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Things may not be as easy as they once were. You have the choice to either let these new difficulties defeat you or you can choose to let it be a time to reveal new strengths. 

Your body’s muscles always get stronger from working against resistance. 

The same is true for the “muscles” in your mind, your spirit, and your character. 

Treat this whole period of challenge as a time when you can make your greatest progress as a human being. 

At Confidence Coach we 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. Let us help you make progress.


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About a year ago in April I published a blog about Hope. With all the things going on in the world and our country today, I think it’s something we really need to think about again. We are all being affected by the corona virus in multiple ways — whether it’s with our family, business, work, school, gatherings, etc. But my word to you is do not lose hope. We will get through this. 

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Be calm
  • Be at peace
  • Be generous
  • Help others that may need it
  • Be an encourager
  • Think positive
  • Protect your attitude 
  • Don’t let fear rule you
  • Have hope and give hope

Who can you help out and be an encouragement to today?


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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a business coach that you worked with? Well, I thought I would give you an idea of where we start and what our approach is and answer a few of the FAQ’s or most frequently asked questions.

Our real approach to coaching is a conversation. It’s a conversation around you, your past, what has happened, what’s worked, what hasn’t; your present, where you’re at now; and then the future of where you want to be 3 years from now. 

When I first speak with someone I ask a series of questions. With that conversation, I am really just trying to listen and to see where we might provide a breakthrough or an inspiration for you to have a better future — to get you where you want to go (both in your business and in your personal life). 

FAQ

I know a lot of people have concerns and questions around what does it mean to be coached? What does that feel like? What’s that like? But really at the beginning, it’s just a conversation. It’s just questions and finding out whether or not we’re a fit for you; you’re a fit for us; and whether or not you feel comfortable in the way we approach it. 

All this is done upfront and you are under no obligation and no fee whatsoever. It’s just a simple way to give you a taste of what we do. 

Our goal is to lead you to a breakthrough or an insight every time. This includes the first time. By helping you think about your thinking, we want you to realize that there’s a bigger future out there for you. We want to show and help you realize that you’re not alone. We’re here and we understand. We’ve been in your shoes, and we’ve run several different businesses of all different sizes. Our clients run anywhere from a solo entrepreneur to a Fortune 500 company. 

We come with a vast amount of experience, but our real value is believing in you and seeing what’s possible in the future. We help you remove the obstacles that you have so you can get to where you want to go, thus creating the life and business that you want. 

This is how we work. This is who we are. We’re just normal people like you, and we love what we get to do, and we have a real passion around it.

Reach out if you’d like to schedule a free consultation and go through some questions that will help you build a better future.


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I’m sure you set goals for yourself and your company this year — but were they “SMARTER” goals?

Here’s what I mean by SMARTER:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Actionable

R – Risky

T – Time keyed

E – Exciting

R – Relevant

Did you end up resetting some of last year’s goals again? If so, it could be because you did not use the “Smarter” acronym. 

We all know there are lots of areas that we can set goals in. Here are a few areas:  physical, spiritual, intellectual, relationships, social, vocational, financial and hobbies. 

If you are wondering how to write a “smarter” goal I will give you an example. Let’s pick a weight loss goal and write it out in a “Smarter” format. (The reason why I picked weight loss is because this was one of the number one goals made by people that we work with when we are doing The Dream Employee in organizations.)

Write your goal in detail, be specific and set a deadline.

Weight loss goal in the “Smarter” format: 

I will lose 20 lbs. by 6/1/20. I will go from weighing 165 to 145 lbs. by going to the gym 4 times a week, hiring a trainer, meal planning and eating healthier. The reason I want to lose weight is to be able to keep up with my grandkids, feel better about myself and look better in my clothes.

S – Specific – Your goal needs to be specific. It should provide you with clarity and a concise aim as to where you are headed. Write it out in as much detail as possible.

M – Measurable – Your goal needs to be measurable. Also, you need to set a benchmark for making progress. This way you can see if you are making progress and if you are going to be able to complete it within the timeline you have set. As you make progress, be sure and record your success and celebrate the progress you are making in achieving your goal.

A – Actionable – Your goal needs to be actionable. Make sure you write down the specific actions that you need to do to achieve your goal. For example, how many times are you going to the gym?

R – Risky – Your goal needs to be risky. By this I don’t mean dangerous, but it needs to stretch you out of your comfort zone. If it is too easy, you probably won’t do it. 

