Freedom of Choice

The ultimate freedom that each and every one of us has as human beings is our freedom of choice. It’s what makes us unique and is always present no matter what happens to us, or what we do. In Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” he talks about this freedom of choice being a part of the Seven Habits. Do we have to allow any given situation that happens to us automatically create a stimulus response? Or can we actually choose our response? The answer, of course, is that we always have a choice. I recently facilitated a workshop during which several people expressed that their jobs “stressed them out.” If we think of this in …

Being Conscious

How is your level of consciousness impacting your business? One of the key components of consciousness is found in your communication and being aware of the response you are getting, in turn accepting responsibility for how your words are perceived. In this video, I explore the importance of being conscious in not only your speech, but also in your thoughts. I encourage you to tune into the level of your thinking and to ask your self how your thoughts are serving you and your vision.

Would Your Tip Jar be Full?

What do you do to ensure that you are creating a relationship with your customers? I recently went to my local car wash when I saw this tip jar. Apparently “car wash attendant” was as personal as it gets. (I chose not to leave a tip to the generic “attendant.”) On the flip side, one of my favorite coffee shops always has dueling tip jars, like, “Seinfeld or Friends,” “The Simpsons or The Family Guy,” “PB&J or Fluffer-nutter,” and “Batman or Superman?” It may be a simple thing, but the rivalries engage customers, spark conversations and, subsequently, both tip jars always see some action. How engaged are the people in your sales and customer service departments, management team, etc., when …

Who You’re Being May Be the Problem

http://youtu.be/lBmlfhMuZ2c You cannot be one thing while you’re focusing on trying not to be someone else. Too often, people focus on being “not pushy” or “not mean.” The end result is not what you are looking for. Rather, look at all situations through the filter of who you actually need to be to create the ultimate outcome for you. By doing this, you are able to show up in a much stronger way and become the person who creates the sustainable results you are seeking.

Creating Balance

Are you looking for more balance in your life? In order to create a life that is balanced, you first need to have clarity about what life balance ultimately looks like for you. What components must be in place for you to truly feel balance in your life? Once you have clarity on what balance looks like, feels like, etc., your quest is not in just keeping it, but also how to regain it when it’s lost. I learned in Sanchin-Ryu Karate that closing the gap from when we lose balance to where we regain it is where our work lies. Losing balance in life is inevitable. Once we have mastered regaining balance, we can be in that space more …