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Weekly #WOWfactor- Is it Time to Plan Your “Re-entry?”

vacationWe are home from our 3300 mile “Road Trip”, a combination of vacation and work; and I am so grateful to one of the professionals represented here at “SSS”, Dr. Joey Faucette http://www.listentolife.org/3-strategies-to-avoid-vacation-anxiety-2/ for his great tips on how to avoid vacation anxiety.

I had a great time while away, and an even better time knowing I planned in advance how to make the transition back into my “real” world easier than it has ever been!

Before I always made sure my home and office were clean, and our work projects were on track, but this was the first time I was able to not envision the worst happening while I was gone, and also be prepared for things I might have to handle once we hit the door last night; by having my “re-entry” plan in place!

I also credit another one of our professionals,  Barbara Hemphill,
http://www.barbarahemphill.com/ for her many tips on helping me have a better office organization and work flow, as well as the handling of my “personal” stuff during and after the trip!

With help from these two today I am being a positive, productive business owner, instead of  “running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off!”  We were prepared to meet with an unexpected guest today, and ready to host an event tonight at our FTC- (Falcone Training Center) as well!

Isn’t it time you decide to make some changes, even if you don’t have a vacation coming up soon? Living a positive, productive life is possible, and makes all those special times even more memorable and rewarding!  I’m refreshed, renewed, and ready to work hard knowing I have better times ahead!

Enjoy your life, count it all joy, and live your dreams!

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Weekly #WOWfactor- Are You Ready to Travel?

mycarJuly is the chosen month by many to travel!Many of us here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! are joining the crowds! However, I keep working to make it a memorable experience not another added job that I don’t have time to enjoy, how about you?

I was greatly encouraged this week by Dr. Joey Faucette  in his recently published article  http://bit.ly/1qy6oen  “How to Cure Vacation Anxiety!”

I realized all my preparation for a time away was usually focused on what I needed to do before we left and while we were gone, never on defining what constituted an emergency while we were gone, or how I would handle our business and life once we returned!

No wonder I felt like when we returned I needed another vacation to get over the one we just experienced! Also can only imagine what a “high maintenance” process it was for my husband to handle as well!

I now have one week before our 2500 mile adventure! I am beginning my planning in a much different way! Won’t you join me and cure your vacation anxiety too?

Love to meet you along the way. Just click on contact here and send me a message, so we can add you to our schedule to have coffee or tea and share life together!

Thanks Dr. Joey for your valuable insight, and I can already see the change happening! Are you ready to travel?

Enjoy the trip,

“Simply” Sue  

 

Is Contentment Part of Your Business Plan?

happyAs an entrepreneur and small business owner, I am learning that I want to be defined more by my contentment than wealth or success!  Quite a different approach than most are pursuing, isn’t it? Not a popular road to travel when the mantra is ‘do more with less’ is it?  What we have come to associate  with ‘being content’ doesn’t sound like high and lofty enough goals, does it?

For me this has been a long journey of being driven and succeeding but still feeling it is not enough!   It has been a life long struggle at being balanced; but still feeling that my worth and success has to be earned daily which causes a direct ‘out of balance’ conflict!

How did I come to this moment in time where I realized contentment is the joy and real happiness of doing ‘what I love with those I love to do it with’ more than the outcome of those efforts?

Simply I realized “it’s not about me!”  Contentment comes from serving a God who loves me, and helping others succeed in the plan He has for them first, above what I would have as a plan for myself! I provide solutions with the gifts and talents I have been given, and it is time to live with that purpose and focus in mind.

To keep that mindset as I reflect at the end of the day, I find and think  about the ‘positive’ things that happened, not what wasn’t, didn’t, or the failures that I encountered! Keeping your mind set on the thoughts of what brings contentment is the key.

My grateful thanks goes to Dr. Joey Faucette www.ListentoLife.org who believed in me and showed me the truth of how to create a business and live in the world of being an Entrepreneur by being ‘positive’ and doing things different than others are willing to do!

