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Contest Winners Announced
by On June 29, 2010

Man, there were some great entries for this contest – I especially enjoyed the ones where people are quoting me :)! This was tough to pick just three out of all the really great ways people start their day, but here goes:

1st Place and winner of an Expect Success Book (filled with positive quotes) is Marty P (#42), for its sheer thoroughness:

First thing I do is my 7 morning questions (got these from Tony Robbins)
sometimes I do them with my wife she is into it sometimes but would rather sleep the 5 min it takes.
1 what am I most Happy about in my life right now.
what about that makes me happy and how does that make me feel.
2 what am I most Gratefull for in my life right now.
what about that makes me Gratefull and how does that make me feel.
3 what am I most Excited about in my life right now.
what about that makes me excited and how does that make me feel.
4 what am I most Proud of in my life right now.
what about that makes me Proud and how does that make me feel.
5 what am I most enjoying in my life right now.
what about that makes me enjoy this and how does that make me feel.
6 what am I most committed to in my life right now.
why do I want to be committed to this and how does that make me feel.
7 who do I love and who loves me.
why do I want to love and be loved and how does that make me feel.

I then get up go over to my wife’s side and get her out of bed and give her a good hug.
she always likes this. sometimes a kiss but morning mouth is not the best.

then I make the affermation of somethig amazing is going ot happen to me today
while I go down stairs to get my water for the morning.

we work out 6 days a week together and I have been with my wife for 35 years.
its not always easy to do this but is is always good.
everyone at the Health club thinks I am on some sorta caffine high.
but no caffine needed.

2nd Place and winner of a Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle is Tricia (#71) for genuine gratitude in the little things – I love it!

I start my day with gratitude! I do this before I even get out of bed, before my feet hit the floor, I thank my bed for being so comfortable and allowing me to sleep in it, I thank my blanket for keeping me warm and cozy. I thank my house for keeping me safe and dry. Then I think about how my day is going to be like, or what I am going to accomplish.

3rd Place and winner of a Finger Flip Football Game is Kelly Koplitz (#43) for surrendering yet taking 100% responsibility at the same time. Brilliant!

When I get up in the morning and as I am getting ready for work – I say the following things:

As I am getting up and going to shower:
“Thank you God for the breath of life today. I put this day in your hands; do with it what you will.”

As I am driving to work (30 minute drive):
“Lord, please keep me safe in my travels and free from trouble.”

As I am walking into the building at work:
“It’s going to be a great day!” with a long deep breath and a smile…:)

Thanks again to all who posted, we had 75 entries and I love hearing from you all.  I hope this contest caused you to consciously think about what you say to start your day.

Our next contest will be announced on our blog this Thursday!

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Memory Training Workshop Testimonials from Bellevue, WA
by On June 28, 2010

I just finished teaching the Memory Training Workshop in Bellevue, WA and just had to share with you the comments graduates of the workshop gave!

If you have not attended this workshop, the next class in Washington State will be November 2 and 3 and would love to see you in class. We also offer workshops around the country – check out our national workshop schedule and get enrolled today!

“This class was great. The day I took this class I had to take my federal Loan Officer exam and I passed. This class taught me how to use my mind and my memory to help me remember banking guidelines and even changing policies. Thank you for the great class.”
– Michael Frazien, Sr. Mortgage Banker, Guild Mortgage Company

“David taught a very informative and engaging class. It is one of the best classes I have taken in a long time. I will use the information taught in my daily life. Practical information that can be used in a practical way.”
– Burton Hill, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Bain

“I am taking a linguistics course in a few weeks and I think some of the things we covered will help to recall those pesky scientific terms. Thanks!”
– Chris Jenkins, Student, UW

“This has been truly amazing, empowering and informative! The format was great and David did a truly great job, engaging yet humorous. Time well worth investing. I look forward to dazzling my ‘peeps’ with my new memory skills!”
– Renee Gourlie-Moore, Loan Officer, Legacy Group

“I was blessed to have my employer pay for me to take this training. Although I did not invest my own personal funds, I invested myself truly in the workshop and feel that I have learned VALUABLE tools that will serve me (and my boss!) well in our business, as well as in my personal life. I admit to having some skepticism about my own ability, and I will be leaving amazed at what I’m now able to remember! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve felt that I’ve been ‘losing my memory’. I feel now that not only am I ‘getting it back’ I think it will be better than ever! I’m looking forward to exercising my mind with these tools so I won’t lose them. THANK YOU!!”
– Melinda Ryan, Administrative Assistant, RE/MAX Northwest

Hope to see you at the next workshop!

