3 FOURTH QUARTER LESSONS FROM THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS’ LATEST LOSS

Since we moved to San Diego, over a decade ago, my husband has been a diehard Chargers fan. Every year I hear the same two sentences: “This is our year! The Chargers are going all the way.” Then a game like yesterday’s happens.

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With less than seven minutes on the clock, the Chargers are looking victorious with a 13 point lead over the New Orleans Saints (34-21). By the time I return from a break, the game is over with a final score of 35-34. Saints win.

“What happened?!” I ask in disbelief.

I’m not a football expert, and I realize that a lot goes into losing a sizable lead in the fourth quarter. But since we are in fact entering the fourth quarter of 2016, I thought we could seize the opportunity to learn from the Chargers and put winning strategies in place to take on and win our fourth quarter.

Lesson 1: Fourth Quarter Wins Are a Team Effort

Fourth quarters aren’t won in a vacuum. In the words of Chargers’ nose tackle, Brandon Mebane, after their loss:

We want to win, we just have to figure out the fourth quarter as a team.  We are not going to point fingers at anybody.  We win as a team and we lose as a team.

Winning Strategy:

WHAT I KNOW IS POSSIBLE TODAY (FOR YOU)

It’s Monday morning and you’re either excited to win the day, secretly dreading what’s ahead, or paralyzed because you’re unsure about what to do next.

If you fall under the last two, I want to encourage you today.

Thirtyfive years ago I was working at a sweatshop in Los Angeles. No air conditioning. Just an industrial fan sitting on a large window of a sweltering warehouse where dozens of Asian and Hispanic seamstresses constructed silk blouses.

That 105-degree, humid summer Monday morning I’d work another twelve hours armed with my tiny scissors in hand to start the day. One of my jobs was to collect the finished blouses from large bins. First, I’d cut off the leftover pieces of thread. Then I’d hang them on hangers, steam them, and cover them with garment plastic.

That last part I dreaded most. Plastic everywhere around me, sticking to my sweaty arms, legs, and cheeks.

At the end of that fateful Monday, after I counted my pieces and collected my $27 bucks for the day, I made a decision. No more!

That’s the day I remembered my late father’s words:

One move can change the momentum of the game.  

I never went back. I decided to ignore that my English was terrible and mustered the grit inside me to change the trajectory of my life… one move, one day at a time.

What I know is possible for YOU today is exactly that. This morning you are one move—one choice—away from changing the trajectory of your day, your week, and possibly your future.  You can choose to…

  • Say no to something that is dragging you down
  • Say yes to something that scares you but can yield tremendous dividends
  • Take massive action on something you’ve been putting off

All of the above are power moves that are yielding bigger businesses, better relationships, greater profits…

You have more power than you think. Take that power today and win the day!

P.S. If you are in San Diego this afternoon, join me at Business Breakthrough University to get inspired and get moving with other movers and shakers. RSVP here. 

 

MY FAVORITE 50 QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU TO DARE GREATLY

Over 40 years ago I fell in love with inspiring words. The first I remember came from my dad. He began teaching me about pivot points and the art of chess when I was only six years old as he repeated a single phrase over and over again:

One single move can change the momentum of the game became my mantra and my directive to keep moving forward when everything seemed hopeless.

Dad only lived to be 39, but as it is the case with the distant mentors we love to quote, his legacy lives on for he truly taught me to dare greatly.

Today—as I celebrate my fiftieth birthday—I want to pay the lesson forward by gifting YOU with my 50 favorite quotes to inspire YOU to dare greatly too.

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. —Theodore Roosevelt

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. —Harriet Tubman

THE MIND GAME OF WINNING: LESSONS FROM A NAIL-BITER NBA PLAYOFF GAME

This weekend I did something I rarely do. I watched a basketball game on television. In fact, it was the first game I’ve watched the entire season. It was game six of the NBA playoffs, Warrior vs. Thunder, a nail biter of a game regardless of who you were rooting for.

Warrior fans watched their team trail most of the game. Thunder fans watched their team fight for every point of their lead and lose it in the last two minutes.

And although the Warriors ultimately won the game, there were no losers—not really.

Sometimes a win looks like a loss, but make no mistake: that game was a testament of two teams who pushed each other to new levels of performance. And that is a win in my book.

Here is a key lesson I took away from this game and the post interviews:

Winning is a mind game first.

  • Get in the game (winning is for players not spectators.)
  • Show up to win (believe you will win. Visualize it.)
  • Take the shots (be willing to embrace risk.)
  • Involve your team (winning happens in community.)
  • Ignore the clock (every second counts.)
  • A win looks like a loss sometimes (you make it a win when you decide it is.)

