Ignite Your Personal Power!

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Where your focus goes, your energy flows”… Walt Emerson.  I have experimented on his words and can attest they are true!  Could this be the reason we seem to be short of energy most days?  Because it is constantly flowing out of us in a million different directions?  personal power

I believe that we as women are constantly receiving the subtle message that more is required from us.  In many cases we are managing the finances, have primary responsibility for the care and nurture of the children, planning the family vacations, keeping the house, doing the laundry, the grocery shopping, tending the pets, preparing the meals, the yard work and in some cases even running a home based business!

When is enough ever enough?  When we recognize and mobilize our own inner voice that’s when!  Now I’m not talking about selfishness; I’m talking about high levels of achievement on your own terms!

Everyone’s definition of success is different. To some it may be becoming a New York Times best-selling author.  To someone else it may be being a good mother.  To yet another it may be living an authentic life or being a good daughter to aging parents.

My definition of success is achieving your goals (whatever they may be) on your own terms with an authentic expression of who you are.  With so many voices talking to us; it is sometimes hard to hear the most important one… the one who really does have all the answers… our own voice!

It is possible to live a joyful energetic life; counter balancing the myriad of responsibilities we have.  We can even make more money in our businesses if we choose to!

The secret is living a life by design!  A life YOU design and that’s what igniting your personal power is all about!

I’m sharing my journey and the way I achieved my life by design at the upcoming Interactive Women’s Conference at Boise Centre on the Grove, May 11, 2013.  Boise Idaho.  I hope to meet you there!

Until then, Onward & Upward My Friends!  Lisa

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Rate Yourself: 6 Traits of A Good Leader

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I have determined, there are no insignificant decisions in our lives.  Leadership is our opportunity; positive self leadership is our challenge.  Upon asking the number one leadership guru in the world, Dr. John C. Maxwell, “who is the hardest person to lead?”  He responded “I am!”  I think that’s true.  Don’t you?6_traits_leader

Developing positive character traits in the following areas will insure that you become (and remain) a successful leader:

1.  Become a person of faith.  Do you believe in your ability to achieve everything you set your mind on?  Do you believe in the potential of others?  Do you recognize and acknowledge the greatest force in the world (the power of God) working in and through all living things?  Can you and do you work cooperatively with the universal law of creation?

2.  Live a life of authenticity.  Are you really coming out from behind your guarded position and freely presenting an authentic expression of yourself?  Have you considered what your personal values are?  What do you really believe to be right and what do you really believe to be wrong?  Have you committed to those values and placed your actions in complete alignment with your personal value system?  The greatest gift you can give this world is an authentic expression of all your personal beauty, talents and potential.

3.  Do you work willing?  I once heard someone refer to Formula W.  “Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won’t!”  I like that!  Are you willing to work hard, to give all you’ve got and then give even more in the accomplishment of your vision and your goals?  Are you willing to be a shining example of an amazing work ethic?

4.  Lead with love.  Of all the cliché’ sayings, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is among the most profound.  When I was in Florida during the certification process with the John Maxwell Team I was deeply moved.  This is what happened:   After we were certified, this man; the greatest leadership trainer in the world, stood to express the feelings of his heart with his new “Founding Partners.”  He had just given us a large portion of his life’s work and permission to take his name upon us in our companies.  As he spoke he expressed deep gratitude; saying he knew when he looked into our faces; he was looking into the face of his life’s legacy.  This man (worth millions) proceeded to list nearly 20 things that he promised us… Yes HE promised US!  As he ended speaking, tears streaming down his face, he gently said:  “I ask one thing of each of you… Love those whom you lead.  If you stop loving them, stop leading them.”  WOW!  It’s a moment I’ll never forget.

5.  Successful Leaders Prepare.  They are not like leafs on the wind, blowing which ever way the wind blows.  Successful leaders know the vision, they have taken time to study, to learn, to practice.  They have reflected with introspection on their lives, their values, their faith.  They are emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually prepared to meet the demands of their responsibilities.

6.  They get the job done and they lead others to do the same!  They are the master of every moment in their day.  They act upon circumstances and situations instead of reacting to them.  They see problems as opportunities.  They may not always feel confident and energetic but they choose to “show up” that way.  They keep their attitude in check.  They know they bring the momentum and that it is contagious.  They inspire confidence and motive the team never taking credit to themselves.

I hope you have scored yourself; and you have scored well.  If not; no worries.  Just print this page and set some goals around the areas you aspire to improve; then go to work!  It’s that easy!  Feel free to post your progress!

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

A Carrot, A Stick or A Drill Sergeant?