Be Free!

David Shoup
Instructor 

Video – Clarity and Purpose By Anthony Robbins
by On June 25, 2010

Everyone has the ability to live an extraordinary life. So why don’t more people live up to their potential? In this 8-minute video, Anthony Robbins argues it is because of our standards.

What ever you focus on in life tends to happen. Anthony shares a story with a thought-provoking message – life will pay any price you ask from it.

So when you ask, remember to:

1. Be specific – you will get what you ask for so make sure you ask for exactly what you want. Clarity is power.
2. Know the reasons behind your request. Purpose is power.
3. Have a massive action plan and know what you have to do to make it happen. A plan is power.

Be Free!

How to Gain New Ideas from Re-Reading Books
by On June 24, 2010

In preparing for this article, I had a powerful realization. It struck me that many times when we are in need of motivation or ideas to improve ourselves, we tend to look for new concepts in new books, new CD’s and new teachers. If we could revisit what we had learned in the past, perhaps we would find a deeper level of understanding and answers our own questions.

I would like to suggest that you go back to your own bookshelf, or wherever you keep your learning tools, and pull something off of the shelf that you have not paged through or listened to in the last year.

These tools could be anything – training manuals, sales books, notes from a seminar, notes from a meeting or seminar etc. I would bet that you will be amazed by how much you can gain from rereading a book, a chapter, or even a page for the second, third or fourth time.

I have a whole pile of books that I have read multiple times and I still gain a new truth or idea every single time I revisit them. I have found that the concepts that seemed simple and easy the first time suddenly reveal themselves to contain million dollar ideas.

It is like you have been digging in the same gold mine for years. Just when you think you have gotten every bit of precious metal available and you casually take one more shovel full only to realize that you have just uncovered the mother lode.

What are your top books or learning tools that you feel would be beneficial to revisit?

Be Free!

Tom Weber
Instructor

Change Your Focus and You will Change Your Results
by On June 23, 2010

Focus is one of the most important day-to-day tasks that top performers, or those that want to be top performers, have to understand to reach their goals.

What is Focus?

I have personally heard many stories and application of focus and will share of few examples with you.

Gary Ryan Blair, The Goals Guy, is one of the foremost experts on the concepts of goal setting. He says that the word FOCUS stands for:

Follow
One
Course
Until
Successful

One of my colleagues, Jeffrey Czajka, uses the following acronym for FOCUS:

Factor
Out
Causes
Undermining
Success

What I would like you to focus on (pun intended), is what you are focusing on and the implications of that in your life.

What you focus on is attracted into your life – whether it is other people’s drama, your health, success or failure. Focus on drama and you will get drama. Focus on healthy food and suddenly that bag of late night chips isn’t so attractive. And so on.

When you change your focus, you change the direction of your energy and your attention. This will automatically change your:

– results
– state of mind
– energy levels
– enthusiasm levels
– thoughts
– feelings about what you are doing

A simple change of focus can have a profound impact on, not only your life, but also on your everyday attitude.

Here is one of my favorite stories that illustrates the impact of focus:

One of the great renaissance philosophers was walking in Florence, Italy and noticed two men working side-by-side, performing exactly the same task. They were building a brick wall and it was a very, very hot day.

One of the men was obviously upset about what he was doing. He was very grumpy, cursing under his breath, and it was obvious that he was not having a good time.

The man right next to him looked like he was having a wonderful time. He was singing, smiling and sending positive energy. Coincidentally, this gentleman was working twice as fast.

The philosopher was intrigued by this situation, and asked the first man that had a scowl on his face, “Excuse me, sir. Could you tell me what is it that you are doing?”

The man was annoyed with this question and said, “Well, I think it is pretty obvious, is it not? I am laying bricks in the hot sun. I have spent my entire adult life laying bricks in the hot sun. I am probably going to spend the rest of my adult life laying bricks here in the hot sun.”

The Philosopher had never met anybody who was so enthusiastically negative in his life, but he very wisely went to the next gentleman who appeared to be having a better time performing the exact same task and asked, “Excuse me, could you tell me what you are doing?”

This gentleman looks up at him with a big smile, brushes the hair aside from his face and says, “Sir, I am building a cathedral.”

Do you see the difference there?

It is a matter of focus. One gentleman is focusing on how he is laying bricks; the other one is focusing on the end result.

When you have clear goals, when you have clear objectives and they are meaningful to you, it gives you the kind of focus that you need to achieve grand results.

