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4 PRACTICAL WAYS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AS A LEADER

Responsible leadership is defined as governance or management that considers the impact of decisions on every possible stakeholder in a business environment, not just those who benefit from a given decision. Responsible leaders therefore, are leaders who don’t just seek to make as much profit as possible out of employees and consumers, they also seek to safeguard these people’s well-being and interests. Responsible leadership is courteous in nature. It is informed by ethics and upholds integrity as the most important trait a leader can exercise. Responsible leaders do not hesitate to do what’s right, even when what is right stands in conflict with what’s lucrative. Here are four important principles of responsible leadership that every leader should personify:

  • Understand the Difference Between Right and Wrong:

Without a moral compass, there is no limit to the amount of damage a leader can inflict on innocent people. Based on their authority alone, leaders are always entrusted with power and resources. The more a leader is entrusted with these elements, the more important it is for said leader to be incorruptible. This can only happen if a strong sense of right and wrong exists in a leader. At the very least, every leader must have a full grasp of three ethical precepts before exercising power over others:

      • Universal Moral Law.
      • Statutory Codes.
      • Organizational Codes of Conduct.
  • Stand up for What is Right:

It’s not enough for a leader to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Leaders also need enough of a backbone to be just. They have to relentlessly fight against pressures or negative influences that goad them towards unscrupulousness. It is extremely easy, almost instinctive even, for people to abuse power selfishly. However when a leader can consistently look past personal interests and always act for the greater good, they stand a good chance of leaving an enduring legacy at the conclusion of their tenure.

  • Understand who you’re Accountable To:

If responsible leadership can be compared to a house, accountability represents each and every brick of that house. Weak accountability makes for an irresponsible leader whereas strong accountability produces wise leadership. Leaders should always remember that they exist to serve. They exist to serve the consumers who rely on their products and they also exist to serve the subordinates whose collective effort endorses a leader’s authority. When a leader loses sight of this dynamic, they begin to impose unrealistic expectations on the very people who support and rely on them.

  • Understand the Consequences of Transgression:

Abuse of power isn’t just a problem, it’s a betrayal. It’s a betrayal of the trust that is placed in a leader, and it always has victims. This is a fact that should exist in the consciousness of every person who calls themselves a leader, regardless of how prominent their role. When leaders break the rules, it’s more than a violation of protocol or red tape. It could end up causing financial loss, personal injury and diminished quality of life to people who don’t deserve to suffer.

20th century author and activist Helen Keller once said, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” This statement is one of the most succinct ways to describe what responsible leadership is all about. Not only do the little things matter, but paying attention to them makes a difference. Leaders who understand how to take responsibility for every facet of their mandate, not just what is glamorous, inevitably position themselves to achieve greatness. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love our many informative workshops and events listed on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/rise-programs-10789866034 Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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4 EASY STEPS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK

You’re at the office, clocked in and ready with your morning coffee. Before you know it, five o’clock has rolled around and you can’t help but wonder where the time went. What was supposed to be a productive day flew by with little to show for it. Often, the noise that surrounds us can derail our focus before we even realize it.

As a result, we lose track of our goals, projects take longer to complete, and it gets harder to move forward. The good news is that there are solutions! Check out the following tips to get rid of those distractions keeping you from progressing:

  1. Get rid of the clutter:

Physical Clutter

Are you really going to work on that budget analysis right now? If not, you’re probably not going to touch that stack of books anytime soon. Though we might think having these things out in the open will serve as a reminder to get them done, they may actually be hindering your productivity. There may be items on your desk that get you visually overwhelmed and though you might be focusing your eyesight on a specific area, something will still draw your attention. Visual distractions can be reduced by clearing your desk, your walls, and your home of unnecessary possessions. Cleaning up at the end of each day helps you remove clutter and improves your focus.

Digital Clutter

Alright, so you’ve gotten rid of your desk clutter so we’re all set, right? Not quite yet. Organizing your mind means organizing everything! Desktop icons, backgrounds, programs, apps, along with other digital distractions get in the way of getting your work done. Organize your files into the fewest possible folders and keep your computer desktop as clean as your actual desk.

