Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Re-Purposing Purpose

There's a lot of "stuff" going on about Purpose, Mission, Vision and Calling. What one means to you can be quite different than mine. Subsequently, Mission to me has been the same as Purpose or Vision how you've used it.

Just trying to explain the confusion is confusing. I'm reminded of an English 101 course I took through the University of Hawaii during my Navy stint. I used "drinking" in a paper and while I was referring to "drinking alcohol," the Professor had no clue. In her culture drinking was drinking; pouring a liquid down one's throat. I received a F.

To that point, I'm re-purposing my terminology to be more specific and hopefully achieve congruency. Simply put....

1. I'm dropping any official use of Mission

2. Vision: a present view of the future.

3. Calling: how "I'm called according to God's purpose."

4. And finally........Purpose; whether an all-in/life-plan Purpose, or the Purpose for setting down to write this blog post. Purpose. What's my/your Purpose for "x."

Simply put.

To that Purposeful about what you're doing in the present.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Don't accept these phrases

Thanks to Jeff Boss at Entrepreneur Magazine for this great article.

Here are MY favorites from......

10 Phrases Seal Teams Don't Accept, and Neither Should You

#1. I can't do that

#2. Sorry I'm late

#4. I'm going to HR

Click her to read the entire article on Entrepreneur

All 10 are good, but these 4 have a special place in my heart!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Free Lesson Tonight on Purpose, Vision and Goals

It’s a great day! If you’ve ever called me, you know that’s something I say every time I answer the phone…

“It’s a great day, this is Danny Smith.”

I started saying that in 1991 because Zig Ziglar told me to. Seriously, he pointed at me and said “if you want things to change, you need to change and it might start with something as simple as the way you answer the phone.”

Ok, I’ll admit that I was one of 40,000 in the Hoosier Dome but I swear he pointed RIGHT AT ME. He really did.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rivers, lists and someday is today

Cathy’s gone for a few days on a mini-retreat and if you know Cathy you just went WHOA! because you know she doesn’t do retreats. But nothing Earth shattering. By “mini” I meant just her and a friend.

I’m with her though, not at her retreat but with the whole retreat thing….not for me either. Yet, as I wrote this, I remember it was at the only retreat I’ve ever been to (1990) where I heard Dr. Chris Thurman speak on his book “The Lies We Believe” and my life was changed. Seriously. There have been a small handful of books that have made a profound difference in my life and this is one.

I recently finished up the study of John Maxwell’s book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” (it is also in that handful) with a lunch and learn group.

This is my 11th time through the 15 Laws with groups of people but it’s by far the most meaningful. Not just because I’ve come to each time through different than times before, which is true, but because we took our time (1 law/chapter per week) AND the group has been very engaging.

The last lesson was on The Law of Contribution; Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others. John talks about being a river, not a reservoir, questions that identify who can encourage us, being grateful, not letting stuff and people own you, and to keep growing you need to keep giving.

The chapter also talks about success being defined as sowing, not reaping.

Tim Hawks, my pastor at Hill Country Bible, is leading us through a series of sermons the past few months titled “Life to the Full,” “Waiting for Someday,” and now “One Mission.” They’ve been about Rivers, Someday is Today, and Generous Giving….at least that’s what I’ve gotten from them........

.......contributing, living abundantly, being purposeful and having the right mindset.

Back to Cathy being on a retreat…..when your spouse leaves for a few days, does she/he leave you a list of things that need to be done? I’m not talking about honey-do stuff, but a checklist for each day: feed Bubba x amount, Cats x this and x that, fresh water in dishes………?

Cathy does. And you know what? I love it. I don’t have to think about what I need to do because I have a list and you know what else? I’m much more likely to get things done. She’s managing me! Now that’s a lesson out of another great book, E-Myth – every visionary needs a manager and the visionary’s life becomes a better flowing river.

To that end…..make today someday and live life as an abundance filled river,

Monday, October 6, 2014

Some things I just do..everyday (even if I miss a day)

I ran across an old blog post that reminded me of some changes I've made to my Daily/Everyday To-Do List.

There are certain things I need to do everyday, though I do miss a day here and there.

