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Category: Motivation

Imposter Syndrome

“I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” – Maya Angelou

If you’ve ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome – a thought pattern when you’re in constant fear of being found out as a ‘fraud’ which makes you doubt yourself or minimize your accomplishments – then I’m happy to tell you that you’re in good company.

There are two traits about people with imposter syndrome that make them great. One, you’re more likely a high performer given an opportunity in a new environment and two, you’re not quick to look back and take victory laps at past accomplishments.

You might see imposter syndrome. Others see humility and hard work. You might think lack of experience. When really it’s the road less travelled that you’ve decided to venture out on.

The inner conflict of imposter syndrome is evidence you’re continually chasing a goal or purpose that’s bigger than yourself. And that’s always a good thing.

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Leadership: Creating a Culture of Play

One of the best organizations I’ve worked for was a privately owned company where the owners made it their mission to create an employee first culture.

They would create company sponsored events for each holiday that would include department competitions for prizes, catered bbqs, fun interactive games and more.

But the most memorable events during my time there were the employee field trips. One of the owners (let’s call him Dan) would take about 15 employees from different departments on a full day excursion he called ‘Dan’s Day Out’.

It was a paid day away from the office to have fun doing a number of creative and fun activities around our city. With lunch included! Having a culture of play remained a priority for the owners. That ultimately lead to revenue growth year over year from increased employee productivity.

The world is in a different place when it’s comes to creating and maintaining healthy and effective company cultures, but it’s more in need now than ever before. The dynamic of remote work shouldn’t minimize how leaders engage in a culture of play with their teams.

With work from home mental health issues on the rise, companies will need to work with their managers to keep engagement levels high with employees and be creative when developing remote connection points that trigger feelings of positivity and fun.

Establishing a remote company culture of fun and human interaction isn’t just about separating managers and their team from daily work. It’s an investment in cultivating a happy and healthy work environment that ultimately will have a positive impact on the company’s success.

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In sports following-through is the range of motion from the beginning of a movement all the way to the complete end of the action.

Any slight change or tweak during the motion can disproportionately affect how on target an athlete is.

In an article for Tiger Woods briefly explains the follow-through in his swing:

“I like to think that my follow-through determines how high the ball is going to launch. In reality, my follow-through is a result of my angle of attack.”

We get excited about ideas, plans and the initial concepts we draft. But only having the right ‘angle of attack’ in planning our follow-through will determine how far those plans will come to be when all the excitement passes.

Zig Ziglar sums this up nicely:

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

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You Sound Ridiculous

We feel crazy sometimes talking about our big dreams with others. It’s due to our left logical side of the brain always trying to give us a reality check.

So we end up doing the same to others. Good thing Lavar Ball wasn’t listening.

Ball dared to say on a consistent basis that all 3 of his sons would play in the NBA. We called him crazy. Loud. Obnoxious. Overzealous. He just kept saying it would happen.

As of this week Liangelo, the last of the Ball brothers signed an NBA contract making it official.

Our big dreams will never happen until we start talking about it and believe it enough to sound as ridiculous to others the way Lavar Ball sounded.

Turns out he wasn’t as ridiculous as we all once thought.

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Risky Business

Accomplishing greatness starts with making a risky decision to challenge the norm.

Vanderbilt University women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller made a risky decision and challenged the norm by becoming the first ever women to play in a power 5 College Football game this past weekend.

Feats like that don’t just happen. We decide to make them happen. It all starts with making a decision to shake things up, do something different and not looking back in spite of the criticism or the people we make uncomfortable in the process.

The best and most rememberable decisions we make are often the ones with the greatest risk attached to it.

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28 Day Lockdown Challenge

As I write this, we are about to head into a 28-day ‘lockdown’ here in the Greater Toronto area in Canada due to increased daily new cases of Covid-19.

There’s no better time to challenge ourselves with the ‘new’.

New habits. New routines. New hobbies. New passions. New skills. New strategic relationships.

