Extra Points – Enhancing Strength

November 17, 2014 2 comments

This week’s focus point…Enhancing Strength14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I recently had the chance to talk with a high school buddy who’s been battling Stage 4 melanoma. He is in the final stages of a grueling battle and we hope to hear positive news in a couple of weeks that it’s finally gone. He shared with me how the treatment has progressed and I learned something new.

He said that chemotherapy is not the preferred method any longer in fighting cancer. The “old school” chemo was about destroying the cancerous cells by blasting them into oblivion. The side effects on the person was brutal. He told me that today, doctors opt for Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. Basically, it’s maximizing your own body’s strengths to most effectively win a battle and be successful.

Many of you are using the old chemotherapy route rather than Immunotherapy when trying to improve yourself professionally or personally. You identify where you are “weak” and try to improve those weaknesses. Rather, you should use the strengths you already have inside of you (e.g. Immune System) and work on enhancing those for better results. You can’t be perfect in everything. Identify your strengths and what has made you successful, and then blast those with even more professional and skill development. Just as doctors have discovered a better way to fight cancer by boosting an immune system, you can find a faster and more effective way to boost your business and career (and enrich your life) by augmenting your own abilities.

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~ Publilius Syrus

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Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.

Fiercely Guarding Your Time

November 12, 2014 Leave a comment

This is my November column for the Kitsap Business Journal. Read it online here

Fiercely Guarding Your Most Valuable Asset – Your Time

By Dan Weedin

You protect what you most value. This isn’t a startling statement. You would certainly agree that we would vigorously defend our family, our home, our faith, and our country. We all have prized possessions that we would safeguard. And, as many a wealth management expert will encourage you to do, you staunchly guard your money.

Why is it then that we do such a crummy job of guarding what might be one of our most valuable possessions; something that can never be recaptured or insured; and something that we all too often complain we don’t have enough of? That “possession” is time. I submit to you that if you make fiercely guarding your time an early New Year’s Resolution, that all your goals, objectives, and dreams will come true in 2015. The good news is that I’m about to tell you how to do it. You just have to have courage, conviction, and discipline.

Last month, I resigned from the school board that I had been elected to in 2009. I held the office of president since 2012, and had 1 year left in my term. I already decided against re-election. My decision to resign early came after a self-assessment of the current situation. My discretionary time is precious, and over the past year, the negativity emanating from a small vocal group of community members was distracting to a point of encroaching negativity into my personal and professional life. I dreaded everything about the job, from opening emails to board meetings. When I realized I was eagerly waiting for December 2015 as the end of my term, and it wasn’t even December 2014 yet, I knew there was a problem. Life is too short and I wasn’t about to wish my life away. It was time to allegorically throw baggage off the train!

In order to reach all of my goals for the rest of the year and beyond – both professional and personal – I needed to free up space. We can’t grow if we don’t occasionally unload that baggage that holds us back, or is even a roadblock. We need to create metrics for the activities in our lives and determine whether their expiration date is up, so we can bring in new, fresher ones. I didn’t just toss this baggage; I flung it with both hands!

Your turn for self-assessment – What are you doing today that causes you stress or anxiety? What is wasting your valuable time with little return on that investment? Are you allocating that time to things that won’t advance your personal or professional goals? This is the time of year for self-assessment. Instead of thinking about resolutions to add things to your life, perhaps you should resolve to dump your own baggage. Here’s your simple, 3-sectioned assessment tool. The only rule is that you be candid with yourself…

  1. Career/Job – Are you surrounding yourself with positive people? Do you love what you do? Do you gain personal satisfaction from your efforts? Do you wake up everyday excited about new challenges and opportunities?

Believe me, I understand there are tough days, and even periods of time. However, if you’ve been dealing with negative energy (people, processes, mission), then you might need to look at a change. Life is too short to spend nearly 40% of your life doing something you dislike just for a paycheck.

Change can be scary. I left a good paying job over 9 years ago to start a consulting practice, so I get it. The price you pay for unhappiness though is too steep. You have the choice to change your attitude or the situation.

  1. Social Media – How many “friends” do you have on Facebook? Probably significantly more than you would really count as true friends. The problem is that you’ve perhaps allowed people to insinuate themselves into your stream of conscience with negativity. You see it all the time. You don’t have to acquiesce to constant complaining, use of bad language, or editorial rants about politics, or religion just because it shows up on your timeline. I’ve started either “hiding” or “unfriending” people on social media. You might just find that dumping some of that baggage is refreshing!
  2. Volunteer – Volunteering is an investment of your discretionary time. There are scads of great causes out there, yet you don’t need to be involved in all of them, even if you’re asked. Choose one that you have a great passion for and get deeply involved. If there are several, you can allocate different levels of time and financial donations. The point is you can’t possibly lead them all, be on boards for all of them, or manage the upcoming auctions. Volunteering is the finest form of generosity. However, overdoing it can drag you down to a point where it’s bad for you and for the organization.

