Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Outstanding Leaders get over Terror Barriers

I got a phone call in January 2012 from a business colleague, and friend asking me to attend a fitness boot camp with her in March. My reply to her was No, and why would I want to put myself through 7 days of torture...

Ten hours of exercise per day. There was silence at the other end of the phone, and then came the reply from her. "Molly, what a great excuse you are making, especially as you are the very person who goes into Organisations across the world and teaches people how to overcome excuses."

I was initially speechless and realised she was right.  I was being encouraged to step forth like never before and jump out of my comfort zone, so I agreed to go. We headed off to Devon in the 17th of March to Prestige Boot Camp. On the long car journey down we began to discuss our terror barriers and I realised mine were huge. The excuses that I had made since I was eleven years old, about strenuous exercise. However on this new journey I promised myself to keep an open mind no matter how tough the fitness training was. Every day we started at 7am and finished at 6pm

10 Tips on How I Overcome my Terror Barriers to Exercise;

  1. Stay, be and live in the moment.
  2. Dream about how good it will feel once it's all over.
  3. Get up at 5.05am, sit, imagine and see yourself succeeding, and the day over.
  4. Prepare your mind and then your body will follow.
  5. Use affirmations like - It is easy; It is not taking a long time.
  6. When you feel you can not move one more inch, see yourself taking one more step.
  7. Use music and have your favourite songs recorded.
  8. Laugh with colleagues.
  9. Be honest, be real, and let the tears flow when you are overcome with exhaustion.
  10. Never, never give up.
By the end of day seven I was seven and a half pounds lighter and had lost seven inches. How I felt was beyond words and it taught me a great lesson. That lesson was embrace your terror barrier and take action. Possibility lives on the other side of the terror barrier.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

20 Great Questions for Leaders

Questions help us stretch and grow to a whole new level of possibility. What questions do you ask yourself every day as a Leader?  What questions do you ask your staff and work colleagues to encourage them to be the CEO's and their own posistion.  When we pause each day and ask ourselves and everyone around us the right questions, we live life at a whole new level of awareness.

  1. How do I want to be perceived as a Leader?
  2. What is it I really want as a Leader?
  3. If I had 48 hours left in my current organisation as a Leader, what would I do differently, and why?
  4. What two things could I do today that would take my leadership skills to a whole new level?
  5. How do I know I am an effective leader?
  6. What excuses have I let get in the way recently?
  7. What do I need to stop doing as a leader?
  8. What if as a leader I had unlimited resources, what would I do differently, and why?
  9. What one thing could you do today as a leader that would take you closer to your vision?
  10. What are your core values as a leader?
  11. What is really important to you as a leader?
  12. How effective currently is your leadership message?
  13. Can you describe in one sentence your one, three, and five year vision as a leader?
  14. How do I turn the vision into reality?
  15. What are you currently focusing on as a leader, that is creating the most impact?
  16. What will the company look like 24 months from now? 
  17. How can you offer more value as a leader?
  18. What can you do to make someone else's life better today?
  19. What have I been dismissing recently as a Leader?
  20. What will my legacy be?