|Your Success Thought for the Week of September 16, 2009
Better Tomorrow Than You Are Today
What impresses me about the
type of individual who hires a leadership coach is their eagerness to become
a better person tomorrow than they are today. |
If you and I are as good today
as we are ever going to be, the remainder of our lives will be uneventful. Looking in the mirror, can you say to yourself
that you have nothing to improve upon as a leader, spouse, parent, friend or
There is always room for
improvement. Keeping a continual eye on how we can enhance who we are makes us
come alive! Here are some areas my
clients seek to improve. Perhaps one
will resonate with you.
Public Speaking: The irony here is that those who
are already good public speakers are the ones who want tools and techniques to
become better. As with leadership below, those who need to improve their
speaking skills seldom seem to realize it.
Common areas for quick
improvement are eliminating the use of fillers like 'um' and 'ah;' utilizing
the correct 'audience appropriate' words or analogy to get their point across; enhancing
facial expressions or vocal tones.
Fulfilling a Dream: Highly accomplished individuals became that way because they had a
vision and are not satisfied with accomplishing just one goal.
New visions and dreams
captivate them like writing their book or play; expanding what they do locally
to a national level; reviving their teen rock band into something big; opening
a new business; becoming an actor or fine artist.
Coaching helps break long
time dreams into workable mini goals; whereas, well-intending friends or
associates may find reasons this new endeavor will not work. "You've got it great now; you're fabulous at
what you do! Why rock the boat?"
Spectacular Leadership: As with
public speaking, an irony exists within the leadership community. Good leaders who want to become great seek
the help of experienced and coaches and mentors. There's only so much a book
Then, there are marginal leaders
who believe they are good enough, no need for improvement. Sadly, these oblivious leaders can do more
damage than good.
Some still try to influence
through bullying or acting unilaterally, ignoring the talent available to them.
Others criticize when encouragement is needed, find fault instead of answers or
grow apathetic. They simply no longer care.
Whoever you are, whatever
you are doing, you can be better tomorrow than you are today. Be one of the people I so admire in seeking your
route to self enhancement! If not a qualified coach, then take a class, join a group with similar interests, take up
a new sport-anything to enhance who you are and who you are becoming.
Enjoy your discoveries and
have an amazing week!|
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