  1. Be smart about your e-mail notifications

We’ve all wasted time focusing on that unimportant email that somehow ends up setting us back in our whole day . You figure you’ll stay on top of everything by enabling email notifications on your desktop and next thing you know, your whole day is spent dismissing notifications – or worse – shopping that “ONE DAY ONLY exclusive sale” that ends in 4 hours, hurry before you miss out! Don’t let email takeover your life. Minimize the distractions by:

  • Turning off automatic email notifications for everyone and allowing them  ONLY for important contacts that you can’t afford to miss
  • Checking your email at specific times throughout the day
  • Having less than two email accounts
  • Unsubscribing from advertisements and newsletters that are no longer of value to you
  1. Schedule phone calls

How many days have slipped out of your hands because you were bombarded with phone calls? Yes, you’re working but by constantly answering your phone, you’re taking time away from crossing out tasks on your to-do list. Avoid taking every call you receive as it comes and instead, establish a specific time each day to return calls and messages.

  1.  Organize your environment:

We mentioned clearing your desk of clutter but if you want to take it one step further after you’ve done this, organize your entire environment! You’re only leaving a few things on your desk at this point, so make the most of them. Organize everything in a way that will improve your productivity. For example:

  • Position important documents or supplies within your reach
  • Label your shelves
  • Use folders for different articles and files instead of having them loose in your drawers
  • Store any books or magazines in a box or a drawer
  • Sort your mail by topic or sender

Investing a little effort into organizing your workstation will save you time in the long run. The more organized your desk is, the less time you’ll spend shuffling through piles of paperwork and the more time you’ll have to actually progress in your career!

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4 ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

The only way to truly succeed in life is to work hard and to work smart. Likewise, the only way to make a meaningful impact as a leader is to fuel those who follow with enduring incentive to provide their best efforts. There are many different ways to accomplish this outcome. One of the most effective methods is to practice what is known as Visionary Leadership.

What is Visionary Leadership?

Visionary leadership is a style of leadership that is characterized by a desire to push the envelope, and exceed the basic expectations of a team’s mission. Visionary leadership focuses on the future, and how to achieve success in the long-term. Whereas a basic leader only concerns themselves with immediate goals such as meeting sales targets or project deadlines, visionary leaders contemplate the overall impact of such activities and how they can be augmented to ensure the survival and prosperity of both their team and any external stakeholders who rely on their leadership. Here are four  characteristics of visionary leadership you should embrace in order to refine your aptitude as a leader:

1.- Foresight:

It is no coincidence that vision serves as the root word for the term visionary. Visionary leadership is only possible when a leader is inclined to be analytical and thinks about the future. The more a person deliberates and prepares for the future, the better positioned they become to capitalize on any assets they wield in the present. Developing a clearly defined vision for a team establishes a sense of direction that can guide the decision-making process beneficially.

2.- Emotional Intelligence:

Being visionary and being inspirational go hand in hand. A visionary leader is someone who bears a distinct ability to motivate others into committed, enthusiastic action. This is an ability that ultimately hinges on how well said leader understands the fact that different people have different natures. The circumstances that motivate one person into action may not necessarily motive another, purely because of personality. If a leader can figure out how to complement varying personalities collectively, they stand a better chance of drawing out exceptional performance from their followers.

3.- Innovation:

Visionary leaders should not hesitate to defy convention. They should be ready to think the unthinkable and try the unimaginable. To put it simply, it’s impossible to be a visionary leader without thinking outside the box. This isn’t just a standard that should apply to the work a leader does, but also to what a leader believes. There are moments in life when success can only be achieved through unusual methods. If a leader cannot actually apply these techniques, they can never break past being ordinary.

4.- Courage:

Considering the fact that visionary leaders take risks in order to accomplish their goals unless they have enough mettle to withstand the pressure that automatically accompanies risk, chances are they’ll be doomed to struggle with stalled plans and unfinished business. Visionaries must persevere under stress. They must be able to keep their eye on the prize even when everyone around them has given up on the dream. It is ultimately a leader’s responsibility to keep hope alive and provide an example that ensures others stay focused on the finish line.

The only way for dreams to come true is if people dare to dream in the first place. The higher the ambition, the higher the stakes are for a leader to strive for greatness. Being a visionary doesn’t just set high standards for a leader’s performance; it provides a team with meaningful motivation to go above and beyond with their duties. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

 

