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Letting go the past… Planning for what you can…


Greetings Leaders!

Have you ever had a time when you did something you regretted and wish you could live that one moment, that one second, over again? Or looking down the road in the other direction, have you ever worried about what was coming down the track, trying to plan for the future? Things like who you’re going to marry, what your career will look like 10 years from now, what your kids are going to become, how you’re going to retire or what your health will be? Reflecting on the past, or planning for the future is healthy, but worrying about it is not.  If you’re a worrier… read on…

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The Path of the Honorable Leader – Results

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This is the eight posting in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.

While The Path of the Honorable Leader is a journey, it would not be a journey worth taking unless it leads towards something that is ultimately worthwhile. The Honorable Leader knows that leading means moving forward towards a goal. Valuing people and assisting others in feeling good about themselves is one thing. But what good is a feeling, if it results in nothing? Continue reading The Path of the Honorable Leader – Results

How To Achieve Success

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As you go through life, have you ever wondered why some people appear to be successful and happy, and others go through the doldrums of life? Do you find yourself searching for happiness or success and always coming up just short of where you think you should be? Well, you’re not alone. This posting will help you gain perspective and insight into how you can be happy and successful.

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Don’t Aim to Become a Good Leader

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This is obviously a very odd title for a leadership blog, as we should all strive to become better leaders. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we should make that our goal. Why not? As I read other blogs or posts on leadership, everyone has a different opinion on what good leadership looks like. So let me ask you, if you are striving to become a good leader, what does that mean? How do you translate this into meaningful goals that are measurable and achievable.

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Life Goals – Where Are You?

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Over the weekend I read an entry in my journal that I wrote in 2006 and was mildly surprised when I realized that not much has changed in my life. I did accomplish a few things, but hadn’t even come close to achieving all that I had hoped to. This was a great wake up call for me as I realized that I have grown complacent. It is easy to do.

Comfort can be a great enemy of Excellence

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Capturing Perfection

Greetings Leaders…

I found this short video of big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom taken by Brett Barley on StumbleUpon, and it reminded me of what it takes to capture perfection.

To capture this moment on film took a lifetime. Sure, the video is only about a minute long, but think about it. To get to this specific point in time required a lot of things to happen first.

  1. Brett needed to have passion to take up videography of surfers
  2. He studied and practiced using his equipment
  3. Physical Fitness was a must
  4. Multiple attempts were undertaken. Not just that day, but every other day he was out there, hoping for the perfect shot
  5. Others were needed to do the surfing
  6. The environment had to cooperate – the weather, the surf, the sun

Bottom line – Perfection doesn’t happen by accident. If you want to achieve something great with your life, you have to pay the price as you go after it.

So… how about you? What is your goal in life? How are you going about achieving it? Are you…

  1. Passionate about your goal
  2. Learning and Studying (are you teachable?)
  3. Practicing
  4. Enlisting the help of others
  5. Persevering with multiple attempts
  6. Studying the environment
  7. Staying physically and mentally fit

Achieve your ultimate goal. I know, perfection isn’t possible, but as the old saying goes, if you shoot for the stars, perhaps you’ll just reach the moon. Not a bad place to be….

Live A Life of Excellence!

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Halftime – Remember Those New Year’s Resolutions?

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As some of you may know, in addition to leadership development, I day trade stocks. One of my informal mentors is Jeff White, aka The Stock Bandit. I know, the name isn’t one I would pick for leadership development, but Jeff is first class all the way. Honest, sincere, a good teacher. He also has great values and is very likable. You can follow him on twitter, or check out his website. The reason I mention him is he wrote a really good blog called Halftime Honesty for trading and I wanted to give him some credit before I used his idea in regards to Living A Life of Excellence.

So, the year is half over. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions? Yeah. I thought so. Me too… what were they anyway? Where are you in your goals for the year?

Now is the perfect time to celebrate, recalibrate and rededicate yourself to Living A Life of Excellence.

Take stock of your life. Celebrate those milestones and achievements! At the same time, look for lessons to be learned and recalibrate your goals for the rest of the year.

For some of you, the first half of the year has been difficult. Tough times for a lot of people. So, what are you going to do to make the second half better? For others, life has been great! Don’t get cocky and sit on your laurels. Keep up a full head of steam. As Admiral Farragut once said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”.

Full Speed!

Lead With Honor,

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Leading With Honor – It begins with clarity

Follow this link to download a free worksheet from my Seminar on Living a Life of Excellence.

I ended my last post with this question – Are you leading with honor? More importantly, how do you know? To answer this question requires us to define both leading and honor. I don’t want to approach this question academically, but from a perspective that will enable you to take something away that will improve your life, your business, and the lives of others.

The first step towards Leading With Honor begins with you. Why do you want to lead with honor? Good intentions or doing the right thing are not acceptable here. Why? Because good intentions and doing the right thing, along with $1.70, will only get you a great cup of coffee at Peets. While admirable, these reasons won’t cut it in the real world. Shocked? Don’t be.

