Last night, I was watching X-2: X-Men United with my children. If you are not familiar, X-Men is a comic based on the idea that there are people among us, mutants, with special abilities. They can walk through walls, freeze water, control fire, access people’s thoughts, etc. The comic has been made into at least nine movies over the years.
In one scene, Nightcrawler, a mutant with the ability to teleport, was speaking to Storm, a mutant with the ability to control the weather. Nightcrawler, who has a strong sense of faith, was surprised at Storm’s deep anger. He asked her about it and she responded that this anger has helped her survive.
I wondered in that moment. What do we hold on to that helps us survive but not live? So often, we have beliefs, habits, behaviors that keep us “safe” but prevent us from experiencing life and learning. Thankfully, for Storm, she would have the opportunity to learn that faith can also help you survive.
Nightcrawler could teleport anywhere he could SEE.
Nightcrawler’s power was limited to teleporting where he could see, with his eyes (or so he believed). When you are looking to move forward, to access somewhere you have never been, you need to be able to SEE where you are going. This is your VISION. Before you can move, you must be able to see where you are going.
If he couldn’t see where he was going, he could end up in a wall.
He warned he fellow X-Men that if he couldn’t see where he was going he could end up teleporting into a wall. If you do not take the time to visualize where you are going, you will end up in a wall. You will end up STUCK and unable to move forward. Have you experience this? Have you attempted to move forward without first SEEING where you are going and found yourself stuck in a wall?
Your EYES are not the only way that you see.
Later in the movie, Nightcrawler was asked to teleport to a place he could not see and save the leader of the X-Men. Without Nightcrawler the leader would perish. Failure was not an option.
Nightcrawler was limited by his belief that his eyes were required for vision. We are often like Nightcrawler thinking that we need to SEE results with our eyes in order to move forward. We think that we need to see the process in order to act on it. How often are we limited by this?
It also takes BELIEF.
Nightcrawler was wary and Storm, having experienced Nightcrawler’s faith, returned to him the gift and said, “I have faith in you.” She believed in him and his ability to teleport to a destination he could not see with his eyes.
Belief was the missing piece. Once Nightcrawler believed that he could see where he was going, he didn’t need to actually see his destination with his eyes. He successfully teleported into a room beyond a massive door and back out again, rescuing the leader. All (almost) was well. Nightcrawler’s ability had grown. I imagine if this were a video game he had just ‘leveled up’.
What are your limiting beliefs?
What is limiting you from moving to your next level? Do you think you do not have enough time? Do you feel like you need more knowledge? Do you think that a certain number of clients are required? Do you think you have to do it all by yourself? What is keeping you trapped moving only to places you can see?
What can you learn from Nightcrawler?
1 - Teleportation to places beyond where you are right now, requires VISION.
2 - BELIEF in yourself fills in for all that you can’t yet see.
Which one of these is the sticking point for you?
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I met today with another fantastic fabulous CEO who graciously agreed to an interview. She was the 15th one and all of these will become part of my forthcoming book, Creating Momentum. Her interview was brilliant! I cannot wait to share it with you. (if you want a sneak peek of hers and the other 19 interviews, you can join 90 Days to Success!)
I went into this interview believing that she would talk about Vision and I was not disappointed. She hit the vision nail on the head. She laughed when I asked which of the 9 principles she thought she embodied the most. Vision was the obvious answer. BUT, as every one of my interviewees has shared and confirmed, each of the 9 principles is absolutely necessary. They create a blueprint.
It starts with Vision, Mission and Core Values & Culture. But quickly you move to the tools that are necessary to implement the first three. And those tools are time & task management, systems and organization. In the end, you also need strengths, connection and focus to truly create a sustainably successful business. All great businesses have all 9 principles.
Organization ensures that you are consistently making decisions and clearing the clutter. Things are where you say they are and everyone knows where to find them. Your work space is conducive to getting the job done.
Systems allow you to create consistent, repeatable processes that make your time more efficient, ensure your customers are getting the best possible service and that you can share the job of running the business. You cannot do it all!
Time & Task Management means you you know you are picking the right task for any given moment. You are working with your brain and your body so that you can be efficient with your time and work. You have space for the activities that will grow your business and that you are not always putting out fires.
