SA Leadership Podcast Episode #148

Leadership Capacity - You Ability To Lift and Lead Others

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In the 1970’s Earl Nightingale stated, “If a person spends one hour a day, five days a week for five years studying a single subject, he or she will become an expert on that subject.”

The truth of the matter is that the more that study the more you understand how much you do not know! There are two-sides to the Leadership Coin. Liz Wiseman former Oracle Executive and President of the Wiseman Group in Silicon Valley wrote a book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. She gave a presentation on The Five Disciplines of A Multiplier; Here are those five.

The Talent Magnet – attracts talented people and uses them at their highest point of contribution.

The Liberator – creates an intense environment that requires people’s best thinking and work.

The Challenger – defines an opportunity that causes people to stretch.

The Debate Maker – drives sound decisions through rigorous debate.

The Investor – gives other people ownership of the results and invests in their success.

However, Liz Wiseman goes on to state how that Multipliers unwittingly diminish people. Here are six thoughts.

The Idea Guy – intends his ideas to stimulate ideas in others but the results is that he overwhelms others, who often shut down.

Always on – intends to create infectious energy and share his point of view, but the result is that he consumes all of the emotional space, and other people tune him out.

The Rescuer – intends to ensure that people are successful and protect their reputation, but he makes people become dependent on him, which weakens their reputation.

The Pacesetter – intends to set a high standard for quality or pace, but people become spectators or give up when they can’t keep up.

The Rapid Responder – intends to keep the organization moving fast but the result is that the organization moves slowly because there is a traffic jam of too many decisions or changes.

The Optimist – intends to create a belief that the team can do it, but people wonder if he appreciates how difficult the journey is or acknowledges the possibility of failure.

Leadership development has a layering effect. We lead today from what we are learning today. Yesterday’s knowledge has led us to today’s opportunities. We must lead from the present and not the past. I want offer four (4) deep insights.

Ask Questions & Listen to Understand & Find Your People

Communication is the language of leadership. Author William Whyte stated that the great enemy of communication is the illusion of it. It seems that we tend to believe that as long as we are talking and giving direction that we are communicating. A leader focuses on vision and they tend to think that leadership is all about them and what they want to have happen. The truth of the matter it is more about getting to know those who labor with you and in turn they learn who you are. Leadership is a two-way street. Before we set things right as leaders – we need to see things right.

Connect With People Before Asking Them To Change

By nature leadership is about creating change. A leaders invites people to change their focus, energy, skills and sometimes direction of life. How do you get people to trust you with so many changes? The foundations of trust needs to be built on good relationships and good relationships start with good connection.

Demonstrate Transparency Before Challenging People

One of the most valuable things you can do to increase your leadership capacity is to be authentic and transparent with people. Share your story, especially before you challenge them to do something difficult. Too many leaders feel they must project a perfect image in order to have credibility. They feel they have to put their best foot forward. What they are missing is that their best foot forward is flawed. They miss the power of their imperfect story. The leaders story of struggle, growth, and improvement can inspire others and change their lives!

Put Others Ahead of Yourself

As a leader you must make the shift from ME to WE! Consider these three factors that will help you to make this change.

Reality As the Challenge Escalates, The Need For Teamwork Elevates. Are your dreams bigger than yourself? When we realize this truth, it motivates us to ask others for help. As important as it is to develop a vision – it is greater to develop others to achieve their vision and dreams. Elevate others!

Maturity With One Tiny Exception, The World is Composed of Others – Maturity is defined as unselfishness! Get over your own sense of worth and help others achieve significance!

Profitability Measure Your Success by What You Give, Not What You Gain – I want to close with these three thoughts…

Never focus on making money – focus on making people!

Never focus on starting companies – focus on starting people!

Never focus on growing production – focus on growing people!

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #147

Production Capacity - Your Ability To Produce Results

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Production Capacity can be increased dramatically and immediately if you are highly intentional about it. Consider that everything worthwhile in life – everything you want, everything you desire to achieve, everything you want to receive is uphill.

