Archive for September, 2011

Attitude and Change

“If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
~ Maya Angelou 

Most people do not like change! Especially to be forced to change. In our world, change is continuous and we need to be more accepting of it.

To ease individual tension regarding change, allow the person to be part of the change process. If you are familiar with DiSC behavioral styles, you know that those with Steadiness and Conscientious styles do not like change. They are more methodical in their approaches and need time to adjust and feel comfortable with change.

The challenge is for those high in Dominance and Influencing styles as they like to move quickly. This creates conflict and uncertainty in the workplace. If each would take the time to put themselves in the other person’s shoes and meet their needs, there would be less conflict and discomfort.

Achieving Your Goals – Get Your Foot Off the Brake!

Achieving Your Goals – Get Your Foot Off the Brake!

Have you been going through life with one foot on the gas pedal and the other one on the brake? If you learned to drive a stick shift vehicle, you needed your left foot on the clutch. Now that your life is out of first and second gears and hopefully humming along in overdrive, it is time to stop using the left foot. It’s on the brake – not the clutch! It is holding you back in success!

  • What is keeping you from shifting into overdrive for smooth sailing?
  • What fears are holding you back right now?
  • From what are you using your “braking action” to protect you?

rolling_into_2010Make 2010 the year you declare your grand goals and announce your intentions to execute the action steps to get your desired outcomes. Are you worried that you might not be able to live up to what you announce? What do you need to help you successful execute your intentions? A personal success coach? A mentor to listen and guide you? A friend who pushes without humiliating you?

This may be the year you recognize which people close to you are holding you back or putting you down. Is their negative energy draining your energy and enthusiasm for success? Recall the Law of Attraction. You get what you think about and draw to you. Is it time to seek a new group of friends – the kind that will encourage you and celebrate your successes?

Start with a simple plan:

  1. Decide what you really intend to accomplish in 2010.
  2. Assess your circle of associates (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) to determine if any of them are negative influences.
  3. Take action to reduce the negative factors (people, habits, environment, etc.) in your life.
  4. Actively seek situations and people who are like-minded and supportive and can influence you in positive ways.
  5. Confidently declare your intentions and boldly take the proper action steps for success.

Along the way – each day – when you may not be staying on the success track, ask yourself: “Is what I am doing right now getting me closer to my goals.” If not, stop the current activity and refocus on executing the actions steps that will increase your success.