loader from loading.io

Check out These 9 Daily Habits of Successful People

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

Release Date: 09/22/2016

The Real Magic Needed To Provoke Greatness in Your Team: An Interview with Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President (Retired & Inspired) Walt Disney World® Resort  show art The Real Magic Needed To Provoke Greatness in Your Team: An Interview with Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President (Retired & Inspired) Walt Disney World® Resort

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

Want employees who care greatly about creating remarkable results? Listen to this interview! Lee Cockerell is one of the most down-to-earth and transparent leaders I’ve been privileged to interview. Far beyond management and leadership, Lee got to the heart of what’s needed to provoke greatness in yourself and your team.   Enjoy!   Resources from the interview: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Zero to One   Learn more about Lee Cockerell’s speaking and online courses here.   Here’s to your greatness,   Misti Burmeister

info_outline
A Simple Strategy to Get What You Want Out of Your Career show art A Simple Strategy to Get What You Want Out of Your Career

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

“Why don’t they put more time and attention to that client? If they don’t, they might lose them.”   “Can’t they see I would be excellent in that position? Why don’t they consider me?”   “Don’t they understand that if they’d just have more team building activities throughout the year everyone would work better together? Collaboration clearly improved after our yearly retreat.”   “Why don’t they spend a little extra money on the furniture in our waiting area? At least they could provide fresh tea/coffee and relaxing (or energizing) music for guests!...

info_outline
Developing a Healthy Sense of Self-Worth is Imperative to Success show art Developing a Healthy Sense of Self-Worth is Imperative to Success

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

Running beneath the surface of our conscious awareness is a set of beliefs—sort of an autopilot of assumptions and expectations. The role models we’re exposed to as children, along with the stories we consistently hear, instruct our belief system and set us up to repeat patterns that create the results we see every day. Do you know the beliefs you bought into as a child that continue to create your current reality? I thought I did, and then I came face-to-face with the reality of an undesirable result I’ve recreated too many times to count. Frustrated and angry, I’ve found myself...

info_outline
Leadership: Here’s How Simple it is to Promote Team Cohesion show art Leadership: Here’s How Simple it is to Promote Team Cohesion

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

Why do leaders struggle to create collaborative work environments where team members step up and do whatever it takes to create remarkable results? Is it because they haven’t set a vision that is compelling enough? Maybe. Is it because they haven’t counseled their team enough about the importance of working together, despite the weekly—no daily—reminders? Probably not. Is it because the team hasn’t decided on a shared set of values? I doubt it. The biggest reason leaders struggle to rally a team is less about what they’re doing and more about what they’re allowing. While enjoying...

info_outline
Why Establishing Core Values is a Waste of Time and Money show art Why Establishing Core Values is a Waste of Time and Money

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

Company culture experts urge leaders to establish clearly defined values to serve as a guide for decisions and behaviors throughout an organization.    To ensure they have the best representation of the values shared among those in leadership, companies often spend gobs of cash and time on experts who ultimately produce a document aligning the most common ideals.    Mounted on the wall, and often on the website, these key words or phrases are meant to ensure everyone is on the same page about what’s expected and acceptable.   While these values are typically...

info_outline
5 Questions That Will Truly Impact Your Life in 2017 show art 5 Questions That Will Truly Impact Your Life in 2017

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

  The greatest teachers in life are rarely the ones with great advice. They are remarkable role models who consistently show the way, while asking the kind of questions that stop us in our tracks. Their questions infect us with the kind of curiosity that leads us in the direction of our own answers.   You know the kind of person I’m talking about. Their question pierces through our internal chatter and commands the truth we’ve been searching for.   In November of 2016, I witnessed a teacher so committed to his craft that he not only showed the way, but provoked questions in...

info_outline
The Truth About Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone show art The Truth About Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

We shy away from sharing or expanding into what we have to offer in the most obscure ways. We think that getting out of our comfort zone means doing something big, which is exactly what keeps us trapped and doing what we’ve always done.   Finishing up lunch with a client at a nice restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, I kept thinking about that beautiful basket of bread (that we didn’t even touch) going into the trash. While a business lunch is perhaps not the right environment to request a to-go box for the bread, I found myself imagining the delight of handing it off to a homeless...

info_outline
A Simple Strategy for Increasing Your Impact show art A Simple Strategy for Increasing Your Impact

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

In a rush to get from one experience to the next, we may miss the simple and seemingly superfluous opportunities to inspire greatness. Believing that inspiration only comes in oversized packages, we may forget to look for the tiny (barely noticeable, really) opportunities to inspire others into action.   Having an “off” day and needing a shift in scenery, I headed to the pool for a workout. The moment I pulled into the parking lot, I started talking myself out of swimming—“It’s been a rough day… I could just go across the street and grab a hot tea, read and relax,” I...

info_outline
Energy, Enthusiasm and Economic Downturns show art Energy, Enthusiasm and Economic Downturns

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

They should is a trap that kills enthusiasm and growth faster than any economic downturn ever could.   When you catch yourself thinking, “They should or shouldn’t,” stop and ask yourself, “How can I help them reach their goals?”   Consider letting go of the shoulds (work harder, pay their dues, respect me) and shouldn’ts (go above me, think so highly of themselves, be so lazy), and instead focus on communicating your vision while helping them reach their goals.   Their success is your success, regardless of whether you’re the boss or the employee. Embrace this...

