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Extra Points: Interval Training

May 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40My daughter Kelli has gotten me hooked on interval training for running. The intervals are one minute in duration…one minute of running followed by one minute of walking. Rinse and repeat for the entire time you choose to run. It’s enhanced my enthusiasm for running, made the process more manageable, and (this is the most important) dramatically improved my performance.

My pace has increased slightly (from 10 1/2 to about 11 1/2 minutes per mile), however my ability to run/walk longer with less stress and more energy at the end has improved. And, I’m having more fun. While the initial metric looked like it didn’t make sense, the interval training actually enhanced the entire experience.

I talk with too many business professionals – especially CEOs and business owners – that could use a little interval training. The pace they set for themselves is too daunting. Too much work without a respite for clearing the mind, relaxing the spirit, and recharging the proverbial battery. While at first glance, the metric looks like working harder and longer makes more sense, the stark reality is that doing that too long will bring about exhaustion, anxiety, and epic collapse. 

Take a cue from my newfound interval training. Intentionally plan to alter your course to better mix in life balance with work. In the end, your pace may slow down but your performance and experience will be greatly improved, making your company, your career, and your life exponentially better.

Need help accelerating your business results? Contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com and let’s talk about it!

Quote of the Week:

”Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

~ Maya Angelou

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Extra Points: Small Targets – Big Results

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Small Target – Big Results

Mentors are important for success and significance. One of the best mentors I had when coaching high school basketball was a legendary coach from our area. Coach Harney was a member of the Seattle University team that played in the Final Four back in the 1950’s. One of his teammates was Hall of Famer, Elgin Baylor. Coach Harney went on to coach for over three decades (and still volunteers) and made it into the Coaching Hall of Fame in this state for his accomplishments.

Coach was always willing to share ideas with me, especially when it came to developing skills in players. One of them was quite unique. He told me that he had his players practice missing free throws. That’s right…missing them. It seemed that my players were pretty adept at missing them without any practice, but I digress. He explained that it wasn’t simply missing that mattered, but how they missed. He instructed his players to pick a small spot on either side of the rim. That was the exact spot he wanted them to hit and miss. He believed that if they could get so good at hitting such a small target, making it into the bigger target during a game would be easy. His players proved him right.

The concept of focusing on small targets isn’t just for basketball. I’ve used the same principle in golf. I’d suggest to you, missing small with your business objectives will carry the same big results.

Here’s what I mean. Instead of setting grandiose goals with long time frames, why not pick a small target (e.g. one week) and laser focus on one accomplishment (e.g. meeting with two prospective clients, finishing an important project, writing three chapters for your book, or de-cluttering your work area)? If we aim for small targets, we improve our focus, which leads to better results and greater confidence. It’s much better to move one thing forward a mile than 10 things forward an inch. Focus on small targets will train your brain to be sharp and in the moment. It will require you to eschew multi-tasking, which is another benefit!

Find something small this week to focus on and watch your results grow.

Need help accelerating your business results? Contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com and let’s talk about it!

Quote of the Week:

” Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.”

~ Helen Hayes

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Extra Points: Whack Job

March 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Last week, I attended my first-ever lacrosse game. My nephew plays on the Western Washington University team and they were playing the University of Washington at the UW. Barb and I were very happy to make the much shorter trip to the UW campus to watch Bennie play.

So here’s what I learned about lacrosse after just one game. It’s a combination of basketball, hockey, and soccer where players are armed with sticks that are used both as tool to catch and pitch a ball and as a weapon.

I watched with great interest as these young men dashed around the field in full protective gear and constantly being whacked across the chest, arms, legs, and sometimes even head. The players that were the most successful at avoiding the constant “whacks” to the torso were the fastest and most nimble ones. While never fully escaping an occasional “whack,” they were able to protect themselves better using their speed and nimbleness.

Kind of like business and life, wouldn’t you say?

We go through our days and can pretty much assure that along the way, things outside our control are ready to whack us…hard. We have goals and dreams to achieve, yet obstacles are normally in the way of those goals. That being said, these obstacles – like the defenders with sharp sticks – aren’t insurmountable. Especially if your fast and nimble!

Fast and nimble in your business, your career, and your life doesn’t translate into speed and athleticism. What it does mean is that you use your “smarts” to be decisive, bold, able to change course, influential, and resilient. It’s that ability to get whacked hard a few times, yet find a way to persevere towards your objectives. For the best and most successful at this practice, they not only are resilient but they are able to find alternate routes that get them to success and significance faster and more effectively. Your mission, should you accept, is to continually grow in speed, nimbleness, and resilience to score more goals for your team.

Do you or your company need help avoiding and thriving through the “whacks” in your business and life? Check out my Unleashed® Balance Sheets below. They are free to download and send to me for a no obligation perspective.

Quote of the Week:

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

~ C.S. Lewis

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Extra Points: Opportunity Knocks Daily

February 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Opportunity Knocks Daily

I was browsing my Linked In timeline last week and a connection of mine shared a post with the quote – “There are 365 days in a year; and 365 opportunities.” I liked that saying…I wish I’d thought of it myself!

What I do regularly remind clients is to always ask – in every situation – “What’s the opportunity?” 

The quote from Linked In goes along with my firm belief that in every situation – good, bad, and indifferent – opportunity knocks. The problem is, especially in difficult and sometimes overwhelming situations, that we don’t hear the knock through the chaotic clamor in our head! Opportunity might actually be breaking the door down, yet we are oblivious becasue our focus is on the problem rather than the solution.

In every uncomfortable situation, there is an opportunity for understanding. In every crisis, there is an opportunity for growth. In every moment you feel stuck, there is an opportunity for innovation. For every joyful and exciting moment, there is an opportunity to share the wealth.

