Archive Monthly Archives: June 2017

The #1 Key to Success – Nugget Podcast

What’s the one key that most people use to sabotage their success that you can use to elevate yours? That’s what you’ll discover on this week’s meh2YEAH Nugget Show.

Karen Furneaux, Olympian – meh2Yeah Pro-File Podcast

Karen Furneaux is a 3-time Olympian and two time World Champion. In this week’s meh2Yeah Pro-File I speak with her to identify what enabled her to create such a powerful life of YEAH!

The biggest barrier to mindfulness – and how to get past it – Nugget Podcast

The biggest barrier to mindfulness is the non-stop head chatter that you can get lost in. Imagine if you could shut that off – that’s exactly what this week’s meh2yeah Nugget Show is about – a simple way to quiet your head chatter.

Empowerment Demystified – meh2YEAH Pro-File Podcast

Too many people feel disempowered, and many leaders aren’t sure how to make empowerment work. In this week’s “meh” to YEAH! Pro-File Show, I take a fresh look at empowerment from a radically new direction to uncover practical ways you can actually empower yourself and others.

There are so many insights from my amazing guests, Trena Graham and Nicole LeBlanc- Gallant in this show. You ladies are incredible! Enjoy the show!

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Father’s Day makes me think of the gifts my father has left me, and of what I, in turn, am leaving to my son and stepsons.  Part of that is my time with them – so much more is all I do in my life and what I will leave behind.

Too often you get caught up in the busyness of life, constantly trying to juggle more than you can handle, running from one deadline to another.  In that maelstrom, it’s easy to lose track of why you do all you do and the deeper patterns.  At best, life becomes stressful exhaustion. At worst, days pass by as “meh”.

Perhaps that’s the gift of days like this.  They can give you a moment to breathe, to look at the big picture and think about what is the legacy you want to leave behind?  How is it you want to be remembered?  What would allow you to look back on your life and see more days of “YEAH!” and fewer days of “meh”?

If you can make the time to really think about that, how would it change what you do?  How would it impact the importance of all those deadlines?  What else might be possible?

It’s not just about spending more quality time with family and friends.  It’s about why you’re here.  What’s the legacy you want to leave behind, and what can you do today, tomorrow, this week to start?  What can you drop to make time?  What do you need to start doing?  What other choices are possible?

Nugget Podcast – Prioritizing Life and Work

We all want to have a meaningful, productive life, but we’re barraged with demands from different directions. Today’s meh2YEAH Nugget gives you a simple tool to prioritize what you focus on right now.

Meh2YEAH Pro-File Podcast – Lisa Drader-Murphy

What does it take to find your passion and follow it? And how do you uncover opportunities in a highly competitive field? Discover how Lisa Drader-Murphy charted her course in today’s From “meh” to YEAH! Pro-File.

How 3 letters can transform a purpose statement

Liquid filled lensatic compass

Liquid filled lensatic compass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Purpose is the raison d’etre for you as an individual, or for your organization.  It’s your true north.

It needs to be stated in simple, plain English in a way that people can connect to and be excited about.  And there are 3 letters that can elevate them to even greater power.

Let’s start with organizational shared purpose – the same principle applies to personal and shared purpose.  In yesterday’s post, I quoted this HBR article that said that corporate shared purpose exists “to inspire your staff to do good work for you, find a way to express the organization’s impact on the lives of customers, clients, students, patients — whomever you’re trying to serve. Make them feel it.”

So what are some actual examples?

Here is ING‘s purpose: “Empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business”

And Southwest Airline‘s: “To connect People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel.”

And Kellogg’s: “Nourishing families so they can flourish and thrive”

The only modifications I’d make to these is to start the Southwest purpose with a gerund (ending in ‘ing’) rather than ‘to do something’.  That is, to say ‘connecting People to…’, not ‘to connect People to’.

Why?

Well, our brains work in pictures, not words.  For example, if I asked you how many windows are in your home, how would you get your answer?  You’d visualize it and walk through your home.

Well, if you say ‘to connect’, your brain makes a still picture to represent the words.  If you say ‘connecting’, you create a movie in your mind’s eye, and a movie is far more compelling than a simple picture.

Similarly, when I work with my clients on connecting with their inner core purpose on a personal level, I it usually comes down to a couple of words, and I challenge my clients to transform the first word into a gerund.  Thus, instead of saying that their purpose is ‘to help others’ or ‘to make connections’ or ‘to heal conflict’, I challenge them to play with ‘helping others’, ‘making connections’ or ‘healing conflict’.

In over a quarter of a century of doing this work, every single person has found the gerund version much more compelling.  And at its heart, it’s not the words that are important – it’s the connection to the inner feeling of purpose. The words are simply the label – or the key to unlock all of that.