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4 PAINLESS WAYS TO COPE WITH THE PRESSURE OF LEADERSHIP

The responsibility of leadership can feel like walking a tightrope on a windy day. Leaders continually have to strike a balance between achieving the greatest good for the greatest number, while also having the resolve to make critical and even unpopular decisions. What’s more, the higher the stakes, the more thankless this role is. Everyone counts on leaders to demonstrate strength in times of crisis. However, leaders seldom have the luxury of showing vulnerability when faced with problems. The boss always has to be composed. The boss should always have the answers. The boss should always have a plan of action.
People easily take for granted that even the most dauntless leaders are human at the end of the day. Regardless of what their specific title is, they face pressure that tests them at every decision. This pressure is what adds the most weight to the burden of leadership. If a leader doesn’t actively try to cope with the stress of external expectations, their chances of success become greatly diminished. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in charge of a neighborhood book club, or the CEO of a blue chip company, practicing stress-management as a habit is imperative to the survival of a leader. Rather than avoiding pressure, addressing it proactively creates the opportunity to disperse the insecurities that pressure causes. Here are four easy tips that every leader should use to overcome the pressures of responsibility.

Stay Calm: When things get tense, keeping your wits about you despite any fear or aggravation is the single most helpful thing you can do for yourself, and the people who depend on your leadership. This is because panic only begets chaos, whereas composure begets wisdom. The simplest metaphor for this is the Stop, Drop and Roll safety drill. If someone catches on fire, succumbing to the human instinct to flail around and scream doesn’t put out the flame one bit. On the other hand – even though it feels counterintuitive – overcoming panic with calm by stopping, dropping, and rolling on the ground, does more to extinguish the fire.

Be Humble: One of the easiest traps of leadership to fall into is excessive ambition. Whether it’s because of a desire to prove oneself, or because of a genuine wish to solve as many problems as possible, many in leadership often find themselves making more promises than they can actually keep realistically. This is detrimental because it amplifies the expectation to deliver on pledges and perform well. Intelligent leadership means understanding how to reassure others without biting off more than you can chew.

Be Flexible: Any leader who doesn’t know how to compromise is setting themselves up for failure. It’s important to keep an open mind about what it takes to make complex decisions. This is why negotiation is one of the most essential skills of leadership. Not every conflict can be solved without a willingness to be pragmatic and find a happy-medium. The more stubborn a leader is about getting their own way, the more others are entitled to expect nothing but unattainable perfection from said leader’s choices.

Live Healthy: Pressure causes stress, and stress in turn causes physical symptoms of illness. Maintaining good health is therefore necessary to circumvent not just the mental impact of pressure, but it’s possible physical outcomes as well. Good leaders should always remember that stepping outside of the tension in order to rest, exercise and eat a good diet is just as vital to good performance as academic and professional training. A healthy lifestyle keeps people strong enough to withstand any severe conditions in life.

Pressure isn’t something to be endured without awareness or precaution because it has the capacity to overwhelm people unnecessarily. Leaders who understand this and take holistic steps to deal with pressure on a psychological level don’t just stand to survive, they stand to grow exponentially in leadership ability. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

Author: Daniel Otianga

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7 SMART STRATEGIES TO ACE VIDEO CONFERENCE ETIQUETTE

Once upon a time, only big corporations and media outlets enjoyed the luxury of being able to video conference live. Today, any mobile device with internet access can facilitate a conversation with people who are oceans away. Video chatting has become so available, and so easy, that we hardly notice how routine it now is. For instance, skype interviews are part and parcel of the job-search process today. Board rooms and staff meetings often feature conference calls with stakeholders in remote locations. It’s impossible to do business without encountering the need to video conference in a formal setting. This makes it all the more important to always be prepared to participate in a video conference without conveying disorganization or incompetence. A few basic preparations can go a long way towards creating the right impression. These are the seven cardinal rules of how to video conference with professionalism.

 

  • Set the Stage:

 

It’s always a good idea to ensure that the area you intend to speak from is tidy. At the very least, declutter your space and create a background that doesn’t distract from the conversation. The simpler the better. Even beyond clearing out, set up plenty of lighting to guarantee your video feed is visible. A clear image on-screen makes it possible to interact without visual obstructions to the conversation.

 

  • Dress the Part:

 

If a video conference is being hosted for professional reasons, it’s especially important to treat it as if it were an in-person meeting. It’s easy to underestimate the seriousness of a video conference because each party chooses to stream from familiar environments. This luxury doesn’t change that fact that choosing the wrong wardrobe can put people off. Breaking out that business suit for the meeting communicates a willingness to go above and beyond in order to respect the other party.

