Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Taking the Yellow Brick Road




Taking the Yellow Brick Road

In the struggle to have things differently, our tendency is to ask:
 

  • What do I need to do to get from A to the goal of B? 
  • Who can help me? 
  • Where do I go next?

Before even taking a deep breath we rush to find the answers
in the world outside ourselves.  Without soul searching to gain
clarity and personal insights to the opportunities waiting to
be born
from within, we end up going in circles.  We give up
our dreams and relinquish our destiny; becoming followers
rather than leaders
.

It is logical why our preference is to go looking externally for
results.  Our training and development programs teach us what
to think, what to do, what to achieve and leave out how to think
and how to be from the perspective of personal potential and
self-leadership.

Inner critics hold us tight in the clutches of fear of why we can't
go down the path toward self-awareness and mastery of personal
growth.  The path of least resistance is irresistible. 
We take
the yellow brick road looking for answers from the wizard

who we have been told has the answers. 
 

Upcoming blog - Find out what the wizard knows!     

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Create Your Circle of Influence to Riches

 
"The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work." --Robert Kiyosaki

 

  

Tips for Creating Your Circle of Influence
1.  Understand the concepts of an introvert, extrovert and centrovert
to enable you to become aware of your preferable style and shed
a brighter light on networking. 
 

2.  I recommend reading Devora Zack's book: Networking for People
Who Hate Networking
.
  It has helped me gain insight to my own
networking habits.   For example, I learned the introvert part of me
needs time out while engaged in networking to re-energize otherwise I
can feel depleted.  The extrovert part of me enjoys meeting new people,
helping others to connect and lead workshops.
 

3.  Build your network.  Notice how many opportunities you have to
network.  Networking isn't only for structured events, but also at
weddings, groceries lines, meet-ups, golf courses, social media,
writing, or even in elevators (which brings up the subject of your
"elevator pitch" for another newsletter). 



4.  Plan for how many hours and how much money you will spend for
networking. 
Be careful not to overdo networking, otherwise it may
steal you away from taking care of other important aspects pertaining
to the reason you are networking in the first place. 


5.  Find networking events specific to your niche and/or industry you
are interested in.  Like minded people attract like minded people. 
Participating in a community with mutual interests is more rewarding
than showing up at events where your heart is not really in it.  It is
disheartening.  Follow your passion.   


Theresa Maria Napa aka TM   

Upcoming - Leadership from the inside out


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Fearless Networking for the Timid and Not So Timid



“It isn’t just what you know, and it isn’t just who you know. It’s actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living.” -Bob Burg, Best-selling Author of Endless Referrals and The Go Giver

Success has many elements springing from what it is you are passionate about to developing mastery of your talents.  The main spring begins with your vision to growing as you go.  But for sure, you can't do it alone.  

 
Networking is about connecting and building relationships.  It is
like building a community and you are the leader deciding who
to invite into your circle.  
The community comes in all sizes. 
The larger the community is not necessarily the most effective

or productive.   


One of the best ways to grow your network is having a deeper understanding of your networking style.  Are you an introvert or extrovert?   Do you like to circulate around a networking event and make as many contacts as possible?  Or do you prefer to have more in-depth  conversations?  

Whereas the extrovert likes to grow their network rapidly and continuously, he/she can miss out on opportunities by neglecting follow-up,  which the introvert generally is better at doing.    Likewise the introvert can learn from the extrovert the gift of engaging conversations easily. 

From the extroverts, introverts learn to increase their social skills
to become more comfortable with networking.   Introverts are more
interested in having more in-depth conversations, which can mean
they can stay too long in a conversation where they feel comfortable
and avoid stretching their networking skills. 


And then there are "centroverts."   These are individuals who are inbetween extrovert and introvert.  Actually most of us are centroverts with a propensity toward being an introvert.    

Networking from your circle of influence (introvert, extrovert, centrovert) gives you power rather than trying to force networking strategies out of your comfort zone.  Then watch your networking circle expand and connect with people you enjoy.  

Upcoming:   More networking tips and other Law of Success  ideas.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Effective Networking for Introverts & Extroverts



    
 F earless Networking for Introverts and Extroverts 

"Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and
career success."
-Paul J. Meyer


Networking - what is the purpose of networking?  Is it something
that you view as an enjoyable part of marketing or as a drudgery? 
Is it something that you schedule regularly or avoid whenever possible? 

