The Law of Curiosity


In John Maxwell’s Book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” Law Number 12 is the Law of Curiosity…this law states:

Growth is Stimulated by Asking Why?

“Some men see things as they are and ask why.

Others dream things that never were and ask why not!”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Where does curiosity come from you might ask? Are we born with it or do we discover it?

My belief is that we are born curious. If you don’t believe me take a look at a young child, as they move from an infant to a toddler…..their world is nothing but curiosity. They crawl and find things..and where is the first place it goes……right into their mouth! See, that is their world…it is how they discover..through taste, then through feel…that is why they lick the television!

As we grow, sometimes this curiosity is programmed out of us. How many times were you told, “Curiosity Killed the Cat!” The second part of that statement that we were seldom told was “Satisfaction Brought it Back!”

Curious people possess a thirst for knowledge. They are always interested in life, people, ideas, new experiences. They aways live in a state of wanting more. These are the dreamers that look at things that never were and ask why not!

Asking why not verses why will open our mind to the reception, the new frequency of a new idea. See, the answer to the why, gives us a response to ‘why‘ and can be a danger, a danger of limiting our curiosity to look at new ways.

How to Cultivate Curiosity?

I so love being around curious people, people that are always excited for the new learning and the knowledge. The best thing I enjoy about these types of people, is that their mindset is contagious. These are the people that will move an organization forward, new products, new ways to do things. These are the people that create! Create things that we didn’t even know we needed.

Steve Jobs was one of those……he was a master of curiosity, he was always asking why not. Henry Ford was another. When he was told that his dream of have an opposing cylinder V8 engine was impossible, he didn’t believe them, he kept asking “Why Not?” He challenged the common sense of the situation.

First Step!

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If you are reading this and you are not curious, you may be asking “How Do I Start?”

Believe You Can Be Curious!

Most people today are filled with limiting beliefs, lack of personal self confidence and self-esteem. These issues, these limiting beliefs put the limitation on our thinking. They stop us from asking “Why Not?” They stop us, not from the lack of capacity, but because they are unwilling to break free and expand their beliefs.

Maxwell Maltz in his book Psycho-cybernetics, clearly defines that we cannot perform on the outside, if it does not match who we are inside.

BUT! Here is the great news, we can change our thinking and as a result our life.

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ACTION STEP #1 ~ Utilize the Lesson Evaluation Form and evaluate yourself regarding your ability to be curious. Where can you choose differently in this area?

ACTION STEP #2 ~ What is one step you can take to increase your level of curiousity when it comes to those things you say you want? Write it down and take action.

ACTION STEP #3 ~ Take Action! Looking for a change, JOIN US on Saturday for a great teaching on self-image.

As you read this, TODAYRIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

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Importance of Belief


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It is essential to have an attitude of believing the best in others; understanding this concept can have its challenges.

The self-fulfilling prophecy refers to the idea that when someone creates a belief in something that is not yet true, and expects something with certainty, it will become true.  With people, it suggests that as we communicate our expectations, they will conform and deliver the appropriate results.

When working with people, this is critical.  When you express a lack of confidence in someone, it is returned with mediocrity, however if you believe in them and expect them to do well, research has shown that they will live up to that expectation.

What we expect, all too often, is exactly what we get.

The four key principles of the self-fulfilling prophecy:

  • We form certain expectations, or beliefs, of people or events based on our own perceptions and experiences
  • We communicate those expectations through our behaviors in a way that we would not have done without the belief
  • People generally respond by adjusting their behavior to match
  • The result is that the original expectation becomes reality

Based on these principles, we can conclude that the expectations leaders place on their team determines the quality of the teams’ output. A study of 100 self-made millionaires  has shown that the most common characteristic in the group was the desire and ability to see the good in others. They were people builders, not critics. They empowered and supported their team to be their very best through positive means.

Believing the best in people is a critical piece of building successful viable relationships.

ACTION STEP #1 ~ Utilize the Lesson Evaluation Form and evaluate yourself regarding your beliefs and expectations.

ACTION STEP #2 ~ Assess these Beliefs and Expectations and determine the impact they are having on you and those around you.

ACTION STEP #3 ~ If your Beliefs and Expectations are not moving you towards your goal or are stopping you in your relationships……Take Action to change them!

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As you read this, TODAYRIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

Build on Belief ~ Go Big Today!

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Humor


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jester_present_1600_clr_11399How important is humor? Don’t ask a humor researcher because they are already fighting an uphill battle to get the respect they deserve.

Laughter is one of the first things a newborn exhibits.  Try going an entire day without even a small laugh and see if you can – I bet you can’t.  People don’t avoid pleasure which is why many of our decisions are made based on the level of pleasure we will benefit.