 

  • Keep your Info Nearby:

 

If a meeting with someone is likely to last for an extended period of time, chances are the topics of discussion will require reference to specific records. Scrambling for notes and sources mid-conversation not only looks sloppy, it slows down the pace of discussion and can sidetrack the conference altogether. Well before connecting with someone on video, gather all essential information and place it within reach nearby. This keeps the flow of the meeting seamless whenever it becomes necessary to look-up relevant information.

 

  • Test your Equipment:

 

No video conference can be successful without functioning audio and video equipment. One-on-one meetings don’t necessarily create any challenges with regard to this issue, but conferences with multiple people in different locations often require added logistics. It’s important to figure out if every microphone, every camera, and every computer works well enough to keep conversation uninterrupted. A quick test-run before the meeting easily prevents the possibility of glitches.

 

  • Secure the Area:

 

Even with everything perfectly in place, there is one seemingly insignificant detail that many people neglect when it comes to hosting video conferences. Lock the doors if privacy is vital to the meeting. It can be painfully embarrassing to apologize for people barging into a meeting if it’s meant to be held behind closed doors. The peace of mind itself of knowing that one’s immediate surroundings are secure make it easier to concentrate on the video conference.

 

  • Be Punctual:

 

Being available on time for a conference call is arguably more important than punctuality for in-person meetings. The limitations that make meeting face-to-face impossible also amplify the urgency of a video conference. Being late thus translates into irretrievably wasted time. Always factor in how much time it takes to organize a video conference, then prepare strategically enough to accept a call within 15 minutes of an appointed time.

 

  • Be Conversational:

 

One of the most common mistakes that people make when video conferencing is treating their call as if they’re watching TV. They begin to display passive habits such as leaving the room to attend to random issues or frequently looking away from the people on-screen. Establishing an interpersonal connection is equally as important during a video call as it is face-to-face. Always make an effort to be attentive, maintain eye-contact and actively listen to everyone involved in a video conference.

Video conference etiquette is all about self-awareness. The most important thing is to treat conversations that happen on video with equal respect as those that happen in person. As long as interaction is respectful and focused, there shouldn’t be any hindrances to a satisfactory experience with this mode of communication. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on business, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

Author: Daniel Otianga

 

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A Quick Guide to Training Team Members

A Quick Guide to Training Team Members

At some point or another, every company has to go about the process of training its employees. Whether it’s because of new-hires, or whether it’s to introduce new procedures and systems, understanding how to formally prepare and instruct team members to adopt new ideas is an essential component of business. Good training has the capacity to enhance employee performance and elevate operational output. Many managers fumble when it comes to staff-training however because they either underestimate its importance, or they do not know how to coordinate the variables involved in training team members. On the surface, training people seems like a complex, labor-intensive initiative. Nonetheless with the right approach, there are no circumstances that make it absolutely impossible to achieve success when it comes to training employees. The following is a general guide to illustrate the most important principles of training team members:

  1. Conduct a Needs-Analysis.

Any form of training has to be established on a bedrock of self-awareness. The more an organization understands the specific areas of its functions that need improvement, the more precisely said organization will be able to facilitate changes that eliminate its problems. This self-awareness is best achieved through a needs-analysis evaluation. Needs-analysis involves documentation of elements such as employee skills, shortfalls in customer satisfaction, production cycle hitches, financial losses, or any other such performance indicators. Documenting this information creates a clear guide to determine the exact changes and training resources a company should implement in order to improve its situation.

  1. Know your audience.

Training programs are a tangible representation of the standards and values that an organization seeks to uphold. When successfully incorporated, these programs are meant to become part and parcel of employees’ behavior and instincts. As such, successful implementation of a training program hinges on a thorough understanding of the people who are expected to practice it. Instead of springing a set of blind instructions onto a team out of the blue, taking some time to assess their knowledge and abilities will create the opportunity to identify who needs concentrated attention during training, and by how much. Always prefix new training with team-building exercises that help staff prepare for change. Explain the company’s employee development process to reduce uncertainty, and prepare everyone psychologically for heightened supervision.

  1. Customize your Training Program.

Getting to know your audience opens the window to customize a training program. A deeper understanding of the personality profiles that compose a team makes it possible to modify training methods in a way that matches the performance expectations of your current workforce. For instance, if it is discovered that some members of a team are more familiar with a specific new technology than others, it would be more effective to design training in a way that gives basic information to the novices and advanced information to the experts. The most important goal is to emphasize knowledge that will enhance employee’s ability to perform their work rather than inundate them with information that they either know already, or have no ability to comprehend.