Does this mean that I quit doing my best, having a solid business plan, rest on my successes, and live happily forever after with no problems or interruptions?  As an ‘over the top’ A personality that is not who I am; but it does mean I face the future with a different perspective and focus on what is really important and what is not!

Where are you in your journey? Is your business plan built on you or others? Do you have solutions that really work, or are you just in it for the money and recognition?  Can you listen to the song, “Happy” and relate to the experience?

I urge you to take a long, hard, honest look at yourself and what you have created as your lifework, and place contentment as the true measurement to really know if it is working for you!

Enjoy the trip, it is the only one you get!

“Simply” Sue

It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

3 Ways to Lead Positive in a Fearful World

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For the past couple of weeks, you’ve read about great leadership truths I discovered from Ed Friedman. The first one we talked about is that great leaders have “a capacity to separate themselves from the anxiety around them.” The second is that great leaders have “a commitment to goals beyond the horizons that everyone else saw.”

This week we look at the third one which is great leaders have “the courage to define themselves within their community.”

Anxiety drives those whom you lead by influence to look short-range. Such a narrow focus creates fear within them. Fear paralyzes their action. Lack of action stunts results. Stunted results decrease sales with less productivity.

How do you vanquish fear among those you lead?

Here are 3 Ways to Lead Positive in a Fearful World:

Courage When You Can
It’s a challenge to act courageously when so many around you are fearful. Yet it’s necessary to Lead Positive.

Courage is best expressed at certain moments; times of high-influence opportunity. Those experiences when all seems anxious with no relief in the short term.

That’s when you Lead Positive and in a break room conversation, recall with courage a similar intersection of danger and opportunity when all turned out well. Or, on a conference call remind everyone with courage of the corporate mission and vision and how focus on it has in the past steered the ship around the mines of fear.

Speak courage when you can, times when your positive influence is most needed.

Control What You Can
In anxious, short-sighted moments, fear runs freely, demolishing innovation and creativity. It seems at those times that the world is out of control, on a collision course with destruction.

Find one thing you can do that creates a short-term, high-impact win. One action that results in a positive, visible outcome with those you lead. Share the win. “Look what happened!” is the rallying cry.

As you do, you discover that others ask, “How did you do that?” Fear narrows their range of mental options to what they can’t do. Encourage them to follow you in controlling what they can; to find one action that will generate a positive outcome. Then go do it.
You define yourself as a leader as you control what you can and inspire others to do the same.

Community Where You Can
Your followers’ reactions to fear vary greatly. Some receive your self-definition with relief and step away from fear. Others choose to follow fear further and disbelieve your positive outcomes.

Create community among those who follow you away from fear. Your courage inspires their courage. Your actions encourage their actions. Both define a new community; a critical mass of folks who team around positive leadership that dispels anxiety, lengthens short-sightedness, and vanquishes fear.

Rally this community. Invest your leadership capital in them. Allow the others to self-select. You go Work Positive with those who will.

You amaze yourself and others as you Lead Positive in a fearful world.

 

JoeystandingWant to have Dr. Joey as your next 2014 keynote, seminar, or workshop presenter?
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It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

3 Ways to Lead Positive in a World of Mutiny

 

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We’re talking about great leadership truths I discovered from Ed Friedman. The first one is that great leaders have “a capacity to separate themselves from the anxiety around them.” The second is that great leaders have “a commitment to goals beyond the horizons that everyone else saw.” The third one is great leaders have “the courage to define themselves within their community.”

This week we look at the fourth one which is great leaders have “the emotional stamina to persist in the face of mutinies.”

Anxiety drives those whom you lead to look short-range. Such a narrow focus creates fear within them. Fear causes mutinies. The very people you lead can revolt in fear and rather than following you, march off in all directions at once.

How do you discover the emotional stamina to persist in the face of such mutinies?

 

Here are 3 Ways to Lead Positive in a World of Mutiny:

 

Access Emotional Stamina

You have more strength within you than you realize. Think back over previous experiences when anxiety surrounded you, short-sightedness afflicted your vision, and fear paralyzed you. The people around you were leaving and just a few were left.

If you can remember it without a heart attack, you survived. You grew emotional stamina that is mature and tested.