No matter what, every decision is made based on your Vision, Mission and Core Values. But, with only those three you will be a flash in the pan, a one hit wonder. You need organize, systems and time & task management for implementation of your vision over the long haul.
However, if you start using your tools before you have your vision, mission and core values clarified, you will, as my interviewee today shared, quickly run out of fuel because you have no direction. Be sure to go back to this post to learn how to create your Where, What and Who and then take the next step to use your tools to create momentum.
If you need more, be sure to catch the replay of the masterclass by joining the Facebook Group: Create Momentum. I make an offer to go even deeper through the program 90 Days to Success. You can find out more and take advantage of early bird member pricing ($97). I’ll be hosting the next 9 Principles to Sustainable Success on October 26 at noon EST. Don’t miss it. The link to register is here.
My ‘friend’ is often overwhelmed with what task to do first? There is so much to do that I, ‘she’, feels sometimes like just pulling up to a bowl of ice cream instead. What would you suggest my "friend" do?
-- Ice Cream is my Superpower
Dear Ice Cream is My Superpower,
“To Do’s” can be daunting and you just hit the nail on the head with the task of handling the mail. I have personally been acquainted with many who would leave the task of opening the mail for months or even years! If your to-do list has gotten out of control, pulling up to a bowl of ice cream does seem like it would be your best bet! And, I am completely serious about this.The first step is to put yourself in a better mindset whether that is ice cream, going for a walk, dancing, writing in your journal or doing 5-10 minutes of a task that you absolutely love.
If you have handled your mindset, then step two is to understand your vision for the work you are doing. It may seem silly to create your vision when you are talking about checking the mail or running errands with your kids or handling miscellaneous tasks at work. But when you know why you are doing the work you are doing and you keep this ‘why’ in front of you then you can ensure that you are always doing the right task at the right time.
If you envision a life with a roof over your head, fun events with friends, engagement in your community, then opening the mail will help you achieve these goals and you will be more inclined to go through the mail measuring what you are opening against it’s ability to help you achieve your vision. If it doesn’t, then TOSS!
Once you have a to-do list a mile long it is likely the case a portion (maybe even a large portion) is no longer relevant. Step three is to cull your to do list. Remove anything that is past due (and cannot be completed) or no longer relevant. Then decide for each item if and how it helps you achieve your vision. Last, decide if you need to be the one to complete the task or if you can delegate, outsource or automate the item.
Step 4, grab yourself another bowl of ice cream. As you said, it’s your superpower!
Today's post comes to you from Vanessa Judelman, of Mosaic People Development. Enjoy!
I want to tell you about my client whom I call “mama bear”. She is a lovely, warm and kind person. She has so many great leadership qualities.She really cares about her team and their success.She creates great opportunities for team building. She is always there to coach and mentor her team.
The problem is that “mama bear” feels like she needs to take care of everyone. She feels like she needs to solve all of their problems. This means that “mama bear” is totally over worked and overwhelmed. She also has become a bottle neck as all decisions are currently being filtered through her.
While “mama bear” is doing so many things right, there are some critical things that she needs to change to be more successful as a leader. To start, she needs to recognize the ways in which her behavior is hindering her team and holding them back. I explained to “mama bear” that she needs to let go and start letting people solve their own problems. She had an “aha” moment and told me, “Vanessa, I thought I was helping my team but realize now that I was not allowing them to be independent.”
Through our conversation, I shifted “mama bear’s” perspective from a model of “leader takes care of it all” to a “shared leadership” model.
If you recognize yourself in “mama bear”, it is time for some shifts. Here is what the shared leadership model means:
Even if you already implement some aspects of the shared leadership model, think about the ways in which you tend to exert too much control. It could be over a system, process, structure or meeting for example. Consider how you can give your team more ownership over their goals and projects. Finally, consider what you can do to practice even more of a shared leadership model.
Vanessa Judelman, founder and CEO of Mosaic People Development, is a sought-after author, coach and facilitator. She has helped thousands of people to become more self-aware, confident leaders.