info_outline
How Stagnation Leads to Poaching…With Customers and Employees show art How Stagnation Leads to Poaching…With Customers and Employees

Provoking Your Greatness - Misti Burmeister

Greatness chases greatness. Companies and leaders in continuous pursuit of evolution (personal/company brand), worry more about keeping up with demand then poaching.   On the flipside, those who hoard resources and acknowledgment wind up losing their most precious assets to the competition.   Sitting in one of the nicest business clubs in Washington, DC, just before the start of an event, Lena, a fellow businesswoman, peeked over her computer and asked, “Excuse me, are you familiar with LinkedIn?”   “I’m no expert,” I said, “but what do you need?”   “If I...

info_outline
 
More Episodes

While sitting in a plush conference room, staring out at a beautiful lake, and sipping the green tea that was automatically dispensed for me at the push of a button, I found myself eager to get to know the gentleman responsible for building this empire. He was a handsome man in his late forties, wearing a sharp-looking suit, and walked with an air of confidence almost expected with such success.

I found myself wondering if he understood just how intimidating his demeanor and words could come across. “Yes, I’ve gotten that feedback several times throughout my career,” he said. By the end of the meeting, I learned that nearly every relationship that was not strictly business related had disappeared, and he was struggling with loneliness and isolation in a profound and disturbing way.

Success has very little to do with the dollar amount in your bank account, and everything to do with the way you spend your resources—time, money, etc. A joyful experience of life, most days, has become my barometer of success. The more often one feels and shares joy, the more successful they are.

From this context, the following are the top 9 habits successful people practice every day:

Gratitude 

By choosing to focus on what there is to be grateful for, successful people naturally look for and attract more of the same. 

Try this: Before a meal, share one thing you’re grateful for that happened in that day. If you’re eating with someone, consider sharing one attribute you’re grateful for in them—it’s a great way to strengthen relationships and focuses your attention on the goodness in others.  

Give – time and resources

The act of giving is in itself a gift to oneself. Giving is receiving—helping others is helping yourself.

Try this: Focus on giving (time and resources) every day, without the expectation of receiving something in return.  

Appreciate others

By appreciating and acknowledging others, successful people get to feel both connected and appreciated. 

Try this: Intentionally look for reasons to appreciate others, and point out the specific act/behavior/attitude you appreciate in them. Focus on this every day for six weeks and notice how you feel at the end of the six weeks.   

Provoke (challenge) themselves and others

By focusing on challenging themselves, being vulnerable and going for greatness, successful people naturally inspire others to do the same.

Try this: Identify a specific outcome important to you, gain clarity about why it’s important, share it with your team and then go make it happen. Authentically share your struggles (fears) and your triumphs, ask for their support and encourage (challenge) them to do the same. 

Reflect

Successful people figure out what’s working (and not working) by consistently carving out time to reflect.

Try this: at the end of each day, grab a notebook and write about what went well and what didn’t go so well. What would you do differently, and why? Your surroundings are consistently providing feedback—the challenge is in stopping long enough to benefit from the wisdom you receive.

Self-Affirmation

It is natural to want to hear how great you are. When you learn to validate yourself, freedom is the outcome. Being able to experience external kindness as so-nice-to-have, but not critical to your joy in work or life, is liberating.

Try this: At the end of each day, write down three good qualities you demonstrated. In a couple of weeks, go back over and read what you’ve written about yourself. If you see the same qualities repeated, challenge yourself to look for new ones, while appreciating the ones you’ve noted.

Exercise

Whether you go for a brisk walk, lift weights, swim or play a game of tennis, the key is to elevate your heart rate, connect with your body and release joy-inducing hormones.

Try this: Block time every day for exercise and treat it like one of the most important meetings of your day. Doing a little bit (20-30 minutes) every day is a great way to begin building the foundation for your fitness.

Learn

Whether in the mind or body, stagnation leads to stench. Successful people keep their mind/brain vibrant by carving out time every day for learning. 

Try this: Grab that handy notebook and take note of what you learn each day. Consider writing a list of all the thought-provoking activities you engage in each week. These two exercises will help you see the truth about the time you spend learning and they’ll keep you on your toes, learning and growing.

Contribute

Finding ways to contribute to the career and life of those around them makes perfect sense to successful people. Beyond recognizing that giving is receiving, they understand that your success is their success.

Try this: Make it a habit to take note of at least one way you contributed to someone else’s career/life at the end of every day.

The key to each of these habits is to do them every day.

As you slowly add in new habits, you may notice you don’t have enough time to do everything you’ve been doing and your new habits. This tension is a natural part of change. Slowly, over time, you will weed out the activities that provide less benefit so that you can focus on the ones that bring joy to your life. 

Here’s to your greatness,

Misti Burmeister

NEW! Gain clarity on what’s preventing your growth, along with what will inspire it – get your Gearing for Greatness session Today: http://mistiburmeister.com/gearingforgreatness/