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[ February 10, 2020 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

To Be a Great Leader, You Need the Right Mindset.

According to the Harvard Business Review, organizations around the world invest approximately $356 billion annually on leadership development efforts, yet over 75% of these organizations rated their leadership development programs as ineffective. What causes all of these organizations to have a low return on investment in their leadership development efforts? 

One word…Mindset. 

Simply put, mindsets are the driving force behind what leaders do and why they do it. When leadership development efforts ignore mindsets, they ignore how leaders see and interpret problems and opportunities.

After detailed research, Harvard Business Review identified four distinct mindsets that have been found to affect leaders’ ability to engage with others, navigate change more successfully, and perform in their leadership roles more effectively.

Growth Mindset 

 Having a growth mindset is foundational to leadership success because it supports the premise that people can learn, grow, and expand their skills. 

When a leader has a growth mindset they can see setbacks as an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and try again. With a growth mindset, leaders are more likely to take on challenges, are open to feedback, adopt the more effective problem-solving strategies, and are more persistent in working towards their goals. 

Learning Mindset

 Leaders with a learning mindset are motivated to increase their knowledge and enjoy putting effort into mastering new things. These leaders make efforts to increase their competence, engage in deep-level learning strategies, and actively seek feedback. They are also persistent, adaptable, willing to cooperate, and tend to perform at a higher level.

Agile Mindset

Leaders with this mindset value openness and adaptability. An agile leader can take in and filter information and assimilate quickly. Agile leaders are resilient and innovative which allows them to not only anticipate change but actively seek or even create it themselves. 

Promotion Mindset

Leaders with a promotion mindset are focused on winning and gains. A promotion mindset allows leaders to identify a specific goal and prioritize a system that will lead them to that goal. Research has found that those with this mindset think more positively, are more open to change, and are more likely to persist despite challenges and setbacks. 

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. What does leadership mean to you?
  2. Are you currently in a leadership position? Or do you plan to be in one soon?
  3. How would you define your mindset now?
  4. Are you open to feedback and critique?
  5. One of the biggest aspects to being a successful leader is to be coachable. Are you coachable?

I have dedicated my career to helping individuals become effective leaders.  If you are looking to improve your leadership efforts for yourself or your team, click the link below to schedule a call with me. I would love to hear more about your goals and to see if my leadership training program is right for you. 

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[ December 13, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

Are You the Consumer or An Investor This Holiday Season.

The other day I came across a quote that really got me thinking…

 

“When it comes to generational wealth, your children should start where you finish, not where you began.”

This is something to truly think about. When you leave this world, will you be leaving your family with a hole or a trampoline?

Society wants us to focus on the material things during this time of year.  A new iPhone 11, new smart devices, new cars, a truckload of toys and goodies. This is the season of tangibles and liabilities. But imagine having a plan that can set you up for life! An investment your future self and your descendants will thank you for.  A plan that can set you up for a comfortable lifestyle in retirement and leave a “trampoline” for your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to stay ahead in life.  I’m talking about a blueprint combined with tools they need to create financial stability and capitalize on future opportunities as they continue on the path to creating generational wealth and a positive long-lasting legacy.

Now, I am not here to be a downer and tell you not to celebrate the holidays the way you normally would. But with the upcoming decade, it is so important to me that I plant a seed. A seed that opens your eyes and mind to the amazing opportunities available to you with a little help and guidance from a Legacy Coach such as myself.

I encourage you this season, when you set time to budget for your presents and holiday festivities, that you also allocate some of this time to invest in yourself and the ones you love.

As my gift to you, let’s work together to build a solid legacy plan. Click here to schedule your FREE discovery session with me.

Treat yourself this holiday like you’ve never done before. You owe it to yourself and your family.

Legacy
[ October 5, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

Building the Perfect Morning Routine that Leads to a More Productive Day

I often hear “I wish I had more time” or “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Are you guilty of saying this?

Truth is, and I am sure you have heard this before, we ALL have the same 24 hours in a day. So how is that that some can achieve more within this time than others?

Now, I understand that no two lives are the same, so although we may all be allotted 24 brand new hours every day, that doesn’t mean we go about them the same way. Maybe you have more responsibilities than the next person, maybe you don’t, but how exactly are you structuring your day to ensure it is as productive as you want it to be?

Busy and Productive are Two Different Things

Just because your schedule is packed for the day; does not mean you are necessarily having a productive day. This leads to the feeling you have at the end of that day of wishing you had more time. You know that feeling where you did so much, yet feel you’ve accomplished nothing.

So, what exactly are you wishing you had more time to do? Work on passion? Relax? Pick up a new hobby? Run more errands? Get more work done? Expand your business?

