Archives For March 2014


 

Ever noticed how your mental currency is pretty much spent by the end of the work day? Evening words dwindle to almost necessity, and thoughts scramble at any effort to assemble them Next thing you know, the alarm clock rings the following morning, and presto, the mental bank account is near full once again. Why does the mental energy dwindle so quickly? One reason are the insanely self-destructive stories we allow into our minds about basic things, such as: How badly the meeting went… Will the presentation fail? Do I have relevancy? Am I good enough? Is this the right approach? Do they like me? Is the end near? and other variations of self-infliction. What’s worse is the mental equity that we lose in the process. The discipline of re-engineering our thought life to serve us rather than unnerve us begins with math, meaning it takes far less time to invent strategy, integrate planning, captivate a positive viewpoint than it does to multiply the garbage created by a mind unwilling to renegotiate thoughts. It may sound sophomoric, but as thoughts enter in that you’d rather be without, hold them still for a moment, and say “Not so fast, let’s have a little chat before you go any further.” This is the process of changing the conversation we have with ourselves and it is as tactical as it is practical and it will provide enough mental bandwidth for a fully-energized day, without the half-energized drain-down toward the end.


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Dr. Gina Louden Show Interview and the Concept of:
*If Not You, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When?

Last week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the Dr. Gina Louden show – Interview: Dr. Gina Show to discuss my new book – ShiftPoints and how personal branding affects all areas of our lives. It’s rare when I meet someone with such clear resolve, but Dr. Gina’s position on personal responsibility and the need for a large part of our Country to consider the harsh repercussions for living in resignation was both apparent and refreshing. Having been on the planet for only a half a century, I can’t say how previous generations have governed over their behavior, but today, the illusion that complacency can work in any capacity is a concept that saddens me and is a silent killer that is driving this nation into habits of apathy and into a state of dangerous weakness. Bold statement – yes, and very sad, very true and very scary if you carry it down the road for a couple more decades. But there’s always this refreshing truth that life is nothing more than “up until now and from now on,” meaning the “from now on” position allows us to immediately choose new behaviors to change circumstances, and become an asset to the balance sheet of our society, not a liability. There are certain people and legitimate causes that need help and I am both committed to and in favor of universal help for them. But to disempower the capable is to sever our human spirit, subversively dismantle our potential, and weaken our society to the point of vulnerability none of us would like to see. Consider “up until now” is one thing” and “from now on” is the next thing today.

To see a clip of the interview, click here: Interview: Dr. Gina Show.

*Thanks Dan Tocchini, Sr.

 

The ambiguity of a question will be in direct proportion to the obscurity of the answers. dds

Dean Del Sesto

Companies don’t have bad employees. They have bad hiring practices. dds

Dean Del Sesto

As for word count in written communication; the fewer the better, and the better are known to provide fewer. dds

Dean Del Sesto

Great branding leaves no room for interpretation, and plenty of room for salivation. dds

Dean Del Sesto

Business is nothing more than a Jungle Gym for our character development. dds

Dean Del Sesto

Intelligence is knowing what to do. Wisdom is doing it in a way that works. dds

Dean Del Sesto

Inconsistency doesn’t work consistently. dds

Dean Del Sesto


 

Confession time. I have rested on successes of my past, thinking they would fuel my future, when in fact all they fueled was an insecure need to be sought-after while I fantasized about life working on cruise control. It doesn’t. Ouch! Truth is, that whimsical paradigm stifled my momentum, weakened my balance sheet, and showed me that the value of any brand I think I have pales in contrast to the worth found though hard work in present moments, especially nowadays. The good news: the paradigm has shifted the reality that “what’s next,” trumps “what was” any day of the week, and rather than expecting the phone to ring, I’m working on causing it to ring, and it’s ringing. It’s embarrassing to confess such a thing, but if it can spare anyone the grief of a minor career-hindering, emotionally-taxing disposition, then so be it. There’s something to be said for staying in a rhythm while we work and having it fueled by our commitment of what we do today, not what happened yesterday. There’s also a lot more predictability in it. Let the past be the past today!