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Do you consider yourself a “grateful” or positive person?

Are you in the HABIT of being grateful for things that happen in your life or do you tend to be a pessimist?

I want to encourage you that you always have a choice to react in either a positive or a negative way. Even in difficult circumstances, if you develop the practice of thanksgiving and gratitude, your outlook and attitude with improve.

What is your first reaction when things aren’t going the way you want? Next time this happens, stop and think twice about how you are going to respond.

As we say, think about your thinking. Here are some questions that come to mind that you should ask yourself first:

  • How am I going to react to this?  
  • How am I going to process this?  
  • How am I going to think about this?  
  • How am I going to respond?  

That’s what it all comes down to:  MAKING A CHOICE to be thankful and grateful in spite of your circumstances.

Do you choose to view a situation positively with gratitude or dwell on the negative?

Gratitude was a choice that I made at a very young age.

School was extremely difficult for me, and I had teachers telling me that I was stupid! (Hopefully this isn’t happening in the schools now like it was back in the ’60s.)

Luckily, I had an extremely loving and caring family so all my self-worth was not based on the education system. I also had a faith and belief in God that sustained me. (I wrote a book a few years ago that tells my whole story and the practice of gratitude.)

I decided at a very young age to think about everything in my life that I was grateful for.

Every night before I went to sleep, I sat in my little bunk bed and thought about what I was grateful for. Here are a few of those things I thought about:

I’m grateful for my grandmother and how much she loved me.

I’m really grateful for how much my parents care about me.

I’m really grateful that today I got to play football.

This may sound trivial because it’s just a little kid thinking about little things. But, it’s that kind of thinking that has made me the positive, encouraging person I am today. In fact, that’s the number-one thing people say about me: that I am one of the most positive, encouraging people they’ve ever met.

The reason for this is simple:

GRATITUDE.

I’ve made it a daily practice in my life to list out all the things I am grateful to God for. Gratitude has allowed me to be able to serve people without any expectation of them ever being able to do anything for me. Instead, I am simply grateful for the opportunity to serve and how good it makes me feel in my heart and soul.

Often people wonder why they are so discontented, unhappy and stressed. They have anxiety. One of the main reasons for this is spending too much time thinking about what we don’t have instead of what we do have.

Gratitude is like an inoculation against being discouraged, upset, afraid or depressed.

We all have low times, but gratitude can help us make our way through them.

When I am feeling down or depressed, I stop and think about what I am thankful and grateful for. When I focus on those positive things, I start to appreciate them more, and they become more valuable to me. I think about God, my wife and kids, grandkids, friends, clients, experiences, places, etc., and realize how very blessed I am!

You too can live a different life with a different purpose and a different intention. Start leading a life of gratitude. Take into account – on a daily basis – everything you are grateful for.

Please share with us how gratitude or choices have made a difference for you and what you’re grateful for today.

For more on Gratitude check out The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude.

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There are several questions that are really important for you to consider in order to gain clarity and confidence in your life and business (whether you’re a business owner, CEO or entrepreneur).

The first question is:  What do you stand for?

Once you’ve figured this out, then you need to ask yourself the following questions as well:

–What do you believe?

–What are your priorities for your life and your business?

–How do you make decisions?

–How do you connect with your customers and your employees?

–Are those connection points getting you the results, time, and money that you want?

If you’ve been in business for very long, you have probably realized that not everyone is going to love you or what you do with your business. But that’s okay!  Because your product or service isn’t for the whole world — it’s for those people who will get the greatest value from it.

When you can answer all the above questions and feel confident about your answers — there is a certain peace and clarity that comes from it. This comes from knowing what you’re doing, what you’re about, who you are and what you stand for.

If you want help answering those questions, reach out and schedule a free consultation. This type of training and thinking is what we do best. Are you ready to go to the next level?


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Do you sometimes feel like you don’t have any choice in making a change that will take your business to the next level?  Don’t fall into that trap.

You always have a choice.

Sometimes that choice is simply in how you respond or react to change, adversity or a particular situation.

The first and most important choice is to have a mindset to look at situations, difficulties, challenges, obstacles, barriers in your business as opportunities. The bigger, more difficult and the more challenging a situation or problem is — the greater the opportunity you have to build a bigger and better future for you and your business.

