When people hear us say that a life of serving is the ultimate benchmark of having “fired one’s excuses” their thoughts often go to their level of involvement in local charities, international relief organizations and their kid’s sports equipment drive. We support such big serving activities too.
At their best, these campaigns and causes can have a tremendous impact on the classroom, the community and the world. They can teach citizenship, make a difference for those suffering with debilitating diseases and mountainous challenges, and help to rescue those suffering gross social injustices and poverty. But, at their worst, these big, public, serving activities can devolve into mandatory social obligations, feel far removed from real life, and even become “trendy.” Most of us have attended charity events that felt more like a place “to see and be seen.” Or, we have received correspondence from a company whose charitable or ecofriendly campaign appeared to be nothing more than a thinly-veiled marketing attempt to be seen as caring.
We’d like to encourage you to expand your view of service by going “small,” by thinking with us about creative, highly impactful and, in many cases, anonymous ways of “serving small.” This type of serving is one-to-one, impacting those you know well and those you don’t but with whom your lives intersect daily.
Here are 10 easy but powerful ways you can start serving small:
- Reach out to three of your LinkedIn connections each week and ask: “What are you working on (more formal) or “what are you up to these days? (less formal, for a closer colleague or friend.) Anything I can do to help?”
- Text three people and simply say: “I am thinking about you today, how are you doing with ______[insert challenge, big project, or blessing here.] If you are spiritually-minded you might say, “I know you are [dealing with a big challenge/decision, etc.] Just wanted to let you know I am think about you and praying for you today.”
You’re Invited to Join Dr. Bill Dyment in the Launch and Monetize Your Business
in 7 Days TeleSummit!!!
I am excited to share with you that I have been invited to take part in the Launch and Monetize Your Business Telesummit along with six other amazing speakers! This Telesummit is different from the others – there will be no fluff success stories here! This is the real stuff, the secrets I use to coach my clients to their business success!
I invite you to join me on March 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm EST for
Fire Your Excuses!
I will provide training on:
- Business Blind Spots: The three reasons most entrepreneurs fail and how you can side step them before you begin. (What you don’t know can kill your business.)
- Critical Connections: How to get the right “people on the bus” at the very first stop. (Your team is more important than your passion, will power and knowledge.)
- Perceived Value and Paying Your Bills: Three essential techniques to “keep the lights on” during the early phases of your business–The magic of beta rollouts, product packaging, and protective contracting.
- Strategic Serving: The Win-win-win. Impact your “community,” experience the “helper’s high,” and grow your business more rapidly than you ever thought possible.
– phone lines limited for this FREE event, grab your web/phone line here!
The Telesummit will focus on the areas you need to get you and your business moving and profitable! During this 7 day information packed summit starting March 19th to 25th, an exciting interview will be unveiled every day to share new ideas, marketing trends, tips, the latest strategies, and inspiration to launch your business to the next level.
Think of it like “continuing education” for the entrepreneur, coach, and online business professional, there is something for everyone! And the best part is it’s free and you can attend from your laptop! For practical information, trend setting strategies and inspiration you can use NOW, grab your spot at the Launch and Monetize Your Business TeleSummit here:
“See” you there!
Dr. Bill Dyment
Are You Missing Out?
In May, 2013, I formed a mastermind group of six with the help of my colleague and friend, Trent Adams. It is not an exaggeration to say it was the best business decision made all year. Not only have we dissected each of our businesses in a grueling but highly-rewarding fashion that would make the Shark Tank venture capitalists proud, we have laughed together, challenged, and been there for each other through personal and business changes, crises, and triumphs.
Our rules were fairly simple: Each person committed for three months to meeting for 90 minutes every Wednesday before work and 80% attendance was required, no exceptions. To our delight, it worked and all agreed to continue for at least a year. Today, we routinely turn down requests to join our group as word has got around that we have a good thing going. Truly, we all feel as if our investment of time has become an almost unfair business advantage. What’s more, it has been a commitment to myself and my business development, I wish I had implemented years ago. This post is designed to explain a bit more about mastermind groups, in general, to help you decide if joining or starting one is right for you too.
