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Posted On Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00 Written by

While many have solely thought of Bitcoin when the term “cryptocurrency” is referenced, today it is the system they are built on that is disrupting many entities in the financial industry and beyond. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency are programmed on a system called blockchain. This system facilitates a peer-to-peer transaction network that operates directly between users without an intermediary. And even though Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency are a Soft Trend—one whose future is open to influence—the existence of the blockchain and the concept of cryptocurrency is definitely a Hard Trend. It is here to stay with abundant applications.

The rapidly evolving technology of blockchain holds enormous promise for game-changing disruption across any number of industries and fields; it just takes some understanding to figure out how you and your organization can use my Anticipatory Organization Model to leverage this disruptive Hard Trend to your advantage.

Blockchain Broken Down

For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, the blockchain is made up of a system of decentralized transaction records called blocks used to create a transaction without any input from any sort of controlling entity.

Banks and financial institutions are the most known examples of said controlling entities, especially given the common application of blockchain in the financial world. Currently, most people store their savings in a bank account at a bank, and said bank makes money by charging overdraft fees if need be and interest on loans.

The blockchain effectively eliminates the need for the bank in this example by using peer-to-peer connectivity for a secure, direct connection between all involved parties.

Many wonder just how secure peer-to-peer transactions could be, as I’m sure many are remembering the peer-to-peer networks of music sharing in the very early 2000s and the warnings of how it could make your computer susceptible to hacking. However, the blockchain is far more secure in that it utilizes cryptography to keep exchanges secure and a decentralized database of transactions, known as a “digital ledger,” that everyone on the network can see.

Essentially, if someone tries to tamper with a ledger entry, the rest of the network will disagree on the integrity of that particular transaction and will not incorporate it into the larger blockchain. In and of itself, that’s a genuinely revolutionary form of security.

Multiple Uses of Blockchain

I have spoken at length about blockchain technology and how disruptive it can be in the financial industry; however, other applications of blockchain technology are ready and waiting to be leveraged by the right Anticipatory Organization or entrepreneur.

Most are stuck in the current paradigm of cryptocurrency and even the future potential of digital currency implemented by the Federal Reserve. This is likely because, in their minds, a physical, tangible thing that blockchain facilitates is currency exchange, which they are already used to in some capacity with their banking apps or even Venmo.

However, here are some new applications of blockchain technology that can and will significantly disrupt the associated industries:

1. Communication – In early 2020, the world’s first blockchain-powered smartphone was debuted by a company called Pundi X. The beauty of this device is that all of the apps and services involved are decentralized on the blockchain, allowing users to switch to “blockchain mode” to control their own data usage. 
2. Food  During CES 2020, the IBM Food Trust was introduced by IBM to the food industry. This system was built to facilitate authentic records in the food supply chain, allowing companies to accurately trace the specific origin of ingredients. Imagine how this can scale to help those with very specific dietary needs and maybe even help identify areas where cross-contamination of allergens potentially occur.
3. Healthcare – Whether it has to do with processing insurance or admitting patients to a hospital, blockchain technology can greatly improve antiquated processes in the healthcare industry. HIPAA laws are strict, so decentralizing data that only the patient and doctor can access is tremendously secure. 
4. Personal Identification – This goes hand in hand with voting and even paying taxes. If we have our height, weight, Social Security number, voter ID, or any other information on a decentralized network, imagine how easily we can authenticate who an individual is in any case and, likewise, prevent identity theft more quickly. This may even expedite the long process of legal immigration.

Our Digital Footprint 

Given the fact that up until this point, the most notable use of blockchain technology has been in the financial industry with cryptocurrency and now digital currency specific to a country, one must use an Anticipatory mindset when considering other valuable applications of the software.

Essentially, blockchain technology creates a virtually unhackable ledger of transactions; an undisturbed digital footprint in place for accountability. The debut of the Internet was similar to the Wild West; right away, parents and educators pleaded with children and young adults to “not believe everything they read on the Internet,” as it could so easily be altered and fabricated. The blockchain is what the Internet should be, and applied to the antiquated and dangerously unreliable systems of yesterday corrects much of society for the better.

