I shot this video on the last day of the trip I just took, from now on referred to as “one of the most epic trips ever.” Aside from hitting some of the best locations—Hawaii, Nantucket, the Elizabethan Islands and Martha’s Vineyard, I had some really mind boggling experiences and it taught me some pretty cool stuff.
I have so much news I hardly know where to begin….
Like, right now, I am in MAGIC Honolulu, doing a little work, taking a little time to visit with
friends and submerge myself in the vibe that is most my natural state. Full of beauty, space and
creativity. So yesterday I did this most amazing thing.
I SWAM WITH DOLPHINS.
Here she is… Fall is starting to blow in. Don’t know about where you are, but mornings are starting to be crisp up here in the Sierras and my early morning paddling forays now require some serious fleece.
The end of the year seems shockingly close and it is a really good time to turn back to your goals list and make one more push to finish the year out right. In the “Plan” section of my Powerful Performance Formula, we talk a lot about the different ways of strategic planning.
Since the dark ages, the assumption has been that the most important leadership traits are confidence, courage and being fearless, and that those are characteristics mostly attributed to men.
There’s been a ton of research on the subject, and it turns out, that women hold 52% of all jobs, but only 14.6% are executives, 8.1 % are top earners, and 4.6 % are Fortune 500 CEOs. (CNNMoney)
HBR lists some fun reasons for this clear under-representation of women in management, namely:
I got fired. Yep, I really did. Has that ever happened to you?
You gave it your all, felt like you were doing a really good job, did your very best work and yet, you got fired anyway. When the day came that you were escorted out with your one plant, your books and your pictures in a box, you were still confused about what happened.
Sometimes it’s really not you, it’s them.
Of course, what it takes not to be in that situation, is being clear about your 5 win elements:
True. This has been a really busy time and I have neglected you. I'm sorry...
AND:) I've been having the best time of my life. Traveling, teaching, connecting. I co-hosted an awesome event and now I am co-leading a mastermind with wonderful, inspired people. So yes, I've been super-charged and engaged -- busy was the least of it.
To recharge, I took a little trip up to the Pacific Northwest, culminating on a tiny island on the Canadian border.
Stress: the ultimate enemy to having a fun, fulfilled life, health, happiness, good relationships and contribution, just to name a few.
Now there’s good stress and bad stress. The good stress is part of the secret of High Performance: living to our highest potential, in integrity with our values and operating at high levels of energy so we can make big impact, love what we do and get more done than we ever thought possible. Now that’s the good stuff. Not always easy, often challenging, pushing our buttons but totally worth it.