Win with a Positive Mindset

Did you have an opportunity to watch the gold medal men’s hockey game on Saturday?  This game had the underdog, Germany, playing the overwhelming favourite, Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).   Prior to the game, the discussions focused on the amazing feat of the German team to knock out strong medal contenders to get to the gold-medal game.  In fact, the German team didn’t qualify for the Sochi games in 2014 and have not won a medal in men’s hockey since 1976. How would the Germans would perform against the stronger and more experienced OAR team? Would it be a one-sided game?

Well, the game was definitely not one-sided and it was probably one of the best gold medal games since the Canada vs USA game in Vancouver 2010.   The game went into overtime and OAR came out the winner of the gold medal.  The Germans won the Silver medal.  A pretty successful outcome.

If we look at how a definite underdog could dig deep and be a strong contender we can identify one key trait — the Germans believed they could win.   In fact, one team member started a group chat in the Fall of 2017 and called it “the march to gold”.   They say they began to believe they could really be contenders.

Positive Mindset

When we talk about a positive mindset, what do we mean?

Positive thinking is the process of creating thoughts that create and transform energy into reality.

It is amazing how our mind can be the catalyst to inject energy and focus to our efforts.  A positive mindset offers each of us so many benefits

  • more energy to pursue our goals
  • better decision making ability
  • improved resiliency to the ups and downs
  • a strong and positive belief that things can become true – this is reflected in innovation and sales.

 

Be a game changer.  The world has enough followers.

 

Steps You Can Take to Get More of What You Want

One thing we all face in business is the recurring pattern of ups and downs.  Everyone faces them.  In fact, some of the most successful business leaders have faced some catastrophic downs yet they turned their fortunes around.

How can you create a positive mindset if you’re feeling like a failure or are frustrated with the constant ups and downs we can face in business?

  1.  Create a vision board.  The visual images you assemble on your vision board make those ideas, dreams and goals in your mind more concrete and achievable.  The purpose is to know exactly what success looks like to you.
    1. Close your eyes and see what it is you want to achieve, how you want to live, or how you want to feel.
    2. Grab a corkboard.
    3. Now, convert those images in your mind into pictures, sayings, or words you can place on your vision board.
    4. Hang the completed vision board where you will see it several times a day.
    5. Everyday, look at your vision board and focus on what actions you must take today to make these images a reality.  Your vision board is a visual representation of your goals and you are reminded about your goals every day.
  2.  Create a vocabulary of positive statements and responses that will help you reprogram your brain.   For example, when someone asks how you are, respond with “I’m great”, “I’m well” rather than “Hanging in there” or “I’ve been better”.   When facing a challenge, tell yourself “I can do this” instead of “It’s impossible”.
  3.  Start each day with a positive affirmation.   An affirmation is a statement that helps you rewire your brain and reset the vibe you will feel all day.
    1. Stand in front of a mirror (yes, this is important), look at yourself and say something positive.  Use the present tense about what it is you want to have happen.  Examples include ‘Today will be a great day”, “I am confident as I take new steps to push outside my comfort zone” etc.
    2.  Download our deck of positive affirmations that you can draw upon to help you reprogram your thinking.   Add some of your own too!

 

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.                Jack Canfield

How Conversations Will Help Your Business

According to research conducted by Gallop, trusting conversations between a manager and their employees is the best way to engage employees.  Engaged employees are happier, more productive (c) alexwhite www.fotosearch.com Stock Photographyand innovated.  These factors boost the success a business can achieve.

So, my question for you, how do you, as a manager, leader or entrepreneur (particularly if you are at the top) stay motivated and engaged?

A New Approach

I am thrilled to be introducing a new program designed to stimulate great conversation between participants, help you learn more about key business successes, and motivate you personally and professionally to take action and lead change.

Leading business books like Good to Great, the Purple Cow, Pivot, Developing the Leader within You and many more offer readers great success insights that can help each of us be better at what we do.

How many of these insights do you implement after reading a book?

If you’re saying to yourself, not too many, you are not alone.  We are all busy and implementing new habits into our busy lives is difficult without daily commitments to yourself and your goals. Consistency = change success.

Amplify Learning

Coffee and Conversations offers a unique approach to network with other motivated, like-minded business leaders, help identify and extract key learnings from leading business books, dissect and share insights with the group, and create an action item you can commit to for 30 days.  Our daily on-line check-ins take less than 2 minutes a day for 30 days but, most importantly, they keep your action item top of mind.conversations-iphone

Unlike book clubs where you must commit to reading a different book each month, Coffee and Conversations provides you with a short synopsis of the book which take about 10 minutes to read prior to the meeting.  During the meeting, your Leader will facilitate discussion by asking probing or thought-provoking questions. This approach not only amplifies your learning, it also saves you time and improves your own engagement in your job.