Understanding this simple concept, we can keep our disruptive opportunity antennas up while we look into how blockchain can positively disrupt a multitude of industries beyond the four previously mentioned.

The blockchain is a definite Hard Trend; it is here to stay and will continue to disrupt. The question is, how will you or your organization leverage this profound Hard Trend while it is still in its infancy stage and either pre-solve any problems it will cause your industry or determine how it can fix problems your industry faces.

Undoubtedly, the phrase “check it on the blockchain” will eventually be as commonplace as “let me Google that.”

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I spoke last week about important economic information that was coming out in the last six days. Jobs report last Friday, and the inflation data today for May. Neither report was very encouraging, but the markets are taking the information in stride and buying into the theory of “Don’t fight the FED!”

The Federal Reserve has dismissed higher inflation as “transitory” and that prices will fall as the economy recovers and people go back to work. Their statements indicate that everything is related to the supply chain being restricted and that once all the workers go back to work, supply will return and that prices will fall. I’m not so sure everyone believes that, but we all know you can’t fight the FED!

Today the key number was that year over year inflation was 5%. That is the highest year over year number since January 1992. Certainly, well over the FED target of 2% to 2.5%. The market reaction was that it barely moved the needle at all. The 10yr treasury moved a few basis points higher following a really solid bond auction yesterday; and the UMBS 30yr 2.5% coupon fell from 103.67 to 103.58. A move lower, but not all that much for now. Keep in mind if you follow the charts, resistance on improving rates is about 103.75; and declining rates sits where we currently sit at 103.58. A significant push below that level could see a sharp increase in mortgage rates, but I believe the key will be the market believing the FED and the FED continued purchasing on a grand scale.

It might be good to watch the 30yr treasury auction this afternoon and the market response to it; but for now, nobody wants to fight the FED and the Kool-Aid continues to flow until otherwise noted. So as always, if you like it, lock it; if the client wants to gamble, be sure they know it’s all on them.

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In the movie “Finding Forester” William  Forester (played by the late Sean Connery) asks Jamal Wallace (played by actor Rob Brown) if, at the end of his high school championship game played in Madison Square Garden, when Wallace had two free throws, which he missed, but would have won the game, “Did you miss ‘em or did you miss ‘em?” as if on purpose. For Wallace, it was a matter of integrity.

Let’s pose the same question for our professional athletes. Did the professional athletes miss not having fans in the stands while the pandemic kept them sheltered in? Or did they miss them? While it was widely said that NBA players and professional golfers would prefer to have the stands and fairway sidelines packed with fans, were they really missed? Did the players play with less intensity or effort without the fans? Is this an integrity issue as the one faced by Jamal Wallace in the aforementioned movie?

Let’s make the case that it is an integrity issue! Why is that? Did the raucous golf crowd at the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island make it uncomfortable to compete fairly for Phil Mickelson or Brooks Koepka on the walk up the 18th fairway? Yes, you can make the point that although Mickelson was leading and did win. How uncomfortable were they in a crowd that, at least on television, looked out of control? Were the fans entitled to be on the course?

It’s been a U.S. Open policy to allow fans (most PGA golf tournaments do not) to follow the leading golfer(s) up the 18th on the final round. This “mob” (as the late sportscaster Jack Whittaker would have said) appeared to be out of control. The players were even jostled as they walked toward the 18th green. Surely, that U.S. Open policy is being examined.

On another fan issue. The Philadelphia Sixers ejected a Sixers fan and later denied his admission to the Wells Fargo Center, the home arena of the Sixers, for throwing popcorn at and onto Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards as he exited the game. The Sixers lost that game.

Further, a disgruntled fan threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets star point guard as Irving was leaving the playing floor following the Nets 125-119 win over the Celtics at the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics. Whether the fan was angry at Irving for stomping on the Celtics logo or not, throwing objects at players is way out of line!