Laughter is the best medicine.  We have all heard that saying and we know that when things are looking down, we want someone positive in our lives to lift us up out of our rut.  Laughing not only improves our mental state, it has been proven to benefit our circulation, lungs and muscles.

Going through life with a cup half empty or half full, most of us point to the half full cup because if we aren’t already there, that is a goal to get there.  Positiveness, happiness, laughter, fun… we want our lives to be rich, full and worth living.  We want to be remembered in a positive light and most of all we want to be loved.  We all know it is much easier to love a funny, happy person than it is to love a sad, miserable person.  Happiness, laughter, humor – they just make a relationship easier don’t they?

Inject some humor into your life today.  Don’t take things so seriously.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Smile. Laugh.  Enjoy life.

ACTION STEP #1 ~ Utilize the Lesson Evaluation Form and evaluate yourself regarding the amount of time you spend laughing each day.  

ACTION STEP #2 ~ For the next seven days, keep a tally of the number of times you laugh each day. Decide if you need to have more of an awareness in this area and make the appropriate changes to increase your laugh quotient.

ACTION STEP #3 ~ Have an awareness of your surroundings. Are you spending a majority of your time in an environment filled with laughter. If not, what different choices can you make?

As you read this, TODAYRIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

Build on Belief ~ Go Big Today!

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Forgiveness


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Ask anyone you meet if they have ever been hurt by another.  You will hear a resounding YES! Now, ask how they handled the hurt and you will hear many different stories about resentment, revenge, internalizing, depression, anger, and sadness but few stories about forgiveness.  Why?  Why would anyone hold onto pain if they don’t have to?  What is it in our nature to harbor ill feelings or hold onto past pain?  Studies show that holding onto emotional pain transpires into physical illness.  Dis-ease has been linked to our mental well-being.  If we have the power to heal ourselves, where do we start?

Some call it letting go; others call it forgiving.  Not only forgiving others, but  forgiving ourselves.  Forgiving someone doesn’t mean denying the other person’s responsibility for hurting you.  Forgiving someone isn’t excusing the act.  Forgiveness is a practice for compassion, empathy, kindness and peace.

Forgiveness is letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment.

For some people, the beginning stage or a beginning stage of forgiveness is anger. They feel angry at someone who did or said something to them in a way that brought about harm or pain or sadness or disappointment. We feel stung and pained.  Sometimes surprised. Burned. Crushed. Upset. Stunned.

The anger we hold exists as a response to pain that has been inflicted or that we feel has been inflicted on us. We can stay stuck in this angry place for a long time. In fact, some people stay there forever. And I angerdon’t have to tell you that being stuck in anger is not fun. In fact, it can suck the life out of a person. It can be all consuming in the most negative way.

Holding pain inside is a breeding ground for negative feelings.  Negative feelings in turn come out through anger, resentment, and the desire to seek vengeance.  Negative feelings also keep us from enjoying the present; turning into depression and anxiety ultimately sabotaging those relationships we hold so dear.

Most people hold in these feelings, the pain, the anger, keeping the negativity and the poison inside, allowing it to grow and fester and expand. The strength of the anger is in direct proportion to the amount of pain, of anger, that we hold inside. Don’t get me wrong, anger is not always a bad thing. We need to feel it in order to eventually let it go. Trying to hide the anger or stuff it way down or dismiss it is not going to make it go away. In fact, it is going to make it worse. Because it is only once we allow ourselves to feel the anger and acknowledge what it feels like, and that we feel it in the first place, we can set the stage for letting it go. And only through letting it go can we truly forgive. The opposite of letting it go is holding it tight and allowing it to eat us alive.  The opposite of letting it go is withholding love. It is holding on to little complaints and little grievances one at a time. Maybe slowly, but certainly surely, we start to become toxic around this issue. And this issue can and often does spawn off additional other issues. The more this cycle continues, the more your growth is stunted. Your dreams are thwarted. Your energy is sapped and sucked out until you have little left for yourself or anyone else.

Practicing forgiveness is a commitment to change.  Moving away from a victim role and taking a more proactive and positive stance on your well-being will move you toward a more peaceful and enjoyable life.

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Sometimes an act seems unforgivable.  Place yourself in their shoes.  Consider how you would have reacted or behaved if it were you. Accept that we are all human and have occasional imperfections. With any decision to make a change, journaling is an easy way to document and reflect on your feelings, which will help move you toward your goal.

Forgiveness is within you, there is no guarantee it will change the offender or future acts and therefore it is important for you to know that forgiving someone may not give you the immediate outcome you desire – this is an internal practice that will ultimately change your external world – it is a personal practice and not a means to change someone else.