Notice the comparison in the “Down-hill Slide” and “Up-hill Climb” of life

Down Hill Slide

  • Nothing Worthwhile
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Negative Momentum
  • Losses
  • Low Morale
  • Not Making A Difference
  • No Improvement
  • Aimless
  • Empty

Up Hill Climb

  • Everything Worthwhile
  • High Self Respect
  • Positive Momentum
  • Wins
  • High Morale
  • Making A Difference
  • Self-Improvement
  • Purposeful
  • Fulfilling

Nine Principles of Highly Productive People

Visualize The Perfect Outcome

Stephen Covey wrote in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that we should always begin with the end in mind. Do you have a vision of what you want to accomplish? Have you created a mental model of perfection for what you desire to achieve?

Start Working Before You Know How to Achieve the Vision

At times you need to suspend the requirement of knowing how to do everything in your mental model of perfection. There are so many people who are not productive because they’ve made an inventory of everything that they cannot do and that becomes a BECAU

Fail Fast, Fail First, Fail Often

This step seems to fly in the face of the previous two steps. To be productive, you have to be willing to fail. A lot. You cannot always judge an action as success or failure. The question becomes, is this moving me toward my idea or vision? Are you willing to fail? Are you willing to fail repeatedly?

Stay Focused Longer Than Other People Do

To increase production capacity, initiate many tries at one thing, not one try and many things. This statement does not rely on talent, rather intentionality.

Take Inventory of Skills and Resources

The key question here is are you a thermometer reflecting the surrounding temperature? Are you a thermostat that sets the surrounding temperature? At times we cave into the opinions of the crowd around us. Set your temperature in life!

Stop Doing What You Are Not Great At Doing

You will drastically increase your production capacity if you stop doing what you’re not great at and instead focus on what you do the best. Eliminate things out of your schedule anything that does not give a high return.

Tune In To Your Team Every Day

Your success is determined by those closest to you. Tune into them regularly, listen to them, take them with you, because they determine the level of success you will achieve.

Make Decisions Every Day To Move Yourself & The Team Forward

You will only reach your production capacity if you are willing to make decisions. When it comes to ethical and character issues, YES there is a right and wrong. But when it comes to productivity and achievement, there isn’t. Make quick decisions, try new things, and judge whether or not they will move you forward.

Continually Reevaluate What Could Work Better

Productive people are always working to become better and to find better ways of doing things. The importance of a future focus or long-term perspective is the most accurate single predictor of upward social and economic mobility in America.

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SA Leadership Episode #146

Creative Capacity – Your Abilities to See Options and Find Answers

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8 Keys To Increasing Creative Capacity

I Believe There Is Always an Answer

The words reactive and creative are made up of the same letters. The only difference is where you place the letter C. I believe the first lesson on creative capacity is how do we see challenges? I believe there is always an answer, no matter what the question is. The question moves from “Is there an answer?” to “What is the answer?” That is creativity in action! Creativity is a mind-set. You have to believe that answers and solutions are out there if your are willing to keep fighting to find them.

I Believe There Is More Than One Answer

The word OPTIONS is a great word. Consider what three options there might be to solving any problem. This keeps you open-minded. If you can become flexible and demonstrate the ability to adapt to fluctuating situations you

You will become more successful. When you believe there is always an answer, it aids your creativity.

I Believe That Everything and Everyone Can Get Better

Creative people always believe there are better ways to do things. Do not cap your expectations! What you define as impossible today is impossible only in the context of present paradigms. When you believe that everyone and everything can get better, it gives you confidence that you can make a difference.

I Understand That Questions Help Me To Be More Creative

Questions always spur creativity. They cause you to explore and to seek out and explore. But, the greatest detriment to continual success is relying on past success. John Wooden, 10 National Championships made this statement, “Everyday I coached I ask myself how could I make the team better?” Coach Wooden was never satisfied on yesterdays success.

I Am Confortable With Half-Baked Ideas

Consider this three step process on advancing half-baked ideas.

EXPOSURE of an idea to the right people

EXPRESSION from their different perspectives equals

EXPANSION of an idea beyond our personal ability

There are three benefits for following this simple three step process. First we increase our odds of being successful. Secondly, we gain more practice with creative ideas. Thirdly, we become more confortable with our misses.

I Am Confortable Letting Go of What I Embraced Yesterday

When was the last time that you had to let go of something that was special that no longer works today? It is easier to let go of something if you are going to get something better. By the same token you cannot fall in love with structure. When structure, rules and regulations becomes your security, you stop being creative.