If you haven’t heard much about mastermind groups yet, you will. Thanks, in part, to the praise they have been receiving from some of the top business podcasters, they are springing up everywhere these days. Mastermind groups are usually limited to a maximum of 8-10 people. While not a new phenomenon—Ben Franklin was in a Philadelphia group he called the “junto” (latin for “meeting”) for 37 years, they are experiencing a fresh, 21st century resurgence. Some take place in-person, others are made possible by fast web-based video and cheap phone connections. All are fueled by a growing understanding that collaboration with others is the primary way of succeeding in today’s interdependent marketplace.
This coming Tuesday, January 14, 2014, has been designated “a day without excuses.” Are you in?
How to celebrate National Fire Your Excuses Day
Honor your resolve to live excuse-free in 2014 by taking one or more of the actions below this Tuesday:
1. Plan…set your written 2014 goals.
2. Connect…join one group that will help you succeed.
3. Move…no after-hours electronics before exercise.
4. Learn…what skill is separating you from your dream?
5. Serve…contact one person or group who needs your support.
Key Principles to Remember This Year:
Refuse to minimize. “Not all excuses are the same, some hinder us, some hurt us, and some kill us.” At the very least, excuses rob us of our dreams, impact and purpose.
“Don’t try harder in 2014, get more connected!” Do you have important goals that have eluded you for years? It’s time to admit that willpower is needed, but it is not enough.
“Everything changes when we walk the last mile of denial.” What is your “last mile?” What two or three actions have you been unwilling to take until now?
Want to turbo-charge your progress in 2014?
1. Join our free community and be encouraged by the stories of others. (Sign up in the right-hand corner of this page.) As your free gift you’ll receive Fire Your Excuses, Chapter Two-Health and Wellness, and excuse-busting tips throughout 2014.
2. Pick up a hard copy or ebook version of Fire Your Excuses. “Your blueprint for permanent change for the cost of a movie!”
3. Take the free Fire Your Excuses Self-Assessment and see how your excuse profile compares others across the nation and the world.
4. Consider a coaching session or program to help you stay on track throughout 2014. Click here for more details.
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This week, Dr. Bill Dyment was Jeff Brown’s featured guest for Episode #024.
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What happens to the “temperature” of the room when you walk in?
Andrea shuffles into the ballroom and sits a chair or two away from the nearest attendee. Her head down, she intently scrolls through her phone for a last minute message or two. A few moments later, she looks up and we greet her with a hello and a quick introduction. She politely responds and instantly resumes her typing. At that moment, Pam enters. Picking up the presentation materials and scanning the room for her preferred seat, she chooses one four rows from the front. Warmly, she introduces herself and says, “I am so looking forward to this. I hope we have a great turnout. We really need to hear this.” Immediately, those nearby turn toward her and begin to engage in conversation. She smiles broadly and laughs easily. Maybe, she is their manager, we guess. We soon learn we are wrong. Pam is a new hire. In fact, Andrea, who remains isolated by a wide buffer of empty chairs, is her boss.
Researchers have known for some time that those who express a joyful spirit also have the most influence, be it in a boardroom or among a group of friends. It is important to note that a warm or cold demeanor is something separate from one’s extrovert or introvert personality leanings. Case in point: Some of our most encouraging participants, never say a word throughout our seminars but their body language, facial expressions and eye contact exude openness and warmth.
In a fascinating study, father of positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman, along with Harold Zullow examined the outcome of 10 presidential elections. With the exception of the 1968 campaign, November’s winner was the more optimistic one; even if he trailed in the polls! (see link)
In Chapter One of Fire Your Excuses, “Blind Spots and Weaknesses,” we write: “Having a weakness is not the same thing as an excuse, not doing anything about it, is! John Wooden said it best, ‘Don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can.'”
Our challenge is two-fold: First, to honestly and accurately define our weaknesses. Then, second, to courageously seek out that one thing we can start to do, even this week, to begin the journey of turning that weakness into an emerging strength.
In the clip below, Kevin Gaffney shares about his battle with Multiple Sclerosis, also known as “MS.” Instead of allowing the challenges that many face with this disease to bring him down, Kevin founded, TEAM CRASH, a bike team that rides annually to raise money to find a cure for MS. Over time, Kevin has turned his weakness into a strength, and in so doing, empowered himself and many others to ride into their illness head on. Kevin is quick to add, “I ride because I can.” And each of us, inspired by his actions, must consider, “How about us?”