Will You Join Me?

Join me in late March 2017 for our first 4-month Coffee & Conversation series.  I will be hosting a group in the Metro Vancouver area, and an on-line group via video-conference.  Space is limited for each group to ensure each participant has an opportunity to share.

 

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PS — If you aren’t in Vancouver BC, or you would prefer a Virtual Group format, please add your name to our notification list.  We will launch a Virtual Coffee & Conversations Business Group in April 2017.

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Treat Your Vision as a VIP and Ignite Results

Have you ever wished you had the time to dream a little on how you can up-level your business, land that bigger project or switch gears?  Maybe you are feeling stuck or too entrenched in the status quo, or you have a vision but just don’t seem to find the time to actually get things moving in the right direction.

Whether its a perceived lack of time, clarity and focus, uncertainty on how to move forward, or other obstacles that are stopping you from reaching your goals, a VIP Day Intensive may be a solution that can change your future!  Reaching your dreams and making your vision a reality takes commitment, a willingness to push yourself outside your comfort zone and support from others never hurt.

 

Really, most of us just focus on what’s in front of us. We’re too busy putting out the fires of everyday life.     Aidan Quinn

 

Is your Vision eluding You?

When setting goals and a vision, it is recommended to stretch to new heights to help you grow and be more

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successful.  Why does your vision elude you if you are willing to do what it takes to reach it?  Is your vision so lofty it’s unrealistic?

Interestingly enough, most successful business leaders I work with do not lack for ideas of what they want to achieve, nor do they have goals and visions that are so lofty they can’t attain them.  In fact, the opposite is true – they have an abundance of great goals and most turn those goals into reality.  Yet, there are always those goals that elude even the most successful.

 

Why does this happen?

  1. a) For some, their vision for the future was so far from their current reality they are unable to bridge the huge divide.  This results in lowered expectations and settling for a lesser, yet acceptable result.
  2. b)  Others just give up on this lofty goal altogether and opt to pursue another, more “realistic” goal.
  3. c)  And others stay the course and pursue their vision but struggle to achieve the results they envisioned, facing obstacles or set-backs, or distractions along the way.

 

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” Norman Vincent Peale

 

Why can a VIP Day Intensive be the Right Solution?

When you have a lofty or stretch goal or vision, you see the bigger picture – what it looks like, how you will feel, what you can do differently, why its important to you, etc.    The place where you may be getting stuck is on the steps between what IS today and what WILL BE tomorrow.

A VIP Day Intensive is a highly focused session that focuses on what you want to achieve.  Together with your Coach, you get really clear on what that looks like but more importantly you work backwards identifying the milestones, and action steps that are necessary to make it happen.

Go Confidently QuoteThe success of a VIP Day comes from the momentum that you can build from this dedicated time and focus.  Imagine spending over 6 hours on this one vision!  You will identify the steps you need to take, the tools and resources that will help you along the way, the people who can support you, and how to navigate potential obstacles that may appear along the way.   Your Coach is skilled to help you explore, dig deeper, shift gears and squeeze out every gem so that you can implement your plan immediately and achieve your vision sooner!

At the end of your Intensive, you will be energized and motivated to reach this vision.  You will walk away with a roadmap and a strong understanding of what you will implement tomorrow, next week and next month and beyond.  Most importantly you will recognize your achievements and know how to celebrate these successes along the way.

 

Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment.             Kenneth Chenault

 

Catherine is an Executive Coach & Consultant committed to illuminating excellence through team dynamics, communication and leadership.  Her VIP Day Intensives are designed to inspire leaders to link their visions to their passion, up-level their commitment and execution, identify the steps and resources that will both streamline and support their vision, identify the right processes to ignite results and create the accountability to follow-through.  Apply for your VIP Day and Learn More

Contemplation to Action

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What are you contemplating that can result into a great harvest if you just take action?   

Can we help you make that shift?  A Strategy Huddle is a day dedicated to your goals and creating an action plan you can implement right away!   Let us partner with you to Ignite Results!    Book your Ignition Session to see if a Strategic Huddle  is right for you?

End the Roller Coaster of Business

One thing I have learned over the years in business is there will always be some ups and downs.  Some are small, others more of a roller coaster ride!  When ups and downs happen, as the leader, you know how important it is to stay the course rather than make major changes.