I Ask Creative People To Help Me

This is more than a creative think-tank session. You want people that can help you generate an abundance of solutions, variety of solutions, the ability to build out good ideas, imaginative ideas, and they share your values and priorities. Leave out the critics, editors, educators, and analysts. They kill the process. You want people that will sore and fly high with ideas.

I Give Myself Creative Retreats

William Faulkner stated, “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes every morning at nine a.m. sharp.” Creativity flourishes in solitude. Learn to take thinking and planning retreat for yourself. There is a direct relationship between scheduling a creative retreat and being inspired to create.

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SA Leadership Episode #145

People Capacity - Your Ability To Build Relationships

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In leadership, the “Law of The Inner Circle” says “A leaders potential is determined by those closest to him.”

It is said that people can usually trace their success and failures to the relationships in their lives. We are defined by our relationships. I want to consider seven steps to building better and more lasting relationships in your life.

Value People Every Day

You value people by adding value to people. My mantra is “Making a difference with people who make a difference, while doing something that makes a difference.” You cannot secretly look down on people and yet attempt to build them up at the same time. However, if you value people, it does show through in your actions and words.

Make Yourself More Valuable In Your Relationships

The fastest way to make a relationship better, is t make yourself better so that you can have more to give. This requires an abundance mind-set. Zig Ziglar said it this way, “If you will help others get what they want, they will help you get everything you need in life.” One of the fastest ways to show people you value them is by asking for their opinion. You see, the more that you can learn about people you are serving and the more you improve, the more value that you can add to others. Here is an important truth; “You need to improve yourself. You are not good enough to remain the same!

Put Yourself In Their World

Professor Leo Buscaglia stated, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential of turning a life around.” Have you heard the phrase, “It is lonely at the top.” To me that is a sign of being disconnected and that no one is following you. Walk slowly among the people so that you can touch them.

Focus Your Relationships on Benefiting Others Not Yourself

In building relationships you have to want more for people than you want from people. People who want more for others and give more to others are pluses. People who want and take more than they give are minuses. Do not assume that a relationship gives you privilege. Assumption is a relationship killer! Replace assumption with awareness. If you want to increase your relational capacity, you should be continually aware that relationships never stay the same. Relationships never stay alive on their own. They need cultivation!

Be A Consistent Friend In Your Relationships

Being a friend is something that in our modern culture I believe is often under-valued and overlooked today. Relationships that are volatile and continually up and down are not easy. They provide no relational rest. There is nothing pleasant about high maintenance relationships. You cannot be true friends with people you have to walk on eggshells or when any conversation could be the one that ends the relationship.

Believe the best about people – Rudyard Kipling stated, “I always prefer to believe the best of everybody – it saves so much trouble!”

Don’t allow other people’s behavior to control me

Place high value on relationships even in difficult situations

Unconditionally love people

Create Memories for People

It is true that most people do not maximize the experiences they have in life. Intentionality is required on the front end and reflection is required on the back-end. Ask yourself these questions:

What can I say that will affirm others?

What questions can I ask that they find interesting to discuss?

What can we do that will be different and fun?

What do I know that they want to know?

Move Toward The Relationships You Desire In Your Life

Use the power of “Proximity Principle” by getting next to ten people who can take your life to the next level.” Jim Collins in his book Good To Great suggests that the most important luck we can have in life is WHO LUCK! Who you meet in life and develop relationships with will greatly determine your success in life.

The more you value people, put yourself into their world, seek to add value to them, and be their friend, the better your life will be. Not only that, but doing these things will increase your people capacity, improve your potential and improve your life. Helping people is always worth the effort.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #144

Limitless Capacity

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Thinking Capacity Your Ability To Think Effectively

Successful people think differently than unsuccessful people!

In the book Thinking For A Change, the author offers these four key thoughts about thinking:

Everything begins with a thought – Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we think determines who we are. Who we are determines what we do – I have always thought the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts – John Locke

Our thoughts determine our destiny. Our destiny determines our legacy You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

People who go to the top think differently than others Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination – William Ward

How do you increase your thinking capacity? Let me offer 12 thoughts….

Think the thought – Most people do not recognize the value of good thinking. They have thoughts, but they let them go and do not do anything with them. Look for good ideas, Think about how to use these ideas, and Think about how to maximize these ideas. No idea starts as good as it can be.

Write out your thoughts clarify your thinking – University President and US Senator S. I. Hayakawa believed that learning to write is learning to think. You do not know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing.

