What makes sports such a big draw? Is it the game itself, the skills of top athletes or the thrill of Victory? Perhaps what keeps the attention of sports enthusiasts is the drama of overcoming the challenges to winning. How do championship teams battle the "red zone" or equivalent stress points in a competitive sport?
Winners learn how to assess, embrace and overcome adversity. Top Performers first accept responsibility for their circumstances, WHETHER IT WAS THEIR FAULT OR NOT! Losers get very good at blaming everyone else for their problems and never look in the mirror for accountability. We chose this pivotal subject for our 50th episode because it represents the difference between winning and losing.
There is a massive mind-shift required from the worldly, victim view toward the elite world of success. In this context, elite does not refer to snob status, birthright or some superior class, but rather a personal state of mind. What does it mean to be an elite performer? When you work harder than anyone else; when you personally own the challenges before you; when you to refuse to quit until you WIN... then you are in an elite class.
In the politically charged, smoke-filled air following the Brussels terror attack, we examine times in American History when we were really a United States. Episode 49 looks at the challenges we face with a weak economy, divided America and fading national pride.
It used to be said that Politics ended at the water's edge. This is not true anymore. When we listen to the words of our political, business and education leaders and it's clear why. Our Founders warned us what would happen if we didn't stay grounded in the LIBERTY principles that created America in the first place.
Americans who are standing together to focus on MAKING AMERICA STRONG AGAIN have the opportunity to restore the nation. There are essential elements world-class teams have when focused on a professional outcome.
These people who start with common interest, build passion, work together and put in the time to make it work. Listen to this podcast and you'll understand why we say you are the Backbone of America.
When you are motivated to think big thoughts and dream BIG DREAMS, do you ever get stuck moving into action?
In Episode 47 we talked about getting the leverage on ourselves necessary to take the risk to go forward. Especially while we are driving toward a momentous decision, or what we call our APOLLO 13 moment, it is crucial to know WHY we are pursuing a BIG DREAM.
There is a process to effectively decide how much time and other resources you should dedicate to your idea. As a leader in pursuit of an innovative concept, your success will depend on your ability to enlist the support of others for whom your dream is also meaningful to them. Learning how to serve others while pursuing your goals is an important, albeit rare, skill.
It's also important to know when it's time to let a dream go. There is no shame in pursing an idea that doesn't work... but you need to know how to far to go.
In last week's program, we worked through the characteristics of innovative decision makers. In Episode 47, we will explore what happens when you make a decision to move out on a new, innovative idea. When you decide to execute, you need to be prepared, as the proverbial notion goes, for the unexpected.
Even for those organized leaders who have a good strategic planning process, it is tough to predict curve balls. However, it's even harder to predict the impossible scenarios that have very little chance of impacting your innovative action plan. What happens when you are faced with 'IMPOSSIBLE' odds?
You can look back at many examples in history, like APOLLO 13, when the odds of success have been virtually nil... and yet, that which seemed IMPOSSIBLE... suddenly comes to fruition. How does that happen? How can you be ready to overcome challenges that would knock most weak leaders to the ground, never to stand again?
In episode 46 we'll drill down into challenges facing innovating decision makers. Suppose you are a successful business person and someone comes to you with an idea they say will be great for your business. The guy with the brilliant idea wants you to be the lead dog. You're told the idea, plan and deliverables are solid.
For some people, this scenario raises dozens of red flags and for other people, it's a good opening-opportunity salvo. The difference in perspectives comes from the way leaders make decisions when faced with innovative ideas. Do you know what questions you would ask the purveyor of the new idea?
Most people are not hard-wired risk takers. They prefer to be the 2nd, 3rd, or 25th person to make a move. What are the characteristics of the innovator and how can you tap into the benefits of being on the leading edge without being reckless? Learn about the principles of teamwork, due diligence and other key decision-making principles.