To Lead with Honor, you have to have purpose. Purpose begins with Clarity. Clarity – A clear understanding of where you are along your life’s journey, and, where you are going. For example, different paths might include developing your family or it might be to develop your company, department or team. It may be to create a product or deliver a service. The point here, is that you must have some goal in front of you in order to lead others towards it. Without clarity of purpose, it makes no sense to focus on leading.

Think about it. What leader can you think of, that didn’t have clarity and focus? On the 50th anniversary of his death, I was listening to Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena, describe his work ethic. She said she had to pry him away from his music. He ate, slept, and lived – music. Buddy knew what he was trying to do. Do you?

Another way to look at this is to ask yourself the following question – Where are you going, and is it a place that others will find worthy to follow you to? Clarity. If you don’t have purpose – you won’t be able to Lead With Honor.

The best way to find clarity in your life, is to be in a state of relaxation and to let your mind quietly wander. The busy-ness of life often clouds our ability to think clearly. Our fears, anxieties, troubles, and the general pressures of life prevent us from focusing on clarity. So do yourself a big favor, go and relax. If you can afford the luxury of a weekend retreat somewhere – then treat yourself to some down time. If that is beyond your means at the moment, go to a quiet place like the beach, a park or the mountains. If all you have is a few hours, take a hot bath or go down to your local coffee shop and just hang out.

While relaxing just ask yourself what you want to accomplish with your life. I have found it helpful to keep a journal to jot down what comes to mind. You don’t have to write in it every day – but you should write down what your goals in life are, and what you want to accomplish.

If you want a worksheet to help you with this, follow this link to download a free worksheet from my Seminar on Living a Life of Excellence.

Purpose – Vision – Excellence!

Leaders – Take Control of Your Financial Future – Desire

In my last blog I provided you with an outline to get control of your financial future. The first thing I recommended was to define what you need… in other words, what are your basic desires. This may seem a funny way to look at this but it describes the process better than to just tell you to create a list of what you need.

If you tried to define just what you need off the top of your head, the list would be pretty short. Food/Water, Shelter, Clothing and a few basic necessities. But, we live in a complex world full of complex people. Our experiences over the years, shapes the way we look at the world around us.

My mother works as a volunteer at a church in an area that assists people who are in financial need. She told me a story about a woman who was behind in her bills. As part of the process to receive some financial help, the woman had to bring in a list of all her bills. One prominent item was her Cable TV bill. It included HD TV, HBO, Showtime, On Demand programming. My mother politely told her that before she could receive assistance, she had to cancel her cable agreement. The woman, who really didn’t have enough money to feed her family – refused. She left without getting the assistance. She argued that cable was a necessity and wouldn’t give it up.

This story may seem outlandish, but it illustrates how differently we all view the world. So, what about you? What do you REALLY need? I’m not going to pass judgment on you – but you need to decide if you really need things such as cable TV, a cell phone, the car you drive. Some of you may have grown up in luxury, never having to really sacrifice to survive. To go to the extreme, there are really some people in the world who think that having maid service is a necessity.

If you are in a relationship, the process becomes even harder. You may be ok without cable – but what about your spouse?

So – what do you really need?

A last bit of advice, if you really need a lot of “things” to be happy, you may want to examine why. The pursuit of things as a way to happiness is an endless road.

All the best,
All the time,

The Power of a Dream – Reach for the Stars

I’m sitting here watching American Idol and was reminded what makes it so popular. The Power of a Dream. We all have dreams. We all want to be acknowledged and recognized. There were several poignant moments on the first show of the season. There was of course, Scott MacIntyre. He is almost completely blind and yet had the courage to audition. He thankfully also has talent and made it on to the next phase.

I don’t want this to be a recap of the show, you can find that almost anywhere. But, there were some things worth noting. There was another contestant who appeared to be tearing up throughout the day of his audition. Why was he so emotional? In a moment that might have passed by many viewers, he said he worked in a cubicle all week and all he wanted was to be recognized. Funny… the power that a little recognition can have on someone. When was the last time you recognized someone at work, or at home for that matter.

Of course there were also the hugs and celebrations that greeted the contestants lucky enough to get a golden ticket to Hollywood. The reason for the celebration – The Dream was still alive! Amazing, the power of a dream.

Many of you who are reading this, have a dream. What is your dream? What are you striving for? Can you describe it to me. Can you picture yourself doing it? Now the hard part…. putting feet on your dreams. There are a few things you must remember…

  1. Not all dreams come true (ouch)
  2. Achieving your dream requires that four letter word… WORK
  3. Vision (Dreams) without planning = hallucination
  4. It takes more than just having a dream to make it come true
  5. Dreams require – support from others

I will unpack these five thoughts in blogs later this week. Stay tuned…

All the best!
All the time