ACTION STEP #1 ~ Utilize the Lesson Evaluation Form and evaluate yourself regarding forgiveness and assess where these might be stopping you!

ACTION STEP #2 ~ Determine who must be forgiven.

ACTION STEP #3 ~ Take Action! Go to those that need to be forgiven…….and remember to look at starting with yourself first!

As you read this, TODAYRIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

Build on Belief ~ Go Big Today!

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Enthusiasm


10337420Enthusiasm is that place between perseverance and defeat.  It is what makes someone stay motivated and keep going and others give up and quit.  Enthusiasm.

So how does one get it and how does one keep it?  Look at your own life experiences to times when you lost your desire to work at something whether it was a marriage, a career, or something less dramatic as painting a room.  So you didn’t finish the room or you were too tired to touch up the trim.  Maybe you don’t call it quitting because it is insignificant on the giant spectrum of life but with something like a marriage or career, the results could be disastrous.

Imagine you want something so wonderful – so out of reach – anything – a car, a career, a house, a spouse, a smaller waistline, whatever it is – imagine it.  Do you feel energy inside you – don’t worry about how you will get it – just imagine it.  The how isn’t important – release that from your mind.  OK, you have that image now.  Now think about that every day.  That image.  Keep that image alive.  Every time you think about it you can add more detail to it.  If it were a house, you can start to add furniture and accessorize the house.  The color of the walls, the carpet or tile or wood flooring.  The light fixtures.  Every time you think about it feel the energy.  That energy is enthusiasm.

So now you know what that feels like – let’s build on that feeling and keep it alive.  You have a job to do, some task, and you aren’t feeling too motivated or enthusiastic about it.  You can use self-talk to give you energy.  You know that if you do it now you will be grateful later.  You know that this task is the right thing to do and the benefits will outweigh the energy spent on the task now.  Focus on the end result to build your motivation.

Sustain enthusiasm by understanding what the outcome is to your actions.  Enthusiasm is an emotion that you show and feel and sometimes when you aren’t feeling so enthusiastic about something, you can pretend to be and the more you pretend, you trick your mind into believing that you actually are enthusiastic.  It is a phenomenon that will help you sustain your enthusiasm when you aren’t feeling very motivated or full of energy.

Being enthusiastic about a task at hand will spill into other areas of your life and you will see that your positive enthusiastic attitude will lighten up a room.  You will become that person others are drawn to.

ACTION STEP #1 ~ Utilize the Evaluation Form  to assess enthusiasm and find ways to increase it in your life. Also start monitoring how you are feeling during times of trials and tribulations. This can be through a daily journal. Document the  feeling and assess the impact it is having on you reaching your goal.

ACTION STEP #2 ~ Develop a mantra, saying or some way to break the defeating emotion and bring back the excitement and enthusiasm.

ACTION STEP #3 ~ Practice true enthusiasm and watch how the tasks become easier and more fun!

As you read this, TODAYRIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

Build on Belief ~ Go Big Today!

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What is Success


In John Maxwell’s book “Think on These Things – Meditation for Leaders.” John addresses the topic of success. He talks about the steps to reach success.

John states that “success is choosing to enter the arena of action, determined to give yourself to the cause little better humanity and last fraternity.”

Included in this definition of success are seven vital ingredients.

1. Success is choosing.

2. Success is choosing to enter the arena of action.

3. Success is choosing to enter the arena of action determined.

4. Success is choosing to enter the arena of action determined to give yourself.

5. Success is choosing to enter the arena of action determined to give yourself to that cause.

6. Success is choosing to enter the arena of action determined to give yourself that will better humanity.

7. Success is choosing to enter the arena of action determined to give yourself to the cause that’ll better humanity and LAST ETERNITY.

As I watched Felix Baumgartner break the record for the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, I started thinking about the CHOICES he had to make and the preparation it took to accomplish this great feat.  Choices such as:

  • Physical training and discipline
  • Mental training
  • Influence on team members and sponsors

I starting asking, WHY? Why would somebody choose to take himself to the edge of the earth, 24 miles above the New Mexico Desert, almost to space, carried by a helium ballon?

Why would somebody choose to put his life at risk? What cause did it serve? Were the risks worth it?

Could not the money and time be better spent?

After some contemplation……I decided that my questions didn’t really matter; it was the CHOICES and DESICIONS that Felix made that really mattered. Felix had a VISION, a clear VISION of what success looked like. Success was breaking the record for the highest manned-balloon flight, the record for the man to jump from the highest altitude, the record for the longest free-fall and to break the sound barrier. He accomplished all of these except the free-fall, he opened his parachute at 4 minutes, 20 seconds into the fall at an altitude of 5,000 feet, as per the plan. This was 1 minute, 15 seconds short of the record.

