PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video: Where Does My Time Go – Boosting Productivity Levels?

When it comes to being a multi hat person you can't wear them all at the same time. For your business to grow and thrive, you must use your time wisely and make the concerted effort and ask yourself, "Which hat am I wearing?", "Which hat is most important for me to wear?", "Which ones am I capable of doing or learning to do?" and an even more important question is "Is this the best use of my time?"

• Using the 80/20 rule = being 16 X more effective
• Time Vs. Results
• Analyzing where their time is spent and quick way to understand what to delegate
• How using a powerful tool like Evernote can boost productivity

In a memorable, simple and practical way Cathy Sexton helps viewers understand the best way to boost productivity is by doing more of the vital few.

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The Journey of Life

We all have the same amount of time every day. We choose to invest it, or waste it.

“Everything in our lives, all of our pursuits, should be founded upon our answer to the question why—why we exist, followed by why we do what we do.” – Todd Gongwer- Lead…..For God’s Sake

Why do we go on vacations?  I would go on vacations to enjoy life for a while, to relax, create memories and, be with my family.  It was important for Holly and I to create memories of family vacations we had as children. We would then decide for the time and money we had, where could we go. We would determine the must see sights. We always wanted to get the most out of vacation. When our vacation was over, we did not want to regret not seeing or doing something. We wanted to get the most out of our one-week together.

Our life is like our vacations in several ways. I would like to share two. The first is when it’s over will you have regrets for something you wished you would’ve done?  The second is, sometimes vacations don’t go as they are planned and sometimes our lives do not go as we planned.

What does the Bible say about your life not going as you planned?

Trials and Temptations-James 1:2-8

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

As stated above we should pray with all of our heart for wisdom or we should not expect to receive it.

I like the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

We all have the same amount of time every day.  We choose to invest it, or waste it.

lm 90:12 - Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. Until I prioritized what’s important to me- I felt stressed, not blessed. Pray for wisdom to understand why we exist, and why we do what we do. Wisdom allows you to make the most of your time and be at peace when your life doesn’t always go as you planned.

Succeeding in a Rapidly Changing Workplace

“Change is the only constant”- Heractitus

Change brings out the need to know our being, as well as our doing.  An organization’s greatest investment is in its employees.  Employees are human beings who do the heart of the work.  The first customer is the company’s employee and the second customer is the external customer.

There are many changes, issues, situations, and opportunities that present themselves every day, and they impact the way we do business. When we recognize some of these issues, we can identify our role in moving our organizations forward.

The first issue is understanding how change really impacts us

The human experience consists of matching our capabilities against the challenges we are faced.  A sense of balance, or status quo, is maintained in our lives when our capabilities equal the challenge before us.

A second issue is change and control

At the heart of understanding how people react to change is the issue of control.  Humans have evolved into being the most control-oriented animals on the planet.  People are most comfortable when they can influence what happens to them.

A third issue is the fear of losing control

People often choose to stay in negative situations that are familiar and thus more predictable rather than face the ambiguity generated when they are confronted with the unknown.

A fourth issue is defining the speed of change

Each of us travel through life at a unique pace that allows us to assimilate the major changes we face. This is referred to as our speed of change.  People who demonstrate exceptionally high performance during periods of major change are usually operating near their optimum speed of change, and when they are functioning at their optimum speed of change, they are absorbing significant disruption with minimal dysfunction.

A fifth issue is resilience

Resilience, the ability to absorb high levels of disruptive change while displaying minimal dysfunctional behavior, is the single most important factor necessary to increase an individual’s or organization’s speed of change.

How we succeed in a changing workplace can be influenced by our paradigms.  Our personal paradigms have a powerful impact on how we feel, think, behave, approach a situation, and succeed in a changing workplace.  What are “your” paradigms about today, the future, and your feelings about change?  What are the barriers that exist today that prevent you from succeeding in a changing workplace and how do you overcome them?  Can your resilience to change be raised by learning concepts and applying techniques to reinforce the five key characteristics of resilient people?

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Video: The Practical Neuroscience of Productivity

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How many of these experiences can you relate to?

