Robin Sacks' 1 Minute Mindset

March 31, 2014

Today…Take Both With You (Wherever You Go!)

Filed under: Look in the Mirror,Motivation,Stress Management,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 1:46 pm

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March 28, 2014

Today…Figure Out Which Type of Leader You Are (in your own life!)

Filed under: Look in the Mirror — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 3:45 pm

“Leadership” seems to be one of those words that is thrown around today in a much over-used fashion. Not unlike “success” and “motivational” and “outside the box.” What the heck do those words really mean? The answer lies in a slight variation of that question; what do those words mean TO YOU?

One perspective on “leadership” is that there are 3 types of “leaders.”

The first is a leader by title. If you go into any kindergarten classroom in this country, teachers choose “leaders” every day. In order to be a “leader,” one does not have to have any special skill or knowledge or credentials. They need only be the first one who got in line that day. They are “the leader.” What does the teacher then tell the other children in the class to do? That’s right… “follow the leader.” Now, in kindergarten, follow the leader is an efficient and usually effective way of moving several children in an orderly manner. However, in adulthood, following the leader who is nothing more than a “leader” in title is often neither efficient nor effective.

The second type is a good leader. There are people who have been put into a leadership role of some kind that have respect for their team, their team has respect for them, they have things they need to accomplish, and they accomplish those things. Rather efficient. Rather effective. It is what it is.

The third type is great leader. There is not as far a leap from good to great as you may think. The difference is quite simple. “Great leaders” do not create followers; “great leaders” create other leaders. That last line is worth re-reading. How do they do that? The first type of “leader” goes through the motions and simply “walks his or her dogs” everyday. The second type of “leader” puts some real and true effort into “leading” a team of followers. He or she is often good at “getting others to do things” and “making sure others are on task.” “Great leadership” has less to do with looking over the shoulders of people and more to do with empowering others to look over their own shoulders.

Of course, we all know that if you give a man a fish you feed him for the day, but if you teach him to fish you feed him for the rest of his life. That is the difference between “great leaders” and any other kind of “leader.”

What type of leader are you? You may hold many leadership titles in your life: Director, Manager, Mom, Dad, Friend, Coach, Teacher, Business Owner. Are you walking dogs or are you empowering others? If you are not sure of the answer… look at the outcomes you are getting. They will scream the answer to you.

Get clarity. Get moving. Get results.

Professionally, Robin is an award-winning journalist, award-winning playwright, author, speaker and motivator. Personally she is a mom, wife, and friend.

Through keynotes, workshops, and articles, she provides a simple, creative, and humorous bent on Stress Management and Motivation, Robin provides tools and thinking which allow you to get out of your own way and succeed beginning the moment you walk out the door (or your eyes leave the page!).

Her clients range from individuals to Girl Scout Troops to Fortune 100 companies.

Robin’s philosophy is beyond simple:
You are over-thinking everything!
Get Clarity… Get Moving… Get Results!

You can get inspired and get motivated anytime at Robin’s website, http://www.1minutemindset.com.

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March 24, 2014

Today…Identify Your ‘Blinker’

Filed under: Look in the Mirror,Stress Management — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 12:54 pm

Why do you have answers to everyone else’s dilemmas, but when you look in the mirror, you are often at a loss? Welcome to “Blinker Syndrome.”

Have you ever noticed that you can see faults in others, answers to their dilemmas, and honestly believe that you know exactly what they should be doing with their lives? Sometimes, you can see all that even while your life is falling apart. Ever wonder why? It is because you have fallen victim to “blinker syndrome.”

What exactly is “Blinker Syndrome?”

Picture it: your home town, sometime in the last few days. You were driving down the street when you realized that the car in front of you has its left blinker on. After passing several side streets, you realize that the driver is not going to be turning. He simply does not realize that his blinker is on. You, however, are very aware that his blinker is on. As a matter fact, you begin to focus on the blinker. As you pass several more driveways and cross streets, the blinker begins to irritate you. It irritates you to the point of you feeling the need to say something. Typically, what comes out is an arguably intelligent comment such as, “turn your stupid blinker off, you dork!” You do not merely say the words, though. You actually shout them. This goes on for as long as the person is in front of you.

So, what does this have to do with personal development? Everything!

You see, when a person has her blinker on, everyone around them can see it clearly. The only person who cannot see the blinker is the person driving. In other words, we can see everyone else’s blinkers all day long. Not only that, but we often feel compelled to comment on them saying things such as, “what is he thinking?” or “why would she do that, is she crazy?” It leads us to falsely believe that we know what everyone else should be doing, because THEY do not know what they should be doing and, of course, they are always doing the wrong thing!

What is the problem with that?

You spend more time and energy focusing on everything outside of yourself and very little time learning about improving you. If you are looking for answers outside of yourself, do not expect to find many.

What action step can I take to take my energy back?

Without awareness, it is difficult to change anything. Take time to stop on a daily basis and look for your blinkers… it will take moments. Once you have awareness, you have the ability, and often the motivation, to shift quickly. If you honestly cannot see your blinkers, ask someone else. They will always be happy to point them out.

Get Clarity, Get Moving, Get Results.

Professionally, Robin Sacks is an award-winning journalist, award-winning playwright, author, speaker and motivator. Personally she is a mom, wife, and friend.

Through keynotes, workshops, and articles, she provides a simple, creative, and humorous bent on Stress Management and Motivation. Robin provides tools and thinking which allow you to get out of your own way and succeed beginning the moment you walk out the door (or your eyes leave the page!).

Her clients range from individuals to Girl Scout Troops to Fortune 100 companies.

