it became an issue. Despite the constant urging of our
Realtor®, however, we decided not to repair the crack
because of the cost. Instead, we touched up paint and
planted spot color in a few flower beds. I even set the
dining room table with placemats and cloth napkins
for a bit of model-home flair.
Real estate agents came and went,
leaving their business cards on the
kitchen counter. Open houses drew
lookers, but no offers … until we
fixed the crack. Apparently, a solid
foundation was more important than
enhancing the home’s appearance.
the same motivation, information and
inspiration that you provide to clients
and audiences to yourself?
REINFORCE YOUR FOUNDATION
How often do you spend time, money
and creative energy trying to please
clients and others while neglecting your
foundation? How often do you ignore,
rationalize, postpone or abandon doing
things that bring you joy, fulfillment or
even good health?
NSA Past-President Mark LeBlanc
of Small Business Success says, “We are
very good at making and keeping commitments to others. But we are even
better at making and breaking commitments to ourselves.”
Ouch. He’s right. You want to eat
better, exercise, connect more often,
relax, take a day off, go on a date, etc.,
but you don’t. You know the crack is
there and it needs your attention, but
you figure you’ll get around to it later. I
confess that I do, and I’m an executive
coach. So, how do you use and apply
TAKE BABY STEPS
It’s important to get back to basics.
What is one thing you would like more
of in your personal life? More energy,
more fun, more down time, passionate
romance, reading, fitness, healthy fruits
and vegetables, calcium or protein?
Make your list, and then select only one
actionable item. Next, determine one
small step you can take that will help
you get more of what you want, or at
least keep you moving in that direction.
When I spoke on resilience at a leadership conference for two consecutive
years, I asked the audience for examples on how one simple step resulted
in desired change during the past year.
One man proudly shot his hand into the
air and said, “I wanted better health,
which meant I had to lose weight and
lower my cholesterol. I accomplished
both with one small choice: I gave up
french fries. Instead, I ate fruit or cole
slaw. That’s all I did. My cholesterol is
down, and I lost 25 pounds.” The audience applauded him, and so did I.
One woman gave up bread, and
lettuce wrap sandwiches to lose weight.
A mother of three said she wanted
more peace at home. When she got
home from work each night, she complimented each child, instead of asking
them to do something. It had a positive
impact on everyone’s mood.
What do you want to be better, different or stronger in your life? These
small steps will get you started:
Lift your spirits. Phone a friend or
family member who makes you feel
good. Positive emotions help us play
and be creative. Feeling content helps
us savor and appreciate life.
Start connecting; stop networking. Step outside your routine and get
involved in one activity, hobby or community program that has nothing to do
with your business. A female executive
from Boeing shared the real reason she
volunteers for Habitat for Humanity:
“How else would I ever get to play with
Check your toilet. If I had recommended “drink more water” as your
small step, you would have skipped this
paragraph. Yet drinking more water
is probably the simplest, high-impact
step you can take to improve your
health, skin, diet, weight, energy and
hair. That being said, I’m not going to
tell you how many ounces to drink a
day. Follow the runners’ rule of thumb:
Drink enough to reach “clarity,” which
means your urine should be clear, not
the color of beer.
Become resilient. Research shows
that positive emotions foster healthier,
vibrant living. Eighty percent of
Americans, however, fall short of
the ideal ratio for resilient positivity.
Find out what your ratio is at www.