A Solid and Consistent Morning Routine Can Go A Long Way

If you study successful people, one thing that you’ll notice is they share similar habits— and having a daily morning ritual is one of them. For those who think they are too busy to have one, being busy isn’t an excuse. In fact, the busier that you get, the more you need one, because a morning routine sets the tone of your day.

Crafting a morning routine is a personal thing. Not everyone’s morning is the same. How you structure YOUR morning can make all the difference. As time progresses, your morning routine should evolve. If something isn’t working, change it. Don’t latch on just because someone else is doing it.

Here is a summary of my current morning routine:

  • 5 AM: Wake Up
  • 5:05 AM: Words of Affirmation
  • 5:10 AM : Make the bed
  • 5:15 AM: Read or Listen to the Bible
  • 5:30 AM: Read Min 15 Pages of a personal development book
  • 5:45 AM: Stretch and Forgive
  • 6:00 AM: Gym/ Workout
  • 7:15 AM: Prepare for the day ahead
  • 7:45 AM: Breakfast

Home Work:

You can start off small. Pick a minimum of 4-morning habits that you want to start in the morning. And begin to use them TOMORROW. You can use the list below for inspiration or create your own.

  • Wake Up at 5am
  • Drink 16 oz of water upon rising
  • 15 minutes of meditation
  • Pray
  • Movement (yoga, workout, walk, stretch)
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
  • Plan the day ahead
  • Spend 1 hour working towards your passion (outside of your 9-5 job)
  • Take a cold shower to wake up
  • Make a healthy breakfast
  • Spend time with the family before you all separate for the day

Repeat your Morning Routine for 30 days (if you skip a day, add another day to the 30 days)

Keep a list by your bedside or in your calendar so you do not forget the ritual.

Adjust ritual as needed.

Legacy
[ September 12, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

Steer Clear of Bad Advice

There is nothing wrong with seeking wisdom or advice when it comes to your life, business, relationships and more, but who exactly are you turning to?

When looking for answers keep this in mind: Do not take advice from people who lack experience on the topic at hand.

Would you prefer to take relationship advice from a single person, or a couple married for years?

Do you want financial advice from someone who is struggling to make ends meet; or someone who has proven experience in saving and maintaining a consistent cash flow?

Would you ask for an opinion on your business from someone who is barely surviving their 9-5 or someone who has a thriving business?

The answers to these questions seem pretty simple, don’t they? But to be honest, most of us have taken the “wrong” option at least once or twice in our lives which have led to us being influenced by bad advice.

“I have heard people say they have received bad advice,
but I have never heard anyone say they have received bad wisdom.”
Alvin Darien II
Legacy Coach

Be very careful where you receive your counsel. If you are seeking advice from someone who is not living the life you want, seriously consider whether or not you should be listening to and taking to heart what they have to say.  By no means does this mean you should flat out ignore those who do not have the same exact goals, desires, and motivation as you; But make sure you are not following the same path if you know it will not lead you to where you want to go.

A lot of people complain about taking bad advice, but no one has ever told me they have received bad wisdom. Wisdom comes from experience, where advice, most times, comes from speculation. Therefore, most advice we receive in our day to day lives are is not meant to be taken seriously.

Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate wisdom from advice, but I have found that wisdom often resonates with you internally when you hear it. Although “gut feelings” should not be the deciding factor in all of your decisions, they can be a good guide on whether or not you should consider the input you are receiving.

WHO ARE YOU RECEIVING YOUR FINANCIAL ADVICE FROM?

The majority of broke people receive financial advice from other broke people or financial “entertainers.”

(A financial entertainer is someone who gives the same exact advice to everyone. As if financial advice was one size fits all thing, right? )

Please understand that everyone does not have the same financial DNA, so we cannot take the same advice for every financial concern.

To receive proper wisdom on finances (or other significant life topics) it is important to work with knowledgeable professionals. One who can, in turn, help you build a lasting legacy.

If you are ready to take the FIRST step towards building a positive legacy and receiving great wisdom to do so, schedule your FREE breakthrough discovery session with me, or one of my coaches. We can help you uncover your Financial DNA, discuss your financial mindset, and create a plan to help you build a solid legacy for generations to come.

My goal as a legacy consultant and coach, is to understand your individual and/or family’s financial goals and vision (amongst other goals) and help you build your positive long-lasting legacy.

Click here to learn more.

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[ July 30, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

Your Family and Your Legacy

Words of Wisdom from Amazon Bestseller “Don’t Let Adversity Steal your Legacy.

 

 

“Family over everything” is a quote I’m sure you’ve all heard. Family is very important, and for most people, their family is their main support system and foundation. Because of this, we generally feel that we will be there for our family no matter what the circumstance because as they say “loyalty” is everything and “family always comes first.”  And although we want to do everything in our might to help out our parents, children, and close relatives, sometimes the best thing to do is show them we believe in them by giving them the gift of personal responsibility.

