Are you a leader with the WOW factor? When someone thinks of you or talks about your leadership do they have good things to say? Do you wow them as you lead? Do so, and you’ll have more impact.

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  • The must have ingredient if you want to continue to triple your reach as a leader
  • The most important thing you can do to make people feel more valued than ever before.

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Are You Creating the Right Climate So Your Team Can Do More, Be More? Sports records provide tangible evidence of the positive changes that can occur when the right climate has been established.

One Olympic athlete, Parry O’Brien, won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics by throwing a 16 pound shot 57 feet. In 1953 he set a new world record by throwing the shot 59 feet, 3/4 inch.

Experts at the time said O’Brien, the best in the world, might beat his record by a few inches if he practiced, but they were certain that no one would ever be able to break the 60 foot barrier.

Luckily, O’Brien didn’t think like an expert! As an athlete he was determined to continue improving himself. He began experimenting with different styles and invented a new technique for his event, which would become the universal style of putting the shot until the mid1970s.

In 1956 O’Brien won at the Olympics again—not by a few inches, but by a few feet. He also broke the unbreakable barrier by tossing the shot 60 feet, 11 inches.

O’Brien set his final record in 1959 when he threw the shot 63 feet, 4 inches. From that time on, every competitive shot-putter has tossed the shot beyond that length. Today, the record is over 75 feet.

The same is true of the four minute mile. No one, the experts said, would ever be able to run the mile in less than four minutes. Then, in 1954, a young medical student named Roger Bannister did the impossible by breaking that barrier.

Today, every world-class runner can run the mile in less than four minutes.

Why?

Because one man decided to keep improving.

One man decided to pay the price of personal growth.

He was willing to lead. As a result, he created a climate for those achievers who followed him.

Are you the type of leader who is willing to pay the price and create a climate in which your people can follow you and emerge as the leaders of tomorrow?

Let’s find out.

The environment in which you work will influence you and those you lead. Answer the following questions to help determine your organization’s dedication to developing leaders and providing a climate that promotes organizational and personal growth.

QUESTIONS TO ASK CONCERNING ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH

1. Has the organization made a specific commitment to grow and develop people? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

2. Is the organization willing to spend money to develop employees’ growth? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

3. Is the organization willing to make changes to keep itself and its people growing? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

4. Does the organization support leaders willing to make the difficult decisions necessary for people’s personal growth and the growth of the organization? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

5. Does the organization place an emphasis on production rather than position or title? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

6. Does the organization provide growth opportunities for its people? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

7. Do organizational leaders have vision and share it with their people? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

8.Does the organization think big? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

9. Does the organization promote from within? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

10. Are there other leaders in the organization willing to pay the price of personal sacrifice to ensure their growth and the growth of others? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

If the majority of the answers to these questions is Seldom or Sometimes, a change is in order.
If the organization is controlled by you, begin changing now.

If you head a department in the organization, then you are in a position to make
positive changes. Do as many things as your organization will allow to create a positive climate for potential leaders.

If you are in a position only to make changes for yourself, try to find someone in the organization who will develop you—or change your job.

Great leaders share themselves and what they have learned with the learners who will become tomorrow’s leaders. A person can impress potential leaders from a distance, but only from up close can he impact them. Great leaders share themselves and what they have learned.

“If you really want to grow your business, you have to grow your people.” –John Maxwell

So, what are you doing to create a climate for potential leaders?

Training and coaching you and your team will help you create a climate for potential leaders so they can be more and do more. Click here for more information now.

Edward Roy had a problem. Let me tell you his story so you can figure out what works when crap hits the fan, then find a solution to your problem. This will help you focus your attention on what you must do, what you ought to do, and what you really need to do to solve your problem…without losing your mind.

Warning: Don’t read this wile you’re eating… You’re welcome.

Edward Roy had problems with poop. He ran a lowly business —Jiff Johns of Pompano Beach, Florida. He had 500 portable toilets for rent. Band concerts, construction sites, church picnics, outdoor gatherings of any size could rent his pottys. But that wasn’t Ed’s problem.

