During the month of October the John Maxwell Team is holding it's Global Youth Initiative where the goal is to reach 1,000,000 kids all over the world.
Today I have come to Madison, Florida, to assist some other coaches in teaching leadership to the youth of this area. We will be going to schools and sharing our stories plus teaching on how the kids can make a difference to themselves and to other people. This is a tremendously rewarding exercise and fits in with my dream of every child being able to have a college education, regardless of their finances.
Over the next three days I will be sharing my insights and lessons learned from working with these kids.
This week I have had the tremendous pleasure of spending time collaborating and working with some amazing people. In order to get what you want from life you need to associate with people who are on the same journey, with someone who is further along that journey leading the way.
This is what I refer to as a Mastermind alliance, a group that share ideas openly and offer their feedback and suggestions to help the others grow. This is a group that want you to succeed as much as they want success for themselves.
These people will be honest enough to tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear. When these minds come together it creates another, more powerful, mind that you all feed off.
We went for breakfast this morning with a plan to visit the Trinity church afterwards. We got to breakfast around 7:45am and the conversation flowed. We all engaged and shared some insights that expanded all of our thinking and before we knew, it was 10:30am. This is the power of a...
If you don't believe in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you? It is also true to say that you will never outperform your own self belief.
You may have heard me talk about this recently on my Facebook live series as it is a very real challenge for many people. We are not taught to believe that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to and I believe that the result of this is a lower self esteem for a lot of people.
There is a difference between having a high self confidence and being arrogant. I am proposing the former as this will help you to believe in yourself and therefore remove the fear of failing, allowing you to try more things. When you try things that you want to do you have a chance to be successful, whereas if you never try you will definitely not be successful!
Let go of your fears and allow your dreams to breathe.
How do you tell when a statement is a reason for not doing something or an excuse?
One of the ways is to determine if the person in question is taking responsibility or are the using a circumstance or situation as the main factor? If they are taking responsibility it is likely that this is a genuine reason but if they are blaming circumstances or other people it may well be an excuse.
There is usually more than one way to facilitate a result and have all of these options been considered before declaring it a no-go? If they have then it is also probably a reason but if not it is an excuse.
This is not an exact science but these factors are good indicators as to the difference between a reason and an excuse.
Your thinking determines the path that your life will take. If you have a limiting belief in your own ability that will manifest itself and you will not find sustained success. The reverse is also true, if you believe that you can achieve your dreams and put your thoughts into action, it will come true.
The important part of this process is to back up your thinking with intentional actions that cultivate your desire and faith, while backing it up with persistence. Be specific about what you want to achieve and keep this top of mind every day so that you start to live your life in the way that you want to become.
What do you feel about traveling? Does it excite you or does it scare you a little?
Today I traveled to New York City on my own to meet up with some fellow influencers for 3 days. The plane ride itself is fairly standard for me and then there is the public transport to get from the airport to the hotel.
Normally I would research this for hours to find the nest route and then double check it. Even then, I would keep checking it as I traveled in case I had made an error. Today was different though. I wondered if the maps app on my phone would work for public transport, and it did. I was able to see the details of the journey and it told me which train to get, when to change, and even the walking directions from the subway station to the hotel.
Life is the same. You are not alone, there are people and systems that will help guide you to where you want to go. All you have to decide is where you are starting from and what your destination is.
It continues to amaze me just how many people say that they want to change their lives but they are waiting for the perfect time before taking action. If you want to make a difference in the future that lies ahead of you, it requires you to take different actions today.
The longer you wait to do something the greater the chances are that you will never do it. Think back through your life, can you identify times when you wanted to do something and waited for the perfect time?
The perfect time does not exist, this is just another form of procrastination which is the killer of dreams. The right time to do something is now, not later today, not tomorrow, not on Monday - right now!
The answer is to get started, put one foot in front of the other and move forward. The law of momentum will kick in and as you gain confidence your pace will increase until eventually, you will be flying.
Over the last year or so I have lost count of how many people have indicated that they are interested in growing themselves personally and professionally yet fail to take action when faced with the choice.
I have determined that the majority are looking for change yet are not prepared to change their actions to get it. The only theory that I can determine is that there is an inherent fear of failure and therefore a wish to stay with their self imposed comfort zone.
The simple fact remains, if you want different results tomorrow, you need to take different actions today! You need to start being the person that you want to become as waiting for it to happen on it's own is only going to lead to a life of disappointment.
Your time is now, so take action and take the life that you deserve and want. Don't live in fear of failure - live in fear of regret!
As a leader it is your responsibility to carry the load and encourage your followers to find their strengths, then stay within this strength zone and become the best they can be.
When I refer to a "Leader", I am talking about anyone that has influence over other people so that could be within your family, your friends, your colleagues at work, or your direct reports if you have them.
A leader should also understand their purpose and strive to be their best in everything they do, as it is this behavior that will lift up others around them.
So, what is your gift, what is your purpose, what is your strength, and are you living in these zones every day?