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Aggrandize vs Minimize

AggrandizeSometimes the most difficult item in coaching people is getting them to move forward. People are afraid of making mistakes and they hold back and don’t grow. If you think about martial arts, you start as a beginner and learn the basics of movement from using your, hands, elbows, feet, shins and your head. Each new belt you add skills. You make mistakes but learn along the way. In fact if you make the same mistake over and over in martial arts, you will have the bruises to show for it. The secret is not to repeat the mistake but rather to learn and grow from the mistakes and missteps and aggrandize.
In business and life it’s not always about being right all of the time but rather learning, growing and contributing. Once one becomes a black belt it doesn’t mean the journey is over. Rather it means the journey has just begun because now you have the skills to take it up to the next level. Keep working on your management and leadership skills the rewards are big.

Visualizing Our Goals

What about your goals? Can you Denzel quotevisualize them with your eyes closed? Are the goals most important to you heart felt? In my travels, I would ask people what they did for a living and get all sorts of answers. When I asked them why they did that for a living, most times I would get blank stares.

Charles Garfield in his book Peak Performance showed with his research that peak athletes and peak performers were visualizers. They see their goal, they feel it and experience it before they actually go out and try to accomplish it.
When you can see clearly where you’re going, you create a picture that can be repeated in your mind over and over. When you understand why you are clearly going in that direction it becomes a heartfelt goal that you can visualize.
When difficult situations arise, you can stay calm because you know where you are going and can make the proper decisions to get to the end result. If you don’t know where you are going, then you have no clue if you are making a good or bad decision and fear begins to creep into your decision making process. Take the time to truly understand where you are headed and why it’s important to you.
You will get comfortable with the decisions that you have to make, and the fear will not be a deciding factor in how you make decisions.
Need help working on your goals? “Nimble – How to Lead Above the Turmoil of Change” is a great book and it has an accompanying workbook. Found in the store.

Teaching and Learning Need to be in Sync

Michael J FoxTeaching and learning need to be in sync to be successful. Whether it is in school or the business world. To be able to learn and then apply your learning is even better. Sometimes we have material put before us and there is just not a connection nor an application. Simon Sinek has a very good TED Talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action. It’s a few years old but if you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth watching.
Start with why — how great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek | TEDxPugetSound