Finding Your Direction

Do you find that you?

  • Don’t know what you want?
  • Don’t know what fulfils you anymore?
  • Know that there’s something missing?
  • Really want to make a breakthrough… but don’t know what to aim for?

Finding the right direction in life is a problem that all of us face at some time.

When we are not clear about what we want we feel frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed and afraid. How that translates into our behaviour is usually through inaction.  A place of indecisiveness means that we are reactive to our situation, surroundings, and people and we remain stuck with literally no movement in any direction. In fact, research has shown that when we are in this stuck state, it is extremely difficult to look at things from a proactive approach until we can clear the clutter and focus on what is really important to us.

What’s worse is when we don’t have the appropriate support around us, we start to listen to the negative chatter in our head, which only compounds the problem and heightens that state of fear. I know for myself, if I’m unclear about something or things aren’t happening the way I want them to – in other words, I have created expectations on how things “should” be – I feel disappointed, sad or frustrated.  Sound familiar?

Whether you’re fresh out of university and figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life, or you’ve realized that the life you’re living no longer serves you, these 7 steps will help you find direction.

7 Steps to Help You In Finding Your Direction:

  1. Be Still: – create the space you need to allow your mind to let go of all the “shoulds” and expectations so you can start to think about what’s possible. But, be sure to draw the line between thinking and over-thinking. With every obstacle that comes up, ask yourself: “Is this a genuine concern or am I using this as an excuse to not follow my passion because I feel scared.”
  2. Trust and Believe in Yourself: – “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle” – Christian D. Larson. I love this quote as it really does summarize everything so beautifully. Know that you don’t have all the answers right now but in time, they will come.
  3. Take Action – Finding the right direction in life is not something that happens to you, it’s something you create. This means that, at some point, you’re going to have to stop thinking about taking action and act. One of the main reasons people don’t act is that they’re scared. They’re scared of messing up, scared of things not working out and scared of realizing that, actually, what they thought was the “right direction” isn’t right for them at all. You have permission to change your mind. Just because you take action doesn’t mean you’re committed to that path forever. If it doesn’t work out, that’s great! At least now you know that you need to go back and try something else. Taking action, living through the disaster scenarios, and coming out the other end with more know-how and wisdom is far better than not taking action at all.
  4. Notice What Makes You Happy – If you know that your current life direction isn’t meeting your needs, but you’re not sure what will, start to do some self-research. As you go through your daily life, notice when you feel most alive, most enthusiastic and most like you’re adding value. Ask yourself what activities present a positive challenge and which make time feel like it’s speeding up. Once you have that list, make a note of the common elements between those activities.
  5. Discover Your Strengths – We all have individual strengths, but sometimes it’s hard to identify them ourselves. Because our strengths come naturally to us, we’re not always aware that not everyone has a particular trait or skill that we take for granted. Taking a strengths test (such as the VIA Strengths Test) will give you more awareness of where your strengths lie, and perhaps a few more ideas of how you can use them to add value to the world.
  6. Focus on Your Values – Just as we all have individual strengths, we also have a set of core values that are deeply important to how we live our lives. The more we’re living in alignment with our core values, the happier we will be. If we’re not conscious of what these values are, we’re not necessarily going to make the best decisions regarding our life’s direction. To identify which values are must-haves in your life, find a list of values (Values list 2) and narrow down the top 10 and top three that resonate with you. Once you’re aware of them, you’ll be better equipped to make important decisions based on these values.
  7. Surround Yourself with Supportive People – Finding the right direction in life is a rewarding challenge that can involve a lot of trial and error. To give yourself the best chance of finding your right direction, you need to surround yourself with supportive people. Focus on what people do, rather than what they say. If someone says they have your best interests at heart but constantly tries to force their way of life or opinions on you or tells you why you can’t do what you want to do, that’s not support. Find a group of like-minded people who will respect your autonomy and still be there when you need them.

 

Are You A Quitter? Maybe You Should Be!

Experiencing failure, especially repeated failures, can be debilitating in several ways. Most of us experience self doubt and a lack of motivation to continue. And yet, most of us still persevere and go out and try things again. But when is enough, enough?  And when is it time to give up?

Quitting at something almost universally is seen as a negative. Certainly, there are times when quitting can be good, like giving up smoking for example. But generally speaking, quitting something is seen as a loss. Even if it is something we don’t find rewarding, or something we don’t enjoy, quitting something always feels like a personal setback. But sometimes, quitting something can be the first step towards the road to success.

