Extra Points: Unleashing Your Good

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40You’re not good enough.

Has anyone ever said these words to you? Are you included on that list?

As humans, we have rampant thoughts go through our heads as we take in and process information from the outside. All of us will fall victim to self-doubt, whether it’s manifested from inside or outside our own heads. Social media threads are rampant with opinions, especially in politics and sports. I read plenty of mean-spirited and mostly uneducated judgements of fired and hired NFL coaches that weren’t “good enough.” In high level executive board rooms, leaders of Fortune 500 companies often succumb to the imposter syndrome where they think it’s a matter of time before they are “found out” to be not good enough. Even small and medium-sized business owners must fight negative thinking so as not to allow themselves – especially in times of crisis and challenge – to think they aren’t good enough to overcome adversity.

Last weekend, a young man on the Washington State University football team committed suicide. He was only 21 years old. Everything you read about him painted the picture of a happy, gregarious, and good teammate and friend. None of us know what thoughts and demons he may have had in his head, but at some level he believed he wasn’t good enough as a person, when it was obvious to everyone else that he was. Not all self-doubt will lead to this end, but it will ultimately lead one to not fulfilling their human potential and living a life that they desire.

Former big league pitcher and Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer was once asked about his mindset on the mound when things were going poorly. Moyer – winner of 269 games – explained that he might have the bases loaded with one out and one run already in, and the opponent’s best hitter at the plate. He would tell himself, “all I need to do is get a hard ground ball right to the shortstop and the double play gets us out of the inning.” That’s how to unleash your self-belief!

Last week, I asked if you could handle the truth, remember? Let me leave you with this today. The truth is you are good enough. That first sale is to yourself and if you have that belief, then you, your business and career, and your life will follow suit.

Quote of the Week:

“Nobody is defeated until until he starts blaming somebody else. My advice to you is don’t fix the blame. Fix the problem.”

~ John Wooden

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Extra Points: Can You Handle the Truth?

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’ve been closely watching the Seattle Seahawks search for a new offensive coordinator. It looks like that as I write this, they may have found one. One of the areas of focus is on finding a coach that will “challenge” and hold accountable the quarterback, Russell Wilson.

I read an article espousing that the very best quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Tom Brady, craved being pushed and challenged. The article quoted a coach that opined that mediocre quarterbacks want to be left alone; above average quarterbacks want to be told how to improve; and great quarterbacks want to be told the truth.

Isn’t that the truth about all of us in any position or career? Regardless of employee or CEO, everyone needs coaching. How coachable are your best “players?’ How coachable are you?

I’ve experienced people that have said they want help, but really want to be literally left alone because all they want is validation of their ideas. I’ve met people that say they want to be better, but don’t like to hear the truth because in forces them to change. The truth is what sets the great ones apart.

One final thought: I’m not suggesting that the great performers always accept blindly what a coach might say, but they at least consider and respect it. A coach is there to mentor, guide, and grow people based on their expertise and knowledge. The best “players” are able to take the truth and make adjustments. Your organizational and individual success will depend on how many great “players,” including you, are on the team.

Can you handle the truth?

Quote of the Week:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Extra Points: Plan B…C…and D

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40As we begin a new calendar year, businesses and organizations are fervently putting together and starting to implement plans for success. Metrics and mileposts have been set, and hopes are high for a better year in 2018, regardless of how 2017 turned out. The problem is, the majority of businesses and organizations (especially non-profit) fail to take into account one thing…how to respond when the bad thing happens. And then what to do when Plan B doesn’t work. Let’s discuss…

Most every business has plans for growth over the next 12 months. The savvy ones have strong metrics to keep track of the growth based on sales, marketing, and performance objectives. The most sophisticated companies also take time to figure out what obstacles stand in the way. To that end, they figure out a Plan B if Plan A doesn’t work. And then they figure out a Plan C and often a Plan D. Redundancy in strategic crisis planning is crucial to resilience and business continuity.

What are common obstacles your business might face to hamper your biggest dreams for this year?

A physical loss (e.g. fire) that forces your from your building. A cyber attack that compromises your data and reputation. The loss of a key employee or owner. Loss of business knowledge through lack of pre-planning and documentation. A new competitor emerges in you territory. A weather-related calamity that causes you to stop operations for an extended period of time.

While insurance may reimburse you for some of these, it’s negligent not to have a plan to immediately stay open for business to reduce the financial and emotional impact. Too much damage can result that is not protected by insurance. It’s incumbent on you to make sure your plan to mitigate the damage and reduce financial risk to protect your property, people, and profit. The consequences of not doing so will result in loss of profit, damage to people, and going out of business.

Bottom line, I believe you’re resilient. That’s part of the makeup of an entrepreneur and business leader. The problem is that if you’re a “brawler,” you might win the game but come out battered, bruised, and bloodied (bleeding profits). If you fight like a boxer – with a planned strategy that includes obstacles to success – then you’ll come out of the next calamity (and they will happen) moving full speed ahead toward higher profits and business wealth.

P.S. This concept applies to your personal life, too. What are the obstacles that can derail your personal goals, dreams, and lifestyle? You need to create contingencies for your family to assure that your personal hopes and dreams all come true both now and in the future.