Find a place to keep your thoughts Capture your thinking – Learn to use a “thinking notebook” to capture your thoughts. There is something to be said about “pen-to-paper” to clarify your thought process. Modern technology gives us choices for digital journaling. Find a way to capture your thoughts!

Rethink Your Thought Evaluate Your Thinking – This step is vital to culling our good ideas from great ideas. Here is where you might ask questions such as; Does this thought still speak to me? Will this thought speak to others? How, where, and when can I use this idea?

Verbalize the thought Express your thinking – Talking out your thoughts expresses your heart and it expands the idea.

Put the thoughts on the table Share your thinking – Get a group of “Thinking Partners” around you and throw the ideas on the table – may the best idea win.

Practice your thought Take your thinking for a walk – It is always easier to think an idea than to practice it. An idea always sounds better when it is unchallenged. Unchallenged ideas rarely succeed in the real world.

Question the thought Expand your thinking – The more questions you ask on the front end, the fewer questions you have to ask on the back end.

Embrace your thought Own your thinking – Paraguay is being transformed by the Intentional Living idea of the John Maxwell Company. One idea on how to change a nation from the inside out has now produced of 70,000 transformational leaders.

Launch the thought Implement your thinking – Launching your idea is the greatest test of any idea. The launch of the idea demonstrates the idea’s great value or lack o it.

Land the thought Make your thinking work – The lading of an idea is always important. This is the pay-off of hard work.

Upgrade the thought Mature your thinking – If you want to maximize your capacity, and be successful, develop your thinking everyday. High thinking capacity and the ability to sustain your thinking will give you a higher return than being smart or working hard.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #143

Limitless Capacity

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Emotional Capacity Your Ability to Manage Your Emotions

Here are some basic facts:

  • Most people do not see themselves as they really are.
  • Many people don’t want to solve their problems, they only want someone to listen to them talk.
  • Some people are not emotionally strong, and as a result, they do not cope well with life’s difficulties.

Here are seven (7) insights on how to increase your emotional capacity.

Emotionally strong people are proactive in dealing with their emotions.

The first and most important thing that emotionally strong people do is to take an active approach to their emotions. Researcher M. Asch in her book Perspectives on Applied Psychology states, “Remember motions are the precursors of emotions.” In other words you can influence the outcome of your emotions.

Emotionally strong people do not waste time feeling sorry for themselves.

One of the marks of resilience is learning to tell which pain deserves our attention – Eric Gretiens Navy Seal. This is not to say that we ignore all pain as though it does not count. We must lean that life will hand us difficult circumstances that either can ruin our attitude or we can welcome it as an opportunity for new learning.

Emotionally strong people do not allow others to control their relationships.

Elmer towns stated once that the weaker person usually controls the relationship. Education Professor Leo Buscaglia states, the easiest thing in the world to do is to be you. The hardest thing in the world is to be what others want you to be. We honor relationships, but we do not allow others to control our relationships.

Emotionally strong people do not waste energy on things they cannot control.

Nelson Mandela teaches us that our surroundings need not control our spirit. People who devalue us do not determine our value. Dreams can be birthed during the daily grind. Out of our brokenness, we can be made whole and bring healing to others. Learn the difference between a fact of life and a problem. A fact of life is something that you cannot fix or control. A problem is something that you can solve.

Emotionally strong people do not keep making the same mistakes.

How exhausting it must be for people to keep making the same mistakes and yet expecting different outcomes. Reflection, however turns experience into insight. At some point every person that intends on being successful must take charge of their thinking, direction, and self-talk. The discipline of reflection is where we can become honest with ourselves. How will you create greatness without sincerely dealing with yourself?

Emotionally strong people do not allow highs and lows to control their lives.

John Maxwell follows the 24 hour rule. After every victory he gives it 24 hours to celebrate. After failures, he engages 24 hours of reflection to gain a clearer perspective of what went wrong and why. Hang around positive people when you experience tough times. Better yet, make a difference in someone else’s life.

Emotionally strong people understand, appreciate and grow through their struggles.

Many people resist change, want immediate pay-off, and hope for a problem free life. Emotionally strong people do not expect immediate results. They understand the long haul journey of life. With out resilience, the first failure will also be the last – because it is final. Steve Jobs perhaps said it best, “Erase the board of your achievements and allow yourself to be a beginner again.”

