Emotions: recognize and redirect

Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, love and shame are all states of mind we call emotions. Emotions create negative or positive energy.  These can be tools to accomplish goals and can also be an obstruction to reaching them.

So…here’s the deal. 

One of the most powerful skills you can develop is recognize and redirect.  Notice that I did not say recognize and change.  If you have a goal to reach, whether that be professionally, in relationships, or in health/fitness, your current emotion can be leveraged.  Recognize it.  Redirect it towards your goals and the results will be momentum for later.

The less attractive alternative is to let it distract, diminish or stop you in your tracks until the mindset subsides, which could be a while.

Leverage the emotion, redirect it and create momentum. 

Be great!

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When you know…

When you know…

If you are a husband or wife, you mean more to your spouse when you know why you are here.

If you are a parent, you mean more to your children when you know why you are here.

If you are a teacher, you mean more to your students when you know why you are here.

If you are a business owner, you mean more to your customers and employees when you know why you are here.

If you are an employee, you mean more to your employer and your future success when you know why you are here.

But, if at this very moment, you do not know why you are here, that is okay.  Just know, you bring more value to yourself and others when you do, so get started.

Be great!

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P.S. Do not let someone else define why you are here.  That’s on you and it does not work if you do not define it.

Today is the day

Today is the day

… to take action.

… to explore.

… to execute.

… to wake up early.

… to exercise.

… to work hard.

… to love more.

… to move more.

… to take ownership.

… to embrace change.

… to create change.

… to be grateful.

… to leap.

Today is not the day to say I will do it tomorrow.

Empowerment or Initiative. Which came first?

The answer is empowerment but in a different way than you probably think. Empowerment does not start with a parent, spouse or boss.  Empowerment starts with giving yourself the permission and authority to accomplish something great.  Empowerment comes from trust, in yourself, and then from others.  Once you have given yourself the permission, then you must take action and apply initiative.  And when you apply that initiative, you will find something magical happens. 

Empower yourself to love deeply like you know you need to, then apply the initiative to create the relationship you desire.

Empower yourself to take the leap to do important work, then apply the initiative to see it through to the end.

Empower yourself to create the life you want, then apply the initiative to make it happen.

That’s the magic.  Empowerment + initiative = more empowerment

It’s simple really.   Give it a try.

Be great!

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Self-doubt and the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is considered by some as one of the top ten wonders of the world and an absolute marvel to look at.  The chapel is located in the Vatican City and part of the official home of the Pope.  One of the reasons to visit the chapel is to see the architecture and paintings, such as the ceiling and wall paintings that Michelangelo was commissioned to create in 1508.  If you do not know what we are talking about, google this marvel, you will quickly understand just how amazing it is.

What does this have to do with self-doubt?

Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists ever and influences nearly all art created today, around the world.  No one can argue that, right?  He created the famous Pieta and David sculptures, painted the ceiling and walls of the Sistine chapel and many more.

Seriously…get on with it.  You are giving me self-doubt just thinking about how great he is.

Michelangelo doubted himself as a painter.  He declared himself a sculptor and not a painter.  He was full of so much doubt after being commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel, he wrote a poem to a friend on the subject.

“My painting is dead.
Defend it for me, Giovanni, protect my honor.
I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.”

Michelangelo: To Giovanni da Pistoia
“When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel” —1509

“I am not in the right place – I am not a painter”.  If Michelangelo has so much self-doubt, it is certainly okay for us to have self-doubt.  The difference between Michelangelo and average humans, is that he continued to perform the work.  He continued to create.  He continued to perfect his craft and the results were amazing.

Self-doubt is okay.  Limiting yourself because of self-doubt, is not.  Continue creating. It is worth it.

Be great!

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Cultivating a Gratitude Mindset

Being thankful and cultivating a mindset of gratitude can change your life.  On the heels of the United States Thanksgiving weekend, The Uncommon Wisdom crew dive deep into our perspectives on gratitude.  We define it, talk about the mindset, and provide a few practical tips to cultivate a life of gratitude.  Honestly, doing a few of the things we recommend in this episode can put you on the path to a different life: A life of thankfulness, regardless of your current situation.  Give it a listen all the way through and tell us what you think in the comments. 

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Maximize potential as an employee

Entrepreneurial info is hot right now and people are maximizing their opportunities to sell courses and make money on the topic. There are a load of blogs, podcasts, and other resources specifically for entrepreneurs.  Being an entrepreneur or business owner is not for everyone.  It is high risk and hard work 24/7.  If we are honest about the true needs in the self-development market, we realize that the number of people working for someone is much higher than the number of true entrepreneurs.  As such, there should be more resources focused on maximizing opportunities while working within an organization.  I’m going to provide a few tips on how to reach full potential as an employee.

1.      Become irreplaceable by thinking like an entrepreneur. 

Ugh…really?  That’s number 1?  There is value in this entrepreneurial mindset, even as an employee of a company.  Look for ways to streamline processes.  Make suggestions that improve the most important business markers, like revenue and margin.  Stick to your core strengths and leverage someone else to perform tasks you are not good at.  Spend the company’s money wisely, like it’s your own.  Take risks on things you know will impact the organization positively and make sure you can measure those impacts.

2.      Take a client first approach. 

It does not matter your role in a company, you support clients.  Act like it. 

3.      Learn sales and marketing. 

In an organization, a lot of time is spent just convincing others your ideas are worth funding. Negotiation tactics, business case creation and deal closing (commitment) is essential.  Creating a positive personal brand goes a long way to long term success.

4.      Make your boss look good. 

This is important, even when you have the best boss in the world or report directly to the CEO. If you want to get ahead, strive to make your leader look good.  This is not a game of politics or brown nosing.  This is simply seeing a need that aligns with the leader’s desires and executing on that need.

5.      Embrace change. 

In businesses, there is always a state of change.  This is hard for most employees to deal with.  Typical employees like status quo.  Status quo will result in the demise of the company, if we don’t embrace the market shifts and change required to grow (everyone remembers Blockbuster and more recently Toys-R-Us.). 

Be Great!

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Facing fear is worth it

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford

Two parts of life that can be negatively affected by fear, more than it should be, is our relationships and our purpose.

Fear rules our relationships and often prevents them from flourishing.  We let that happen by being afraid to:

  • Ask that person out
  • Tell your spouse the truth
  • Forgive that family member who wronged you

Fear limits our purpose by telling us:

  • We are not smart enough
  • We are not educated enough
  • We are not good enough

Let’s stop doing this to ourselves.  Let’s realize we are all of the things we think we aren’t.

Take the leap, do the scary work, ask that person out!

Facing fear is worth it.  It teaches us things about ourselves and we also learn that fear is a liar!

Be great!

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