Get Your Head in the Game

One of the biggest challenges in meeting any goal, whether it be related to productivity, waking early, changing a habit, exercising, or just becoming happier, is finding the motivation to stick with it.

 If you can stick with a goal for long enough, you’ll almost always get there eventually. It just takes patience and motivation. Motivation is the key, but it’s not always easy, day in and day out, to find that motivation.

One way to get you there quicker, is with another person, a coach.

A goal-setting coaching process that will help you to understand the “why” and the “how” goals are achieved. If you have ever wanted to achieve that "magic" weight; if you have ever wanted to have the endurance; if you have ever wanted to earn a grade; if you have ever wanted to achieve any goal, then even before you even start your program, you will want to give yourself a “head” start to achieving your goals!

Individuals in all circumstances can and will reach any goal that they want to achieve - it all starts in your mind.  So, participate and “Get your Head in the Game” and focus to achieve your goals. Motivation is the key!

Coaching sessions include:

  • “It all starts with passion, purpose, vision, and action.”

  • “Understanding how your mind directs you to achieve your goals.”

  • “Identifying your passion to achieve your goal

  • "Remove any mind blocks that keep you from achieving your goals."

  • “Start with the end in mind and create a realistic goal for yourself.”

  • "Overcoming negative mind-chatter."

  • "Replacing the negative with the positive."

It does not matter where you are in life - high school, college, young, old, amateurs or professional; we all need help at times. We all get in our heads and can't see the victories that lie before us.

Take action and move aside the stumbling block in your head! Become the person that you want to become and "Get Your Head in the Game" to win!

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Habits Form Early. Living Them Is A Choice.

What do you do that reminds you of your parents? Do you ever remember saying, “I will never do this to my kids” or “I will never be like my mom or my dad!”

If you said those things, I want you to do something right now. 

Look around you. How you have decorated? Remind you of someone?

How about disciplining your kids? Remind you of someone?

Now go through the list and compare:

  • Work/Career
  • Where you live
  • Recreation
  • What you eat.
  • What time you eat
  • Hobbies
  • Social graces (or lack of)
  • Education
  • Cultural discrimination
  • Spirituality
  • Attitude about money
  • Spending habits
  • Appearance
  • Books/music/literature
  • Relationships

The habits of your parents or the people that raised you, make an impact on you whether you like it or not. It is neither good or bad unless you want it to be.

Some traditions are good. They provide an anchor and stability. However, traditions just for the sake of "we have always done it, but it has no meaning" are not good.

What you have to do is go through each of the habits and see where they are getting you. Is the habit getting you closer to your goals or is it creating a barrier between where you are and where you want to be?

You either do something and like it or you make up your mind to make a conscious decision to change what you are doing.

It is up to you. It is not your parent's fault, it is not your grandparent's fault. It is not the politician’s, or your spouse’s fault. Nor is your teacher to blame.

You are who you are because you chose to respond in certain ways.

Life happens because of our responses to events. We create our world.

Do you like yours? Take responsibility for who you are, where you are, and why you live the way you live.

Live what you like and change what you don’t. It is up to you.

10 Leadership Lessons to Be WUCA!

I want to share with you this article that I received about leadership. It is a great example of how leaders can Be WUCA! with all their people. Enjoy the guest writing! Have a Be WUCA! week.

Frank

10 Leadership Lessons By Dave Lavinsky

Both my son and daughter play Lacrosse.  In fact, my son's gotten really good and played in a 'select' league this summer.

Even though I never played Lacrosse, I was a high school and college athlete (soccer & wrestling) and am a huge proponent of kids playing sports.

I was recently sent an article written by the US Lacrosse Association entitled "10 Steps to a Positive Lacrosse Experience" on what parents can do to foster a better experience for their kids. I didn't find the article eye-opening -- just common sense stuff in my opinion -- until I started thinking about it in a business sense.

Specifically, these steps can be directly applied and serve as a great guide for being an effective leader. Let me show you why...

#1: Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team.

As a leader, you need to constantly give encouragement to and show sincere interest in your employees if you want to motivate them and boost their performance.