Vanessa is the author of the book "Mastering Leadership: What it Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast Paced World." She is noted as an expert in her industry and has been published and quoted in The Globe and Mail, the National Post and is a contributor to CKNW Radio. Vanessa is passionate about developing leaders who have the tools they need to be happy and productive.
I have preached this sermon myself. You need rest. Your brain needs rest. You are supposed to turn off your phone. Be present. Focus.
But then, a big project comes up. Your kids need your help with school. The fundraiser for the non-profit you are a part of is just around the corner.
So you stay up late. You text through the soccer game. You answer one more email (make that five more emails) and are late to your appointment. You feel like your list is never ending. If you could just get that one next thing done, the crazy would ease and you could breathe.
You’re waiting until you are successful to take a break and enjoy the fruit of your labor. You worry if you stop now, you will fail. Someone’s needs will go unmet. You won’t be able to pay the next bill. And so, you keep going and keep pushing, afraid to rest.
I sat in the pew at church. Listening. I hadn’t been in ages but this weekend, I felt that urge to go, to fill my soul with love and light and be reconnected. I was looking forward to seeing the pastor and hearing her message (we get into our routines, right?) But the pastor was on vacation. She was fearlessly taking time off.
The substitute pastor read from the Old Testament, Daniel 3:19-30. The passage told of 3 young men who refused to bow down to the new government and worship the leader as their god. They were thrown into the fire. God’s angel came down and protected them leaving them unharmed. This faithfulness was rewarded and the young men were named as leaders. Then she went on to read from Deuteronomy 5:14-15, the fourth of 10 Commandments, "work six days but rest on the 7th." She went on to say, if you have faith that you will be protected then why would you FEAR taking one day a week to rest?
My mind was blown. I never thought of it that way. I didn’t realize that I was afraid to rest. I realized that not taking time to rest was a two fold issue:
I needed that message. I imagine you do, too, if you are reading this today.
What can you do? What works for me is a short journaling process (it can be as long as you need it to be).
What are you afraid will happen if you take a day off? Write it all down start with the prompt, “I am afraid…” and see where it takes you. Then, respond to each of those fears with what you can control and take action on, if anything.
I’ll be creating a new hashtag, #ImNotAfraidToRest. Tag me in your day off.
I’m not going to share anything new here. You’ve probably already seen the recommendation to be grateful. You’ve heard that you ‘should’ write down five or ten things you are grateful for every day. It will put you in a better mood, help you focus on the positive, raise your vibration, etc. For a year I wrote down one good thing every day. I reviewed these, “one good thing” notes and actually found this to be an incomplete picture. All these good things did happen and I was grateful for them but I am a firm believer that learning happens when we overcome perceived obstacles. This year of gratitude left out the obstacles and the learning.
Now, instead of a gratitude journal, I recommend recognizing your accomplishments. I love the etymology of words and in this case I have chosen my words intentionally.
Recognize = Know Again, Re-Learn, Learn Again, Recall to Mind
Accomplishment = To Complete, Something you have completed (to fulfill)
When you put these together you are learning again what you have completed. You are bringing back to mind the learning that lead to success. Studies have shown that we need to be exposed to a concept seven times to integrate it into our knowledge base. Recognizing your accomplishments is one more way to integrate the learning that has lead to your success. Doing so, like repeating drills on a soccer field, will create “muscle” memory for these positive activities.
Here’s an example:
Not only do I feel good remembering and reliving the positive energy from these experiences but I see that I have been successful and the belief that I can do it again is created. In addition, I could go one step further to really drive the learning home and ask,
“How did I do it?”
Entrepreneurship and management can be both lonely and fast moving. It is easy to bypass the “wins” because there is always something more to do. But this would be a huge disservice to you and to your work. You are missing an opportunity to learn from your previous learning. Recognizing your accomplishments allows you to see yourself as successful, even if you still have a long list of things to do.
What we focus on we create more of. Instead of focusing on that list of all that is yet to be done, focus on your success and create more of it.
Every Friday I make a post of #FridayWins where you can share what you have accomplished. Add what you have accomplished in the comments below and create more success.
Here are my thoughts on my recently delivered the MasterClass, “9 Principles That Energize Your Business for Sustainable Success.”