Will you log-in about the entitlements of fans at sporting events?

Posted On Friday, 11 June 2021 00:00 Written by
The late orator and patriot, Dr. Kenneth McFarland, used to say that “The salesperson is the gas and oil of the free enterprise system.” I suppose today we would need to extrapolate a bit and say that “The salesperson is the gas, oil, green energy, and solution providers of the free enterprise system!” Still, the salesperson’s role in our society is as important if not more so than ever before. Things have changed dramatically, and the most skilled sales professionals are thoughtful change agents who are intensely focused on delivering the greatest value to each client. Anyone who is trying to sell as they did 20-30 years ago is being left behind.
I coined a phrase that I used in my last book, Standing Out From The Crowd, which I think is sound philosophy: Become known for the problems you solve. The best salespeople out there today focus on that very thing. The degree to which a salesperson thrives today is largely correlated to their problem-solving capabilities. This requires thinking out of the box and being the facilitator of new ideas and solutions, which might be jointly crafted with the customer who is desperately seeking the comfort of a creative solution to his most glaring problem.
The big picture is that just about everybody is now in sales. The problem solver of today’s workforce wants his ideas readily accepted and wants to be articulate in presenting the solution he/she foresees to a given problem. That is sales, even if their business card says they are an engineer, lawyer, or a physician. Most of those people don’t want to be called a salesperson because of the peddler image that prevailed decades ago, but the truth is that we all need to have sales acumen in our quiver to reach success today.
The employment data of the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals a shocking fact: One in nine employed American workers is in sales! And the number is growing. Doesn’t it behoove us all to know the basic and advanced skills of professional selling today?
Are we busy learning the rules of personal engagement? For most buyers in the marketplace, their image of a vendor company is customarily developed through their contact with one person… the sales professional who calls on them. So the role of the salesperson is more sophisticated and critical than ever.
My friend, colleague, and co-author of our book Selling With Style, Dr. Tony Alessandra, says “If two people want to do business together, the details probably won’t get in the way; But, if either of the two does not want to do business with the other, the details will seldom lead to a sale!”
I concur. That is how important building trust is today. I think trust and stress are inversely proportional in business relationships. It has been said that the best way to build trust with prospective customers is to talk about them, not you or your product. That can come later. Let’s develop the engagement skills and emotional intelligence to get inside the head of our prospect, identify with them, carefully define their problem, and develop a solution that makes a real difference!
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Ruby Photo 2019Under her nearly 20-year leadership, WFGM has served as a backbone organization in the city promoting philanthropy, fostering leadership and supporting program services for women and families. WFGM’s impact and programs are nationally recognized, proving the power of place-based, strategic fundraising and grant development for intergenerational impact. Since 1996, WFGM has invested more than $30 million over 600 programs involving more than 100 local non-profits, including investments in advocacy and research.

Bright’s numerous awards include the 2015 Super Women In Business Award, 2017 National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) Shining Star Award, and the 2017 Girl Scouts One Smart Cookie Award, 2017 Memphis Heritage Trail Trailblazers Award. Bright also services on the Memphis Challenge Board of Directors.

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Betsy Cameron Headshot 1A fourth-generation Dallasite with more than 20 years of experience in the residential real estate industry, Betsy Cameron offers proven leadership skills and industry expertise as the Vice President of Business Initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies. In addition, Betsy is the Sales Leader of Ebby’s iconic Little White House Office and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Lakewood Office.

As the Vice President of Business Initiatives, Betsy works alongside the executive team to offer strategic vision to drive the company’s profitability and produce high-quality offerings and services to its sales associates and consumers.

Betsy is passionate about the real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy as she serves our valued clients and agents. As a licensed real estate agent, Betsy became a trusted advisor for clients and is, by her own admission, “over the top” on details. This precision has served her well in both leadership and management roles.