I encourage you to be mindful of your focus. Give yourself positive things to focus on as you go forward and I promise you, you will not only feel better, but you will perform at much higher levels.

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Top 10 Communication Tips for Managers
by On June 22, 2010

If you are a manager or supervisor, how are your communication skills? Poor communication with your employees is one of the key reasons people choose to leave their job. By following these communication tips from Glenn Ebersole, you can increase employee satisfaction and improve productivity.

Be Free!
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Recently I read about a study conducted in 2001, which included approximately 20,000 exit interviews. A major finding in the study was that poor communications skills of supervisors were a leading factor in poor supervisory behavior, which caused people to leave their jobs.

And I believe there is plenty of evidence today that there are many people who have been promoted into management and supervisory positions without the proper communications skills and therefore are causing this dysfunctional behavior to continue in many workplaces.

Okay coach, what do you prescribe to take care of these poor communication skills of managers and supervisors? Well, your strategic thinking business coach wants to share 10 powerful communication tips for them, as well as others in the workplace. Here they are:

1. Commit to becoming an effective listener. And learn how to “hear” what people are saying to you.

2. Conduct regular 1-on-1 meetings with people that work with you. And give them your full attention when meeting with them.  These meetings are a great time to actively seek feedback from your staff about your own communications.

3. Demonstrate the core values of your company or organization on a consistent basis in whatever you do in your communications with fellow employees and those you supervise and manage.

4. Be sure you make extra efforts to ensure that all those people that need to know are told what they need to know and in a timely manner. For performance issues, this means communicating with them well before an annual performance review.

5. Discuss personal and delicate matters in person, preferably face-to-face or if need be by telephone, rather than via email.  Ensure confidentiality in communications where appropriate and required.

6. Learn how to effectively communicate with groups of employees.

7. Make eye contact with the person or persons with whom you are communicating.

8. Send a consistent message by making your words; gestures facial expressions and tone of voice match your message.

9. Stay focused on the present, your feelings, understanding one another and finding a solution.

10. Ask for assistance if you need it from people that demonstrate effective communication.

If you want to learn more about being an effective communicator with your work force and the positive impact good communications will bring to you and your business, please contact Glenn Ebersole today through his website at www.businesscoach4u.com or by email at jgecoach@aol.com

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When NOT to Send an Email
by On June 21, 2010

Have you ever received an email message that you thought could have been communicated in a better way? I bet if you were one of the 400 Radio Shack employees who were laid off last fall via an email message, you have this thought. (In defense of the situation, executives at Radio Shack said “they (the employees) were warned that firings would be made via email. . . ). Does that justify it? I don’t think so.

This situation got me thinking about all the times that sending email is appropriate and more importantly, when it is NOT appropriate. Here are just a few situations at work I thought about:

  • If your boss has been away and you need to get his or her attention, sending email probably won’t do it. They are sure to have a backlog and yours is just one in the crowd.
  • If you have a confidential question about your paycheck, sending it over email may get your question answered but now it is possible for others to see your request if it is sent in error to someone else.
  • If you are upset about a new co-worker who is not pulling their weight, talking about it over email to your other colleagues (also known as gossiping) may come back to haunt you. It is very easy for email forwarding accidents to occur.

I have put together this starter list of times when email is NOT appropriate that I hope you will seriously consider as situations arise in your lives. Remember that email is NOT as private as you think!

DO NOT SEND EMAIL:

– If you need to get someone’s attention about an urgent or pressing matter.
– When describing a complicated procedure.
– When you are angry.
– For gossip.
– For sending jokes and chain letters.
– When you really want to resolve a conflict or misunderstanding.
– When delivering bad news.
– When you want to make a heartfelt apology.
– When typing it takes you longer than making a phone call.
– For anything you care that others might read.

Using email for most other communications is adequate but there is nothing like a personal phone call or a face-to- face conversation to help secure, solidify and build a working relationship.

What are your ideas for when NOT to send an email?

About the Author:
Abby Marks Beale is founder of The Corporate Educator, a professional speaking and training company specializing in helping with busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better. Go to www.TheCorporateEducator.com.

Video – Steve Jobs on How to Live Before You Die
by On June 18, 2010

Steve Jobs dropped out of college to follow his passions. In this Stanford University commence speech, he shares some of the most pivotal points in his life. He urges graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself.

