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Creating a Daily Success Routine
by On April 8, 2008

Dave Meyers

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Before we even begin discussing how to create a daily success routine, I think it makes a lot of sense to define what we consider to be a success. The best definition of success that I’ve ever heard comes from Earl Nightingale who said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

What an awesome definition! I’d even add that a worthy ideal can be an external event that’s meaningful to you or to the people in your life. It can also be a level of character that you hope to attain.

So the next question then would be, what do you consider to be a worthy ideal?

Here’s what I do to answer that question. I schedule a good chunk of time, a couple of hours, and I simply write down what’s meaningful to me. I write down what I want to do and who I want to be. I try to come up with as many worthy ideals that I can think of. Then all those ideals give me a picture of what a success looks like. Try to do the same activity for your life and develop your own picture of success. Once you have your picture of success then at the start of each week simply schedule activities that’ll help you achieve those results.

Sounds simply huh? Well it’s not. Actually it can be easy but we often make it much more difficult than it needs to be.

I know that I am personally an expert at coming up with excuses for why I wasn’t able to get something done instead of just doing it. Don’t do the same as me. Make a strong effort to actually do the things that you said that you wanted to do. This is where the difficult part comes in. It takes discipline to actually do those things, but ask yourself this; don’t you have the discipline to show up at work every day? Well use that discipline to work on the things that you want to be doing. Why is that we spend so much energy and time on things that aren’t meaningful to us? Why do we give eight or more hours per day to a job and then fail to dedicate even a couple of hours to the things that are most important to us. I personally have yet to figure it out, but all I’m trying to say is be disciplined about scheduling the activities that will bring you closer to your vision of success.

Also be disciplined about doing those things, and here’s a little tip: Make your success activities the first priority of your day. If you wait until the end of the day, after you’ve already spent eight hours at work, it’s very difficult to come home and start working on the things that you want to be doing. It’s even more difficult to find joy in those things at that time.

One word of caution: Never make your success activities a chore. Remember why you consider the activity that you’re working on to be a success and all the while be present. For instance if you’re able to help your child each night with their homework because that’s important to you, but you do it with a resentful attitude you’re probably not going to feel like a success at the end of the day and that’s because you’re not being the person you want to be.

In essence the basics for creating a daily success routine are simple:
1. Determine what you consider to be a success
2. Schedule time to do those things
3. Be disciplined about doing those activities preferably first.

As you master self control your future possibilities will be endless. I wish you the best in becoming the person you want to be.

Be Free!

David Meyers

Leadership by the Tao te Ching
by On April 3, 2008

Tom WeberI thought I would share with you a view on Leadership that I hold near and dear to my heart. It is from the book the Tao Te Ching, the traditional Chinese text of philosophy written around 6th Century B.C., Verse 66.

Even though this text was written thousands of years ago, it still holds valuable lessons for us today.

All streams flow to the sea
Because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.

If you want to govern the people,
You must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
You must learn to follow them.

The Master is above the people,
And no one feels oppressed.
She goes ahead of the people,
And no one feels manipulated.
The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
No one can compete with her.

These are beautiful words to live by, with many possible lessons.

One lesson is humility and the belief that great leaders serve those around them. This week, check yourself out by asking, “Am I truly serving those around me or am I serving myself?” And if you are serving yourself, don’t beat yourself up; we all go through selfish times so it does not make you a bad person.

If you find that you are being a bit selfish, you can easily and quickly change that by shifting your focus to serving those around you. Instantly you will feel the emptiness inside begin to fill, you will find more energy, people will be drawn to you, and if you are truly serving then you will not worry yourself with how they repay your efforts.

Take care of each other and…Be Free!

Tom Weber
VP of Sales

How to Be a Skilled Schmoozer
by On April 2, 2008

David DenisSchmooze. Sounds nasty, right? In fact is the grease that lubricates your interaction with people – both in business and social settings. Skilled schmoozers are loved and respected by everyone. They make other people feel important and smart. When people like you and trust you, it is much easier to ask them to do business with you.

What is schmooze? Schmoozing is about NOT getting right down to business. It’s about hanging out with people for a little bit and getting to know them. Remember Dale Carnegie’s famous dictum, “Everyone favorite topic of conversation is themselves.” That is the schmoozer’s motto.

The key to successful schmooze is to ask questions. When you ask, most people will be more than glad to regale you with war stories of their career, history of their company, or their business philosophy. Your role is to ask the right question, and listen.

Listen carefully. When chatting, your can hear all sorts of fascinating information about your friend’s life and business. This information can help you figure out how to best help them. Intent listening also shows that you are truly interested in them. People love it when you share their interests. People don’t connect with you because of what you say. People do feel connected to you when you ask good questions, listen, and respond with interest and enthusiasm.

Don’t use schmooze to manipulate. Be sincere. Your genuine interest in helping others will draw people to you, but the stink of insincerity will drive people away.

When it is time to transition out of schmooze and into business, the best way I have found is to simply say, “Great. Let’s get down to business.” That simple take charge phrase will clearly signal that you are shifting out of one mode and into another, and people will appreciate both your friendliness, and your refreshing directness.

Do you have any schmoozing tactics of your own? I would love to hear them – post a comment below.

Be Free!

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How to View a Problem as a Positive Opportunity
by On April 1, 2008

What do you do when problems arise??? Do you panic? Do you brush them under the rug? Do you face them head on? Or do you sometimes feel like just giving up?

We all have different responses to challenges in life. But what if you chose to view every problem as a positive opportunity? Sound crazy? Maybe so. In the moment, problems don’t feel good and most of us would prefer to avoid them whenever we can. So you may be asking yourself, “How do I possibly see them as a positive in my life?”

Well, you have a choice when a problem arises. You can stay where you are, stagnate and complain about it. OR you can change things, improve upon them, learn and grow. You can do something different because you realize what you’ve been doing isn’t working out.

Your future relies on the decisions you make today, so look at how the situation can help you evolve. So called problems are often an indicator that it is time to change something. If what we are thinking and doing is not bringing us the desired result and a problem arises, we need to make a change. And this is a perfect opportunity for growth!!

Think about it. If everything feels fine and life is going along smoothly, are you very likely to change anything at all? No, probably not. You often hear – if it’s not broke, don‘t fix it. Leave well enough alone. But then how will we ever move forward? What will inspire us to do more? To be better?

I’m not saying there is NOTHING else that motivates us. We have goals and aspirations that push us along, but studies have shown that pain motivates us to move more quickly than anything else simply because we want to move thru it and be pain-free again.

It’s all about how you respond to the challenge. Problems can help us get out of a rut, build better relationships, accomplish more, etc. It may hurt at the moment, but take that pain and let it guide you out of your current situation and into something better. Maybe a problem helps you have more empathy because you can understand what someone else is going thru. Or a health problem causes you to eat better and exercise. Maybe something causes you to reach out and form a stronger friendship because you finally let someone know you need them. Or a financial problem helps you realize you need to gain more knowledge on investing or change your spending patterns. We could go on and on.

Problems do not HAVE to remain a source of pain. Let them be the doorway to something new, something you may not have considered otherwise. You never know what may be waiting for you on the other side. It is time to start viewing your problems as an invitation for growth.

Be Free!

Lauri Sompres

PS – I would love to hear how you have taken a problem in your life and turned it into a positive opportunity. Post a comment below.