They Display Courage

Secrets of Successful People: They Display Courage (VIDEO)


Another video in my series about the secrets of successful people.

Summary

I think most of us have been conditioned to a variety of different inputs, whether that has been media, movies, whatever it is to think of courage as being that big dramatic display that involves guns blazing all over the place and lots of drama. In fact, courage for most of us is stepping out of our comfort zone and doesn't really require big dramatic action. It just involves moving the dialogue bit, moving the needle from where you are right now a little bit and then a little bit and then a little bit more.

Then when you start noticing that the needle has been moved 3 inches, it may through its designer for elasticity tried to yank you back. The goal here is to recognize that successful people display the courage of knowing the direction they want to go to and starting to take small incremental actions, instead of sitting there and waiting for events to dictate to them. They try to make the changes necessary.

Again, this doesn't require a lot of dramatic movement. It does require effort and evaluation to see whether this has moved the needle a little bit. You see, it's not just the one motion because if you think about the one movement in a new direction, invariably circumstances and the people, places and things around us are going to try to tug us back to where we were before. That's because they don't like us to change. They want the comfort of knowing how things are and will be.

Successful people do things differently. They often make small incremental change that, with time, become huge changes that catapult their lives in new directions. Let me use myself as an example.

I worked in one profession for a long long time and decided I was going to to go to graduate school to become a therapist in private practice. I was going for my Masters, and eventually I got it. I met my wife in graduate school and made a different decision. It was the right decision, too. Now, years later, I again decide to make a change and chose coaching as my model. I took the time and made the effort to learn the craft. I'm not going to say I'm as good as someone with 20 years of experience. I'm a darn good coach. It's the practice and the repetition and the learning that takes place over the course of time that allows someone to become different.

The same thing can happen for you, too. You can occur in your career like I've chosen to work on, or in some other aspect of your life. Weight loss with me has always been a challenge. Last August, I start the process of losing weight and have lost about 30 pounds and he has taken changes, effort, desire, and doing it over the course of time to make this change.

That's what I'm encouraging for you-- small changes that will move the dial over the course of time and allow you to become more effective and get more of the life that you want.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

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Networking As Part of Your Repertoire (VIDEO)


Why are some people successful? This is the first in a series of videos that will explain exactly that.

Summary

I wanted to do a video today that talks about networking but I didn't want to do it from the standpoint of you is a job hunter but talking with you about it from the vantage point of why it's important.

People seem to do networking only when they have a crisis and fail to build relationships. You decide you want to look for a job so you go out networking. Maybe you're having a problem in your business so you decide to go out networking. Instead of creating the capital when you don't have a need that allows you to reach out and not project likely needy or mooching off of people or things along those lines. It really isn't that hard.

Here's my suggestion and the reason for it. The suggestion is that if you are 30 or 40 or 50, certainly, you remember that there were people 15 years ago who you are not in contact with. Here's what I want you to do – – I want you to start reaching out to them. Don't know how to do it? Find them on LinkedIn. Find them on Facebook. Reach out to them! Do a Google search. Remember what town they lived in? Where they used to work a million years ago? You can find them.

Drop them a note or pick up the phone and call them and simply say, "hi!" And pick up where you left off when you last spoke with them. You see, we all know networking is important, but don't make time for it. That's what successful people do. They network all the time. It's not like they are doing it every day or every week. But every few weeks to pick up the phone and call.

As I coach executive job hunters, 1 of the things that is so obvious to me is that the network of relationships that they have built up provides them with a huge amount of capital that allows them to make the transitions professionally much more easily. I want to say that it's easy but they have relationships that they can call on and, as is often said in job search, it's not who you know. But it's who the people you know know (I know that's an awkward sentence but pause after the 1st "know.") It is not your 1st level connection but the one after that.

So, with that, I just want to encourage you to develop the habit of reintroducing yourself to people so that you can really cultivate the relationship. It's not like you need to do much more than go, "Hi! How are you? It has been a long time. Your name popped into my mind this morning and I just want to get reconnected." Remember, this includes clergy, former colleagues, people you went to school with, grew up with, everyone in your life is something you can network with because you just don't know.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Game Hunter, Inc.

For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

Ready to schedule your first coaching call?

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