One of the ways to do this is get clear: 

  • Identify. Get out of your mind and onto a piece of paper exactly what this obstacle, barrier or challenge is.  
  • What’s in the way. Decide what are all of the things around it that are preventing you from moving past it or finding a solution to go around it.
  • List them out. List each obstacle or situation out so that you can break them down. Ask yourself the question for each one: What is a simple, basic thought to transform this barrier or obstacle?
  • First Step. What is a simple first solution or step that would take us past, through or over the top of this obstacle?

A lot of our coaching is “thinking about your thinking”.  Be aware of how you’re reacting to challenges and problems in your company, business or corporation.

I’d be curious to hear what the biggest obstacle is that you are facing. What do you feel is keeping you from reaching the next level in your business?

What’s in the way?

Identify and work on what’s in the way; then you can also get clear about solutions and next steps. (Which will also help you figure out the team and resources that you will need in order to move forward.)

Today’s all about choice. But, first you have to choose to think about these obstacles, barriers and problems in a whole new way.

That’s the challenge today — think about what’s in your way. Let us know what that is and/or schedule a free consultation and let us take you through this little exercise and help you turn your obstacles into opportunities.


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We are working with several companies right now and their number one challenge is on-boarding and recruiting. They are trying to fill empty spots that they have in their company and it’s becoming a huge issue.

One client was sharing the other day that he has a candidate for a very important position. He met with him, went through all the interviews, and they really feel that this is the right person. But, the gentleman told him that he has two other offers and that he’s trying to decide which is the best offer. The money’s about the same, the industries are the same and the company sizes are pretty equal. The client said he didn’t know what else to do in order to get this guy to come to work for them and not one of their competitors.

I asked him what he’d talked about. He said, he’d told him about how great the company was, the culture, that their company is like a family, and they’ve been in business a long time. This would be a great fit for him and he wouldn’t have to move. Unfortunately, these are all the same things that every other company has been telling him.

So I said, why don’t we think about it from the candidate’s viewpoint. I told him to call the guy back in and once he’s sitting down, ask him these questions:

  • How could this position help you get what you want out of life?
  • What are your dreams, goals, aspirations?

Then spend a half hour talking about how your company can help him achieve those dreams, goals and aspirations.

And I said to him, if everything else is equal, but you’re actually talking about what the candidate wants to do with his life, his personal dreams and goals for himself, his family, and find out what he wants out of life — once he sees that you care about that, you will have an unfair recruiting tactic that nobody else is using in your industry. Sure enough, that was the result. The guy came to work for him after they had that conversation.

Are you experiencing problems in this zero unemployment environment? Do you need more people on your team? Is recruiting much harder, and you seem to have an endless number of vacancies to fill? Try this approach and ask the recruits the above questions.

This will set you apart from your competition and enable you to get those key people into your company so that you can keep on the path of growth.

At Confidence Coach, we help business owners, CEOs, and entrepreneurs with the task of maximizing their greatest asset, which is their employees, their “first” customers. Part of doing this is you have to be a great recruiter. Part of being a great recruiter is not seeing it just from your side (the company’s side). Instead, you need to see it from the perspective of the potential candidate — who could come in and help your company grow even further.

We also use these same questions when working with companies using The Dream Employee. If you’d like to know more, schedule a free consultation.


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As we help business owners and CEOs with employee engagement, some of the questions that I ask them are:  How do you engage your employees?

What’s fundamentally going on in the employee’s mind?

What are they really seeking in this working relationship?

Two Takeaways.

There are two things today that I want to point out to you that are really important for your employees.

  1. The first is to be “known”. People want to be known for who they are and hear their name said. When you call them by name, it makes them feel good. Think about this — How many times do you walk down the hall, go through the warehouse, or maybe you’re out on a job site, and you don’t acknowledge someone that you see? Do you call them by name and say hello? Or, do you simply go on by? Do you ask how the project is going? How their day is going? Are you too focused on your own thoughts to stop and be friendly?
  2. The second thing is to give your employees a place in your business or relationship where they have a voice and can be “heard”. Do you have a specific place where they can report to you about safety, a project, ideas for the company or just whatever’s going on in their mind? Do they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts or concerns to you?

