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5 Tips – How to Use Vince Lombardi’s Back to Basics Technique to Explode Your Business

August 1st, 2011 37 comments

Going back to basics was the hallmark of the great Vince Lombardi.  Those of us who enjoy hearing success stories on our quest for self improvement are very familiar with this legendary American football coach.  He was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League from 1959-67, winning five league championships during his nine years. Following a one-year retirement from coaching in 1968, he returned as head coach of the Washington Redskins for the 1969 season.

One of the things which separated Mr. Lombardi from the pack of other head NFL football coaches was his passion for going back to basics.  Every year, at the beginning of the football season, he would stand in front of his players and say, “Gentlemen, this is the football.” It is impossible to get much more basic than that.  He did this, not because he didn’t think his team of NFL superstars  knew what a football was, but because he knew it was a vital for their success.  He realized the only way to explode his team’s success was to go back to the basics every year.

Why is it important to take, not only ourselves back to basics every year, but, also, our team?  Mr. Lombardi said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”

Here are 5 reasons why this is an important endeavor for anyone, or any team, to do when striving for excellence.  When we go back to basics,

1.  We learn something new or forgotten.  This past week, I’ve had the privilege to take Dan Nickerson’s 22 Day Boot Camp.  Even though, I’ve been online with my blog for 2 years, I discovered some things in his boot camp I didn’t know.  I, also, found some important tactics I had forgotten about with the passage of time.  Important things which will have a positive impact on my business.

2.   We reconnect with or connect with our coach or mentor.  In my case, I’m enjoying the connection to a new mentor.  I have respect for Dan Nickerson.  He is the “ideas man” for Joel Comm.  I was introduced to Dan by of my association with him when I chose the Socrates Theme for my blog.  He has always been helpful and attentive. Over the past few months he has earned my respect and trust.  I have been enjoying his teaching style and his knowledge he is willing to share.

3.  Going back to basics is a refresher course which can re-ignite our passion.  When I started the 22 Day Boot Camp, I was lethargic in my business.  I kept all my goals, mission statement, and afformations in front of me, but I’d become complacent and without an urgency or passion for my chosen endeavor.  The refresher course has re-ignited me.  I feel the rumblings of passion deep in my guts again!  It helped me remember why I’d chosen this path.

4.  Catch up on advancements in our subject matter.  Many times, in our chosen professions, we are so busy doing the mechanics of our position that we don’t have an opportunity to stay abreast of advancements.  I found this to be true for me this week.  There were things he discussed which I hadn’t heard of before.  Learning these will have a positive impact on my business.

5.  Keeps everyone on the team on the same page.  When we are a leader of team, we must be on the same page with our team mates.  Going back to basics reinforces our leadership, our leadership style, and our expectations for our team.  This adds to the cohesiveness of our team and expands all of our expectations.

I’ve found in my many years of business, having a coach or mentor is a vital element to our success in any endeavor.  Find someone who has not only done what you want to accomplish, but has excelled in it.

Going back to basics, often, at least once a year, is a hinge pin of success in the quest for excellence.  As Vince Lombardi said, “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”

How often do you go back to basics?  What works for you and your team when you go back to basics?  Leave us a comment with some helpful hints and  your thoughts on the subject.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a short 3 minute YouTube video on Vince Lombardi.  Enjoy!




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3 Tips on How to Improve Your Team’s Self Esteem

September 16th, 2010 No comments

I have heard more times than I can count, “You get what you expect out of life.”  I have heard people say they don’t expect good things to happen for them.  If they do, they think it will jinx them.  They believe healthy self esteem, somehow it is cocky, ego driven and wrong.

When we are in leadership positions, especially sales, our team’s self esteem is vital in getting the job done.  When people come to us broken down in their self esteem by previous work experience or family issues, it is up to the leader to help them recapture their flagging self esteem.

I know, you are probably thinking to yourself, “I’m not a shrink.”  Or, “why would I hire some who is broken?”  Many times, we don’t know the status of our individual team members self image.  It’s not hard to use bravado to get a job, while inside their low self esteem keeps them from giving the best performance in their career.  I have interviewed people that appeared to have it all together, but after they became part of the team, their low self image was evident.

