Pasco School District's Enterprise Week 2015 TRAC Pasco, WA
I had a wonderful week serving as a company advisor for 16 seniors from three different high schools. They formed a company and carried out six successful quarters to become division winners (850 students, 52 teams/companies) in two categories.
I had an amazing group of kids who worked so well together you'd think they'd all known each other beforehand. The first day was a little rocky, but after the shyness and awkwardness was overcome they received my wisdom where needed and got right to work. There were actually only 3.5 work days because of weather cancellations and my kiddos still came out as champions.
You know I'm proud of them because there are people who've volunteered with Enterprise for all 16 years it's been in existence whose companies haven't won anything and my mentees won two categories - 1st Place in Marketing, 2nd Place Overall - my first year. Once a teacher, always a teacher.
I also received some awesome feedback from the students; it was hard not to cry. One of the young men, Kalob, said they learned more in that one week (less than) than in a whole year of school. That's simultaneously awesome and unfortunate. Another young man, Colby, commented that they only did so well because I was their advisor.
At the advisor celebration dinner there were no seats available for Z and I, so they had to make room and we were favored to have sat with the incoming district Superintendent. She said if I ever decided to return to teaching to give her my resume directly.
I was nominated - for some reason - to do table introductions and when I finished they were all gushing over me saying, "Give us your business cards," "Stay in touch," "We have to bring you back next year for sure." It's so funny I was nervous about what I'd say because I'd just met these folks 20 minutes prior and I needed to tell their names and businesses but when I got up I did fine. I asked Z if he could tell I was nervous and he said not at all, I seemed like a professional.
What a tremendous honor. Experiences such as this one almost make me want to return to public education. Almost.
Being fed in the teacher's lounge was excellent as always. There was everything you could want to snack all day from donuts to cheese and crackers to bagels and oatmeal. And all-you-could-drink tea, coffee, water and juice. That's one thing I'd forgotten about being a teacher is that we don't skimp on food in the lounge. The school lunches we were given outside of the lounge left much to be desired. Overall it was fabulous and I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to represent Z Solves Problems in such a way.
Are you a quitter? You may not want to admit it, but it's actually better if you do. Recognizing problems is the first step to solving them.
Let's look at it from another angle. Are you where you want to be in life? If not, do you have a written plan you're working to get there? Even if it's seemingly too big for someone like you go after it wholeheartedly.
Over the past week or so I've been focusing on attracting impossible realities (aka miracles) into my life. I've done this before, so it's not something new to me. What's new are the miracles I'm expecting this time around. Napoleon Hill said faith is the basis of all miracles and mysteries that can't be analyzed by the rules of science. I have big faith for miracles because I've experienced them before.
In December 2012 I boarded a 6 p.m. flight to Phoenix, Ariz. with only $50 in my pocket which was given to me by my ride to the airport. She asked, "Do you have any cash?" I told her the truth which was no, and she handed me a $50-dollar bill. How often do friends dropping you off at the airport hand you cash money? It was wild but a real blessing.
I booked a hotel online at 10 p.m. the night before after being handed $100 from a friend. I simply said, I'm going to Arizona tomorrow on a miracle mission and she asked, "Do you have everything you need?" I told her the truth which was no, and she handed me $100 cash. How awesome is that?! I actually looked for the hotel and had to leave the house after 9 p.m. to deposit the cash so I could book the room. So glad B of A gives immediate credit for cash. They have their issues, but sometimes they really come through.
When I arrived in Phoenix I texted my friend Sharon to check in. I didn't know how I'd get to the hotel and she suggested I take a taxi. It was $45. Remember the $50 I'd been given just 3 hours earlier? Imagine what would've happened without it.
I share this prove to you that the impossible can happen for you if you're willing to step out in faith. I move out in faith all of the time. I scare some people with the faith moves I make. Seriously. My mentor Patti has said to me more than once, by the time she believes for one impossible thing I've done for her life I'm already farther out in the water about to step out of the boat again.
If you've been a quitter in the past, I'd love to work with you and impart my walk-on-water faith into you. I'm not any different than you. I was born and raised in a small town that was only 50,000 people by the time I graduated high school. If a small-town girl like me can believe and experience the impossible, so can you. Let's get started.
Asking effective questions is a learned skill that if mastered will propel your life and career to new levels. I'm a witness of this. I learned that asking the right questions opens up the mind so that you're be able to look for solutions in different ways. I have a video teaching titled Effective Questions available for members of the Supernatural Success Portal.
If you want to be successful in any area of life being able to communicate effectively is crucial. Part of being an effective communicator is being a good listener, and as you listen you'll hear that many don't properly _say what they want, what they mean or ask for it. You can gauge your effectiveness by tracking how many statements you make that receive the desired outcome each time.