While I was delivering the class, I was simultaneously gaining clarity on the truth of these principles and how to implement them. I’ll share the principles here just so that you have them.
These 9 could further be subdivided into the following:
WHERE, WHAT, WHO
These 9 principles came out of the development of my business and what I have observed, read, and experienced in working with other businesses. In two recent interviews I conducted for my forthcoming book, Creating Momentum, I explained these principles to two different entrepreneurs who confirmed, in their own words, the significance of these 9 principles. The 9 were especially linked to business growth.
The first three are Vision, Mission and Core Values/Culture. These define WHERE you are going, WHAT you are doing and WHO you are. If I am 100% honest, the TOOLS are not going you to success and HOW doesn’t matter. Without the first three, you are dead in the water.
Get started on each one by answering the following questions.
Vision - Where do you see yourself going? Think about this for the next year, five years and your lifetime. Imagine as if it has already happened. Your vision shouldn’t change even if what you deliver and how you deliver it varies over time.
Mission - What do you do? Who do you serve? How do you help? Can you whittle this down to complete this statement?
We provide [PRODUCT/SERVICE] to [YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER] so that [LIFE IMPROVEMENT]
Core Values/Culture - Who are you? Who is your company at it’s core? These things should not change based on how you deliver your product/service. Can you name 5-7 characteristics of you or your company that are true no matter what?
If you need more, be sure to catch the replay of the masterclass by joining the FB Group: Create Momentum. I make an offer to go even deeper through the program 90 Days to Success. You can find out more and take advantage of founding member pricing ($47) by joining by September 11, 2018. If you miss that you can still jump in and participate.
Share your WHERE, WHAT, WHY in the comments below!
Today's blog post is brought to you by Wendy Wright, owner of The Wright Fit. Enjoy!
Be really honest here. Do you ever think about how your daily presentation to the world affects you? And do you think your personal appearance matters when it comes to your productivity? I've noticed when people are immersed in a more casual work environment, or when they work from home, they sometimes think their appearance doesn't matter as much. I beg to differ, and here's why.
First impressions matter, as do impressions after the first one! Let's say you're looking fab when you meet a prospective customer on Monday, but then you show up looking like you just fell out of bed for Thursday's follow-up meeting. That, my friends, sends a message of inconsistency, fair or not.
Now let's say you work from home and you typically throw on a ball-cap, yoga pants and oversized T-shirt for your work day. What would you do, or how would you feel, if an unscheduled meeting popped up? Hopefully, you'd scramble to look a bit more presentable, but think of the possibilities if you'd started the day in a great outfit. Let's call this authentic, appropriate and comfortable ensemble one of your personal uniforms. It could be a casual dress with tights, booties and a jean jacket. It could be dark-wash skinnies with a beautiful, chunky sweater and flats.
In Nettie's case, it was a cute wrap dress and low-heeled nude pumps. I actually ran into her at TJMaxx and took this picture.
I asked her if she had just met with a client or had an important meeting. She said no, it was just what she was wearing that day.
Needless to say, she looked amazing and I was a proud friend/stylist.
Ladies, a little make-up can also make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself and how others see you.
Take, for instance, my 3 pictures. Whew doggie, I would not want to run into anyone whilst out-n-about looking like I do in picture 1. I feel self-conscious and it's written all over my insecure smile.
But with just 4 makeup products, I feel like a million bucks, as you can see in picture 3. And I guarantee you I'll have a much better chance of making a million dollars if I present myself as I do in pic 3 vs pic 1. Haha.
So, if you're an entrepreneur or business person, this is important stuff, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming or expensive. Some may call it "dressing for productivity," but I like to think of it as respecting yourself enough to care about how you present yourself to the world. And, with a few, simple style tweaks, you can be on your way to a much more productive day!
Wendy Wright is an ACSM/NSPA certified personal fitness trainer. She created The Wright Fit to combine healthy living with the immediate gratification of great personal style. Her passion is to help women discover their potential — right now.
Wendy is a Body Beautiful Institute (now Style Core) certified personal stylist, as well as a personal stylist in Essential Color.
To learn more, visit her website: www.thewrightfit.net.