#2: Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child's experience, not whether the team won or lost.

Great leaders see what's going on in the workplace. They walk around. They attend meetings. And they speak to their employees to understand how things are going.

#3: Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials, opponents, and your child's teammates.

Effective leaders are positive role models. If you don't act in the manner you'd like your employees to act, they won't.

#4: Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself/herself. Be your child's "home court advantage" by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless of how well he or she performs.

Great leaders allow their employees to set goals. Sure, those goals need to align with the organization's goals. But employees are much more successful and dedicated to achieving goals that they set or helped establish. And employees who do not meet their goals should be supported and helped so that they improve and meet their goals the next time.

#5: Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing.

If your organization has multiple levels of management, this comes into play. For example, if a manager tells an employee one thing, the organization's president needs to be careful not to tell that employee conflicting information. All management needs to be on the same page - this is simply done via effective communications.

#6: Respect the decisions of the referee or umpire. This is an important part of honoring the game. Your child will pay more attention to how you act than to what you say.

Things will not always go right in organizations. Some battles you will win, and others you will lose. When you lose a battle, the answer is never to point fingers or complain about external reasons that caused the failure. Rather, you must accept the failure, and figure out how to improve and avoid failure next time.

#7: Read the rule book. A full understanding of the rules will help you enjoy the game and educate others.

In my opinion, the only real rule book in business is the ethics rule book. By being a positive role model (see #3) and showing a high degree of ethics, your employees will most likely do the same.

#8: Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program, whether it's school-sponsored or recreational, to discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage, emergency procedures, etc.

Effective leaders get involved in their industries. They go to industry events. They meet other leaders. They sit on industry boards.

No organization operates in isolation. Understand and get involved in your industry. This will help with setting industry policies, finding partner organizations, and becoming well-known, which will positively influence sales, the number of quality employees seeking to join you, etc.

#9: Get involved! A great way to support your child's Lacrosse experience is by becoming a volunteer for the program. Some of the ways you can get involved: keep the scorebook, run the clock...

See #2 -- make sure you circulate around your workplace and get involved.

#10: Sit back and enjoy the game. Remember, Lacrosse is played for FUN.

Great leaders enjoy the journey and not just the end result. Running an organization is hard work, but it should be fun. You should be doing what you love to do. And if your employees are motivated and truly care about the welfare of your organization, running your organization is an extremely rewarding experience.

Dave Lavinsky is the president and co-founder of Growthink (www.growthink.com). Since 1999, Growthink has helped thousands of business owners start, grow and sell their businesses through a myriad of services including business planning and exit strategy planning.

Discover Your Purpose Through Be WUCA! Coaching

When 10 years from now is over, will you look back and wonder "where did those 10 years go?" Will you be asking yourself the question of "why am I still doing what I am doing?"

Whether you do something different or not, ten years from now will happen anyway. The choice you have to make immediately is that you can discover your purpose now and live it in the next 10 years or you can wait the same 10 years and look back and ask "why am I still doing what I am doing?"

Discovering your purpose is one of the most fulfilling exercises that you can do. Living your purpose is the most fulfilling life that you can live. When you live your purpose, you will help other people discover and live theirs.

Start now! Take some time now to ask yourself, "Am I living my purpose?"

 Score each statement with 1- low and 5 – high

 ‗  I recognize what I am good at doing.

‗  I fully utilize my most enjoyed skills and interests at work.

‗  My work furthers issues that I care deeply about.

‗  I am making a difference through my work in the world.

‗  I view most workdays with enthusiasm.

‗  I have developed my own philosophy on life and success.

‗  I take the necessary risks to live my philosophy.

‗  I feel a sense of meaning and purpose in my life.

‗  I have written goals that relate to my purpose.

‗  I live my life now instead of hoping that life will work out someday.

The higher the total, the closer you are to living your purpose.

 Find your purpose as an individual: what is the best use of your time, talent and passion? Have a conversation with your coach about your occupation. 

Why do I have the job I have?

Who does my work serve?

What do they do with what I provide?

Do they in turn, help others with what I give them?

Is there integrity in what I do for a living?

