Don’t Hug the Ball

Okay, there are times that you really need to hug the ball.  You want to call a time out.

But for most of us, we tend to hug the ball too much and for too long.

Your ball (your life or whatever dreams you have in life) must keep on moving.  I realized that one reason why I am not able to get the most in life is because I am hugging the ball for too long.

I must keep it moving towards the goal. I can dribble it myself…or I must pass it to someone. But I must keep the ball moving. And I too must move along with it.

This is very simple I know. And we just have to keep it simple.

Pass the ball.

Jef Menguin

P.S. I have started a new blog series in jefmenguin.com called TIPS. Visit the site. There might be something that can inspire you to move today.

 

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Does a new experience frighten you?

Seth Godin hit the nail on its head: having an experience for the first time is frightening.

I am sure that I know what I am going to do.  I have figured out my marketing and service delivery strategies. I have tested the ideas so many times in my head. If I had the right people, there was no way we could fail.

But I do not know the future.

And I don’t know who are the people I am going to work with in this new project I have to handle for a company that I was once a president.  I will be leading a new team and I  know only one of them. All the other seven members exist only in my imagination.

I imagined these people to be action-oriented, with high level of business acumen, creative, and who will not stop until we win. Unfortunately, I never had these kind of team members before.

Either most people are excellent during interviews — or I am not good at finding really great talents. I have read many books on behavioral interviewing. But reading books doesn’t really give you the same experience as interviewing few people most of whom are not the persons you wish you had.

This is why a new experience frightens me — though having a new experience is the one thing that excites me most.

I have led  many teams. I have helped many leaders improve their teams. But handling a new team is always a new experience — and each new experience is not something you can put in an old box. That’s not how it works.

Yes, a new experience frightens me. But a new experience also excites me. And what keeps me moving is that my excitement for the future is greater that whatever fear I have. And this excitement is not because I have positive mental attitude.

Dreams come true only when we accept and create new experiences. It is okay to be frightened as long as you keep moving forward.

Jef

Powerful Beyond Measure

Do you sometimes feel that you are inadequate, that you are not good enough?

I will talk about that today. But before I speak, let me share with you this poem from Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

My biggest challenge as a leader is not to find the best people, but to help people bring out the best in them. Leaders are salespersons. They must sell greatness hidden in the very people they serve.

Many people do not embrace their greatness. They measure themselves based on their past mediocre and inadequate performances. And what is their excuse? They have meager amount of talent. They aren’t good enough because they don’t have enough.

And that is not true. Some of us aren’t “good enough” because we gave more attention to our limitations that we neglected the use of our powers.

It is in discovering and embracing one talent that will lead us to another…and the use of newly found talents will lead us to some more.

And when we discover it in ourselves, we shall also discover it in others.

That’s because we will start to recognize it easily having recognized it in ourselves. It is like having your eyes closed for very long, believing that you were blind, and now that you have opened them you start seeing beauty and wonders you have not imagined nor thought about before.

You are not inadequate. You have powers. And when you use those powers you will become powerful beyond measure.

Have a great powerful day my friend.

Jef

Trailblazer Manifesto

The world schools us how to think, to talk, and to walk.
The world defines for us the best we can be.
The world shows us which road leads to success and happiness.

Thanks but no thanks.

I am a leader.
I blaze trails.
I find new paths.
I challenge the status quo.
I inspire a new vision of tomorrow.

Yes, I am a traiblazer.

I create my own paths, walk my talk, and stretch my limits.

I am an original.
I am creative.
I am a trailblazer.

I look for opportunities and I create possibilities. I do not allow my education to limit my imagination.

As an employee, I find ways to do things differently. I look for solutions in every problem. I do not allow a box or an office cubicle to limit my potentialities.

When people say that “it has never been done”, I know that they are telling the truth. I will show them that a trailblazer will find a way. When there seems to be no way, I create one. What has never been done, will be done.

I consistently seek solutions and create value.

As a leader. I value my people’s dreams and aspirations; I key in and support their causes. I educate them. I engage them. I empower them. I model to them and show them the way.

This is how I live.
This is how I add value to the lives of others.
This is how I make my little difference in the world.

I am a trailblazer.

Leadership Resources

I have created a library that contain some of the articles I have written in jefmenguin.com. I republished it here.

Leadership
Salesmanship
Personal Development
Motivational Speaking

Leadership

In this website, you’ll find hundreds of ideas that can help you build leaders — and build your own leadership skills. Find below some of these ideas. I really hope you’ll share them to others.

Personal Development

Salesmanship Out of the Box

Are you a salesperson or a sales manager? You’ll find the post below as excellent resource to help you sell more.

Motivational Speaking

Do you aspire to become a motivational speaker? I have written some ideas that may help you get started. Start with the posts below.

990 Leaders

There are many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. When there is an intention to serve, you attract people.

This August 2016, I have trained all kinds of leaders.

  1. Ninety nurses, doctors, and medical staff.
  2. One hundred twenty educators.
  3. Sixty service crews.
  4. Six hundred fifty student leaders.
  5. Seventy financial consultants.

The month is not yet over.

As I share this list with you, I encourage you to count your blessings. Every person you can inspire and equip is God’s gift to you. Every person who listen to you believe that you can help them.

Grab every opportunity to be of help.

Jef

P.S. Read this old post: A Remarkable Speaker. Wherever you are now, you can make your job remarkable.

The Poetry of List-Making

 

World of Colors

The world isn’t black or white. There are infinite colors in between them. And when we recognize this, we’ll be able to celebrate those whose colors and shades are not the same with us.

My call for positive revolution is to a call to celebrate the world — most specially what’s right with the world. Open your eyes — and you’ll see that our differences should not divide us Our differences only show how colorful we all are.

#colors #positiverevolution