Access it as you recall it. Feel it welling up within you.

Use it to face your current situation.

Advance with Persistence

Once you access your emotional stamina, you are equipped with the jet fuel that drives your success engine—persistence.

How many times have you said to a friend, “Hang in there!”?

That’s persistence. When they don’t answer your email, you call. When they don’t return it, you mail a card. When they offer no reply, you send a birthday greeting.

Your emotional stamina is strong enough to keep you moving forward toward your goal. You are equipped with persistence.

Use it. Hang in there, as I like to say, like an old, rusty fish hook.

Avoid Mutinies

Armed with your emotional stamina that fuels your success engine of persistence, you are ready to positively achieve. Your last challenge is to avoid those people on the team who would roll you under the bus just to cover their own anxiety, short-sightedness, and fear.

The way to Lead Positive and avoid mutinies is to starve them out. Avoid giving any of your emotions or thoughts to the Eeyore Vampires who say, “It can’t be done” and would suck you bone-dry of positive energy.

Attention is your most valuable emotional and mental asset. Divert all of your attention away from mutinies. Focus on how well you separated yourself from the anxiety, your deep commitment to the goals beyond the horizons that everyone else sees with the courage to define yourself within the community. These successful experiences turbocharge your emotional stamina which fuels your persistence.

Amaze yourself and those whom you lead by choosing to observe the mutiny without participating as you Work Positive!

 

JoeystandingWant to have Dr. Joey as your next 2014 keynote, seminar, or workshop presenter?
Contact Sue Falcone at sue@simplysuespeaks.com, or call 888-766-3155 today!

It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

3 Ways to Lead Positive in an Anxious, Short-Sighted World

Visionary-leadershipLast week, I shared with you that Ed Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, set my positive direction years ago. I discovered four great leadership truths from him. The first one we talked about is that great leaders have “a capacity to separate themselves from the anxiety around them.”

The second is that great leaders have “a commitment to goals beyond the horizons that everyone else saw.”

The anxious world drives leaders to short-sighted behavior in search of quick patch jobs to difficult challenges. How do you avoid such?

 

Here are 3 Ways to Lead Positive in an Anxious, Short-Sighted World:

 

Look Within

“Commitment to goals” requires you to first look within. Commitment is internal; a motivation that drives you to lead by certain core values and priorities regardless of the insanity of the world around you.

Think of your core values as your “Why?” and your priorities as your “What?” They anchor you regardless of the business climate. They emerge as commitment to goals—both personal and organizational. Such goals are the action plan expression of your “Why?” and “What?”

Look within and find your commitment to goals and lead from this internal strength.

 

Look Way Out

Anchored securely with your commitment to goals in mind, you Lead Positive next by looking way out, as Friedman puts it, “beyond the horizons.”

Anxiety at work pushes our heads to droop and our eyes to drop. We look down in a short-sighted attempt to find something we can control. It’s the classic “forest and trees” paradigm.

Positive leaders look up out of the status quo—literally “what a mess we’re in”—and scan the horizons for what’s approaching, to determine the corporate course headings, and set sail with commitment for the achievement of the next goal.

Look way out and Lead Positive up and out of the short-sighted that anxiety sees. Positive leaders are vision-focused.

 

Look Weird

Please understand that as you look within and look way out, you are going to look weird to others. Or, as Friedman puts it, “everyone else” sees something different so when you find your internal commitment to goals and cast a long-sighted vision, what you see and articulate is a stark contrast to mass thinking. Of course, it’s such mass thinking that oozes anxiety which results in short-sighted behavior and creates our current mess.

Know going in to Lead Positive that you’ll get lots of side glances, quizzical expressions, and whispers as you enter and exit rooms. Just accept it as proof-positive that your commitment-to-goals-beyond-the-horizons leadership is working positive!