Of course, quitting isn’t for everyone, and at times it can be hard to know if quitting something is even the right decision. To help determine whether quitting something will be beneficial, it is important to ask yourself this very crucial question:

Is what I’m doing moving me closer to or further away from what I want most?

The closer we are to something, the harder it is for us to be objective. There are many times in my business (and life) where I’ve put a lot of time and effort into something but not getting the return I would have liked or expected. And yet, I keep going, afraid to let go because I have invested so much (time, money, etc.). Sometimes, we even stick with something even though it’s not something we enjoy simply because we have put a lot of time and effort into it. Another example for me is staying in my corporate job way longer than I should have. I was miserable in this job for years, to the point where it was taking a toll on my health but I was afraid to quit for fear of what others might think.

If you find yourself if similar situations, it’s time to step back and ask yourself:

  • “Why am I doing this?”
  • “Is this adding value to my life?”

Asking yourself these questions forces you to look at your goals and whether what you’re doing is moving you closer to or further away from your goals. If the answer is no, then you need to decide if what you are doing is worth doing if you want to achieve your goals.

The question reminds you of your true purpose, whatever it may be, it brings it back into focus, and once it is, you’ll be able to better understand how to reach it. To strive for it, and if necessary, quit or drop some unnecessary things to achieve it.

The fact is, to gain one thing, we need to let go of something else. We cannot hold onto everything. That means that quitting, or giving up, can be a positive thing. And, it’s positive if we give up the right things.

So what do you need to quit in order to achieve success?

Learning to Let Go

I recently began taking yoga again and in being away from it for a little while, I have come to realize how important it is to be in that space of peace and calm.  Interestingly, what I thought were relaxing exercises are more physically demanding yet at the same time it allows me to open my mind and body to places I don’t normally go.  Yoga is a great analogy for life and as a result of my learning, I’d like to share some tips for helping you let go.

When I went to my yoga class, the first thing you do is lie down on the floor and breathe. I’m not sure about you but I don’t find lying on a hard floor incredibly comfortable so what I noticed right off the bat is how uncomfortable this is. However, not wanting to disturb the class, I lied down, closed my eyes and started to breathe. Focusing on your breath helps to keep your thoughts from wandering and also allows you to release whatever thoughts and feelings you are still carrying with you from your day. Without judgement, you can simply notice how your body feels and where in your body you may still be holding onto the stress and business of the day.  Within a few minutes, I can feel my body soften and gently move from stiffness and tension to being relaxed and calm. And even though I feel more at peace then I was when I first walked into class, I quickly realize that my body is still quite tight when I try to move into the various poses.

My first “aha” moment is in understanding why they call it a yoga “practice” as opposed to a yoga program. It’s because it takes consistent practice to learn how to breathe and allow your body to respond to the different poses. It’s not something you can do a few times and master.

As I continued with my practice, I am acutely aware of the strong connection between yoga and life. So when I lie down on the floor and “relax” my body, it’s a process of learning to let go – of the day, my thoughts, my stress – whatever I need to so my body can respond. Ironically, life is the same way. We need to learn to let go of the negative thoughts, expectations and our desire to control the outcomes and be open to the learning and opportunity that can come our way. Thus, we need to be aware of what we are holding onto so we can learn to let go.

What Do I Need to Let Go Of?

  • The things we hold onto, bear grudges or perhaps feel angry and hurt about cloud our mind and prevent us from being the best we can be.
  • Letting go usually involves some form of forgiveness or acceptance – whether it’s yourself, someone else, a situation or even an unknown third party. The irony is that whatever you’re holding onto, it’s probably hurting or bothering you much more than it does anyone else.
  • Letting go doesn’t mean we condone a situation or behaviour; it’s about lightening OUR load. Because when we let go of whatever is bothering us we set ourselves free and get to reclaim that energy for ourselves.
  • You don’t need to know HOW to let go, you just need to be WILLING. You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it and change how you feel going forwards.
  • And remember – whatever you find it hardest to let go of is probably what you need to let go of the most…

Make a list of all the things you need to let go of and ask yourself; “What do I gain by keeping hold of this?”

TIP: If you need to let go of something YOU’VE done, simply ask, “What do I need to do that will allow me to let this go?” Perhaps you need to make notes in your journal of what you’ve learned, perhaps you need to make some kind of amends, apologize or find a meaningful way to make it up to yourself or someone else. While we can’t change the past, we can make amends and learn from it.

 

 

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self

“A Manifesto: Defined. The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous. A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is simply a document that an organization or person writes that declares what is important to them.”