Overwhelm, strained relationships, not enough time, not being understood, health concerns? These are all symptoms that you are out-of-touch with how your brain is wired for a successful life.

When you are working with the way your brain is wired for success, rather than against it, you will experience:

  • Getting the right things done in less time
  • Reduced stress
  • More free time
  • Cooperation and collaboration vs. competition

Alignment of your brain strengths, mood state, skills and competencies will yield higher productivity and a higher quality-of-life.

Alignment = Productivity + Quality-of-Life

Practical neuroscience is your unrecognized solution to being the very best you can be.

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Video: What and Why Alignment

First we are beings and must listen for greatness. What stirs our heads and hearts? Our whole being? Alignment allows us to succeed through anything.

This video on alignment is an excerpt of Judy Ryan's presentation at the Experts 4 Entrepreneurs 2012 seminar. Judy talked about the what and the why of personal and professional alignment. The entire presentation is available to members of the Experts 4 Entrepreneurs academy.Learn More about the e4e Academy.

Three Steps to Become the Captain of Your Life

How did you feel when you first heard or read the expression, “you are the captain of your soul?”

It struck fear in my heart, when I heard this in church as a young child. I had no benchmarks for what it meant to “be the captain of your soul” except for religious personalities, famous humanitarians and potential suffering. This was not my map for life as an inquisitive and sensitive 11 year old. I did think it was important, but didn’t know how to deal with it.

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In Every Challenge Seek Opportunity

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

 Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

I was raised by two hardworking and loving parents who taught me I could be anything I wanted. In 1974, fate led me to the love of my life, Holly. For the next 10 years, everything was picture-perfect. We began a family in 1977, built our dream home in 1978, and by 1985, our family consisted of four boys and a girl. I owned and operated three family restaurants and five muffler shops with my brother. All of my hard work had paid off, and I was living the American dream.

On August 13, 1985, we lost our infant son, which was very difficult, especially for my wife. In 1990, my brother and I had gone our separate ways in the business By 1993, our oldest son began to struggle with drug addiction. The year 1995, our city began a 19-month road project that resulted in our business dropping in half. December 17, 1997, our son Landon was killed in a car accident. In 1998, our oldest son was faced with eight years of prison due to his continued struggle with addiction. In 2000, my father passed before his time, falling victim to surgical mistakes.

"Our American dream was becoming our American nightmare. Why was this happening?"

For years, I struggled not understanding why all the turmoil. My belief I could be anything I wanted and I had control over my life was shattered. I had no control over what was happening. Our American dream had become our American nightmare. Why was this happening?

After a year of struggling with our second son’s death, a friend of mine wrote, “Larry, if Landon could talk to you now, what would he say? He would say,” Dad get your head out of your butt, take care of Mom, my brothers and my sister, and I’ll see you someday.” At that point I had a choice. My faith would either grow or it would go to hell. Luckily for me and my family, my faith grew.

Fast-forward to May 28, 2010—the day I suffered a stroke that paralyzed my left side. I laid in bed thinking, “Why me? What Now?” Through this stroke, I have been blessed with an understanding of patience and persistence. I walk carefully, and currently type with one hand. However, I am working full time, and life is good! I have been blessed to share my story with others, and this is what I believe:

Proverbs 16:9. “We make our plans, but the Lord guides our steps.” With each of these life challenges, I have been given an opportunity. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and love of my wife of 38 years. My three amazing children have all been blessed with their soul mates, and I have 5 wonderful grandchildren.

Life’s challenges have blessed me with an understanding of the importance of faith, family and friends. It is through faith we receive the gift of hope. It’s by faith our challenges can become opportunities. I would add to Dr. King’s quote to say, “The bigger the challenge the bigger the opportunity.”

Help! I Dread Going to Work and I’m the Owner!

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character power.

- Abraham Lincoln

What do you need and want in order to enjoy a successful, thriving business? Most of all, you need employees who are proactive, creative and personally responsible regardless of who’s observing. You need people of character, who use their power in service. So…how do you accomplish this when 71% of the American workforce is predominately disengaged?

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