Robin’s philosophy is beyond simple:
You are over-thinking everything!
Get Clarity, Get Moving, Get Results!

You can get inspired and get motivated anytime at Robin’s website, http://www.1minutemindset.com.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Robin_Sacks

March 19, 2014

Today…Be Willing to Take a Deep Breath and Walk Away

Filed under: Stress Management,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 2:58 pm

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Life is not about what is happening to you (you have little control over that).  Life IS all about how you are CHOOSING to RESPOND to what is happening to you (you have A LOT of control over that).  Today, choose a different response and see what happens.  I think you will be amazed at the empowerment.

Get Clarity, Get Moving, Get Results!

www.1MinuteMindset.com

March 17, 2014

Today…Examine “Your Bus”

Filed under: Stress Management,Take Control,Your Bus — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 12:23 pm

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It does not get more simple than this. Your internal willpower and motivation are very much determined by the people with whom you associate. Individuals are impacted and influenced by the people who are around them on a daily basis.

OK, here is the analogy: You are a bus driver in life and you have an empty bus. When you are born, certain people take a seat on your bus immediately when you pop out (mom, dad, family, etc.). Throughout life, you pick people up on your bus and you drop people off along the way. People are constantly getting on and off of your bus. Some are invited, while others are just along for the ride by virtue of your decisions about life and work. You also have people on your bus who are always on your bus, but move from the front to the back occasionally and from the back to the front occasionally. Some of those passengers are healthy and some of them are unhealthy.

So… turn around and look at your passengers. You can pretty much guarantee that most of them look just like you! If you are a miserable, stressed-out, unhappy person who is always finding the downside to things, rest assured most of your passengers look like that, too. If you are a happy, relatively “successful” (whatever that means) person who chooses to see the positive side of life, rest assured most of your passengers look just like that.

Want to know how to de-stress your life and be a happier and more motivated person? Realize that YOU are the driver of your bus, take an inventory of your passengers, and ask yourself 3 questions:

1. Who needs to get OFF my bus? Start with 1 person. What is the first name that comes to mind when I say ‘stress’ or ‘annoying’ or ‘frustrating?’ One just did… didn’t it? You need to realize that you are in control of stopping, opening the door, and saying, “get off my bus!” We hold on to things so much longer than we should sometimes. It is hard to let go whenever you feel you have made an investment in something, whether it be an education or a relationship or an industry. That makes it really hard to just walk away, even when that is the right answer. Never create stress in your life when you do not have to. Personally or professionally, if you need to make a change, you need to make a change. Just do it!

2. Who needs to get ON my bus? When you get clarity on WHAT it is you want to do or WHY you want to do it, the team players become quite evident. Go pick them up! You need to realize that you are also in control of stopping, opening the door, and saying, “come along for the ride!”

3. Who’s bus do I need to get off of? (I apologize for the grammatical incorrectness!) Stop saying yes to things when you really want to say no! What do you dread seeing every time it pops up in your calendar? What group did you get involved with 5 years ago that made sense at the time but no longer fits in your life? Who is the “needy” person who drags you through their minutia just because you are the one who does not hang up on them (trust me, they will find someone else to burden).

It is important to understand that everyone who takes a ride on your bus is there for a reason. It might be to inspire you. It might be to hurt you. It may be to motivate you. It may be to hold a mirror up to you. Good and bad, painful and exhilarating, they all serve a purpose. Do not ever lose sight of that. Choose your passengers wisely.

Get clarity… Get moving… Get happy!

Professionally, Robin is an award-winning journalist, award-winning playwright, author, speaker and motivator. Personally she is a mom, wife, and friend.

Through keynotes, workshops, and articles, she provides a simple, creative, and humorous bent on Stress Management and Motivation, Robin provides tools and thinking which allow you to get out of your own way and succeed beginning the moment you walk out the door (or your eyes leave the page!).

Her clients range from individuals to Girl Scout Troops to Fortune 100 companies.

Robin’s philosophy is beyond simple: You are over-thinking everything! Get Clarity… Get Moving… Get Results!

You can get inspired and get motivated anytime at Robin’s website, http://www.1minutemindset.com.

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March 13, 2014

Today…Take Another Step Forward

Filed under: Motivation,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 4:21 pm

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March 10, 2014

Today…Stop Thinking and Start Doing

Filed under: Making Decisions,Motivation — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 9:37 pm

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March 5, 2014

Today…Fail a Little Bit

Filed under: Motivation,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 10:25 am

“Successful” people (whatever that means to you) have failed more times than any “failure” ever will. Failure is not an end, but often is a beginning to something great. Many individuals and groups that have had a huge, positive impact on culture and society were at one time told that they would not amount to much and should do something else with their lives. Wimp.com shared a great 1 minute video to this point. Watch it! You will most definitely walk away from it with a different perspective on your life. Then, if you know you have a passion for something…maybe it’s time to listen to others less and listen to yourself more.

Get Clarity, Get Moving, Get Results!

http://www.1minutemindset.com

March 3, 2014

Today…Have Expectations, Not Goals

Filed under: Look in the Mirror,Making Decisions,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 11:28 am

Everyone you know, including yourself, has set a goal at some point and not met it. If by definition a goal is simply something you would like to accomplish, why does that happen? Often times, it is not because you did not want whatever you set out to do, but rather because you did not have the correct expectation. If you do not “succeed” in accomplishing a goal, that almost always has to do with your expectation (or lack thereof). This quick read will give you a new and powerful perspective on closing that gap between “goal” and “expectation.”

http://ezinearticles.com/?Expectations-Are-More-Powerful-Than-Goals&id=5119046

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