I remember when I re-branded my company, I created my own personal manifesto for my website. My reason in doing so was to let people know what is important to me, what I stand for and the type of person I am. From a business perspective, this helps me to stay on track and connected to my values. I remember taking just a few minutes to create my manifesto as once I started, the words and intentions just flowed easily. Here’s what I wrote.

We believe that Actions speak louder than Words.

We believe in being Courageous, in Facing our Fears and in taking Risks in order to grow.

We believe in Life Long Learning and Asking for Help when needed.

We believe wholeheartedly in acting from a place of Integrity and Honesty.

We believe in Excellence, in being Organized and Professional and treating others with Respect.

We believe in Nurturing, being Compassionate & Caring, even if it means being Vulnerable.

We believe in Freedom on living full-out, in living and leading with Passion and in being surrounded by a Community of like-minded individuals to help us grow and succeed.

In the last couple of years however, I have to admit, I have floundered. I have had many changes in my life which in some ways, created a disconnect to what was once very important to me. Life seemed to stand still and rather than living my manifesto, I have let other feelings and emotions drive me. But my manifesto is a personal commitment and declaration to my core values. It’s my personal operating system and describes how I want to live my life, connect and interact with others.

What I wrote a few years ago is still very relative to me now even though other things have changed in my life.

So, I’m glad I had the opportunity to reconnect with my manifesto. It’s given me a renewed sense of commitment and motivation and it serves as a strong reminder of what truly is important to me.

What about you? Do you need to reconnect with yourself? Asking yourself “who you are?” and “what goals you want?” are important, deep questions that can help to define what’s important to you. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness will help you to create your own personal manifesto. Uncover your core values and spend a considerable amount of time asking yourself the hard questions like, “What am I passionate about?” “What are my greatest strengths?” “Who am I and what do I stand for?”

 

 

The Power of Words

Do you ever pay attention to the secret inner dialogue you have with yourself? If you don’t, this is a great chance to get to know yourself all over again. Because the words you use to internalize everyday things completely shapes how you see everything. In turn, it determines your attitudes, the way you feel about a person, an object, or an event and ultimately the decisions you make. It’s even responsible for the missed opportunities that you never knew were there.

The study of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), is all about using the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.  Broken down, neuro refers to the nervous system (the mind) through which our experience is processed via the five senses (visual, auditory, kinesthetic (feeling), olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste).  Linguistic addresses the language and other non-verbal communication systems (such as pictures, sounds, feelings and self-talk) through which we make sense of the world.  In other words, how we use our words to speak or influence our experience.  And, programming looks at how we code or mentally represent experience.  Our personal programming consists of our internal processes and strategies i.e. thinking patterns we use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate, and get results.

So what does this mean in terms of the way we think? 

It’s all about increasing our choices and changing our attitude about life.  NLP provides a technology which empowers you with the tools and abilities to change anything you want in your life that’s not working for you. Anything and everything is possible if you set your mind to it. By changing your mind and your attitude it does change your life! So many people spend time focusing on the negatives; the many things in their life they don’t want. They have the choice and power to focus on what they want instead and attract desired positive results.

Louise Hay in her book You Can Heal Your Life talks about “the point of power is always in the present moment. What this means is “all the events you have experienced in your lifetime up to this moment have been created by your thoughts and beliefs you have held in the past.  They were created by the thoughts and words you used yesterday, last week, last month, etc.  However, that is your past.  It’s over and done with.  What is important in this moment is what you are choosing to think and believe and say right now.  For these thoughts will create your future.”

Making Positive Changes

Here’s a simple exercise:  On a piece of paper, write down “I SHOULD…” Make a list of five or six ways to finish that sentence.  When you are done, read each sentence beginning with “I SHOULD…”  After each sentence, ask yourself “WHY?”  According to Louise Hay, “should is a negative and damaging word.”  “Every time we use should, we are, in effect, saying “wrong.” In order to have more freedom and choice, try replacing the word should with could.  COULD gives us choice and we are never wrong.  Now, read each sentence again beginning with “I COULD…” and see what kind of freedom and choice this provides you with.  You may feel a sense of relief, a feeling of hope and the power than you can achieve.  By changing one small word you can actually start to feel more powerful and what a great feeling that is.

Are You An Inclusive Leader?

The world of leadership is changing and becoming more diverse. To remain competitive, organizations must move from diversity to inclusion to increase employee engagement, innovation, and to win the war for talent.

