The “3D” Traits For Success

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DEDICATION
DIRECTION
and
DRIVE

Are 3 common traits of all successful people and teams.

What level are your “D’s” at?

~ Kevin Eastman, assistant coach, Boston Celtics

Do The Hard Work

HARD WORK!

Note from CoachO: A great thought leader I have come to admire is Ralph Marston. He has a very inspiring website called, “The Daily Motivator.”

The following is a post from his “Motivator” archives… Enjoy!

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Do the hard work!

Don’t avoid the hard work. That’s where the greatest value is created.

Don’t be afraid of the difficult, complicated, challenging tasks. Once you get past the fear, you’re already past the most difficult aspect.

Relish the opportunity to do the hard work. For it is an opportunity to experience yourself being fully alive and effective.

Find real enjoyment and satisfaction in doing the difficult work. Get yourself hooked on how good it feels to make a meaningful positive difference.

It’s often assumed that hard work is best avoided. Yet when you avoid hard work, you cheat yourself out of the joy of accomplishment.

Seek out the hard work and you’ll find it’s not bad at all. Do the hard work, and transform each day, each moment and each effort into great value.

— Ralph Marston
Read more about Mr. Marston:

http://greatday.com/motivate/110504.html#ixzz1N5eYi1Vl

Follow him on Twitter: http://Twitter.com/ralphmarston  

“I’m your partner in the pursuit of excellence”

Catching People Doing Things Right

The Heart of A Leader, By Ken Blanchard

** Note from Coach O: I was doing some spring cleaning and found a book I read some time ago: “The Heart of A Leader”, by Ken Blanchard. I have been taught by my pastor/mentor, Dr. AR Bernard, that we should occasionally revisit a previously read book or article because: we SHOULD be at a different place in our leadership & will see things we did not see before. Well, it is TRUE!

I will be sharing things from this quick read – but robust book on the “Heart of A Leader”. It’s a collection of Mr. Blanchard’s “favorite sayings” (as he put it) I hope you read something that helps you and inspires you to be a better leader!

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“The key to developing people is to catch them doing something right”

~ Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson – One Minute Manager
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Catching people doing things right is a powerful management concept. Unfortunately, most leaders have a genius for catching people doing things wrong. I always recommend that managers (coaches) wander around their organization catching people doing things right.

But I remind them, that effective praising must be specific. Just walking around and saying “thanks for everything” is meaningless. If you say, “Great Job” to a poor performer and “Great Job” to a good performer you sound ridiculous to the poor performer and “demotivate” the good performer.

Catching people doing things right provides satisfaction and motivates good performance. But remember, give praise immediately, make it specific, and finally, encourage people to keep up the good work. This principle can also help you shine at home. It’s a marvelous way to interact and affirm the people in your life.

Coach O’s “3 Pointers”: 3 Things For Us To Consider:

1. What are you consistently known for? Catching people doing things right…or wrong?
2. When we DO give praise, is it immediate or three days later? Is it specific?
3. Do we praise people in our family as passionately, and as OFTEN as we do our players and coaches? (Hmmm)

(Think on these things and resolve to Improve TONIGHT!) I know I have things to work on! 🙂

I’m your partner in the pursuit of excellence!

14 Quotes Series: Orison Swett Marden

Mr. Orison Swett Marden, founder, Success Magazine

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Note from Coach O: Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine, is also considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in America. He certainly bridged the gap between the old, narrow notions of success and the new, more comprehensive models made popular by best-selling authors such as Napoleon Hill, Clement Stone, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, and today’s authors Stephen R. Covey, Anthony Robbins, and Brian Tracy.

So, this week, my “14 Quotes Series” will take a different direction and highlight my 14 favorite quotes from Mr. Marden. I hope you read something that inspires you to pursue excellence!!

“A will finds a way.”

“Achievement is not always success while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.”

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

“Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small. “

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”

“The Creator has not given you a longing to do what you have no ability to do.“

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. 

“Be larger than your task”

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.”

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

“Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.”

“Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you just in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.”

“Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.”

“You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them.”

11 Ways To Go From Average To Exceptional (via Brian Dodd On Leadership)

This is a great post from Brian Dodd, who has a fantastic blog! Enjoy the read, but also grab something to apply to YOUR life!

11 Ways To Go From Average To Exceptional Do you feel average?  Is your organization just treading water?  On a personal level, do you feel like you are “stuck in the mud”?  We have all been there. In the October 11th edition of The Sporting News, Stan McNeal takes a look at four MLB play-off teams who were not expected to be there – the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and Texas Rangers. As leaders looking to improve our performance, we can apply the following key … Read More

via Brian Dodd On Leadership