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November 5th, 2017

Personal Leadership

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou.

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In these challenging times, when so much seems totally out of whack, when fake news is given unwarranted currency, when leadership at all levels is so often wanting, keeping ourselves straight and focused on what is meaningful in our lives demands personal leadership.

Personal leadership is all about being real, authentic; being open to others and receptive to ideas different from ours.  It is about staying committed through thick and thin, and having the courage to do the right things, rather than doing things right.

Real leaders take responsibility for themselves. They are absolutely clear about their path. They lead with constant self-awareness, passion and grace.

They are good at giving encouragement and they are never satisfied. They are constantly raising the stakes of the game for themselves and others, always testing, building stamina and sustainable enterprises.

Real leaders embrace change and foster creativity. They organize and cultivate  conversation among different people that wouldn’t ordinarily talk with each other and they see the kinds of patterns that allow for innovation.

Leadership, as it is often said, is like good art. We can’t always describe exactly what it is but we know it when we see it.

And we certainly need it. Like right now.

Need someone to quietly think out loud with? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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November 1st, 2017

We Become What We Think

Thinking. The Talking of the Soul. Plutarch

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Every thought we’re thinking is creating our future.

Each of us creates our own experiences by our thoughts, feelings and actions.

When we create a peaceful and harmonious environment in our minds, we find it in our lives.

What we believe about ourselves becomes true.

Our thoughts and deeds create who we become.

Everything counts.

Need someone to quietly think out loud with? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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October 30th, 2017

The Glass Half Full

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better. Georg C. Lichtenberg.

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Most of us have some sort of change on our minds. We want to generate more business, dial back mounting stress levels, take better care of ourselves, find more personal time, lose a few pounds..

The question is, what is the most effective way to get past the challenges holding us back so as create positive change?

We tend to change in the direction in which we inquire and, as a rule, fall into two groups.

Those in the first group focus on their problems and will, as result, naturally keep finding more. They remain stuck. On the other hand, those in the second group embrace change and attempting to appreciate what is best in themselves, focus on their unique strengths and what they do best.

They start by making a “victory list” of all they have accomplished in the past and what is good in their current circumstances. In the process of the examination, they create the positive changes and actions they must take to move forward.

Put another way, the first group sees the glass half full and thinks that’s it. The second group sees it half full and works on topping it up.

It’s all about attitude and courage.

Do you need help topping up your glass? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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October 25th, 2017

Do What You Love.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.  Steve Jobs.

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There really isn’t anything to add, particularly if you’re reading this on your smart phone.

Do what you love isn’t a cliche. Need help finding yours? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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October 24th, 2017

Getting Yourself Right

Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum, but you have to make it a romance, and it will come to the question of how much fire you have in your belly. Oliver Wendall Holmes.

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We are living in constantly changing, ever demanding, stressful times.

How we deal with them has much to do with how we choose to see life. Everyday we are offered choices and make decisions, some larger than others, that will determine our destination.

One of the most important is to not give in to the cynicism and negativity to which we are daily subjected. Another choice, of equal weight, is to decide how we view life.

Either we’re all going to hell in a hand basket , so nothing matters anyway, or it’s a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime trip, albeit with some inevitable bumps along the way.

I, for one, unabashedly subscribe to the second choice. Not that it is easy. Life finds a way of throwing up obstacles and challenges just when you think you have it nailed. Have you noticed?

It’s easy to get distracted, all tied up in knots. When that happens, the brightly coloured landscape you were painting turns dark. Your brush, once so soft and fluid, hardens. One day you’re fine, the next you are stuck, seemingly unable to get moving again. You’re stalled, the romance gone out of your life.

So how to get it back?

The trick lies is knowing how to untie the knots and get a handle on whatever is holding you back.

My guess is that it’s fear. It’s the number one killer of personal growth and any other kind of positive advancement.

Fear stops you from thinking critically. Fear shrinks and distorts your vision. It lulls you into inaction and, worst of all, it is self-realizing.

Want to put some colour back into your picture? At some point, you’ll have to take action and deal with whatever is holding you back, no matter how painful. When you do, though, you’ll set yourself on fire.

You create your own reality. With that creation comes a feeling of empowerment and a renewed sense of responsibility. It results in a mental toughness that produces in your mind the clarity of direction you need to get to the next plateau, whatever you have in mind.

There are no secrets. What you think matters. Who you are matters. What you stand for matters. Everything counts.

The choice of colours is yours.

It’s all about being real and getting yourself right. When you do, everything else in your life will be right, too, just as it was meant to be.

Brightly coloured.

Want to put some colour back in your life? Need help? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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