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During this unique period of technology-driven transformation, the education sector has so far been slow to embrace the power of digital tools that can be used to accelerate learning. Institutions spend time, energy, and money protecting and defending conventional teaching methods while casting aside new, transformative ways in which we can adequately prepare young children and even adults for the ever-evolving world in front of us.

While the stimulations of digital connectivity have certainly shortened the attention spans of the young and old alike, generating quite a challenge for educators in both K-12 and university-level teaching, there is actually something positive about this. Human beings have developed superhuman powers in multitasking and an insatiable desire to be in control and hands-on in what they seek out.

We Are Hands-On Multitaskers

A given smartphone user checking any one of our four or five screens for emails, messages, and notifications every few minutes is, in some ways, evidence of the ability for that person to use their brain exponentially. What educators and administrators need to do is look beyond the mere physical emphasis of using technology and view it instead as a tool showcasing how individuals want and need to learn in more interactive ways.

Essentially, instead of teaching students how to use a computer, of which many are already experts at, we look at the technology just as common as a carpenter views a hammer and find interactive, exponential ways to use that technology in refining an already-exponentially functioning mind. And one of the more common ways that I’ve discussed in the past is with gamification.

Why gaming? Simple: gaming is hands-on, is interactive, and further fosters critical and exponential thinking. An individual must problem solve and find a solution when challenged to do so, and after the activity is over, an educator has the ability to prompt their student to use an Anticipatory mindset in figuring out how they could solve those problems presented in the game or activity before they occur.

Soft Skills and Socialization

I recently wrote a blog about the art side of science and math, which refers to the “soft skills” that human beings can leverage to stay competitive in an ever-increasing autonomous society.

To briefly recap that concept, in Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain, human beings will need to excel at creation, innovation, and elements of socialization that machines cannot do, while machines are fast mastering the math, science, and even programming end of tasks at companies. Gamification in education can greatly improve teaching the soft skills, as using technology as a tool for gamification allows an individual to interact with said technology in human ways.

In a common real-world example, think of fitness equipment like Peloton or Mirror that generate fitness challenges for you to participate in. While you exercise, they handle the math and science of these interactive workouts. Without them, you would be counting how many reps you do yourself, having to potentially write them down in longhand, or remember them while you move on to other exercises.

Seems cumbersome for you to do it all, right? It is, which is why Peloton and Mirror handle that part of the equation, allowing you to focus on the physical element of your workout alone; the part that there is absolutely no need for a machine to do even if it could.

Gamification also facilitates a social element to education, which is desperately needed as the world becomes more virtual. There is certainly nothing wrong with the Hard Trend of remote work, which has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for us to be virtual workers where applicable. However, we mustn’t forget that we as humans work with humans also, not just faceless computers.

When you play a game or engage in a hands-on activity, there is a social element combined with a competitive element that forces you to both engage and concentrate. That powerful combination makes education and training fun and interactive, and the competency one receives from it is an understanding of how to work together and communicate, no matter what digital device sits between us.

Anticipatory Educators

As we work the powerful concept of gamification into our curriculums, both in schools and at organizations, Anticipatory Leaders will look to new, disruptive technology and how it can be utilized as a tool and not as a replacement for a person.

Ironically, gamification in education is often viewed as a gimmick, much like how certain disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence (A.I.), machine learning (M.L.), and others were viewed before they upended whole industries. Gamification is certainly something that will only increase in benefit as exponential digital disruptions increase more every year.

Educators should use my Anticipatory Leader System to pay closer attention to the Hard Trends shaping the world, especially outside of the classroom, and find interactive ways to use digital technology to gamify their curriculum in innovative, interactive ways. This effort helps better teach students both how to use the technology and how they can think and work with it exponentially as a human with soft skills in the equation.

Posted On Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00 Written by

We need to take a minute and talk about the news we hear and the reaction there might be from it. We also must be very careful to look at the facts and the analysis by a variety of sources to be sure we have a clear view of what things actually mean and how they might impact the markets we serve.

