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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Productivity Rule #10

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No matter what else we do; without perseverance it simply won’t have mattered in the end.  Eperserverenceach time I have had the opportunity to work with or interview individuals, who have succeeded at the highest levels in their professions, I always ask them one important question.  “What do you most attribute today’s success to?”  Without fail perseverance is among their top contributors.
Jim Rohn has been a great influence in my life.  Of the many words of wisdom he offers these are two I place great focus upon.  He says:
“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you, will always be far greater value than what you get.”
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“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.”  If we have gone through the laborious work of the other 9 Productivity Rules to Spark our Engagement & Ignite our personal power then making perseverance our capstone will insure the realization of our deepest desires.
I will!  I hope you will too!
Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

Productivity Rule #9

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Does anyone ever do anything great alone? The Law Of The Inner Circle, in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, claims our potential is determined by those closest to us. As I reflect on any past successes I have enjoyed, truly they were because of the people who have come along side and helped me get there. Achieving greatness in your organization takes a village.  So how do you find your village?  You don’t!  You will have to create it!Networking

It is commonly known that we attract who we are.  “Birds of a feather flock together.”  So the first obvious thing to do is to take inventory of your life; make any course corrections you need to in order to become the type of person you desire to attract.  Many people see this as a process, I however, believe it can also be an event when and if you have the right “why” behind it.  (I call this “getting your mind right.”)

Once you have gotten your mind right, have a vision of who you are, what you do and who your target audience is just go out and make friends!  Show up everywhere your target audience will be.  Remember “birds of a feather…”

Seek to build relationships with those who add value to the lives of others.  They will also add value to you.  Seek to serve those whom you want to work with.  Look for ways you can add value to their lives and focus on follow-up.  If you make a committment, keep that committment.  It will say a lot about who you are.

Seek relationships also with people whose strengths are in areas of your weakness.  They will bring huge value to you and help you get where you desire to go so much faster and more efficiently than you ever imagined possible.  Chances are your strengths will add great value to them as well.

If you have taken the time to align your actions with your values, get clear on your message and have prepared to deliver a world-class product or service then get out there and network!  The opportunity is on its way!  Remember what they say:

“Luck = Opportunity & Preparation Meeting!”

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

 

 

 

Who Are You? Really… Do YOU even know?

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Having grown up in an environment that was not conducive to the development of a positive self-image or self-esteem; I understand first hand the importance of both.  Self Image and Self-Esteem are often considered one in the same when in fact they are two very different concepts. Self Image is how you view yourself.  Self esteem is how you feel about yourself.  It is possible to view yourself in a positive way; being aware of your talents and abilities but to feel negatively about your worthiness, integrity or capacity.

A negative self-image or esteem will stop us dead in our tracks when striving for any level of achievement.  When asked, employers state what they are most seeking are individuals who are capable, confident and good with people.  A positive self-image and self-esteem are the corner-stone of both.

I love this video starring a lead character “Marcel” who has both a positive self-image and self-esteem.  I have shared it with every teenager I know and many friends who sometimes struggle with a negative view or opinion of themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9-sEbqDvU

What a great message she sends when she says “compared to what?”

All throughout my childhood I never felt very loveable or capable.  As I grew up I started to question where some of my beliefs about myself had come from.  What I discovered was: Not only could I not prove my beliefs about myself but I could disprove them!  I went from an insecure, disengaged young woman to a confident go-getter almost in the blink of an eye!

What that experience taught me is you are what you think you are!  You can achieve or not achieve whatever you think you can.

If you are in a place seeking to expand your level of awareness and create a new reality for yourself (as I did) ask yourself these questions:

1.  What do I believe about myself?  Write it down.

2.  Where did that believe come from?

3.  Is it true?  (PROVE IT)  You will be surprised how often you can’t!

4.  Once you cannot prove it; disprove it… then replace the old story with a new belief and anchor that belief with proof.  You’ll be surprised how easy it will be.

It is possible to change your story, but only you can.  I know!  I changed mine!

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

Pardon Me, While I Interrupt Your Rudeness!

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RudenessHave you ever been moving through your day with a high level of intentionality and tons of positive energy only to find yourself suddenly thrown into someone elses drama?  What do you do?  My first response is to flee! Everybody who knows me knows I don’t like drama in any of its nasty forms:  Gossip, lack of communication, negative assumptions, victim mentality, stubborn lack of cooperation, being easily offended, passive aggressive behaviors… and the list literally goes on forever!

What causes this negative behavior?  My opinion is a lack of awareness.  You can tell a persons level of awareness by the amount of drama they either bring to life or participate in.

So what do you when you find yourself in this uncomfortable position?  I think the key is to first increase your own level of awareness.   As we do, we become better equipped to give grace to others, and are less inclined to participate in the drama behaviors.  During our growth, we realize that we are not right and they are not wrong, but our perspectives are just different.  We understand that even though we see the issue in a completely different reality, their reality is their truth.  They really do believe what they believe!

Lately I am practicing resisting the urge to flee.   Afterall, if I flee, doesn’t that make it all about me?  I mean if we remove ourselves from the situation we can stop “dealing with that person” but we also have now closed the door of opportunity to help them grow.

I meet them where they are… at their level of awareness.  I listen intently to their drama and seek to understand.  While they are spilling everything in a highly charged, emotional way, I calmly and unemotionally listen for questions I can ask them (when they are done with their rant) to help them self discover other, more constructive ways to view the circumstances and rise out of the drama.

Afterall, isn’t that what life is about?  Paying it forward?  Being rivers not reservoirs?  Letting things flow through us not just to us?  It was through this process I grew in my level of awareness and through this process we can assist others to grow theirs!  Eventually we’ll all be equipped to rise above the drama.  Abolish Drama!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa