I Can Do It!

If you have read any of my earlier posts you have probably heard me talk about the power of our self-talk. I think all too often we sabotage ourselves and destroy our self-esteem with “I can’t”, “I’m horrible”, “I always screw up.” etc… With my kids, I have outlawed the word “Can’t” in our house with the idea of teaching this lesson. Last week I took my two year old Tanner to swim lessons. About half way through the class the teacher told us to put the kids on the side of the wall and have them climb along the side by holding onto the edge. Tanner automatically started freaking out and yelling “I Can’t!” I stopped him and said, “Tanner, say I can do it!” He got a big smile on his face, his whole posture changed and he yelled “I can do it” as he climbed along the
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The Power of Partnership

Many of the people who read my blog or who are on my email list are entrepreneurs. Maybe in business for themselves or just have the entrepreneurial spirit. My whole life has been entrepreneurship – from starting a business to my brother to speaking and everything in between. One of the secrets of my success I believe is the power of partnerships. When you surround yourself with good people who share your common goal – the synergy created makes each person stronger. I found this funny little story that is a good reminder of that. Enjoy! An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse, named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond. Once more the
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The 4 P’s That Drive People

If you are an influencer (a speaker, author, leader, salesman or marketer) than it is important to know your audience. When it comes to knowing your audience the #1 thing you need to understand is what drives people. There are four primary motivations that drive all people – I call them the 4 Ps. -Pleasure -Prestige -Payoff -Productivity 1) Pleasure – people naturally seek pleasure and enjoyment. Is your benefit going to provide pleasure? Will it make their life fun? If so, people will be driven to buy your product, follow your strategy, etc… 2. Prestige – another driving force for people is an increase in their prestige. Show them that they will be viewed as more credible, looked up to, seen as a leader and they will be motivated by your message. 3) Payoff – The third motivation is a payoff. This can come in the form of many
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