I say this because we all know there is a significant media bias against the housing market. No matter what happens, there is always some outlets who are going to frame everything in the most negative light, even when an obvious upside is staring them in the face. The best example continues to be the complaint about inventory of homes for sale. YES, the number of homes on the market is falling, but that hasn’t stopped record numbers of home sales in 2018, 2019, & 2020. How can there be record breaking sales if there isn’t any inventory? Just yesterday there was a number of articles about falling purchase mortgage applications and a 3% drop in those mortgage applications accounting for lower home sales. Well, that may be true, but in this case, it isn’t; there were actually more contracts last week as there was a HUGE increase in the number of homes sold for CASH! Cash buyers don’t apply for mortgages!

Now, there is some pending data that will be reported tomorrow, June 4th, and next Thursday, June 10th, that you just need to be aware of. June 4th we will get the May jobs report and June 10th we will see important inflation data. These two reports could impact the interest rate markets either good or bad, depending on the news and how that news is viewed. I say this not to create fear or to say what will or won’t happen, I say this because you need to be prepared if any or all of the data puts pressure on interest rates, the possibility of wild fluctuations could be very real. So be prepared, and as always, if you like it, lock it; if the customer wants to gamble, get it in writing that they chose to float and accepts the outcome of doing so.

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Thoroughbred racing has always been exciting to me. Perhaps because my family was involved for some 75 years — on the administrative side, not ownership or training.

I love watching those magnificent athletes run at some 40-45 MPH and compete for a victory. The Triple Crown comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes (to be run next Saturday, June 5th) has always been a favorite.

The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race course in Baltimore on May 15th featured an upset with Rombauer ridden by jockey Flavin Plat and trained by Michael McCarthy, not the Dallas Cowboys head coach – he’s busy getting ready for the season. Rombauer came from 11th place to outrun Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks earlier.

Oh yes, Medina Spirit still is this years’ Derby winner although the horse tested positive after the race. The use of betamethasone has been used to enhance a horse’s running ability, which was not found in ‘Spirit, but a medication used to treat dermatitis did show a positive drug use. Remember it’s not the horse’s fault that the use of a drug shows up in a urine sample.

This was not trainer Bob Baffert’s first “rodeo.” And this is not an accusation of his guilt. Baffert has won 7 Kentucky Derbies (a record) as well as 2 Triple Crowns (2015 and 2018). Baffert’s horses have failed drug tests for over four decades including four in 2020 and although he is in the Lone Star Park’s and the National Museum’s Halls of Fame his “leafy credibility,” as some have claimed, has caused damage to his outstanding accomplishments.

Here’s where my family enters this picture. My dad, Jim Sr., was a high school administrator in the mid-1940s when he was recruited by the California Thoroughbred Horse Racing Association to join them as a Patrol Judge and then as a Steward at their 3 California racetracks. Thoroughbred racing at that time was having problems with “fouls” being committed during the race. Mind you, dad had never ridden or even been on a horse – let alone a thoroughbred.

However, he was an outstanding sports official (football and basketball) and not only knew a foul when he saw one but had the integrity to enforce it when it occurred. He served in that capacity for 20 years until he passed away in 1965. Along with fellow stewards, his presence, experience, and integrity corrected those problems. Further, his son, Peter, served as General Manager of Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California for 30 years. His grandson, Michael, worked at the Del Mar Race Track (California) for 40 seasons.

Will you serve with integrity as your first and foremost quality?

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daniel standingDaniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Disruptive Innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus.

He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities.

He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, using his Anticipatory Business Model to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. He has delivered over 3,000 keynote speeches worldwide. 

He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Flash Foresight, and his latest best selling book The Anticipatory Organization, and he is a syndicated writer with millions of monthly readers on the topics of technology driven trends, disruptive innovation, and exponential change. 

Burrus is an innovative entrepreneur who has founded six businesses, four of which were U.S. national leaders in the first year.   His accurate predictions date back to the early 1980s where he became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty exponential technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic growth for decades to come. Since then, he has continued to establish a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technology driven change and its direct impact on the business world.