Also, many misuse declarative and interrogative statements. Misuse hinders the ability to have needs met. For example, someone said to me the other day, "I need this problem solved," and continued on about their business. Then they returned to me and inquired as to why I hadn't solved their problem. There was miscommunication and their need wasn't met at the speed they desired. Instead of asking me to solve the problem, they only shared with me (stated) their problem existed.
To communicate effectively, be aware of making statements when necessary and ask questions when you need answers. I realize that bosses and employers often make statements similar to the one above and they need, expect and require employees solve their problems swiftly. That makes sense because an employee is under contractual obligation to exchange their time and work for income.
This is similarly true in high-stakes relationships such as husbands and wives and parents and children. One will say to the other, "I need ...," or "I want ...," instead of forming a question. The level of comfort in those situations often warrants less formal communication practices.
But there are times where we may not receive what we need if we fail to build a foundation through statements and then present the question needing an answer.
Are others responding to you the way you want them to? Are you getting what you ask for? I encourage you to pay close attention to your communication and determine if you're reaping the harvests you expect. If you need help improving your communication book a Communication Superstar session today. In 30 minutes we can take a analyze what you're doing and develop a plan for improvement. Book before 10/31/15 for 50% OFF.
DISCLAIMER: If you're not ready for some blunt truth DON'T READ THIS.
As a mentor I often help clients get unstuck and move out of wilderness seasons into harvest. But I have to admit there are a few who choose not to heed my wisdom and therefore, choose to remain stuck. That's right, dear ones, it's always our choice to take action or not.
I recently spoke with someone who stated they had no control of their time. There's no truth to that testament. Even if you submit your life to someone else's control, your choice and actions of submission are always in your control.
When you contract with an employer you may think you've given up control of your time, but that's not true either. You're contracting a certain number of hours per day each week to perform specific tasks in exchange for pay. You chose what to do with your life and time when you accepted the position.
If you're working a job where you feel stuck and that you have no control, there are a few things you need to do.
Change your thinking. You said yes to the company for some reason. Remember your motivation and celebrate the fact that you're achieving it. Also, feeling that you have no control is an emotional lie. Don't fall for it.
Review your goals. This is similar to your motive for what you're doing, but goes a bit further. Your goals should ultimately be leading to your destiny which becomes your legacy.
Make a move. Do something different or more. The most powerful thing you can do to get unstuck is to take action. You may have to fight through fear or complete some research in order to move forward, but push through the invisible blocks and elevate.
You have the power to get unstuck. You have control of your life and can make it excellent. Sometimes we stay stuck because we're only using the information we have to date and we can't go any further until we seek counsel. If you're stuck and need a supernatural strategy to move forward schedule a call with me today.
Making good decisions is something that has to be learned, practiced and perfected. If you need help in this area, get a mentor now because the decisions you make over the next six months will set the course of your desitny.
People often ask how I began mentoring others. If you've read my bio you already know that I'm a state certified master teacher and that I served two years, two districts and multiple school sites as an Instructional Coach which is a mentor or teacher of teachers, and that I hold a masters degree in Teaching & Teacher Education.
I'm one who goes a step above the norm to receive the knowledge and understanding that leads to wisdom which I impart to others. One of my strategies for being an excellent mentor is to secure successful mentoring relationships for myself with others who excell and have far exceeded what I've accomplished thus far. I've always been this way ... I've always reached for the coat strings of champions so that I can learn their secrets. Their secrets work which is why they're successful, and I know that if I follow their advice as far as possible, I'll be successful as well.
Learning to listen to my mentors was a huge lesson for me. HUGE. I used to be a rogue woman. Stupid to be honest. I was book smart but life stupid. Because I was so book smart I thought I didn't need to listen to be able to make it and that's just not true. Not listening and heeding others' advice caused a lot of frustration in my life. But I'm overjoyed beyond belief to say that I've broken through. And you can, too.
Over the last two weeks I've mentored several people who were fed up and frustrated with situations in their lives. Though they were frustrated then, I'm confident that they'll overcome, too, because they reached out to me for wisdom. When I'm frustrated, I reach out to my mentors; one is Prince Handley.
Prince told me in July 2012 that I was a deliverer and would lead others to breakthroughs and successes in life. I also became aquainted with podcasting through his mentorship. Additionally, many of the strategies in my Breakthrough Toolbox have come from his wisdom and resources. Here's one of my strategies to combat frustration - Frustration and Your Future. I listen to this when needed to realign my focus and set my faith for the victory ahead.
Overcoming is all about strategy and action. I'm exceptional at breaking through because I've tasted the goodness time and time again, and I refuse to settle for less. If you're ready to make the necessary changes to experience greater realms and dimensions of success, schedule a call with me today.