I have learned that winning in business and in life is not that difficult. It’s not a mystery. It’s predictable.

In fact, winning today is simpler than you think. Why?

Because MOST people …

  • Don’t get in the game (they much rather sit on the sidelines)
  • Don’t show up to win (they show up afraid… of losing)
  • Don’t take the shots (risk makes them anxious)
  • Don’t involve a team (they’re solo players)
  • Think time’s ran out (they quit before the clock runs out)
  • Believe they’ve lost already (don’t see the wins in the apparent loses)

If you are still reading this post, you are NOT “most people.”  You like to win. You are a winner.

Now go make your move and win the game today.

IMAGINE BEING A GAME CHANGER

IMAGINE. A powerful word. It has launched movements. It launched a husband and wife house-cleaning business that got our family through the recession of 1992, shortly after the birth of our daughter and my husband, Sam, losing his 11th job in twelve months.

“Imagine if we could just start a business!”

A cleaning service was an obvious choice. Sam loves to clean, we had a garage full of Amway cleaning products, and I had a foolproof business plan in my head.

Our well-meaning friends (the critics), weren’t so sure. They reminded us that no one hires house cleaning services in the middle of a recession.

Motivated by an eviction notice on the table and a pile of overdue bills, we had no choice but to become game changers. We pawned the only items of value we owned (the hunting rifle Sam had inherited from his dad… and my wedding ring). $180 bucks later, we were in business.

$80 went to groceries, diapers, baby formula and a tank of gas. $30 went to Kinkos for designing a bright yellow flier and printing 1000 copies. The rest was just enough for mops, broom, buckets, matching shorts, T-shirts, and old towels at the local thrift store.

Daily we canvassed the nice neighborhoods, determined to pass out 100 flyers a day. Surely someone driving a Lexus could afford a first class cleaning team.

We never had to print flyers again. For two years, that business fed us, clothed us, kept a roof over our heads—and taught us that game changers act, not grumble.

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I’m reminded of that story for two reasons. First, in Sam and I are about to celebrate 28 years of marriage, a time always reserved for looking back and thanking God for how far we’ve come.

Also, because it is a constant reminder that we, entrepreneurs, have the power to imagine an outcome and work diligently to see it come to fruition.

  • by taking action every day
  • by making bold moves
  • by ignoring the critics or the economic conditions
  • by focusing on the why, before the how

Make no mistake. There isn’t a shortage of money in the world. In less than a week, Star Wars made one billion dollars. A lot of people busying a $20 dollar ticket.

Don’t lose focus. Stay the course. Your mindset is your number one tool that gives you the unfair advantage.

Imagine the possibilities. Be a game changer. Be a bridge builder to your dreams.

How are you changing the game of your business and your future today?

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PUT PERFECTIONISM TO BED

Yesterday I had a big breakthrough. I stepped in front of the camera for my first-ever LIVE Facebook video broadcast. No editing. No second takes to make me sound smarter and more likeable. No changing the angle to make me look thinner or more professional. A terrifying moment for a chronic perfectionist.

Why put myself through the agony? Because I wanted to connect with the amazing entrepreneurs I have the privilege to lead through a 30 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge.

I’m in San Diego. They are tuning in from around the world. I wanted them to see what was happening at the live mastermind event.

My insecurities were put to bed at the foot of service… because it wasn’t about me. It was about them. I wanted to cheer them up. I wanted them to feel the energy from San Diego, so it could fire them up.

In the next 18 months amazing things are going to happen for those who have the guts to get rid of the insecurities that have kept them smaller than they want and need to be.

I want to be one of them. I want to inspire others to do the same. So, I’m I’m stepping in front of the live camera more often.

I breathe. I tell myself: “It’s not about me.”

How about you. Why do you need to put your perfectionism to bed? If the reason is big enough. If it’s in support of serving others, you will do it.

Let’s go!

30 DAY BUSINESS BREAKTHROUGH CHALLENGE STARTS NOW

The business breakthrough challenge is here, and today is day one! “What?! Didn’t I have time to prepare something?” You ask. Nope, it all starts this moment. Let me explain. The most significant lesson I learned early in life was that ONE move can change the momentum of the game. That one move is a decision that happens the moment you say “I’m starting now!” Not overthinking it. Not over analyzing it.

I’ve imposed these 30 day challenges on myself for the last four years since I left my full time job and never looked back. I set audacious and ambitious goals and failed miserably trying to reach them. I was disappointed with many of my results. But in the process of all that failure and disappointment, these are some of the things that took place: I wrote and published my book, got dozens of high caliber endorsements, including forewords by a NYT bestselling author and the executive of a global corporation, it became an Amazon bestseller, I went from getting $125 dollars an hour for coaching to getting corporate executives and entrepreneur clients who hired me for thousands of dollars a year on retainer, to raising my fees and getting paid up to $2500 for just one hour of my time.

