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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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

 

 

 

10 Things That Make Over-Achievers Weird

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So you’re called an overachiever… should you be offended?  It is true that “overachievers” don’t live their lives like the majority.  In our society “different” often is translated into “weird.”  After dueling considering the question, I’ve decided I’m okay with it!  Call me weird!  I know I’m different and that’s just the way I like it!

10 Things Over Achievers Do:

1. They make lists and check things off.  Often these lists are organized in order of priority with assigned completion dates.

2. They viciously guard their time.  They may appear that they have no time for you.  This is a common misconception.  They have plenty of time for you but they do plan their days in advance (often several weeks out.)  Scheduling is a very important element to their productivity.  They would never expect you to drop everything for them and they appreciate it when you show the same courtesy when possible.

3. They are not afraid to make complete fools of themselves!   They love accountability so often they will freely tell the world their goals & dreams.  They know if they don’t hit them they will have given it their best shot.  It doesn’t bother them to admit they are still learning, stretching and growing.

4.  They openly shares their screw ups!  Because they are always stretching out of their comfort zone and moving into the unknown, they often have more failure than others.  The way they see it it’s just part of succeeding.  They fail fast and fail often, but they are okay with this!  They see failures as feedback and each failure gets them closer to success!

5. They have an intense need for freedom.  Over-achievers often refuse to work just for money.  Sound weird?  Well it kind’of is; since work is commonly thought of as the means to provide.  Over-achievers however, understand what their time is worth, they desire to make a difference doing something that will make a difference.  They seek to work in arena’s that give them that opportunity on a larger scale.

6.  They work around energy not time.  Many entrepreneurs will inherently understand this statement.  In many cases this is why they are entrepreneurs.  Overachievers seem to be more closely connected to the Universal Law of Rhythm.  They feel their rhythmic  highs and lows and create in bursts instead of steady flows.

7.  They are hugely learning based.  Nothing is more valuable to an over-achiever than knowledge.  You will often see an overachiever (if they do go to work for or with someone else) take a position that pays less than what they could earn somewhere else.  They will sacrifice the money to spend their time where they will learn, grow, contribute and achieve the most.

8.  They are agents of change.  They are never satisfied with mediocrity or the status quo.  They are leaders.  Leaders understand that to grow you must change.  Managers seek to maintain a process.  Leaders seek to improve a process.  To improve you must change.

9.  They think they’re funny.  They see the humor in all their big dreams and aspirations.  They know they are marching to the beat of a drum most people don’t hear and believe it or not; they are okay with that too!  They don’t take themselves too seriously.  For them it’s all about making a positive difference and seeing what they can achieve.

10.  They appear overly confident.  The reason many over-achievers “appear” this way is because they truly have very few limiting beliefs about not only what is possible, but what is possible for them and for everyone else on the planet.  They truly believe in their own potential and the potential of other people.

The biggest thing that gets an overachiever down is that they know everyone can; but they see that not everyone will.

I would love to hear your opinions… Onward & Upward My Friends!  Lisa

Success List

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I am sure you’ve heard it said”  If you want something done give it to a busy person.”  As I continue to conduct my “Productivity Challenge,” I’m finding that to be SO TRUE!  I have defined the reason as:  Work has the tendency to fill the time allotted.

I am more convinced each day of the importance of having a clearly defined list of priorities and time blocking the necessary action items associated with the achievement of the tasks at hand.

Where more is required, more is achieved and that’s the truth!  Do you agree?

Onward & Upward My Friends,checklist  Lisa