Archive for the ‘Workplace Performance’ Category

Take Yourself Lightly and Your Results Seriously

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Most people take themselves way too seriously but don’t take their outcomes seriously enough. Here’s a thought: What if you took yourself lightly and took your outcomes seriously?

I’m serious about that. Too many people are way too uptight in the workplace. They’re unwilling to laugh at themselves. If you’re unwilling to laugh at yourself, how are you ever going to get through all the challenges in the workplace?

I have a client CEO who said to me one time: “If something really awful hasn’t happened by Friday at four o’clock, I go home before it does.” Well, that’s how it is in the workplace—things go wrong, things are challenging, things can go badly.

So, if you take yourself too seriously, if you let those things get to you, work will be hard and joy will be minimal. But if instead, you decide “hmm, those things happened” and your  motto is “and then that happened, I’m getting on with it”—that’s taking yourself lightly. By simply letting go of the bad things that happened, after getting the lesson, you will reset faster and get much better results quickly. And, you’ll have a lot more joy…

Abundance Consciousness

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Everywhere around us is abundance. There’s an abundance of sunshine. There’s an abundance of air. There’s also an abundance of time and money, but those are the two things where people choose a mindset of scarcity.  

I get it. I’ve been there. But, I no longer believe there is a scarcity of time or money anymore. We all have the same amount of time. Twenty-four hours in a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter where you live or what position you’re in, you still have exactly what every other person on this planet has.

So, to say the words “I don’t have enough time” is simply to reveal your mindset. What you’re saying is: “I live in scarcity and I will find other ways to be in scarcity.”

When instead you are constantly saying “I have exactly the right amount of time. I have exactly the right amount of information I need to accomplish,” and you get busy doing your work with that mindset, you’re coming from an abundance standpoint.

Choose an abundance viewpoint with every project you take on, and you will likely notice that you suddenly will have some more time and money.

How to Love Your Job

Monday, December 30th, 2019

It is a national phenomenon that people are talking about on social media all the time: people don’t like their jobs. If you look at the national statistics, it’s atrocious! Between 80% and 90% of people, depending on the study, will say they don’t like their jobs.

Well here’s the bad news: If you don’t like this job, you’re probably not going to like the next one, or the one after that, or the one after that. Because it’s not about the having perfect conditions—conditions are never perfect. You’ll never have the perfect manager, the perfect co-workers, or the perfect job. Instead, engagement comes from within.

When you decide to love your job, when you decide to be selfless, when you decide to go all in—it’s a decision that causes you to love your job.

Don’t believe it? Try it for a week. See how you feel.

I promise you, if you go all in—become selfless, decide to make an impact on those around you, and decide not to complain about what is but instead create what could be—at the end of the week, you will be saying these words: “I love my job.” Try it and have fun with it.

Win and Celebrate

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

How do you create a culture of celebration and accomplishment?

Most people think, as I did, that appreciation comes only from managers and leaders, and that’s where the responsibility lies. But the research is fascinating: It actually shows that when we have a culture where people appreciate each other throughout the organization, that’s actually more important to the culture than having the leadership and the managers doing the appreciating.

So, how do you step into celebrating your teammates—making sure that you’re high-fiving them as you walk by and making sure that they have their confidence built every day? Step in to be a celebrator and step in to be an appreciator. 

You’ll feel even more celebrated and appreciated yourself, simply by engaging in that act of kindness.

The Four-Letter “C” Word

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Speak into what can be done, and don’t tell us what can’t be done. I refer to those words as the “n’t” words: “don’t, won’t, can’t.” Those are the words that basically hold us back.

Imagine for a second that someone says either “I can have those papers to you on Thursday” or “I can’t have those papers to you until Thursday.” You know which one sounds better, and you know which person you want to be around. And yet, it’s very unconscious for us to go into the “n’t” words. As soon as we do, the fur goes up on the back of people’s necks. They see you as not willing to be a team player.

Not only that, it’s a way that you can inspire yourself to greater results. Whenever you step into what you can do and use that language, you become more powerful in what you can make happen.

So, eradicate the “n’t” words, and start telling your team what you can do.