Lead with Conviction

Acknowledgement is possession. When you acknowledge, think or have conviction in something, it actually will come true.   Stephen Richards

In the last two weeks I have had the fortune to participate in two amazing business events with entrepreneurs at all levels of business.  It has been so insightful and motivating.  I hope you also participate in professional development and networking events to fuel yourself and your business efforts.

One thing that I noticed with many of the entrepreneurs I interacted with, and have faced myself, is a lack of conviction.  This sounds harsh, I know, but it it leaves me questioning these two things…

1)  If we consider the definition of conviction as “a firmly held belief or persuasion” and entrepreneurs are a passionate and dedicated group who are willing to work long hours to turn their passion into reality.  Why is it that only 6% of all entrepreneurs reach a 6 figure income and therefore they are living close to the poverty line?

2)  If conviction is a critical component in great leadership, beyond their own vision and administrative skills, why are entrepreneurs not better leaders of their own business?

 Without conviction, nothing really matters, and nothing of significance is passed on.  R. Albert Mohler Jr


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5 Reasons You Don’t Take Action

During the Ultimate Women’s Conference earlier in February, one of the sponsors had a sign that said “What’s in the rearview mirror doesn’t matter”.  This got me to thinking about how so many people spent time thinking about the past and what could have been if only they had taken action.

You can’t change the past but you can be the leader in your future.  The cost of indecision and inaction can be huge!  Only you can determine what that cost is to you.

Here are 5 reasons that business leaders don’t take action.


1.  Not Enough Time  

We all have 24 hours at our disposal.  Time is not the issue.  How we choose to use the time available is the issue. In business, time is money. I love this quote from Dan Kennedy.  He says it so well.
Disciplined use of the time everybody else wastes can give you an edge. The now rich and famous writer of legal thrillers, Scott Turow, wrote his first novel using only his morning commutes into New York City on the train. All around him, others just killed the same time. For most people, these minutes don’t matter. But they can. So when you say to yourself ‘it’s only 10 minutes,’ you miss the entire point of time.” – Dan Kennedy
What can you accomplish in 10 minutes?


2.   Fear of the Unknownqueery-cartoon

Your Gremlin (that little voice that drives self-doubt, magnifies fear and forces you to second-guess yourself) can be very destructive.  Change and growth both involve taking steps forward into the relative unknown.

Planning is key to conquering this fear and will quite the Gremlin. Planning involves taking a large goal, breaking it down into manageable tasks and then taking small steps forward.  As you take action, you review and reassess the results you achieve and rejig things along the way.


 3.   Need more time to plan

I hear this so often.  Planning takes time and I;d rather just jump in and move forward.  In some instances your plan may not have to be written its just in your head and you know what steps you will take to get the desired results.  Larger and more strategic goals will span a longer time period and frequently get derailed by day-to-day operations or “bright shiny objects” that look great but take you off course.
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”  Anthony Robbins
Planning doesn’t have to take a lot of time – instead it takes some focused time. When you plan you want to think through the required steps and tasks and identify resources need as well as the who, what, where, when, why and how of what you want to achieve.  Write down these plans either in a mindmap, a journal, a vision board, a spreadsheet or list.  Once this is done you what to go back and look at this plan and measure your progress.


4.  Lack of resources

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen R. Covey
We often don’t think about it but time is a resource, one that is frequently taken for granted.  One key skill that is often underdeveloped and under utilized the is ability to delegate.  Can you outsource some of your actions to a Time Wasted _ clock in bin 9491623_sfamily member at home, a colleague who is more skilled or knowledgeable or a virtual assistant or employee?
One tip to assist you is create yourself a “how to” document or operations manual that can be used by others to accomplish the tasks you need help with so that you can move on to other higher priority, higher revenue generating tasks.   Invest some time in these resources and the results they achieve in meeting your desired results are far more likely and less frustrating for everyone involved. Delegation does not mean abdication. You will both be confident when you touch base along the way.


5.  Don’t want it bad enough

“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.”   Brad Henry

If you really want something, you are more likely to put it on the top of your “to do” list and you will invest the time and money and other resources needed to accomplish that goal.  Self-confidence, recognition of your own passions and dreams will help you along the way.
If your mind becomes cluttered with other thoughts, and you spend your time doing other things, this is a signal that you need to reconsider this goal and determine if you want it bad enough.  What is the cost to you if you drop it from the list?  What would be a good replacement that you do want bad enough?



www.freedigitalimages.netPlanning and time play key roles in achieving the success you want to achieve.  Along the way, you have many opportunities to make decisions which will impact the end result.  Keep your mind and eyes wide open and recognize when your Gremlin is getting in the way.