Today’s leaders must leverage the full power of this diversity by honouring their inclusive leadership skills. Inclusive leaders intentionally bring out the full potential of their team by empowering and valuing the unique contributions of individual employees. The innovation and productivity potential of these teams can only be harnessed in an inclusive work culture.

But what exactly are these inclusive leadership skills? And more importantly, how do I know if I have them or not?  According to Catalyst, a global non-profit that helps organizations remove barriers and drive change to accelerate and advance women into leadership, inclusive leadership skills include: – Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility (EACH) and these leadership skills are the tools you need to take your diverse team to the next level of performance.

    • Empowerment allows people to do things their way.
    • Accountability holds people responsible for their own actions.
    • Courage helps people put group interests above personal ones.
    • Humility fosters connections by encouraging people to learn from one another and demonstrate vulnerability and trust.

How Can I Impact Inclusion?

Inclusion values both:

    • Uniqueness: Standing out from the crowd (coworkers, colleagues, team members, peers) and being and feeling recognized for what’s distinct about you.
    • Belongingness: Being and feeling accepted as part of the crowd, regardless of your differences or similarities with others.

Inclusion happens when people’s needs for individuality (Uniqueness) and connection (Belongingness) are met.

Inclusion happens when YOU value both the differences and the commonalities of others.

How do you do make people feel unique, and at the same time, make them feel like they belong in the team, and are valued as part of the team? EACH is the answer: empower others, hold them accountable, demonstrate courage, and be humble as a leader.

Using EACH (Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility), you can better leverage and value the diverse talents and experiences of your team, direct reports, and those you lead, without stereotyping or alienating them, or making them feel reluctant to share ideas that set them apart. Without people contributing new or different perspectives, you risk falling into “groupthink,” which can often lead to sub-par ideas and solutions.

Remember, being an inclusive leader is not about “using” everyone’s opinion and building consensus. It is about having your team, direct reports, and those you lead feel safe and comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions to enrich the discussion and arrive at a better solution or outcome.

Making Self-Compassion One of Your Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year! By now there are plenty of articles circulating around creating your goals for the new year. Maybe you’ve already taken the time to work on your goals or you’ve decided this is the year you’re finally going to stick to those resolutions!  Unfortunately, the statistics are grim. Research shows that only 9% of actually stick to and achieve our goals. As a result, many of us instinctively beat ourselves up for failing to meet our goals, so maybe it’s time for a different approach: self-compassion. This refers to treating oneself with kindness when things go wrong—and that’s what I aim to practice as I work on my own goals this year.

I was inspired by this concept from an article I read in the Greater Good Magazine: Science-based Insights for a Meaningful Life.  Here’s the article and maybe it will inspire you as well.

Why Self-Compassion Works

In fact, research shows that when people treat themselves kindly, rather than critically, they are more likely to believe they can improve, correct mistakes, and re-engage with goals after veering off course. In contrast, self-criticism is linked to procrastination, stress, and rumination—none of which motivates people to continue pursuing a goal.

Researchers think self-compassion facilitates goal pursuit by helping us regulate our emotions and maintain our belief in our ability to change. When we practice self-compassion in the face of failure—such as drinking or eating more than we planned—we recognize the common humanity in our actions, treat ourselves with kind words and gestures, and are mindfully aware of our thoughts and emotions, rather than avoiding or exaggerating them. Self-soothing may transform negative emotions and self-related thoughts into the positive emotions that facilitate goal pursuit. In other words, when we cope with difficulty self-compassionately, we don’t need to cope by engaging in unhealthy behaviors, like drinking even more alcohol or eating even more junk food to manage our feelings of guilt.

Self-compassion may also facilitate the self-awareness needed to change our behaviors in line with our long-term goals, because we’re not trying to avoid the negative emotions that sometimes accompany seeing ourselves realistically. Fuschia Sirois and colleagues found that self-compassionate people experienced more positive emotions and fewer negative emotions in general, which was associated with healthy eating, sleeping, and exercising. Self-compassion may promote healthy behavior by reducing negative emotions in the face of small setbacks and by “encouraging the positive emotions necessary to maintain motivation during the pursuit of health goals,” write the authors. This is echoed by another study by Claire Adams and Mark Leary, which found that self-compassion helped lift shame at eating “forbidden foods,” like a donut, which for certain people leads to more unhealthy eating to cope with their negative emotions.

