FLASHPOINTS: Good For the Goose?

BAG Screen shot 052014What’s good for the goose may NOT be good for the gander.

In life, everything is relative to our personal goals and experiences … a small expense for some might be totally extravagant for others. Except it really isn’t about the expense—it’s about the value of the resulting experience. The same is true when taking action to achieve our goals. What might be bold and reckless for some might be baby steps for others. The resulting experience that the action can produce, how deep the desire is and the potential value gained are what will drive us forward, no matter how much our ego gets battered and bloodied. One thing’s for sure: if what drives us to take daily action is something worth fighting for, the fight becomes much easier. Can you articulate the value of what you’re fighting for?

Finding Nirvana in Peak Performance

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Operating at PEAK PERFORMANCE is the dream of anyone seeking a life of significance and success.  Athletes, business leaders, entrepreneurs, shamans, and vagabonds all seek this, often illusive, nirvana. [Read more…]

FLASHPOINTS: Is It Time You Went All In?

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It’s time to go all in.

Too many wait too long to launch that new project, new business, and new us.  We rationalize and dramatize our past decisions and shortcomings so much, that we ask for a clean slate to start over by way of New Year’s resolutions.  But without fierce commitment and follow up, we’re usually back where we started by February.  Why?  Because we’ve not yet made the most important choice: to go all in.  Without the proclamation to risk it all and give our goals a real shot, we don’t stand a chance to realize long term success.  That’s because going all in means doing whatever it takes, and persevering until we’ve won the pot. What goal has been eluding you?  Is it time you went all in?

 

FLASHPOINTS: Take ACTION!

 

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Like lipstick on a pig, procrastination is really just fear with a fancy title.

Surprising? Well, maybe. Can you recall a fearful time in your life, when you fought the fright and accomplished the goal.  It felt AWESOME, right?  For most of us, the next thought was, “What took so long to do that?”  In a word: fear.  Fear of making a mistake…of it taking longer than expected…of looking like a fool…of change…of results not meeting expectations.  Listen, it’s OK to procrastinate—briefly; but self-awareness is vital to understanding the difference between not being ready, and fear.  So how do we give fear the middle-finger?  Take ACTION!  Take one small step…then another…and soon it’s an indescribable view from the top of a mountain, looking out over your accomplishments.  Start climbing! What will you do today that’ll get you one step closer to your goal?

 

FLASHPOINTS: Don’t Just Dream Of Bunnies And Rainbows!

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 THINKING Positive is bunnies & rainbows , fun & easy. But DOING Positive will take you to the next level?

Thinking positive really is a prerequisite for sustained, enjoyable success. But it’s just that – a prerequisite. Your career and life is made more by what you DO. Norman Vincent Peal wrote “The Power Of Positive Thinking”, but he didn’t just think it, he WROTE it! Positive DOING is what’s needed to release your Positive Thoughts to the world. And it’s not in doing what you’ve always been doing. You must take that first step outside of your current comfort zone. Until you take that step, you’re only dreaming. Decide NOW to turn your thinking into bold, consistent action. And your results will add up over time so that you don’t just dream bunnies and rainbows – you’ll be in the midst of them.

 

FLASHPOINTS: Here’s An Idea

Innovation flourishes when grand ideation meets bold action.

The geneses of ingenious ideas often come from reflection on challenges or opportunities we’d like to solve or improve. If ideation & innovation aren’t really your thing, start enlisting blue sky thinkers to brainstorm and fantasize about your desired outcome. Good ideas often come from bad ones, or ideas that were good once upon a time, but are no longer viable. Generating grand ideas and fostering an environment of innovation begins with a positive, can-do attitude…so check your sense of reality at the door, and have fun.  Start small, if you must, but shake things up, and try a new approach whenever possible.  Here’s an idea, try taking a different route to work tomorrow and see what you learn. What old idea turned new could breathe life into your life?

FLASHPOINTS: What Is Your FULL Potential?

If you’re not failing, you’re not moving far enough or fast enough towards your fullest potential.

Most of us will never realize our true potential in life because we’re often paralyzed by fear.  Fear can debilitate us if we let it—it prevents us from dreaming big; places limits on achievements by diminishing belief in ourselves; and causes us to second guess brilliant ideas because of possible embarrassment associated with failure.  Reflect for a moment on all the unmet potential resting in graveyards around the world.  What if we dared to believe that anything is possible?  What if at the root of all your focus & actions was the burning desire to reach your fullest potential?  Well, you’d be among the highest of high achievers who embrace and learn from failure, yet keep running towards their potential.  Failure: expect it, embrace it, and learn from it.

Create An Extraordinary Life & Business

If you’ve been on the path to success any longer than just a few months you’ve probably recognized there’s going to be significant detours and distractions on the journey.

After experiencing our own ups and downs in business & entrepreneurship, and then comparing our war stories to other high achievers, we’ve identified five strategies that seem to be common with most who have secured enduring success in life and business. Those who find the most reward, balance, and peace seem to be those who fully integrate their personal, business and spiritual life; so here are our 5-Star Strategies to get you on the road to success and harmony.

1) Remove negative chatter from your life and mind. Sadly, some of us have way too many naysayers and detractors in our lives that suck our energy and lifeblood. Most of us have enough negative chatter spinning around our own minds about insecurities and inadequacies that we don’t need them to be reinforced by family and friends. Shed the negative people from your life, and replace the negative self-talk with affirmations of love and reassurance.

2) Focus on your strengths. Too often we waste time “improving our weaknesses” rather than making our strengths stronger. Business leadership & ownership is your chance to build an elite team of diverse ideas and talents who, while working towards a common goal or vision, can impact the business landscape and change the world. An elite team around you will boost your competency and confidence. The fatal flaw of many leaders is the fear of surrounding themselves with people who are bolder and brighter than they are.

3) Take rapid action—because Action is Power! Don’t confuse being a visionary with the ability to bring forth a vision—and don’t settle for being a dreamer rather than a doer. Remember General Patton’s famous quote, “A good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan next week.”

4) Expect & embrace failure. The truth is, everyone who has experienced success has experienced mistakes, missteps and failure. The Founder of the Honda Motor Company is known for saying “success is 99% failure.” Failure is not the issue; but how we respond to it is. Sometimes we simply need to quickly evaluate our circumstance, make a five to ten degree course correction, and move out towards our goal, again. Avoid analysis paralysis, and…

5) Never give up. Sir Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “success is the ability to move from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” We see it over and over again…people give up when success is just around the corner. This is most common with folks who’ve been chasing success in a field or industry in which they have little or no passion. Once you find your passion, and build a business plan around it, the thought of giving up becomes a vapor (you may, at times, become exasperated, but quitting is not an option).

FLASHPOINTS: Action Is Power

 

Analysis paralysis sucks.  Action is power.

Among the many responsibilities of a leader is the ability to make sound and thoughtful decisions that are in the best interest of those in their charge.  This involves a clear-headed thought process: a pros & cons list, collecting & deciphering information, asking profound questions, and even gut checks and trial and error from time to time.  The specifics of the decision often doesn’t matter (as there may be no clear right or wrong), just a choice of the best path to follow.  What’s most important, after a survey of landscape, is to push through the fear and take action.  Should you find yourself missing the mark or falling short of your goals, simply make course corrections along the way.  Don’t delude yourself that your’re a dreamer….be a doer!