Monthly Archives: June 2017

3 Steps to Improving Your Determination

Determination is your ability to align your energy and attention into a sharp focus. Want to deepen your resolve? Try these three steps:

Choose practice over luck. Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the need for devoting 10,000 hours to performing a task to master it. How many of us have heard how it takes 15 years to become an overnight sensation? Sure, there is an element of luck, but I’ve always believed luck is opportunity meeting preparation. Your dedicated practice will properly prepare you for your opportunity.

Be aware of distraction and obstacles. These are the weeds that can choke out determination. Complete determination requires a monomaniacal focus on the success you want to achieve. Olympic athletes are a terrific example of determination and being monomaniacal. They devote their entire existence to achieving the pinnacle of their abilities. I know entrepreneurs who are the same in their focus. Now, think of the great athletes who fell at their peak because of the distractions they let get in their way. Fame and fortune can be very distracting. For the rest of us, social media, your phone and TV are all weeds we need to prevent from derailing our success.

Feed your intention. Good habits feed the proper preparation for determination. Make sure healthy choices for your body, mind and soul are your routine. They may not be the most popular choices, but they are the best choices.

As the quote says, “I like hard. Hard is where other people give up. The more difficult things I complete, the less competition I have.”  Make the right choices and improve your determination.

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Are You Ready for Your Facebook Live Moment?

Recently, we’ve seen employees come under social attack for video-recorded incidents of horrendous customer interaction. This is a trend that will grow. Are you ready? Follow these three ideas to better prepare yourself for the Facebook “Live” era.

There are no secrets. The overshare culture has taken hold of our society. Nothing is off limits. People talk about their paychecks, health habits, even bedroom habits. People have few secrets in the social media generation.

The same goes for what happens in the workplace. There should be little expectation of confidentiality. As a leader, if you are playing fast and loose simply trying to grease the squeaky wheel employee to hush it up with changes in salaries and perks without a consistent plan, you will be exposed. If your leadership style is to say one thing behind closed doors and then do something else in the public eye, be cautious. Conduct your business as if cameras are in the room.

Your worst moment could be broadcast live. We’ve all had bad days, and it happens when someone steps on your last nerve and you explode. Previously, a sincere apology and a lesson learned where how those mistakes were handled. Not today. Imagine what would happen to your career or your small business if the social media world witnessed your outburst or poorly chosen words? United lost mega-millions because of their bad decision on removing someone from a plane. Every day people lose their jobs because of a hasty tweet. Be in control – at all times.

We are all potential celebrities. Ambush video is a growing trend today. Are you ready for your close-up? As leaders, we have to be focused on how we behave in public. Back in the day, leaders would joke about what would you do if 60 Minutes was knocking on your door. Today media cameras are in everyone’s phone and a video can take on a life of its own once uploaded to social media. Be aware your reputation is one video clip away from being scrutinized.

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