If I could be doing anything I wanted to do, assured that all my living expenses and material needs and desires would somehow be fulfilled, would I be working where I currently am employed or operate?

Are there any negative aspects to my work? Can I change any negative aspects?

What is positive about my work?

Can I achieve my purpose only in this job?

Do I wake up in the morning excited for the day, or do I dread what is ahead of me?

If I could wake up every morning, excited to face the day and eager to get to work, what would that day look like?

Decide to have a Be WUCA!(c) coaching session. It just might be the best 10 year investment that you could ever make.

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Have a BE WUCA!(c) Training

BE WUCA!(c)  – Deal With People Positively, and They Will Respond Positively The BE WUCA!(c) training targets “dealing with people.” If you deal with people, then this process is for you and your staff! It is a process where we encourage people to have others feel Welcome, Understood, Comfortable, and Appreciated: WUCA! We start by explaining how a person's belief system is formed and how habits and how we were raised play a role in how we treat others.

This session is great to help managers and employees understand each other and will also help them think about how they treat people on a daily basis. This workshop will:

  •  Examine how positive and negative habits and beliefs are formed through all five senses.
  • Define and understand paradigms/perceptions and how that affects a person’s well-being.
  • Develop the customer service approach to BE WUCA!©
  • Demonstrate and understand how thinking affects physical attributes of the body using applied kinesiology.
  • Discover and understand differences in personalities and how to interact with them through fun, hands-on exercises to deal with employees and customers!
  • Create a purpose statement and define what exactly you want in all areas of your life.
  • Define SMART goals. Write out specific goals in personal, business, financial, health, and recreation areas.
  • Discover how positive affirmations affect successfully achieving goals.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the WUCA © method of customer service.
  • State the four emotions of a customer.
  • Identify how interaction with co-workers, children, and parents can affect public perception of their business/program.
  • Articulate their passion and purpose.
  • Verbalize their business vision and goals.
  • Break down different personality traits.
  • Integrate the five qualities of the entrepreneurial mindset into their business model.
  • Observe paradigm shifts in different examples of visualizations.
  • Write identified beliefs and habits and determine causes and outcomes.
  • Investigate best business practices learned from other participants.

Contact us to schedule your BE WUCA!© training! The length of time depends on your needs - an hour to six or eight-hour sessions. This training has qualified for national credit through some associations, and we appreciate your consideration for your upcoming events! Call Kim at 712-250-0275! Have a great day! Take care and BE WUCA!©.

When You Dream Big, Big Things Happen

Big ideas grow even bigger when they're discussed and mulled over in a relaxed setting that's completely separate of a conference room or boardroom. In fact, many of the best ideas I've created have come from driving down the road, doodling, brainstorming with my wife, and looking out the window. Dreams are the vehicle that is used to move innovation forward. Dreams are your internal want list. What would happen to your life if you made your dreams your internal "To Do" list?

Here is another place where you can work on your dream, an amazing event and an amazing opportunity for you to realize your big dream.

Big Dream Gatherings, http://www.bigdreamgathering.com/, let you share your dreams in a safe and positive environment. What type of dreams do you have? Are you embarrassed by your dreams? How about letting them become your inspiration?

Here is one story of a friend of mine who attended a Big Dream Gathering. Tami shares her big dream to make big things happen.

My dear friend, Shannessy (Schultes) Michaels, invited me to my first Big Dream Gathering in West Des Moines in May of 2010.

Tami and Shannessy at the BIG Dream Gathering in May, 2010
Tami and Shannessy at the BIG Dream Gathering in May, 2010

 

I was at a real low point in my life - one might even call it a pit. The major battle on that day was recovery from a mastectomy & reconstruction after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. This would have been a “do-able” hurdle but my breast cancer diagnosis came two months after I had a thyroid tumor removed…and the thyroid tumor had been preceded by two surgeries related to be diagnosed with melanoma in the spring of 2008. The kicker was that all of these “storms” hit about 18 months after my husband of 16 years was killed.

Now, before everyone gets all “oh, my goodness” on me, let me clarify:

  • First, today I am cancer-free.
  • Second, God has been very good to me and my two children (aged 14 and 11 when their dad died).

