Only This

Have you ever noticed how, at the Dentist, every extraneous thing gets done before s/he enters the room? And once the filling or other procedure is completed, within moments, they're gone again? 

Whether it's the hygienist, dental assistant, receptionist or cleaner who does the other things -set up the chair, turn on the ceiling-mount TV, take the x-ray, isolate my tooth with the rubber square - the point is, this focus is created.

I imagine God saying, 'Thou shalt make it so the ONLY thing the Dentist sees is one tooth. One tooth, and one tooth alone. Not the tongue, the tonsils, the colour of the patient's eyes nor anything else shall be visible. So shall it be.' 

Most of us are not Dentists, but we can still imagine a scenario where only the thing that's most important to us is in our line of sight. Maybe the people around you know their job is to create that. Heck, why stop there? How about a scenario where not only the people, but the spaces,  the tools, and even your schedule all conspire to isolate the work that's most important to you.

If you've been having difficulty making progress on a project, this visualization exercise may shed some light. Once again, saying 'no' is the hero of the story. 

How can you make everything else disappear so you can focus on 'only this?'

Fuel for Saying No More Often

This time of year, ah, the air is ripe with dreams. It is a precious time of choosing. What will we say yes to next in our lives? What nos?

Over the years, I've had occasion to teach 'how to say a no that sticks' a lot of ways, but my current favourite is 'No is the bodyguard of Yes.'

To create a powerful yes, try to find 3 nos to go along with. That means your yes will have 3 bodyguards to protect it. If that isn't enough, add a few more bodyguards. Because 'No is the bodyguard of Yes.' 'No is the faithful guard dog of yes.' 'No is the fierce and loving, devoted mamma bear of Yes.'

The power of no has come up multiple times recently, and I'm happy this recording of Indrani Goradia and I teaching about more about 'no' is still available. For anyone looking for fuel for the above, here you are.

What's Working, What's Not Working, What's Next in Online Business?

If you're in the online business or online training space - this includes you speakers, authors, and coaches - what is your next competitive advantage? 

Hands on transformation. experience-based training. apprenticeships/practicum-style offerings, rehearsal time, making things together, problem solving in groups, going places to do things together...

You get the drift. 

Help me do the thing you teach, with you. Give me the experience of thinking the thoughts with you. Knock something off my to do list in community. Even better if it's involves all five of my senses, and leaves me with lasting memories. 

There's still room for inspiration and information, but find a way to bake in implementation and integration? You win 2018.  

Holding a Team to 'Term'

Being willing to build a team. 

Big or small, are you? Willing, that is, to build a team for your business. If you're unsure now, that's alright. But finding your answer is important.

In the business of building a business, I have seen my share of things over 17 years of coaching. If I had to name only one factor that determines success for a business of a certain size, it's whether the leader is capable of building a team. 

If the answer is yes, there is a lot that becomes possible. 

If no, there might be a smaller business destiny at play, or, there is a crossroads. Will the leader of the business become a person who can attract, hold, inspire, and continue to do those things, over time? 

It's a little weird, but, I've seen many leaders fail the test of bringing on new team members at or before 9 months. Human babies take that long to be viable, withstand the test of life outside the womb, and grow to become unique masterpieces. 

Perhaps it's the same for teams.