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Scott Ballard

Through his experience in his own business and life, Scott had the impact of finding a Coach that guided his company from the brink of disaster to an amazing comeback, and from uncertainty, to the most amazing transformation that he could have hoped for. As a result of his lifetime of learning, he now gets to guide people through the process of achieving their goals and dreams for themselves and their business.

Your One Big Idea

Your “one big idea” is so important, but not so easy to capture because the world is throwing information at you at a million miles an hour. 

Everything is sped up. 

Everything is faster. 

We have podcasts instead of books.

We have the ability to listen to recordings at one and a half times speed.

Then we have apps that tell us what the books say!

But let’s think about this: Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner once said, “Take a simple idea and take it seriously and you’ll change the world.”

Let’s talk about that.

What is your one idea that five years from now you can become known for taking?

You’re known for it. 

What is that? What would that be? 

Let me know.

At Confidence Coach we are known for asking the questions that no one else asks, helping you get the breakthrough and insight that you really need to move forward to the next level. Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like help in moving forward or getting clear about your one big idea.

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Gratitude and Circle of Encouragement

Here’s a winning combination for your Thanksgiving dinner (no matter how big or small your gathering is this year).

Incorporate Gratitude along with the Circle of Encouragement. If you haven’t heard me talk about the Circle of Encouragement before here is a short explanation.

When you are all gathered together in a circle, have one person start by turning to the person on their right and saying a word of encouragement or something they are grateful for about that person. Then that person does the same to the person next to them. Keep going around the circle til everyone gets a chance to be encouraged.

After you get back to the person who started, switch and now go the other direction and do the same thing. I guarantee everyone will feel special and you will all be blessed by giving and receiving these words of encouragement. 

We hope this will truly make your Thanksgiving Day a special day to remember with those that you love.

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

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Courage

Why is courage one of the most important values or qualities that you can have in your life and in your business?

“Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery and I promise you something great will come of it.” From Benjamin Mee’s book, We Bought a Zoo

Sometimes you don’t even need 20 seconds of bravery — just one act.

What if you asked your team at the weekly or monthly meeting what they did that took courage in the last week or month and made this a question you asked them on a regular basis?

What if you asked yourself this question at the end of every workday for the next 30 days? 

There’s one thing that I guarantee would happen. Your world would be transformed.

What’s one small act of courage you could take today?

Share it with us!

At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to reconnect and rebuild their confidence; which leads to their better future in the days and years ahead. Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk. We are here to help and encourage you.

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Who Do You Want to Become?

Instead of thinking about what you want to become or who you want to be like — think about who you want to become. Then start making choices, habits, decisions, thinking and triggers that help you become who you want to become. 

Let’s say you want to become a better leader in your business. Then start being, acting, and choosing to be like a leader. 

Let’s say that you want to be a writer. Then start writing every day for five minutes. 

Let’s say that you want to be a better father or a mother. Then act like one.

Act like what you want to become and who you want to be.

If you want to be a hero, then act like a hero.

Over time if you develop these new actions and habits, then the way you think and act will automatically appear in your life.

So think about the question of who you want to become and then start to act like it. Start to think like it. Start to make choices around the person you want to become in order to be where you want to be three years from today.

At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to reconnect and rebuild their confidence; which leads to their better future in the days and years ahead. Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk. We are here to help and encourage you.

 

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My New Airline!

My new airline is Zoom.

I’ve been using Zoom for five years now in our coaching practice. It enables me to coach people across the country. And, since the advent of COVID, all my team meetings and coaching are all done 100% on Zoom.

It has made my life wonderful and amazing. No more 4 a.m. trips to get to the airport on time and no more late nights getting in. It’s also eliminated having to deal with the unfriendliness of a lot of the airlines and all their requirements. Now I have the luxury of meeting from my home office — hassle free! 

Using Zoom has also helped me save a lot of time and money. I have converted that extra time into investing in other areas of my life such as my relationships, family, faith, time to take care of myself and time with my beautiful bride of going on 39 years.

So the new airline, the new transportation system for the world is Zoom. This is just a thought I wanted to share with you about my transportation and my virtual airline that I have been excited to utilize.

I’m interested to hear how you are using Zoom to be more effective, to create more value, and to make more of an impact. Has it increased the quality of your life, your self care, and those types of things?

Thought for the Day:  I’m a frequent flyer million mile plus Zoom passenger and I love it. I’d love to hear your comments. At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to connect, build their confidence and a better future.

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Being a Resilient Business Owner

In this day and age, if you are a business owner, you are resilient! Congratulations!  

Now, I want you to stop and think for a minute about what made you start your business. Was it a life-long dream that you had to work for yourself? Were you motivated by having the dream of freedom of time and money? Did you want to be your own boss and not have anyone else tell you what to do or when to do it? Did you have this great idea and wanted to share it with the world?

