Who Knew My Space was My Frog?

As I mentioned in my last blog, I’ve been reading Brian Tracy’s “Eat that Frog”.  For those of you not familiar, your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on and also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life at that moment.

So I discovered last week, when setting goals and making my to-do list, that my space, was my frog.  And no, I”m not referring to the social networking website dinosaur created 14 years ago, but rather to what has truly become my personal space.  I have a study in my home that I intended to use as my home office and it needed a facelift and some customization to make it my own. It required that I go through a number of boxes from my old “corporate” office and clear out room for some new items.  Needless to say, I procrastinated for weeks.

But when I finally made it a point of eating that frog, and doing so as Brian would say “single-mindedly”, that is without diversion or distraction until it is 100% complete, what a positive impact it has had on my transition to work-at-home mother.

This photo of my desktop in my new home office is representative of the following:  humility, love and pride.

1) Humility – it was a turning point for me in my career when I began to embrace the importance of being humble.  My Dad always taught me that respect had to be earned, but it took me years to realize that would happen when I chose to listen more and speak less. It’s always been my practice to hire subject matter experts and trust in them to inform my decision as a leader.  I had to learn to be okay with not knowing everything, and while coffee may make me awesome, diversity of thought and inclusion is what earned me respect and truly made me a high performing leader.  As an added bonus, a 24 oz. coffee mug isn’t a bad way to start your day.  Thanks Kacey  😉

2) Love – hands down, my favorite addition to my space was a Christmas gift from my husband that literally brought me to tears.  He had made a personalized nameplate/clock/business card holder with my new business name, Altitude Business Coaching.  He’s always been my biggest fan but this gesture and outward show of love and support was truly above and beyond anything I had imagined.

3) Pride- last but not least, while living out my dream and following my passion has been so rewarding, I would give anything for my parents to be alive today to witness it first hand.  And since that isn’t possible, the next best thing is to look them in the eye every morning when I walk into my new home office and see the pride in their eyes.  No better way to say “Good Morning” then with a ray of light from heaven.

Setting up my home office has provided a kick start to my new business.  There is something about finding your happy place that can genuinely provide daily motivation.  So don’t procrastinate, eat your frog, and discover the greatest positive impact you can have on your life in this very moment.

 

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Show you C.A.R.E.

I truly believe that human capital is an organization’s greatest asset and sadly, often the most neglected.  Why do you think that is?  I suspect that as a general rule people come to work every day wanting to do a good job and be successful.  The key is finding support and ongoing motivation for them to be able to maintain that level of professionalism.  But how much quality face time do you think they get with their managers and supervisors daily?  The same folks that spend their entire days in meetings with their peers competing for the title of “smartest person in the room.”  One of my favorite quotes of all time is “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”  I could go off on a tangent here and talk about diversity and inclusion but that wasn’t my goal for this particular blog.  Maybe next time ;).

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The above quote was not only coined by Teddy Roosevelt, but perpetuated by other influential leadership authors like John Maxwell and Zig Ziglar.  So for those managers and supervisors that I referred to earlier, take note.  To demonstrate just how important this concept is, I’m going to use the word C.A.R.E. to build an acrostic with four skills to help you show your team members that frankly, my dear, you do give a damn.

C- Communication
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  Active listening is so important when dealing with your employees so that they know they’ve actually been heard.  You don’t always have to agree, but hearing them out will go a long way towards gaining their trust and respect, both of which are crucial to your success as a leader.
A- Accountability
Simply put, DWYSYWD…. Do What You Say You Will Do.  What better way to show someone you care then to be fully accountable to them?  If you commit to it, follow through.  Otherwise, credibility is lost along with your ability to influence.
R- Recognition
Celebrate the small victories.  Focus your team by creating clarity around shared goals and objectives.  Make them achievable in a reasonable time frame and eliminate competing priorities.  Success breeds success.  And making your people successful should be your number one priority.
E- Engagement

Be authentic.  To engage is to “establish a meaningful contact or connection with” someone.  Doesn’t that sound like a way to show you care?  Don’t spend your day going through the motions.  Engage with your people in meaningful conversations and you’ll be amazed at what you learn.

To be successful, your company needs motivated people.  Maya Angelou said “at the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”  So, by all means, make them feel good.

 

 

 

2018… Find your Blend!

It’s a new year, so may as well start out with a few confessions. I’m one of those people who doesn’t believe in work-life balance. There I said it. 1) it’s ALL life and 2) my life (and I’m guessing most of yours too) has never known true balance. Another reality I’ve learned to accept is that you will never be able to do everything that you have to do and you can’t please everyone.  That’s the bad news. The good news is, you CAN find work-life blend. And when you do, you’ll know it.  Because you’ll wake up every morning, as I have for the last two months, with a smile in your heart. ❤️
As the year came to an end, I found myself reflecting on the past, living in the present and looking forward to a bright future. While my 2017 was filled with many blessings, some friends and family were not as fortunate. For a period of time, I felt like every other week I got more bad news. It was really hard to cope but my first response was always, thank you God! When you find yourself surrounded by such sadness, it’s then when you TRULY appreciate all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you. Life really is too short to be anything but happy. So, after great soul-searching, I decided to take a risk and pursue my true passion. I couldn’t have done it without a little courage and a lot of love and support from my family and friends.  Thanks to all of you, I’ve realized my dream of owning my own business and more importantly, found my perfect blend. My vision is to change the world through business leadership and education by inspiring people to reach new heights.  Therefore, my new business is named Altitude Business Coaching. Partnering my passion, with the expertise of Brian Tracy’s core material and methodologies, seemed too good to be true. Now that dream is my new reality.
My advice to you in 2018…find YOUR blend. Live fully, laugh loudly, and love deeply and be unwavering in your commitment to all of the above.
If you find yourself asking where to start, read along with me a Brian Tracy classic and learn how to “Eat that Frog!”
Dare to dream,
Coach Sandy