How To Deal With Trials In LIfe

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton One of the inevitabilities of life is that we will all face trials and hardships along the way. These trials could be physical, emotional, spiritual or financial. It could be the loss of a child, going through a divorce, losing your home to forclosure, being diagnosed with a disease, or battling depression. Betrayal, loneliness, or loss can also be sources of these trials. Each of us has and will face trials in our lives and, while they test us for a time, they give us insight into who we really are. In this post I want to share an insight that has been helpful for me to deal with the challenges and trials I face. Some of us may find ourselves right now in the midst of some of the
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Leaders Have To Create Buy-in

Last night I watched a video by Brendon Burchard titled – What Leaders Really Do. Brendon made a point that stuck out to me because it is a leadership fundamental that is very seldom discussed. He said, “I think the most important leadership lesson in the world is that people support what they create.” One of the things that every leader and influencer needs to learn is how to facilitate the co-creation process. When people are heard they will be helpful. When people are involved they are empowered. When people collaborate they will be committed. I recently watched this process backfire. I am a member of The National Speakers Association. It is a fantastic organization that has benefited me and my career greatly. At the national convention in San Diego at the beginning of this month the association leadership introduced a rebranding for the association and a new name –
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If They Say You Can’t – Prove Them Wrong!

Have you ever had naysayers in your life? People who told you that you can’t? You aren’t good enough? You should give up? etc… If you have – I think your job is to prove them wrong! In eighth grade I decided that I was shifting gears. I was done playing soccer (which had been my life for the previous 9 years) and I was going to play basketball. I had played before but I wasn’t on any of the high school developmental teams or in the leagues and tournaments that the real players were in – so if I wanted to make the high school team in a year, I had my work cut out for me. I started to practice. I mean really practice – it was an obsession. (Just ask my 40 year old next door neighbor that I challenged to play one on one every night).
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