Articles Tagged ‘Motivation’

Tony Scelzo’s Thought Crucible I

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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FOCUS ON THE OPPORTUNITIES

Every day—every moment—we get to make a choice about what we’re going to focus on. Are we going to focus on the “bad” things that have happened to us, the people who have hurt us, the wrongs that we think make us victims? Or are we going to stand up and get to work on the unlimited and wonderful possibilities that await us?

Let me answer that question for you. You are a victor. You are meant for greatness. Seize the opportunity provided to you on this day. Go get it.

FANNING THE FLAME OF TEAM EXCELLENCE?

As managers and leaders we are always focusing on, agonizing over, and addressing problems. Because we do this so often it tends to be all we see. We become blind to the fire that keeps us warm: the people who drive our business, keep it going, and create results and activities that we DON’T have to deal with as a manager.

As leaders, we must “Fan the Flame” with positive affirmations of what is going right and what our team is doing well.

CLEAR EYES, FULL HEART, CAN’T LOSE

“Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose”—the television show Friday Night Lights has made this quote very powerful, and I’ve been talking to my daughters about what it means. In my house, it means we are not allowed to say “I can’t.”

Think about the power of those six words and how many live they have changed. To me, this phrase is one I use to teach my girls the difference between winning and losing, between being perfect for yourself and true to yourself. Be careful of the words you choose to put into your head. They have power over your actions.

Tony Scelzo, President
Stringcan
http://stringcan.com
(317) 662-2126
Indianapolis Office (Main)
7208 North Dobson Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268

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Is Success What You Really Want? 11 Top Reads to Keep You Motivated in 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

With the advent of the New Year, I start thinking, how will I continue to motivate myself to take on the tasks ahead. The next statement is always, what are the tasks?

My friend, The Growth Coach, John Stahl, told me not to let work get in the way.

Interesting thought. Work that really doesn’t make a difference?

I find that having a yearly plan helps me stay focused and show results. If you don’t do some soul searching, life will just drag you along, and you’ll become part of someone else’s success plan.

At the start of 2013, “we can all use a little prodding” to get us to success and more out of life. And who doesn’t want more out of life? Here’s my list of what I call “the read and re-read.” I’m also addicted to pod casts, listening to them every night before I go to sleep. Of course, I fall asleep in the middle but maybe my subconscious is getting it.

A. Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, by Lynn Grabhorn. She calls her life journey “the physics of thought.” The book is easy to read and gives us another link on how to get more out of life. Her theory is that we get what we want through feelings, not necessarily because of planning and sweating. The book helps you understand how your feelings can help or hurt you. Personally, I think it’s worth owning, underlining and reading it again.

B.The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Miguel Ruiz This is an old book, but it too is super—easy read and it makes you want to call Miguel up and have a conversation. His best advice, “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” How many times a day do we take things personally? You can sign up for his Academy of Awareness which is very cool.

C.Are you Ready to Succeed, by Srikumar S. Rao. This is another personal favorite. The book has readings, , exercises and lessons to help you reconstruct and improve your professional world. This has lots of ideas on “getting unstuck.”

D.212, The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker. The premise: at 211 degrees water is just hot. At 212 degrees, it becomes steam and is powerful enough to move a locomotive. Who can argue with this? The tiny book will keep you captivated and wanting to read it over again. Tapes are also available. Read it out loud to anyone who will listen.

E.Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read. Based on the premise of when you were born, where you were born and what was going on in society had a huge effect on you. It made me look deeper into my own life and how lucky I was to miss attending the first grade by one year! You’ll love this. If you can’t get enough of Malcolm, I can’t, start listening to Malcolm’s pod casts. Freakonomics.

F.The Myth of the Entrepreneur, by Michael Gerber. This is a quick with great insight. If you haven’t read it and own a business, go get it. This is definitely a reread.

G.The Great Wing, by Dr.Louis Tartaglia. I just ordered 21 of these for a customer service class I’ve been teaching; it’s the kind of book you can’t’ put down. Gomer is a baby goose in the midst of learning how to survive the great yearly migration. Somewhere in our lives, all of us have “bellied up to the bar” and done something we haven’t wanted to do. Fellow trainers Lou, Sam and I created a workshop for the board of directors at the Toledo Opera Company. It was a blast with everyone yelling, “flock yes.” A great parable and you will feel for Gomer’s struggle.

H.Build from Scratch, How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion, by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. A true life story about never giving up and those that believed. Will there ever be another story like this?

I.The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk. Who will win the customers? Not the rich guy but the guy who can show the customer how much he’s loved. A little longer read but really good.

J. What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekends: A Short Guild to Making the Most of Your Days, by Laura Vanderkam. No, they’re probably not watching television but they’re staying away from their inbox and have a plan. Check this out.

K.Abundance, by Peter Diamandis. The world is better than it looks and has plenty of opportunities. Get to this book fast.

What are you reading? Let us know your ‘good reads.’ Happy New Year.

Lisbeth Calandrino
Fabulous Floors
Associate Publisher & Director of Consumer Research
lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com

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What Is Drifting?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In the 2011 release of Napoleon Hill’s book, Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, he discusses at length the concept of drifting. Here’s Hill’s definition taken from page 223:

“Drifting is nothing but a negative state of mind, a state of mind conspicuous by its emptiness of purpose.”

In the main pages of the book, Hill acts out a courtroom scene in which he puts the devil on trial and forces him to reveal why so many people never fully achieve their potential and so easily give up on their goals and dreams.

The dialogue is not only startling, but also enlightening on many fronts. Hill uses specific questions in his exchange to have the devil reveal many of the methods such as fear, doubt, negativity, and propaganda are cleverly positioned, mixed together, and reinforced by many ‘sacred cows’ at all levels of society to confuse and distract people away from their true calling.

His remedy is to suggest that each of us must deliberately and daily set ourselves up to be around positive information, people, ideas and surroundings to combat the negativity swirling around us within the media, government, and most other ‘well established’ organizations.

With that premise in mind, it’s easy to see why Hill’s family had deep reservations to ever release the book and why it was hidden for 72-years!

Here’s a quick list of the seven principles Hill describes in Outwitting the Devil that people can study and learn from to achieve greater happiness within their own lives. In future eletter issues we’ll take a closer look at several of these seven principles in greater detail.

1.Definiteness of purpose
2.Mastery over self
3.Learning from adversity
4.Controlling environmental influences (associations)
5.Time (giving permanency to positive, rather than negative thought-habits and developing wisdom)
6.Harmony (acting with definiteness of purpose to become the dominating influence in your own mental, spiritual, and physical environment)
7.Caution (thinking through your plan before you act)

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
616-638-39121
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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