 
Do you understand how connecting to others can be an asset to your
business and/or career?  There are techniques to enjoy networking
effectively whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or a centrovert.

There is no way one can succeed without the aid and support of
others who believe and trust in what you do. 

Networking is one of the most powerful tools
to help you get
what you are looking to achieve.   Whether you are looking to find
a new job, a venture capitalist, building a business, growing your
career or running for office, networking gives you the jump-start
you need to win.
  

To touch a little on the subject of introverts versus extroverts,
both can be experts at networking despite wide beliefs that introverts are withdrawn and shy.  It has been shown that whereas extroverts like to talk to think, introverts think to talk and are reflective; extroverts like to increase and expand their network, introverts like to focus and go deep; extroverts energize with others socially, introverts energize
by taking time out. 
   

Neither being an introvert or extrovert is good or bad.  Most of us
are a combination - aka centroverts - with a propensity toward one or the other.  


Having self-awareness to your preference will help you understand
why you approach networking the way you do.  It will support you in
networking to a higher level as you move forward, resulting  in more
effective relationships with colleagues, building referrals, and getting
introduced to new connections.   


Upcoming:   Networking tips for introverts and extroverts

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Uncovering the Mystery of Being on Purpose

"Here is a test to find whether your mission in life is finished: if you are alive, it isn't." -Richard Bach





Being on the journey to figure out what your purpose is can be frustrating, nerve racking, and full of uncertainty. There aren’t too many individuals who were brought up to answer their calling. Most people are taught (often by default) to duplicate the path of their culture and environment. For some individuals they are so drawn to what it is they are to do, they are compelled to follow that path regardless of financial or other obstacles they foresee. 


I am here to tell you that you can discover your purpose and live life fully. The choice is yours. You are always at choice. And it doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to take giant steps. Developing your purpose, like a commercial structure, one brick at a time, no matter how long it takes, does build.

As you move along in answering your call you will be tapping into your potential, creativity, and talents of self-expression. You are unique, important, and make a positive difference.

Tips to Uncover the Mystery of Your Purpose

Be honest with yourself. Are you happy doing what you are doing? Great if you are. Not so good if you are wasting time by putting time in doing what you would rather not be doing.

Don’t compare yourself with others. That’s a “no-win” game. You are you with unlimited potential and passion. Play a “winning game” from the inside out.

Don’t be a “lone ranger.” Transformation and growth in self-awareness doesn’t happen alone. Find a coach or leadership program to support and facilitate your journey.

• Here is what George Bernard Shaw has to say about being on purpose:

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”


I wish you a wonderful, purposeful life that resonates with your heart. What a wonderful contribution to yourself and the world that would be!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Win the Race - Be on Purpose





Being on purpose is listening to the inner voice trying to get your attention, which keeps getting snuffed out with justifications of “why not’s.” It is up to each of us to live life fulfilled from the inside out. Not the opposite of listening to the voices of the outside. And the beauty of answering your “call” is that you learn the magnificence of “you” doing what you love.


And yes, the road to following your bliss does have rough spots, but the rewards throughout the journey is sprinkled with precious gems. Precious gems in bringing and developing to the surface your talents and so much more.

Tip for Living Life on Purpose

Don’t dismiss your hunches! Learn to test them out. There are no guarantees in life. Take a risk. Start small. It may be a hunch about going to an event or taking a different direction. Or maybe picking up the phone and calling someone who has been on your mind


Remember – Anything is possible and you are the possibility of making it happen.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Abraham Lincoln - Being On Purpose

“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did.  On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”—Abraham Lincoln (letter to Quintin Campbell)



There is magic that comes alive when you listen to your heart. The obstacle is that most individuals don’t know how to listen to their hearts. We have been taught since children what is right, what is wrong, what is good for us, what isn’t good for us by well meaning adults.
These lessons and beliefs from our upbringing become our own with various shades of discernment. They show up disguised and altered, but unless there is intention to evolve your potential, you run the same belief and action tapes over and over again producing from what you already know and not from possibility.

Tips to Listen for Being on Purpose

  • Listen to the advice President Lincoln gave to West Point cadet Quintin Campbell as quoted above.  Don’t spend time regretting.  Spend time developing your purpose.  
     

Remember – Anything is possible and you are the possibility of making it happen. 
P.S. More tips on finding your purpose forthcoming!   
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