Choices

Posted April 19, 2014 by El
Categories: #Doing2014, Health, Living Fully Present, Quotes

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One of the speakers at last weekend’s Extreme Leadership Summit was Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS magazine and author of The Compound Effect.  What really stayed with me – as I continue on my forever journey to lose/maintain my weight – were comments he made relating to choices.

Success is a result of small, seemingly insignificant, day-to-day choices.  

A hamburger or a salad? Water or soda? Fruit or ice cream?

The challenge, according to Hardy, is that we are immediately rewarded for our bad choices. The cheeseburger is delicious, the soda is refreshing, the ice cream is yummy.  If we make the good choice, we get nothing. Well, except for better long term health.

Sleep in or workout? Take the stairs or the elevator? Park near the door or far away?

At the time we are making the choice, the results are invisible to us.  One workout does not make us fit.  One trek up the stairs will not improve our conditioning. An extra hundred steps will not make me a size 10!

What’s easy to do is also easy not to do.

So true.

In the middle of his excellent presentation, Hardy asked,

“What do unsuccessful people have in common with successful people?”

“They both hate to do what it takes to be successful. The successful people do it anyway.”

I’m trying to be fully present to each and every choice I’m making, focused more on the long term reward than the short term gratification. Since listening to Darren speak, I’ve taken the stairs everyday, all day at work (I’m on the fourth floor). I’ve been deliberate about what I’m eating – even to the point of sharing - cut it right down the middle – one of my favorite peanut butter eggs with my husband!

I’ve lost 7 pounds this week. Maybe I’ll call it the “Choice Diet.” I could be on to something.

What choices are you making today?

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Extreme Leadership

Posted April 15, 2014 by El
Categories: Leadership, Quotes, Tuesday Tidbit

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As anticipated in several recent posts, I attended The Extreme Leadership Summit last weekend. It was awesome, inspiring, thought-provoking and humbling.   I have pages and pages of notes to sort through and will share more in future posts but, for now, here are a few quotes that stood out:

Your adversity is your advantage. Your past has developed muscle, not wounds. -Darren Hardy (publisher of SUCCESS magazine)

Our new normal is instability and change. – Pamela Slim (author of Body of Work)

There are leaders who lead because that is what they do. There are leaders who lead because that is who they are. -Pete Luongo (author of Ten Truths About Leadership)

If you speak from the heart and people trust you, you will have a successful life. -Frank DeAngelis (principal of Columbine High School)

When you have a setback, reflect on it, apply what you learn and move forward. -John “Jay Jay” French (founder, guitarist and manager of Twisted Sister)

Happy people and bottom line results are not a trade-off. -Dr. Tasha Eurich (author of Bankable Leadership)

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Thank you Thursday

Posted April 10, 2014 by El
Categories: #Doing2014, Business, Leadership, Thank-You Thursday

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An exciting adventure begins today as I travel to Chicago for the Extreme Leadership Summit. I’ve anticipated this event for a long time.  I can’t wait to get started.

Today, I’m thankful for the experience I’m about to enjoy.  

I hope I personally grow through the next few days. I hope I’ll learn more about inspirational leadership to help my team members grow to new heights as we face a challenging year ahead. Perhaps I’ll make some new like-minded friends, as well, so the inspiration continues well into the future.

I’ll share more on the other side of the weekend!

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What are you thankful for?

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Extreme Leadership

Posted April 8, 2014 by El
Categories: Books, Business, Leadership, Quotes, Tuesday Tidbit

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Friday through Sunday, I will be participating in the Extreme Leadership Summit in Chicago, facilitated by one of my favorite authors, Steve Farber.  One of Steve’s books, Greater Than Yourself (GTY), happens to be my favorite leadership fable.

I’m really looking forward to our jam-packed three days, learning from the diverse group of leaders who will share their experiences with us. A sampling includes Simon Billsberry (co-founder and former CEO of Kineticom), Darren Hardy (publisher of Success magazine), Frank DeAngelis (principal of Columbine High School), Jay Jay French (founder, manager and guitarist for Twisted Sister), and Tasha Eurich (author of Bankable Leadership). I’m sure there will also be great exchanges with the 79 other attendees.