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #142

Limitless Capacity

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Energy Capacity Push on Physically

The three R’s Applied To Energy

Over the years I have noticed that people who reach their capacity do not sit back and wait for things to happen to them. They go out and make things happen. That takes energy. How do you focus your energy? Here are three R’s to help you:

1.Requirement – What I have to do

2.Return – What I do well

3.Reward – What I love to do

Even if you don’t have the power to change what is required of you on the job, there are ways to maximize your energy. Consider the following 4 questions.

When Am I Fully Charged?

In his book Are You Fully Charged? Author Tom Rath suggests three conditions for a person to experience a “full charge” in their day:

  • MEANING – Doing something that benefits another person
  • INTERACTIONS – Creating far more positive than negative moments
  • ENERGY – Making choices that improve your mental and physical health

What are the items that answer this question in your life? Consider investing in your family, staying in your gift zone, adding value to others, or possessing a God awareness. You determine the things that energize you.

What Wears Me Down?

Many people have been raised with the “anything-is-possible” myth. Gallup has proven in their studies on disengagement in the work place that people spend years going uphill doing things they are not good at. That is exhausting! Why spend your life trying to be what you are not.

How Successful Are My Energy Pluses?

Tom Rather says that research shows that proximity matters a lot. He says your-well being is more dramatically affected by people you see every day than it is by distant connections. People are not the only energy sources, almost anything can boost our energy. Exercise, music, books, quotes, and inspirational podcasts can give an energy shot. The key point is PROXIMITY! How close are you to the sources that give you a boost.

Where Is The Space for Things I Need but Haven’t Planned?

In an article from Harvard Business Review on Managing Energy stated, “Without intermittent recovery, we are not physiologically capable of sustaining highly positive emotions for long periods. Confronted with relentless demands and unexpected challenges, people tend to slip into negative emotions…Such states of mind drain people’s energy and cause friction in their relationships.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #141

Limitless Capacity

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Develop The Capacity You Already Possess

If you think about capacity in the singular you may be thinking about it incorrectly. What if it is multi-faceted? Allow me to demonstrate this fact with the following list of some capacities.

  • Energy Capacity – push through physical limits
  • Emotional Capacity – managing emotions well
  • Thinking Capacity – effective thinking
  • People Capacity – building relationships
  • Creative Capacity – seeing options and discovering answers
  • Production Capacity – accomplishments
  • Leadership Capacity – lifting and leading others

Everyone possesses these capacities and everyone of these capacities is significant to your success. By continually maximizing today’s capacity in these areas, you exponentially increase tomorrow’s potential.

Understand these capacities do not work in isolation. They work together. There are two ways of thinking about this subject. First, your capacity builds in layers. This creates a foundation that you can build your life upon. Seeing these capacities as a unit will give you the strength to build your life upon, you can build something strong and weighty that will stand for a very long time.

Secondly, these capacities connect together. Every time you increase a capacity, it has the potential to synergize with the other capacities which in turn will increase your potential. For example when you increase your energy capacity so that you push through physical barriers, and you increase your leadership capacity, which is lifting others, you overall effectiveness increases. Where you once ran out of energy and stopped engaging with people, you will now push through when it is needed.

As you develop these seven core capacities, explore your options as you engage the upcoming podcasts. Look for ways to expand your ability!

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #140

Limitless Capacity

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Move Beyond Your Limits

In his book Life Without Limits, Nick Vujicic wrote of Helen Keller who stated, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Risk then is not just part of life. It is LIFE. The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.

I believe that you can live a life with no limits, that you can go further than you believe and can do more than you dreamed. This does not mean that you do not possess limitations. Think about some of the limiting factors that you need to acknowledge and accept.

BIRTH CAPS

Your Place of Birth – You may love or hate the place of your birth. It is what it is.

The Year of Your Birth – You may wish that you were born at a different era, but that does not change when and in what circumstances you were born.

Your Birth Family – You do not get to choose your birth family, birth order, siblings or upbringing. Good or bad you have to live with it and make the best of it.

Your Birth Characteristics – You cannot change your genetic makeup, your race, your bone structure, or your height.

Life Caps

We do not have any control over how our life begins, but there are many things that happen to us in our lives that we cannot control. We suffer accidents or illnesses. We lose people we love. We realize that we don’t have the talent or ability to fulfill a dream.

