Become A Leader Worth Following

In Principle #43 Jack Canfield highlights the behaviors that make great leaders “whether you own a business, teach school, manage a small group, coach a team , or are working to advance a cause…you need to enroll others in order to be successful”. 

Here are 6 Behaviors he shares to help you along the path to being an effective leader:

Behavior #1: Know Your Own Strengths And Weaknesses

Behavior #2: Hold Yourself Accountable…And Others, Too

Behavior #3: Inspire Your Team With A Clear, Compelling, Continuous Vision

Behavior #4: Listen For Possibility

Behavior #5: Coach Others To Take A Leadership Role

Behavior #6: Maintain An Attitude of Gratitude

Is there a behavior you would add to this list? Please share….

 

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Say NO! Just Do It…

Q. Is that really OK?  A. Yes.

Q. Isn’t it rude?  A. No.

Q. Won’t it make someone feel bad or even worse force them to have to say YES to our No?  A. No.

How do we maneuver this with Grace? 

  • Clear communication about when you’re available and for what.

How do we avoid being out of integrity?

  • Answering with “maybe”, that’s not a clear communication.
  • Answering with “I’ll get back to you”, and not following up is not a clear communication.

Don’t be afraid to say NO…as a result of a clear NO your YESES will be so much more appreciated. 

Principle 42. Jack Canfield keeps it simple…JUST SAY NO!

 

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The Art of Delegating

Have you ever said to yourself, or even out loud, “It’s easier if I just do it myself.”?

It’s a common theme for many of us.  The results however are not always very productive since we rob ourselves of time and energy, increase our sense of frustration and deny someone the opportunity to learn and grow.

In Principle 41 the advice from Jack Canfield is to Build a Powerful Support Team and Delegate to them. 

Do what you do best and hire out the rest!

And… take this advice from General George S. Patton “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

 

 

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Redefine Time

Principle #40.

My mentor, Christian Mickelsen, says “we have all the time in the world”.

If that’s true:

  • Why are we so busy?
  • Why isn’t there ever enough time?
  • Why is our to-do list never complete?
  • Why do we run late?

What if, as Jack Canfield suggests, we “Redefine Time”?

What if as Christian Mickelsen says “We Have All The Time In The World”?

I think the answer is found in how we choose to spend our time: focus on what’s important; be prepared to say No and do what brings you joy.

“It is not that we have a short time live, but that we waste a lot of it”

Seneca

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Leave that alone and…

Stay focused on what you want to do.

I met with a  bright young woman this morning.  We talked about a business idea I want to bring to market.

I’m excited about this idea and come to find out she’s just as excited! In fact she’s thinking even bigger than me and loves doing all the things I don’t love doing.

Question.  Can I afford to hire her?

Answer. I can’t afford not to hire her!

In Part Three of Jack Canfield’s Success Principles the focus is to “Build Your Success Team”.  Today I found my success team…Principle 39 “Stay Focused on Your Core Genius” and I will add hire someone for their Core Genius and build your Success Team.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

 

Passion + Enthusiasm = Living Out Loud

That’s right…make some noise! 

Show some Enthusiasm!  

Jack Canfield shares in Principle #38 the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means “to be filled with GOD.”

When you are filled with spirit you are naturally filled with and fueled by Passion. 

Are you doing what you love to do?  

If not what would you do that is different?

How can you bring your Passion and Enthusiasm out into the world?

 

Passion.  Enthusiasm. Live Out Loud!

 

 

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Motivated. Driven. Inspired.

What best describes how you stay in action?

How do you stay motivated and keep from giving up when things get tough? 

In Principle 37 Jack Canfield recommends “listening to the masters”.

Who has time for that you ask?

Let’s get creative and look for opportunities where you might find the time….

  • Walking the dog.
  • On a long commute.
  • On the treadmill.
  • Waiting.

Not sure of where to start or who to listen to? Some of Jack Canfield’s favorites can be found here: www.TheSuccessPrinciples.com/resources. 

And if you like his work go to www.JackCanfield.com for more motivation.

And as the always inspiring Zig Zigler once said: “Of course motivation is not permanent. But neither is bathing, but it is something you should do on a regular basis”,

 

 

 

 

 

Commit to Lifelong Learning

When my grandmother, “Gingle”, turned 90 I traveled to Albuquerque to celebrate this special day with her and lots of family members.

Gingle, an avid reader, greeted me when I walked into her home with this…”Joey Sue I’m reading the most incredible book…7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and she proceeded to share a passage that she was especially inspired by.

My grandmother taught us, our family, the love of reading and the joy of a commitment to Lifelong Learning.

Jack Canfield titled Principle #36 Learn More to Earn More.  This applies and I would also add…learn more to transcend limiting beliefs, expand your world view and enjoy the richness of other cultures.

 

PS: Thank you Gingle

 

The Habit of Habits…

Yep…I just stated the obvious.  

The real questions are what habits are helping you and what habits are harming you?

In Principle #34 of The Success Principles Jack Canfield points out…”good or bad, habits always deliver results”. 

He suggests making a list of all the habits that are not helping you (here are some examples to get you thinking):

  • Procrastinating
  • Paying bills last minute or late
  • Not keeping your promises
  • Consistently being late
  • Not silencing or even worse answering your phone when you’re with a friend or business associate
  • Not listening…really listening
  • Smoking
  • Sugar
  • Fill in the blank(s) ____________________, _____________________, _______________, ________________

 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny”  Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

“I still don’t know what I was waiting for …” lyrics and song by David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl3vxEudif8

Principle 31 encourages us to Embrace Change. 

Jack Canfield reminds us that “change is inevitable “.

What’s changing in your life?

Are you embracing or resisting the change(s)?

What could you do differently, that you’re not doing now, to embrace change?

What ARE you waiting for?

 

 

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