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L-O-V-E: What You Do …

A survey of nearly 11,000 employees by Blessings White showed that only 31% of those surveyed stated they were engaged at work.

That means 69% are not engaged and when you’re not engaged you probably don’t like what you do!

If employee engagement and job satisfaction are directly linked to profitability you would think that most leaders in an organization would have a plan in place to improve it and they would be held accountable for implementing it and yet …

A survey of leaders showed that 75% of them had no engagement plan or strategy, even though 90% said engagement impacts business success. (ACCOR)

The Truth …

If you don’t like your job … it is NOT the responsibility of your boss, your company, or anyone else to make you happy … it is up to you!

The way I see it … if you don’t love what you do you have 3 options:

  1. You could quit, walk away, throw in the towel, surrender, give in, and find a position that is better suited for you, your values, and your needs.
  2. You could stay put stay where you are and keep focusing on what you don’t like, what’s wrong, and what other folks should be doing so you can be happier at work.
  3. You could shift your perspective and what you believe about your work.

Want to be a little happier at work?

7 things that you could do to improve your happiness level @ work:.

  1. Focus on what works and what is good about your job.
  2. Make a list of all the things you are able to buy with your paycheck for you and your family.
  3. List all the reasons you’re a good fit for this job.
  4. When you are at work … work … and when you are at home, be home and focus on your family, friends, and the other things that make you happy.
  5. Answer this question: If I was giving a 110% effort at work what would I be doing … and then do it!
  6. Set a target productivity level, a sales goal, or a promotion, and then focus all of your energy on achieving that target.
  7. Set a realistic time frame to accomplish your target. And when you hit them, one of 3 things will happen: a) You will be rewarded for your achievements. b) You will be happier simply because you were more focused and more productive. c) You will be crystal clear that you need find a position and a company that works better for you.

Russian dramatist Maxim Gorky said, “When work is a pleasure, life is joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.”

When it is all said and done, nobody is responsible for your happiness at work.

The decision to love what you do is up to you … so choose wisely and choose often.

L-O-V-E: Who You Are …

This week’s topic is love!

And before you get all mushy and start conjuring up images of Romeo and Juliet or trying to remember when Harry actually met Sally, I want you to stop and go find a mirror.

Now I want to invite you to look into the eyes of the person in the mirror and ask yourself this question:

Do I genuinely love myself … exactly the way that I am (yes this includes all of the spots, wrinkles, blemishes, lines, etc)?

We’ve all heard the saying,  you can’t give away something you don’t have.

If that’s true, then you can’t fully love someone else … until you love yourself.

I believe many of us consciously or unconsciously deep down inside struggle with the question … Am I ENOUGH?

And that question causes us to devalue our worth and the love of ourselves.

Here’s how it could be impacting you in the love department.

When  you don’t believe you’re enough, you don’t believe you’re lovable. And if you don’t believe you’re lovable … when someone tells you that they “love you” … you don’t believe them!

And it doesn’t matter how many times they say it .. you still don’t believe them! Being loved begins when you believe you are enough and that you deserve love.

So what would your life be like if you knew you were enough? How would your relationships be different if you knew you were loved … just the way you are?

As singer song writer James Taylor once said, “You have to choose whether to love yourself or not.”

Choose wisely and often …

How to Increase Your Time & Energy R-O-I

I was flying home after attending an amazing conference, the National Speakers Association Annual Convention. For the last 4 days I have been expanding my knowledge base by studying and listening to some of the best speakers in my profession.

As I poured over my multiple pages of notes on the flight home, I came to the realization that not one single idea matters … until I take action to implement it into my business.

It’s been said that knowledge is power. If that is true, then we should all be powerful beyond measure. The internet allows us access to more information now, than at any other time in the history of the world!

The truth is that most of us possess more knowledge than we need to be wildly successful. And yet … so many people wallow in mediocrity.

Why? Because they fail to consistently execute on the actions that really make a difference in their businesses. It is easy to get distracted by the “other” things that dilute their results.

So that got me thinking …

What if … you agreed to limit your focus on the 3 most productive ideas or actions each and every day?

I know what you’re thinking … 3 …. just 3 … you mean like 1, 2, 3 and stop? Are you serious?

The key to getting a higher return on investment (R-O-I) of your time and energy (T & E) is to consistently take action on the most important and impactful tasks.

Here’s how …

7 Steps for Increasing your Time & Energy  R-O-I:

  1. Make a complete list of all of the things you want and need to accomplish for today.
  2. Mark a letter D next to all the things you can delegate, along with the  person’s name who can take ownership of the task (delegate it)
  3. Prioritize the remaining tasks in order of importance by placing an A, B, or C, in front of each task according to its importance (you should have multiple A’s, B’s, and C’s) If you have all A’s you have a serious problem … start over!
  4. Now rank the A’s in order according to their impact and importance. For example A1, A2, A3, A4, etc. You should only have one number for each A. Then do the same for the B’s (B1, B2, etc. and the C’s).
  5. Now as Nike says … just DO IT! Start at A1 and work your way down the list.
  6. Complete this exercise daily for the next 2 weeks.
  7. At the end of 2 weeks … do it for another 2 weeks!

The idea here is that if you are consistently taking action on the 3 most important tasks each and every day, the most important tasks will continuously rise to the top. The less important tasks will be pushed to the bottom or need to be moved off the list.

And when you do … 

Not only will you accomplish more than you ever have, you will experience the ultimate R-O-I on your time and energy.

Yes knowledge can be power … ONLY when it is combined with ACTION.

So now that you know this … what are you waiting for?

What If … ?

You, you may say, I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

John Lennon

Years ago there were a series of Hewlett Packard commercials whose tag line were “What If …”

Since then a number of folks have done similar “What if” campaigns, Nike and Michael Jordan, the NHL, even the Cleveland Indians (now that’s a real what if!)

The idea is to get people to imagine something beyond what is in front of them.  To imagine something more than what they are currently experiencing or to ignite their hope for the possibility of something better. Especially if things are not going too well at the present time ( i.e. the Cleveland Indians haven’t won a world series since 1954).

As I thought about how powerful the “what if” question is, I realized that for many people the “what if” question actually has the opposite effect. In fact for some folks the “what if” question can actually suck the power right out of their idea or worse yet … themselves!

How many times have you had a truly great idea until you started asking yourself the “what if” question. What if things go wrong, what if I fail, what if I lose, what if I make a mistake, etc.

So that got me to thinking … IMAGINE if for the next 10 days you looked at every decision or situation from a more positive perspective?

I am not saying you should ignore glaring negatives and forge ahead blindly. However, I am challenging you to look at the possibility of what is good, possible, and true.

Below is a list of  10 Positive “What If” questions  to ask yourself the next time you have an idea, are stuck trying to make a decision, or just not sure what to do:

  1. What if I succeed beyond my wildest dreams?
  2. What if this is the perfect decision?
  3. What if I already have the perfect partner for me?
  4. What if I wasn’t afraid?
  5. What if I believed I was enough … more than enough … in fact way more than enough!
  6. What if I loved my spouse, my kids, my brother, neighbor, sister, as much as I love myself? (yes the golden rule)
  7. What if I knew I was brilliant, smart, and amazing?
  8. What if I knew I couldn’t fail?
  9. What if I trusted myself?
  10. What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? (Yeah, I know but it’s worth repeating!)

So there you have it!

Use this list for the next 10 days every time you have a decision to make or dilemma on your hands and just watch what happens to your life.

You just might find … “It’s easy if you try …. and It isn’t hard to do!”