When he started his business in 1982, lots of people in Florida needed a place to be alone when they were caught out in the open. Rentals were up. That was good and bad.

Now he had to figure out what to do with all the sewage…that was the problem.

Many an entrepreneur would have thrown his fists up in the air in exasperation and spent half his profit to have somebody haul off his product’s product. Not Ed. There had to be a better way.

In his search for a solution, he found a solar-heating process that turned sewage in to fertilizer. Then came a masterstroke of marketing. Instead of trying to sell technology directly to local Florida communities, his company expanded and began to operate three $3 million fertilizer plants itself.

With this new arrangement, the company would treat sewage for a fee and convert it into fertilizer, which was, in turn, sold for big hunk of profit. Roy literally turned his problem into a profit.

Gross eh? Not if you consider how Edward Roy turned the stench of his poop problem into a mountain of sweet smelling cash!

Life is difficult. Problems will plague you. But what if you refuse to let all that stuff get the best of you and churn your problem into your advantage like Roy did?

Here are 2 Questions will help you focus your attention on what you must do, what you ought to do, and what you really need to do to solve your problem:

1. Stop Thinking, “Can I?” and Start Thinking, “How Can I?”

At first glance, the questions Can I? and How can I? may appear to be very similar. But the reality is that they are worlds apart in terms of results.

Can I? is a question filled with hesitation and doubt. It’s a question that imposes limitations. If that is the question you regularly ask yourself, you’re undermining your efforts before you even begin. Stop!

How many people could have accomplished much in life but failed to try because they doubted and answered no to the question “Can I?”

When you ask yourself “How can I?” you give yourself a fighting chance to achieve something. The most common reason people don’t overcome the odds is that they don’t challenge themselves enough. They don’t test their limits. They don’t push their capacity enough. How can I? assumes there is a way. You just need to find it.

2. Stop Thinking One Door and Start Thinking many Doors

When it comes to growth, you don’t want to stake your future on one “door.” It may not open! It’s much better to consider many possibilities and look for multiple answers to all of your questions. Think in terms of options.

I made the mistake of thinking I would always speak and train people exclusively in the faith-based community. After serving as a pastor for over 23 years, I wanted to speak at churches and ministry conferences for the rest of my life. But my thinking was all wrong. My thinking was too small. Way too small.

When I stopped thinking one door and started thinking many doors, I found that there were many many more options available for me to add value to others by speaking and teaching all over the globe. By expanding my focus, I now not only speak at faith events and church venues, but too, I spend a lot of my time speaking, training, and coaching people in the business community focusing on leadership and personal growth. And I’m loving it!

As I have learned to think many doors and explore options, here is what I have learned that will help you too:

– There is more than one way to do something successfully.
– The odds of arriving anywhere increase with creativity and adaptability.
– Movement with intentionality creates possibilities.
– Failures and setbacks can be great tools for learning.
– Success is a result of continued action filled with continual adjustments.

The greatest challenge you will ever face is that of expanding your mind. But here’s the good news: If you can change your thinking, you can change your life. And yep, you can turn your poop problem into profits.

Oliver Wendell Holmes remarked, “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” If you want to churn your problems into solutions, ask yourself some different questions.

Take Action:
Name a problem you have______________________________.
Ask: How can I?
Then ask: What are my options?
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Are you in pain? Whether you’re dealing with physical pain, emotional trauma, or the pain of disappointment, watch this short video and you’ll get 4 instant solutions you can use right away so you can be happy even when you’re in pain.

I’ll share how I broke through the excruciating pain I was in this week and what I did to get myself in a better mood. It will work for you too. Watch below.

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What You Need to Know About Getting Along With Anyone

Human Relations…sometimes sucks.

Strong word, huh?

I could have used an expletive…

Let’s be real, it’s not always easy getting along with co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, friends, and even family.

I love this little story of a mother who’s preschooler locked her out of the house and how she spun it with understanding.

Leaving my four-year-old son in the house, I ran out to throw something in the trash. When I tried to open the door to get back inside, it was locked. I knew that insisting that my son open the door would have resulted in an hour-long battle of the wills. So in a sad voice, I said, “Oh, too bad. You just locked yourself in the house.” The door opened immediately.