I believe the worth of an individual, can’t be determined by a psychological test, or any test for that matter.  I have witnessed some of the least likely people to succeed have done some astonishing things!  They have hearts of champions.  Given a fair shot and some good coaching, those that look average and ordinary can become the super stars!

There are several important things the leader can do to help fortify the team self esteem, reach goals, and create winners.  Here are three important tips for building team self esteem.

1.  The leaders can never expect or accept expectations of failure.  Things like “I can’t” has to be weeded out of the team’s vocabulary.  When a team goal is set, it is up to the leader to reinforce their teams expectations of success.

2.  The leader can’t expect what they can’t inspect.  Things such as leaders boards are a big help.  Our team implemented a big white board in the room where the team gathered regularly.  Every one was responsibly for posting their activity on the board for everyone to see.  It made it easy to recognize the people who were making it happen.  It led to better praise, recognition, and healthy competition.

3.  The individuals on the team, and the team, will rise to the expectations the leader sets for them.  The leader always has a better handle on what the team members can do, individually and together, then they know themselves.  Team goals should be attainable with a good healthy stretch to reach them.  Every time the leader sets a goal, and the team reaches it, the team’s self esteem grows.

Leadership is not for the faint of heart.  It is a tough and rewarding endeavor which changes peoples lives.  Leadership, done correctly, can change the self esteem of an individual and their families for generations.

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What Mistakes Do I Make Setting Goals?

December 11th, 2009 No comments

goalsIn today’s culture the word “goal” has become a buzzword.  Many people say, “my goals is to ___”.  That is good, in the respect, they are stating what they want.  In that statement, they have substituted the word “goal” for what might, more appropriately, be called an “intention”.  If it has become such a buzzword, why is it that only 2% of the population have written, specific goals?

When I coach and work with people in business, I am always surprised that people find setting goals so hard to do.  They talk as if they will sit down and write their goals, but unless they have a business coach, who will keep them accountable, they tend to stick it in the section of their minds labeled “I will do this tomorrow”.  Why do people struggle with setting goals?

I believe, one reason is, they really don’t know how to set goals.  After gathering the information on how to set effective goals, some will still not do it.  The reason could be that many people are afraid of success.  When people hear that, they tell me they aren’t afraid of success, they are afraid of failure.  Let’s look at that statement a little closer.

As we progress through life we stumble, fall, and fail at many things.  We start this process off, early, as infants learning to walk, feed ourselves, and how to explore our environment.  When our parents tell us “no”, or we fall down, that is failing.  We all learn coping skills for the dreaded failure scenario.  Would it be safe to say most of us have a tool in our toolbox of life called “dealing with failure”?  Don’t misunderstand me, failure can be devastating if you perceive it that way, or it can be a tremendous learning experience.  It is all in perception.

Success, on the other hand, is a bit more frightening for most people.  They really don’t have a clear concise mental picture of what it would look like to succeed.  Our quest for success is often the place were we find most of our limiting beliefs.  Limited beliefs are what stops us from going where we want to go.  Limited beliefs are dis-concerning because, most often, we have no idea what those limited beliefs are until we get a mentor or a coach that can help us uncover them and hold us accountable.

Another area that trips up the goal setting individual is not taking responsibility for the people they hang around.  We are all products of our environment.  Our incomes will, often times, be very similar to the 5 people we associate out with the most.  Think about that for a moment.  Picture in your mind the 5 people that you are in contact with the most.  Are you all in the same economic bracket?

The last thing I want to propose to you is that most people are not in tune with their values.  They haven’t thought, consciously, about what they value the most or the least in their lives.  When we don’t know what our values are, it is easy to set a goal that is in direct conflict with a value we weren’t aware of.  For instances, if a person’s top value is their family and the time they spend with them, setting a goal for the next promotion or starting a business might be in direct conflict due to the increased time it will take to accomplish it.  Can you see the friction in obtaining that goal?

I have found the product called “Mind Movies” to be very helpful in developing a conscious mental picture of what you want.  Their workbook is exceptional in helping to pinpoint what we want and what we value most.  The Mind Movie is an excellent visualization tool for accomplishing the goals we have set.

I have for you, today, a 6 minute video entitled “12 Goal Setting Mistakes in 5 Minutes or Less”.  It has some very good information for you.  As Huxley said, “There is only one corner of the Universe that we can change and that is our self.”  If you gleaned some information that you feel others could use, feel free to pass it on!

