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As leaders, we naturally jump into things and meet challenges head on. Sometimes this can be at the risk of our own self-care however. During these difficult times, you need to be really mindful of how you are taking care of yourself. You need all of your strength and emotional reserves for the long game, not just for a week or so.

Here are a few tips to help alleviate stress that I would suggest you do on a daily basis.

  1. Give thanks. As I’ve said before, expressing thanks to others will lift your own spirits.
  2. Write in a journal. If you examine negative thoughts and emotions, they will lessen.
  3. Take a walk. Get out in nature and you will feel refreshed (exercise also relieves stress).
  4. Listen to soothing music. You can do this while you are on your walk or make it part of an evening ritual before bedtime.
  5. Give a friend a call. We are all missing human connection during this time which is a very vital need that we all have.
  6. Tell a joke or read a funny book and share it with someone. Laughing is good medicine, especially when shared.
  7. Drink water. If you are dehydrated, you don’t feel good. Stay hydrated.
  8. Take a break. Walk away from the laptop or project periodically.
  9. Hold hands. If possible, keep the human connection with family members.
  10. Turn off the news. We all need to get an update because things seem to be changing fast. However, get your update, then get out. Don’t obsess over things that you can’t control.

We will get through this.

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.

If you’d like to talk, reach out today and schedule a free call. We’d love to help you make progress during these difficult times.


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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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Today I want to give you a little snippet of advise about the best way to predict the future of your business going forward.

First, you need to ask yourself the question of how much potential growth do you think your current team (your “first” customers or your employees) can make over the next year, three years, and/or five years?

Because how they grow and develop in their skillsets, abilities, collaboration and how fully engaged they are in your company is going to tell you and predict exactly where your business will be three to five years from now.

So sit back and really take a look at your team. Start thinking about your people. Think about what the growth track is for each individual, and then also as a team or group. How can you assist them to become better individuals and also better team players? What can you do to foster more of this? When you see where the growth trend is, then you will know exactly where your business is going to be three to five years from now. 

If you need help in figuring out how you can improve your employee engagement and really want to pour into your people on an individual basis, let us know. We have a program called The Dream Employee that vastly improves employee engagement in companies by really touching the lives of the individual.

 


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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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Do you find yourself in the habit of thinking about things and saying you will do them “someday”?  I consider myself a very positive person, but we have had some family situations lately and we’ve decided to do things “now”. There’s no guarantee that you have tomorrow to do it.

Maybe you find yourself in a similar spot. There’s no time like now to start doing things that you were always putting off until tomorrow – whether that’s in your business or in your personal life. 

I want you to do an exercise for me using a tape measure. 

Take the tape measure, set it on the floor, and mark that very first notch as the day you were born.

The next few dashes – mark graduation, marriage, birth of kids, etc.

Also put a mark down for the day you started your business.

Then the inevitable question becomes this:  How long is that tape measure?

How long do you think you’re going to live?

Have you thought about what’s outside of that tape measure — what is your legacy going to be?

Or have you forgotten why you’re doing this business? Did you start it so that you and your family would have the freedom to do the things that were important to you?

Maybe you’re just drifting, inch by inch, year by year along your life and in your business.

If you’re looking for the mark on the tape measure that says “Someday,” it’s not there.

This isn’t a dress rehearsal. Your life is represented in this tape measure. It has a beginning, it has a messy middle, and it has an end.

You ready to face the truth?

Someday NEVER comes!

Reach out and schedule a free coaching session with us today if you’d like help getting back on track to start doing things now, instead of tomorrow. Each day is a gift to be thankful for. Don’t waste it.


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What is the biggest obstacle in the way for your business to deliver what you really need it to deliver?

Where are you stuck?

What is that one thing that you’ve been thinking about?

Are you strategizing about it?

Are you trying to turn that obstacle or barrier into something that will propel you forward or are you just stuck there?

Sometimes people like to process and think about their obstacle or barrier. Then again, other people just ignore it and push it back until it becomes a HUGE thing. Which camp are you in?

In our coaching, when a person gets to the point where they don’t want to deal with it, we call this “stuckedness.”

Stuckedness is a place where a lot of people reside for one reason or another.

They come to us and say they’ve been beating their head up against this barrier. For example, maybe it’s a certain level of revenue that’s been the same for the past 1, 2 or 3 years, and they just can’t seem to get past it.

When this happens, the first thing we do is say — let’s bring this obstacle or barrier out of the dark!

Let’s look at it, bring light to it and create a way for you to scale up or to get past that place that you’re stuck in.

If you’d like to have one of these conversations, let us know. There’s no commitment or cost to you — just schedule a free consultation.

We would like to show you how to move forward. Let us help you bring light to the obstacles that are in your way.


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I want to speak to you today about a new offering we have called The Employee Maximizer. What it does very simply is help you create great employees!

Not only will this help improve their attitude towards their job but it will also improve company culture. You will understand the best way they can work for you to produce the most profits and results.

Through this process we will help you find out what really motivates your employee outside of work as well. Why do they come to work on Monday? What’s really going on in their lives?

It will also give you tips on how you can have internally motivated employees on an ongoing basis.