Whatever reason you started your business, are you still as excited about it?

If you aren’t and you find this year has been one of your greatest challenges, that’s okay. You’re not alone. This year has been challenging for everyone. And I want to remind you again that you are resilient. You are a survivor.

Remember to go back to your “why” you started the business and recapture and bring your dream to life again. 

Think about all the ways that you may have pivoted this year to renovate, recreate, revise or restore your business. These are things to be proud of. 

Your dream is worth fighting for. Your team and the people that work for you are worth fighting for. 

No one ever said being an entrepreneur or business owner was going to be easy. But being easy is overrated. It’s staying in the game and fighting for what you want and love that really matters.

I salute you for hanging in there and still living out your dreams and goals. 

Go back and think about the power of the motivation your goal gave you to start the business. Your goal was not only to start it — but to make it successful and profitable, to build a team, and to create value in the marketplace. Your goal gave you determination and focus that has carried you to where you are today. 

Keep going. You’ve got this!!

At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to reconnect and rebuild their confidence; which leads to their better future in the days and years ahead. Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk. We are here to help and encourage you.

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The Way Forward

In helping people find their best way forward, I have been asking them these questions to really get them to think and process where they are at during this time. Here are those questions for you to ponder and think about too.  

What if everything that has been happening in the last six months was to teach us and make us stronger?

What if it was to make you and me focus on what’s truly important?

How do I switch from seeing these things with my own eyes to seeing it with the eyes of my customers? 

All the challenges that we have gone through lately are going to make us better leaders and help create a clearer vision for our business and our team. 

The questions again in a little more detail are:

  1. What if this is happening for us?
  2. What does this make possible?
  3. What if this is actually meant to strengthen us as a company and you as a person?
  4. When was the last time you identified your why? Why are you here? Why are you doing this work?
  5. When was the last time you let your “why” dictate the way forward as you did your work?

We know this — when you’ve lost your way, go back and deeply connect with your big why. Then, watch everything make sense again and get clarity.

If you’d like help in figuring out your “why” again and the best way forward, reach out to us and schedule a free consultation. At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to connect, build their confidence and a better future.

 

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Leaders Lead With These Questions for Their Teams

As a leader, here are some questions you should be asking your team members on a regular (or even daily) basis to lead them in the right direction. These questions will promote a positive focus that your team needs from you during these difficult times. When you lead with enthusiasm and a positive attitude, it helps propel everyone forward in that direction too. You set the tone.

  1. What’s going right?
  2. What’s working?
  3. What can we build on?
  4. What’s possible now?
  5. What is the seed of opportunity in this difficult time? 
  6. What are your wins today?
  7. What have you learned today that you can apply tomorrow?

At Confidence Coach, we focus on the positive and want to help you do the same. If you need help in leading and encouraging your team, reach out to us. I wrote an article some time ago called Start Your Meetings with Wins. This is a great example of how to lead your team. We’ve got plenty more examples where that came from. So, if you’d like some help, go ahead and schedule a free consultation now.

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It’s the Little Things…

What are the little things that you are doing right now that in the future will lead to the big things in your life?

I really love this saying by Robert Brault: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” 

Here’s a list of little things that I’ve compiled for myself that I believe in the future will end up being the big things:

  1. Saying I love you daily.
  2. Sharing a hug.
  3. Saying please and thank you.
  4. Listening intently to the person in front of me. 
  5. Learning something new today.
  6. Being thankful.
  7. Smiling. 
  8. Doing meaningful work. 
  9. Having a great conversation.
  10. Speaking words of encouragement. 
  11. Sending handwritten notes. 
  12. Living out my faith and beliefs.
  13. Singing songs that give me joy.
  14. Walking into somebody’s life when everybody else walks out.

These are just a few of the things that I believe are little today but in the long term will be the big things in my life and in my legacy.

What are some little things in your life that you feel will make a huge difference in the long run? Please let me know at scott@confidencecoach.org or schedule a call to share your thoughts.

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The 90 Day Questions

It’s hard to believe, but in a little over 90 days we will be at the end of 2020. This has been quite a year for all of us. Here are a few questions that I’d like you to ask yourself in order to finish this next 90 days strong. 

  1. What have you learned during this difficult time that you want to keep in your thinking around your business for the next 90 days?
  2. What have you learned during this difficult time that you want to eliminate from your business in the future?
  3. What are you wanting to add to your business in the next 90 days?
  4. What do you want your customer to experience in the next 90 days? 
  5. What do you want your employees to experience and the next 90 days?

If you’d like help in evaluating what you are going to be doing, reach out to us and schedule a free consultation. At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to connect and build their confidence; which leads to their better future in the days and years ahead.  

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