 

An example of gifting personal responsibility would be your child’s challenges after graduating from college. Not everyone is guaranteed a high earning job the moment they graduate, so for most, the moment they stop being a student, “real life” swoops in so fast, they are unsure how to handle it. Your first instinct may be to go into nurturing mode and have them return home to take care of them like you were used to doing in the past. This is a natural feeling, but it is important to consider the impact this decision can have on the relationship long term; this can affect your emotional legacy.

 

Another example regards a friend of mine. There was a time she was struggling to support a sibling. This sibling was living life on a whim. Not saving money, couldn’t hold a job, couldn’t sustain interpersonal relationships, and was just spiraling down. She felt personally responsible to help him in any way she could, be It financially (paying bills), spending all of her free time trying to find him jobs (that he couldn’t hold on to anyway), and draining herself to make sure he was ok. Rather than teaching him to fish, she kept providing the “fish” from her personal stash. To make matters worse, he was not very appreciative and she constantly felt overwhelmed and unacknowledged. This was not helpful for either party, but it was being done because she believed you must do everything for her family.

 

“Your failure to plan does not constitute
an emergency for me.”
– Alvin Darien II

 

This is an example of her brother failing to plan, and now his emergencies becoming hers. Guilt makes it hard to say “no” to family members, but in this situation, the best way to help him that could possibly benefit them both was to let him take responsibility for his own life and challenges.

The moment she took the responsibility off of herself, she flourished. Her business grew, and he became motivated based on seeing her accomplish things once she took her life back into her hands.

 

Now, imagine you being in a similar situation.

Imagine that every personal adversity you have in your life is stone. You are strong enough to carry your own stones, and others in your family see how effortlessly you handle this weight, so they give you a few of theirs.  Should you help relieve some of their weight, or have them figure it out on their own?

 

There is no right or wrong answer to this, but keep in mind that every decision you make has an effect. So, outweigh the options. For example, if you are doing well financially, maybe you can afford to help someone out financially here and there, but chances are, they may expect this kind of help every time they are in a bind. Can you afford to do this? Both financially and emotionally?

 

 

 

Homework

  1. Are there any situations in your life where you feel you are overextending yourself to help others in your family? If so, is there something you can be doing differently to preserve yourself without feeling guilty?
  2. What stones are you willing to carry? Set limitations for yourself.
  3. Make sure your family knows you love them, and because you love them, you must allow them to take personal responsibility for their own lives.
  4. Talk to your family and let them know your goals and priorities.

Business
[ June 28, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

Leading from The Front

What is Leading from the front?

Leading from the front, also known as leading by example is the act of a true leader demonstrating your leadership by “going first”. Leading from the front is an example of practicing what you preach. It is not always about your numbers or personal achievements.

Why is leading from the front important?

When leading from the front, you are setting an example for your team, mentees, family, and more.

How often do you see “leaders” tell their followers to do things they wouldn’t do themselves, or give advice that they themselves would never follow? Now ask yourself, how successful that leader will be in the long run?

True leaders do not believe in asking their team to do anything they wouldn’t do themselves. Leading from the front is a great way to build trust and helps everyone become successful in the long run.

10 Most important areas to lead from the front:

  1. Family
    Set a positive example for your family.
  2. Business Systems

Make sure your business systems are simple and efficient. Do not over complicate things.

  1. Integrity
    Integrity is a key factor. Keep your word. Be on time. Be Honest. Be ethical.
  2. Event Management/Time Management
    I always say, there is no such thing as “time management.” Treat everything you’re doing as an event.
  3. Work Ethics

Similar to integrity, conduct your business in an honest and ethical fashion as you lead others to do the same.
Be willing to put in a half-a-day’s work when necessary. (12 out of 24 hours)

  1. Financial Responsibility
    Manage your money responsibly.
  2. How You Take Care of Yourself
    Leading from the front it not just how you conduct your business. Are you taking care of yourself in the process? From appearance to mental health. It’s important to take care of yourself in order to always put your best foot forward and lead the way.
  3. How You Handle Conflict

During conflict it is always important to listen. To handle any conflicts that arise you should remain calm and make sure your making decisions based on logic and not emotion.

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[ June 28, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

The Importance of Building a Positive Legacy

If you wanted to plant a new tree, would you prefer to place it in a new empty field, or an older forest? In nature, you will see that young trees flourish better when surrounded by older trees. This is because the roots of the younger trees are able to follow the “pathways” created by older ones and deeply root themselves into the ground resulting in a strong foundation. This is also how legacy works.

