Name It & Lean In

wednesdays with wayne Dec 23, 2020

Think about the successes you’ve had in the past. You got there by keeping a vision of your outcome in mind. 

 

Think about the times you were disappointed by some outcome. If you’re honest with yourself, you had a cloudy vision, it was a vacant wish, or you somehow “knew” it wasn’t going to happen anyway. In fact, your vision was focused on a clear outcome of NOT getting what you said you wanted.

 

This is tough stuff to reconcile.

 

If you’re in sales, what outcome do you have in mind EVERY SINGLE DAY?

 

If you’re in a relationship, what outcome do you have in mind, every single day?

 

No matter what you have your sights on, be deliberate and conscious about the outcome you want.

 

It’s just that simple.

Get clear.

Name it.

And lean into the outcome, doing a little work to clear the way to that goal every single day.

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Want vs. Treasure

wednesdays with wayne Dec 16, 2020

I heard that there’s some holiday coming up soon. Is that true?

All I know is that my wife chose to buy a blow-up snowman and enhance the décor of our front yard. Charming…  

 

Beyond the holiday that you celebrate (or that you don’t) at this time of year, you will acknowledge that the calendar page is going to turn once more.

 

With the turn of that page comes a lot of hope. New possibilities abound as we let go of the old history we’ve lived through.

 

And soon, many people will be jotting (mostly mental) notes resembling New Year’s resolutions. The problem with these “resolutions” is that most people aren’t resolute in following through to make them realities.

 

Wants without plans or deadlines are simply empty wishes.

 

I wish I could lose 50 pounds.

I wish I could win the lottery.

I wish I had a new car.

 

I want to lose 50 pounds.

I want to win the lottery.

I want a new car.

 

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Mindset and Presence

wednesdays with wayne Dec 09, 2020

People call on me to become their Breakthrough Success Coach. Even when I’m working within an organization, helping the leaders align strategy, we’re still focused on a few key areas. These points will help you focus for the rest of this year and into the New Year (and beyond).

 

As your Powerful Presence™ Mentor, I’m here to remind you that whether you’re a partner in a relationship or a partner in a large firm, or you’re a solo person just trying to make it through the end of the year or a solo-preneur holding onto hope for your venture, the way you think absolutely affects the way you show up.

 

How you show up for your family, your friends, your colleagues, your division, your organization, or the community – that’s all reflected in how you show up for YOU.

 

The reason this particular Wednesdays With Wayne blog is out today is because the winter holidays seem to highlight (perhaps ignite) the thinking that has been...

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Having Enough, Being Enough

wednesdays with wayne Dec 02, 2020

Hey! There’s a New Year creeping up on us. As much as we’re tempted to just get 2020 behind us, isn’t it amazing at how fast this year really has flown by? It was eight months or so ago when the news was all abuzz about some “Novel Virus.” Not so new to us now, eh?

 

What we’ve learned is that there’s a lot more to our lives than getting up, going to work, and coming home. Few of us are now “working for the weekend” at all, especially as the days have all run together.  We’re tired of being on video calls while, at the same time, we’re grateful that video calls have brought us together.

 

And somewhere in the past year we began to reflect on what we valued. We faced challenges we didn’t know we’d face. We were knocked down and we stood back up. We endured losses that were unthinkable last year at this time. And somehow, here we are trying to be normal.

 

Since “a new normal”...

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The New Year Starts Now

wednesdays with wayne Nov 25, 2020

With just days from Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we need to remember the heart of the message. No, not the fictitious tales we were all taught in elementary school about some feast, but what it means to be truly grateful.

 

Look around, look at your life.

Has there been hardship?

Has there been tragedy?

Yes, for most of us there has.

 

And yet, here you are, reading this on a phone, tablet, or computer.

 

We made it to this point which means we have been resilient.

 

Your New Year starts now. 

It starts in gratitude.

 

DO NOT WAIT until January to decide to have a different 2021. You begin that process now. What you do today, and tomorrow, and the next day affects your New Year.

 

Think about what you were doing in August and September. How did you eat, sleep, move? What did you study? What connections did you make? What intentions did you set and keep consistently?

 

What you did in August and September is showing up today, right?

 

So...

