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When You Find It Hard to Start (Do This!)

Apr 21, 2021
 

Every time I had an idea, I'd turn it into an even bigger idea.

It'd become so big and so complicated that it never got off the ground.

I don't have time to do that!

How would I do that, with all that I have going on already?

Have you ever let what's ideal get in the way of just getting started?

That's what I was doing.  GO BIG OR GO HOME, right?

Well not if you can't get yourself to begin stepping out of the house, first!

If you have a desire to create something new in your business and life but have had a hard time getting started, you might be falling into this same trap.

In this video, I share the 3 swing thoughts that I use to get me unstuck and MOVING!

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What Are You Not Saying That Needs to Be Said?

Apr 18, 2021
 

In our attempt to not hurt others' feelings they never hear what needs to be heard.

If you've ever felt like you're walking on eggshells with a team member, your spouse, or anyone, then you know what I'm referring to.

...and most of us (if not all) have been here!

By you not saying what needs to be said, the other person never hears what needs to be heard. 

You never get your needs met and you go on tolerating more of what you don't want in your business, on your team, and most tragically your life!

What if you were to focus on getting your needs met, to saying more of what needs to be said?

What if "good enough" isn't good enough.

How could you communicate your truth to others effectively?

I say your truth because we each have a perspective. 

Whenever we communicate with someone our goal is to understand each other's perspective.

Once this happens the real conversation of solving issues and moving forward can occur.

So where are you holding...

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The #1 Ingredient to Effective Confrontation

Apr 09, 2021
 

I was pissed!

It still wasn't done!  We talked about it two weeks ago and I even checked in last week.  

I couldn't have been more clear and it still wasn't done-done.

It was kind of done but not really.

This wasn't the first time either, this has been happening for months!  Things just weren't finished the way I wanted them to be.

"How can I better support you?"

"What do you need from me?"

The response I'd hear, "nothing, I'm good, I'll get it done."

In his mind, IT WAS DONE... 

But it wasn't really done!

So, I'd be frustrated and finish it myself. 

"This isn't ok, I'm not putting up with this much longer!  I'm getting tired of having to finish his work!"

A friend asked me, "what if I were to ask HIM how things are going...?"

He'd say, "it's all good!" 

Shit!

That's when I realized, this was on me!  I wasn't expressing to him what I really expected.

How was I contributing to this difficult situation?

I wasn't being honest!

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CEO Business Owners Know Something Most People Don't

Mar 13, 2021
 

Martha Graham, who danced all the way to her grave at age 96 years old, has this to say about the journey of all artists.

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.

It is not yours to determine how good it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep open and aware directly
to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.

No artist is ever pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others."

The greatest gift you have as an entrepreneur is what Martha Graham calls "a blessed unrest". 

You're...

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How Do I Become More Consistent in My Business?

Feb 14, 2021
 

Do you ever struggle with staying consistent in your business?

I remember becoming overwhelmed by all the problems and stuff that had to be done.

There was anxiety, stress, and overwhelm.  The more I pursued my goals the louder it became.

Is something wrong with me?  Maybe I should just slow down, pull back, lower my expectations...

Then I'd be thinking, "why can't I be more consistent?"

How is it that some people just seem to be so consistent at growing their business and I'm over here struggling my ass off?

Where focus goes, energy flows.

And my focus was off...

In this short video, I'm going to share with you the #1 focus shift that made me and the clients I work with more consistent and energized!  

It's so simple but not common practice.

 

 

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Do You Suffer From Short Term Planning Fatigue?

Feb 08, 2021
 

Goals aren't a place to get to, they are a place to come from.

- Rich Litvin

 

What's your relationship with setting big goals in your business? 

There's magic in thinking big--but bigger isn't always better.

Far too often, I'd sit down at the beginning of the year and set some BIG goals.

A month into the year, I'd look at my goals.

"Damn, how am I going to get there?

It's kind of funny because in January when I wrote them out I was jacked!  

"What changed?"

I start to realize how busy I am, limited on resources, and time.

"Well, maybe I'm just overextended, maybe I should renegotiate with myself what I can get done this year..."

I was suffering from short-term goal-setting without answering this fundamental and powerful question first.

"What did I want to be the best at?"

It wasn't another S.M.A.R.T goal or three-year plan that I lacked. 

It was knowing what I really wanted and committing myself to create it. (no matter how long it took)

I...

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How CEOs Can Get Back 10 Hours a Week

Nov 12, 2020
 

What would you do if you could get 10 hours a week back in your business?

So many small business entrepreneurs are running fast toward burnout.  

It's tough being the CEO and wearing "all the hats" inside your business.  Women entrepreneurs, especially!  (My wife and several others I know take it to a whole new level--they are amazing!)

No matter who you are, if you own your own business, then you are the CEO.

And I'm on a mission to not let your business run you.  Life is too amazing to spend it behind a laptop 24/7! 

Let me share a story with you about how one of my clients took charge of her day and freed up 10 hours a week!

I'll walk you through the 5 steps she took in her business to find the freedom she wanted.  She's just getting started, but the progress she's made in the past six months is amazing!

 

 

Transcript:

One of my clients recently freed up two hours a day during her workday to spend however she wants.

 

She's an...

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5 Miracle Steps to Solving the Unsolvable

Oct 25, 2020
The meeting adjourns and you are still no closer to addressing the issues you and your team came there to discuss. 

You've gotten nowhere except knowing that you have a problem.

You've been talking about this sticky issue for months now!  When is your team going to decide to do something about it? 

 

Sound familiar?  This is a common experience for so many business owners.


Just Another Day at the Office

We beat problems to death and still are no closer to creating what we want to see in the business.  Seldom do we talk about what we really want to see and how we can make that the new reality!

The bad has more weight than the good, so we focus on what we don’t want.  This keeps leadership teams around the world stuck on the hamster wheel of endless frustrating discussions, feeling powerless to effect change.

What would it look like for you and your team to become masters at creating solutions to the many...

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Three Things Servant Leaders Do

Sep 27, 2020

 

“A company’s job isn’t to empower people; it’s to remind people that they walk in the door with power and to create the conditions for them to exercise it.”

– Patty McCord, Former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix 

 

This is the essence of Servant Leadership:  to bring people's gifts and potential to life.

What would be different if you were to see the individuals on your team as already powerful and get them to see it for themselves?

What would it look like for you to create the conditions for them to exercise their power? 

When you're able to do this you've become a True Servant Leader, your people will thank you because you will fundamentally change how they see themselves and their ability to do great work.

 


 

Create the Opening for Autonomy, Competency, and Connection

Psychologists, Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan, have spent years researching self-motivation, where it comes from, and...

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Being the Servant Leader While Avoiding the Compassion Trap

Sep 20, 2020
It’s common to hear leaders talk about empowering their people--as in “I’m trying to empower my people, but I just can’t get them to take ownership.”

Imagine. I’m your manager, and I walk over to you carrying a pen and tell you to take it.  You grab it, but I won’t let go.

I look back at you, frustrated, asking, “what is wrong with you?”  “Why can’t I get you to take my pen?”

How’s that going to work out for me and you?

When Empowering Others Gets Misplaced

Empowerment means delegating power to others.  It's interesting to think that people need permission to take ownership.

Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, tells us that people already have power and to not take it away.

“A company’s job isn’t to empower people,” she says. “It’s to remind people that they walk in the...

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