When we work with companies, we not only work with the owners and leaders, but we also work with their employees using The Dream Employee. Being known and heard are two of the biggest needs we hear from employees. I hope you will use these two big takeaways to improve your company culture and engagement.

This sounds relatively simple to do. However, it takes intentionality on your part to really make your employees feel that they are known and heard. These two things are critical. If you’d like to learn more of what we do and how we can implement The Dream Employee in your company, schedule a free consultation today.


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Do you have an employee engagement strategy?  If so, how are you following through on it and how do you know if it’s working?

Employee engagement is an area that we specialize in and are passionate about. We have employee engagement tools to help you.

One of our processes is called The Dream Employee. This tool is a great way to find out what motivates your employees. By going through a simple questioning process with each one of your team members at your company on a monthly basis, you can learn how to help, support and encourage them to achieve their own personal goals and dreams.

When you begin to know your employees on a personal level, it helps them to see the connection between their goal or dream and their work that they are doing in your company. It creates collaboration and helps them make the connection between their personal life and their work. It also helps with retention, motivation and engagement. They realize that you really care about them as a person.

When people are achieving their own personal goals or dreams, they are internally motivated. You don’t have to do all the motivating every day, every month or every quarter.

If you’ve been out there for a while trying to figure out how to improve your employee engagement and nothing is working, reach out to us for a free consultation. We will give you a free demonstration of how The Dream Employee works. The Dream Employee program is one that can be maintained and tracked and has been getting transformational results with our clients.


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Have you ever thought about how your employees REALLY feel about your business? It may be that you haven’t thought about this or don’t think it’s important. Then again, maybe it’s a question you are afraid to ask!

Do you really know how your employees feel about your business? About working there? What does working there feel like to them?

I know some of you are thinking — I don’t really want to know; and that’s very real and understandable. However, everyone needs to think about this. How your employees feel about your business is what they’re going to reflect to your paying customers and to each other.

How your employees feel can create a culture that is really positive, collaborative and progressive, Or, how they feel can create a culture that is filled with negativity, backbiting and all kinds of other problems. These negative kinds of things can, and will, slow down the progress and growth of your business.

The Survey Solution

You may ask what can be done to help people like you with this challenge? At Confidence Coach, we come in as a third party and send out an anonymous survey to find out how your employees feel about your business. We ask them their opinion on how it’s running, how they feel about their managers, and maybe what they think of the systems you have in place. We do this anonymously so that they feel protected and can be totally honest. They know we won’t reveal their names.

We create the survey (with your input) and use questions in such a way to really find out what and how they’re thinking. Then we’re able to provide that information to you as the owner or CEO of the business. This will help you get a feeling of where your company culture is. It will help you know how employees are interacting, and how that’s being projected to your customers. This is incredibly valuable information.

We have a lot of success stories of people who have used this tool to help figure out what is going on in their company with their employees. It’s a secret weapon we provide for people on a quarterly basis. This gives ongoing information so you can make good decisions and can understand what’s happening in your culture.

We spend a lot of money as business owners and CEOs to figure out who our paying customer is. We are always trying to get to know their likes and dislikes, what’s going on with them and how we can serve them better. But most of us are missing a great opportunity if we are don’t know what our “first customers” (our employees) are thinking and feeling. The Survey Solution is a great tool for this.

If you’re interested, please reach out and schedule a free consultation to talk more about this. Also, you can check out a video on YouTube where I talked more about The Survey Solution

 


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The expression “playing the long game” seems to be counterintuitive in today’s instant gratification world, but we need to think of our business, employees, and customers in the sense of a lifetime. We all need to play the long game.

So here’s my question to you:

What’s the long game for your business? Where do you want to be ten years from now?

What’s the long game for your employees? How will they be positively contributing ten years from now? How do you help them to achieve their own dreams, goals and aspirations so that they are happy, engaged and your biggest company cheerleader? 

What’s the long game for your customers? How will their needs change ten years from now?

Focusing on the long game brings in a bit of double vision. Here’s what I mean:

Having a successful business today is important, of course, but it has to be coupled with your plans for a successful business ten years from now.

