Friday, January 24, 2014

John Maxwell: Laughter



John Maxwell has some great material online. I get a daily email from him called the Maxwell Minute which is a brief video on a specific topic. Today's video was about laughter and how success should lead to satisfaction, enjoyment and laughter. It's well worth the minute and if you like it go to his site and sign up for the daily Maxwell Minute.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful


To get the best results you have to do the things that others don't want to do on their own. These are normally hard things to do which is why most avoid them.

Dan Waldschmidt developed this list that has some great insights.

  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
  • You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
  • You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
  • You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  • You have to try and fail and try again.
  • You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
  • You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
  • You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
  • You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
  • You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

  • If this interests you, then check out Dan's website here.

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid


    Do you want to be a mentally strong person? Are there things a mentally strong person does that the weak don't? Recently I read a list of 13 things that the strong avoid and it was a great list. Here are a couple of those things.

    They don't waste time feeling sorry for themselves. "You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”"

    They don't waste energy on things they can't control. "Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well."

    They don't fear time alone. "Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone."

    There are three of the thirteen. Use this link and read the entire list and work on what you don't currently master. Make 2014 a great year with incredible mental strength.

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    MAXIMUM: A Minute With John Maxwell



    Great video on how to view life. John Maxwell focuses on what Maximum means for you and me and keeps repeating the tag "and then some" which is what we need to add to every activity.

    What would happen in your life if you treated your spouse great "and then some" or treated your kids great "and then some" or treated your co-workers great "and then some" or treated your customers great "and then some"?

    Giving extra effort brings better results. Go do something great "and then some"!