The Employee Maximizer is for the business owner that wants to get a better return for their payroll investment. Or, maybe you’d like to see more collaboration and creativity with your employees.

Like most business owners, you’d probably like to work less hours but in order to do that you need to be able to have a business that is consistently growing. This really takes a great team to do this.

So, the Employee Maximizer helps create a great team by addressing what your employees are thinking — the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. Finding out this information enables you to manage, guide and help them.

Second of all, you need to know how they naturally work best.  We have a unique process geared towards this that can deliver valuable information. It’s one of a kind and not a personality assessment you may have had them do in the past.

Thirdly, do you know why your employees show up on Monday? What is personally motivating them to come to work, be productive, or in some cases not be productive — what’s distracting them? Discovering what that is can help you come alongside them and be on that journey with them. Thus, giving you the opportunity to help them make the connection between being successful at work and also achieving some of their own personal goals and dreams – and then you can partner with them in this.

After the last three or four years, we have found the combination of these three things done together over a year’s period of time, have produced tremendous results. We have a lot of testimonies to share with you about that.

If you’re ready to get a better return on your payroll investment, a better experience for your customer, and more time and money from your business for yourself then reach out to us and schedule a free consultation today.

We’d love to provide one of these three processes at no risk to you at all. We take all the risk because we’re sure that we will create value for you.

The impact the three-step process of The Employee Maximizer will have on your business is give you more time, money and freedom to enjoy your life.


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How do you play the “long game” with your employees? In today’s instant gratification world, playing the long game seems counterintuitive. But, we need to think of our employees in the sense of long term employees. We live in a world of zero unemployment these days!

So here’s my question to you:  What’s the long game for your employees? How will they be positively contributing three years from now to your company? Better yet, how will you be positively influencing them three years from now? 

Focusing on the long game brings in a bit of double vision:  Having a successful business today is important, but it has to be coupled with your plans for a successful business three years from now. Your employees have a huge impact on where the success of your business will be in the future. What are you doing on a consistent basis to ensure that your employees are impacting your business in a more productive and effective way? 

Get the first step towards reducing employee turnover and improving your employee engagement now by scheduling a free consultation to learn more about The Employee Maximizer.


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One sunny afternoon, two business owners who had graduated from the same university ran into each other. They had both had the same professors who taught them the ins and outs of running a business. They were both filled with dreams of becoming rich by building a successful company that made a huge difference in the world.

Recently when these two guys ran into each other while on a break at a seminar, they realized they were still very much alike. Both were happily married. Both had young kids. And both, as it turned out, had started a business in the same industry.

BUT there was one difference!

One of these business school grads was working as a solo entrepreneur making a comfortable $100,000 per year; the other guy had built a team of Dream Employees that were fully engaged and all had an “ownership” mentality. He had invested and leveraged all their skills, abilities, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and their creativeness to build a company that had accomplished all his hopes, dreams and aspirations. He was raking in over $1 million a year in net profits.

What made the difference?

The Secret was The Dream Employee Process

If you’re like me, when you hear a story like this you wonder what really did make the difference between these two men?

We all know stories like this, and we all have evidence demonstrating that it isn’t always raw talent, intelligence, perseverance or even dedication that makes a difference. It isn’t that one person has a “burning desire” and the other doesn’t.

The difference lies in this –

  • What each person knows.
  • How they personally make use of their knowledge.
  • The difference is in continuously growing and using their knowledge.

I’d love to help you can grow your knowledge and learn how to have a successful business by leveraging The Dream Employee process. Schedule a free consultation now to learn more about it.


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Helping your employees find their big “why” can also help you communicate your company’s “why”. It’s a conversation that you’ll find fruitful in managing, supporting and leading your team. If they understand their “why”, then you can communicate better what the company’s “why” is, thus connecting the two of those together. When people get clear about their “why”, they gain confidence. They get committed to the task. They have a sense of courage that takes them to a new level of performance.

Finding the “why” of your employees is critically important in order for you to get the most leverage out of their talent and ability as they help you build your company — whether you have 10 or 10,000 employees. You need to help them identify their why and then connect it back to their job or work. This is an ecosystem that can provide you with long-term internally motivated employees by finding their why.

Ask them these questions:

  • Why are they working at your company?
  • Why are they doing the work that they’re doing?
  • What is the purpose of their job?
  • Are they clear about it being a vehicle for them to achieve the things that they want to achieve in their life?

Have you helped them draw the connection between their job and and their big “why”?

This is an area where you have to start asking questions — even in the interview process when you’re on boarding somebody. Why are you here? How do you see this as a fit? How does this fit into your life? How does this fit into the big “why” of your life? And then, support them in what they tell you.

So “why” is a great question. It’s simple but it can dramatically improve your employee engagement with all your employees. 

Everybody’s looking for an edge in business – and one such advantage is finding the “why” of your employees, your team, your managers, and your leadership. When you can do that and connect the “why” for them personally with the “why” for the company, then you’ve got something! That is what we call an unfair advantage in the marketplace because your people are internally motivated with the big “why”. This is the secret sauce of your advantage. 

We look forward to hearing what you’re finding when you’re asking “why” questions. Let us know because we’d love to talk to you about it.


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