Please know that I’m not writing to brag, but to impress upon you that

BARBARA COCHRAN: SHORTCUTS TO CREATE MARKET SHARE

Barbara Corcoran, real estate self made millionaire and Shark Tank celebrity, is an inspiration for any entrepreneur who is willing to work hard, think outside the box, and have impeccable follow through. In the following video, she shares how a PR idea put her in front of millions of people, catapulling her business to next level.

10 KEY TAKEAWAYS

  1. Fast action pays off.
  2. Action leads to results.
  3. Results build confidence.
  4. Leverage free publicity.
  5. Creativity trumps resources.
  6. Consistency is key to succeeding.
  7. Act as if you’ve already arrived.
  8. When you steal the limelight, you steal market share.
  9. Never lie. Gamesmanship, yes.
  10. Have chutzpah.

How can you take Corcoran’s ideas and apply them to catapult your sales and results to the next level?

9 BOLD BUSINESS LESSONS FROM “HOW SCOTT BORCHETTA SIGNED TAYLOR SWIFT” INTERVIEW [VIDEO]

Scott Borchetta is a savvy businessman best known for discovering Taylor Swift and founding Big Machine Records. By looking at his tremendous success, one may be quick to assume that he got lucky, arguably during one of the lowest points of his career.

In the short INC interview clip below, Borchetta packs less than four minutes with sage business wisdom, invaluable for every entrepreneur, business owner, and entrepreneurial-minded business professional who is ready to have a BIG business leap.

Nine golden lessons stood out for me.

3 REASONS YOU ARE READY TO TAKE A LEAP

I’ve been talking a lot about February 29, the day when I plan to help as many people as I can take a BIG leap in their career and business this year. It will happen at the TAKE A LEAP EVENT in San Diego. It has ocurred to me that you may still be wondering about three questions:

  • Who is this event really for?
  • Am I ready to take a leap?
  • What will I walk away with?

I put the following infographic to help you decide.

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3 LESSONS FROM BLOWING IT, WANTING TO LIE, BUT CHOOSING NOT TO

Have you ever felt that horrible sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that you have blown it big time… when you risk being embarrassed, disappointing others, and losing all your credibility with people who matter to you in more ways than one?

It happened to me yesterday. I live by my calendar, yet I double booked myself for dinner.

Seven unsuspecting people I didn’t want to dissapoint were on the line.

EXPENSE VS. INVESTMENT MINDSET: SECRETS OF A PROFITABLE BUSINESS MODEL [INFOGRAPHIC]

I’m a big fan of The Profit, the reality television show where Marcus Lemonis rescues struggling businesses by making a capital investment in exchange for an ownership stake in the company and his expertise to turn the business around fast.

I highly recommend it if you want to be more knowledgeable about what it takes to build a profitable business—whether you sell a product or a service; whether you own a brick-and-mortar business or an online business; or whether your product is you, your book, your speaking, and your expertise.

By the way: if you are in sales, even if you report to a boss, think of yourself as an entrepreneur.

One recurring lesson is worth paying close attention: the connection between an owner’s mindset, the business model, and the profitability potential of the business. I decided to illustrate that lesson with the infographic below because I know that explosive growth in your business is only one investment decision away.

PROFITABILITY BIZ MODEL INFOGRAPHIC

Now let me ask: If you had a real magic wand in your hand that could transform your business by the end of this year, what would your business look like? How many hours would you be working? How much profit would you be bringing in? How would you spend the surplus? What causes would you be able to help?

3 BREAKTHROUGH OPENINGS FOR BETTER PRESENTATIONS

Imagine a Steve Jobs keynote opening with “Hi, my name is Steve Jobs. The name of my company is Apple” Or Howard Schultz opening a presentation with “Hi, my name is Howard Schultz and I’m here to talk to you about Starbucks.”

Boring and not very engaging.

Yet, thousands of business presentations going on today will start exactly the same way, despite the fact that the audience already knows who the presenter is.

50 SHARABLE QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE

I haven’t met the person who doesn’t enjoy inspiring quotes. Well, except for the occasional curmudgeon who will miss the point but will eagerly point out the grammatical errors and alleged cliches. Let’s ignore the latter for now.

I have a theory: we love inspiring quotes because our brains are starving for positive nourishment, the type of mental fuel that propels us towards greater faith, focus, courage, perseverance, and the will to live with passion and purpose.

Truth be told, inspiring quotes can be nothing more than brain candy… if we just read them and quickly forget their inherent wisdom.

May the following fifty quotes be like mental vitamins that inspire you to learn how to build the life and business of your dreams.