Peyton Manning and Super Bowl 50

pmPeyton Manning famously said, “It’s not wanting to win that makes you a winner, it’s refusing to fail that makes you a winner.”  Michael Jordan encouraged thousands with his monologue of humility when he claims to have missed over 9,000 shots; and when his team was depending on him to make the gaming winning shot, he missed 26 times. Yet he is still arguably revered as the greatest professional basketball player of all time. Tenacity is the word that comes to mind when I think of these athletes, but the truth is still – Failing Sucks!

Come on, you know me by now.   There is no political correctness here. Failing is not fun; it hurts; it’s infuriating; and while you certainly should get back on the horse if you fall off, it doesn’t mean that the pain from falling off is going to go away quickly.   Actually, far from it. You see the stink from failure can linger for days, weeks, years for some people and that pain, or rather the fear of that pain is often paralyzing. Don’t believe me.   Ask any teenage boy why he does not just walk up and talk to the girl he’s been staring at and ask her out.   Ask any entrepreneur that talks about her Shark Tank’s  ideas all the time but she is stuck in a dead end, do nothing job, because the fear of failure is enough to leave her catatonic.

So, now that we are all sufficiently depressed, let’s look for the light in this message.

I have 4 steps in this equation that will help you any situation where failure is a possibility.

 1.  Admission: Step one is to admit. Admit that there is no success without some level of risk and go ahead and acknowledge that failure is not only a possibility but a probability.

That’s a weird way to start a journey isn’t it? “Okay team I hope everyone is ready because we are going to change the world and oh by the way we are likely going to fail, perhaps miserably, but that’s not going to stop us!

2.  Action: Step two is the gut wrenching and utterly terrifying act of taking a step. You cannot improve results until you HAVE results!

If you are like me, this literally took me standing in front of the mirror looking at myself saying, “You might fail, if you do that’s okay, take good notes and try again.” Unless you are sky diving or riding a motorcycle over the Grand Canyon or walking a tight rope with no harness, then your failure will not kill you. So after you have accepted the fact that failure is likely, then you need to take a step!

3.  Reflection: Step three is to take time, at set intervals, to reflect on everything that just happened.

For me, I schedule these times as part of my goal setting, and they are flexible. i.e. If I fail before the allotted time period then I will reflect immediately. I hate when that happens. But if the project is moving along I try to make short term goals that I can evaluate regularly to identify my progression. Remember sometimes these phases move so fast that going to a coffee shop and sitting down with the music blaring in your headphones is not an option. Reflection should be intentional but does not have to be formal. Put down your phone, close your laptop and take 5-10 minutes to figure out where you are, what you have accomplished and where your next step is. Then BOOM! Right back at the grind!!!

4.  REDO: Step 4 and the last step is to redo it! If you failed don’t do it the same way, if you didn’t fail then redo it the same way or an even better way!!!!

Generally, in life, the goals and projects that we are working on will take persistence, simply meaning that we are not just doing them once. So, whether your goals are met or you failed so badly that it’s actually hard to tell what you were trying to do, do it again! Perfect it, push the boundaries, and keep going. If you get scared, see step one and start again!

The reason for this entire post is simple. I have 2 emotions – HAPPY and ASLEEP and when failure introduces sadness, frustration, anger, or anything except happiness or asleepidness (I know that’s not a word) it can mess with my head and sometimes I need reminding that I am bigger than that. I would imagine that many of you are the same and to you I say, failure is not an indicator of how good you are at something, it is only an indicator how good you were at something in that one single attempt. Don’t be afraid to fail, be more afraid of never doing anything that matters.

-Caleb

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Motivated Monday {February 1, 2016}

 

#MotivatedMonday Do you have goals that aren’t progressing? Do you feel like parts of your life aren’t growing?  Are those areas getting attention?  The only things that grow are the things that get energy! Step back and re-prioritize this week!

 

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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The Anatomy of a Happy Office {7 Secrets to Keep Your Employees Happy}

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7 Secrets to Keep Your Employees Happy

1. Recognize when employees are making progress. Pause and highlight milestones that people hit or challenges they have overcome. Ensure that people feel their contributions are rewarded by simply saying “thank you.”

2. Make employees feel like they belong. To be happy at work, it’s important to  feel like “you have a friend.” This gets challenging especially when the company gets busy. People need to feel like they know each other and so time like this yields positive results.

3. Take an interest in who employees actually are. One of the key questions that always gets asked in employee surveys is “Do you feel like your boss cares about you and is trying to give you the tools to succeed?” This will lead to employees that are much more engaged at work.

4. Make it fun. Organizations that feel “light” where people can joke around occasionally with each other have stronger cultures. When mistakes happen, people can see the funny side and are not just focused solely on the downside. These provide additional moments of connection as discussed in point No. 2.

5. Let your employees disengage sometimes. Many employees feel like they are always working because they have “a cubicle in their pocket” that they can never turn it off. This makes employees feel tremendously harassed and stressed. Encourage times when employees are completely disengaged so they can focus on their family and set their own personal priorities.

6. Encourage exercise and sleep. Enough of both of these does great things for employees’ focus, attention, creativity, energy and mood. In the long run, consistently doing “all nighters” are counterproductive.

7. Stop calculating everything. As a business owner, stop keeping score every time an action is taken. Don’t always be thinking, “If I did this for an employee, they should do that.” Do what is right and don’t calculate.

Source:  Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Anatomy of a Happy Office {Office Etiquette Part 2}

Ever had that co-worker that is ready to jump into Christmas way before you (or anyone else) is?

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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The Anatomy of a Happy Office – {BUT WHY?}

happy office smallIf you have never read the New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project from author Gretchen Rubin, I highly suggest you get a copy.   Gretchen knows a lot about what makes business people happy. She spent a year test-driving conventional wisdom, current scientific studies, and lessons from pop cultures about how to be happier at work and at life.  Her social experiment yielded all sorts of results that can be applied to every aspect of life.  Her conclusions about workplace happiness are a must-read for our series this month.

Gretchen reveals many ideals that make achieving happiness critical to every company’s success:

* Happy employees are more productive. It results in less employee absenteeism, burnout and stress. When employees are happy, they are less preoccupied with themselves, more focused on their work and are willing to take on new challenges.

* Happy employees are better leaders. They become more resilient, less risk adverse and can more easily bounce back from failures.

* Happy employees are more creative. They are less worried about the day to day tasks and can dream of new possibilities.

* Happy employees are better team players. They are more likely to help others and tackle the big issues confronting them at work.

If you can have employees who are more productive, absent less, better leaders, less fearful of failure, more creative and better overall team players simply by making them HAPPIER, then how can this not be a WIN-WIN situation for you and your employees?

This month, we will discuss many aspects of employee and office happiness.   Follow along to read how employers AND employees can benefit from a happier workplace.

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Toll-Free: 866.695.5162 / Office: 205.970.9088
Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242


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The Anatomy of a Happy Office – November Series

The Anatomy of a Happy Office – November Series

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
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Office Productivity

A great video for you on workplace productivity.   Real world stuff here with a few laughs thrown in for effect.

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
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