This shows that preparation and planning work. Discipline works; however, there was a small VISION difference in the free fall VISION……no worries, he accomplished all but one of his goals. On top of that, his flight suit is now being tested for use by future astronauts. Not even a thought, only a by-product of success! Not too bad.

As you move through life and strive to obtains success, there are some definite principles that need to be followed.

1. Define what success looks like. Have that clear vision so the actions you choose to take will line up with the end state.

2. Choose! Make a conscious effort to choose action and obtain success.

3. Practice and prepare. Remember talent will only take you so far, but talent teamed with preparation and practice will lead to success!

As you read this, today can be one of those DECISION POINTS, today can be the day you discover your potential, today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISIONDISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

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Potential & Passion – Part One


Have you ever thought about the greatest loss to the world? Have you ever thought about what the greatest sin is? Is it lying, not being your word? Is it cheating, not being honest? Is it adultery, not being true to the one who you are with? Is it stealing, cursing? I don’t think it is any of these. My belief is that the greatest loss to the world and the greatest sin is when we have failed to fulfill our greatest potential and passion that the Grand Overall Designer has placed within us.

Bear with me a few minutes, if you’re not a Christian or a believer, that’s ok. I just would like you to understand where I stand. I believe that GOD has made us in his image and in that we are full of potential and perfect in each way. For, if we are made in his image, how can we be anything else. So, what happens?

In John Maxwell’s book, Think on These Things, he talks about Adam and how he failed to become all the Grand Overall Designer, GOD, had created him to be. With that, the relationship between God and humanity became imperfect. Guess what, we have continued that up to this day!

So, what do you say! So what, that I have not fulfilled my potential and found my passion? The greatest energy shortage is unused personal potential! Research shows that most people only utilize about 10% of their potential. Think about it, how much effort and energy do you put into life, into what you do? What would happen if each one of us would raise that to 20% or 25%? What would the effect of that be in your life? What would happen if we were to clearly define our VISION, our PASSION, our POTENTIAL? What would that do for you? Would it increase the experiences in your relationships? What would your income increase to? What would your giving be? What would your legacy be?

Lets take a look at STEP ONE: How do we start this process?

I once heard a great story of a young adventureous farmer’s boy who was out hiking and climbing and found an eagle’s nest. In this nest were brand new eggs, eagle’s eggs. This little boy thought…”I want an eagle, I will take one home.” He carefully took this egg home and placed it in the chicken house with the hens and all the other eggs.

Well, the hen didn’t know any difference, as a matter of fact she was probably pretty proud as she sat on it like one of her own. The eagle was hatched along with all the other chickens and he didn’t know any difference either.

As the Eagle grew, he started to feel out of place, like he wasn’t one of the “Chickens.” You know that feeling? It’s called a vibration, emotion, intuition. Like there is something better. That feeling that says “I can do better than this!”

This is what is called a DECISION POINT! What you do right here is what makes your course change and starts you on that path to fulfill your passion and potential. You see the eagle started to realize he was not a chicken. He felt there were greater things in his future, but what could he do about it? You see, he saw his wings were bigger than all the other chicks; he started to feel he had talents the other chicks didn’t have. He started to define a VISION! A VISION of flying, of soaring.

But see, the other chicks said things like, “who do you think you are? You’re just a big CHICKEN, you can’t be anything else!” Are we like that? We have that potential, that urge to be better, to grow and impact life in ways we cannot even imagine. However; a lot of us surround ourselves with those that keep us from fulfilling that urge, from moving forward. They say things like: “Who do you think you are? You think you can run your own business? (as they laugh) You think you can teach or be a powerful speaker? (as they laugh) This again, is one of those DECISION POINTS, where what we choose will make the difference in who we become and what we do in life! Some of us believe that we CAN’T run a business, that we CAN”T make a change, that we CAN’T, we CAN’T.  You see that the Eagle knew better, he knew that he had greatness inside of him, he knew he could do better than the other chicks said he could. He knew there was more than the barn yard, he knew he wanted to soar and see the mountain peaks. He spread his wings, he took off running and flapping as the other chicks watched and laughed as he came to the end of the cliff and disappeared. As the other chicks said, “See, we told him so” the Eagle appeared far above their heads soaring above them. He was successful! He was flying, he was soaring! He was on his way to fulfilling his full potential as an Eagle!

As our friend and mentor John Maxwell says, “There are two great days in our life, the first is when we are born and the other is when we discover our POTENTIAL!”

As you read this, today can be one of those DECISION POINTS, today can be the day you discover your potential, today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!

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