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Fulfilling an entrepreneur or sales position of any kind is no easy task.  Half the battle is knowing what your tasks are!  Having a great plan is not enough.  You’ve got to have a great plan and work that great plan consistently every day!mm-drill-sgt_132376c

Last week I found myself completely derailed on one of my health goals.  As I  talk with my coach I discovered that when I began I had that goal tied to a purpose. During that time I did great!  Once the purpose was removed I let up on the committment, pulled out of the process, starting beating my head up against a wall and wondering why I needed so much “will-power” to get it done!  We all know “will-power” will get you going but it won’t keep you going.  In order to get realigned with my health goal I had to put another purpose in place… another BIG WHY for Lisa!  Once that was done; I am happy to say committment has once again taken over and I’m back on track.

Many of you know I firmly believe coaching.  Coaching others & receiving coaching from others.  Currently I am receiving coaching in the following areas:  Health, Speaking, Writing, Sales and even coaching on being a great coach.  My “coaching” coach is a world-class coach, Mr. Ed DeCosta.   Here is what he ask the other day:

“What do you need, a carrot, a stick or a drill sergeant?”  After my recent experience with my health coach I’ve learned I NEED A CARROT!

What do you need to be impeccable with your word, to honor your daily agenda and to work your great plan consistently?  I would appreciate hearing your experiences.

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

 

 

 

Do Leopards Change Their Spots?

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Namibie_Etosha_Leopard_01editYears ago I overheard one of my associates, who I deeply respected, say:  “Leopards don’t change their spots.”   Now I knew this man to be someone who stayed out of personal judgement and always sought to make fair assessments of people.  Hearing him say this deeply troubled me because at that time I was fighting a very personal battle in my life that would take me years to defeat.

During the weeks and months that followed as I was struggling to overcome the challenge I was facing his statement would return to my mind…

“Leopards don’t change their spots.” 

This would replay in my mind at least every other day.  I began to feel hopeless.  Afterall, I thought, “he must be right.  He is so fair-minded and so full of wisdom.  I guess this is just who I am.  I’m a lost cause.  I am unworthy.”

It would be years later, as I was comforting someone I cared for deeply, when I heard myself say:

“That’s the wonderful thing about life!  It changes on a dime!  If you don’t like who you are or what you are doing; step out just like you stepped in!  It’s that simple!”

And it was!   I realized that day, of all the animals in the world, I think the Leopard is among the most beautiful and so was I. I had been living far below my privileges as a beautiful, intelligent divine human being.  It was then I stepped out & stepped up and into my potential!

It is never too late for any of us to step into our potential.

 LEOPARDS DO CHANGE THEIR SPOTS! 

Sometimes WHAT WE DO is not who we are!  The challenge is to know the difference!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Productivity/Leadership Balance

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Giving-and-Receiving_0001-300x260What’s your answer when an associate peeks in and says: “Hey are you busy?”  This scenario always made me a little bit crazy.  My first thought was always, “Yes I’m busy, why aren’t you?”   But then I remembered something my mentor said:  “The good news is I move fast!  The bad news is, I often move alone.”

High achievers seem to innately understand time is their greatest treasure and we guard it fiercely.  The important thing to remember is to balance your productivity performance time with your relationships.  High levels of productivity also require high levels of leadership.  One of the greatest strengths a leader can have is Intuition.

Intuition is a subtle leadership gift but a powerful one.  It give you the ability to “feel” what is needed within your organization.  You can gauge the moral, culture and even sometimes the private needs of the people you are privileged to share your influence with.

It is true, people really don’t care what you know until they know how much you care and it is in the giving that we receive the most.

Take time to develop relationship, share your talents and your light.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Can You See It?

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If you have taken the Productivity Challenge you should be almost ready to create a plan!  Let’s recap the first three rules of productivity.

Productivity Rule #1  – Cornerstone of All!  This rule explained that the cornerstone of any and all productivity is positive self leadership.  This rule discusses the need to live our personal value system and be authentic. “Get our minds right.”

Productivity Rule #2  – WHY?  This rule showed us to the need to figure out our purpose… our purpose is our “Big Why.”  It is imperative that we have clarity around why are we doing what we are doing and that our why is big enough!  If we don’t have both of those elements, when the going gets tough we won’t have the tenacity necessary to stay the course against all odds and we will have wasted a lot of time.

Productivity Rule #3  – What?  This rule showed us how to take our purpose (our why) and connect it to our vision. Our vision is really our “what,” it shows us who we want to be and what we want to do and have.

The process of completing productivity Rule # 3, creating my vision, was an amazing experience. Writing a detailed look at “a perfect day in my life five years from now” really opened my eyes to what it actually is that I desire to create.

As I was completing that process I realized that a few of the action items I was ready to “pull the trigger on” were things that were not going to create the lifestyle I desired.  It’s sure great to know that now.  I would hate to arrive at a destination five years from now only to find that it’s the wrong one!

It was a wonderful exercise that has thoroughly prepared me for the next productivity rule… charting our course!

Until tomorrow ~ Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa