The Power of Your Own Beliefs

The Power of Your Own Beliefs

The power of your own beliefs.

Almost everything we know is secondhand and based on belief. Even when it comes to our experiences firsthand, recent psychological research shows that our perceptions of our own experiences are often unreliable.

What’s wrong with believing what we want? What’s wrong with having inaccurate memories and seeing experiences the way we want to see them and not knowing for sure what’s certain or not? Well, the reality is that there is a lot wrong with these false beliefs we keep telling ourselves.

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The many returns of the day, Part 2- What is your ROL?

The many returns of the day, Part 2- What is your ROL?

time to growIn this series we are talking about how we achieve a good rate of return on our investments outside of our money. The reality is that where our money goes is really not our best indicator of what our future is going to look like. Our priorities and choices in every part of our life are a factor.

What is in common across everything is that before we can have a return, we must invest.

You may be saying, Of course! I knew that. But in fact, the three areas we are going to explore together in many cases are not giving us the highest return possible because we are NOT really strategically investing in them. We may be experiencing them, but that is not the same as investing in them.

In part 2, we’re talking about ROL or Return on LEARNING. Are you a strategic learner? You can be curious, even a committed lifelong learner but again, while that is admirable (and important!) if we want a measurable return we have to have a clear intention AND investment.

It is in our learning strategy that we set our path for growth more than any other place. Here are five guidelines to help you as you create your own learning plan:

  1. Understand the difference between knowledge and skill and develop both.  Gaining knowledge on a subject to deepen expertise gets a different priority than learning how to do something. Make sure that you know what success looks like once you have gained knowledge or developed a skill. What should you be able to do once you’ve achieved it?
  2. Devote a minimum of 30 minutes daily to expanding your knowledge in your area of expertise and influence. As experts, remember that our role is also to act as curator or distiller of a vast bank of growing knowledge and create continued value. Make certain that you are including both established experts/mentors and emerging voices in your area of expertise in your study.
  3. Include personal skill building and development in your learning plan. This area is what I’ve come to think of as life harmony. When we say life balance it infers some kind of equality in how we distribute resources and that doesn’t prove realistic for me. But harmony is something I can (and do!) embrace. Harmony means we are making a place for all of the threads in our life. And when they are in sync we make music! What interests you as a person? Italian cooking? A particular art medium? If time and money were not a factor, what would you want to learn? Make a way to learn that! If you care about something, study it and practice it.
  4. Learn alone and in groups. Having the ability to interact about what we are learning can be invaluable in seeing innovative ways to apply the newly acquired knowledge. If taking a class with others doesn’t appeal to you, consider joining a master mind where you will be able to gain new insights and learn from other business leaders in the group. Taking advantage of today’s global technologies and joining learning communities on-line is another approach. It has been my experience that group settings are often my best place for learning outside of my primary work. They become a social community as well because our shared interest generates an immediate bond.
  5. Have a learning vision log.  Have you ever wanted to find the time to learn something and could never seem to do it?  Getting those areas of interest committed to a learning vision log gives you a place to refer to when creating your learning plan calendar. The time you allocate to learning can then be prioritized based on what you want to know vs. whatever comes across your path. Not sure where to start? Here are three ideas:
    1. What skills or knowledge do you respect and admire in others? Perhaps public speaking or writing as an example.
    2. What do you hire others to do for you today that you find interesting? This was photography for me…
    3. If you could only learn three new things in the next year, what would you choose? A learning bucket list!

Being strategic about our personal and professional growth can and should be fun as well as immensely rewarding!

REMINDER: Achieving a RETURN begins with making an INVESTMENT. And STRATEGY simply means beginning with the end in mind.

What do you want to know? What do you want to master? What will help you create your best self and the life you want to live?

Live (learn) today like you want tomorrow to be. Live (learn) well!


The many returns of the day: What investments do you measure?

The many returns of the day: What investments do you measure?

GrowthIn our businesses we talk about achieving a good rate of return on investment or ROI.

We want to know that where we are investing our resources is providing us an adequate, even above average return.

We consider risk and reward as a part of this and most likely will not invest where the potential ROI (reward) doesn’t align to what we want to achieve.

It is about our priorities and choices.

All too often we limit these expectations (and conscious decisions) to where we are investing our money. We equate the idea of investment to what we are spending in terms of cash. This extends into our personal lives as well.

The reality is that for most of us, where our money is spent is not in fact the best place to focus for determining if we are getting our highest returns. There are at least three other areas of investment where when handled strategically and with a clear intention we can exponentially grow ourselves and our businesses at a much higher rate. Continue reading “The many returns of the day: What investments do you measure?”

Is your comfort zone sabotaging your success?

Is your comfort zone sabotaging your success?

There is a great deal of emphasis on finding balance in our lives, reducing stress and creating a more authentic lifestyle. And all of that is good: to a point. There is a difference between balance and boring. And there is a difference between stress and passion. More importantly, since our own authenticity is evolving, our lives also need to be following that same pattern.
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Seasons: Are you ready for what’s next?

From the beginning, we live our lives based on seasons.Laughman_Sept 2015_Art 2_Seasons

This can mean very different things. A climate season, a learning season, a life season and so on. But there are definite cycles we experience that bring with them influences and nuances that factor into our lives. Continue reading “Seasons: Are you ready for what’s next?”

Life Lessons From a Potter’s Wheel

Balance is important in all areas of our life. We tend to think in terms of balance as meaning across each segment of our life but in truth, it matters within each of them as well. We need a balanced approach to health as an example and within our financial profile. Our personal network should be diversified and expose us to perspectives with range and depth.

The same is true for learning. We need to have core skill building for our professional endeavors and soft skill development overall. We also need to integrate things into the mix that are out of the box perhaps for us and develop interests as well as skill. This is an area where quite frankly I have not always had the right mix. My professional development always took precedence.

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Windows of Opportunity: Are you grabbing them?

zipperYou’ve either experienced it personally or seen it in a movie or on television. The patient’s odds for recovery aren’t really known. The doctor tells the family that the next 24 hours will tell the story.

Then we have a barrage of television shows, movies and documentaries that show us that all of the odds of solving a crime come from what happens in the 48 hours immediately following the crime.

Those critical shadow hours after the crisis are pivotal to the rest of the story. Continue reading “Windows of Opportunity: Are you grabbing them?”

Wealth: It’s not about what we have, it’s about how we use it!

An early mentor in my life taught that the major reason for setting any goal is what it is going to make of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than the actual goal. This is very true when it comes to goals that we set for ourselves and wealth.

What is your wealth goal? Close your eyes with me for a moment and let’s transport ourselves forward to that place where you have reached your wealth goal. You are there! Perhaps you’ve achieved your first profitable year in your business. Maybe for you it’s reaching that first year with a six figure income. Or perhaps it’s a seven figure income or even eight figures. Are you there? Can you see it? Are you smiling yet? Good! Now join me back here in this present day. Continue reading “Wealth: It’s not about what we have, it’s about how we use it!”

Why should we love new skills? Let’s count the ways!

Hello September! Time for back to school in the majority of our households. Now that I am a grandmother, my preparation at this time of year is much different but I still enjoy shopping with my grand-girls and nephews. It’s an exciting time filled with a few pangs of fear and a renewed hope for what lies ahead.

Unfortunately for some of us, along life’s way the idea of showing up for learning loses its luster. Once we no longer had to show up that was just fine with us. But for others, the ones that have achieved the highest levels of success, scholastic learning was just the beginning. It formed the foundation of life-long learning habits that continued well past a formal classroom. That is the group we should all ascribe to be a part of because if we are not continuously learning and growing, nothing else in our lives will be able to grow. Continue reading “Why should we love new skills? Let’s count the ways!”

Left Brain Right Brain

Left Brain Right Brain

Have you ever heard that you’re a “left brain person” or that that person is a “right brain person”?

Well, what the heck does that actually mean?

As we all know, the brain is the spongy like structure that holds the nervous system. It has specific functions in handling our emotions and reasoning.  Studies show that the brain has different divisions and functions and is broken up into two hemispheres which connect at the base of the brain. These hemispheres determine the characteristics and attitude of a person.

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