Believe it or not, most people don’t think about building a legacy until it’s too late. Some people have the mindset of “Why should I care what happens when I am no longer here?”

If this is you, it is important to take “death” out of the equation. Starting to build a legacy now affects you and your family just as much as it will affect the next generation.

Legacies are about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. When you begin to improve yourself, your finances, your emotional/mental health, and knowledge, you too reap the benefits of a better and more fulfilling life.

Imagine having everything you need. Imagine feeling safe, secure, and confident about where you are today and where you’ll be tomorrow. Imagine not having to worry about running out of money in the future. Doesn’t that feel great? Now imagine leaving this same blueprint for your family and future generations to come. They will inherit that same great feeling and have the guidance and mindset they need to live a fulfilling life as well.

Why is Building a Positive Legacy Important?

When you are building a legacy, it is important to know that it is more than just a last name or leaving behind property and money. Your legacy will consist of emotions and knowledge as well. This means without even knowing it, you are passing down your anxiety, depression, lack of knowledge, and more! This is why it is so important to make sure you are doing everything you can to build a positive legacy.

How You Can Start Building A Positive Legacy?

  1. Identify Where You are Now.
    • Take a moment to analyze your life. Where are you currently? Are you emotionally and financially stable? Do you know all you need to know about life, money, success and more?
    • If you continue to follow the path you’re on now, will you be happy with the legacy you leave behind?
    • If not, what areas do you need to work on? If yes, do you agree that there is always room for improvement?
  2. Identify what legacy means to you
    • How do you feel about legacies?
    • Are you happy with the legacies you’ve inherited?  If so, how can you continue to build on this?  If not, how can you improve this for future generations?
    • Are you willing to put in work every dayto improve all areas of your life?
  3. Create A Plan
    • Sometimes thinking about the future can evoke anxiety. It does not have to be this way. Creating a plan or life map can prevent you from wandering aimlessly throughout life. A solid plan will give you accountability, direction, and peace of mind.
  4. Work with a Legacy Coach.
    • Not to be confused with a life a coach, although a legacy coach can help you uncover your immediate and future needs to live a happy and fulfilling life, they also take that extra step by helping you plan for the next 100 years by:
      • Working with you to create a solid legacy plan.
      • Offering guidance along the way.
      • Holding you accountable.
  5. Always be Learning (ABL)
    • Finally, we can never know too much. Take time to read and learn new things to improve yourself.

Business
[ June 28, 2019 by wpbiz 0 Comments ]

7 Keys to Winning In Business

Being an athlete in high school was no easy feat. It required a lot of time, dedication, and consistency; Something I was willing to do to become the best version of myself. After college, I made the decision that I wanted to be a successful business owner, but how could I achieve this? When I came to the realization that running a successful business required the same dedication and consistency as being successful in football (or any sport for that matter), I knew I had the tools for success.

Here, I would like to share the 7 Keys I utilized to create a successful career and to win a “championship” in business.

1. Don’t Quit/ Remember Your Why

Running a business is not easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it. If you ever feel like things are getting tough and have even the slightest of giving up, remember your “Why.” Why did you start? And most importantly, what is your vision.

2. Show Up

Everything starts with commitment. Like in sports, you have to commit to practices in order to better yourself. In business, you must make a commitment to show up every day to work on your goals and improve yourself and your business. It is important to be committed to doing your best, even when you don’t feel like it.

3. Coaching

Having the right coach is everything. The coach must have a great track record of success, integrity, and a vision to win. Most importantly, they must have a system that can easily be followed.

4. Master the Basics

Mastering the basic is important in any industry. In basketball, before you can go out on the court, you need to master dribbling, lay-up, shooting and more.

In business, we must master the basics of communication, building relationships, and closing.

5. Synergy/Teamwork

Teamwork is everything. Your favorite football team wouldn’t make it to the Superbowl if everyone played for themselves. In order win, each player has a role, that when done properly, creates a smooth flowing system.  The same goes for your business. Everyone must be on the same page and working towards a common goal- Success.

6. Track Performance

Where performance is measured, performance improves.

How many calls did you make? How many presentations did you give?  What is your closing ratio? The average ratio is 10:3:1

10 prospects make an appointment.  3 of those people will keep their work.  1 person will close.

Everyone has different ratios however, so make sure you know your numbers and track your performance accordingly.

7. Keep Score

At the end of the fiscal year, we want to have profits and growth.

In order to track this, you must keep score, plan accordingly, and keep the following in mind:

If you want a good decade, you must have good years.

To have a good year, you must have a good quarter.

To have a good quarter, you must start with a good month.
To have a good month, you need to have a good week.

In order to have a good week, you must start with a good day.

And all of this starts with planning ahead.