I’ve been re-reading GTY to prepare for the experience.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Real leadership is not about calling yourself a “leader”; rather, it’s about taking up a cause to change some piece of the world for the better. Real leadership, in other words, is an extreme act rooted in love and motivated by a desire to create a better world – whether it’s the world of your company, team, neighborhood or family.”

“GTY is really just a form of very personal, one-on-one philanthropy… It’s about growing your sensibility to the needs of others and cultivating your desire to promote their welfare, their good or greater fortune, their success, their capacity for achievement.”

“The basic and seemingly paradoxical truth of GTY is that truly great leaders in life become so becasue they cause others to be greater than themselves.”

What can you do today to help someone be greater than you are?

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Thank you Thursday, #100HappyDays edition

Posted April 3, 2014 by El
Categories: #Doing2014, Living Fully Present, Thank-You Thursday

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On April 1st, I started the #100HappyDays challenge, posting a daily photo on Instagram of something that made me feel happy. The point is to notice the little things in everyday life that make us happy. My first two posts were a picture of my cruiser on a nearby bike path on a warm Spring day and colorful artwork created by one of my grandsons.

Already, I’m being more observant about what makes me happy.

Today, I’m thankful for the link between #100HappyDays and #TYT Thank you Thursday.  

It is not always easy to be happy. It is not always easy to live in gratitude. However, the two emotions are absolutely linked.  If we notice what makes us happy, isn’t there a coinciding feeling of gratitude for those things?

Too often, we look for the big things to make us happy – a job promotion, a new home, a fancy meal, an extravagant vacation.  I believe it’s really the little things that make us happiest – a hug, a good book, fresh flowers, an ice cream cone.

What are the little everyday things that make you happy?

 

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What are you thankful for?

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by the Yankees’ Opening Day

Posted April 1, 2014 by El
Categories: Current Events, Leadership, Quotes, Sports, Tuesday Tidbit

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Today is one of the best days of the year; opening day for the New York Yankees! This year will certainly be bittersweet as Yankee fans, baseball fans and Major League Baseball teams around the country will be saying goodbye to shortstop Derek Jeter.  The Yankee Captain definitely leads by example; shows up every day, practices hard, plays hard and is always a team-first guy.

In honor of a new Yankee season and Jeter’s last opening day (oh, it hurts to say that!), here are some Yankee quotes related to what we do everyday:

There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that. -Derek Jeter

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example. -Joe DiMaggio

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. -Babe Ruth

The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. -Reggie Jackson

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Thank you Thursday, Water Cooler Edition

Posted March 27, 2014 by El
Categories: Business, Leadership, Thank-You Thursday

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Well, it wasn’t actually a water cooler.  But it was a quick conversation in a break area at work . . .

Everyone, at one time or another, feels worn out.  It might be an unusually stressful period as you try to overcome high hurdles along the path to a goal. Maybe you’re dealing with an unexpected turn of events prompted by someone you thought was on your team. Or, you might be facing a downturn in your overall health and wellbeing.  Even the most positive person can have a day during which doubt creeps in.

Some moments, we all wonder, “Am I really making any difference at all?”

Today, I’m thankful for an unexpected but timely reminder that, yes, I do.

As we were both getting a refill for our water bottles, a longtime co-worker started laughing out loud and said something along the lines of:

I just had some of our new people sit with me for observation. I tell every one of them how years ago my attendance wasn’t too good, I was placed on a final warning and I had to come to your office to talk about it. [chuckle] You told me to sit down and relax, we were just going to talk. [another chuckle] And, here I am, still here! [more chuckling] But, I’ve never forgotten that meeting.

It has been about five years since the conversation she references.  She’s been promoted since then and is one of our strongest customer service reps.  I can’t remember the last time her attendance was an issue.

I’m thankful she remembers our conversation, that she shares her experience and lessons learned with our new staff, and that she shared her thoughts with me this week.

I’m thankful to know that for her, I made a positive difference.

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What are you thankful for?

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