If you’re like most, you have probably made a few resolutions for the upcoming year. And if you’re like most, you’re probably wondering what went wrong with all those wonderful intentions. You may be asking yourself, ‘Why can’t I stick to a diet,’ or ‘I just don’t understand it; I promised myself that I’d go to the gym,’ or “Why am I so weak.” It seems like such a puzzle to try to figure out why all of this different resolutions seemed to fail. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, the ability to change our habits is only as good as your motivation to start to change yourself.
The main reason for failing to fulfill these objectives is an inability to realize the full benefit of a goal. When trying to get off the couch to go for a run, you may find it difficult and start to rationalize with yourself that, “loosing an extra 10 pounds won’t be that big of a difference,” or say ‘I am fine with my appearance just the way I am.’
Due to our inability to realize the full potential of our goal, we ultimately give up and fail. The same is true for goals in our professional life. Because we fail to realize the full potential of a goal in our professional life, we simple let opportunities fall by the way side.
However, with the help of Bryant Nielson and ‘Lengthen your Stride’ you will be able to better realize your long-term personal and professional goals by realizing your full potential. After realizing the full potential of all your goals, you will be increasingly motivated and extremely more likely to complete your goals and become more of a success in both personal and professional avenues of your life.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On January 3, 2012 No Comments
Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, your first overseas trip. From the Midwest town of Chicago to the rolling hills of Rome Italy, you’re going to see it all. You throw your bags into a cab and your off to the airport.
A little while into the trip you you encounter some huge public works program that had blocked all of the traditional routes to the airport. You ask the driver to check the map because you’ve reached an intersection you’re not familiar with. You panic for a moment because you realize he does not have a map.
But you say the heck with it because you know where you’re going. You take a right, change the radio station and keep on going. Unfortunately, you never reach the airport prior to your plane leaving!
Too many of us treat goal setting the same way. We dream about where we want to go, but we don’t have a map to get there. Or fail to plan for obstacles that we may encounter along the way.
What is a map? In essence, the written word. (more…)
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On December 30, 2011 No Comments
Too often we find that we blame others for issues that impact us and our lives. We suggest that our life is the result of what others have done or are doing and we eliminate our responsibility towards those events. My suggestion to any possible resolution is to take 100% responsibility.
Take responsibility for what you are contributing.
Take responsibility for what you are acting upon.
Take responsibility for what direction events are taking you.
This reminds me of a merry-go-round. As a child, the charm of the merry-go-round was that it did not go far, you could see your parents every 15 seconds or so and that there was reassurance in their support as you went round and round. The problem with the ride is that it did not do much else. Too often, we find our life, both personally and professionally, not much different than that merry-go-round. We just continue going in circles and are afraid to get off the ride.
Taking responsibility for everything is our first step towards getting off this ride. So, what are you doing to get off the ride? Are you happy with your life? Your marriage? Your family? Your spirituality? Your health? How about your professional life?
You cannot expect any other outcome without changing your ride!
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On October 7, 2008 No Comments
A company’s implementation of a new training program hit some rough patches. Part of the problem was the laissez-faire attitude many salesmen, support and technical staff had regarding training with the new system.
Some company officials admitted that training sessions were poorly attended and upper management looked the other way. In their defense, the staff was busy working on a large pipeline and probably felt justified skipping out on the classes. Especially when their bonus checks arrived.
Here’s how project managers can convince highly skilled, highly paid employees—such as Salesmen—to take training seriously.
Responsibility and accountability must be seen from top to bottom. Destroy the notion that training is “beneath” anyone in the organization. That means the CEO and all of the senior management need to attend these classes, too. It’s extremely difficult to justify blowing off a training session when top executives find the time to attend. (more…)