  1. Journaling; authentic style
  2. 5-10 minute review of yesterdays calendar, emails and phone log. I do this with a pen in hand expecting to remember things about interactions/engagements with people
  3. Emails to people I've met recently. Note - I normally wait 2 or 3 days after meeting them for the 1st time (see Stop-Wasting-Handshakes resources for more detail)
  4. Add/Update to database (CRM)
  5. 15 minutes of social media posting. Schedule post for the day, week and month. Retweet/share post of those in my spheres of influence
  6. Write 5-10 minutes of a blog post. 
  7. Look at today's calendar, flagged emails and tasks
  8. Add to To-List; no more than 6 real to-do items for today 
  9. Emails
And I'm now prepared for the day.
These are not all habits, but choices I make to eventually develop habits and build myself out in front of my business so I can have the freedom to live life and not live "in" my business.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Quick tips on blogging

Last night's Stop-Wasting-Handshakes Mastery class was about writing and sharing content across multiple platforms. Primarily, Blogging and LinkedIn's Long-Post Publishing. Content is essential.

Here's some quick tips (from the not-so-quick class) for writing Blog posts you can easily share on other platforms such LinkedIn and Facebook -

1. Keep posts to 200 - 300 words. Break-up longer posts into parts

2. Keep sentences and paragraphs short.

3. Use bullet points

4. Use numbered lists

Keeping everything short allows easy reading and easy sharing.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Responses vs Answers, and old friends

I love hearing from old friends and one showed up in my inbox recently. Roy Whitlock replied to a blog post I wrote about roadblocks and blindspots where I stated “Perfectionism or Getting ready-to-get-ready (anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well).”

Now, to begin with, I can see Roy walking into my office and asking “I understand getting past roadblocks - but how does one find one's own blind spots? For example, #10 - how do you determine the point where "Getting Ready" becomes "Getting Ready to Get Ready"? And if something is worth doing, isn't it worth doing well? Won't doing it poorly start to reflect on your service delivery?”

Roy and I used to have some really good conversations. LOL……As to his plethora of questions (he never had just one and I’m surprised he only asked about one of my points)….here’s my response  -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There's them dang roadblocks

Why is sustainable influence such a strange and elusive event?

Pure and simple....roadblocks, and/or blindspots. There's them there things that get in the way.

Here's 22 Roadblocks that's keeping you from being a better influence:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Coincidences? Not when you're trying to become more aware

"You must know yourself to grow yourself."
- John Maxwell

That's the statement John uses to introduce his chapter on THE LAW OF AWARENESS.

This book has been a big part of my growth the past two years, and this chapter has probably caused the biggest gulp. Being aware.

I wasn't planned (by me) that this is the chapter we studied this week in our Leadership lunch & see, many at lunch on Tuesday were also in an Empowerment Mentoring lesson on Monday night. The lesson was Authentic Journaling.

I didn't plan it, but getting into the law of awareness is a perfect follow-through after a deep dive into authentic journal.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Choice #1 - I’ve got to choose to have the right mindset


To improve my “mindset” I ask questions and practice disciplines around I. M. P. A. C. T. 

Ideas. What new ideas am I having? Where are the ideas coming from? Are they from God? Is the Holy Spirit prompting me, or are the ideas from doubt, fear and self-limiting beliefs?

Meditation. I pray.

Purpose. What’s my purpose? Am I practicing my values? (Do you have your values written down...ask for my values worksheet). I’m purposeful about every event I attend, every appointment, every email, every marketing piece. I’m purposeful about giving, learning, sharing, gaining, etc. I practice “being present.”

Action. There’s a time to plan, a time to pray and a time to act. Even God told Moses to quit praying and start moving.

Conquer. Conquer those demons. Conquer those self-limiting beliefs. I can’t long outperform my self-image. What am I saying when I talk to myself? As a child of God, I was made in His image. I put on the Armor of God and fight the demons head-on!

Transcribe. I journal. Not just a diary type chronological thing, but authentic journaling. Getting the random chatter out of my consciousness so I can gain a deeper sense of awareness into my other-than-consciousness. “The danger isn’t in what we don’t know but in what we know and aren’t aware.”

To that end......choices break habits.