Extra Points ~ End of Year Special

This week’s focus point…Unleash Your Life14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

In just 2 days, I will turn 50 years old. It’s one of those milestone birthdays that cause one to reflect and think ahead. I remember very vividly about 15 years ago when my dad told me, “You know, I’m 75 years old and I feel like a 19 year old that is wondering what happened!” I’m beginning to appreciate that more!

As I turn half a century, I realize now there are some childhood dreams that I will never achieve. I won’t ever dunk a basketball in an NBA game. I won’t be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks or hit a game winning home run in the World Series for the Mariners. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I won’t win the Masters or U.S. Open (golf), or win an Olympic Gold medal. Oh well…

Outside of those things, the world is still mine to claim for the taking. Age can either be limiting or exciting. I choose to make it exciting. There are places to go and people to meet; adventures to share with my wife and children; more books to write and speeches to give; and opportunities and open gates to take with a bit more wisdom and perspective than I had at 20, 30, and even 40 years old.

As a new year is dawning for you, whatever age you find yourself, commit to living it “unleashed.” Seek out those open gates that lead to adventure and fun; be bold and fearless in your journey; and above all else, take along people that bring you love and joy. I’ve got my team with me…what about you?!

Finally, I’d like to take this final Monday morning missive to thank all of you that have been a part of my life, whether as family, friends, clients, or readers. My fervent hope for you is that you bolt out of that gate early in 2015; play hard and play for not only yourself but for others; and slide in ahead of the tag a year from now. I will share with you my journey every week. I hope you’ll come along for the ride and share with me, too!

Happy New Year – Feliz Año Nuevo!

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 This week’s quote –

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

~ Confucius

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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.

Extra Points – Fuel for Your Life

This week’s focus point…Fuel for Your LifeJack and Dan

I just started using my new Fitbit last week. For those of you unfamiliar with the device, it’s a cool wristband that keeps track of all your fitness wants and needs. It’s Big Brother personified for health! It tracks your steps, calories burned, flights of stairs traversed, and a multitude of other things. You can compete with friends, track your weight loss, and even see who is calling you on the phone. I feel like some weird combination of Jack LaLanne and Dick Tracy!Out of of the information that I receive and track, the one that (to my surprise) has had the most impact is water consumption. I will be the first to confess that I am really bad about drinking enough water. I never tracked it, even though with a pencil and pad of paper, it would have been simple. Now, you throw in some fresh, new gadget that helps me keep tabs on my water intake and I’m all over it. To my dismay, I now really know how poor I’ve been and where I need to improve! (Note: You should be drinking half your weight in ounces of water daily)

Water is literally the fuel for your body. While food consumption will provide the calories and energy, you will suffer immeasurable health problems due to dehydration. It is exacerbated as you age, and some of you might join me in being negligent in keeping fueled.

Just like water is the fuel for our bodies, positive thinking is the fuel for your life. If we don’t give ourselves enough of it, we become dehydrated and can cause major “health” problems and damage in our careers and personal lives. So start drinking more fuel with your thinking – be positive; encourage yourself early and often; avoid perfectionism; trust in yourself; avoid self-limiting language; seek out the good not the negative; quit complaining and explore solutions; and wake up and go to bed every day saying something nice about yourself.

In this season of giving gifts, the very best one you can give yourself is positive self-talk and attitude. It will fuel your career and your life. And after you’re done with yourself, consider “re-gifting” it to others around you!

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

 ~ Oscar Wilde

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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.

Chasing Cars

Me and BellaI just got back from taking Bella for a walk. She’s my crazy dog on walks. She saw a dog in a car once and now she must think there is a dog in every car! That means when a car drives by, she goes nuts. She lunges out and tries to chase, track down, and take a hunk out of the fender. She expends a ton of energy and BARK in a fruitless effort. She’s on a leash and there’s no way she will ever catch the car. Yet she persists….

There are times you are barking down the wrong car or up the wrong tree. You expend energy and effort for a fruitless cause. I’m talking to all of you that have prospects on your list that you forever “chase” in the hopes that they will finally give in and buy from you. Here’s the problem, you have an outlier or two that does and it’s like throwing the dog a bone. You think everyone will finally toss that thing. Not so much. Outliers are called this for a reason…because they rarely happen.

