterns and routines) is where creativity, spontaneity and innovation lie. Steve jobs had a concept called “Unplanned Collaborations” where his employees from all different departments would bounce ideas off of one another throughout the workday unannounced, unplanned and unscripted. Mr. Jobs purposefully designed the atrium at Pixar to include all…

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The “Box” of Life

We live in a time where we get “Boxed” in by labels! It appears we are our job title, nothing more, and nothing less. It is all part of branding, image control, and specializing. We limit ourselves to the job we do and the title associated with it. Recently, my wife and I began flipping…

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Unleash Your Inner Michelangelo

I was speaking in Jackson Mississippi and I heard an architect talking about Michelangelo during his roundtable discussion. He said, what made him such an incredible artist was his ability to deliver clear and concise messages in his artwork, specifically, his sculptures. Michelangelo would continue and continue to chip away at his sculptures until he…

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“Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken”

We all hear the catch phrases: be authentic, be true to yourself, say what you mean and mean what you say. However, I take it one step further by adding “discover your viewpoint.” This includes your views on religion, finances, work, and politics. Once we establish our point of view on issues, causes, and conflicts…

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Energy Management

In his book Be Excellent at Anything, Tony Schwartz argues that energy management is at least as critical to success as time management: “The real issue is not the number of hours we sit behind a desk but the energy we bring to the work we do and the value we generate as a result,”…

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Paranoia Undoes Greatness

A lifetime of mediocrity is a high price to pay for safety! We can’t try a new process because it could fail. We can’t create a new service for our customers because it is unproven. We can’t hire him/ her because she is too young/ old. We can’t start a new business because we could…

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“The Art of Possibility”

As Benjamin and Rosamund Zander wrote in “The Art of Possibility” the frames of our mind create, define, and confine, what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we face in life only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame…

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