Morning Motivator – Good Communication

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From The Sea

Occasionally we are graced with what I term a "pure moment".  A pure moment is that one-time experience where you know this is the exact person you are supposed to meet at that precise moment and engage in that particular discussion.  It's when you are walking out the door to go home and end up staying to chat for another 2 hours.  The "purity" of this moment is the encompassing of good communication.

We all would like to be known as a good communicator and we have the ability to become just that, agree?  We must be aware that talking AT others is not a good form of communication, rather we want to communicate WITH others.  We must LISTEN… think… reply… pause… LISTEN… think… reply (repeat).    Often, we overlook the value of what the other person has to say and more often just "wait for our turn to talk again."  

Your point WILL be heard, You WILL be respected and you WILL have plenty of time to counter if you listen well and your points are well thought out.  You don't have to "win the discussion" to "win over" the other person.  Stay focused on what is trying to be communicated and you will be granted the opportunity to make any counterpoints.  Remember, Your DOG is a GOOD COMMUNICATOR… and it can't speak!!  

Have a great weekend and embrace the opportunity to enjoy a "pure moment" of good communication!

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Morning Motivator - Expertise

"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field."
-Neils Bohr

As we each strive for the next level of success and professionalism, we must choose a platform to drive that growth. Many of us focus on "client service" – yet what is that? Is that calling back within an hour? Is it meeting late at night or on a weekend? Those ARE good examples of client service, yet when you meet with someone to consult on your needs - what do you care about most? Be honest...The answer is EXPERTISE!

Most would agree that you will decidedly go out of your way to an inconvenient location, work with a less than enjoyable personality or pay a higher rate for any service if you are working with an EXPERT. Think about a great physician, attorney, mechanic, marketing consultant, real estate professional, or banker. If they are not an expert- you WILL be affected in your day to day business and personal life. If you do work with an expert – you WILL discover an immediate enhancement in the quality of your business and life.

So what do you want to be? The person that makes calls on Sunday nights as a form of "service" or the person that is passionately sought after, required scheduling weeks in advance and paid premium rates for being an EXPERT in your field? Seek a mentor, take a class, do your homework, spend time training and growing your skills… when you are ready to be successful and achieve your life dreams, simply decide to BECOME AN EXPERT!

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Morning Motivator - Being Your Best

"Good, better, best - never let it rest - till your good is better - and your better best."
-John Furphy, Inscription on the end castings of the "Furphy Farm Water Cart"

Great news!! You have a unrestricted ability to define and redefine who you are and what your value is daily. You have the choice every morning to say and live the ideal that …"today I will be my best!"

Be very clear that YOU are in control of the daily outcomes that relate to YOUR life. As individuals, we make choices daily to "get by" and do "just enough" OR to be the "best" and "do more" than what is expected. How do you face your days? Are you "getting by on the minimum" or are you making the most of your opportunities? Are you doing things that are good? Do you do them better than before? Or are you the BEST in the business?

Today you are in control to be the best. What happened before today cannot be changed, your past is just that – the past. Make a commitment to yourself, then tell those you love and trust about your new commitment and become the BEST version of yourself that you can be! Own it, Live it, Love it – today is your day to be GREAT!

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Morning Motivator - Importance of Attitude

'It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice'
- Unknown
It is safe to say we all relish in a state of feeling important, whether it be through recognition or being sought after for leadership. Note that without having the right attitude your level and feelings of importance can be destroyed.

Attitude (by definition) is a position of the body or manner of carrying oneself; A state of mind or a feeling; disposition. To me attitude starts with the individual! YOU alone set your tone for the day by merely saying to yourself, 'today is going to be a GREAT day!'. When someone asks you 'how are you?', instead of saying 'OK', instead reply 'OUTSTANDING' and guess what? You will feel just as you say. By composing your positive attitude, you can help others set the tone for their day by being NICE to them.

Create an aura about yourself that people will want to associate with and be drawn to. I challenge you to be OUTSTANDING everyday, and watch for yourself how it works!

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Renaissance Nashville Hotel

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Morning Motivator - Progress

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."
-Kahlil Gibran, "A Handful of Sand on the Shore"
As human beings we are always seeking the next great opportunity – the chance to grow, the chance to succeed and the chance to excel.  We ALL share this passion, yet not all share the motivation to make it happen!
The key to growth is identifying that you are on a pathway in which YOU choose YOUR own destiny.  No one controls you, your thoughts, your abilities.  No defines your success or failure.  You are in total control of your life and your ability to create happiness, clarity and fulfillment.  It is YOUR responsibility to define your life goals and advance towards that future.
Take ACTION in your life and work today towards defining who you are seeking to become.  Take 30 minutes and detail what your life would look like if you were at your "Happiest" – write down the ideas on a piece of paper, draw/collect pictures that visually define those dreams and play music to put a theme song to your life.   Once completed – make your daily decisions around this happiness chart you have defined and you will find the clarity to make positive decision and the success you so greatly desire.
If you need assistance with this or would like a better idea on how best to do this, please let me know and I will work actively to see you find the information you need.  Make the most of today and progress towards your happiness!
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