 

JoeystandingWant to have Dr. Joey as your next 2014 keynote, seminar, or workshop presenter?
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It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

3 Ways to Lead Positive in an Anxious World

Ed Friedman was my mentor. His book, Generation to Generation, and his other works set my positive direction years ago. I discovered four great leadership truths from him. The first one is that great leaders have “a capacity to separate themselves from the anxiety around them.”

anxiety-at-workWe have an abundance of anxiety today at work, home, and everywhere really. How do you deal with it? And how do you Lead Positive with anxiety all around?

 

Here are 3 Ways to Lead Positive in an Anxious World:

 

Take a Breath

One of the best days of my life was when I learned I didn’t have to say everything I was thinking. My marriage improved. My work improved. My energy improved.

I’m very extroverted. So when an anxiety-dominated teammate, friend, or family member would spew all over me, I naturally wanted to fix it or straighten them out and spoke up immediately.

That rarely happened.

I learned to take a breath. To install a mental filter so I focus on the positive and filter out the negative. That one breath, strategically inhaled and exhaled, has helped me separate myself from the anxiety more times than I can count.

Just take a breath when anxiety appears.

Take the Long View

After you take a breath, ask yourself, “How much will this matter a year from now? Five years from now?

I am constantly amazed by how much anxiety is generated from situations that are more inconvenience than problem, more difficult than devastating, and more temporary than permanent.

Anxiety shoves the situation to the foreground when it probably belongs in the background. Another question I ask in such times is, “Any blood on the floor? Anybody having a stroke or heart attack?” Of course not. So I respond, “Okay, good. Now take a breath and slowly describe what’s going on.”

The situation is far less threatening when we take the long view.

Take Time Away

Every effective, positive leader I’ve ever known or read about made a regular habit of stepping away. Anxiety necessitates that you detox.

Taking time away allows you to lessen anxiety in the system rather than add to it because you focus on renewing your own capacity to separate from it. You act like a step-down transformer rather than a step-up one. You take 220 volts of anxiety down to 110 volts instead of amping 110 up to 220.

Rather than finding out how long you can absorb how many volts of anxiety, take some time away. Go to a movie, for a walk, or a long weekend, or even better—a vacation! Renew your emotional stamina to take a breath and take the long view when you take time away.

Lead Positive and separate yourself from the anxiety around you as you Work Positive today!

 

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3 Low Cost Ways to Grow Positive Profits

Increase-SalesEveryone is watching their budgets and doing more with less. So how do you grow and increase profits most effectively?

 

Here are 3 Low Cost Tips to Positively Profit at Work.

 

Discover

Business is a discovery mission. You have multiple opportunities to discover more customers, niches, and problems your business can solve.

Invest time in creating discovery conversations.

Ask your best customers, “Who do you know that we can help the way we do you?”

Ask your best clients, “What other _______ problems do you wish we helped you with?”

Start your conversations with powerful questions. Everyone has an opinion and loves to share it. Your discovery mission is targeted at “best customers,” i.e., the ones you want more of.

Avoid assuming you know more about what they want than they do. Discover by asking.

 

Do

The opinions you gather will cluster around themes. You find common groups of people are referred, e.g., gender, age, and socioeconomic status. You uncover stackpole problems that focus on common challenges.

Pick one combination of people and problem and do something about it. Select an easy one if you want or, a huge, hairy one. Make a choice and do something.

Your action is targeted at a specific people and problem so you know who and what. You simply do something. Take the time to plan an action. Then make it happen.

Yes, you invest some time and attention and maybe some money.

You get results from strategic doing.

 

Debrief

The question then becomes, “How did it work?” and you debrief. You ask for feedback.

You can ask for feedback before you do by getting your targeted customer involved. Ask, “How do you think this will work?” or “Look at this postcard and tell me what kind of response it’ll get.”

At least, ask the targeted customer after your actions, “How did that work for your friend?”

Recycle the feedback into your discovery mission and you’re on your way to more profits. Your actions are more strategic. Your debriefing guarantees continuing improvement.

So discover, do, and debrief to positively profit at work!

 

JoeystandingWant to have Dr. Joey as your next 2014 keynote, seminar, or workshop presenter?
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3 Signs You are Positively Engaged at Work

engagedatwork“How do you know you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing for work?” the college student asked me.

