“Wanting everyone to be happy and making tough decisions were incompatible tasks.”
- John Maxwell
I (Cindy) remember reading this quote early in my leadership journey and realizing there’s my problem! I was attempting to keep people happy while making tough decisions... and it wasn’t working out so well. Family, work, friends...everywhere! I wanted everyone to be happy yet life offered an unending barrage of tough decisions. Since I made tough decisions with this mindset, I was in constant turmoil. That simple quote reminded me everyone is responsible for their own happiness and my job was to continue making tough decisions with everyone's best interest at heart. That worked for me because it values everyone!
Consider when a mindset shift may be helpful for you in this area. It may just make the difference for you and your leadership like it did for me! If it wasn't for ongoing growth, I would still be...
I remember having lunch with my best friend from high school in 2002 or so. He had recently accepted a position with a new company and was off to an amazing start. I had been leading our facility’s behavior-based safety process for around a year at that point and was finally starting to believe I could be great in the role. I can still picture with complete clarity where we sat in the restaurant that’s no longer open, which just happened to be the same place that Cindy and I first had dinner together, and I can still hear the goals we shared with one another for what we knew we could each achieve over the next few years.
Both of us had started working nearly full time jobs early high school and both of us had only hit college with a stick to that point. While the positions we had earned by then were fairly decent for being in our mid 20s with no degrees, we were extremely excited about the potential we each believed we had to be the best in our respective fields.
Passion is a thought process you can choose at any time. If you don’t believe me (Cindy) just think about your next trip to the beach, your family, the fun you have with your best friend, or the way your dog greets you when you arrive home. If none of these work for you, how about that cup of coffee you’re going to enjoy in the morning? I’m really passionate about my morning coffee!
I like the definition of passion offered by Merriam Webster which states; a strong feeling of excitement or enthusiasm for something or about doing something. That’s exactly the way I want to show up in life! How about you? How do you feel and what energy are you willing to put into your thought process to create more passion in the things you do?
There's a definite connection between finding your passion and reaching your potential. John Maxwell tells us why in 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Here’s a few he shares:
*Passion gives you an advantage over those who don't have...
In putting together an upcoming course titled The Strength of Your Organization: Finding & Retaining the Best People, I (Cindy) was reminded of something John Maxwell shared with us as part of his President’s Advisory Council. What I am about to share with you John says is a foundational piece to all his success!
“Everything I know about leadership comes out of my thirst for personal growth. Personal growth/professional development is my first love.” - John Maxwell
I share a similar story and relate to this so deeply because of the difference personal and professional growth continues to make in my life. Whether you want to lead yourself better, lead others better or both; if personal growth is not happening on a consistent basis then success will be fleeting. The key to success is personal growth.
Personal growth becomes professional development when you apply personal growth laws to grow yourself professionally. Some...
When we strive to become more aware of us we give ourselves a chance to grow in the areas we need to.
A friend called me (Cindy) recently with a revelation about some of the individuals she was choosing to spend time with. I passed on an intentional action a mentor shared with me when I found myself in a similar place. He says anytime we step out to grow and change it serves us well to keep this in mind. I’ll always be growing and changing so that tells me I always need to keep this in mind. And I want to share it with you!
"It's time to focus on your actions and spend time with confident people who in turn make you better. Don't cheat yourself by being around insecure people who want to keep you off-balance and take advantage, instead, immerse yourself in confidence-drenched environments."
Maybe this will help you or maybe it will help you to help someone you care about. Either way, it's a good self-check from time to time!
The Law of Awareness...
Apparently the last post sharing my near-death experience during that less than half mile run was somewhat amusing… Not only did I receive a few direct email responses about the humor folks were able to find in my stupidity, I heard Cindy laughing uncontrollably from the other side of the house as she read it. I suppose she’s earned the right to laugh at me since she had a front row seat when it happens, and she’s tolerated so many similar instances!
So that was clearly an example setting an unrealistic goal that I was in no way prepared to even come close to achieving, but there are times where sticking with even the best laid plans to reach modest goals can get incredibly hard. In each of the last few posts on this topic, I’ve continued to call attention to the importance of consistency. I won’t be varying from that here either!
I learned about habits more than twenty years ago through the work I was doing with behavior-based safety. Sure, I...
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As I (Cindy) caught up with a group of friends we chat with at the gym, one of us asked “who is excited about a new year coming?!” Since we were wrapping up 2020, you can imagine the howls and cheers coming from that simple question! We had some good laughs and shared a few hopes for the New Year, then went about the serious work of strengthening ourselves.
I couldn’t help but think of the strength a simple decision backed with Intentional Action will add to anyone’s life who chooses it. It certainly has added physical strength and increased quality...
Now that we’ve looked at how important it is for us to Control What We Can Control, we’ve started identifying What We Can Control, and we know the role Our Attitude and Our Actions play in all that, let’s get serious about what I believe can provide one of the most significant returns on any investment we could ever make!
About 20 years ago, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s books Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant. I’ve since heard a number of people question whether or not his stories in those books were real… My response to that has always been, “Who cares if they were real, the points he made with them were amazing!” One of the points he made that I thought was amazing was tied to how he explained an investment. He shared how many people considered their home to be their largest investment, then he challenged that idea by explaining why he really believed our homes should be considered an expense. He said an investment should...
A New Year is coming and with it, a new beginning, a fresh start, and a renewed opportunity to refresh your goals and dreams, and what you aspire to be, do and have. Rather than inundating you with a list of power phrases to motivate you (because those are everywhere right now), I'll take this opportunity to share three things that will ABSOLUTELY keep you from obtaining your dreams and goals. These are sneaky…they’re easy to let slip into your daily life and can be hard to overcome. Conquer these and reap the benefits a reached dream and a goal obtained will give you and those who count on you.
1. Settling for Comfort Over Potential
Reaching our goals and dreams requires growth.
And, growth is outside of our comfort zone. Every time we chose to stay in our comfort zone, we not only lose the opportunity to grow we lose the self-confidence we would have gained by that growth. And more importantly; we can lose confidence and damage our...
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