We were blessed with amazing friends and family and the kindness of perfect strangers.

That being said, I must admit, by May of 2010, I felt like I had been hit by a bus…and then the bus had backed up. When Shannessy invited me to the BDG, I was hesitant, but it’s hard to say “no” to Shannessy. She told me that it was a wonderful exercise in faith–even if my “dreams” didn’t come true right away, the act of putting them on paper for people to see is a spiritual experience.

I told a friend that I was going. He asked, “What’s your big dream?” I wasn’t sure. He reminded me it wasn’t the “Average Dream Gathering."

I began to allow myself the luxury of dreaming again.

I had been so focused on my kids and supporting them that I had left little time in the day or in my life for dreaming. So, I went to the “Big Dream Gathering."

I remember sitting at the table and looking at the blank form thinking, “My

BIG Dream Gathering in May, 2010
BIG Dream Gathering in May, 2010

 

dreams don’t seem as “BIG” as others I’ve read. Maybe they aren’t big enough” (code for: not important enough to articulate) But I wrote them down and posted them - and have been forever changed. Not because they have manifested, but because I surrendered to the still small Voice that said: “They are YOUR dreams…and that’s BIG."

One of the dreams I posted that day was to find a job as a dental hygienist in an office that had health insurance benefits. I had been working as a fundraising director since my husband’s death. One of the gifts he gave to me before he died was his insistence that I pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Creighton University. Two years after receiving that degree, he was gone. I took a job that had benefits so I could be close to my children while they were in school. It was a God-thing, because seven months after I started, my melanoma was diagnosed. But now it was time to move on and I longed to get back into dentistry.

So, I posted my dream, and last July, I began working as a dental hygienist again - with health benefits!

But the biggest big dream was one I wasn’t sure I could throw out there.

I could hardly let myself think about it, let alone post it for all of West Des Moines to see. After a long meeting with the “committee in my head," I wrote it down.

My biggest big dream was/is to be obedient to God and ask him to bring me a Jesus Freak, musician-type, knight-in-shining-armor soul mate!

After nearly five years of widowhood, I would like to fall in love again.

Yikes! I had said it. And I guess I said it again here.

I have to admit–my life hasn’t been the same since posting my big dreams on those walls in West Des Moines a year ago. People on the outside might not notice it. I haven’t found a cure for cancer. I haven’t adopted children from a war-torn country.

I HAVE been able to see my life and my world through different eyes.

Through the eyes of a dreamer.

And who knows? Maybe I will team up with my new mate, find a cure for cancer AND adopt children from a war-torn country and change the world!

Thank you for letting me dream with you!

- Tami Petersen-Trewet

We Have Always Done It This Way!

A mother and daughter were preparing a roast for a family dinner. The daughter cut the ends off of the roast before putting it in the roaster, just as she was taught. She asked her mother, “why do we cut the ends off of the roast before we cook it?” “I am not sure,” said the mother. “I guess it makes it taste better, but let’s go ask grandma.” So they went to ask grandma. “Grandma?” asked the mother. “why did you teach me to cut the ends off of the roast before cooking it?”

“Because it makes the roast taste better,” responded Grandma. “Besides, that is the way my mother taught me. Let’s go ask her.”

So the three of them went to ask the one who started the cutting of the ends off of the roast.

“Great Grandmother, why do you cut the ends off of the roast before you cook it? Does it make the roast taste better?"

"Heavens no,” said the great grandmother. “I cut the ends off of the end of the roast because that is the only way I could get it to fit into the pan I used.”

Sometimes we have to look at the history of why we do things. Is it really necessary to continue some of the things that we do or do we do them just because we are comfortable doing it that way?

We do things just because we have always done it that way before.

When you keep doing the things to get what you get, you keep getting the things you got.

You can change without improving but you cannot improve without changing.

If you'd like to have positive change in your life, contact us to Be WUCAized!

Plan from Imagination, not Memory.

