The Power of Enthusiasm

This year has been challenging. Regardless if it was the COVID19 pandemic, lockdowns, economic challenges or the uncertainty, most of us would agree that 2020 has been a bit of a roller coaster.

In talking with different leaders, I am finding a range of mindsets. At one end some leaders are still struggling with the changes and how to get their people to stay focused and positive. Unfortunately, I am noticing that these leaders and their organisations are not performing as well as they could. At the other end of the spectrum are the leaders that have gotten creative, adapted and mobilised their people in a different way. It is as if they chose to take a different mindset and approach these new tasks with enthusiasm.

Many people are not aware of the power of enthusiasm. It has the ability to spread to people and allow them to achieve more than they thought was possible. I had the pleasure of working with the leaders from Dirty Janes, an antique vintage business with 2 stores in Australia (Bowral and Canberra). It was inspiring to hear their story of how well they have been going since the beginning of the year.

Imagine investing in the planning and opening of a new vintage antique store and after 2 weeks having to close it due to COVID19. Rather than panic, the owners, Jane & Bob made a decision to stay positive and keep communication with their staff and stall holders open. They stayed focused and continued with social media and when they opened up again people flocked to their stores because they wanted to get away from the big city.

Even during a pandemic, things are going well, but this is all due to the enthusiasm that they bring and spread across their staff every day. You can also see the enthusiasm in the faces of their staff as they assist customers with their questions. If you get a chance check out their Dirty Janes Website.

So what are you doing to harness your power of enthusiasm? Are you keeping a positive mindset and ensuring that you are spreading hope and opportunity? If you would like to check in and get your enthusiasm topped up in a complimentary session with me, click here.

Do You Believe?

I was running a strategic planning session for an incredible organisation last week when I realised that some of the people attending had stopped dreaming. We were looking at what could be possible in the next 2-3 years and a few of them were really stuck in the current COVID environment. They had a hard time looking beyond the past 7 months which was challenging the group.

So my question was – “do you believe?” What I meant by that is do you believe that things will shift and opportunities will get better in the near future? “I think so” was the reply from one of them. I then asked them to reflect back on history of when things were challenging with previous financial recessions, depressions, wars and pandemics. “Did people survive and overcome these times?” The response was a resounding yes.

The challenge for many of us is that we know that everything is cyclical and goes through stages of wonderful opportunity to touch challenging times. The issue is that we often forget about this when we are in the midst of it.

So let me ask you: What do you believe? Do you believe that opportunities exist if you look for them? Do you believe that leaders that are active and supportive will find a way through the uncertainty? So what are you waiting for? Now is the time for you to start creating this more positive future for yourself.

Sometimes you just need an advisor or mentor to help you change your viewpoint. Or maybe you need someone to challenge you and hold you accountable for being the leader you are supposed to be.

Regardless of where you sit I may be able to help you during these times of uncertainty. It could be working one on one or through my online Leadership Academy Program. Click here to get in touch with me for a complimentary session focused on increasing your leadership impact.  I look forward to hearing from you.

The More You Give – The More You Get

The More You Give – The More You Get

I live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and as it is now spring, the beaches are open and I had my first day of surf life-saving patrol.  This involves getting the rescue equipment ready and in position to be used if a swimmer gets into trouble in one of the many ocean rips that are found across South Curl Curl beach.

I was fortunate to have both my daughters also assisting me on patrol (don’t let them know it, but they are probably faster swimmers than me!).  As we were watching the surf and having a chat I realised that I was really enjoying the time together. It was a sunny Sunday and we were doing something together.  More importantly, I think when people give themselves to others, something magical happens.  It is as if the universe gives you a moment of peace and happiness because you are putting others ahead of yourself.  Some cultures call this Kharma whilst others call it ‘Paying it Forward’.

When was the last time you did something to give?  Or took the time to put someone that you care about or a complete stranger ahead of yourself?  With all the uncertainty, fear and ‘busyness’ in the world right now I reckon we could use just a little bit more of a connection between people.  Being of service to others is one great way to do this.

In saying that, if you would like to attend a wonderful event that is all about giving I would like to invite you to attend the Hands Across the Water Night of Celebration in Sydney (or Auckland if that is closer!).  It is a great evening that is full of giving, good food and entertainment.  Click here to book your ticket (or table).  If you can’t make it you can also make a donation, or give your time or your expertise.

Remember the more you give – the more you get!