Having a consistent analytical view of your life is healthy. External limitations like a Covd-19 imposed lockdown can bring opportunities of focus.

For myself, setting challenges and meeting them bring fulfilment, and motivation to start another one.

So with that, I’m asking you all reading this to keep me accountable to accomplish these 3 challenges over the next 28 days:

1. Finish a manuscript draft for my next book.

2. Execute the 7-minute workout for 28 days straight with iPhone app showing proof of completion.

3. Finish 2 books: Disciplined Dreaming by Josh Linkner and Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins.

On this blog, a few days after the lockdown ends on December 17th, I’ll give my full report on if I was successful or not, as well the challenges and self discoveries along the way.

If you’d like to join me, message below your own personal 28 Day Lockdown Challenge or Challenges. I’ll hold you accountable and you can message your results when I post my blog update.

Let’s make the next 28 days the beginning of something better in our lives.

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Change the Energy

About 8 or 9 years ago, the company I worked for held their annual event for all employees, highlighting major accomplishments from around the company, as well as future business strategies.

It would typically take pace at a fancy hotel or country club with speakers schedule throughout the day. Each department usually had to share a slide deck or give some sort of presentation about their individual successes and everything else related.

That year my manager picked me to speak for our team even though I had never done so in previous years. Before I went on my manager introduced me, and in a strange way referred to me in reference to my faith.

“So I’m calling up Sheldon who will of course be in heaven one day…” A little embarrassed by such an awkward introduction, on the fly I decided to change things up.

“You know my manager says I’m going to heaven. That’s funny because right now I’m nervous as hell.”

The entire audience blew up laughing like I had just told a joke on Showtime at the Apollo. That one comment completely shifted the energy in the room and I immediately felt comfortable sharing my presentation.

Being your authentic self shifts the energy and atmosphere in a positive way to those around you. It cuts tension and gives others the courage and permission to do the same.

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It’s Okay to be a Little Odd

Lavar Ball is a little odd. He’s a character. More like a caricature. He’s loud, abrasive, opinionated, somewhat cocky, but most of all confident.

But Lavar Ball also had a plan. Years ago declaring his three sons Lonzo, Liangelo and LaMelo would all end up in the NBA. He sounded like most fathers do talking about their kids. The only difference is, Lavar Ball had a plan.

But he was odd. Not like others. Social unacceptable.

Does it matter?

It’s good to be a little odd to others. You become less of a threat to them in accomplishing greatness. They write you off because you don’t play by their rules. While in the background you always had a plan.

A plan so grandiose it’s almost unbelievable. They couldn’t believe it. They didn’t want to because, we’ll, you’re odd. Different. Not like them.

And that’s good thing. Because unlike them, the masses, you’ll end up with three sons who are affiliated with NBA teams. just like you planned it.

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Look to Strangers for Motivation

If you go online, in a matter of seconds you can find….

…thousands of triumphant weight loss stories from people lacking true external resources.

…thousands of stories of families that had major debt and managed to become debt free.

…thousands of stories of creatives overcoming a personal disability to excel at a high level in their artistic craft.

…thousands of entrepreneurs who after experiencing several failed ventures, achieve tremendous success with their current business.

Whether you ask Alexa or Siri to search for you, they will find online endless examples and stories of individuals who have overcome some of the most difficult circumstances you can imagine.

So find them, and read them. Over and over. You’ll begin to realize how much time you’ve spent undermining you’re ability to accomplish that goal you’ve been dreaming about for years.

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Take Small Wins

Playing Pee Wee football 1994 at the age of 14, I rarely was called upon to carry the ball on offense. We had two star running backs so there was no need to spit a few carries to a scrawny first year slotback.

Blocking was my role and I did it well. So well in fact that I blocked an opposing player into the end zone. One of our running backs fumbled and the ball rolled next to me while blocking in the end zone.

I jumped on the ball and the referee singled ‘touchdown’. It was probably the easiest score I will ever get in my life.

And I’m okay with that. Because sometimes we have to take the small wins when we can get them. They often lead to bigger wins in the future.

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