T – Time Keyed – Your goal needs to be time keyed. Be sure to put an end date on your goal of when you want to achieve it by. If you don’t, there is really no incentive to move on it.

E – Exciting – Your goal needs to be exciting. If your goal doesn’t really motivate you and cause you to get excited for what the end results will be, then maybe you need to pick another goal.

R – Relevant – Your goal needs to be relevant. It needs to relate to you and what really matters to you. Set a goal that will make you become the best you.

“Smarter” goals not only work for you and your business, but they will also work for your employees because everyone has a dream or goal.

We work with business owners and leaders to help them utilize a program called The Dream Employee. This program asks each employee the question: What are your dreams, goals and aspirations for your life? And then we deposit encouragement, support, collaboration, and celebrate each employee as they make progress and achieve their goals.

When people are in the process of achieving their goals and dreams, that’s where real productivity, energy and creative genius starts to grow; they bring more and more of this to work every day.

Reach out to us and schedule a free consultation if you’d like help in your goal setting this year or if you’d like to learn more about The Dream Employee program.


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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is coming to an end soon and we are looking at a bright new future in 2020.

Think about your goals that you set for 2019. Did you achieve them or exceed them? Hopefully you didn’t just have your goals for this year rattling around in your head but you wrote them down at the end of last year or the beginning of this year. 

I want you to do a little re-evaluation on your goals and think about setting them much higher for 2020 than you had first thought about. Why I say this is because of the theory that if we shoot for the stars and we miss them, we still accomplish a pretty amazing thing!

So I want you to aim high!!

My challenge for you is to think about your goals. If you have them written down, revise them, set them higher, double them, triple them, 10x them. You can either revise the ones you set in 2019 or feel free to make new ones. And then see what that does for your thinking and creativity. See what that does for your inspiration as you look at 2020 as being the best year in your business and personal life.

We believe that you can accomplish more than you have ever accomplished before.

But in order to do this, you have to stretch yourself — aim high, reach for the stars and see where you end up.

Where you end up is going to surprise you, and it’s going to make 2020 an amazing year.

Share with us what some of your goals are for 2020! We’d love to hear what you’ve got planned. If you’d like help in goal setting, schedule a free consultation.

 


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Recently I’ve been doing coaching workshops at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club which is where Tiger Woods won the U.S. Amateur in 1996. The Tiger Den is a room filled with spectacular pictures and memories of Tiger in action. As I look around this meeting room, one of the things that stands out to me is the amount of focus that Tiger had in his career to get to where he was at such a young age.

The idea I want you to think about today is — what is your focus in your business? Do you have a bunch of distractions that are keeping you from the focus that you need in order to achieve the results you want from your business?

If so, what are those distractions? Be aware and conscious of them so you can eliminate them.

What is taking you away from the focus of what you really need to do that makes money for you in your business?

Ask yourself these questions to give you focus:

  • What creates value?
  • Where do you want to go with your business and what will help you get there?
  • Name two or three things that you need to really focus on to grow your business this next year.

I challenge you to begin to eliminate all the things from your work or business activity, your leadership, and/or your company that really aren’t productive to making money for you or creating value for the company. We all have choices of how we react or respond to situations. This is a choice you can make now.

Focus on what works.

Stay focused on the two or three things that will get you the desired results you want — just like Tiger did.

Tiger focused on his short game, his long game, and his driving. He practiced these things consistently and kept at it. Golf was his sport. Tiger wasn’t out there competing or being seriously involved in other sports or activities. His main focus was this one arena, and the rest is history.

As I’ve said before — think about your thinking. Stay focused on what really matters most in your business and eliminate (or delegate) the rest. Schedule a free consultation if you need help narrowing down what you need to focus on to be successful.


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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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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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What makes employees stay with a company or organization for a long time?

As we’re using The Dream Employee process with companies, we’ve discovered two things that make people stay.

When we ask someone who’s been with an organization 5, 10, 15, 20, even 30 years, why they have been there so long, we consistently hear the same answer.

It is because they feel acknowledged and appreciated.

  1. They are acknowledged for the value and contribution they bring to the business. 
  2. They are also told how much they are appreciated for the great job they are doing. 

As a leader, manager, CEO, or business owner if you remember to do these two things — ACKNOWLEDGE and APPRECIATE your employees — it will extend the life of your employees!!

If you have any comments or thoughts on this, let me know.


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