  1. Implement the Program.

After all of this background preparation has been completed, the next step is to decide on how best to implement the desired training. This basically denotes making choices such as: whether or not to hire professional trainers, whether to attend conferences, whether to invest in new technology, or whether to rely exclusively on in-house methods. Ultimately the most beneficial thing to do is to use a cost-efficient method. If training is going to be conducted on a small team, using elaborate means such as hiring professionals should only be necessary in cases where team members require specialized expertise.

  1. Evaluate Progress

Good training is about being engaged in the process well beyond the point that team members have been given new information. As employees adapt to new procedures and requirements, managers also have a responsibility to minimize any friction or push-back instigated by the natural human impulse to resist change. Feedback should be provided abundantly in order to maintain consistent performance from team members. Performance appraisals can help keep track of how well people are adapting to their new responsibilities. Rewarding good performance also bolsters employee morale about adopting new routines or systems. Making the effort to guide the training process past initial instruction keeps the motive behind this training alive, and allows it to become instinctive.

Conducting regular training is a way for a company to simultaneously improve operations, as well as communicate to a workforce that personal growth and development are esteemed at an institutional level. Being systematic and considerate about introducing employees to change is the key. Training is a process of nurturing and cultivation, not delegation. The more attention is paid to seeing it through, the more successful the desired training will be.

 

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THE BENEFIT OF DOING NOTHING IN A BUSY WORLD

The daily grind of modern life can be exhausting: working full time, going to appointments, running errands, squeezing in grocery shopping, preparing a nourishing dinner, finding time for the gym… the demands can seem endless.

 When’s the last time you spent an afternoon doing absolutely nothing?

 Now, in a culture that celebrates being busy, people are on-the-go nonstop – and it’s taking a toll on our health and happiness. Constant stress is causing a growing epidemic of depression and anxiety and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are linked to obesity and diabetes.

 What’s the solution?

 Blocking out regular time in your busy schedule to rest and recharge. Even if your Monday is busy and stressful, it can be reassuring to know that you have a relaxing and stress-free Saturday to look forward to.

What is your favorite way to relax and recharge?

With clients, friends, family and myself, I have come to experience how important this virtue of “doing nothing” really is. I don’t see it as “doing nothing” but rather I see it as “establishing something”. Intentionally taking time for yourself is truly establishing health into every part of your being. I see it as LOVING YOURSELF so that you have more love to give.

 In the last 14 years of my experience in counseling people into health and wholeness I have found that many must truly labor into this kind of rest. It’s so difficult for many to sit still. Many feel guilty and begin to condemn themselves when they do. If they sit still their mind races therefore they are not truly resting or gaining peace in their lives.

 I have counseled some to actually make it a goal to sit and gain peace. Once it became a goal for some reason they were able to accept sitting there because of their satisfaction of meetings goals. Sometimes it’s 10 minutes, other times 20 minutes and every once in a while a whole hour! Ha! Try it! Love yourself!

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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MAKING SURE YOUR 2017 IS AN UPGRADED VERSION OF 2016

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It’s that time of the year when people seek to create their New Year’s resolutions, but why? Especially when over one-third of resolutions have gone by the wayside before January is over and most won’t even be remembered six months later. When we have a specific resolution it requires us to evaluate ourselves in a way many of us don’t normally do, which is good. Through self-reflection, we are able to find our flaws to improve upon. For many, it may be a good wake-up call. Recognize your own flaws through self-reflection by creating specific resolutions is a powerful thing!

Why do most fail before January is over?

Most resolutions are made in response to something negative; a habit or situation that the person wants to change or end. That is a big problem – it’s hard to develop momentum from a negative response. It is always easier to move toward something than away from something. This is a powerful key to whether people follow through on their goals or not.

Most New Year resolutions lack a foundation of meaning and personal relevance that makes sure they run out of steam. What you need is something that comes from the inside, something that’s based on what’s important and what matters to you. Something that is in alignment with your personal values, vision, and purpose. This is the only way to get behind it, have confidence in it and keep the motivation and commitment going. It must be attached to something bigger, to something that has meaning, something that you can clearly see the benefit of doing.

Embrace the Gap

Resolutions or goals can have the tendency to make you feel less-than because there’s something you don’t have now that you aspire to have in the future. Goals introduce a gap or transition between where you are and where you’d like to be. This instantly makes part of where you are right now a place you don’t want to be – and this is how the very nature of having goals can hurt your self-confidence and self-esteem if you don’t know you personal value. Learn to embrace the transition, embrace and enjoy the gap.

