If you had any superpower, what would it be? I know you've thought about it. I certainly have!
Would you fly, have x-ray vision, become invisible whenever you want, or something else?
Humanity on the whole has never been better off than we are now. The world is safer, we live longer, we are healthier, and many people are wealthier.
But as humans, our brains are naturally wired to cynicism. We’re more likely to focus on the negatives of a situation and not even notice the positives.
Changing our focus to What’s Going Well and rejecting negativity isn’t just about making us happier (though that’s a nice side-effect, too!). When we practice it regularly, it extends far beyond day-to-day joy and becomes a part of who we are. Eventually, we don’t have to work to practice it anymore. It comes to us naturally.
I've seen too many leaders work so hard they sacrifice their health, which is unfortunate because they are not strong when those who depend on them are in need.
At the dawn of every new year, we vow to become better people in the year ahead of us. We set goals to work out more, to eat better, and to be more productive. But after a few weeks of hitting the gym, eating broccoli, and getting up early, we slowly fade back to our old habits.
The NCAA college basketball tournament is here, aka March Madness. However, like you, my bracket is busted but there is no reason to be mad (besides, you can redo one with the Sweet 16). When things don't go your way, it is critical to shift your perspective.
In speaking engagements I use humor to inspire and engage my audiences. (Little known fact, I have performed stand-up comedy shows.) However, lately I have noticed there are days I am not laughing enough. Research shows kids laugh up to 415 times a day while adults laugh only 15 times. This year one of my goals is to laugh more. Besides, why should the kids have all the fun?
Being a leader requires emotional energy. There are lots of demands on your time and energy. I was recently leading a seminar with a group of upcoming leaders and I was asked, "How can I stay positive in such a demanding world as a leader with the complexity of all my roles?" I responded that it’s up to you to fill your punch bowl. Every day I think about what activities I will engage in that will fill my punch bowl.
My youngest daughter just turned 11. This momentous event got me thinking about what advice I would give the 11 year old me. I then started asking a lot of friends, colleagues, and random people this: Given all that you know now, and what the 11 year old you was dealing with, what advice would you give yourself?
Part of my role as a keynote speaker is to inspire my audiences to reach new heights and tap deeper into their potential. There are many things a leader can do to inspire their teams to reach new heights.
I am often accused of always having a positive attitude. I firmly believe that your attitude determines your altitude. One of the keys to long-term success and behavioral change is attitude. Here are 5 strategies I have used to help me maintain a positive attitude.
The reason babies like to be picked up is the same reason you and I like to be inspired – it changes our perspective. Psychologists suggest that the average person has over 60,000 thoughts in a day, and unfortunately 75% of them are negative.
Fruit flies only live for 30 days; and in those 30 days do you know what they do every day? They think and they sleep.
Once you have planted your bamboo (your vision), your focus must be on the watering and nurturing. Of course everyone wants the bamboo to grow right away but it is really about the nurturing.
Even though I am a former Division I basketball player, my bracket, probably like yours, is busted. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the Final Four.
As a kid, one of my favorite games to play was chess. In fact, I was my third grade class champ (it’s not really bragging if you consider that most of my classmates had never played or even seen a chess board).