As you approach 2015, take a hard look at your prospect list and eliminate those that you know in your heart have zero chance of investing in you. Those that are under 25% should be moved to a smaller energy effort. Focus your barking on people and organizations in the upper half of likelihood. If they’ve been on your prospect list for 6 years, they aren’t “buying you.” These upper echelon people must be legitimate prospects or else you’re wasting your time.

Final thought If you need more of the upper 50%, then keep asking for referrals. Then you have a better chance of actually catching that racing car and biting off an end of the fender!

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All rights reserved

Extra Points – Overcoming Adversity

This week’s focus point…Overcoming Adversity14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

If you follow the National Football League, you’re team has probably been the victim or recipient of bad calls. As I rooted on my Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, we were beneficiaries of one that was instrumental in the outcome of the game. Looking back over the year, it’s probably evened out. One of the things I learned from coaching high school basketball for 8 years is that officials, regardless of sport, are human and make bad calls. Heck, as a coach I made a lot of bad calls! In the end, it’s not that it happened to you that matters. It’s how you respond.

“Bad calls” happen in life, too. Bad calls can be instrumental in your career and life as well. These bad calls can include – Illnesses and severe health issues for you, family members, or key business leaders; a business partner goes out of business or sells the company; a product you created causes damage or injury; or you might just have one of those “bad days” that leaves you disappointing, discouraged, and distraught.

We’ve all been preached to at some point that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” That’s easy to say when you’re not experiencing “tough” at the moment. In the end, you will best adjust and overcome adversity when you have 3 important characteristics – confidence, trust, and perspective. Confidence in your ability; trust on your ability to “win;” and perspective that allows you to be fearless and bold in the face of adversity. We all will face adversity and sometimes need to win against all odds. The championship teams and the championship people will always find a way.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 This week’s quote –
“Never mistake motion for action.”

 ~ Ernest Hemingway

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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.

How Comfy Are Your Shoes?

Shoes
Shoes

I just bought a new pair of running shoes. The old ones had a puncture hole in one of the heels where the “air support” was supposed to be. Needless to say, without the full support, the shoes didn’t work as well and actually reduced my effectiveness and made me more prone to injury.

How comfy are your business “shoes?”

You may be doing things and behaving in ways that you have for years without change. While these activities and behaviors once worked, they may be losing their “air support” because they are now obsolete and deflated. The risk to you is stagnation and injury to your brand and ability to grow.

Example – You always used a direct mailing piece to get the word out about your company’s services or products. For years, the US Postal Service got the news out to the world about you. Even though technology has made it easier, more effective, and more inexpensive to get the word out, you still spend time and money on direct mail becasue you may have 3 sales a year attributed to it. You can find other examples around your web site, newsletter, and even the products and services you offer. If you’ve not created anything new in the past 5 years, you’re the one that’s obsolete!

The bottom line is you need to identify the 20th century tools you’re still using and then switch over to the 21st century. This is a great time of the year for that type of candid self-assessment. I had to do it with my running shoes. Are you ready to assess how your business is running?

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points ~ Staying Power

This week’s focus point…Staying Power14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

This past Friday evening, I was driving back from Portland after a 3-day conference. It’s a 3 hour drive at night, and it’s a great time for me to relax and listen to some music. I found myself singing along with Nat King Cole to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. YES, I admit I listen to Christmas music during this time of year. I guess I’m just a sentimental kind of guy at heart…

As I was listening to the silky smooth voice of Mr. Cole, it dawned on me that he passed away a long time ago. Doing a little research, I see that it was only 15 days after I was born. A little simple math puts it at just under half a century. Yet his voice has carried on his spirit for 5 decades and can be heard on radios and Internet all over the world to the delight of many. Now THAT is staying power!

Mr. Cole’s voice was his “brand;” his message. He was so gifted and talented that it will endure forever.What gift or talent do you have that extends past your being present? It could be your talent that improves revenue growth for a business; creates opportunities for others to excel; or perhaps it’s a product you developed that brings joy to others that has no expiration date.

We all have unique gifts and talents to share with others through our personal and professional work. Even though we may not qualify as world-renowned crooners, we do have the opportunity to create a lasting effect on our craft. The key is how we make others better because of our efforts.

My question to you this week is – who’s singing to your music!

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”

 ~ Iris Murdoch

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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.