Once you reach a goal, what’s next? Another goal? Then another, and another…When do you get to stop and just enjoy life? The real value is in the experience, NOT in the end result.

Create a Life on Purpose

Live on purpose with purpose! What will you do in 2017 to put yourself in a position to make more money?

 What will you do in 2017 to develop better relationships with those you love and value?

 What will you do in 2017 to live the life you always wanted?



You must not only have written goals, but you must have a plan to reach your goals. Be clear and specific with what you want to achieve and why you want to accomplish that goal. See yourself enjoying the benefits of reaching your goals and imagine it to the point that you can taste, smell and in your imagination experience it as if it were your current reality. 

Will 2017 be just another year that started with good intentions but didn’t go anywhere? It’s time to go from good intentions to intentional living! Make this your year to get your weight under control…start that business you’ve been talking about…get out of debt for good…take your business to another level or to build or restore a relationship.  



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PRACTICALLY PROMOTING SELF-CONFIDENCE

The gap between what you know and what you do is often created by a lack of confidence in your ability to do what you know. Although confidence come from purposeful, daily applications of core values there are also outward practical things we can do to match the confidence we are developing inwardly.

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 Here are a few practical tips to promote confidence:

Have you ever heard, “Dress for success”? There is some value in this statement.

How you dress can have a big impact on how you perceive yourself. When you feel confident about how you look, it changes the way you carry yourself and encourages you to interact with others confidently. Take an ACTION STEP and walk into your closet and say, “you are about to be cleaned”. Get rid of all the clothes that no longer go with who you are and now mindfully choose some new pieces that make you feel great.

Something as simple as walking outside in the sunshine and fresh air creates confidence. Everywhere you go learn to walk with energy and purpose. Step with purpose and power. It’s good for your mind and emotions to walk this way. Go practice! Make a conscious effort to strut today!

When you stop to take a break from walking it becomes what? Standing… or sitting right? Sit it up straight, stand up tall, hold your head up, and look people in the eye.

If you stop to stand or sit don’t stay there too long because staying active is essential for confidence. Exercising energizes your body and mind, improves physical appearance, and encourages positive momentum to move forward to reach your goals. Stay active and do things that you enjoy so that you will continue to do it.

Know you are unique and valuable therefore share who you are and the ideas you have. Challenge yourself to speak up in every group discussion. This will help you organize your thoughts and refine your public speaking skills. It will also help others to perceive you as a leader. Step over those fear into victory!

Lastly develop an attitude of gratitude! Yes, this is so powerful. List everything that you are grateful for: loving relationships, personal successes, your health, your unique impact on the world. Let this list encourage you to move forward with confidence. Learn to write a list once a week. Let it guide you through to the following week.

Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert

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SET YOURSELF UP TO COMMIT TO YOUR GOALS

Having a goal is one thing but being responsible & committed to meet that goal is another. Goals without responsibility & commitment are just wishes or dreams.

One day I was out running getting some exercise when I had a revelation about goals and commitment. While I was running outside I said to myself, “Wow, it’s so pretty outside! What a perfect day to run…” Than I thought, “I’m willing to use the treadmill when I need to but I rather run outside”. After thinking this I wanted to know more about myself so I thought about why I felt this way & this is what I got…

1) It’s much prettier outside than the inside the gym or inside my garage

2) When I’m on the treadmill I’m not going anywhere so it’s boring to me.

3) I run more when I run outside.

This last reason stopped me and made me think!

Why do I run more when I run outside? Am I more motivated because it’s nice? Yes, But there is another reason I have never though of before.

I figured out that it’s because I’m more responsible & committed when I’m running outside. How am I more responsible & committed?



Let’s say my goal is to run 5 miles. When I get on the treadmill to do these 5 miles I’m not only bored but I’m not fully committed. Why aren’t I fully committed when running on my treadmill? The reason is that I can stop the treadmill at anytime by a simple push of a button. But when I go run outside what happens? When I go outside for a run I go run for about 2-3 miles than turn around & run back home. What does this do? It makes me responsible & committed.

Once I run out a couple miles I HAVE TO turn around & run back home! I mean, I can walk back but ill still get exercise, yet still I’d rather at least jog since I’m already out there. So I found that running this way outside makes me more responsible & committed to meet my goal for my run.

The lesson:

Having a goal is one thing but being responsible & committed to meet that goal is another. Goals without responsibility & commitment are just wishes or dreams.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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