As Yogi Bera said; “THE FUTURE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE!” For hundreds of years, the world of business stayed pretty much the same, so what you learned from experience could be used for a long, long time. In fact, experience was your insurance policy. It almost guaranteed success.

If you are to grow and prosper in sustainable ways, entrepreneurial thinking needs to be valued and encouraged at all levels of leadership. You can no longer use the term “WE’VE NEVER DONE IT THAT WAY BEFORE!!!!” It takes hard work and effort to change, as change does not come easily.

Experience is not as helpful as it used to be.  The world is changing so rapidly that your experience may not always be a very good guide for the future.

Not convinced? Just take a look at a few facts:

Today, the body of knowledge known to mankind doubles every 907 days.

Our computing ability and capacity doubles every 14 months.

We once marveled at the advanced technology on Apollo 13.  Today your car has more technology than that rocket.

The first UNIVAC computer filled an entire room, but today your wristwatch has more power than that computer.

The average 21-year-old today can expect 11 to 14 jobs and two to three major career changes.

The average 21-year-old today can expect to spend more time taking care of his parents than his children.

Right now we have more people living on the planet than have ever died in the past.

You, your business, or your organization is not immune to the change process. You cannot be a leadership organization that is based upon traditions. You need to use imagination as new directions and partnerships are being developed. Will this make some people nervous, uncomfortable and complain?  Yes! Will it be worth it?  In my experience, yes!

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking involves seeing opportunities and having the ability to take and manage risks. It can emerge from industry experience or happen by accident coming from a hobby. It may result from developing local ideas or bringing new entrepreneurial talent into the community and requires individual as well as community attitude, vision, and passion to create.

You have two choices: choose to be proactive and be determined to make things happen, or be reactive and complain about things that happen to you because you choose to sit back and watch.

Economic and entrepreneurial development requires innovative thinking and new ways of doing  things as well as constantly changing and developing leadership.

Development requires all people in the organization to work together for a common vision.  Development is an attitude, as well as action.

You will hear people express how happy they are for change to take place, and those who complain because of change. You can make up your own mind how to react to change, but one thing is certain, the world is changing at a faster rate than ever before and there are no signs that point to it slowing down.

What will you do to lead this new type of thinking?  Refer to your experiences when appropriate and learn from them, but consider Wayne Gretsky’s approach to planning. As one of the greatest hockey stars of all time, he was asked what made him so successful.  He said, “I SKATE TO WHERE I THINK THE PUCK WILL BE.”

In today’s world, you have to go out and meet the opportunity and work to make it happen.

To learn more about creating those opportunities, contact me at www.bewuca.com.

Together we can create success in your life.

BE WUCA!

When you create a BE WUCA environment, customers will return, communities will grow, strangers will become friends, and disagreements will decrease. We invite you to “BE WUCA!” A way to treat others!

For example: Many communities are not growing because they are not practicing BE WUCA! If you have more people that were born and raised, native-born, in your community than have moved in from outside of your community you might not be as welcoming as you think you are.

How do others want to be treated is answering the question of how do you want to be treated?  What will make me feel:

WELCOME

UNDERSTOOD

COMFORTABLE

APPRECIATED

Welcome means to feel at home.  What will make others feel at home in my presence? Do you have a look of approachability?  Welcome others when they come into your  circumstances and meet them at their circumstance.

Understood is getting to understand what they want before you have them understand what you want.  Understanding is valuing another’s point-of-view, meeting them more than halfway in their viewpoint and developing empathy for their circumstance. As Stephen Covey says, "seek first to understand then to be understood."

Comfortable is a personal feeling.  When a person is comfortable, they have developed a sense of trust of you. Building that relationship takes integrity and following through with your promises and commitments. Giving them a feeling that they would like to return and develop a deeper relationship.

Appreciated is the most valued feeling a person desires. Most employees want appreciation from their employers more than they want an increase in money. It is just plain Gratitude in Action. Just like the saying goes; “a pat on the back goes so much farther than a kick in the pants!”

BE WUCA!  A process to grow your business and turn customers into valued friends. A process that will focus your business, community, family, and church from a maintaining strategy to a growth strategy.

Let us help you create your new growth.