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What can you learn from a woman who is a self-described Badass (former military), a Smart Ass (MBA) and a PhD Wise Ass? You get the author of a new book, “SPARK! The 5 Essentials to lead within”- Meet Tracey Jones, Ph. D an author of 10 books and learn from her extraordinary vision of leadership!  Find out what DNA REALLY stands for!

 A bit about Tracey: 

Tracey Jones HeadshotAuthor, speaker, veteran, and entrepreneur, Dr. Tracey C. Jones is a student of life. With five careers path spanning the military, Fortune 500 companies, defense and government contracting, and small business, she has a unique perspective of learning, living, and leading. Tracey is the author of 10 books, five of which are children’s books co-“paw”thored by her rescue dogs and cats. She is also a recognized scholar and researcher in the field of crisis leadership and the theory of motivation.

As the daughter of personal development legend, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, she was introduced to the principles of resiliency, enthusiasm, and reading at an early age. Sitting under the tutelage of teachers such as Zig Ziglar, Og Mandino, and Norman Vincent Peale shaped Tracey’s celebration of life and all that it brings her way. Tracey leads Tremendous Leadership, a legacy provider of personal development and leadership material. Her organization’s mission is to continue funding scholarships, recovery and prison ministries, youth literacy programs, and disaster relief efforts spanning the globe.

Tracey is married and lives in her home town of Harrisburg, PA with her colossal collection of books and rescues.

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HiltonHollisThe designer is a native of Mississippi, where his love of sewing and design was nurtured by his grandmother, a master quilter. “I always dreamed of moving to New York to be a fashion designer,” he says. “I didn’t know how I’d get there, or when, but I had a subway map pinned to my wall. Before I was 13, I knew the city by heart.”

In 1997 Hollis moved to NYC and began his career in the fashion industry by attending Fashion Institute of Technology.  He holds a degree in Fashion Design from New York’s FIT.

Wherever his career led, Hollis never lost sight of his goal to head his own business. In fact, he launched his own eveningwear line when he was just two years out of college. Unfortunately, time wasn’t on his side then: “I opened the showroom on September 10, 2001,” he says. “Like just about everything else in New York it all came to a screeching halt the next day.

Over a decade ago, Hollis’s dream of launching his own company was reborn. “My aim is to make a product that is specifically targeted to the Hilton Hollis customer and to give her clothes that she can integrate into her wardrobe and wear happily for years,” he says. The line has the contemporary feel, classic fit, and technical virtuosity that are hallmarks of the Hilton Hollis style. Every collection features flawless tailoring, luscious imported fabrics—many of which Hollis designs himself—and they transcend the off-the-rack niche with exceptional attention to detail.

Hollis brings a matching passion to the business side of the industry. “It’s not enough just to imagine beautiful clothes,” he says. “It’s my job to produce the right garment for the right customer at the right price.”  That dual commitment to craftsmanship and price is working, as Hollis recently expanded his business into Europe by opening a new company in Portugal, where he resides part-time.

Hilton has served as a guest lecturer at FIT, Auburn University and countless museums. He remains committed to his alma mater and to the development of young talent.

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We are nearing the halfway point of 2021.

It is highly likely a few of those New Years resolutions are either accomplished and filed away as a part of your History of Awesome, or they are long forgotten and will be reset next January.

It doesn’t matter the time of year, or the phase of life, I wonder where you’re at in terms of pushing yourself.

For me one year ago this week I was PUSHING everything to the limit – my virtual office capabilities to deliver content in an entertaining way on a ZOOM call, my body to stay up long enough to do the work required, my credit card to see how long we could last while the money slowly began to trickle in again.

The effects of such a push means other things are neglected: My Family knew I was pressed, and time together was scheduled and not as frequent, my weight went up as I stopped walking and working out as usual, my reading of books temporarily stopped as I focused all efforts on learning my craft through YouTube.