Since getting along with others is so challenging, allow me to pass on this quote that reminds us what our priorities should be when dealing with other people:

A Short Course in Human Relations:

The least important word: I
The most important word: We
The two most important words: Thank You
The three most important words: All is forgiven.
The four most important words: What is your opinion?
The five most important words: You did a good job.
The six most important words: I want to understand you better.

The moment people know that you care about them, the way they feel about you changes.

Read that again. Here, I’ll help…

Oh, that’s good, admit it! (Go ahead and tweet it, you know you want to.)

Just try this: Next time you’re in a heated argument with someone, stop and say, “Help me understand where you’re coming from with this.” And watch what happens.

They will become softer, and more open to your comments because you’re showing that you care about how they feel about the situation.

Showing others that you care isn’t always easy. Your greatest times and fondest memories will come because of people, but so will your most difficult, hurting, and tragic times.

People are your greatest assets and your greatest liabilities. The challenge is to keep caring about them no matter what.

That’s the right way to treat people. Besides, you never know which people in your sphere of influence are going to rise up and make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

In the end, the ability to understand people is a choice.

It’s true that some people are born with great instincts that enable them to understand how others think and feel. But even if you aren’t instictiely a people person, you can improve your ability to work with others.

Every person is capable of having the ability to understand, motivate, and ultimately influence others. It starts with caring. Get that down and you’ll get along better with everyone you meet.

Pick one person you’re going to try to give understanding to tomorrow. Yeah, test this out – I dare ya!

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By John C. Maxwell

I’m convinced that most people want to live a life of purpose. The vast popularity of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Drive Life was in part based on this desire, which became evident when millions of people bought the book.

Rick writes, “Humans were made to have meaning. Without purpose, life is meaningless. A meaningless life is a life without hope or significance. This is a profound statement and one that everyone should spend time pondering. God gives purpose. Purpose gives meaning. Meaning gives hope and significance. There is awesome truth contained within that logic.”

Just think of the difference knowing this message would make to a young person just starting his or her life. When I read Rick’s book, it was an affirmation of how I have lived. I got so excited about it that I wanted to buy it and give it to every twenty-year-old I knew. Purpose empowers significance.

Everyone Has a Why
I believe every person has a why and has the ability to find it. Do you believe that too? If not, are you willing to accept the idea? If you haven’t already found yours, I believe you can. Why am I convinced of that?

• Every person was created to do his or her part to better mankind. That includes you!
• Every person has talents that will help them better mankind. That includes you!
• Every person is given an opportunity to better mankind. That includes you!
• Every person has a purpose for which he or she was created. That includes you!
• Every person must look within to discover his or her purpose. That includes you!

Maybe you already have a strong sense of your why. If so, you already have a great head start on your significance journey. However, if you’re like most people, you would be grateful to have some help figuring out your why. I want to help you with that.

Ask Yourself a Lot of Questions
The process begins with questions. I love to ask questions. They have unlocked more doors of opportunity for me than anything else I have ever done. So I ask questions in any and every kind of situation. And then I listen to the answers. That’s where learning begins to happen.

The first question you must ask yourself is this: How can I add value to others? If you can quiet yourself enough to listen for that answer from within yourself, you will begin to understand your why. I have to tell you that this question has been the foundation and driver of every significant act in my life.

Did you get that? Having a life that matters comes from the ability to add value to others. This is where significance starts. Let that idea stir within you while I show you more specifically how to find your why.

Start with One Word
Another way to help you discover your why is to focus on the core of who you are and see what grows from that. In his book Aspire! Kevin Hall writes, “The first thing I do when I’m coaching someone who aspires to stretch, grow and go higher in life is to have that person select the one word that best describes him or her.

Once a person does that, it’s as if he or she has turned to a page in a book and highlighted one word. Instead of seeing three hundred different words on the page, the person’s attention, and intention, is focused immediately on that single word, that single gift. What the individual focuses on expands.”

What is your one word? What best describes you? That single word may inspire you, focus your attention, and help you to understand your why. Where will that one word take you? How does it relate to adding value to others? Why is it significant?

