Thursday, January 27, 2011

Follow the Leader

As a child I loved playing Follow the Leader. I especially loved it when I was elected leader first. You remember that game right? The object of the game is to be the last follower standing. The last follower standing gets the reward of being the next leader. During the game, the leader takes the followers through a series of actions that must be mimicked. Those who have difficulty following are out.

I was reminded of this game during one of my sessions this week. I am working with someone who in addition to searching for personal fulfillment, is working toward a promotion at work. Lately, she admittedly spends most of her work day complaining and bantering about the office. She feels as though the person holding down the position she has set her sights on, is not doing a very good job. She has literally been panting after the promotion. Unfortunately, all of her complaining, bantering, and panting has taken the place of her current duties and she has fallen behind.

For those of us who wish to reach our highest potential, it is important to recognize that we can only move forward after mastering the present. If you want a promotion at work-- if you want to be elected the next community leader-- if you want to be the next one to say I Do-- if you want to reach your highest potential in every aspect of your life…You must master your present, hold down your current position to the highest extent, and learn to follow just as well as you would lead.

Every great leader used to be a great follower!

To Blog…Nakeia

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Few Words on Relationships

Believe people when they show you who they are the first time. ~Maya Angelou

Be it a romantic, platonic, or business relationship, if you give someone the opportunity, he or she will show you who they really are. The problem is that many people ignore the warning signs. Not you of course…

If you want to live a life that fulfills your dreams and goals, it is essential that you surround yourself with people that are going to add value to your life.

Take a moment to write down the names of the people you spend the most time with. Now, based on their actions, describe who they really are. The next step is the most important…Believe Them!

To Blog…Nakeia

Friday, January 14, 2011

Something New

I know. I know. It's not Thursday. It's Friday.

Lately my computer has developed a mind of her own. Yes. My computer is a her--- named Stella. But I digress...

It has been said that this week is the most depressing week of the year. Many people have already broken their New Year's Resolutions, the anticipation of credit card bills from Christmas is overwhelming, tax season sends many business owners into a panic, and the blistery winter weather gives many people cabin fever.

If you have fallen into a rut, here is a way to break out:

Do something new. Do something that you have never done before.

Too often people get stuck in the familiar---the same old thing. By simply creating a new daily routine, trying new foods, or taking a new route to work can create an atmosphere that will attract new opportunities your way.

To Blog...Nakeia

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The 12 Percent...

Happy New Year!!!

For the past two days, I have been suffering through technical difficulties with my computer. I was almost unable to post a blog today. Just after my husband, who can literally fix anything---fixed my computer, I sat down in from of my technical difficulty-free computer and skimmed through my LONG list of blog ideas. It is at that moment that I realized that today would be my first blog of 2011! OoOh...the pressure! I thought to myself, I must say something profound---something thought provoking---something life changing.

As I let out a yawn, I realized that it is 8:40PM. I AM TIRED!

But, I blog on…

Here is something to think about:

52% of those who make New Year’s Resolutions are confident that they will succeed. However, by the end of the year, only 12% actually achieve their goals. So what does this mean for you and me? We must set out to be in the 12%!

I don’t care if you decide to make a life change in the beginning, middle, or last day of the year, if you not have an actionable plan in place to secure your space among the 12% of those who set goals that they are confident about, you will fail. Period!

When the hype that surrounds the new year fades, will you still be ready to do something in 2011 that will change your life? If your answer is a resounding and confident YES, then you may want to start right here:

Decide what you must do to live at your best in 2011.
Make a detailed list of what must be done to make that happen. 2011.
Then…DO IT! Period.

To Blog…Nakeia