Bottom line – we humans must consistently grow and develop mentally and physically to enjoy a healthy and happy life. In order to do that, we must fiercely guard our time against forces that try to steal it. Many of these forces are actually good causes and well-intentioned people. The time may just not be right for you. This is where you learn to just say NO! There are other “time thieves” that are more invidious because they are often stealth and masquerade as essentials. You have more control than you think. Choose to spend your time focusing on people and activities that make you better. You can always make another dollar, but you can’t make another minute. Be fierce in guarding it.

Dan Weedin

Dan Weedin

Dan Weedin is a strategist, speaker, author and executive coach. He helps business leaders and executives to become stronger leaders, grow their businesses, and enrich their lives. He was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame in 2012. You can reach Dan at 360-697-1058; e-mail at dan@danweedin.com or visit his web site at www.DanWeedin.com.

 

Weedin Unleashed ~ Veterans Day Special

November 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Veterans Day Special – 17 minutes

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Extra Points – Veterans Day Special

November 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Veterans Day SpecialUncle Sam

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, I didn’t have the proper perspective or respect for the military and our veterans. Ironic as my father was a World War II veteran, who served 30 years in the Navy. I lived in a Navy town and owed much of my comfort in life to money that was earned through the Navy. It was post-Vietnam and although too young to remember that struggle, the carryover effect was real.

My personal “conversation” came during the Gulf War and Desert Storm. Now a young adult with small children, I recall vividly watching on live television the conflict. I had friends serving. And for really the very first time, I gained a true view of how my family and I were being protected by people just like me that dedicated their lives to putting themselves in harm’s way for me and the rest of our country.

Today, I want to honor Dad for his 30 years of selfless service and his tenure in World War II, for which he left school at 17 years old on February 11, 1942 to join. I also humbly honor others in my life that served – my father-in law, brother-in-law, two sister-in-laws and countless other relatives and friends. It’s something I never did, yet I always knew my family and I were being protected, which is more than most people around the world outside the Unites States can say. To all of you on this Veterans Day….

Thank you for your service.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote -
“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” 

~ Woodrow Wilson

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Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.

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Extra Points – What Are You Hiding?

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001This week’s focus point…What Are You Hiding?

This past weekend, our family held a fun little HalloWeedin Party at our house. We had a few friends and neighbors over and dressed up in fun costumes. I came as Clark Kent, with the famous Superman shirt being displayed as if I was just emerging from the phone booth.

Dressing up in costumes is always fun because you get to “pretend” you are someone else for a short time. Eventually, the real you comes out. The same is true in our regular daily lives. Here’s what I mean…

It’s very easy to hide what we don’t want to reveal to the world. Sometimes we even hide things – often truths – from ourselves. We can kid others and ourselves, but just like a costume party, the truth often reveals itself eventually. We our best unleashed when we are honest with ourselves. Trying to be someone we’re not becasue we think we are supposed to, or we want to please someone else seldom works. You are always going to be your best when you are simply yourself.

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This week’s quote -
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” 

~ Abraham Lincoln

Weedin Unleashed ~ Join me for a lively and dynamic discussion on a Google+ broadcast at 12:00pm PST. Click here to get the link to this free event.


The 2015 Unleashed Executive Experience -Click here to learn more

Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.

Weedin Unleashed – October 27, 2014

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Kindness and Compassion

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Extra Points ~ Kindness and Compassion

October 27, 2014 Leave a comment

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001This week’s focus point…Compassion and Kindness

Last Friday, our area was touched by the tragedy of another school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle. As I write this, the young man who was the shooter is dead, and 4 are in critical condition in area hospitals. The shock reverberates throughout a community and renders most of the rest of daily life not nearly as important as it was before.

Marysville-Pilchuck was scheduled to play a football game that night against my alma mater, Oak Harbor to determine the league champion The playoffs are set to start next week, so making up a game was basically impossible, especially since the school was going to be shut down for the week. Oak Harbor, in a show of remarkable sportsmanship, forfeited the game, thus giving Marysville-Pilchuck the league title. Both schools move on to the playoffs, yet the thing that will be remembered by everyone involved is the class act of the rival school. I can say I am one proud Wildcat.

We all deal with our own private crises from time to time. Most of us are really good at showing compassion to others. Recent events ranging from floods, to hurricanes, to bombings have shown our resilience for our fellow human beings. My question to you this Monday morning is this – how much compassion and kindness do you show yourself? All too often, we are the worst friend and boss to ourselves. Lack of self-worth, fear, and bad experiences often keep us from showing compassion and kindness to ourselves when we make our own mistakes, or are dealing in our own crises. Take a cue from how you would deal with others…do the best you can, learn from your mistakes, and don’t be so hard on yourself. Having a healthy dose of self-worth and compassion will allow you to be resilient through any crisis.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote -

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” 

~ Maya Angelou

Weedin Unleashed is back this week. Join me for a lively and dynamic discussion on a Google+ broadcast at 12:00pm PST. Click here to get the link to this free event.

 
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