A middle-aged guy and I had the same discussion recently as he transitions careers.

The answer lies in your heart; what you “Believe” about your work, the third core practice of a Work Positive lifestyle.

What emotionally engages you about your work?

What are you looking for at work?

These conversations prompted my own looking for and discovering 3 Signs You Are Positively Engaged at Work:

You Look Forward
When you are positively engaged at work, you look forward to the morning.

Now you might think, “Dr. Joey, I’m not a morning person.” All the more reason that this sign means you’re positively engaged at work.

You get out of bed with a certain sense of anticipation—“I wonder what will happen today?”

You avoid that internal conversation of “Come on now. You gotta go to work. You’ve got bills to pay. Let’s go!”

You look forward to the morning with curiosity and expectation for what positive experiences you’ll have.

You Look Up
The next sign you’re positively engaged at work is when you regularly look up and the day is about done. Suddenly the clock reads, 2:16PM, and you think, “Really? I’ve worked 5 hours? Seems more like 2…”

Of course the rate at which time flies or crawls is totally determined by your perception.

Lack engagement? Five o’clock takes forever to arrive. You’re packed up, desk clean, and ready to go by 4:30.

Positively engaged? You look up and suddenly the day is almost done.

You’re in The Flow, that sweet spot of productivity and purpose that rewards you with a satisfying sense of “I get paid to do this?”

You look up and are amazed by how quickly the day passes.

You Look Around
The third sign you’re positively engaged at work is when you look around at the team you’re with…and smile.

You know John is positively engaged with his work, also, because he smiles back. You think about his Dad who is ill and you remind yourself to ask next time you talk.

You know Amy is positively engaged with her work, too, because she smiles back even though she’s tired of being pregnant and yet she is in the office so the team finishes the big project on time.

When you look around at the team with a smile, with fondness and empathy in your heart, with knowledge in mind of their life situations, and with gratitude in your spirit for the privilege of working with these folks, you are positively engaged with your work.

You Believe and enjoy your Work Positive lifestyle!

JoeystandingWant to have Dr. Joey as your next 2014 keynote, seminar, or workshop presenter?
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It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

3 Ways to Find Time to Read Positive

read-biz-booksWhen we connect with someone on LinkedIn, we welcome them with an invitation to read free chapters of one of our books. We hope just one idea will coach the reader closer to achieving business dreams.

One connection recently replied, “Thanks, but I don’t have time to sit down and read a book.”

“I don’t have time” are four of the deadliest words you’ll ever say.

I wanted to say, “One day you will have time, because the way you’ve always done business will no longer work. You’ll have more time than money, and wonder what to do next. You will have missed opportunities to discover new ideas, new strategies, and new ways to do business in a rapidly changing world.”

There are more ways to read a book quickly, more inexpensively today than in the history of humanity. The printing press is now pixelated. For about the cost of a couple of Happy Meals, you step into a world of exciting ideas that will increase your sales with greater productivity so you have more time.

“Oh the places you will go!” (Dr. Seuss)

Yet if it seems you lack the time to sit down and read a book—any book, not just mine—and grow your business, here are 3 Ways to Make Time to Read Positive:

Listen to a Book
Most books are now available as audiobooks. Audible on Amazon and iTunes both have audiobooks.

Think of your vehicle as a mobile university. Redeem the windshield time of commuting or business travel with cutting edge ideas and best business practices. Or, work out your body and mind simultaneously.

Look at an App
Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and read Kindle books. Instead of the Facebook newsfeed, read a book during lunch. Rather than flip through more self-promoting Tweets, turn pages in a Nook book.

Learn in Minutes
When you spend about 15 minutes a day reading, you’ll have read approximately 2 dozen books in a year. Just one idea could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

The business environment in which you work changes daily. Riding the wave of change all the way to the bank is far easier surfing with thought leaders who give you their best ideas and practices for very little investment.

Listen to a book. Look at your tablet or smartphone book. Learn for just 15 minutes a day and watch as you Work Positive!

JoeystandingWant to have Dr. Joey as your next 2014 keynote, seminar, or workshop presenter?
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