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Bob Proctor – The Paradigm Shift – Part 3

November 14th, 2009 No comments

You have probably heard the old saying “today is the first day of the rest of your life”.  We could say that about every day.  When are you going to decide that today is the day for a change in your life?   Are you ready for a paradigm shift towards your success?  

We are all striving for a successful life.  Do you know what a successful life means to you?  How do you know when you are on the right track?  Do you have a “definite major purpose” as Napoleon Hill would say?  Do you know what you want your life to look like and how to get there?  Most don’t.

You will be pleased today with the weekend special.  Today’s video is part 3 of Bob Proctor’s Paradigm Shift series.  It is a little over 9 minutes long.  He really gets into the nuts and bolts of how to go about creating the life by your design.  Do yourself a favor.  Follow what he says to do.  It will give you that clear mental picture you need to create your ideal life.

Bob Proctor has a way of making everything very crystal clear.  How would your life be different if he was mentoring you?   Here’s a link you can sign up for his inspirational messages to be sent to your email every day for free.  Check it out here.

Enjoy the video and don’t forget to re-tweet if you like it!  Life is good!

5 Tips on Finding the Right Coach or Mentor for You

November 12th, 2009 2 comments

coachMany of us are looking for ways to improve our lives.  Self improvement can have a profound effect if we approach it from the standpoint of using those tips and knowledge to enrich our lives, rather than from the position of fixing us because we believe we are “broken”.  Self improvement information can lead to healthier and happier lives, but it can only take us so far.  When is it time to get a coach or mentor? 

It is time for a coach when you have dreams and desires that you currently lack the expertise to accomplish.  Those dreams and desires may be to increase your wealth, grow in your career, a health and fitness goal, etc.  If you look at any individuals that have excelled in their chosen field, you will find they have plugged into an exceptional coach or mentor.  Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Bob Proctor, just to name a few, have had phenomenal success with the help of mentors and coaches.

Finding the right mentor or coach can seem like a confusing thing.  The Internet is laden with many life coaches and people willing to mentor you.  If you are in a position to pay for the expertise of a coach that is all the better.  Even if you lack the funds at this present moment to be able to pay a coach, there are some coaches out there that will give you a vast amount of important information for free.  Use that until you have gotten to a position that you can afford to pay for your coaching.  Here are a few tips you might find useful in finding the right coach for you.

1.  If you belong to a MLM (multi-level marketing) you can usually find a good coach in your up-line.  They have a vested interest in your success.  The more successful you become the more it benefits their bottom line.  You, most likely, will have several layers of “up-lines” you can access to find the coach/mentor that works best for you.  Caution, be careful crossing over into another hierarchy, because they don’t have a monetary interest in your success.  Many a team has been stolen by so called “mentors”.

2.  Look for a coach or mentor that has done what you are striving to accomplish.  This may seem like a, “well, duh” statement, but many people are passing themselves off as “life coaches” that haven’t accomplished anything of significance.  The better you become the more accomplished coach and mentor you will attract.

3.  Listen to that small voice inside of you.  If you are following a coach/mentor and your inner voice starts ringing bells of warning, pay heed.  I have gotten myself into some uncomfortable situations because I didn’t listen to my intuition when it rang the alarm.

4.  Chose someone that believes in your more than you believe in yourself.  One of the reasons to look for a mentor or coach is to help us find that inner strength, the hidden talent, and to develop what we already have to greater heights.  A good coach will find and encourage that part of you that will help you excel.

5.  Look for a coach or mentor that will tell you what you need to hear even when you don’t want to hear it.  The role of a good coach or mentor is not to be your friend.  It is to tell you when you are screwing up.  It is to help you stay on the right path.  It is to help you find that person inside of you that you want to be.  Sometimes, that is giving us a kick in the behind when we need it.

A good coach/mentor is worth their weight in gold.  When you find the right one you can do some extraordinary things.  Do yourself a huge favor.  Listen to them, follow what they say and do what they tell you to do.  That’s why we have them, isn’t it?

Here’s a 6 minute video from Bob Proctor on why we need a coach.  If you are interested in 13 months of coaching from Bob Proctor click here!  Don’t forget to sign up for the free “tasters”.