Be a Great Storyteller

A wise person once told me, “If you are a great story teller, they will follow you into the fire 🔥 and thank you for the burns.

So live a great life so you have a great story worth following.” 

Practice May NOT Make Perfect But You Will Improve

Allen Iverson Mentions Practice 22 Times in a Press Conference

Two things I’ve learned over the years that will allow you to be in the top 80% of whatever it is you choose to do. They are VERY simple to do. It comes down to showing up and practice (i.e. see Allen Iverson’s Practice Rant above)

First, it’s showing up. Today, most people don’t do something because they perceive it’s hard or “they don’t feel like it.” No one wants to show up all the time. You have to act in spite of how you feel. Sounds simple? It’s hard in practice.

Second, practice may not make perfect, but you will improve. I started running in 2017 after Thanksgiving. I never ran more than five miles ever. It’s not fun waking up at 4am several days of the week and early every single Saturday, while other people are sleeping and you could be too. Well I ran my first marathon, Chicago, in 3:40 minutes. It was much faster than I thought because my training was consistent and tough. I put in the miles and results paid off. The same thing happened in the my next marathons. In February I ran a 3:20 marathon, five months after my first one.

The same thing is when I first started coaching and doing workshops (like team building). You get better more you do. Sure, there are other factors that can significantly increase your growth, effectiveness, and success.

You learn more with every engagement and every time you do additional research.

You improve (even a tiny bit) each time you do something. Improvement is about very small changes over time (you think of that as a formula: Improvement = frequency x tiny changes

Marathon runner who’s been running for 10 years is probably better than someone running their first marathon. A seasoned business professional (CEO, CFO, CHRO) is probably better than someone in their first year working.

Great performers many times make it look easy. But they do because of endless, consistent practice.

Practice will make you much better than you were before. You may never be a master, a professional runner or New York Times Best Selling Author.

Practice and showing up really works. It will get you 80% of the way there.

If You Want to Escape From Prison, What’s the First Thing You Need to Know?

“If you want to escape from prison, what is the first thing you need to know?”

One student said you need to find the key. One said to get a great attorney (like OJ). One said to convince someone to let them out.

The teacher rolled their eyes, smiled and said no each time. Then the teacher responded after everyone said something. 

“The first you need to know if you want to escape from prison is that you are in prison.”

Self-awareness, understanding and acceptance are on where you are at and why is essential BEFORE you can take highly effective massive action. 

Otherwise you solve for the leaf on the tree and not the root cause. It’s one of the biggest mistakes leaders and managers make.

It’s the first step I share with human resource professionals and other managers on how to build great teams and teamwork.

Understanding your team can be doing better, why that is and what role you have played in it…is step one.

It’s not problem solving because it will happen again otherwise.

History repeats itself until you learn the entire lesson.

 

When would NOW be a Great Time to Take Action? 🦄

When you want to do in your life: Like Nike – JUST FREAKiNG DO IT. Stop second guessing yourself. Don’t overthink it. Go with your gut.

Stop waiting for a magical 🦄 unicorn to give you permission. (Edit: If you do, 🦄 said GO!!)

Take action. Pivot when necessary. It won’t be perfect, but rarely is it. 

When would NOW be a good time to act?

The NUMBER ONE Reason You Aren’t Reaching Your Goals and Dreams

The ONLY one keeping YOU from your dreams… 

is YOURSELF.

We all need to be reminded of simple things that we know, but forget or create false narratives to make us the victims in our own lives.

Don’t let self-imposed limitations stop you.

Don’t let others define you.

Don’t let the journey derail you.

Don’t let would of, could of or should of be your story.

Go get it. Be resourceful.

So what’s your dream? What’s REALLY stopping you?

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