Keep that one word in your mind as you go about your day in the coming weeks and see where it leads you.
~ Adapted from John C. Maxwell’s new book Intentional Living

Here is a link to a free assessment created by the world’s #1 leadership expert, John Maxwell. It will help you find your sweet spot for making a difference and living a life of happiness: Click here.

He asks you 20 questions. How you answer them might change your life.

Warmly,

Dr. Linda Travelute,

The Personal & Professional Growth Doctor

Of The John Maxwell Team

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How bad do you want to become the best version of yourself? I know you want to go to the next level, but you’re not sure how, right? You want to have better relationships, a richer life, and be a better leader, but you’re stuck not moving forward. I hear ya, and I’m here to help! As a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, I’ll show you 3 steps to creating a growth plan so you can become the best version of yourself.

Dr. Linda Travelute with John C. Maxwell

Dr. Linda Travelute with her mentor, John C. Maxwell

In this podcast episode, I’ll describe the easiest path to growing yourself personally and professionally so you can do more and be more.

Stick with me till the end of the podcast, as I give away over $700 worth of coaching goodies you may scoop up!

You’ll also hear special mentions of my mentors and favorite personal development books. Insights from Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Zig Zigler, Myles Munroe, Brian Tracey. Bishop T.D. Jakes, and of course, John Maxwell. Personal and professional development starts here!

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Making the most of a bad experience
How hard have you been hit? And how much pain are you in? When you feel the pain of bad experiences, creativity gives you the opportunity to turn that pain into gain. Here’s a secret to changing pain into gain.

There’s a story about a chicken farmer whose land was flooded just about every spring. He didn’t want to give up his farm and move. He wasn’t a quitter. Yet.

But when the water backed up onto his land and flooded his chicken coops, it was always a struggle to get his chickens to higher ground. Some years he couldn’t move fast enough and hundreds of chickens drowned. I’d be crying right now, you?

After experiencing the worst spring he’d ever had, and losing his entire flock, he walked into the farmhouse and said to his wife, “I’ve had it. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t afford to buy another place. And I can’t sell this one. I don’t know what to do.

Thinking creatively, his wife said, “Buy ducks.”

Use the energy that comes from either adrenaline or anger and use it to solve problems and learn lessons. 

John Maxwell says, “Creativity begins at the end of your comfort zone.” When you feel the pain of heart-sickening experiences, creativity gives you the opportunity and the fuel to turn that pain into gain.

When you have a tough experience, one that discourages you in a big way, let it prompt your creativity.

Pick one big bad difficult situation in your life. Take some time to think, and write down 3 ways you can think up a creative way to use that situation to your advantage.

One of the challenges my husband and I have faced all of our married life (24 years and counting) is that he can’t hear well. He was born without ear drums. He didn’t even have holes in his ears like most of us do!

After multiple surgeries, learning how to read lips, and now having a super-sonic hearing aid, Ted hears better. But not perfectly. But I tell you what – we’ve had a choice to make regarding his inability to hear well.

We could allow it to annoy us, we could complain that it’s hard to communicate. We could be mad that it’s hard for him to have one-on-one conversations with people. We could even be bitter that he sometimes misses out on important information because he doesn’t hear it right.

OR we could think outside the box and learn other ways to communicate. Over the last 24 years, we’ve developed quite a few tricks in sending and receiving messages.

Just a look, and he knows what I’m thinking. Just a touch and he knows what I am trying to express. Just a nod and he catches my drift.

Our communication has risen to another level than what most people experience – all because we decided to use our angst about a problem or situation and solve it creatively.

How are you going to solve your big problem? How are you going to turn your pain into your gain?

Yes, that one that makes you angry…
That one that disappoints you…
The situation that isn’t fair, but it’s yours…

Use that experience to get your creative juices flowing. You’re backed by the power of God in this situation and he’s at your disposal. Tug on his ear, he’s just a whisper away. He’s ready to dive in and help you figure out a way to make the most of your bad experience with creative ideas.

You can do all things if you believe… (Phil 4:13)

You can turn your pain into gain…if you believe.

Comment below and let us know how you’re making the most of your bad experiences with creativity.