One Saturday morning, I woke up in a complete sweat. I was scheduled to speak within the next two hours. I was frustrated. The bills were piling up. My employees were disgruntled. I had thought I would be in a different place in my business by this point and I wasn’t. Nothing seemed to be going right. I was in a panic.
As an organizer, I had come across a book, Drowning in Clutter: Don’t Grab a Floatie… Drain the Ocean by Dana White. I loved the concept of this book. I never read the book. To me, the title said it all. When you are drowning, if you have the option, you stop the flow of water and let it drain. That analogy works well when you have control of the ‘figurative’ water. When you have too many expenses, too much stuff, too many employees, too many policies, too many tasks, don’t add more. First stop the flow and then drain the extra out in order to find yourself on solid ground again.
Simplify. Streamline. Focus.
I couldn’t even see the floatie if I had wanted to grab it! I was drowning and I didn’t even know where the water shut off was. Things were murky.
More and more, I am finding that business owners need a new floaty analogy. This time, when you are in the ocean, feeling alone, you need to grab the floatie! Often, you cannot see where the water shut off is until you grab the floatie. When you are paddling for dear life, just trying to keep your head above water, grab the floatie.
I was that business owner, I couldn’t see that help was right in front of me. I reached out to a friend via Facebook Messenger. I had no idea if she would also be awake at 7am on a Saturday, but thankfully she was. I explained all the terrible things going on. All my woes. My ocean of worries, bills, frustrations, and failures.
I told her, “I just want someone to swoop in and rescue me.”
She immediately responded with Lisa Nichols’ video, “I am my own rescue.” I watched it. And the next link she sent as well. We laid out a plan of the priority activities to engage in to help me get ‘unstuck’. I kept that list in front of me and gauged every activity off of them. I was able to drain the ocean and get back on solid ground.
You know that feeling. The one where the ocean is washing over you and you just can’t see. You need clarity. I’ve been there. I’ve been to that place that seems hopeless and feels like there is no help anywhere. The reality is that we are never alone and help is always nearby.
Help was always right in front of me. The same is true for you. Are your eyes shut tight as you tread water and gasp for air? Don’t add another resource until you open your eyes and look for the floatie. Breathe. Look around you. I’d love to share the process with you that we worked through that morning. Email me at email@example.com with the Title, ‘Floatie’
When you began your business, you were working from a mindset of all hands on deck. At least I was. And most of those ‘hands’ were my own. I was delivering organizing services, billing clients, developing marketing, speaking, ordering supplies, answering emails and literally every other task that needed doing.
I loved organizing and helping individuals solve their organizational and clutter challenges. I loved working with my clients and I was able to help them through challenging situations to be able to create an environment that support them. It was a great feeling and they got great results.
But, when it was time to grow, I knew I couldn’t add any more client appointments to my calendar. I couldn’t be in two places at once. In order to serve more clients, I brought on and trained more organizers. I was doing everything I had been doing originally and training and managing employees. My plate was full.
The money that was coming in I was using to pay my employees to serve clients. I was busy running the business. It got to the point that I saw almost no clients. It seemed like my business was growing because I was bringing on more organizers and serving more clients. But, I wasn’t growing. There were days that I would answer the phones or make calls for scheduling and the person on the other end had no idea they were talking to the owner of the company. That was a wake up call.
I had outsourced my unique brilliance, working with clients and giving them outstanding results. I was busy just trying to keep the company running, doing all the little tasks that a company must complete to operate.
How did that happen?
Have you also found yourself ‘hiding’ behind your business? Have you ever outsourced your unique brilliance?
I am not alone. In his book, Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, describes a make or break moment in the history of the company. Zappos differentiated themselves on customer service which included accurate fulfillment of orders in a timely manner. But for a while, they outsourced this exact function to another company. For this company, it was just a ‘job,’ but for Zappos, it was their core competency. It nearly brought the company down. As soon as they realized what was happening, they brought their warehouse and purchase fulfillment back in house and applied their special process to it.
You cannot afford to outsource the thing that makes you unique and sets you apart. Within your company you cannot delegate your unique brilliance. Everything else you can and should let go of.
What can you let go of today to focus more on what you do best?
Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.