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A Turning Point Awaits

February 19th 2015 is New Year’s Day in the Chinese lunar calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Goat.  Threset buttonis offers you an opportunity to start your 2015 year over or press the reset button!

According to Chinese astrology, there are five element – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth.   The astrological summaries indicate 2015 is an earth/wood year and therefore it will be a turning point for many.  If you have had success in the past two years, you will have to make changes to sustain that success.  If you have been challenged or building toward a goal, this may just be the year for your goals to come to fruition and create your new future.

goat-yearSo will you be setting the reset button on your new year?

Are you ready to turn that corner to level up and advance results?

Is it time to shift gears and align your business and your personal goals to create a new beginning?


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Can You Be A Great Leader & Have a Balanced Life?

This past weekend I was speaking a conference with some amazing business owners and professionals.  The vibe in the room was exceptional and the knowledge shared was so valuable new business owners were definitely leaving with information overload.   As a business owner with over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur, I certainly wasn’t on information overload but I have gained some great tips and tricks to help my business too.

Now that I am taking a few days away to rejuvenate myself with some sun and fresh air, I’m also catching up on some reading.  My idea of balance is to read lots of fiction to escape, but also read some business books to inspire me.  This brings me to how this post started.

Becoming Your Best-S Shellingburger CoverI’ve been reading Steven Shallenberger’s book “Becoming Your Best”.  In this book he shares “12 principles you need to follow in order to reach your highest potential and drive the kind of innovation that turns good companies into industry leaders, all while living a well-balanced personal life.”

I loved the principles shared in this book.  Leadership is a privilege and when you have an opportunity to be a leader it should be revered.

Here are a few of my key takeaways

1.  Be Yourself

As a leader, you can be your best, and offer more value to your business or organization when you are yourself.  Being yourself includes standing up for what you believe in, being true to your character and face challenges with honesty and integrity.    Part of being yourself is to treat others as you would like others to treat you.

2.   Add SPARK to what you do.

My presentation at the conference was entitled “Add SPARK and Grow with Vision”.   SPARK is the framework I use to assist business leaders to effectively and efficiently grow business and develop a strong team.  Shallenberger has a similar message.  He recommends you lead with vision, create written plans that you can then execute.   It is important to plan for the obvious and expected but also the unexpected and then review your results.  Shallenberger says  “Effective management means that you inspire and empower your team members to stand with you and help you succeed.”   Integrate continuous quality improvement into everything you do to be a great leader.

3.  Manage Your Most Precious Resource

Time is a precious resource and one that is often taken for granted.  I love the quote by Tony Robbins, “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”  

Shallenberger suggests you think high quality and high quantity when prioritizing your time.  These two foci will help you plan your day, week, month and year in a way that you get more done in less time with better results.  He also suggests that ” your positive and peaceful energy and your effective use of time are two of your most precious resources.”

4.  Communicate and Build Trust

Communication and trust are critical factors in business today.  In my book “The Winning Way” I identified communication as one of the key attributes for good leaders.  Effective communication helps improve engagement with your employees and other team members, enhances the “buy-in” to your vision and plays a significant role in building trust.  The more you can interact with people in a positive and effective way, the more they come to know, like and trust you as a person and business leader.

5.  Be Accountable and Persistent63e2966fbed6d110e0d9914b65565f9d

Too often accountability and persistence are pushed aside.  When you do so, trust is broken and results suffer.  I particiulary liked the three strategies shared in the book for being more accountable:  a)  Control what you can control   b) Develop relationship agreements c)  Eliminate procrastination and follow through.   A lack of follow-though has been identified as one of the key reasons businesses fail to achieve the results they envision.   Persistence allows you to stay connected to people in your network, learn from set-backs and to navigate the ups and downs to really fulfill your vision!


As I came to the end of the book, I realized I am already integrating Shallenberger’s 12 principles into my life and business.  My key focus and very much a work in progress is the integration of more peace and balance- hence my personal retreat this week!

So my question to you is… can you have a balanced personal life while you lead and reach your highest potential?


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