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22 12, 2012

Is Success What You Really Want? 11 Top Reads to Keep You Motivated in 2013

By |2017-03-03T12:07:02-05:00December 22nd, 2012|Categories: Blog, Success|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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With the New Year around the corner, I start thinking, how will I continue to motivate myself to take on the tasks ahead.  The next statement is always, what are the tasks?

My friend, The Growth Coach,  John Stahl,  l told me not to let work get in the way.

Interesting thought.Work that really doesn’t make a difference?

I find that having a yearly plan helps me stay focused and show results. If you don’t do some soul searching, life will just drag you along, and you’ll become part of someone else’s success plan.

With the New Year around the corner, “we can all use a little prodding” to get us to success and more out of life. And who doesn’t want more out of life? Here’s my list of what I call “the read and re-read.” I’m also addicted to pod casts, listening to them every night before I go to sleep. Of course, I fall asleep in the middle but maybe my subconscious is getting it.

 

  1.  Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, by Lynn Grabhorn. She calls her life journey “the physics of thought.”  The book is easy to read and gives us another link on how to get more out of life. Her theory is that we get what we want through feelings, not necessarily because of planning and sweating. The book helps you understand how your feelings can help or hurt you. Personally, I think it’s worth owning, underlining and reading it again
  2. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz This is an old book, but it too is super—easy read and it makes you want to call Miguel up and have a conversation. His best advice,  “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”  How many times a day do we take things personally? You can sign up for his Academy of Awareness which is very cool.
  3. Are you Ready to Succeed, by Srikumar S. Rao. This is another personal favorite. The book has readings, , exercises and lessons to help you reconstruct and improve your professional world. This has lots of ideas on “getting unstuck.”
  4. 212, The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker. The premise: at 211 degrees water is just hot. At 212 degrees, it becomes steam and is powerful enough to move a locomotive. Who can argue with this? The tiny book will keep you captivated and wanting to read it over again. Tapes are also available.  Read it out loud to anyone who will listen.
  5. Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read. Based on the premise of when you were born, where you were born and what was going on in society had a huge effect on you. It made me look deeper into  my own life and how lucky I was to miss attending the first grade by one year! You’ll love this. If you can’t  get enough of Malcolm, I can’t,  start listening to Malcolm’s pod casts. Freakonomics.
  6. The Myth of the Entrepreneur by Michael Gerber. This is a quick with great insight. If you haven’t read it and own a business, go get it. This is definitely a reread.
  7. The Great Wing, by Dr.Louis Tartaglia. I just ordered 21 of these for a customer service class I’ve been teaching; it’s the kind of book you can’t’ put down. Gomer is a baby goose in the midst of learning how to survive the great yearly migration. Somewhere  in our lives, all of us have “bellied up to the bar” and done something we haven’t wanted to do. Fellow trainers Lou, Sam and I created a workshop for the board of directors at the Toledo Opera Company. It was a blast with everyone yelling, “flock yes.” A great parable and you will feel for Gomer’s struggle.
  8. Build from Scratch,  How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion, by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. A true life story about never giving up and those that believed.  Will there ever be another story like this?
  9. The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk. Who will win the customers? Not the rich guy but the guy who can show the customer how much he’s loved. A little longer read but really good.
  10.  What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekends: A Short Guild to Making the Most of  Your Days, by  Laura Vanderkam. No,  they’re probably not watching television but they’re staying away from their inbox and have a plan. Check this out.
  11. Abundance, by Peter Diamandis. The world is better than it looks and has plenty of opportunities. Get to this book fast.

What are you reading? I know Dan Alcorn must have a couple of good suggestions. Let us know your ‘good reads.’ Happy New Year.

Lisbeth Calandrino helps businesses build loyal customer relationships through customer service and sales training. she can be reached at redhotcusotmerservice@nycap.rr.com.

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9 11, 2010

Do You Know Where You’re Going?

By |2017-03-03T12:07:12-05:00November 9th, 2010|Categories: Blog, Blogging, Building a Brand, Change, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Service, Economy, fun, Reaching the Consumer, Sales, Success|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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Take a riskI hope this article is timely for you; it is for me.  For many of us the  economy is still moping along and we’re trying to figure out what to do next. Consumers are changing their buying habits, myself included. Friends are downsizing their lifestyles and examining their life choices. The recession may be over, but the landscape has changed.  In many ways it’s unfamiliar; at least it is to me.   I’m in a different place too. It’s not a bad place, it’s just a different place and different doesn’t always feel right–especially in the beginning.

Change is good. Well, change is interesting but it’s more interesting if it’s happening to you rather than me. In my case, I find when it’s time  for a change I put more hours in at the health club! Somehow I know it’s a safe place for my mind and my body. I feel less stressed after my workout and  feel I’ve done something good for me.

Each of us is building new roads, repairing our highways and hopefully avoiding serious pitfalls.  I’m convinced that sharing this journey with positive friends who have good intentions will make our journey more pleasant and safe. It’s time to re-cultivate your the garden and  get rid of the weeds that might be choking you from making new decisions. Sometimes, these weeds come in surprising forms–forms we call “friends.”

Just as I’m writing this article, I received this from Kevin Clancey a Realtor in Albany, New York from his Monday Morning Mojo:

The biggest obstacle to creating a wonderful life is self-limiting beliefs. A self-limiting belief is an idea you have that you are limited in some way, in terms of time, talent, intelligence, money, ability, or opportunity. Brian Tracy

At times we all have limiting beliefs, and there’s nothing to fear except fear itself and fear can be defined with the acronym “false evidence appearing real”. So, now what, where do you begin? It’s time for you to become your own coach, a good coach.

Speaking of coaches, one of my guests on Red Hot Customer Service Show was John Stahl from The Growth Coach of New York  serving business owners throughout the Northeast. John talks about limiting beliefs. Of course, beliefs simplify our lives but limiting beleifs dis-empower and hold us back. John talks about “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable” while making changes. If you’re talking about business challenges, Johns says the biggest challenge is between the ears of the business owner. I think this is a problem that many of us share.

Coach Vincent Lombardi once said that the difference between a good coach and a bad coach is the good coach always knew what the end would look like. If you don’t know where your want to go, how will you get there? If you get wherever “there” is, how will you know it’s the right place? In Warren Bennis’s book, “View from the Top“, he examines ninety leaders and found that one of key strategies was “attention through vision.”

What’s vision you ask? Vision can be a simple act or a thought; what do I really want out of life?

What makes me happy?

What are my dreams, my goals or my purpose? What would I like more of in my life?

I know I want more time at the lake.

Sometimes visions are statement for the future, a destination that you want to achieve. Last year I joined Toastmasters. I have competed in several events and recently joined the advanced Toastmasters Group. My goal is to continue to advance my speaking craft–I love speaking. The club gives me the opportunity to test new topics, get feedback and make changes. It’s a way to continually focus on something that’s important in my life.

Your vision may be simple. If you are invested in the outcome and feel ownership over your vision, then the happiness is in the journey– the appreciation of the uniqueness of the components it takes to get there.

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