The long game is what all successful long-term businesses do well.

So what is your long game?

Schedule a free coaching session if you want help figuring it out.


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When we do executive coaching, it’s clear that every CEO, business owner, or entrepreneur comes to us with the dream to build something. That’s the mission that drives companies from a kitchen table to a billion-dollar empire. Unfortunately, there’s one thing almost everyone forgets. It’s the reason why disengagement is up to 80% and turnover is the highest it’s been in decades. We forget that our companies are made up of people.

Each of those people has a dream, right? Everyone has hopes outside of work. But those hopes and dreams are often seen as liabilities to mitigate instead of assets to leverage. But think about this: If I could connect my job in accounting with my dream of learning to ski, how much more would I put into my job? If I knew my company was supportive of my dreams, how much more committed would I be to that company?

We work with business owners and help them implement a program called The Dream Employee that asks each employee the question: What are your dreams, goals and aspirations? 

It can make a huge impact in a company when employees know and are shown that you really care about them and what they care about. For example, when they run a marathon, maybe you make a fun video about it and send that out to customers and employees to celebrate their achievement. It’s so important to celebrate and acknowledge their wins with them as they achieve their dreams and goals. 

This isn’t just about being nice. When people are in the process of achieving their dreams, that’s where real productivity happens — that’s where growth and creativity and connection happens. A bonus can’t do that! A bonus can’t motivate your employees longer than a week. A bonus can’t drive connection amongst your team. As an employer, you can’t compete in this world anymore with just a paycheck. Employees want to live for a purpose, and if you can help give that to them, you’ll have the most motivated team of employees you could dream of. There’s nothing like purpose to drive your team towards real productivity and customer connection.

Everyone has to live and work in their own greatness. If you can harness and build that up, you can make a huge impact on your team. Together, you’ll have an even bigger impact on the world.

We’ve been talking about The Dream Employee quite a bit lately. If you want to know more and see how it would work in your company, just reach out to us and schedule a free consultation


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Have you ever thought about the fact that everyone at your company has dreams, goals and aspirations for their life; not just you — the business owner or CEO!

The Dream Employee

We work with companies who hire us to come in and implement a process with their team members called “The Dream Employee.” The Dream Employee is basically the concept of finding out for each one of your team members what their dreams, goals and/or aspirations are for their life. 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could help your team members see the connection between their job and the contribution they are making in your business with what they are after! By figuring out what really motivates them internally in their personal life and showing them the connection between their work and their goals, we find that we’re able to transform whole cultures. There is greater employee engagement and higher company morale. Your employees bring their best self to work.

Goodwill

When you know and start talking about the one, two or three things that your employees are motivated about personally, you’re depositing goodwill into them. In doing so, they come to work on Monday morning with their batteries fully charged! They come to work ready to go because they understand the connection, they feel your support, and they know that you care about what is really important to them in their life. This could be a myriad of different things — maybe it’s putting braces on their daughter’s teeth, it could be getting a second car, buying a house, a dream vacation to Italy, learning a new language, finishing a college degree, getting their GED, learning woodworking or painting, or maybe running their first half marathon. People’s dreams and goals are endless!!

If you invest time systematically into what’s important to them, they’ll start to see the connection between their life and their work. They know you care! So then when you speak about what’s important to you or what the vision or mission of the company is, they will respond in a much more positive and open way because you’ve built a relationship of caring and trust. 

The other benefit of this is when you need to have those difficult conversations (i.e. performance, attitude or maybe something went wrong and needs correcting), you have made positive deposits into their life by supporting their personal goals. This helps those difficult conversations go smoother and there’s a lot less negative pushback because they know that you care about them as a person, not just about the job.

Celebrate the Wins

This also creates a culture of amazing momentum. It’s a culture where people are achieving things personally so we all celebrate (just like when the company wins)! We celebrate them as individuals as they accomplish the goals that they have set. Doing so builds unity, collaboration and a winning attitude in your business.

It is such a joy for us to work with companies and see their team members achieving their dreams and goals. If you are interested in learning more about The Dream Employee, reach out to us today and schedule a free zoom call. We’d love to talk to you about it and show you how it could work in your company to bring your employee engagement to a whole new level.


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