Self-compassion may also facilitate our goal pursuit by promoting a growth-oriented attitude and belief in our ability to change. For example, self-compassion is linked to perceived competence and self-efficacy, or belief that we can achieve our goals. In a study by Juliana Breines and Serena Chen, undergraduates took a difficult GRE vocabulary test, were given their scores and the correct answers, and were allowed as much time as they wanted to study. Those who were primed to feel self-compassion by being told “everyone has difficulty” and to not be too hard on themselves spent significantly more time studying than those primed to maintain a high sense of self-esteem. Importantly, time spent studying was related to performance on the second test, implying that self-compassion may help us develop a skill by motivating us to spend more time practicing it.

These studies suggest increasing our self-compassion levels may help us achieve our goals by helping us regulate our emotions and by promoting a belief in our ability to change our behaviors. By providing a consistent feeling of self-worth, self-compassion creates a foundation on which to see ourselves clearly, cope with negative emotions in healthy ways, and reduce self-criticism.

How to Apply Self-Compassion

To increase confidence in my ability to drink less, I plan to make a specific, measureable goal that clearly defines what I need to do: “I will only consume a total of four drinks each week on the weekend.” I also need to pay attention to the positive emotions I experience while pursuing this goal, because we’re more likely to pursue a goal that makes us feel good. Self-compassion is handy for keeping those positive emotions going when I have five, not four, drinks on the weekend.

Luckily, you can raise self-compassion levels through daily practice.

I plan to spend some time each day cultivating the elements of self-compassion, including mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity. Greater Good in Action has a variety of practices, such as letter-writing activities, which can help cultivate a feeling of warmth towards the self. Specifically, cultivating mindfulness may also help us delay gratification in service of our long-term goals.

In moments of difficulty, I plan to take a self-compassion break. If I’m tempted to drink during the week, I might cultivate self-kindness by placing a hand on my heart and saying, “May I be healthy” or “May I act wisely”; mindfulness by saying, “I’m having an urge to drink” or “I’m feeling stressed”; and common humanity by saying, “This is what it’s like to struggle with a goal” or “Other people have felt this way, too.”

Habits can be difficult to change, but research suggests that when we backtrack on our goals, we’re more likely to bounce back if we’re kind rather than critical of ourselves. That is certainly a much healthier response than to reach for a glass of wine or eat too much chocolate!

Is Your View of Success Flawed?

The traditional formula for success has been this: “if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy”. It seems this way of thinking has been ingrained in us from teachers, parents, work places, etc. and that happiness is a result of being successful. In other words, we play the if and then game; if I get a promotion, then I’ll be happy. If I lose 10 pounds, then I’ll be happy. If I reach my goals, then I’ll be happy.  I must admit, I have been taught to think this way and it has been ingrained in me since I was young. Even today, I still find myself thinking this way. The problem however, is that this theory is flawed!

I’m currently reading a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Archor.  In the book, Archor challenges this perspective and years of study and ground-breaking research in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, has proven that the relationship between success and happiness is the opposite of what we have been taught. Archor shows us that “happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result. And that happiness and optimism actually fuel performance and achievement – giving us the competitive edge which he calls the Happiness Advantage.”

The basis of positive psychology revolves around how we think. “Are brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive. It makes sense if you think about it. As a result, “happiness causes success and achievement, not the opposite.”

Archor goes on to explain and highlight the 7 Principles that predict success and achievement. I’ll let you read the book to understand what they are but I particularly enjoyed how these seven principles apply to both individuals and companies. To supplement his findings, he speaks about the work of Yale psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski. She found that “employees have one of three work orientations, or mindsets about our work. We view our work as either a Job, a Career, or a Calling. People with a “job” see work as a chore and their paycheck as the reward. They work because they have to and constantly look forward to the time they can spend away from their job. By contrast, people who view their work as a career work not only out of necessity, but also to advance and succeed. They are invested in their work and want to do well. Finally, people with a calling view work as an end in itself; their work is fulfilling not because of external rewards but because they feel it contributes to the greater good, draws on their personal strengths, and gives them meaning and purpose.”

It’s no surprise that those who view their work as a calling work longer and harder and as a result, are more likely to get ahead.  Interestingly, what Wrzesniewski also found is that the type of job you have doesn’t determine what type of work orientation you have. In other words, we might think that those more prestigious and high-paying jobs (i.e. doctors, lawyers, etc.) might tend to see their work as a calling as opposed to those “lesser-type” jobs (i.e. janitor, admin assistant, etc). In fact, in her research it was equal. Regardless of the job, each orientation was represented almost equally in thirds.

