Lead Your Life

Awake, Aligned, and Grounded In Truth

How Do You Create Success? May 24, 2010

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It is my observation that the difference between someone who is wildly successful and one who is not has little to do with intelligence and capability. While those characteristics are important, an individual’s belief in themselves and their ability to stay fixated on their life’s purpose regardless of external circumstances make a far bigger difference.

Highly successful people know with complete certainty where they are going and believe they will get there. They are committed to learning and growing in the face of mistakes and they take risks with confidence. Highly successful people live their lives in alignment with their values and faith, even in the pursuit of their goals. They understand that the quality of the journey is as important as the destination.

Here’s a fast and easy “assessment” you can give yourself at the end of each day to create a habit of consciously using each day purposefully & positively:

Today I:
I contributed to the development of my team today.
I impacted the company’s performance favorably.
I upgraded someone’s performance today.
I fulfilled myself spiritually at work today.
I gave of myself, my talents, and my time to help others.
I felt alive & purposeful today at work.

Choose Well!


Power Of One Small Step May 20, 2010

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This may sound obvious, but it amazes me how easy it is to talk about change in a way that would seem to indicate complete buy-in, and yet take no action. Inertia is a powerful force.

What can we do as leaders? For ourselves, we can repeatedly review our overarching goal, and commit to taking at least one step every day towards that goal. I recommend to my managers that they write down the action they intend to take on each of their primary goals every morning. This creates SUCCESS CONSCIOUSNESS.

In other words, practicing the habit of moving the ball every day creates momentum, diminishes fear, and clarifies the target. You don’t have to know HOW to get from A to Z as long as you have defined Z and are willing to start taking the next important step every day towards that means.

Personally, I work with a grid that has 10 boxes. Each box has a header that reflects one of my Top 4 Business Goals, one of my Top 4 IMPACT areas (or key job responsibilities), my family, and my wellness. (10 Total). Every day, I review my vision for my business and myself, and then identify the most important step I want to take for each one of my boxes. I recommend writing this down and carrying it with you during the day.

This process keeps me focused on the most important tasks, puts me in control of my schedule, and ensures I am making SUCCESS CONSCIOUS decisions every day about what I give to my business and my family. How would it feel to you to close your office door feeling like you had done the most important work for your business that day? When you achieve this, don’t’ forget to celebrate! Joy is an important part of our journey.

We have the power to take action towards the life we want to live every day. Be Great!


Engage the team in “WHAT NEXT?” May 11, 2010

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Bi-weekly, our executive team hosts a leadership development session for our managers.  This week, we gave it a twist with the instruction to the team to bring their creativity, wild ideas, and game changers.  We spent 60 minutes in a fast paced brainstorming session generating ideas on where we want to take the business from a product, innovation, service, technology, and operational perspective. 

To ensure we mined gems, we set the stage by asking the team to visualize L. E. Smith at 3 times our current size.  What does excellence look like from the perspective of our customers?  Our shareholders?  Our employees?   How do we want to do business if our goal is to delight our customers?    

The ground rules?  No detailed explanations, justification, or reasoning for ideas.  No judgment or evaluation of ideas.   All input must be in the form of a new or expanded idea.  The result?

We had one of our most productive sessions ever.  The team took risks, thought big, and supported one another by spinning new ideas from those already presented. 

The results themselves were powerful but the process was even more powerful.  Energy was raised and the team felt part of something strategic, exciting, and game changing.  I realized we don’t do this enough.  We spend the majority of our mental energy and time on today, this month, and this year’s opportunities and challenges.  While important, these discussions typically capture step change opportunities.   

Excellence in the short term is imperative to long term success; however, it’s equally as important to clearly define what the ultimate desire is for the business.  Once everyone has clarity, thoughts and ideas are bigger, and the desire to achieve begins to burn brighter.  When desire grows, perceived barriers shrink and the likelihood of success increasing exponentially.


What Drives You? May 5, 2010

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My experience is that almost everyone can tell you the value of setting goals and then prioritizing their work based on those goals.  Most people have heard the “big rocks, pebbles, sand, water” analogy for optimizing results.  And yet, how many people actually practice goal setting?

To do lists and project management tools, while incredibly valuable, do not replace the process of clearly defining your goal.   We all have many goals, and if we evaluated those goals, we would likely find they are all loosely tied to our ultimate goal.  Author Napoleon Hill refers to this as “definiteness of purpose.” 

This is the most important outcome you desire, to which all actions and other goals should support.  Can you define yours?  If you can, is it written down?  Do you use it daily to create movement towards your ultimate goal? 

Having a clearly defined purpose or goal creates clarity and singularity of focus.  It fuels action and inspires measured risk.  It gives purpose to our actions and results, and helps us stay aligned with who we want to be and what we really want to do with this lifetime. 

If you haven’t taken this step, or you have but the purpose you’ve defined doesn’t deeply resonate with you and inspire you, invest your time in doing this today.  Write it down & keep it visible.  And make a commitment that you will take action towards that goal everyday.  I recommend starting each day by writing down the most important thing you can do that day towards your purpose, and then holding yourself accountable. 

Try it…  you may find yourself surprised by how much bigger your impact is once you define your definite purpose and begin the daily process of aligning your actions and energy with it.