Now, staying the course does not equal no change.  Instead, it involves connecting with your vision, understanding the market place and evaluating your systems.  Are they in alignment?  For example, as we enter summer, business may slow down as more of your customers take holidays and are away from work.  If your customer base is primarily business, the rotating holiday schedule may delay the decision making process, even when a sale appeared imminent just prior.  In this situation, you won’t make drastic changes, but may have to adjust your business operations or attract new clients who are open for business.

Regardless of which approach you choose, it is important to have a clear vision and strong systems in place so you can make subtle shifts effectively.  Recently I have experienced a series of ups and downs in my business.

The Spark in all of this was a major setback when a client backed out at the last minute.  Do you Is your biz on a roller coaster-Is it (2)believe in coincidences?  As I write this post, I have a smile on my face… realizing that coincidences do happen!  When one door shuts another opens.  You just have to be looking!

As I mentioned, I was speaking with a potential client who was indecisive on taking next steps. Long story short, we’d been doing the “sell-dance” and ended when they decided not to move forward on their project.  They loved what I could bring to the table and wanted to work with me because they could clearly see where I could lead the transitions they want to make … yet they decided to put everything on hold.

Ok, I must admit that this is not the first time I’ve experienced this same scenario, but it’s still frustrating!  I’m sure you can relate.

When facing this situation, I have found two key questions can help potential clients to make a decision.  “What specifically will motivate you to make a decision?” and “Is money the major obstacle?”

This gentle roller coaster ride resulted in some amazing business opportunities to appear because I was prepared and open for business.  After receiving the news that I wouldn’t be starting this major project, I had to redirect my focus.  Fortunately I had not put all my eggs in one basket and had kept looking, talking and making business proposals.  I also found the process I underwent with that client forced me to really shift my mindset and let go of the result and just go with the flow.

I don’t know which of these items were the positive influence, but I do know that one or all of them worked!   I was offered a new project by a former client which starts shortly, received several referrals, identified two new potential clients and projects where I could really help add value, and I create a new way to grow my business.

Your take away….

1.  Think Big — opportunities abound when you keep your eyes open to possibilities

2.  Stay Positive — one set back or two isn’t enough when you have a strong will to succeed

3.  Be willing to Exert some Effort in the process — we all want instant results but a little elbow grease always helps

4.  Focus on the Future —  Just because one potential client keeps telling you positive responses, until they put money in your hands, they are only a prospect.  Don’t let any other prospects or leads pass you by!

5.  Don’t Give Up! — Persistence, consistency and communicating your value in your prospect/customer’s language is key!

 

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.

When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Buddha

 

Business Journal Fosters Growth

Every quarter I take time to review my progress and accomplishments to the goals I set at the beginning of the year. Goal setting is critical for me to move my business forward and to transition it into new and exciting areas.

Tea break time at workStaying on target with your bigger goals can be challenging — particularly when LIFE gets in the way! I have found a solution to help me with this very thing – my business journal.

Every day when I write in my journal I am reminded about what I did that day, what is still left for tomorrow, thoughts and ideas that passed through my mind, and who I connected with.

I’m not a person who has had a personal diary throughout my life.  Instead, my journalling started when I was trying to find a system that would allow me to stay focused and on target – not just with the day to day side of my business, but with the bigger picture!

I also found that as good as journalling was for me, I couldn’t keep making the big strides I’ve set for myself so I reached out and now I also belong to a mastermind group and a coaching program.  These options help me hone and fine-tune my actions and to continue my learning process and growth trajectory.

Business journalling offers your an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned, remember the decisions you’ve made and why you made them, keep track of what works and what doesn’t, record insights, ideas and more.

I share this information with you because you may want to achieve more and yet the results of your efforts are falling short, or you feel frustrated because the pace is too slow or you feel alone and unsupported. We all can experience these feelings at one time or another but its up to you to take the necessary action to change the situation.
A complimentary business assessment session offers you an opportunity to focus on where you are now and the key action steps you can take to achieve your goals.

Your Numbers Tell a Story

Fiscal Year End…
We all face this fact of business whether we want to or not.  I have been working on my year end for the past few days.  No major surprises, no gasps or frustrations.  Why?  I have made tracking my financial results a weekly routine.

 

Do your Numbers Cause you Stress?
In my book “The Winning Way“, I share three key attributes for good leaders.  Knowing your numbers was one of those attributes!  Why?  Your numbers tell you how you are doing and can provide great feedback when you are looking ahead.

