Your Source of Energy

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I woke up today thinking about the amount of energy required for sustainable success. If you think about it, we all have the ability to create energy in our own unique way. There are some common activities we can pursue that will bring us energy from a physical and mental perspective:

  1. Physical exercise produces physical energy and mental clarity.
  2. Reading, meditation, and visualization will produce mental energy.

Secret Recipe

I am speaking of something unique to you and you alone. I believe we all have our own energy formula, our own energy drink or juice so to speak. The ingredients are known only to us. It’s like the well-guarded family recipe no one ever shares.

However, a recipe is only good when you prepare the meal. The same is true about the secret recipe of your “juice” that energizes your soul.

Your Sockets

Another way to think about the source of your energy is electricity. What sockets are you plugging into in order to draw inspiration and gain energy? I have been inspired by many things over the course of my life, and I believe what inspires you also energizes you. For me, staying plugged into my sources of inspiration allow me to stay plugged into my source of energy. The choices you make about what you decide to plug into daily is 100% within your control. For me, there are numerous sockets and ingredients in my secret recipe. Here’s my list:

  • Preparing and sharing meals with family
  • Painting a new canvas
  • Recording a new education series
  • Writing daily
  • Live musical performances
  • Theatrical performances
  • Working with youth
  • All things LSU football
  • Any time on the water
  • Every second with my parents
  • Every second with my kids and grandkids
  • Festivals in Louisiana
  • Interior design
  • Fishing anytime
  • Any sunrise
  • Travel
  • How about you?

Make the time to make your list just like the one above. Think through your list and make certain each ingredient inspires and energizes you in some way. Once you have your list completed, the big task is ahead of you. Get out your planner or diary for the last 90 days and calculate how much time you actually spent doing things on your list.

You will be surprised either pleasantly or not so much. The good news is there is an easy fix because you have the ability to control how many times and in how many ways you plug into your power sources for inspiration and energy. I hope you will make your list and take action today and every day. There is nothing better than mixing up your own special “juice” concoction and getting high on the amazing and powerful after-effects of leading an energized life of intention and purpose.

Make a difference today. 

The Four Keys to Develop a Winning Attitude

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We have all heard the saying “attitude is everything.” After 30 plus years of teaching personal development, I am absolutely resolute that your attitude will make or break your success. Our attitude is an outward reflection of the way we feel about ourselves. What most people do not perceive is that your personal attitude can be felt and experienced by others. Your attitude speaks for you before you ever open your mouth. Simply put, having a good attitude is non-negotiable if you want to be successful.

There are four keys to the development and maintenance of a positive winning attitude. I have shared these strategies with millions and they have proven themselves to be time tested and effective. Let’s get started.

Step 1: “A Good Feeling About Yourself”

A truism of life is that no one can like or love you more than you like or love yourself. Too often, we forget our own self value and our negative thoughts create a negative attitude. Ask yourself, what are your five greatest attributes? Do you consistently display these attributes in your daily behaviors? Make a card listing these attributes

and read them daily to remind yourself of your personal value proposition to the world, to your family, and to yourself. These daily reminders will help you to create a positive attitude and present the best version of yourself to everyone you meet.

Step 2: “Feed Your Mind”

Years ago, I adopted a daily strategy of feeding my mind each morning. Just as your physical state needs nourishment and exercise, so does your mental state. It is easy to have a good attitude and feel confident when you know that you are growing mentally stronger every single day. Make a list of positive material to ingest each morning. All it takes is ten minutes every day to truly shape your outlook towards one of optimism and joy. I use a variety of individual sources from literature, quote books, excepts of great speeches, and stories discovered through the internet that are positive and inspiring.

Plant in your mind that which you desire to grow and it will enhance your attitude in untold ways.

Step 3: “Acknowledge And Appreciate”

Every person in their own unique way has so much to be thankful for in life. Truth be told, the most valuable things in the world cannot be purchased, owned, or sold for profit. Sit down and make a list of all the real things you have to be thankful for and acknowledge your blessings in the morning through reflection. If you reflect on the people, experiences, and moments in your life that are positive then each day will seem a little brighter. You will begin to develop a sustainable attitude of gratitude. We are all blessed and when we fail to count our blessings it diminishes our personal self worth.

Step 4: “Manage Minutes And Moments”

86,400. That is how many seconds you have a day to maximize the potential in your personal journey. I believe that learning to truly make the most of each moment of your life has a profound impact on your personal attitude. When you value your time, and manage your moments, you can truly change your daily experience to one of enthusiasm, energy and excitement. Just think, if you carved out ten minutes today to tell people you appreciate them how would you feel? Or if you took just 30 minutes each week to donate your time to those in need?

My advice is simple… stop wasting time and start cherishing the gift of time. 

If you embrace these four steps it will change your world in a very positive way.

Attributes Are Your Business Card

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After conducting over 4,000 live events as a corporate teacher, I am convinced salespeople drastically underestimate the power of their own attributes with regard to their results, reputation, referral base, and customer retention capacity. Your personal attributes are your business card. It’s what people see in you, feel from you, and hear from you that will lead them to tell others about you and your products and services.

The Attribute Check Up
Today’s customers are more demanding and better educated than ever before. Their ability to research prior to purchasing has armed them with more buyer confidence and has served to increase their expectations of salespeople.

As a result, salespeople’s character attributes matter more than ever before as well. Consistent attribute checkups are mandatory for success. Look at the list below and be brutally honest with yourself. Do you display these attributes consistently with your customers?

  • Trustworthy
  • Service-minded
  • Intelligent
  • Authentic
  • Likeable
  • Customer-focused
  • Enthusiastic
  • Prepared
  • Available
  • Active listener

There are many important attributes we could discuss, but these attributes will set you apart and give your customers and potential customers a high degree of confidence in you. These attributes need to be defined, refined, and evaluated often in order to be consistently on display.

Questions to Answer:

  • How do you define each one of these important attributes?
  • How will you represent each one of these attributes from a behavioral standpoint?
  • How do you feel each one of these attributes will affect your customers and potential customers?
  • How would you rank these 10 attributes in order of importance?
  • What is one “I will” action you can implement to would improve each attribute?



Next Steps:

  1. Create an attribute card for each attribute with the definition listed.
  2. Read this card every day before beginning your work day.
  3. Write 10 “I will” action statements to refine the attributes on the back.
  4. Review your planned actions each day, and hustle to execute.

If you adopt this strategy, I have no doubt you will expand your audience because your prospects and customers will become your personal advocates. They will become your personal storytellers at home and work.

Why would you not adopt this strategy? What is preventing you from taking action today? What might be holding you back? Resolve these questions, and step over hesitancy and doubt. Embrace action and belief!

Make a difference today.

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