I finally pulled back at the end of last summer and took a minute to breathe.

Refocused to Family, Health, and love of reading entire books.  Having a little more Self-Care after releasing “The Promise To The One” was important, as I had gotten to a place of realizing I was breaking promises to myself in some areas, and really keeping them in a huge way in others.

By October I was ready to begin another push, and without sacrificing what is important to me, such as family time, daily walks, and consistent learning.  So I formed the plan: The Push will be forming a TEAM.

In November I was meeting with business owners whom I admire so much we decided to form a power alliance and create The Promise Institute, which is off to an incredible start, and the new PUSH was on!

We are accountable to one another for keeping The Promise in our businesses, families, and doing what we know the other should be doing.  We have our Signature Moves that make us great, and remind one another if we notice someone isn’t working in their “Zone of Genius” as Gay Hendricks calls it in his landmark book, “The BIG Leap”.

2021 has been a push so far in terms of setting up the business, getting products rolling out, and our processes in place.  It has been a push, but also the right kind of push where we have our family time, reclaiming our health, and keeping things that can often get away from us in check.

But then there is another kind of push that really shoves me into another level of overdrive:

The PUSH of Accepting Speaking Opportunities of Every Capacity!

I consider all of these opportunities to grow, expand, and really PUSH to a new level a part of my PROMISE to never stop growing.

If they were all The Promise Keynote then it would be less noteworthy, other than to just be thrilled I’m so busy!

Instead, they are ALL unique, customized, require much time to prepare, create, reinvent, strategize with the client, and focus.

This type of schedule being so varied is very rare, and not recommended as “the usual”.  If it were, I’d burn out quickly.  Instead, it is pinpointed to this one time of the year on purpose, and helps me move to a new level of teaching, speaking, presenting to various types of groups, listeners, and thinkers.

And then we have a Summer to do all the fun things with the kids!

Your Promise Prompt This Week

What is your definition of A PUSH for yourself right now? 

If you feel you are in a cycle of never-ending PUSH, then is there a way to step out of that for a moment and evaluate what is out of alignment?

I know when I’m in mine, because the most important personal aspects of my life start to get out of control (weight gain, family time at dinner table, burning out).

If you are experiencing that, can you pull back in some area, in order to reclaim what is lost to any degree?  It might even mean asking a client if they don’t mind forgoing the usual Zoom meeting, and instead join you on the phone while you walk around the neighborhood on your conference phone call.  Something simple, but it works!  And they will admire you for asking.  Trust me, I’ve done it!

If you are READY to make a PUSH, whether in business, health, or other, here are some tips:

1. Notify your Family, Team, and Anyone Else Who Should Know – your relationships could be affected for a brief time, and your availability to connect, so they need to understand what you’re doing and going through
2. Create Space for Yourself to Focus – Turning off notifications on phone, email, social media will make a huge difference in your focus, as will funneling all meetings, interviews, team discussions, to one part of one day of the week (if possible).  This gives you ample focus time to create while moving to the next event.
3. Prepare The Heaviest Burdens First – Get the toughest ones off of your plate.  Brian Tracy calls it “Eat That Frog”.  It’s the same as doing math homework first if that’s what your kid says is the one they struggle with the most.  The quicker you can rid your mind of the heaviest weight the quicker you can fly through creating the easier presentations.

If you aren’t a Speaker, how can this help you? 

Well, think of it in terms of Sales and making that big push through your CRM to drum up business; Perhaps you’re the HR Manager and rolling out a new accountability procedure, this is a formula for getting everything ready to go; Leaders: Use this as focused time to crank out all of the stuff from your never-ending To-Do List!

If doing a Health program, writing a Book, building a Garden, getting that Scrapbook done, or fixing a Relationship with a loved one, it works the same.

It comes down to your PROMISE to finally go for it!

I wish you the best with your Promise to Push Yourself! 

And let me know what you did, that always makes us feel like we did something pretty amazing in the amount of time accomplished, when we have the chance to share about it.

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