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This post is a little personal. But I wanted to share it with you because it has made such a profound impact on me and how I look at overwhelming circumstances now. I don’t usually struggle with overwhelm too much because I have systems set up to get myself back on top of whatever it is that’s overwhelming me. But just recently I had events that instantly threw my life into chaos and overwhelm that I found myself struggling with.

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I few weeks ago I was challenged to re-evaluate what I felt my strengths were.  This made me think back to several years ago when I was going through my coaching certification. In that certification course, I did several exercises to uncover the hidden strengths I may not have not been aware of. One of those exercises was to ask several people who were fairly familiar with me what they felt were my 3 top strengths were,

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It is just not possible in business (or in life) to do things perfectly 100% of the time. I don’t know anyone who does. So how do you handle a huge mistake without losing your following or your audience’s faith in you?

I’ve made mistakes in my business, and one of them happened years ago when I was hosting my first large scale launch with webinars. I had been giving webinars for a while and I always went through a protocol before each webinar to make sure everything was running smoothly.

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I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated where they interviewed Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots, a week after his Super Bowl win. They asked him about some of the negative things that some people were saying about him. I was so impressed with his answer. He had every reason to be bitter and plant seeds of vengeance on the NFL and Goodell for what they had put him through, but he never did.

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We are headed into the end of the first quarter now…are you where you wanted to be?  Or where you thought you’d be when you made your goals for 2017? About this time of the year, I get asked the same question: How do you keep yourself from rationalizing, getting lazy and slipping off track in the pursuit of your goals?

Well, it really goes back to your dream or desire.  When you were setting your goals did you develop a “white-hot” desire,

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You know how some days seem to just fall into place and the world seems to be working with you. Your successful day just rolls out as you find the perfect parking spot, accomplish tasks with ease, your follow up calls end in a sale or a new client, and at the end of the day you feel your business and your life moving forward.

Then there are those days when you drag yourself out of bed,

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Have you ever had an area of your life you wanted to change, and you were committed to making that change, but you still didn’t do it?  And you ask yourself, “Why does this happen?  Why don’t I follow through?”  Is it because you don’t know how?  Or maybe you just don’t have time.  Even if you do make the change how do you make it sustainable and lasting?  How do you make it “stick”?

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Leadership is acquiring the knowledge and developing the skills that will empower others to function on their own. A leader gives people knowledge, but an exceptional leader will take it one step further by giving people information so they can acquire more knowledge on their own.  Leaders empower their associates with the freedom to operate and gain experience, thus giving them the green light to release full potential and be magnificent rather than ordinary.

A leader rises above and beyond the call of duty.  

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Today’s risk is tomorrow’s cake walk.  Or as a mentor once told me, “what was once hard becomes easy.  A risk is something you would do in an instant if you knew it was the right thing to do and you knew it would work the way you wanted. It is not knowing the outcome that makes it a risk.

Here is an important secret…risk taking increases your self-trust. Self-trust is what personal power is all about.  

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Your mind is like a powerful search engine. It will find what you are focused on and look for. And those things it finds will become your reality if you will allow it to.  In Star Wars episode 1 George Lucas wrote “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”

What were your thoughts focused on in 2016? Were they mainly focused on the things you WANTED…or was much of your focus on things you DIDN’T WANT to happen?

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