Go into every situation (both professional and personal) armed with that little voice in your head exhorting you to uncover what opportunity lies in front of you. In that way, you” be primed to unleash your ultimate potential and those of others around you.

Do you or your company need a better process for uncovering opportunity for and profitability? Check out my Unleashed® Balance Sheets below. They are free to download and send to me for a no obligation perspective. Email or call me to get yours…

Quote of the Week:

It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Extra Points: Barking at the Wind

February 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Captain Jack hates the wind. Hates it. He doesn’t cower and hide from it. He gets mad. So mad that he spends an inordinate amount of energy barking furiously at it. He can’t see the wind, but he can hear it and figures it’s his mortal enemy (along with the vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, and electronic sounds emanating from mobile phones).

His persistence in expending this energy is limitless. It ends when he has successfully vanquished the wind (in his mind – Mother Nature is the real reason). What he fails to understand is that his energy has accomplished nothing but to wear him out, create chaos, and cause great stress for him and everyone around him.

Do you ever get caught “barking at the wind?”

How many times have you ever caught yourself expending great energy at something which you don’t fully control? It might be something a competitor is doing or saying. It might be a client or partner failing to return your emails or calls. Maybe it is something you control in your business, but instead of looking for a solution, you find yourself fretting or even worse, becoming our own typhoon wreaking havoc on everything and everyone in our path.

We all can be guilty of barking at our own “wind.” Some sort of calamity or issue arises and we spend our time wasting energy that would be better used solving the problem; delegating to someone else more capable to handle it; or finding out its not really a problem at all! This negative energy not only exhausts and depresses us; it exhausts and depresses everyone else around us.

If you are the one barking at the wind, stop. Identify the cause, set counter measures to deal with it, and spend your most valuable resource – your energy – on things that will help your business, career, and family. If you’re in a leadership position and have employees that are expert in barking at the wind, then it’s your responsibility to help them stop.You will be doing them – and everyone around them – a huge favor.

Captain Jack gains nothing positive by barking at the wind. He’s proven to be less than coachable. You are. Make the commitment to invest your energy on solutions, growth, and development and you’ll find yourself barking a different – and more rewarding – tune.

Is barking at the wind an issue in your company? Give me a call and we can discuss how to change that for the better!

Quote of the Week:

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

~ Maya Angelou

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Extra Points: Anxious or Eager?

February 6, 2017 2 comments

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Anxious or Eager?

One of my pet peeves is the improper use of the words anxious and eager. You hear them used interchangeably all the time, even in the media (who should know better). Let’s make this crystal clear – anxious indicates anxiety; eager indicates excitement.

If your anxious, you have fear, trepidation, and angst. You would say, “I’m anxious about opening that door becasue there may be zombies behind there!” You should never say, “I’m anxious to meet you in person,” because unless they are the second coming of Al Capone, you’re hopefully eager to meet them.

Proper grammar aside, these words also have a place in your mindset. If you’re anxious for the day ahead, you’re setting yourself up for failure. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. You play the day scared, fearful of “zombies” that will ruin your day. Being anxious leads to poor self-talk, mistakes made under duress, and a victim mentality where everything is someone else’s fault.

If you’re eager for the day ahead, you embrace opportunity. You’ll be resilient when challenges come up; you’ll be more innovative and creative; you’ll seek and find solutions; and you’ll be way more fun to be around. Being eager is a discipline and a state of mind. While it sounds easy to do, it’s not because life and business can often be hard.

Read that last line again…

It’s not easy, but it can be done through discipline and perseverance. If you commit to being eager – even when it’s not convenient to be – you’ll win more in business and create a remarkable life for yourself. So in the words of that great American philosopher Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t worry, be happy mon…” Or in this case, be eager.

Need help going from anxious to eager for yourself or your employees? Check out my Unleashed® Balance Sheets below. They are free to download and send to me for a no obligation perspective.

Quote of the Week:

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”

~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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Extra Points: Are You Out of Water?

January 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Are You Out of Water?

One of my jobs as the minion of two demanding Jack Russell Terriers is to keep their water dish full. While they might think it’s my “only job,” I do on occasion lose track of the depth of the water dish. Captain Jack is not afraid to tell me. He is very skilled at striking the empty bowl as hard as he can with his paw, causing a loud clang that reverberates through the house. If within a few seconds I don’t appear, the action is repeated until I respond. Captain Jack is not shy about asking for (or rather demanding) help and getting what he needs.

Business owners and other professionals should take a cue from my canine pal.

Be bold and ask for help. In my experience, many business owners and professionals choose not to ask for help for three reasons. First, they don’t think they need it. Second, they know they need it but don’t know where to get it. Third, they fear looking “weak.”

My responses: First, we all need help. Sometimes it’s advice; sometimes guidance; and other times a full blown intervention. No matter what one has achieved, there is always a need for growth. Just ask any world-class athlete if they still get coaching and help. Second, help is easier than ever to find. Referrals from colleagues and simply searching on the Internet are two fast ways to start the process. If that’s the real excuse, then the problem is probably deeper and more the last reason I mentioned. I believe that the most self-confident and successful people in any profession are boldly willing to seek and find help. Just like Captain Jack, they don’t waste time in seeking it; are persistent on their attempt; and gain tremendous value and return in investment from it. For both Jack it quenches thirst and is necessary for a healthy and happy life. Same for you…

You have a right to keep your water bowl filled. That might mean your professional skills, the growth and significance of your business, or the quality of your life. Whatever it is, I encourage you to be vigilant over the depth of your bowl by constantly keeping it filled so you never get thirsty and desperate. Captain Jack doesn’t, and neither should you.

Need help identifying where your dish is getting empty, check out my Unleashed® Balance Sheets below. They are free to download and send to me for a no obligation perspective.

Quote of the Week:

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

~ Maya Angelou

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