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Extra Points: New Year’s Edition

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Since my birthday is on New Year’s Eve, it’s been easy for me to take stock of each new year for my life as it matches the change of the calendar. As I grow older and hopefully a little wiser, my perspective has continually changed. Here are my thoughts for this year for your consideration…

Enjoy your life because it’s the only one you get; no mulligans. Be grateful for the people in your life and commit to investing time in those relationships. Be kind. Laugh often. Never compare yourselves to others. Be thankful for both success and adversity. Honor the struggle. Rejoice in the wins. Keep looking forward, not backwards. Be unleashed.

I wish for all of you a very Happy New Year. Enjoy the next “yard” called 2018.

Quote of the Week:

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.”

~ Alfred Lloyd Tennyson

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Extra Points: It’s a Wonderful Life

it_s_a_wonderful_life_-_no_man_is_a_failure_that_has_friendsThis Week’s Focus Point: It’s A Wonderful Life

My favorite movie. Period.

Something about James Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey in Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie touches my heart and spirit every year. Obviously, I’m not the only one as it has become a bedrock of watched Christmas movies, even though it was considered a box office flop back in 1946.

Here’s the thing for me…the poignant part for me is how fragile life really is. I wonder how each one of us, if we actually got the gift George Bailey received, would look at our lives differently. So many humans get wrapped up in “what ifs” and “Shoulda, coulda, woulda” statements of regrets. We all just simply don’t know how our life would change if even one of those things happened. Barb and I were talking about this recently when we were visiting the Santa Train near the city we once lived. Had we not taken a bold and risky move to buy a franchise opportunity in 1993, we may have never left that city. If that had happened, our lives would be so different. One daughter would never have met my son-in-law and given us the beautiful granddaughter we have. Our youngest daughter wouldn’t be thriving in the corporate position she holds today. The friends we’ve made, the positions we’ve held, and the experiences we’ve had would all be gone and replaced by something else. While the “something else” may not have been bad, we wouldn’t trade any of what we have now for all the money in the world. You might say the same thing.

As we close in on the end of another calendar year, it’s always good to remember what kind of a life we’ve actually had. When Lou Gehrig exclaimed to a packed Yankee Stadium over 70 years ago that he was the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” I have no doubt he meant it. That’s because when I echo those statements today, I truly believe that it’s been a wonderful life for me. And I can’t wait to see how the saga continues…

What about you?

Quote of the Week:

“No man is a failure that has friends.”

~ Clarence Oddbody (George Bailey’s Guardian Angel)

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Extra Points: The Present

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This holiday season always makes us think of presents. The act of exchanging gifts with family and friends starts ramping up around Halloween these days and goes all the way through Christmas. Today, I’d like to talk about a different kind of present and a different kind of gift.

Barb and I are fortunate to get regular photo updates of our granddaughter. One of the most recent shows her looking right into the camera and flashing a beautiful smile, which for her is a newfound and growing skill! I quickly turned it into the wallpaper for my lock screen on my phone, so I see it often. It dawned on me that infants like my granddaughter live totally in the “present.” And what a “gift” that is. She isn’t ruminating on past failures or calamities; nor is she obsessed with worries about the future and what might or never occur. She’s living completely in enjoying and making the most of her present. For that matter, so are both my dogs. Captain Jack and Bella almost always wear that same impish grin.

Somewhere along the way, we humans lose that gift and start focusing on the past and future. While utilizing the past for lessons learned and cherished events is good, dwelling and living in the past is not. While eager to find opportunity and enjoying the future is good; being filled with anxiety and fear is not.

Here’s my holiday gift to you (actually I’m keeping and sharing from my granddaughter): Live in the present more. The past holds many experiences both good and bad and nothing can change what happened. You can’t write the future in your head because it’s likely to turn out differently than you planned. Be cognizant of where you are today becasue it will soon be the past. We only come around this way once, so make sure your present is truly a gift to yourself and others.

Quote of the Week:

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”

~ Harry S. Truman

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Extra Points: The Impossible

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This past Saturday I boarded The Santa Train with my granddaughter and family on a 105-year old train in a rural gem in our area. As we traveled the rails back at a brisk 20 MPH, I wondered about what it was like traveling on a train even more than 100 years ago just to get someplace. I thought about soldiers heading out to war, businessmen on travel, and families off to visit families or move to a new place. I tried to put myself in their place and the thought of people traveling on airplanes, communicating instantly with anyone in the world on their watches, and dropping into a Starbucks for a caramel brûlée latte to begin a ride home in a vehicle that plays music and has heated seats.

Impossible to imagine.

I the started pondering the next 100 years. What would we deem impossible? Frankly when I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, the Internet, digital music, and video calls like FaceTime and Skype were impossible to imagine. The fact that this is only 40 years ago, what does the future hold? The impossible is what’s ahead. Sadly, too many people allow the impossible to dictate their lives.

Like I wrote in my book, Unleashed Leadership, people are apt to build “invisible fences” around their lives. Due to fear of rejection, fear of failure, and fear of what others might think, they choose to eschew trying for the impossible. As we have seen over the past hundred plus years, humans can create artificial intelligence, fly to the moon, and exterminate diseases like polio.

Nothing is impossible unless you just don’t try. To live unleashed, tear down that invisible fence. Captain Jack can’t be fenced in and neither should you.

Go be possible.

Quote of the Week:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

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