 

I regularly work with entrepreneurs and businesses who are “financially challenged”.  In other words, they avoid their books (accounting records) because they
  • don’t like what they seeBudget Expenses
  • don’t understand what the numbers mean
  • don’t have a good record keeping system so they can’t track them if they wanted to.
If you feel this way you are not alone.  Having acknowledged this fact doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.  When you put your head in the sand your fiscal responsibilities and the numbers won’t go away.

 

End the Number Phobia

I encourage you to eliminate the numbers fear factor.  Your numbers offer valuable insights into your business and how to lead it into a more profitable territory when you leverage this information when making key decisions.

Numbers can be your best friend if you are ready to end that “financially challenged” feeling.   Regardless of how you track your revenues and expenses, on a spreadsheet or a software program like Quickbooks. these 5 small steps can help you ease into positive financial oversight.

1.  Look at your revenues for the week
2.  Look at your total expenses for the week.
3.  Did you earn more than you spent?  If yes, you made a profit  If no you lost money.
4.  Now identify 2 -3 small action items you can take right away to improve your revenues for next week.
5.  Recognize how these small action items made you feel.  Are you more empowered? Why /why

Getting comfortable with your numbers can take time… be patient.  If you want to build systems to grow your business, I recommend that you book a complimentary Ignite Business Assessment session.  Together we will identify your next key steps.

 

Do you feel defeated?

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat”
— Napoleon Hill,

Does this quote resonate with you?

Just when you think you are not able to take another step, an opportunity walks around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I cannot count the number of times I have hit the wall only for something to clear the clutter and whisk me off to great new things.

The word defeat is an interesting one.  It can mean

: win a victory over (someone) in a battle or other contest; overcome or beat.”  

: to cause (someone or something) to fail

: to control or overcome (something).

The definition tells us that we can defeat something or someone, and this reflects a success.  On the flip side, it can be a low point reflecting a failure or a lack of control.   Just like a coin, how you view defeat is based on which side you are seeing.

writing_block1.1.1.1How does this relate to your business?  Well, over the past 25 years in business I have faced some situations where I was focusing on the positive side and kept my eyes and mind open.  In these instances, the hard work I had done previously set me up perfectly to be opportunistic when something new came along. I refused to see failure – only opportunity.  Much of this mindset came with the help of  my mastermind group or Coach, who’s insights, ideas and support have helped me focus on the positives, set myself up for success and speed up the process from idea to action.

If you want to avoid hitting that wall and to know you have someone to turn to so you can quickly ignite your actions, then now’s the time to step forward and explore your options.  A free Ignite Business Assessment session offers you that opportunity.  You have nothing to lose.  I know you will walk away with some great insights.

What will it cost you if you don’t take action?  The opportunity cost of inertia is through the roof.  Don’t let it take away from your goals and the success you aspire to achieve.   Book your free Business Assessment session right away.

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

 

Book your Complimentary Business Assessment Call to get clear on your vision and what next steps you can take to turn ideas into reality.

How a Follower Becomes a Leader

In this TED video, Derek Sivers discusses how movements start.   It takes a leader, and a series of followers.  It is the first follower who bravely steps forward that starts a movement and is a leader in their own right.

 Is it time for you to be a Follower that steps forward to Lead?

I would like you to join me as I launch a new Business Lab — designed to offer you support, coaching, training and mastermind-like benefits which build and grow your business.

This program is due to launch in early June 2014 for 12 weeks.

What’s Involved in the Leadership Business Lab?

  • 1:1 Coaching Call with Catherine Rocheleau, CEO Ignite Leadership International
    • This call helps you identify the area you want to work on during the program which will have the biggest impact.
  • One Training Call every 2nd week.  Calls include content rich information, along with discussion and a question & answer period.  (6 calls total)
  • Private Online Discussion Board — for added coaching, insights, support, idea generation and more from your coach and your program team.
  • Access to public webinars
  • Subscription to the Ignite Leadership Newsletter

BONUS — Be one of the first 10 to register and we’ll include a 3 month subscription to the Ignite Leadership Business Journal to help you plan and track your progress.  ($60 value)

Start Date:        Early June 2014

Who Should Participate

  • Entrepreneurs who want the benefit of coaching but not sure if its right for them.
  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners who are feeling stuck yet ready to breakthrough and take action right away.
  • Professionals who are wanting to expand their business, add a new team member, or create the foundation for a new service or product.
  • Anyone who is motivated to take action today.
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