Do You See Problems or Opportunities?

by blogadmin 13. July 2017 03:52

When we talk about problems, we have to identify whether or not we really have one says Dennis Mannering from "Attitudes Are Contagious: Are Yours Worth Catching". He goes on to say that a problem for one person may not be a problem for another. He's observed people in similar work situations only to find that one is vibrant and energized by the challenge of their work and the other is stressed out because of the perceived insurmountable problems that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The difference?


Furthermore, Mannering explains that problems give you a chance to live, grow and improve. Every problem is an opportunity to grow and learn. That is the only way to look at problems. No one likes problems any more than the next person, but they happen. So why not take a positive approach to them? Think to yourself, every adversity contains the possibility of an equivalent or great opportunity and every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. You will never find that seed if you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the circumstance.  Attempting to solve problems with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE will help you grow stronger and smarter than you are today!

Personal Application:

- With what situations, in what circumstances, or with what people do you view challenges as problems rather than opportunities? What practices can you put in place today to see adversity in a positive light and act accordingly? 


Your Attitude Equals Power & Potential

by blogadmin 7. July 2017 02:21

We tend to believe that our performance and productivity are the most important. In fact, we find equally important is our ATTITUDE and how we interact with others. The chart below illustrates how various attitudes may impact a team:


Great Talent + Bad Attitudes = Bad Team

Great Talent + Bad Attitudes = Average Team 

Great Talent + Average Attitudes = Good Team

Great Talent + Good Attitudes = Great Team 

(John Maxwell's "The 17 Laws of Indisputable Teamwork) 

If you want outstanding results, you need good people with great talent and aweseome attitudes. When attitudes go up, so does the potential of the team!

Personal Application:

-What is your attitude portraying to others? In what ways are you impacting and raising potential of the team? 

3 Keys To Rebuilding Trust

by blogadmin 28. June 2017 01:44

Last time, we talked about what makes a person a trusted individual and gave you a trust model to build and strengthen relationships. But, what about relationships already broken? How do we repair and restore the trust between people and groups? John Maxwell suggests 3 key steps:

1. ACKNOWLEDGE that trust has been broken. We often ignore having violated trust. We tell ouselves, "It's not that big of deal. They'll get over it." Or we delude ourselves into thinking that time will magically smooth over anything we've done wrong - without any conciliatory effort on our part. We can even be tempted to blame the other person's hurtful response instead of taking responsibility for having provoked it: "They're so emotional! They need thicker skin."

2. CHOOSE to forgive the other person's misbehavior. Once we acknowledge that we've broken someone's trust, we also have to seek forgiveness. However, if the other person has mistreated us in the past, we may actually feel justified in having let them down. By withholding forgiveness, we're operating under the assumption that we do everything right. The moment we realize how much we mess up ourselves and stand in need of forgiveness, we become more understanding of others.

3. ADMIT your responsibility and apologize. Admit what you said or did was wrong and say you're sorry. It may be painful for the moment, but it strengthens the relationship in the long run. Be sorry, too, with your actions and not just your words.

This type of choice and forgiveness cements relationships that takes on deeper levels of trust.

Personal Application:

So, what relationships in your life need repair and restoration? Who will you seek out and talk to today? Is an apology warranted?


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