Part of the process of fulfilling your purpose is becoming aware of the things you can’t change that limit you, so that you direct your attention toward the things you can maximize to increase your capacity.

Caps you Can Remove

You can work to remove caps that others put on you. I think the greatest example of this lies within the Old Testament in the story of David’s anointing to be the next King of Israel. David was the last to be examined, a person that was a sheep herder. A King? Not really!

I am not willing to surrender my potential today to other people. I don’t know about you, but I have fought to hard to just allow people to determine my future.

You can remove caps that you place on yourself. We all place caps on our potential. The good news is that we do not have to leave them in place.

You can remove the desire to have others approval.

You can remove yourself from a limiting environment. You do not have to stay in an environment that limits your potential – Move to another city, change jobs, change careers, but do not stay.

Expose yourself to a growing list of success oriented people as a model for your life. Get to know other successful people – broaden your horizons!

Becoming a lid lifter and cap remover in others is the most rewarding experience you can achieve. Simply saying, “I BELIEVE IN YOU!” can transform other people. Do not put your life on hold so that you dwell on the unfairness of past hurts.

You can be successful if others do not believe in you. But you cannot be a success if you do not believe in yourself.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #139

Limitless Capacity

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Do You Know What Is Limiting You?

Understanding some deep truths about capacity.

Your Capacity is Not Set

If you are like most people, I bet you would like to achieve more out of life that what you are currently experiencing. Have you accomplished everything? Or Do you want to do more, be more, and see more? So the question is, “What is getting in your way?” If you do not know what is getting in your way, how will you remove it? Many times label’s get in the way – High capacity people Vs. Low capacity people. Maybe you just accept that as reality. That’s a problem! Many people hear the word capacity and see only limitations because they believe it is set. Therefore people give up on the idea that capacity can enlarge and that I can learn. Many people do not lead their lives, they accept their lives and call it fate!

Activist Roberto Verzola stated regarding economists, “The most fundamental assumption in economists is scarcity. This in effect assumes away abundance…when confronted with abundance they fall back into inadequate theories based upon scarcity.” In other words Verzola is describing limitations. So that we are clear, I believe that 100% of people can grow and increase their potential. I would also acknowledge that all of us have caps on our capacity. Some caps are fixed, but others are not. This truth should never be allowed as an excuse to not grow. See beyond your caps.

You Can Become Aware of The Possibilities That Can Make You Better

If you lack awareness, then you do not know that you are unaware. It is a blind spot. You do not know what you do not know. You cannot see what you cannot see. Here are four (4) things to think about to become more self-aware.

ATTENTION: Looking for what I need to know. This means that we need to look at old habits in new ways. Who we are determines how we see others.

AWARENESS: Discovering what I need to know. There are some items that can prevent this discovery.

Excuses

Success fantasies that are not grounded in reality

Talking without listening to others

Unresolved negative emotions

Habitual self-distractions

Absence of personal reflection

Unwillingness to pay the price to gain experience

DISCERNMENT: Focusing on what I need to do. As you grow in your understanding, you must now learn where to focus your attention. The old adage is true; chase two rabbits and you catch neither.

INTENTION: Acting on what I need to do. We get results when we take what we have learned and put it into action.

You Can Remove The Caps From Your Capacity

The next step in this process is to remove caps that are holding you back. Awareness changes everything. As soon as you become aware that some limitations are artificial we begin to overcome them. In the book If It Ain’t BrokeBreak It! The authors write, “We don’t have a clue as to what people’s limits are. All tests, stopwatches and finish lines in the world cannot measure human potential….Our ability is largely untapped.”

You Can Develop Capacities That You Already Possess

Here are seven capacities that you can maximize…

Energy Capacity – Your ability to push physically

Emotional Capacity – Your ability to manage your emotions

Thinking Capacity – Your ability to think effectively

People Capacity – Your ability to develop relationships

Creative Capacity – Your ability to see options and find answers

Production Capacity – your ability to accomplish results

Leadership Capacity – Your ability to lift and lead others

You Can Make Choices That Maximize Your Possibilities

Here are some choices that you can make that will increase your capacity.

Responsibility  Risk(non-Comfort Zone)

Character  Spiritual

Abundance(There is more)  Growth

Intentionality  Partnerships

Attitude

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