Friday, April 23, 2010

Five Actionable Insights to help you Lead Where You Are Planted:

1. Personal Philanthropy
Winning in life today depends on the value you contribute. Bureaucracy is no longer the decision maker on what you contribute, or when, or to whom you make that contribution. The size of your paycheck isn't the dictator either. Today it's your call. You have free license to be a philanthropist of your personal gifts. You can add value at any opportunity by applying your talents: your ingenuity, mastery, and imagination. The new world has given you the green light to give your greatness.

2. Don't Accept the Death Sentence
Many people will decide that leadership is not for them. They are more comfortable following than leading. That's just fine. But remember what others do is not necessarily for you. Those that resist greatness will try to hold you back. Don't let anyone tell you taking a leadership role is bigger than your position. Don't let anyone set the limits on your life. Get yourself around believers and other leaders: the commanders of cutting-edge and the non-conformists. Talk with the risk takers. Refuse to accept the death sentence of cynicism.

3. Get out of your League
You were not born for smallness. Your life did not come with a pre-set ceiling of success. Sometimes people fall into and stay in a certain league. Going beyond the wins of yesterday doesn't seem possible. Going beyond previous levels of achievements doesn't occur to them. Get out of your league. No one is keeping you there. Go beyond yourself. Your habits. Your standards. Challenge your limiting beliefs. Challenge your personal status quo. Find a way to do more today than you did yesterday.

4. Compose your Leadership MO
We cannot be all things to all people. We want our influence to be potent. To make a powerful impact we must first understand our influence and then act on it. Are you the symphony conductor or the musical genius on the piano? Are you the solutions guy or the innovative magician? Are you the song writer or the singer? Compose your leadership MO and act on it daily.

5. Refuse the Dead End System of Status Quo
I have yet to see mediocrity lead to magnificence. There is only so far you can go with the status quo. Yet so many people get seduced by this dead end system. Unknowingly they've subscribed to the belief I don't have a title therefore I cannot make a difference.
We've all got a choice to make. We can either continue to buy into the status quo or set it on fire. To Lead Where You are Planted you must get off that burning ship. Stand up for your opportunity for awesome - it's your birthright.

Keep Leading Without a Title,

Robin Sharma

Leading a World-Class Life by Jim Rohn

As I think about what it takes to become a world-class athlete, I realize that there are some foundational lessons for all of us to learn as it relates to becoming world-class in whatever we set our hands to.

The secret of how these athletes became world-class is found in the combination of two fundamental ideas: desire and dedication.

A 22-year-old man doesn’t simply wake up one day and find that he is on the Olympic basketball team. No, it started years before. In fact, it probably started when he was only 6 or 7 years old. Maybe his father took him to a basketball game, and that little boy said, “Someday, Daddy, I am going to be a basketball player.” That was the first sign of desire. Desire is key. World-class people start with desire. They have to at some point “want it.”

But we all know people who dream of big things and never accomplish those dreams, don’t we? Why is that? After all, they have desire. They want it. But the engine that drives a dream is dedication. Desire tells you what you want, while dedication is what will get it for you.
Someone may see a young gymnast and say, “Wow, that looks easy.” What they don’t see, or perhaps overlook, are the years of practice, the years of getting up at 4:30 every morning and going to the gym before school. It is the dedication of the young athlete, the many times of failing in practice, the many times of falling off the equipment and faithfully getting back on, that turns a wisher into a world-class doer.

A person with desire but no dedication will never achieve much. You must have the powerful combination of both.

So let’s take a closer look at each of these and gain some insight into what desire and dedication are all about.

DesireThere are three parts to desire:
• Dreaming
• The Vision
• Focus

First is dreaming. Have you let yourself dream lately? Just sit down and begin to imagine all of the incredible possibilities your life could become? Spend some time just dreaming.

Next is vision. Once you dream, you begin to cut back on all of the possibilities and narrow it to what possibility it is that you really want. You begin to create a vision for your life. You begin to see it as you want it.

Lastly, under desire is focus. Once you have the vision, you have to really focus in on that dream. This is where you get really specific about what your life is going to look like.
DedicationThere are also three parts to dedication:
• The Plan
• Beginning
• Perseverance

First is the plan. Without a plan, you will drift to and fro. You will certainly not carry out your dream if you do not have a plan. So write it down. Set your goals. Know what you want and how you are going to get there.

Second is the beginning. This may sound simple, and yet it is simply profound. Many people have a dream, and they even have a plan, but they never begin. It’s so simple: Just start. The first step on the long journey is still just one step. If you have a dream and a plan, take a step in the right direction.

Lastly is to persevere. Every road to every dream has a section or sections that are hard to travel. Every great dream will encounter difficulty. The question isn’t whether or not you will encounter trouble, but how you will respond to trouble. Will you quit when the going gets tough or will you persevere? I have found that every successful person I know, myself included, has encountered problems along the way that tempted them to quit. Yet, they persevered and achieved their dream.

Let’s take a look at the progression. As you do, think about where you are in the progression of becoming a world-class dream pursuer.

1. Dream
2. Create a vision
3. Focus the vision
4. Develop a plan
5. Begin to pursue the dream
6. Persevere

Friends, I hope for you the fulfillment of every dream that you have. That is what life is about, isn’t it? But to do so, I know that you will have to combine your desire with good-old dedication. And when you combine those two, you will be well on your way to leading a world-class life!

"How long should you try? Until." —Jim Rohn

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was." —an Irish Proverb

"You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures." - Charles C. Noble

"If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." - Oprah Winfrey

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