Recent comment from YouTube:

  • What I have learnt from these 15 minutes, I couldn’t have learnt from any other source. These 15 minutes will help me make my decision of what to do in life. I will “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”
  • best 15 mins of my life thank you!
  • You can achieve far better… or far worse. College and degrees are just one of many paths. Who’s to say Jobs or Gates would have done better if they hadn’t dropped out? It’s up to each one of us to know what’s best for ourselves.
  • I loved his focus on organic growth, i.e., living in the moment, doing things that fulfil you, and letting life unfold on its own. It’s so much more liberating than setting a goal and heading towards it with blinkers on.

Be Free!

Fear Disappears when you are Grateful
by On June 17, 2010

What do you do to confront fear? I have a suggestion – practice gratitude. Tony Robbins says, “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” It is so true, gratefulness removes fear.

You have probably heard Oprah talking about keeping a gratitude journal. Coaching programs that I have taken part in talk about the gratitude principal and I recently heard a sermon on the topic of changing pleading into thankfulness.

We at Freedom Personal Development talk about thankfulness and gratefulness all the time, and yet as much as it is common knowledge that gratefulness has so much power, we often do not do it. Why is that?

I believe one of the reasons are the habits we have created in our lives. It does take some work to change a habit, but not much. Here is a way I have found you can change your habits.

So I have a challenge for you today and everyday:

Write down 3 things you are truly thankful and grateful for. Post them in the comments section below or just jot them on a piece of paper.

Report back on your results too. I bet you will be amazed that when you express your gratitude, any fear in your life disappears and in its place you will find abundance. The more you are thankful for, the more that you are given.

In my coaching of other people, I find that when they are afraid, they hold onto things because they are afraid to lose it. They are afraid to confront the fear and opportunities slip through their fingers.

Then, when these same people recognize the good and are grateful for things in their lives, it seems that they have trouble handling all of the positive opportunities that come their way.

Write 3 things a day that you are grateful for and see how much more abundance you find!

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

How to Breathe Your Fears Away
by On June 16, 2010

point I began running through all the possible scenarios and “what if’s” in which I would die mercilessly. What if I got trapped underwater? What if the cave collapsed on me? What of I got wedged in the crack and all my air ran out? How will I be able to see in the pitch dark of the cave? What if I lose my guide? Lose my lunch? Is our guide legit or luring us unknowingly to our deaths? So on and so on…

I was seriously freaked out and there was a moment when I contemplated not doing the dive and quitting before I even started. That began my downward spiral of feeling like a failure and worrying about what others would think about me? Would I be perceived as a wimp, pansy? Would I let everyone down? What was I supposed to do? Should I just go the safe route and not risk hurting myself?

Now, this would be a pretty pathetic story if it ended there, but fortunately, this story has only begun. My challenge in this instance was fear and my irrational beliefs. I was allowing myself to get all worked up about ridiculous stories my imagination cooked up that were highly unlikely to happen. Truthfully, going the “safe route” in this situation would actually have caused more damage to me than just sucking it up and taking action.

First thing I had to do was get a grip. So, with the help of my close friend Eric Plantenberg, I was able to calm down and look at the situation from a different angle. Understanding that if I could just get myself under water and into the situation most, if not all my fears would probably fade.

The first action we took was for me to get comfortable breathing with my regulator. Once I accomplished that task without collapsing in a heap, I added the simple action of breathing (with my regulator) in the water. As soon as I had action #2 complete, something amazing happened.

The stifling fear that was freezing me in my tracks just a few minutes earlier was no longer present and I made the dive with very little anxiety. Ironically, the “tiny crevasse” that seemed so daunting previously was actually a fairly large gap and our guide turned out to be a real good guy. Go figure…

What just happened? How could making one small step like breathing in my regulator make such a big difference?

I’ll tell you why, I took ACTION, I moved forward in the face of my panic and the fear dissipated. It didn’t disappear completely, but it became so much more manageable in my mind and I was now under control of my emotions and able to see clearer.

Fear is the great neutralizer and we all, at some point will stare into the crevasse with dread. In that moment, we are faced with the choice to turn and run from the fear or literally, as in my case, breath and approach that fear head on… This may sound obvious, but unless you like being a weenie and backing away from challenges, I would highly recommend the second option. It will make your life a lot more enjoyable and exciting.

My experience cave diving in the cenotes was another wonderful learning experience and opportunity for me to exercise the old axiom that action cures fear and has been instrumental in me turning my perceived setbacks into successes.

How have you turned your fears around to accomplish a goal, task or activity?

What actions have you taken to conquer or overcome a fear?

Be Free!

David Shoup
Instructor