What she discovered was that a calling orientation can have just as much to do with mindset as it does with the actual work being done. In other words, “unhappy employees can find ways to improve their work life that doesn’t involve quitting, changing jobs or careers, or going off to find themselves. This is called “job crafting” which essentially means adjusting your mindset “…new possibilities open for the meaning of work simply by the way it is constructed by the individual.”

So, the question to ask yourself is: which work orientation are you?  If you find yourself viewing your work as a job or even career, here’s an exercise you may wish to try. Rewrite your job description into a “calling description.” Think about how the same tasks might be written in a way that would entice others to apply for the job. The goal is not to misrepresent the work you do, but to highlight the meaning that can be derived from it. Then, think of your own personal goals in life. How can your current job tasks be connected to the larger purpose? “The more we can align our daily tasks with our personal vision, the more likely we are to see work as a calling.”

The book goes on to highlight more exercises and ideas in which to help you view your work as a calling rather than just a job or career. And, it doesn’t have to be large tasks. Researchers have found that even the smallest tasks can be instilled with greater meaning when they are connected to personal goals and values.

 

The Power of Connection

Why We Need Others to Help Us Succeed?

We all need the face-to-face interaction with people to help us in life.  More and more, I’m reading about the affects of isolation that affect our health and well-being. In today’s world of technology, we can find ourselves doing everything from home. Even our social interactions can occur via the internet. But is that truly what helps us form quality relationships?  The answer is emphatically, no!

There is much research around that suggests just the opposite. While technology is great for a lot of things, it simply cannot replace or be a substitute for the bond that forms through in person connection.

I have been criticized in the past for not running some of my programs online and while it would be easy to do (once I learn how to do that😊) I stand firm in my ground in that I believe a lot more can be achieved by working side-by-side a group of people.

In my opinion, you simply cannot replace the benefits of face-to-face conversation. There is so much depth and richness that comes with working alongside others who are facing similar challenges as you. Whether you are in business for yourself, the leader of a large organization or a leader in your own home life, there is simply no substitute for meeting in person with a trusted group of like-minded individuals.

This is why I’ve developed the Leadership Development Master Circle. This is a small group of individuals who all want to focus on growing themselves while growing their business and leadership skills.  This in person, monthly Mastermind group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support to help you sharpen your leadership, business and personal skills. Participants challenge each other to set powerful goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them. Simply by belonging to and actively participating in a mastermind group can help you and your other mastermind group members achieve success.

The group requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues. This is the essence and value of mastermind groups.

If you’re looking for a group that will support you, provide you with valuable feedback and advice, I encourage you to take part in the Leadership Development Master Circle. I can guarantee you will leave the group with a different perspective, new ideas, a strong support network and greater success.

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Jump Start to January

Jump Start to January

 

Being a senior leader in an organization or running your own business or department in a large company often feels like you’re on a deserted island. Working alone or in isolation goes against who we are as human beings. No one to talk to or bounce ideas off of. And, no one to help with those challenges we all encounter.

Exceptional leaders today realize they can’t do this on their own. Rather, they surround themselves with other successful peers who help them become better leaders and accelerate their business results while enhancing their personal and professional well-being.

With the holidays at the end of the year, you only have 2 or 3 months to work NOW on getting yourself organized.

Mastermind groups are a great way to leverage your time and scale your personal and business growth.

Mastermind groups are everywhere! The popularity of masterminding is growing as people just like you are finding the success they want through brainstorming with others, creating goals, holding each other accountable, and encouraging a positive mental attitude.

Masterminding keeps you on target and moving forward with the important things in your personal and professional life.

I’ve been running Mastermind Groups for years and here are the top reasons why people take part.

10 Benefits of a Mastermind Group:

  • Increase your own experience and confidence
  • Sharpen your business and personal skills
  • Create real progress in your business and your life
  • Add an instant and valuable support network
  • Get honest feedback, advice and brainstorming
  • Borrow on the experience and skills of the other members
  • Create action plans and have the group hold you accountable for fulfilling your plans and goals
  • Receive critical insights into yourself
  • Optimistic peer support in maintaining a positive mental attitude
  • A sense of shared endeavor – there are others out there!

I’ve teamed up with Executive Coach Global, an executive coaching and Leadership Development coaching and training company, to offer this exciting new opportunity for senior leaders.

If you’re ready to take control of your life, your career and your personal success, participating in a mastermind group can help you create the strategy and actions for moving forward.

Check out the events page for more information on the next Mastermind Group.