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Living Deliberately, Actively, Positively™

wednesdays with wayne Nov 18, 2020

My recent TEDx talk focused on how we each not only get a chance to make a difference in others’ lives, but that we really NEED to. You get the opportunity to do so every single day.

 

It takes conscious thought to engage.

 

That’s what being deliberate is. When you deliberately seek to connect with another human, just one other, you become conscious of the connection that you make. 

 

And that’s not a passive practice.  It’s Active!

At the grocery store, people still look down. It’s almost as if to say, “If I look down, you can’t see me. And if you can’t see me, I can’t get COVID cooties on me.” The truth is that now, more than ever, it’s important to connect. 

 

On your next video conference, instead of staring at the screen, stare into the camera when you speak.  When you’re at the grocery store, look people in the eye. And at home – the people you pass in the...

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Three C's of Life and Leadership

wednesdays with wayne Nov 11, 2020

You’re here. That makes you a leader.

When I write about leaders, it doesn’t matter what title you have, someone is watching you and you have the opportunity to model what excellence looks like.

 

That starts with your values. Are you clear about what you value? It sounds like an odd question and it’s easy to give the “of course” answer until you stop to think about that. 

 

What you used to value (think back five or ten years) isn’t the same as what you currently value. And, you can actually choose to value something to live into for the future.

 

The first C to think about is Clarity.

When I work with leaders across the country (and around the world), one of the first places to start is focusing back on values. Who are you now?

More important, who do you want to become?

Clarity of your values opens the way for your strategic direction. You suddenly have a filter for what’s IN and what’s OUT of your life as you...

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Truth And Peace (Where’s The Lie?)

wednesdays with wayne Nov 04, 2020

Ahhh… the beginning of the holiday season. 

 

We’re faced with multiple challenges for the holiday season, especially as the pandemic wears on. So often we put on emotional armor in an effort to protect ourselves from the horrible conversations or confrontations that come up over the holidays. They don’t have to, but all too often, they do.

 

What happens that you’re thrown off by the holidays?  

How are holidays different than the not-holidays?

 

Here’s a little truth for you: 

Whether you’re running a business or running your family, you can’t do either well, if you’re not running yourself correctly.

 

The scripts play out in our heads, “She’ll say this. Then, I’ll say that. Then so-and-so will chime in and then xyz will happen and then the whole day will be ruined.” Hmmm, now what kind of cranberry sauce shall I make?

 

The TRUTH is that you’re as much about...

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Optimizing Redundancy: Personal and Professional Duct Tape

wednesdays with wayne Oct 28, 2020

I have the pleasure of speaking with senior leaders across the country. Sometimes themes arise and I feel compelled to pass these along. If there’s something going on for two or more of my clients in different parts of the country, there’s something people need to focus on.

 

Most people think of redundancy as a bad thing. 

In fact, many definitions point to something that’s redundant as something that’s no longer necessary or needed.

 

So how is redundancy in your personal and professional life akin to duct tape, something that holds it all together? Let’s take a lesson from engineering and the tech sectors, shall we? Redundancy is noted as being components that aren’t necessary for the running of the thing, but are used as backup in case of failure of the thing/system.

 

As I type this, I have my iPad near me. It has a Bluetooth keyboard. So, if my computer went out, or if the keyboard I’m using went out, I have a...

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Grasping Water: Lessons in Leadership and Relationships

wednesdays with wayne Oct 21, 2020

Just hold on loosely

But don’t let go

If you cling too tightly

You’re gonna lose control

- 38 Special 

 

 

That’s it, really. If you’ve ever tried to manage something and felt like you were losing control, it’s likely that you were holding on too tightly. That you were trying to manage every little thing. And that’s the most wonderful balancing act you’ll ever do with your business or with those you care about.

 

You have to hold on, it’s your business or family or friendship. And if you feel like you’re being pushed back on or worse, ghosted or ignored, it’s probably a sign that you need to lighten up.

 

So how do you keep track of the things you think you need to track?

You ask what is needed to get to the outcome.

  • “We’re headed toward our deadline. What can I help with?”
  • “We’re coming up on a weekend, I’d like to see xyz for myself/us. What needs to happen for...
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